• WTO Protests, 20 years later

    WTO Protests, 20 years later by Stan Sorscher, Washington Fair Trade Coalition Many of us were part of history in November and December 1999, when activists and workers came from around the country to protest the WTO meeting in Seattle. The entire city was caught off guard by huge rallies, dramatic marches, and very effective direct action that blocked diplomats, negotiators, and corporate lobbyists from the buildings where they were supposed to meet. Peaceful demonstrators were tear-gassed, dragged off, and arrested, and downtown Seattle was paralyzed for days. This was not a fight between trade and protectionism, no matter how often we see that in the press. No one is against trade. This was a protest against corporate-centric undemocratic, unaccountable…

  • Resolution from the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons October 1, 2019

    To: Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell                         October  1, 2019 Resolution from the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons On September 29, 2019 Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility convened the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons (view the recording of the Town Hall here), held at the newly refurbished Seattle Town Hall facility . We witnessed a graduate school-level review of many ways in which the nuclear age has undermined health. They are widespread – and ongoing, all this even without the actual use of these horrific weapons. Over the 60 years we have lived precariously with the world’s nuclear arsenals, on hair-trigger alert and poised to launch in minutes, we have to admit that we have been extremely…

  • print version newsletter Oct 2019 has been posted

    See https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/PacificCall1019.pdf for the latest print version of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter Pacific Call. We Can Reverse Global Warming by John M Repp features a lovely picture of 2017 Mike Yarrow Peace Fellow Jamie Margolin alongside Greta Thunberg, both teenagers speaking out on Climate Change. Other articles by Pacific Call editor, John Repp, include Another Boeing Is Possible and Deep Cooperation Made Us Human .   Warheads to Windmills comes from a leaflet by the Seattle Anti-War Coaliton, as does the article Why are Central Americans  seeking asylum in the U.S.? A poem by Wesdon Nisly Chaos and Choice rounds out this issue. The articles can also be seen (some in longer versions) at our newsletter webpage, https://wwfor.org/category/the-pacific-call/…

  • We Can Reverse Global Warming

    We Can Reverse Global Warming by John M Repp We know now that ExxonMobil spent millions of dollars to create doubt about the science that tells us our planet is warming due to human activity. They designed their disinformation campaigns after what the tobacco companies did to create doubt about the link between cigarette smoking and cancer. The fossil fuel effort to sow doubt has resulted in many climate activists doubling down on efforts to convince their fellow citizens of the reality of climate change and the gravity of our situation. Today polls show that the majority of U.S. citizens now believe that we have a climate crisis, although one of our two main political parties, the one which has…

  • Another Boeing Is Possible

    Another Boeing Is Possible (remarks prepared by John M Repp for the Sunday, September 29, 2019 People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons, Seattle)   Boeing is a key part of the U. S. military industrial complex, making and maintaining nuclear weapon delivery vehicles and guidance systems. Boeing will maintain the Minuteman III nuclear weapon carrying intercontinental ballistic missiles until 2030. Boeing also produces the guided tail kit for the new B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb. Boeing makes key components for US and UK Trident II (D5) nuclear weapons[i]. A few years after the 1973 energy crisis in the U.S. when there were shortages of oil and huge waiting lines at gas stations, Boeing won a contract from the Federal Government to…

  • Chaos and Choice

    Chaos and Choice by Weldon D. Nisly  7/29/19  for September Hospitality One man consumes us/US. Consumes our attention-energy-emotion. Disordering creation with obsessive compulsive chaos. Noxious character casts blinding spell over us/US. We let him mire us/US in chaos. We let him manipulate us/US with fear. We let him sacrifice vulnerable humanity on the altar of vitriolic inhumanity. We let him demonize and dehumanize the Holy Other/Wholly Other. We let him scorn decency and dignity on the altar of demeaning tweets. Who are we? What have we become? What do we choose? Personal self is embroiled in cauldron of toxic hate. Not True Self or Spiritual Truth. National psyche is hung on the cross of sacrificial enmity. Not true democracy of-the-people,…

  • Deep Cooperation Made Us Human

    Deep Cooperation Made Us Human by John M Repp Humanity could use a new understanding of how we got here that can help us survive the coming era of climate catastrophe. The origin story needs to be more cross-cultural, more universal than Genesis, the traditional Judeo-Christian story. The story needs to show us a variety of human behaviors, unlike a simplistic “survival of the fittest” understanding of evolution, which paints humans mainly as competitors. The story should be based in science. Some of the parts of a new story can be found in the work of several anthropologists who have published books and articles over the last few decades. Their work is not widely known, and this essay is an…

  • New Newsletter and Calendar September 2019

    New Newsletter and Calendar September 2019 The September 2019 issue of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter, Pacific Call, is now available:  pdf version, pdf calendar, web calendar, and individual articles.  Components include ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ * – A print version of the NEWSLETTER, as a pdf file, is now available to read online, download, or print:  go to https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/PacificCall0919.pdf  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~…

  • Larry’s Latest Letter to the Editor , August 6, 2019, Hiroshima Day

    by Larry Kerschner Is it too late for America to elect a President who cares more for our children and our future than for those who care only about money and power? Can we elect a Senate not owned by the insurance companies, Big Pharma, Wall Street and the arms manufacturers? In 900 days in the White House, Donald Trump has told over 10,000 lies. Last month, Secretary of State Pompeo declared that Iran is “the largest state sponsor of terror” with no evidence. Also with no real evidence, Democrats have pushed the position that Russia interfered with our elections. The International Research Agency, who Mueller claims to be behind this dastardly attack by Russia, spent $44,000 on Facebook ads…

  • Making Sense of NAFTA and its Replacement

    Making sense of NAFTA and its replacement Why we need new economic policies before we can fix trade deals By STAN SORSCHER (June 10, 2019) — In 2016, Donald Trump’s trade message was very simple: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the worst trade deal ever negotiated. He has renegotiated NAFTA, rebranding the deal as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). We never quite understood his objection to the original NAFTA, and we don’t understand how USMCA fixes it. You need to squint to see the difference between NAFTA and its replacement. “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me,” Trump has said. His gut instinct said NAFTA…