• Afghanistan : Notes from the Editor (Larry Kershner)

    Reposting, written November 8, 2011, after a month in Afghanistan, midway through the 20 years of US. occupation and war in Afghanistan. This is the last entry from the journal of our recent trip to Afghanistan.  I now realize how little I have known and still know about Afghanistan and the people who live here.  Afghanistan appears to me to be teetering on the brink of collapse despite “the light at the end of the tunnel” talk by the militarist machine.  Three and a half billion people on the globe live on less than $2.50 a day- most of the people of Afghanistan among them.  Many people here express the desire that the apparent stability maintained by the military presence…

  • The Braver Angels Workshop: July 17, 2021

    by David Lambert It was just a few minutes into the recent WWFOR sponsored Braver Angels workshop held virtually this past July, that I realized I had not been chosen as a participant in work/sharing groups. Instead, observing this workshop proved to be an enlightening and rewarding experience for me. I had earlier this year participated in another three-hour Braver Angels workshop with the identical title: Depolarizing Within. This previous experience with the workshop content assisted me in my observer role; a role I perceive the Braver Angels staff wanted me to be in. Following my short welcome, Dee Edelman, the principal Braver Angel Moderator, mentioned that this workshop was geared to help members and supporters of WWFOR and other…

  • Western Washington FOR Youth Program: Gathers Strength Online

    by Bruce Pruitt-Hamm, reprinted from Fellowship, summer 2021 (the national FOR magazine) …our elders have lots of wisdom and experience to share with us, and to make changes to the world, our movements must be intergenerational. … But young people? We are yet to be broken and burned out. We are still closer than adults to that part of ourselves that is full of questions, challenges, and a refusal to accept the state of the world around us. We have fresh energy, insight, and a unique power to create change in our world. Jamie Margolin, 2017 Mike Yarrow Peace FellowYouth to Power, p. xiv. Hachette Books. Kindle Edition (2020) The Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship is a unique long-term training program…

  • Ranked-Choice Voting Won in New York and is on its Way in Washington

    An article by Stoney Bird, explains how ranked-choice voting works, gives us some history, and explains how this is a tool for a more democratic way of choosing our elected officials. Ranked-Choice Voting Won in New York and is on its Way in Washington by Stoney Bird And not just ranked-choice voting (RCV). The voters won, too. New York City just conducted the biggest ranked-choice voting election ever in the U.S. The bumble of the test ballots grabbed headlines – but that had nothing to do with RCV. That was just human error (darned humans!) from the election officials – and it was promptly corrected. As far as RCV goes, the election was a huge success. We know this thanks…

  • New Print Newsletter May 2020

    The latest print edition of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter, May 2020 “Pacific Call” is now available in pdf form. Click here to view. Contents include May 2, 2020, Spring Assembly information “Stop state budget cuts during coronavirus pandemic and focus on tax reform” an Op Ed by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility activists Mark Vossler, Max Savishinsky, and Stephen Bezruchka “COVID-19 lesson: The free market failed us. For this crisis and the next, we must manage our future better than we have our past.” by Stan Sorscher Two Poems by Larry Kerschner: “Arrested Development” and “Folks call me Moses” Newsletter articles can also be seen (some in longer versions) at our newsletter webpage, https://wwfor.org/category/the-pacific-call/ As always, events can…