newsletter of Western Washington FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION
225 North 70th, Seattle WA 98103, 206-789-5565
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Vol. XXII, No. 5 Nov.-Dec. 2002Editor: Tom Savage, plus many helping hands web edition at: www.scn.org/wwfor
The Western Washington FOR (WWFOR) seeks to replace violence, war, racism and economic injustice with nonviolence, equality, peace and justice. It links and strengthens FOR members and chapters throughout Western Washington in promoting activities consistent with the national FOR statement of purpose. WWFOR helps members and chapters accomplish together what we could not accomplish alone.
Vision statement of national FOR: The Fellowship of Reconciliation envisions a world of justice, peace, and freedom. It is a revolutionary vision of a beloved community where differences are respected, conflicts addressed nonviolently, oppressive structures dismantled, and where people live in harmony with the earth, nurtured by diverse spiritual traditions that foster compassion, solidarity, and reconciliation.
·Message from Mike
Abbrev.s: FOR=Fellowship of Reconciliation, IFOR=International FOR WWFOR=W. Washington FOR
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MESSAGE FROM MIKEMike Yarrow, WWFOR Organizer
"Because we want peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war of course continues because the waging of war is total. But the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial. So a whole will and a whole heart and a whole national life bent toward war prevail over the [mere desire for] peace." Daniel Berrigan
Rev. Anne Hall quoted this statement from dear Daniel Berrigan while the Seattle 12, those arrested for sitting in at our two senators' offices, were discussing how we are going to plead at our impending arraignment. At a time of impending war, people of peace are certainly challenged to work with our whole hearts for peace. Luckily people around the state and the country have been doing that with great intelligence, good humor and enthusiasm. A month ago no one would have predicted that four Washington Representatives and a Senator would vote against Bush's war resolution. We were thrilled that Senator Murray's statement motivating her "no" vote borrowed heavily from the letter we presented at her office when we sat-in. The "no" vote of Washington State Representatives is in some small way attributable to the efforts of WWFOR folks. Our chapter in Bellingham has had a long term engagement with Rick Larsen who took a risk by voting no while in a close race. Jay Inslee has heard from many FOR folks and Brian Baird has been approached repeatedly by people in the Longview, Fire Mountain and Olympia Chapters. Even though the national vote was a tragic mistake and we have just heard about the death of Paul Wellstone, one of the most humane and thoughtful senators, we must also own our accomplishments.
Many of us have sent thank you notes to the "no" voters. In Seattle on October 6 we presented US Rep. Jim McDermott with a SNOW giraffe citation for "Sticking his neck out and standing tall for peace." It was presented by a young couple who said they appreciated his integrity and courage. It gave their generation hope to find a politician who was willing to take political risks for peace.
WWFOR founded the Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW), a coalition which now has participation from 29 groups and over 150 individuals (seewww.snowcoalition.org ). It has hung banners at overpasses, promoted cartop no war signs, organized the sit-in at the senators' offices, and is now organizing for a large Ceremony of Commitment in early December. We hope that people will come from far and wide to publicly proclaim their determination to resist this war in whatever ways they can. Please let the office know if you want to participate. SNOW members had staffed tables at the farmers markets in West Seattle and Lake Forest Park and Bookfest and found a very warm reception with hundreds of people buying buttons and bumper stickers and signing the Peace Pledge. We need to keep reaching out to dialogue with people and give them information.
The effort to encourage house parties to raise money to rebuild demolished homes for Palestinians continues. This is an effort of an Israeli and a Palestinian group and they work side by side to rebuild homes. Several more are planned in Seattle. Is there one in Tacoma? We have a house party kit which includes a video. I really hope others will consider this fun way to be of material help to families in need. Where are the party animals?
FOR and Seattle Labor Chorus member Lou Truskoff have put some peaceful words from the War Resisters League to music. You might want to ask the office for a copy.
Meanwhile the domestic impacts of war are being felt. A number of FOR folks joined a rally in downtown Seattle to protest the proposed 50% cut in needed human services for King County while the president proposes a $200 billion war on Iraq. Also immigrants are being widely targeted for intense persecution.
So what a way to go into the season of peace and thanks giving!
I trust that FOR folks will be making a special effort to support each other in these hard times. Sara Rinehart and I are comforted by the thought that Ruth Yarrow will soon be joining us in the FOR office. She has worked for 5 years for Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility educating and building pressure for a thorough clean up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. At the August Area Committee, approval was given for her to share the organizer's job with me. I look forward to her efficient and well-organized work habits, her creativity and her sensitive way with people. She will add to the laughter in the office. Come visit. And may your holiday season be filled with warm connections with family and friends and with joyful peace making.
Mike and Ruth at 206-789-5565
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SNOW WELCOMES GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS
SNOW points of agreement (in part):
We will commit no acts of violence, physical or verbal.
We will commit no property damage.
We will behave respectfully to all.
If conflict is likely we will strive to have ample trained peacekeepers and legal observers.
We will encourage all participants to be trained in nonviolence.
If arrest is risked, all participants will be trained in nonviolence.
More info available through WWFOR 206-789-5565 orhttp://www.snowcoalition.org
THOUSANDS IN OCT 26 SEATTLE RALLY, CALL FOR NO IRAQ WAR
An estimated 5000 people attended the rally and march, organized by the No War Against Iraq Coalition. Speakers representing the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), INOC (Interfaith Network of Concern, and Citizens Concerned for the People of Iraq), King County Labor Council and others joined with congressional representatives Jim McDermott and Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), in a call to speak out forcefully in opposition to the unconstitutional rush to war in Iraq. Kucinich spoke inspiringly of the need to give serious consideration to active nonviolence as national policy, and of McDermott's support toward a Department of Peace.
F.O.R. DELEGATION VISITS JORDAN, LEBANON, ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Donna Schumann 360-943-0965
In mid-October I returned from a 17 day FOR/USA Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegation to Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine. We met a wide range of ordinary people, community leaders and government officials.
Delegation leader Scott Kennedy with Fr. Nabil Haddad (Melekite Catholic) in Amman, Jordan. Fr. Haddad would like FOR to join in building an interfaith peace movement.
Zein Seikaly, Chief of Field Relief and Social Services for United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Lebanon
Our primary focus was on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but we made a point of talking about the possible U.S. led war on Iraq.
First, no one understands the sudden need to invade Iraq. Few people approve of Saddam Hussein, but they feel that any intervention needs to be done through the United Nations and with the willing support of Iraq's neighbors.
Also, every Arab and many of the Israelis we talked with fear that if Bush attacks Iraq, Sharon will attack the Palestinians and implement "transfer". Those outside of Israel/Palestine fear Palestinians will be forced across borders to join the millions of refugees languishing in refugee camps since 1948. However, the fear within Israel/Palestine is of Palestinians forced into small, non-contiguous enclaves in the West Bank and then fenced off. (Barak's "generous" offer with fences thrown in.) Sharon, the "man of peace", will then declare this apartheid system as the Palestinian "state".
Finally, no one knows what the outcome of an attack against Iraq will be, but no one thinks it will do any good, and most think it will result in disaster for the region.
Donna Schumann participated in the October FOR delegation to Israel/Palestine. Her husband, Mark Brodeck participated in the April FOR delegation to Israel/Palestine. They are both available for presentations. Contact information: email@example.com or 360-943-0965.
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WEST SEATTLE LISTENS
On a fine sunny day, FOR activists and friends in West Seattle set up an advice booth near Alki Beach. Inspired by the Peanuts cartoons, the whimsical booth offered foreign policy advice (and listening) for 5 cents. Even after the "fee" was crossed out (due to complaint about lack of a business license), many people visited and enthusiatically commented on the need for wider and better informed public dialogue about Iraq, terrorism, the Middle East and policy alternatives.
TACOMA FOR DISCUSSES IRAQ, PARTICIPATES IN LOCAL EVENTS
Al Kammerzall 253-272-9572
At the September meeting, members of Tacoma FOR participated in a rousing discussion of potentialities and possibilities of peace or war with Iraq.
In October, several members presented sources of independent information from various media.
Members also participated in weekly meetings of People for Peace, Justice and Healing and took part in the vigil for peace and No Iraq War in front of the Federal Building in Tacoma.
BELLINGHAM: WHATCOM PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER OPENS IN NOVEMBER
Jamie K. Donaldson 360-676-2491
Members of Bellingham FOR have been busy helping launch the new Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, a proactive community voice for peace, which will be opening an office in downtown Bellingham in November. The center incorporates the energies of peace activists and educators from faith communities and secular groups, as well as county residents, students and seniors. To contact the center with advice or support, please email
FOR members will also be taking part in an upcoming nonviolent action training to prepare for the escalation of war in Iraq or elsewhere.
OLYMPIA FOR Engages the Local Community in Many Ways
Glen Anderson 360-491-9093
Choosing Peace series: We helped the community mark September 11 in alternative peaceful ways by bringing together many organizations and activists to coordinate "Choosing Peace: A Series for the Whole Community." More than 80 activities from late August to early November included films, music, youth activities, speakers, workshops, vigils, religious observances, and more. We addressed political, spiritual, environmental, artistic, and other aspects of war and peace. We printed and distributed 4,000 copies of an 8-page newsprint publication describing our events and featuring articles and a list of information sources. Our Choosing Peace series has strengthened community networking. Its omnipresence has inspired individuals to "come out of the closet" and become active.
Youth activities: Our October 3 Teen Forum brought students from eight local high schools and home-schooling together to discuss their experiences working in international service projects and local activism. It created a network for further activities. We presented the "Hands and Words Are Not for Hurting" activity during the Oct 4 Arts Walk and Oct 13 Children's Day.
For peace with Iraq we:
§Are helping organize an intergenerational "Families for Peace" rally at 12 noon on SAT NOV 9 in Sylvester Park..
§Joined Sound Nonviolent Opponents to War (SNOW), the new Seattle-based coalition of many fine local and regional peace groups.
§Will help distribute red/white/blue "NO IRAQ WAR" yard signs locally.
§Will convene a workshop session to thoughtfully analyze the current situation and devise fresh strategies.
§Will organize Peacekeeper training to help local marches and rallies be effective and free from disruption.
Vigils: Participation increased to about 20 on Wednesdays and 30 on Fridays near the congressional vote, and has continued strong and upbeat. Our 27th annual Christmas Peace Vigil will be at 12 noon SAT DEC 21 at Percival Landing, with refreshments and social time afterward at an indoor location.
Website: We are strengthening our new website www.OlyFOR.org to make it more useful.
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MERCER ISLAND FORUM
Betty Glenn (Eastside FOR) 425-456-1509
At the Mercer Island Library on October 28, the Eastside FOR chapter sponsored an evening Town Hall Forum to discuss "Money" with guests: Kathy Gilman Ex. Director of Washington Cash - a micro loan bank, Heidi Behrens-Benedict- candidate for US congress in the 8th District. Michael Tivana of Eastside FOR was the host.
The Eastside Players performed the play "El Presidente, a Play on Globalization". Topics included Globalization, taxes, our money, your money, our parks and schools and solutions to our economic morass.
PORT ANGELES RALLY DRAWS CROWD
Bev Ludwig (North Olympic PF) 360-452-8843
Over 150 people (a large PA crowd) participated in the Oct 5 anti war rally in Port Angeles. Organized by a coalition of the North Olympic Peace Fellowship, AFSC, Womanfest (a local group) and the Green Party, the rally received good newspaper coverage complete with a photo.
NOV 15-16 WWFOR FALL RETREAT -- THE PEACE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA: GETTING OUR MESSAGE OUT
Bert Sacks , Larry Kerschner and Mahatma Gandhi will assist. If you haven't received a signup flyer for this Friday eve-Saturday event, call WWFOR 206-789-5565.
IRAQ SANCTIONS PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON POWER POINT
Larry Kerschner (visitor to Iraq) 360-291-3946
Larry has just developed a 30 minute introduction to the Iraq sanctions. It is a good opening for a program about Iraq. Prepared in Microsoft Power Point, it can be viewed or projected from a computer, or printed out. It is suitable for viewing by groups or individuals. Contact Larry for a copy.
REVIEW: "ONE DROP OF BLOOD - THE AMERICAN MISADVENTURE OF RACE"
From a review by Flora Cole, Seattle FOR
This readable and recent (2000) book by Scott Malcomson touches on questions I've long had on my mind about America's peculiar concepts of "race". Wide-ranging, there's a lot here, written in interesting fashion.
CONNECTIONS:people & organizations
FOR NationalPO Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960 845-358-4601 www.forusa.org with links to the Peace Pledge campaign
INOC Interfaith Network of Concern , and Citizens Concerned for the people of Iraq an excellent source of informationwww.saveageneration.org
Pacific Call Jan-Feb issue deadline is December 13. Send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tom at 206-522-6201
SNOW Sound Nonviolent Opponents to War a coalition of local groups and individualswww.snowcoalition.org
WWFOR office Mike Yarrow, organizer 206-789-5565 email email@example.com
WWFOR web sitewww.scn.org/wwfor includes some great articles that couldn't fit into this Pacific Call!
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More calendar items: Olympia *FOR* web site http://www.OlyFOR.org for Olympia area events; Seattle area http://www.scn.org/activism/calendar, Bellingham area events http://www.bellinghampeace.org or http://www.revolutionz.org Tacoma area http://www.tacomapjh.org
Ongoing Thursdays, 9 p.m. & Mondays 1:30 p.m., TCTV channel 22 or 29 in Thurston County, Olympia *FOR* TV monthly program repeats twice weekly until next debut; debut Nov 14 Peace from Several Perspectives; debut Dec 12 Re-Thinking the War on Drugs; info Glen 360-491-9093 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., at McDonald's on 15th Ave, Longview; Cowlitz County *FOR* peace vigil, everyone is welcome with or without signs, info Dan or Janey 360-423-7338
Ongoing Wednesdays, noon - 1 p.m., NW corner of Sylvester Park, corner of Legion & Capitol Way, Olympia, Peace Vigil, come for all or part of the hour to sustain Olympia *FOR’s* persistent (every week for 21 years) witness for peace and nonviolence; bring signs or use ours; info Glen 360-491-9093
Ongoing Thursdays; 5 - 6 p.m., near the Westlake Park arch at 4th and Pine, downtown Seattle; Peace Vigil and leafleting by Women in Black, a peace group in the tradition of the women who vigil weekly in Israel / Palestine, info 206-208-9715
Ongoing Fridays, 4 -5 p.m., at west end of the Allen Street Bridge, Longview; Cowlitz County *FOR* peace vigil, everyone is welcome with or without signs, info Dan or Janey 360-423-7338
Ongoing Fridays, 4- 5 p.m., in front of the Bellingham Federal Building; join Bellingham *FOR* members and others in the Whatcom Peace Vigil followed by discussion at Stuart's coffee house, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., vigil may be extended to 6 p.m.
Ongoing Fridays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., in downtown Olympia along W 4th Ave near the fountain, join Olympia *FOR* weekly vigil; current focus promoting peace and human rights in light of the current intl. crisis; info Glen 360-491-9093
Ongoing Fridays, 5 - 6 p.m., near the kissing statue at the south end of Percival Landing, 4th & Water, Olympia; 'Women in Black' Vigil for Peace. Please wear black. Signs will be provided. join a loose network of women worldwide committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war and violence since 1988. info Julie 360-705-2669 or email@example.com
Ongoing Sundays, 10 p.m., on TCTV channel 22 or 29 in Thurston County; Olympia *FOR* sponsors interesting videos, November, Peace Trees Vietnam, a documentary about US veterans removing landmines and planting trees there. December, Colombia: The Next Vietnam? presents solid information. info Carol 360-866-7645 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Sundays, 2 p.m., at Greenlake, near the intersection of 63rd and East Greenlake Way N, Seattle; Peace Vigil, all peaceful people invited, bring signs, leaflets, and your friends and dogs, info email@example.com
Fri Nov 1, 6 p.m., at P.U.D. auditorium, 3rd & Cota, Shelton; Mason County Peace Group organizing peace activities, info Maylee Collier 360-426-9322 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fri Nov 1, 7 p.m., Wesley Terrace, at Wesley Homes, 516 S. 216th, Des Moines; South King County *FOR* meeting, call for topic, info Mark Fredericksen 206-243-9238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Nov 2, 4 p.m., & subsequent 1st Saturdays, Keystone Cong. Ch., 5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle; meeting of Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq challenging the U.S. embargo against Iraq; info Andrew Fung 206-568-8178
Sun Nov 3, 2 - 5:30 p.m., at Bellingham Senior Center; Non-violent direct action training; info Rob Baxter email@example.com
Sun Nov 3, 1 - 3 p.m., at Douglass-Truth Library, 23rd Avenue & Yesler Way, Seattle; meeting of the Nonviolent Peaceforce -- Seattle Area Support Group, forming a local group that will provide on-going peacekeeping presence and training; affiliated with Seattle *FOR*, info Nonviolent Peaceforce David Berrian 425-482-3026 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weds Nov 6, 7 p.m., at Seattle University, Pigott Building room 204 just West of Seattle U. visitor parking, at 12th & Marion; Seattle Colombia Committee invites all to Colombia 101: Understand what's happening & rethink current events in historical perspective, with Charles Bergquist, UW History professor and Colombia specialist, Joe Swaja, Seattle International Human Rights Coalition, and Sara Koopman, committee activist leaving soon for a year in Colombia with Peace Brigades, info email@example.com
Thurs Nov 7, 8:45 a.m., at Federal Court, 3rd floor, Courtroom A, 1010 5th Ave near Madison, downtown Seattle; arraignment of 12 Nonviolent Anti-War Protesters arrested at offices of Senators Murray and Cantwell on Sept. 25, while urging the Senators to Vote No on War
Thurs Nov 7, 6:30 - 9 p.m., in Lincoln School cafeteria, 213 21st Ave. SE, Olympia; An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication: Communicating to Connect; suggested donation $10 - 25 strictly optional; info Liv 360-357-4503 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sun Nov 10, 2 p.m. in Centralia Library; call for details; Centralia-Chehalis area Fire Mountain *FOR* meeting, see segment from "A Force More Powerful" exploring the power of nonviolence, bring finger food to share, Stephen 360-736-8784
Sun Nov 10, 5:15 p.m. business mtg, 6 potluck, 7 program, at Hillside Comm. Church, 2508 S. 39th St, Tacoma; Tacoma *FOR* program with a new video on the School of the Americas (School of Assassins); info Al Kammerzall 253-272-9572
Weds Nov 13, 6 -9 p.m., at the Bellevue Library - 10th and 110th, downtown Bellevue; The Eastside FOR Chapter is sponsoring a political social; socialize with fellow citizens in our community who are concerned about the world in which we live. Network with fellow organizations which are fighting for peace and justice in our world. The power of the people is in their unity and connectedness.
Fri Nov 15, noon, at YWCA, Bellingham; WHRTF Community Conversation: Eliminating 'isms; an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered youth will discuss building a safe community by elimination the "ism's" that separate us. info Barbara Ryan, 360-671-8376
Fri 5:15 p.m. - Sat 5 p.m. Nov 15 & 16, in Lacey, near Olympia; *WWFOR* annual Fall Retreat, 'The Peace Movement and the Media - What Image?' includes quarterly Area Committee meeting 3 - 5 p.m. Sat, low cost housing and potluck meals, info and registration (as soon as possible!) 206-789-5565
Fri - Sun Nov 15 - 17, at Fort Benning Georgia; Stop Teaching Terrorism at U.S. Army School of Americas, US tax dollars train Latin American military torturers and murderers responsible for countless thousands of civilian deaths in Central and South America. annual protest draws thousands, many of whom risk arrest, info http://www.soaw.org
Fri Nov 15, 6:30 7p.m., at Charlie's Restaurant Banquet Room, 1826 -1st Ave, Longview, Cowlitz County *FOR* meeting with discussion about What Can We Do to Prevent War, beyond twice weekly vigils and letters to the editor, info Dan or Janey 360-423-7338
Sat Nov 16, 9 a.m., at WWU, Bellingham; "Confronting Endless War" Teach-in, info Nate Johnson, Peace Resource Center 360-650-6125
Sat Nov 16, 1 - 3 p.m., at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin SE, Olympia; Help Stop the Gigantic New Jail, a Teach-In; info Glen Anderson 360-491-9093 or email@example.com
Sun Nov 17, in Vancouver BC; large peace rally, info Rob Baxter, Bellingham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Nov 17, 5 p.m. potluck, 6 p.m. announcements, 6:30 - 8 p.m. program, at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th near Greenwood, Seattle; Seattle *FOR* presents Nancy Amidei on "Advocating for Human Services In Bad Budget Times: Working with the State Legislature"; Free, an offering will be taken. info 206-789-5565
Mon Nov 18, 5 p.m., at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 North Garden St, Bellingham; Monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East, info Whatcom Peace & Justice Center email@example.com
Tues Nov 19, 4 - 6 p.m., at Meany Middle School library, 301 21st Ave E, parking lot off Republican near 19th, Seattle; Safe Schools Coalition meeting, *WWFOR* is a member, working to help schools become safe places regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, info http://www.SafeSchoolsCoalition.org
Tues Nov 19, 7 p.m., at Traditions, 5th & Water St., Olympia *FOR* "In Search Of The Big Picture" video & discussion series "The New Rulers of the World", film by award-winning journalist John Pilger looks at the new rulers of the world - the great multinational corporations and the governments and institutions that back them - the IMF and the World Bank, info Carol 360-866-7645 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Nov 22, in Olympia; Economics of Globalization: This forum addresses the Effects of Globalization on Religion and Culture. details and info Bob First 360-866-6033 or email@example.com
Fri Nov 22, 7:30 p.m. at Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water, Olympia; Heartsparkle Players' Playback Theatre: improvisational interpretations of people's experiences and feelings; This month's collaborating group is the Thurston County Study Circles on Race. $50 - $10 sliding scale donation, no one will be turned away. info Debe Edden 360-943-6772
Sat - Sun Nov 23 - 24, at The Evergreen State College, Olympia; Conference Seeking Peace with Justice in the Middle East, info firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Nov 29, traditional Buy Nothing Day, the year's biggest shopping day, say no to runaway consumerism
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Sun Dec 1 & 8, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Seattle; Nonviolent Peaceforce - Seattle Area Affinity Group will hold a Peacekeeper Training: Learn how to do nonviolent crowd control to help rallies and marches be effective w/o disruption. RSVP David Berrian 425-482-3026 or email@example.com
Fri Dec 6, 6 p.m., at P.U.D. auditorium, 3rd & Cota, Shelton; Mason County Peace Group organizing peace activities, info Maylee Collier 360-426-9322 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fri Dec 6, 7 p.m., Wesley Terrace, at Wesley Homes, 516 S. 216th, Des Moines; South King County *FOR* meeting, call for topic, info Mark Fredericksen 206-243-9238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Dec 7, 4 p.m., & subsequent 1st Saturdays, Keystone Cong. Ch., 5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle; meeting of Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq challenging the U.S. embargo against Iraq; info Andrew Fung 206-568-8178
Sun Dec 8, call for details; Centralia-Chehalis area Fire Mountain *FOR* meeting, possibly a Holiday Party, call for topic, info Stephen 360-736-8784
Sun Dec 8, 5:15 p.m. business mtg, 6 potluck, 7 program, at Hillside Comm. Church, 2508 S. 39th St, Tacoma; Tacoma *FOR* program, possibly a discussion with *WWFOR* Organizer Mike Yarrow; info Al Kammerzall 253-272-9572
Fri Dec 13, 6:30 p.m., at Charlie's Restaurant Banquet Room, 1826 -1st Ave, Longview, Cowlitz County *FOR* meeting held also with members of ACLU, focus on Civil Liberties, info Dan or Janey 360-423-7338
Sun Dec 15, 5 - 8 p.m., at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th near Greenwood, Seattle; Seattle *FOR* Holiday Party; info 206-789-5565
Tues Dec 17, 4 - 6 p.m., at Meany Middle School library, 301 21st Ave E, parking lot off Republican near 19th, Seattle; Safe Schools Coalition meeting, *WWFOR* is a member, working to help schools become safe places regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, info http://www.SafeSchoolsCoalition.org
Sat Dec 21, noon - 1 p.m., along Percival Landing beside Water Street between State and 4th, Olympia; The Olympia *FOR* 27th annual Christmas Peace Vigil, signs provided or bring your own. Refreshments and social time will follow at an indoor location. info Glen 360-491-9093 or email@example.com
Fri Jan 3, 7 p.m., Wesley Terrace, at Wesley Homes, 516 S. 216th, Des Moines; South King County *FOR* meeting, call for topic, info Mark Fredericksen 206-243-9238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Jan 4, 4 p.m., at Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle; regular meeting of the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq challenging the U.S. embargo against Iraq; info Andrew Fung 206-568-8178
Sun Jan 5, 1 - 3 p.m., call for place, Seattle; meeting of the Nonviolent Peaceforce -- Seattle Area Support Group, forming a local group that will provide peacekeeping presence and training; affiliated with Seattle *FOR*, info Nonviolent Peaceforce David Berrian 425-482-3026 or email@example.com
Jan 4 - 11, at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, Bangor, PA; Peacemaker Training Institute, program developed by *FOR*; introduces young people ages 17-25 to nonviolence as a way of life and as a tool for radical change in community with 15-25 peacemakers. theoretical & practical nonviolence, making the links between US racism, militarism, and economic injustice and international political issues in the Middle East and Latin America, organizing skills building. Application Deadline Dec 1, $375-450; Scholarship assistance available for young people of color; Apply http://www.forusa.org, or via Maryrose or Alejandra, PTI c/o FNVW, 1050 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104, or 845-358-4601 x33, Fax 651-917-0379
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