On International Day for Just Peace on September 21, we are planning a community event and educational panel, featuring experts from impacted and oppressed communities to speak on the issue of militarism in communities at home and abroad. From the modernization of nuclear weapons and radiation poisoning, to criminalization and policing of communities to resistance to US Military bases abroad, people are organizing and mobilizing against systemic violence. Join us for this critical community dialogue.
Aaron Dixon, Seattle Black Panther Party
Casierra Cruz, Independent Guahan Movement
Donna Denina, International Women's Alliance
Jiji Jally, Pacific Islander Health Board of WA
Marie Artap, Who is Boeing Bombing campaign
Joan Salvador, Gabriela Philippines
3:00-5:00 Potluck in Madrona Playfield
5:30- 8:30 Panel and Discussion
*Join us for this FREE Lit Live! event -- meet the author and get your book signed!*
It is 1983, and the anti-war movement Target Seattle is preparing for a trip to Tashkent, Seattle’s Sister City in Uzbekistan. Travelling with 3,000 copies of a peace petition, as well as her husband, 17-year-old daughter and thirty others, Betsy sees first-hand the risks of travelling as an American to the USSR. She also sees the heart-warming stories of people-to-people connections across political boundaries. After returning to the US, Betsy pushes to find her own voice in a world where a wife’s goals are subservient to her husband’s. As tensions between the US and USSR are only increasing, Betsy speaks to elected officials and the United Nations in favor of open borders, even as conflicting aspirations and careers become a point of contention in her marriage. With honesty and poise, Betsy chronicles a history of a time when ordinary citizens were transformed into agents of peace. Open Borders includes essays from Dr. Roscius N. Doan, Craig Justice, Anne Stadler, and Richard Carter about the reach and influence of Target Seattle during the tumultuous 1980s.
Memoirist Betsy Bell presents the story of her family and thirty others who traveled to the USSR at the height of the Cold War to deliver a peace letter to the citizens of Seattle’s Sister City, Tashkent. The response of people in Washington State to the imminent threat of nuclear war in 1982 is as relevant today as it was in the 80s.
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition presents a People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons. This conversation informs the public and elected officials about the damage and dangers of nuclear war, examining Washington’s nuclear arsenals and the role of our state’s industry in producing them. Hear testimony from people whose communities have been directly impacted by the long legacy of the nuclear weapons industry in Washington State. The Town Hall culminates in the development of a resolution based on this testimony, complete with recommendations for action needed by Congress to be delivered to the Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray.
Join this dynamic dialogue about one of the most significant threats facing the people of Washington State and the global community, and help develop concrete recommendations on how we can work with our elected officials to achieve a safer, less costly, and saner future that is free of weapons of mass destruction.
Doors open at 1 PM
Tickets available now: https://townhallseattle.org/event/peoples-town-hall-on-nuclear-weapons/
The Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition will host the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons on Sept 29. This conversation informs the public and elected officials about the damage and dangers of nuclear war, examining Washington’s nuclear arsenals and the role of our state’s industry in producing them. People from communities that have been directly impacted by the long legacy of the nuclear weapons industry in Washington State will gather together to share their testimonies. Although invited, neither WA Senator decided to attend, even though nearly half the total US nuclear arsenal is in the state of Washington.
On October 1, join WANW Coalition, Seattle Anti-War Coalition and others as we expose the connection between nuclear weapons and WA State and present the results of the People’s Town Hall to WA Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. We will present recommendations for their action in Congress on nuclear weapons policy and share our sense of urgency for nuclear justice.
We will rally outside the Federal Building, hold a press conference, address the public and share our testimonies, then deliver the People’s Town Hall results to the Senators in their offices at the Federal Building.
Join the Henry M Jackson School of International Studies and the Ploughshares Fund for a conversation with Stephen Miles, the executive director of Win Without War: a veteran of campaign politics and grassroots advocacy with expertise in humanitarian interventions and middle east politics.
Join our partners at Hanford Challenge, to learn about the most radioactive site in the Western Hemisphere, right here in our PNW backyard! Screening the movie “Nuclear Lands: A Story of Plutonium”, a film that explains issues at global nuclear sites. Nikolas Peterson, Legal Director of Hanford Challenge, will then provide a 101 education of what Hanford is, as well as an update on the current cleanup at Hanford. Learn about Hanford and join us in stopping the government from taking shortcuts when it comes to nuclear clean up.
Join No More Bombs in Anacortes for a presentation and discussion on Hanford
During WWII, the United States prioritized the construction of nuclear bombs. Unfortunately, the decision makers in charge of developing these weapons did not prioritize the safe long term storage of the vast quantities of radioactive waste that would be generated during the manufacture of these bombs. The waste products were simply vented to the atmosphere, pumped into storage tanks, or simply distributed into the ground. Specifically, Hanford is storing 56,000,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste in 177 underground tanks and more than 1/3 of them have leaked. This summer four Skagit County residents toured the Hanford facility and will report on that they saw and present information detailing the progress (or lack of progress) on cleaning up this disaster.
BACKGROUND: In 1943 Hanford was chosen as part of the Manhattan Project to create plutonium used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. The B Reactor at Hanford was the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world and is now a National Historic Park along with Oak Ridge and Los Alamos. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Join us in Spokane, Washington this September for the 2019 Activists Mobilizing for Power (AMP) conference, Western States Center’s flagship leadership development convening. Every two years, AMP attracts hundreds of social justice leaders from across the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West states for three days of shared learning and opportunities to develop our relationships, skills, and analysis. AMP 2019 is presented by the Sierra Club, our local host is Greater Spokane Progress (GSP), and the event is coordinated with support from GSP and their founding member organization, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS). We hope you can make it!
From Hiroshima to Hope has been created by local peace, faith and community organizations every year since 1984, The Seattle event is the oldest and largest anywhere outside Japan. More than a thousand attendees participated again last year. The 2019 From Hiroshima to Hope Planning Committee welcomes all those who wish to come and experience the feeling of community, the music and the sight of a thousand lanterns drifting on the lake. It offers the hope that we can resolve international conflicts without violence, and learn the habit and technique of living in peace with all our neighbors on this earth. See more information on the From Hiroshima to Hope Website.
Join CODEPINK Divest from the War Machine National Organizer Maya Rommwatt and World BEYOND War Co-Founder David Swanson for this potluck & grassroots organizing strategy session to kick start a Divest from the War Machine coalition in Seattle!
We'll discuss forming a city-wide coalition to work on weapons divestment, in collaboration with local & national partners. All are welcome to this brainstorming & strategizing meeting, which will also be a time for networking and community-building.
To learn more before the meeting, or to find out about getting involved, go to: www.codepink.org/divest
Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk For a Nuclear Free World July 26-August 6
This will be the 15th Peace Walk in the Pacific Northwest. We walk, listen, and share the voices of the victims of warfare. For the past 15 years, we have walked in OR, WA, CA, NM & BC. Our tie to the Marshallese Community in Salem has been strengthened through walking and praying with them. The steps we take are small just like a ripple in a pond, yet, it is certainly a way to teach the promise of peace on this earth. We will walk 11-16 miles per day. Work for peace by walking just one day or even one hour or talking at our evening potluck dinner. Bring personal gear and smile with you. All are welcome.
7/26 Fri. Gathering Eugene
27 Sat. Eugene 2 Fri. Bainbridge Is. – Suquamish
28 Sun. Corvallis
29 Mon. Salem
30 Tue. Portland/Vancouver
31 Wed. Tacoma
8/1 Thu. Seattle-Bainbridge Island
3 Sat. Poulsbo -Ground Zero
4 Sun. Ground Zero
5 Mon. Ground Zero
6 Tue. Seattle “Hiroshima to Hope” Lantern Ceremony
Seattle Antiwar Coalition and Veterans for Peace. The demonstration will take place at Seattle Center in solidarity with the Iranian Festival. Meet this Saturday, June 22nd, 11 am-1 pm, at the Seattle Center south entrance at 5th & Broad. Please bring signs; some signs will be available. We will also leaflet passersby .
Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation program with Betsy Bell in a Book Reading and Discussion.
Betsy's book, "Open Borders: A personal story of love, loss and anti-war activism" describes how she and her husband Don Bell, advocated with many others, for a peaceful end to the Cold War through People to People friendship. All are welcome! Free, an offering will be taken. Info 206-789-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Activists in Port Townsend for a Quaker style poetry and prose vigil on War and Peace, Patriotism and Profiteers. We will gather at noon on Fathers’s Day, June 16, at LB Good Memorial Park across the road from the West Coast’s military weapons transfer depot NavMag Indian Island near Port Townsend. People come forth, speak your inner truth. Bring songs, poems and food to share. Everyone who has been touched by war is invited!
For more information contact Doug Milholland 360-385-6525 email@example.com
Join Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility in a day of learning, practicing and movement building with Lee Hochberg. In this training you will learn:
What does the movement to abolish nuclear weapons look like in WA State?
Effective messages and talking points to use with diverse audiences to build the anti nuclear weapons movement
How to deliver a compelling message to a crowd
Concrete organizing skills to give educational presentations to students, faith communities and people who you want to recruit
Please RSVP Here to participate in the Speakers Training.
Join Pax Christi, St Patrick's, and peace activists in viewing and discussing "The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs". Wednesday, May 29, 7 pm. This recent documentary tells the dramatic story of a community of peace activists (including Fr. Bill "Bix" Bichsel and Sr. Megan Rice) who are willing to endure long prison sentences, and even risk death, because of their deeply held moral and humanitarian beliefs that we must protect lives, and the future of our planet, from nuclear weapons.
Information: Chris Covert-Bowlds, 206-883-8989, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Downtown Seattle Anti-War Coalition monthly anti-war protest at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle on the First Tuesday of each month.
In April, WPSR is hosting a In-District Lobby Days to encourage Washington State Members of Congress to take positive positions on nuclear weapons policies while they are at home in district during the Congressional Recess the week of April 22-26.
The theme of this lobby day is “Protect Our Home; No New Nukes”. We will set the policy agenda for these meetings together, but individuals can feel free to utilize these meetings for specific issues your organizations are advocating for.
This activity is being coordinated nationally by the United Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition and locally by the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Please sign up below if you want to attend a meeting with your member of Congress in your district. Please add your name below in your District and contact email@example.com so we can coordinate the lobby visits across the state.
Kate Brown is an award winning historian of environmental and nuclear history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She will discuss her new book, Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future and her previous book Plutopia, which won 7 academic prizes. She splits her time between Washington D.C. and Cambridge, MA. This event is co-sponsored by Health Advocacy International, Hanford Challenge and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Join Seattle Anti-War Coalition on its annual Tax Day Action to raise awareness of how our Government spends our tax dollars and the enormous amount that goes to the military. There is no better way to inform the public about where our tax dollars end up in the federal budget than in a pie chart that graphically shows how. Congress decides where to distribute tax revenue in the annual discretionary budget. We’ll be handing out this budget at the federal building.
Join our friends at West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice for a movie screening and discussion. They will screen Making Waves from the Veterans for Peace Golden Rule project and host a lecture and discussion about nuclear weapons in our community.
UW's 2019 Health Policy Symposium: "The Future of the VA: Privatization or the Model for a US Single Payer System"
UW's theme for the 2019 Health Policy Symposium is: "The Future of the VA: Privatization or the Model for a US Single Payer System". This is a very important forum on the future of the VA & current attempts to further privatize it.
March 21st, 6:00pm, Kane Hall, Room 210, on the University of Washington Campus. Hugh Foy, MD, Professor of Surgery and Co-Founder of PNHPWW will be on the panel.
Please - Register @ HTTPS://2019-CHIPS-SYMPOSIUM.EVENTBRITE.COM
View the flyer here.