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Mid-June news and events


Are you someone with roots/futures in this region who is interested in offering group nonviolence trainings in the coming years? The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is holding a nonviolence study group this summer and fall. We are currently looking for participants who would be willing to attend the 12 study group meetings this summer and fall, and then take part in a training for nonviolence trainers. Be in touch in the next two weeks if you want to take part.

In peace,

Oppose bill to stifle campus free speech on Palestine

It would be great if Congress passed legislation to confront antisemitism, along with all other forms of racism, bigotry, and discrimination against Black, brown, indigenous, immigrant, disabled, Muslim, and Jewish people. Unfortunately, that's not happening.

Instead, a bill recently reintroduced in Congress, S.2940/H.R.5924, purports to combat antisemitism, but its real intent is to conflate criticism of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights on college campuses with anti-Jewish bigotry.

Contact our Congressional delegation and let them know you oppose this legislation.

Ask Rick Larsen to co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Over two years after Indigenous and social movement leader Berta Caceres was brutally murdered in Honduras, the intellectual authors have yet to be brought to justice.

Furthermore, the repression against environmental, Indigenous, social, student and other activists continues, as does U.S. financing of the Honduran military and security forces. Call on Rep. Rick Larsen to co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend U.S. military and security aid to Honduras.  

6-8 p.m., June 20
Birchwood Food Desert Fighters Community Meeting & Letter Writing
Faith Lutheran Church (2750 McLeod Road)

4-6 p.m., June 22

Peace Vigil & Rally Against Separation of Families Seeking Asylum
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

June 22-24
72nd Annual Lummi Nation Stommish Water Festival
2295 Lummi View Drive

11 a.m.-1 p.m., June 23
Rally Against Separation of Families Seeking Asylum
Across from Farmers Market

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., June 25

Dignity Vigil
City Hall (210 Lottie Street)

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., June 26
Maru vs. ICE Court Hearing
1000 2nd Avenue in Seattle 

7 p.m., June 26
Amnesty International chapter 270 meeting
Top floor at Co-op (1220 N. Forest)

7 p.m., June 29
Waging Peace, Designing Justice
Masonic Hall, Port Townsend, WA

June 30-July 3
"Complicating Narratives," Fellowship of Reconciliation NW Regional Conference
Seabeck, WA

1:30-4 p.m., July 1
Solidarity Day at Northwest Detention Center
1623 J Street in Tacoma, WA

July 2-3
People of Color Caucus: Internalized Racism
Mandala Center, Port Townsend, WA


Complicating Narratives

NW Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation Conference at Seabeck
June 30-July 3, 2018

Please join folks from around the Northwest for this gathering! You can register online here:

Reply to this email to be included in carpools from Bellingham.

The Mind/Society Connection:

How Starbucks, Yale, Fresh Kitchen and Police incidents are symptomatic of society’s biases (and what you can do about it)

6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at WPJC
Register at:

In this workshop, participants will learn about racial bias through the lens of a 2016 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man and the recent interpersonal bias incidents in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. Participants will examine their personal biases and learn de-biasing tools.

The workshop will include an analysis and discussion of recent incidents in the news. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of what "bias" means and what racial bias research shows. You will learn discuss your own racial biases and learn about de-biasing tools and resources for further growth.
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