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Last week's hearings made for a difficult couple of days. Over the weekend, it was a relief to see photos from our 15th annual International Day of Peace celebration -- a reminder of what it looks like when we are gathered together with our neighbors, envisioning a way forward to the world in which we are all valued and cared for. Thanks to Roshni Adi Jokhi for photographing the evening.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this special gathering. Please carry forward the feeling of community strength and the messages shared that night by Naomi, Rena, Ashanti, Freddy, Beth, Betsy, and Vicky. There will be a video coming soon for those who were not able to attend.

Looking ahead, we hope you will join the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center for a potluck on October 16, to be followed by a presentation by Honduran journalist Jennifer Ávila. Details are below. You can also join us to watch one of her films on October 10. 

On October 17, Kim Harris will again offer a workshop at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. This one looks at Colin Kaepernick's protest as a entry point to discussing systemic racism in the U.S. Details below.

In peace,

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The Silencing of Dissent: How Freedom of the Press is Threatened in Honduras

Community members are invited to a potluck to be followed by Jennifer Ávila’s presentation, “The Silencing of Dissent: How Freedom of the Press is Threatened in Honduras."

Ávila is a Honduran journalist, artist, and documentary filmmaker, who co-founded Contra Corriente, a multimedia, youth and women-led media platform. She is the featured speaker in Witness for Peace Northwest’s 2018 tour. 

The potluck will start at 5:30 and the talk at 6:30, both at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (2600 Lakeway Drive).

Ávila’s award-winning work has been shown in international film festivals, and has represented a crucial documentation of the ways U.S. and Honduran policy from deportations to mega-projects have affected the most vulnerable Hondurans.

She spent six years at Radio Progreso, an essential bulwark of freedom of expression in an increasingly hostile environment for journalism, before co-founding Contra Corriente in 2017. While at Radio Progreso, she directed “Guardiana de los Ríos” (about the defense of rivers incarnated by Berta Cáceres), “No Se Van” (about the whys and hows of migration), and “Libertad Tiene Nombre de Mujer” (about women organizing to protect community territory).

If you miss it: Ávila will also speak at the Fairhaven World Issues Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at noon at Fairhaven College.

Oct. 10: Watch Avila's film "Guardiana de los Ríos"

On Wednesday, October 10, at 8 p.m. at the Alternative Library (519 E. Maple Street), we will be screening Jennifer Ávila's film "Guardiana de los Ríos," about the defense of rivers incarnated by Berta Cáceres.
6 p.m., October 2
Jobs with Justice monthly meeting
Union Hall (1700 N. State St.)

6-7 p.m., October 2
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) meeting
Center for Equity, Education, and Diversity (Miller Hall 005)

12-1:20 p.m., October 3
Immigrant Incarceration and the Neoliberal State in the Trump Era
Fairhaven College Auditorium

4-5 p.m., October 5
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5:30-9:30 p.m., October 6
World Peace Poets Read-In & Potluck
Saint James Presbyterian Church (910 14th St.)

6-8 p.m., October 6
Bellingham Tenants Union annual membership meeting
Union Hall (1700 N. State St.)

9 a.m.-4 p.m., October 8
Indigenous People's Day Celebration
WCC and NWIC (see details)

11:30-1 p.m., October 8
Dignity Vigil
Bellingham City Hall (210 Lottie St.)

8 p.m., October 10
Film screening: "Guardiana de los Ríos"
Alternative Library (519 E. Maple St.)

7:30 p.m., October 11
"Soufra" screening on International Day of the Girl
Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St.)

October 12
Shabbat dinner with WWU Jewish Voice for Peace
WWU (check Facebook for details)

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., October 13
Debate on ballot measures
County Council Chambers (311 Grand Ave.)

5:30 p.m., October 16
"The Silencing of Dissent" + potluck
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (2600 Lakeway Drive)

6-7:30 p.m., October 17
Taking a Knee for Racial Justice
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

6:30-8:30 p.m., October 17
Candidate forum: Whatcom County races
County Council Chambers (311 Grand Ave.)

Volunteer with Bellingham Home Fund

Housing is a human right! A safe, secure, and affordable home is necessary to thrive in life. Yet, today's skyrocketing housing costs are pushing people out of town or into homelessness. 

One of many solutions needed to address this challenge is renewing the Bellingham Home Fund. Approved by voters in 2012, we have built and preserved 500 affordable homes, with 200 more underway. If we renew the Home Fund, we can build at least 580 additional affordable homes and expand emergency rental assistance to prevent evictions. This is a critical investment in our community's health and well-being. 

We need your help to win in November! Most voters still don't know what the Bellingham Home Fund is or what it has accomplished. We need you to help us get the word out! Sign up here to volunteer or call/text Galen at 360-728-6543. Thank you!

Volunteer with Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

The 19th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will take place in early 2019. Get involved now to help shape the festival's program and publicity. Attend the planning meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7-9 p.m. at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. If you can't attend, or have other questions, please email Martina at
As in previous years, the Fall World Issues Forum will be taking place in the Fairhaven College Auditorium at Western Washington University on Wednesdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. The first event will be on October 3, featuring Silky Shah, the Executive Director of Detention Watch Network. As always, the World Issues Forum is free and open to all.
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