• Community Service for Boeing

    Letter(s) Submitted to The Seattle Times   Boeing is going to trial for the wrongful death of 346 people from the crashes of the 737 Max 8s. We think the judge should include as a part of the sentence, community service. Boeing has tremendous human and other resources that could be used for the benefit of all, such as building wind turbines, high speed trains and solar equipment.   Corey Elliott Member of West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice  

  • WHAT’S THE AUMF?…….and why should you care?

    WHAT’S THE AUMF?…….and why should you care? by Louise Lansberry   Over 17 years ago, a bill not widely known by most American citizens today, was passed by Congress. This bill, the AUMF: Authorization for the Use of Military Force, was passed in the wake of 9/11 in 2001 and allowed for the use of military force against any country, organization, or person determined to be involved with the attacks of 9/11: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and al Qaeda. The only Congress person to vote against the bill was Rep. Barbara Lee (D) of California.  She said, “We must be careful not to embark on an open ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.  We cannot repeat…

  • Five Steps to a Nuclear Free World

    Testimony of John M Repp (9802 45th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98136) of the coalition Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (https://www.wanwcoalition.org/) to the Senate Joint Memorial #8006 on February 22, 2019 in Olympia, Washington. The movement to abolish nuclear weapons faces two governments that have two doomsday machines. These doomsday machines are immoral, threaten the world and should be dismantled. Our conventional military forces can protect us. So today, I want to focus on the five steps the Joint Memorial mentions where the United States could lead a global effort to prevent a nuclear war. These are concrete actions that our politicians can take now. 1) Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first. 2) Ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority…

  • Don’t believe the hype about Venezuela

    Don’t believe the hype about Venezuela by Randy Rowland   Don’t blame Venezuela for the US economic war being waged against it. I took this photo of a listing ship on Feb 9th, of this year (2019), less than 100 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It is one of a dozen or so stranded oil tankers that were caught up in the sudden US embargo of Venezuelan oil. There is no smoke coming from its stacks, and no wake. The ship is dead in the water, drifting aimlessly. Last January 28th, the US—without warning—announced an embargo of Venezuelan oil. Suddenly, ships like this one, already loaded and bound for a buyer, couldn’t off-load the oil they carried. Port fees…

  • The Green New Deal and Project Drawdown

    The Green New Deal and Project Drawdown by John M Repp One week after the 2018 mid-term elections, a grassroots climate action group called Sunrise Movement organized a sit-in in prospective Speaker-of-the House Nancy Pelosi’s office. They were joined by Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The group wanted Pelosi to form a Select Committee for a Green New Deal in the 116th Congress, a committee that would have subpoena power and could write legislation that the Sunrise Movement expected would be passed in two years i.e. after the 2020 election. A month earlier, on October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Centigrade” which warned that the world must cut greenhouse…

  • New Newsletter and Calendar March 2019

    NEWSLETTER AND CALENDAR.  The March2019 issue of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter,Pacific Call, is now available:  pdf version, pdf calendar, web calendar,and individual articles ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  * – A print version of the NEWSLETTER, as a pdf file, is now available to read online, download, or print:  go to https://www.wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/PacificCall0319.pdf   ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~…

  • Jet Fighter Wings into Wind Turbine Blades

    Jet Fighter Wings into Wind Turbine Blades By  John M. Repp https://www.commondreams.org/views/2013/02/22/jet-fighter-wings-wind-turbine-blades first published on Friday, February 22, 2013  by Common Dreams The real security of our society and our world depends upon changing how we produce and use energy. We need to get off fossil fuels, change how we farm and refit our buildings. There is a strong consensus among our scientists that this is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. We listened to our scientists when they said they could build a weapon to defeat Hitler and we should listen to them now. This is a huge project and contrary to the current thinking in Washington D.C. which demands more and more privatization, this project should be done…

  • A Review of Don’t Thank Me For My Service

    A Review of Don’t Thank Me For My Service By Larry Kerschner I often say that my political education began in the jungles of Vietnam.  I’m sure Brian Willson would say something similar.  Using his training as a lawyer his new book Don’t Thank Me For My Service (Clarity Press, www.claritypress.com) reads like a prosecutor building a solid case brick by bloody brick. Beginning with his vision of “countless human bodies scattered across the ground” Brian dissects what his “service” in Vietnam truly was.  Looking back to place this in a historical context, Brian likens the United States to a spoiled child who has never been held to account for the years of genocide, slavery and racism both at home…

  • New poetry by Larry K. peace poet

    just another massacre   February 1, 1968 we were securing 15s (engineers) on the road to the Oasis as they cleared it of mines there was radio report of rocket sites near us so we went to take a look   we spotted some movement in the bushes off the trail and surrounded a bunch of  Yards, men and women (French named mountain people now but fishers before the Chinese came south over a thousand years ago) moving through the area some of the men had canteens and suspicious webbing belts we were searching them when a call came in a chopper had small arms ground contact about 600 meters north of us   we left the Montagnards we were…

  • The Seattle 7 Conspiracy

    The Seattle 7 Conspiracy a review of Protest on Trial: The Seattle 7 Conspiracy (Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 2018) by Kit Bakke by John M Repp In Seattle in January 1970, after the factional split of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the main national organization against the Vietnam War, a new antiwar organization was formed, called the Seattle Liberation Front (SLF). By April 1970, eight leaders were indicted for conspiracy. One of the activists went underground before he was arrested and that is why there were seven. The more famous Chicago 7 conspiracy indictments came out of the antiwar demonstrations in Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic Convention. Those demonstrations were later declared to be “police riot(s)”…