• New Print Newsletter March 2020

    The latest print edition of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter, March 2020 “Pacific Call” is now available in pdf form. Click here to view. Articles include “Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war.”  by Bruce Amundson and Joseph Berkson “Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran: Economic sanctions are violent bullying (even without bombing or sending troops)” by Glen Anderson “Voter Suppression in the USA” by John M Repp “This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within” by Bruce Amundson The articles can also be seen (some in longer versions) at our newsletter webpage, https://wwfor.org/category/the-pacific-call/ As always, events can be seen on our calendar page, https://wwfor.org/calendar/  UNFORTUNATELY all events in the next few weeks have been…

  • This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within

    This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within by Bruce Amundson, Vice President, WPSR In December, Congress passed the 2020 military spending act, a grotesque $738 billion bill representing even $30 billion more than last year. Pentagon spending in 2019 is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. As fear of terrorism generated by the 9/11 attacks set the stage for 18 years of ill-advised military adventures, we have witnessed the relentless expansion of the military budget and, at least as disconcerting, the militarization of our foreign policy and our diplomatic face to the world.    The end of the Cold War resulted in the rarest of things: real cuts in the Pentagon…

  • Voter Suppression in the USA

    Voter Suppression in the USA by John M Repp a review of the book The Hidden History of The War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote – And How to Get It Back  by Thom Hartmann  and of the Carr Center (Harvard) report “The War on Voting Rights” by John Shattuck, Aaron Huang and Elisabeth Thoreson-Green, https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/publications/war-voting-rights-ccdp-2019-003-february-2019 Hartmann writes that this issue – voter suppression- is not talked about much in the corporate media. Also, as far as I know, the Washington State election system with mail-in ballots is fair, so many people here in our state are unaware of this problem, even though it effects us because of the power of Congress and the President. I heard once that…

  • Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war

    Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war  by Bruce Amundson and Joseph Berkson, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, printed by their permission and first published in The Seattle Times ,Feb 14, 2020 Current tensions with Iran, and President Donald Trump’s impulsive decision-making in a very volatile environment, create an increased risk of actual use of nuclear weapons that should be sobering to all Americans. The U.S. Defense Department confirmed on Feb. 5 that the Navy has deployed a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead. Bill Arkin and Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists first disclosed the deployment a week before that. “The administration’s decision to deploy the W76-2 warhead remains a misguided and dangerous one,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, Chairman of the…

  • Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran

    Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran: Economic sanctions are violent bullying (even without bombing or sending troops) by Glen Anderson glenanderson@integra.net http://parallaxperspectives.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Economic-sanctions-are-bullying-without-bombing-or-sending-troops.pdf People are right to oppose U.S. military violence (bombing, troop deployments, etc.) against other nations. But many people fail to recognize that the U.S.’s frequent use of “economic sanctions” is another kind of war. In fact, international law recognizes a “blockade” as an act of war. For decades the U.S. has bullied other nations and caused serious damage and loss of life by strangling their economies in various ways, including preventing them from having normal trade relations. Worse yet, the U.S. has deliberately caused ordinary people to suffer and die by preventing them from getting life-saving…

  • U.S. Supreme Court v. Democracy

    by John M Repp A review of Thom Hartmann’s book The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2019) This short book in the Hidden History series was published in October 2019. The author, Thom Hartmann, is a progressive talk radio host who can be heard weekdays in the Seattle area on KBCS, 91.3 FM from 9 am to noon. Sadly, the political talk show radio format is dominated by right-wing hosts nine to one over progressive hosts, according to a page on the Center for American Progress website from 2007. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/general/reports/2007/06/20/3087/the-structural-imbalance-of-political-talk-radio/. I suspect the overwhelming dominance of conservative over progressive talk shows remains today. In the recent (late 2019) news coverage on the…

  • New Newsletter: Jan. 2020 Pacific Call

    The latest print edition of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter, January 2020 “Pacific Call” is now available in pdf form. Click here to view. Articles include “N30: WTO Protests, 20 years later” by Stan Sorscher“Resolution from the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons” Written up by Carly Brook“Many People Support The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons ” Testimony from the People’s Town hall on Nuclear Weapons “U.S. Supreme Court v. Democracy” by John M Repp A review of Thom Hartmann’s book The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America “Bolivia: US-backed Coup ” a leaflet from Veterans for Peace written by Kim Loftness The articles can also be seen (some in longer versions) at our newsletter…

  • 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/…