• January 2023 Newsletter Print Edition Now Available!

    Anew issue of our quarterly newsletter, Pacific Call, is now available for you to read online or download.  Click here to see it. Full URL is https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/PacificCall0123.pdf Articles in this issue include: WWFOR Fall Retreat         p.1 David Lambert on FOR’s Ariel Gold p.1 Jean Gant on the Fall Retreat         p.2 John Repp a review: INEQUALITY KILLS US ALL p.2-3 Graphics a) causes of health b) WA Counties   p.4 No Pandemic in San Juan County, WA    p.5 The Charleena Lyles Case by Carl Nakajima       p.5-6 A Coming Civil War in US? by John Repp p.6-7 Letters to Editors CDN: Sardarov and Cole    p.8

  • How Our Government Has Used Nuclear Weapons since 1945

    Author John M. Repp writes how the flexing of the U.S. nuclear muscle was done, at various times, behind the scenes. This article was first published at NorthwestCitizen, https://nwcitizen.com/. The possible use of nuclear weapons is back in the news after Vladimir Putin made veiled threats that if any nation tries to stop his aggression in Ukraine, he will use nuclear weapons. Putin knows he has not done anything worse than the United States has done over the past seventy-seven years. However, he threatened publicly, while American presidents have threatened using diplomatic channels. Most people think President Truman used atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to force the Japanese to surrender. But Truman already knew the Japanese were ready to…

  • YEMEN….AND UKRAINE….

    by Louise Lansberry For over seven years, the Saudi War against Yemen has gone on.  For most Americans, this conflict is not at all on their radar even though the United Nations calls Yemen the greatest humanitarian tragedy in the world because of breakdown in availability of food and medical care as well as destruction of their country. The war in Ukraine, however, is right before our eyes in the media as well as within various groups wanting to emphasize the plight of the Ukrainian people.  There are many similarities in these two conflicts:  Ukraine and Yemen were each  invaded by a more powerful nation, Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively, wanting to re-define borders and change the leadership.  Further, the…

  • To the midterm election: WA Poor People’s Campaign

    Now is the Time: Forward Together to the Midterm Election by Dorothy Van Soest on behalf of the WA Poor People’s Campaign coordinating committee On June 18, 2022, in Washington, DC and virtually across the country, we witnessed the largest gathering of poor and low-income people and their allies in our country’s history (Poor Peoples Campaign, June 18, 2022).  A large representation from Washington state (poor people, low wage workers, moral allies, activists, faith leaders, mobilizing partners, and folks across all lines of division) was there to demand a Third Reconstruction for our country and a reconstitution of our nation’s priorities. People from over forty states told their stories about loved ones unnecessarily lost to COVID—children lost to gun violence,…

  • Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    HOW TO GET THE NINE NUCLEAR WEAPONS POSSESSING NATIONS TO JOIN THE TPNW IS A CHALLENGE EQUAL TO MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), or the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal being their total elimination. It was adopted on 7 July 2017, opened for signature on 20 September 2017, and entered into force on 22 January 2021.For those nations that are party to it, the treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, stockpiling, stationing, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, as well as assistance and encouragement to the prohibited activities. For nuclear armed states joining the treaty, it provides for a time-bound framework…

  • March in Seattle against nukes Sept 24

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2022:  A CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS by Louise Lansberry As I write this article in mid-August, I can only hope the world will continue to dodge the nuclear bullet as the war in Ukraine continues….Assuming that you too may share such a fear, I want to tell you about an opportunity to express your concerns.  An ad hoc group called Citizens for Universal Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (website is www.abolishnuclearweapons.org) is organizing a march in Seattle that will take place on Saturday, September 24th.  We will gather first at Cal Anderson Park (1635  11th Ave. on Capitol Hill)  at noon for music, poster making, and general information.   Around 1 PM, we’ll head down to the Federal…

  • Will Homo Sapiens Be Able to Take Measures to Stop Global Warming and Save Themselves?

    A review by John M. Repp of Michael E. Mann’s The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet (New York: Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group, 2021) (revised July 2022) Michael E. Mann [The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet (New York: Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group, 2021)] is a climate scientist who, with colleagues, published the so-called “hockey stick” graph in 1998. It was a graph of the steep rise of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere since the industrial revolution, as seen below. There the red trend line on the right is going up and shows carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and is correlated with the rise of temperature anomalies, the green dots,…

  • WWFOR 2022 Spring Assembly

    By David Lambert On Saturday, April 30th, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) held its annual Spring Assembly; this year again by Zoom. The Theme: Defending and Extending Democracy, Using Nonviolence. The planners of this event: Susan Donaldson, John Repp, Kerri Griffis, Mary Hanson, Jean Gant Delastrada, Joshua Otto-Liljenstolpe, David Lambert (and help from Marti Lambert).  Rick Trombley helped during the Assembly. During the planning process, we decided to include the showing of the film Love & Solidarity, a strong and compelling 38-minute documentary of Rev. Dr. James Lawson’s life and work with nonviolence in standing up to oppression and injustice. This film was directed and produced by Dr. Michael Honey, a local University of Washington, Tacoma Campus, history professor…

  • THE POOR PEOPLE’S PANDEMIC REPORT AND WHY WE MARCH

    by Dorothy Van Soest, Coordinating Committee Member, Washington Poor People’s Campaign When society puts people’s lives in jeopardy, so they die, it commits social murder, which is more malicious than individual murder because it is rendered invisible.  It is a violence that is not seen as such. It’s only natural for us to want so badly for it to be over—this pandemic that has left so much death and destruction in its wake. Yet, if we learned one thing from the COVID-19 epidemic it is this: that all of our lives depend on things not going back to normal. The exploitative economic and social systems that created the conditions for many of the negative outcomes associated with the virus are still…

  • With Washington’s nuclear targets, Putin’s war feels closer to home

    Reprinted from the The Seattle Times, March 6, 2022 Author Nicholas Mele is a retired U.S. diplomat, currently coordinates the Pax Christi USA Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament and serves on the Pax Christi International Working Group on Nuclear Abolition. He lives in Bellingham. Events in Ukraine are far from Puget Sound and, despite real-time reporting and video from the conflict, often seem just another level of anxiety. Russian President Vladimir Putin has brought the war much closer to home with his decision to put his nuclear forces on high alert. In fact, one reason for the cautious U.S. and European response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is concern about triggering any use of nuclear weapons. Residents of Western Washington…