• War Is Not The Answer

    War Is Not the Answer By Tom Ewell Despite the fact that our nation is weary after 13 years of post-9/11 wars, we are becoming again embroiled in yet another war, this time with the so-called Islamic State. Our bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan produced neither peace nor stability but rather unleashed a firestorm of tribal and sectarian violence and a flood of arms to the area. And now we are being led into doing it all over again. War has become a national addiction. Our homeland was not bombed nor pillaged; thousands of our citizens were not killed or wounded or scattered in refugee camps; we have not had our country endure years of violence, hunger, shortage of water…

  • February-March 2015 digital Pacific Call is now available

    Pacific Call is now available. FebMarch 2015 Pacific Call The February-March edition contains: 1) 2015 Spring Assembly leaflet 2) Mike Yarrow and the 1964 Freedom Summer. Mike’s 6 letters to friends and family from that summer are now available online and this background article puts the brilliant campaign in perspective. It was a so much more sophisticated and integrated nonviolent direct action campaign than just marching. With a mock election in 1963, building a political party i.e. Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964 and Freedom Schools, it shows us action that we now call “prefigurative” and what Gandhi meant when he said “Means are ends in the making.” 3) The growing and monstrous wealth and income of the United States…

  • Mike Yarrow and the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer

    The 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer By John M Repp Our departed friend, Mike Yarrow, once an organizer for WWFOR and a founder of the Peace Activist Trainee program, was a volunteer in the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. His six letters to family and friends during that fateful summer have been put up on a website dedicated to Civil Rights Movement Veterans. http://www.crmvet.org/  This site is a library of source materials for use by students and activists learning about the civil rights movement. To see Mike’s letters, click on Site Search on the left side of the Home page and type in “Yarrow” At the time, Mike wrote to a friend who typed them up on a typewriter and forwarded…

  • Pacific Pivot: U.S. Foreign Policy Is Still Making Provocative Moves

    Pacific Pivot: U.S. Foreign Policy Is Still Making Provocative Moves By Larry Kershner In November 2014, I visited  Jeju Island, South Korea. I went with a group, organized by Fr. Bill Bichsel of the Tacoma Catholic Worker, to stand in solidarity with villagers of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the construction of a naval base in their village.  The base is supposedly a Korean Navy base but a look at the plans clearly shows that wharfs and docks are fitted to the size of US naval vessels. The longest submarine in the Korean Navy is 53 meters but the sub pen being built is in the 200 meter range of the US Trident submarine. At fifty hectares, this base will…

  • Inequality Kills

    Inequality Kills by Stephen Bezruchka For nearly two hundred years America was one of the healthiest and longest-lived countries, but today, over thirty countries have better health by many measures. What happened? In answering this question, the distinction between health and health care is a critical one, but something that seems not to be well understood by the lay public, health care professionals, or policy makers. Every time we hear the word health, we should ask ourselves whether that term refers to health itself, or to the much more limited concept of health care. If the culprit of the decline in health is not health care, are individual health-related behaviors, often blamed for the high death rates in some groups,…

  • The Health Effects of War: Conversations with an Iraqi Doctor

    By Mary Anne Mercer, senior lecturer, University of Washington Department of Global Health Obstetrician Dr. Muhsin Al Sabbak of Basrah, Iraq, accompanied by an environmental toxicologist, Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, recently spoke in Seattle on increases in birth defects since the US-sponsored wars in Iraq.  The presentations were sponsored by the University of Washington and various community groups. Dr. Al Sabbak is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Basrah Maternity and Children’s Hospital in southern Iraq and has served on the faculty of the Basrah Medical School for nearly three decades. After the first US-Iraq war in 1991, he began to track birth defects among the infants he delivered. The rates began to rise in the late…

  • Obedience to Whom?

    By Abby Brockway As a Christian, obedience is a theme that has been in my life and appears as I study scripture. My story of obedience began on a cold January evening when I spoke at a climate rally in Seattle. After the talk, a spiritual leader representing an indigenous group called Idle No More encouraged me to think more about obedience. I did just that. Last summer, Lummi leader and Master Carver Praying Wolf Jewell James stopped at Saint Marks Cathedral in Seattle on a journey with his totem pole from Montana to Alberta. Letters of apologies signed by various church leaders in the Northwest was presented to James Jewell and to the Lummi Nation acknowledging the historical disrespect…

  • Breaking Denial, Dreaming in Public, and Answering History’s Knock

    By John M Repp A review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate 2014 by Naomi Klein What is wrong with us? Why can’t we answer history’s hard knock on our front door in the form of super storms, record droughts, floods, wildfires, globetrotting diseases, food shortages and finally threats of tipping points like the melting of the West Antarctic glacier and massive releases of methane from Arctic permafrost. The answer is denial, denial of climate change. Naomi Klein tells us exactly when and how she broke through her denial of climate change. It came when she heard a young Bolivian woman tell her in late 2009 that climate change was both terrible threat and an opportunity. When she…