PACIFIC CALL November-December 2005
newsletter of Western Washington FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION
225 North 70th, Seattle WA 98103, 206-789-5565
Vol. XXV, No. 5Editor: Tom Savage plus many helping hands.
Web edition at:www.scn.org/wwfor (may include articles and links that couldn’t fit into the print version).
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.
·Expressions from Ellen
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Expressions from Ellen
Ellen Finkelstein, WWFOR Organizer
Less sunlight, more rain, cooler temperatures. The urge to snuggle under a blanket and read, anticipating warm bread and the hearty soup simmering. Holidays begin to figure in our planning. Perversely, it’s also when there may be two, three, or even more peace and justice events to chose from on a given day. (Check out the calendar insert – or your e-mail.) We race to do it all. And try not to get too overwhelmed or worn out.
I endured many Northeast and Midwest winters. I often think of a song by Gordon Bok, quintessential folksinger from Maine:
"Oh, my Joanie, don't you know/That the stars are swinging slow,
And the seas are rolling easy/As they did so long ago?
If I had a thing to give you,/I would tell you one more time
That the world is always turning/Toward the morning."
Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW), started by WWFOR and friends in the buildup to the Iraq War in 2002, recently had a meeting to discuss whether it would continue to exist. Key folks were tired and wondered if there was new energy to be tapped. The meeting was the largest in many months. Those attending expressed their appreciation of those who had done work and a need for the work to continue. (The war, of course, is far from over. Injustice has not disappeared.) Some indicated willingness to pitch in. The jury is still out. While I hope SNOW endures, I know that the people involved will (for example, see the Edmonds story, below).
Here’s the thing: we persevere. Because we can, because we must. Because we envision a world of justice, peace, and freedom. We know that we must work to achieve it. We treasure those who work alongside us, and the many who can’t. Many religions mark this season when the darkness is most with us not as a time of despair but of hope. The days grow longer, the light returns.
I saw "Good Night, and Good Luck," George Clooney’s film about the real-life conflict between Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy in the mid-1950s. It is a history lesson about a response to fear-mongering with much that echoes today. If you go to see it, take someone under 50 with you.
Feel joy in all you do for justice and peace, Ellen
Nov 12, 7 pm, Live Auction plus Dessert, Door Prizes and Laughs to Benefit WWFOR
At Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th, Seattle, the auctioneer team will feature our enthusiastic Peace Activist Trainees plus Mike and Ruth Yarrow. Join the fun, enjoy the auction bargains, desserts and door prizes, and help support FOR as a 90+ year old pacifist organization that has been opposing wars since World War I. Info (206) 789-5565.
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Citizen Activists Prompt Edmonds School District Toward a Policy on Recruiters
By Tom Savage
This story begins with SNOW. In December 2002, several south Snohomish County members decided to act locally. Friday afternoons, at Lynnwood’s main intersection of 196th Street SW and W 44th Ave they held signs, waved to passing traffic, and invited conversation about the absurdity of invading Iraq. At peak, about 30 people turned out. Counter-demonstrators began to appear. The Friday events ended when Iraq was invaded in March 2003. But commitment to action did not.
In early 2005, one mom with a grandson at Meadowdale High School suggested taking a look at how military recruiting is being conducted in local schools. That resulted in concerned parents and citizens meeting with the school’s principal, and one participant going higher to district level. They got friendly receptions but no meaningful action.
Then in spring-summer 2005 the group decided to focus on how students and their parents could choose to "opt-out" from having student names and contact information given to military recruiters. One of the concerned parents kept working with the principals. Jointly they developed an opt-out form. It was included in the summer information packet sent to high school parents. Unfortunately the wording was too broad. It would have blocked student information from going to colleges and other institutions as well to the military.
Finally, just after school started in September, Edmonds School District administrators and principals produced an opt-out form that was usable. The district posted the form on a web site and said that since 80% of student households have web access, that was sufficient. But many students and parents were not even aware of the opt-out form, let alone where to find it. And, the 20% of households without web access include many of the students most heavily targeted by military recruiters.
Concerned parents and citizens swung into action. They began weekday vigils with posters, signs and opt-out forms at Meadowdale high school, starting at 7 a.m. daily. They started as about six people, then increased to fifteen. The vigils spread to all five high schools in the district. Student reaction was mixed and sometimes indifferent. Parents, however, eagerly took opt-out forms. Media attention grew. Stories appeared in local papers like the Everett Herald, Lynnwood Enterprise, Edmonds Beacon and the Seattle Times. KING-TV and KOMO-TV aired pieces. ABC-TV sent a crew from Nightline, for a possible 5-minute segment.
During the last week, just before the opt-out deadline of October 7, a TV crew from Canada arrived. By then, the school in homerooms and over the PA system was announcing availability of opt-out forms.
As the opt-out choice campaign developed, so did a parallel effort to regulate school-related activities of military recruiters. About this time, Seattle’s school board was considering public comment on recruiting. This helped energize the South Snohomish County citizens group. So did an Edmonds school board candidates’ forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Two incumbent candidates were supportive about regulating military recruiters; a challenger was wildly enthusiastic. This inspired the citizens’ group to compress into four days the preparation they thought would take six months. They got ready for the next Edmonds school board meeting. When the school board meeting heard public comments, there were ten well-prepared speakers, each for up to three minutes, with heart-felt and effective comments about the need to regulate recruiters.
The school board instructed the Assistant Administrator to prepare a draft policy on the activity of military and other recruiters within the schools. The first draft was broader in scope than Seattle’s policy. Initial public comments were heard at a meeting on October 13, attended by the District assistant administrator, a high school principal, a high school counselor, four military recruiters (including a regional recruiting officer), and ten concerned citizens. Some recruiters have projected their message into schools through middle school job fairs, and encouraging military parents to appear in uniform whenever visiting their children’s schools. In our region, Whatcom Peace and Justice Center (Bellingham) is effective in using its right to equal access to present alternatives at some schools the recruiters visit.
Edmonds School District is going to adopt a policy on recruiters. What that policy will be is an open question. For info on the citizen effort and how to help, call Jim Eachus email@example.com or eves (425) 481-8017.
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Arlington Northwest Memorial In Centralia Urges Students to Consider War’s True Cost
By Larry Kerschner
Fire Mountain Chapter FOR in conjunction with Veterans for Peace Rachel Corrie Chapter #109 presented the Arlington Northwest memorial on the campus of Centralia College in Lewis County, October 9-10. 1,953 crosses and tombstones were erected on the clock tower lawn in the middle of campus on Sunday afternoon, beginning a 24-hour vigil during which all the names of the soldiers who have died in Iraq were read aloud twice. When students arrived for classes on Monday morning they were confronted with a graphic representation of the true cost of war. This presentation led to much discussion on campus including a class who were assigned to write a paper on what we were doing. This was the 26th presentation of ANW in Western Washington.
Uprooting Racism – How White People Can Work for Social Justice, a book by Paul Kivel
By Flora Cole, Seattle FOR Racial Justice Committee
If you’d like useful, readable answers to these questions, plus many more, check Paul Kivel’s book. It is available from the WWFOR office library, as well as public libraries:
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"Set Up To Fail" – A Powerful Play from Justice Works! – Help Show It Statewide
By Lea Zengage, Justice Works! Coordinator (206)309-2087
(Justice Works! is an independently organized FOR affiliate)
The Justice Works! mission is undoing racism in the criminal justice system as experienced by African Americans. We believe that the true experts in crime prevention and the need for criminal justice system reform are those who have experienced the system. It is important that previously incarcerated people provide leadership in this work.
Since the public generally has NO knowledge about life in prison, our play "Set Up To Fail" provides a reenactment of a day in the life of an incarcerated person, then some of the overwhelming struggles that face newly released people. Without community support it is extremely difficult for newly released people to build stable lives, let alone provide leadership to a social justice movement.
We are looking for individuals or groups willing to host performances of the play. A performance requires only:
If the location were outside of King County, it would be great if we could also get help with transportation, meals, and housing if an overnight stay becomes necessary.
FOR members’ support is important. Here’s why: Our current campaigns are: three strikes reform, reducing interest on legal financial obligations from 12%, restoring civil rights upon release from prison, restoring voting rights upon release from prison, drug policy reform, Department of Corrections full implementation of standards of treatment for incarcerated people, release address process changes, and issuance of WA State identification prior to release from prison.
Past experience with all these campaigns has presented ONE MAJOR ROAD BLOCK. Even when we have successfully convinced decision makers, for example, that locking someone away for life without the possibility of parole for grabbing someone’s wallet three times (as happens with our Three Strikes law), is a bad law, the answer is ALWAYS the same. "WE DON’T WANT TO BE SEEN AS SOFT ON CRIME." To succeed in ALL our goals, we need to change public opinion about "Tough On Crime" and we need to do that work STATEWIDE. If you would be willing to help with our letters to the editor program, please contact Shirley White at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jobs With Justice: An Ally for Workers Rights
By Shulamit Decktor and Ellen Finkelstein
Washington State Jobs with Justice (WS-JWJ) has become an important WWFOR ally, and vice versa. WS-JWJ helped bring out union contingents to the Mar 19 peace rally this year, and we’ve encouraged FOR members to take the JWJ "I’ll be there" Pledge to lend support to workers rights rallies.
Jobs with Justice recently held its national annual meeting in St. Louis. It drew some 1,000 activists from across the country. The Pacific NW delegations included almost 30 people from Washington and 30 from Oregon. Shulamit Decktor and Ellen Finkelstein represented WWFOR. There were some FOR members from other states, but we were the only representatives of an FOR affiliate of JWJ.
This year’s conference had a pre-conference "Faith in Action" gathering, where people shared strategies and lessons from their own experience and that of their faith organizations. It was an opportunity to personally recognize the depth and possibilities in a faith-based commitment to the rights of working people. A plenary, with panelists from Muslim, Christian, and Jewish traditions, was particularly inspiring, and brought several hardened activists to tears. Simultaneous with the Faith in Action gathering was a meeting of SLAP (Student Labor Action Project). Its many energetic young people infused the conference with energy. Some were awesome at an "Open Mike" concert. There was a National Workers Rights Board hearing on Wal-Mart, and references throughout the Conference to both the war in Iraq and the impact of Katrina.
One local opportunity for all of us will be on December 10, International Human Rights Day, at mid-day actions to protect democracy at work and declare that workers rights are human rights. For info, call JWJ (206) 441-4969.
Relief for Newly Arrived Katrina Families
In the wake of Katrina, Puget Sound has seen an influx of families in need of longer-term assistance. You can help. Send financial contributions for local work to the Katrina CCC (Clergy and Community Coalition), care of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, 2800 First Avenue, Room 80, Seattle, WA 98121. Make checks out to "Katrina CCC."
There is a need for furniture, household goods, grocery cards, etc. To donate such items, call Michael Ramos (206) 525-1213 x3950, email@example.com.
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Kingdoms and Empires
By Nancy Jarmin and Dawn Kranz, New Vision for America
New Vision for America is made up of about 70 folks from the Wenatchee Valley area who are deeply concerned about the direction our country is taking, and willing to research and issue carefully written papers, letters and commentary. Open to everyone, New Vision for America is not connected to any political party, civic group or religious organization. Many of us are also members and/or supporters of the Wenatchee Valley FOR. This is from a recent letter:
In 1997 a "think tank" called The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was established in Washington D.C. Some of the participants are: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Richard Pearle, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams and Jeb Bush. Our group found and reviewed the central policy document of the PNAC, published in 2000, "Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD)", available at PNAC’s website: http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf
A few of the "advances" RAD envisions are:
The PNAC is alive and well. Its members advise the current President. We wonder why a project of such proportions is hardly mentioned in mainstream media. Do its goals truly reflect the wishes of the American people? Will the "advances" and new world order put forth in RAD "rid the world of evil" and bring about peace and prosperity for all God’s children? The human soul is easily seduced by power. History proves that super power can make good people do bad things. Can our leadership be trusted with such power?
Poetry Project Frozen
Unfortunately, we haven’t had enough original poetry and haiku submittals to poetry coordinator Larry Kerschner for a WWFOR benefit poetry book and we’re putting the project on ice. "Thank you" to Larry for the good effort. Rime on!
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Still waging peace all over!Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War Puget Sound & beyond http://www.snowCoalition.org, Olympia plus http://www.OlyFOR.org, Seattle plus http://www.scn.org/calendar, Bellingham http://www.bellinghampeace.org Tacoma http://www.tacomapjh.org, Tri-Cities http://www.tcfn.org/wcp
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 over 25 years) witness for peace and nonviolence; bring signs or use ours; info Glen 360-491-9093
Ongoing 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 5:15 - 6:15 pm, on Pacific Ave. & S. 19th St. at Union Station, Tacoma; Tacoma Women in Black's Vigil for Peace; No signs please. info Alison 253-678-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Thursdays,9 p.m. & Mondays 1:30 p.m., TCTV channel 22 in Thurston County, Olympia *FOR* TV monthly program, Nov "Your Rights vs. Military Recruiting" Dec TBA, info Glen 360-491-9093 or http://www.olyfor.org
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 group in the tradition of the women who vigil weekly in Israel / Palestine, info 206-208-9715
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 open discussion at Port of Subs, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., info 360-738-9205
Ongoing Fridays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., south end of Percival Landing, W 4th & Water, Olympia; Please join Olympia *FOR* in this very friendly peace vigil for all or part of this time. Signs provided or bring your own. info 360-491-9093
Ongoing Fridays, 5 - 6 p.m., on the south side of W. 4th Ave. at Water St. near the fountain, Olympia; Women in Black Silent Vigil for Peace. Signs provided. A network committed to peace since 1988. info Cynthia 360-352-4891 or email@example.com
Ongoing Saturdays,noon - 1 p.m., along Pearl St. at Locust, along Washington Park in front of library in Centralia; 3-year old Vigil with focus on Peace and Education by Fire Mountain *FOR*; info June Butler, 360-748-9658 or Larry Kerschner 360-291-3946
Ongoing Sundays, 12:30 -1:30 p.m., at the Brackett's Landing sign, Main Street and Railroad Avenue, in downtown Edmonds; Snohomish County Women In Black, Silent Vigil For Peace; Everyone is welcome. info Beth Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Sundays,2 p.m., at Greenlake, East Greenlake Way N near N 63rd, Seattle; Peace Vigil, all peaceful people invited, bring signs, leaflets, and your friends and dogs, info email@example.com
Ongoing Sundays,10 p.m., on TCTV channel 22 in Thurston County; Olympia *FOR* sponsors documentaries on peace and social justice, Nov "Cancel the Debt Now", how the debt in poor countries hurts real people, info Carol 360-866-7645 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weds Nov 2,Students from all over Western Washington are walking out of school to protest war and deceptive military recruiting, coming together with other young people to protest at Westlake Park, Seattle, and then marching downtown through the streets to The Premier club for an all-day youth-planned event with bands, workshops, poetry slam, and spoken word. info http://www.yawr.org or Carrie 206-963-4873 or email@example.com
Weds Nov 2,and subsequent 1st Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., at Labor Temple, Hall 8, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle; Jobs With Justice Seattle Organizing Committee meeting, *WWFOR* is a member of JwJ, info 206-441-4969
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Fri eve & Sat day Nov 4 & 5,near Lacey; *WWFOR*'s annual fall retreat "Creating Common Good in Challenging Times"; start with 5:30 potluck supper through Sat 3 pm to address serious current crises and plan constructive solutions. Followed by Area Committee Quarterly Meeting, 3 - 5 pm, our governing and coordinating board. Low cost. info 206-789-5565 or http://www.scn.org/wwfor
Fri Nov 4, please check website, 6:30 pm, at Cascade People's Center, 309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle; *FOR* affiliate Justice Works! meeting; an organization whose mission is undoing racism in the criminal justice system as experienced by African Americans; info 206-303-7559, http://www.justiceworks.info
Fri Nov 4,7 p.m., Wesley Terrace, lower level, 816 S. 216th, Des Moines; South King County *FOR* meeting with Ali Larkin on Department of Peace, info Marion 206-870-4139
Sat Nov 5, in Yakima; Statewide Peace & Justice Conference will stimulate multi-issue networking. info Tony Zaragoza firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Nov 5,3 p.m., & subsequent 1st Saturdays, Keystone Cong. Ch., 5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle; meeting of Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq working for peace in Iraq; info Rich Gamble 206-632-6021
Sat Nov 5, 6 pm, at 104 - 7th Avenue, Kirkland; Wa State Dept of Peace Campaign & Peace Alliance discussion on Department Of Peace legislation pending in Congress with Dot Maver, Director of Peace Alliance, Refreshments, silent auction, music by Rob Clay, Reservations required, email@example.com or 425-822-5990
Sat Nov 5, 7:30 pm, at the Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 North Pearl, Tacoma; *FOR* member, Seattle folksinger and story-teller Tom Rawson is doing a benefit concert to raise funds for a local Interfaith Camp for 7th & 8th graders next summer with the goal of a more peaceful and just world. Tickets $10 by calling 253-383-3056, ext 106, or at the door
Tues Nov 8, 6:45 - 9 pm, at Lincoln Elementary School at 213 21st Ave. SE, Olympia; introductory workshop on Nonviolent Communication "Communicating to Connect" by Liv Monroe. Perceive others as you would have others perceive you. Free. All welcome. info Liv 360-357-4503
Weds Nov 9, 16, 30, and Dec 7, 7 - 9:30, in Olympia; 4 session series on Nonviolent Communication. Speaking ones truth so others can hear it without resistance, listening to others without judgment, dealing with anger, honest forgiveness, self empathy, more. Requested donation $40-80. info, register Liv 360-357-4503
Weds Nov 9, 7 - 9 pm, at St. Patrick's Church, 2702 Broadway Ave. E. [note corrected address!], Seattle; Help Close The SOA, School of the Americas, known far and wide as the School of Assassins, where our tax dollars train Latin American torturers and assassins. Join a send-off gathering for a Delegation to Fort Benning. info 206-632-1523
Thurs Nov 10, 7 pm, in West Seattle; Seattle *FOR* Racial Justice Committee meeting. info and directions Lisa 206-764-9330
Sat Nov 12, 3 to 9:30 pm, Progressive Issues and Networking: Thurston County Progressive Network (TC Pro-Net) first annual Fall Conference. No matter which progressive issues you care about, you'll find other folks on your issues and interrelated ones. Annual meeting, workshops, dinner, and speaker Paul Loeb. Olympia *FOR* and many other groups belong. info http://www.tcpronet.org or 360-352-8225
Sat Nov 12, 7 pm, come promptly for a chance at door prizes, at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street, Seattle; Fun and Fundraising Auction to benefit *WWFOR*, live auction with chief auctioneers former WWFOR organizers Mike Yarrow and Ruth Yarrow, dessert auction, info 206-789-5565 or Jean 206-784-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Nov 13,2 p.m., at Matrix Coffeehouse, 434 NW Pringle, Chehalis; Fire Mountain (Centralia-Chehalis area) *FOR* meeting, info Jessica 360-767-0161 or Larry 360-291-3946
Sun Nov 13, 3 p.m. business meeting, 4 program, 5 potluck, at the Friends Center, 2508 S. 39th St, Tacoma; Tacoma *FOR* program Linda Ford & Wendy Fein: With Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey & in Washington, DC; info Vivi 253-572-4912
Sun Nov 13, Meditation 6:30 pm, discussion 7 - 8:30, at the Seattle Buddhist Center, 3315 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle; monthly gathering of Seattle Buddhist Peace Fellowship. This month we will honor peace work in Palestine with a report on a recent visit to Palestine. All are welcome to attend. info or rides email@example.com
Tues Nov 15,4 - 6 p.m., at Planned Parenthood, 2001 E. Madison, Seattle; Safe Schools Coalition meeting, *WWFOR* is a member, working to help schools become safe places regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with "RSVP Nov 15" in the subject line, info http://www.SafeSchoolsCoalition.org
Thurs Nov 17,National "Not Your Soldier" Youth & Student Day of Action. All around the country young people are organizing themselves against the invasion of military recruiters in their schools. They are standing up to demand positive alternatives to war and the military and funding for education and job training and real opportunities for their generation. What local activities could young people, students and their allies plan for our local community? Sponsor National Youth & Student Peace Coalition, info http://www.nyspc.net or http://www.campusactivism.org
Fri Nov 18,7 p.m., at the Longview United Methodist Church, 2851-30th Ave., Longview; Cowlitz County Longview/Kelso area *FOR* meeting, *FOR* activist Glen Anderson will speak on a timely social issue; info or transportation needs Janey 360-423-7338
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Sun Nov 20,potluck 5 p.m., announcements 6, program 6:30, at Woodland Park Presby. Church, 225 N 70th, Seattle; Seattle *FOR* program with Mercedes Mota on The Opt Out Campaign: Kids' Rights to be Free of Military Recruiters, info 206-789-5565
Thurs & Fri Dec 1 & 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Location TBD, Seattle; The Undoing Racism Workshop, offered by The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, Register by Nov 18. $300, info and registration 206-938-1023 or email@example.com
Fri Dec 2, please check website, 6:30 pm, at Cascade People's Center, 309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle; *FOR* affiliate Justice Works! meeting; an organization whose mission is undoing racism in the criminal justice system as experienced by African Americans; info 206-303-7559, http://www.justiceworks.info
Fri Dec 2,7 p.m., Wesley Terrace, lower level, 816 S. 216th, Des Moines; South King County *FOR* meeting, info Mark 206-243-9238 or Marion 206-870-4139
Sat Dec 3, 3 p.m., & subsequent 1st Saturdays, Keystone Cong. Ch., 5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle; meeting of Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq working for peace in Iraq; info Rich Gamble 206-632-6021
Sun Dec 4, 5 - 7 pm, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 19th Avenue & E. Madison St, Seattle; The Nonviolent Peaceforce invites you to hear Rajiv Vora, Director of the Gandhi Peace Foundation (New Delhi) and Asia Regional Coordinator of the Nonviolent Peaceforce on "Building Our Capacity for Peace: The Gandhian Foundations for Security and Justice"; The international Nonviolent Peaceforce sends unarmed peace workers into regions of conflict. info http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org
Mon Dec 5,5:30 - 8:45 pm, at Cafe Flora, 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle; The Nonviolent Peaceforce invites you to hear Rajiv Vora, Director of the Gandhi Peace Foundation (New Delhi) and NVPF Asia Regional Coordinator on "Hope in Cynical Times: The Practice of Nonviolence" at its fundraising dinner,. Vegetarian buffet, silent auction, meet other Peaceforce supporters. Reservations required, $50 Shannon 425-485-0145 or http://www.cafeflora.com, click on fundraising events, info http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org
Tues Dec 6,7 pm, at the Three Creeek Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd, Vancouver, WA; long-time *FOR* activist Bernie Meyer will portray Mahatma Gandhi, Universal Teacher, a presentation to stimulate peacemaking and nonviolence. info 360-570-0975 or firstname.lastname@example.org, directions 360-571-9696
Weds Dec 7, and subsequent 1st Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., at Labor Temple, Hall 8, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle; Jobs With Justice Seattle Organizing Committee meeting, *WWFOR* is a member of JwJ, info 206-441-4969
Sun Dec 11, 2 p.m., at Matrix Coffeehouse, 434 NW Pringle, Chehalis; Fire Mountain (Centralia-Chehalis area) *FOR* meeting, info Jessica 360-767-0161 or Larry 360-291-3946
Sun Dec 11, 3 p.m. business meeting, 4 program, 5 potluck, at the Friends Center, 2508 S. 39th St, Tacoma; Tacoma *FOR* program Eloise Holden on John Bolton at the United Nations and Other UN-Related Concerns; info Vivi 253-572-4912
Fri Dec 16, 7 p.m., at the Longview United Methodist Church, 2851-30th Ave., Longview; Cowlitz County Longview/Kelso area *FOR* meeting, topic TBA; info or transportation needs Janey 360-423-7338
Sat Dec 17, noon to 1 pm, on 4th Ave W near fountain (around the corner from our traditional location, Olympia; Olympia *FOR's* 30th Annual Holiday Peace Vigil. Join more than 100 local folks for a 1-hour vigil for peace. info Glen 360-491-9093 email@example.com
Sun Dec 18,5 - 8 pm, at Woodland Park Presby. Church, 225 N 70th, Seattle; Seattle *FOR* Holiday Program, with festive potluck, info 206-789-5565
Tues Dec 20, details TBA, usually in 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
Thurs Jan 12,6:45 - 9 pm, at Lincoln Elementary School at 213 21st Ave. SE, Olympia; introductory workshop on Nonviolent Communication "Communicating to Connect" by Liv Monroe. Perceive others as you would have others perceive you. Free. All welcome. info Liv 360-357-4503
June 23 - 28, in Vancouver BC; World Peace Forum, "Working Together to End War and Build a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World," a globally significant event! info #420 - 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1A1 or 604-687-3223 or http://www.worldpeaceforum.ca
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Connections: people & organizations
FOR NationalPO Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 358-4601 www.forusa.org publisher of Fellowship (a superb magazine!).
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at Poulsbo WA, near the Bangor submarine basewww.gzcenter.org
IFOR (International Fellowship of Reconciliation) Spoorstraat 38, 1815 BK Alkmaar, Netherlandswww.ifor.org
Justice Works! PO Box 1489, Lake Stevens, WA 98258 (206) 309-2087www.justiceworks.info email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Call Jan-Feb issue deadline is December 15. Send articles email@example.com or call or fax Tom at (206) 522-6201
WWFOR -- officeEllen Finkelstein, organizer (206) 789-5565 email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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