Military recruiting and counter-recruiting at Western Washington University (pics by Phil at Phil Rose Photography)
ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARY SERVICE Since 2002, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center has been offering high school youth vital information on the realities of military promises and war; nonviolent career and educational alternatives; and Conscientious Objection. Veterans and other volunteers table once per quarter in each of Whatcom County’s nine public high schools. WPJC gives our high school youth options. WPJC also offers information and support on Conscientious Objection (CO): What is CO? How do I claim CO status? How does the draft work? This is information they will not otherwise receive from their schools. Click here for an information sheet on the Draft and Conscientious Objection to war: WPJC worked with the Bellingham School District to implement an “equal access” policy for WPJC and the military. Thanks to this partnership, high school students get exposed to enriching, exciting, and nonviolent opportunities for their futures.
In January of 2012, The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force joined the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center as a Steering Committee and project. The Task Force will be offering all of the same great programs it has offered in years past, including the Annual MLK Conference and International Human Rights Day. We look forward to partnering. The WHRTF Website can be found here.
RESPONDING TO WORLD EVENTS: We host, support, and co-sponsor vigils, marches, and educational events throughout the year in response to changing world and local events.
EMAIL LISTSERV: To sign-up for our monthly calendar that features local events, action alerts, and volunteer opportunities, click http://eepurl.com/d1qsn INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: Hundreds gather every year on September 21st in solidarity with people around the world. In 1982, the United Nations declared this day an annual worldwide 24-hour cease-fire to envision what our world can look like without weapons, violence, and oppression. In July 2010, Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike signed an official proclamation declaring September 21st International Day of Peace in Bellingham! Our 2010 event brought 800 people together at Assumption Church in celebration of the power of community and the promise of peace. Join us on the evening of Wednesday, September 21, 2011, for the Northwest’s largest annual peace gathering and a Whatcom County tradition.
Faith in Peace is a social justice outreach project encouraging people of faith to explore the connections between their religious traditions and the rich spiritual foundations of peacemaking and nonviolence by providing specialized workshops to adult religious education and youth groups, book club gatherings, breakfasts, and scripture study groups. Volunteers from WPJC are available to table after weekly services or at special events, offering resources and inviting members to get involved in our work for positive social change. Our Faith in Peace volunteers can tailor a workshop to meet the interests of congregations. For example, Marie Marchand recently gave a presentation on Children as Peacemakers to 230 students at Assumption Catholic School in Mt. Vernon. In March, she visited the United Methodist Women’s Group to give a presentation on Human Trafficking. On Easter, she spoke about the work of WPJC at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship for their monthly Social Justice Collection. In February, Faith in Peace Committee Member Rev. Gary Grafwallner spoke on The Situation in Gaza at Faith Lutheran Church. Please contact Janet at (360) 734-0217 to talk about a visit to your congregation. Editorial Writing by Marie Marchand Peace Day a chance to open doors to better future September 14th 2010 Us vs. Them: The perversion of protest April 14, 2010 Less money should be spent on wars, defense January 13, 2010