• The Evergreen Gaza Solidarity Encampment – a first-person account by Alex Marshall

    The encampment was established on Tuesday, April 23 following a walk-out and rally for Palestine that began at 10:30am. It was established by students autonomously without prior planning. The encampment’s demands were drafted through a consensus-based process, and they included divestment from companies profiting off of occupation and genocide, rejection of grant funding from Zionist organizations, police oversight and a non-law enforcement crisis response model on campus, no study abroad to occupied Palestine, and an official statement calling for a ceasefire. Negotiations with administration began on Wednesday, April 24 and concluded on Tuesday, April 30 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Evergreen and the Evergreen Gaza Solidarity Encampment. As per the terms of the agreement, the encampment…

  • USA IS NOT THE HAPPIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD AND OUR PRESS IS NOT THAT FREE

    This article, subtitled “How to Know America: Compare It to Others” by John M Repp In Stephen Bezruchka’s book, Inequality Kills Us All: Covid-19’s Health Lessons for the World (Routledge: New York, 2023), he writes: “A person who knows only one country knows no country.” (p.49) He reminds us that we humans learn by comparing one thing to an-other. He was able to live ten years in Nepal as a physician. Yes, one of the very best ways to learn about your own country is to live and work in another country for a considerable time. Learning the language and living and hanging out with the locals in another country makes comparisons with own’s own country possible. … This article…

  • Veterans For Peace Sails the Golden Rule for a Nuclear-Free World

    Veterans For Peace Sails the Golden Rule for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future!!2024 Pacific Northwest Voyage In 1958 four Quaker peace activists sailed the Golden Rule toward the Marshall Islands in an attempt to halt nuclear weapons testing.  The US Coast Guard boarded her in Honolulu and arrested her crew, causing an international outcry. Arrest of the crew and rising awareness of the dangers of radiation led to worldwide demands to stop nuclear testing.  This spurred the U.S. to sign the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 with the U.S.S.R. and the U.K.. She became a recreational boat in 1958 and in 2010 she sank in a gale in Humboldt Bay, Northern California. For five years,…

  • New Newsletter Issue: June 2024

    9 great new articles compiled and some written by newsletter editor, John M Repp! You can read or download the full Pacific Call June 2024 issue in pdf format by clicking here [full URL https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/June2024PacificCall.pdf ].  [If you are on the main newsletter page, click the box “READ FULL ARTICLE” to get a live link to the pdf version of the article. If you are on the article post page the link should be live.] Articles include: WWFOR Spring Assembly 2024                  p.1-2 Moving Back from the Brink                                         p.3 Project 2025: Plans for Trump Dictatorship        p.4 NO NO NO: 3 Initiatives in WA State                         P.5 Letters to Editors of Mainstream papers                 P.5 Gaza and U.S. Student’s Protest       …

  • Project 2025 and other Plans for a Trump Dictatorship

    Project 2025 and other Plans for a Trump Dictatorship by John M Repp In 1980, the Heritage Foundation wrote up a plan that Ronald Reagan asked his cabinet members to read and study. The plan helped the Reagan Administration implement its policies of increased defense spending, cutting regulations implemented by executive agencies and departments, and lowering the top tax rate from 73% to just 28% in eight years. Starting in 2022, Heritage began working on Project 2025, a plan for the next Republican Administration. The plan wants to bypass civil service in the hiring of the employees of the executive agencies and departments. They have been gathering a list of “conservative” employees. They will be tested and trained before starting…

  • Calm is a Form of Resistance by John M Repp

    Calm is a Form of Resistance by John M Repp One of the memorable ideas that Naomi Klein gives us in her new book Doppelganger: a Trip into the Mirror World (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023) is: “calm is a form of resistance”. (p.226) The book examines what has happened to us during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The opposite of calm is fear, and fear is contagious. But the key point is that fear helps to create an environment where conspiracy theories spread. Today too many of us live in a world of disconnected facts. And many of us are in a state of shock, after such events as the election of Trump in November 2016 (and the fact…

  • Report on 2024 Spring Assembly by David Lambert

    2024 Spring Assembly by David Lambert While experiencing a deep emotional response listening to Holly Gwinn Graham’s song leading up to the official beginning of this annual event, I found myself wanting to savor the moment listening to the music, but I had to focus on preparing myself to give the upcoming welcome to the Assembly participants. The Assembly planners decided to honor Holly during this year’s event, for her songs and even more as a person and advocate for justice and peace. It didn’t take long into the program to experience another emotional pull as Larry Kerschner, during his introduction of Kathy Kelly, read the poem, Blessed Are the Peacemakers, from his experience in Iraq. Larry had spent time with Kathy…

  • Gaza and Student Protests

    Pacific Call editor John M Repp writes about several aspects of the current war in Gaza and the Israel-Palestine history since 1948. Many in the US are unfamiliar with the way the nation of Israel was created in 1948, with massive destruction of Palestinian villages and massive deaths, as well as the intolerable conditions under which many Palestinians were forced to live “As if history started on October 7, 2023.” US policy has been largely uncritical while Israel has violated international law concerning warfare, such as avoiding harm to civilians. READ THE ARTICLE at https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/GazaAndStudentProtests.pdf [If you are on the main newsletter page, click the box “READ FULL ARTICLE” to get a live link to the pdf version of the…

  • New Newsletter Issue: March 2024

    6 great new articles compiled and some written by newsletter editor, John M Repp! You can read or download the full Pacific Call March 2024 issue in pdf format by clicking here [full URL https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/March2024PacificCall.pdf ] or go right to the individual articles listed below. CONTENTS and links to individual articles (page numbers refer to the pdf version) Spring Assembly p.1;  Democracy is In our Genes p.1 Democracy in the New World p.2-3;  Dark Money and the Supreme Court p.3-5;  The Annihilation of Gaza. P.5-6;  Testimony on Nuclear Free Bellingham p. 7;  Letters to Editors p.8.

  • Democracy is In Our Genes

    by John M Repp Many people assume that groups of animals follow the lead of dominant individuals called alphas when the group has to make decisions. For example, when a herd needs to move to another area for feeding, how do they decide? That question had never been examined until two scientists decided to take a closer look. Their subjects were herds of red deer, social animals with dominant individuals. Obviously, the deer cannot vote and count votes when they make a collective decision. But what the scientists, Conradt and Roper, observed was nevertheless democratic behavior. As the herd was lying down chewing its cud, when more than half the group stood up, the group was ready to move. Conradt…