• A Federal Job Guarantee or a Universal Basic Income

    by John M Repp Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) We need to reimagine a better America to get beyond the overlapping crisis we face in this summer of 2020, a pandemic, massive unemployment, uprisings protesting police violence and an approaching election. I want to discuss two ideas for reform: A Federal Job Guarantee and the Universal Basic Income. After the financial crash and recession of 2008-2009, it took 10 years before the American economy got back to what conventional economists said was “full employment”. But even then, there were millions of people who were not working full time as well as millions who were discouraged about finding work at all. A Federal Job Guarantee is…

  • Testing, Testing and More Testing

    by John M Repp  In early April of 2020, a friend of mine from Germany emailed me that she and her husband were shocked at the stories they were seeing coming out of the United States. She was shocked at our incompetence in the face of this pandemic. She thought we would be competent if nothing else. After all, we were one of the nations that helped defeat the Nazis and rebuilt her country after World War II. Dominique Moisi, a political scientist from France, has said it more forcefully: “America has not done badly, it has done exceptionally badly.” America has some of the world’s best scientists, but many of our political leaders are not listening to them. The…

  • The Virtual WWFOR 2020 Spring Assembly

    WWFOR 2020 Spring Assembly Conference by David Lambert This year’s WWFOR Spring Assembly, a video-conference, was held on Saturday, May 2 and consisted principally of five workshops. Fifty- Five people attended this video-conference. Planners for the event were: Rick Trombley; Vivi Bartron, Fran Hall, Marti Lambert, Susan Donaldson and David Lambert. David was Host and Co-Host was Carly Brook. Carly has had previous experience with Zoom Webinars and David was grateful to Carly for offering very competent assistance.  Following a brief introduction, David introduced Paul Cheoketen Wagner, a Saanich First Nation Tribal member who has worked extensively in activism with the Puyallup Indian Tribe and who has organized walks from Pierce County to the state Capitol. Paul gave a moving…

  • Putting the Green in the Green New Deal

    by John M Repp One of the things we must learn from our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic is to listen to our scientists. The United States has some of the best scientists in the world. Epidemiologists tried to warn the Trump Administration for months that they needed to take precautions as a pandemic could break out at any time. Epidemics from newly evolved viruses have become more common over the last forty years. Think of SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and Ebola among others; even though those viruses did not spread here in the U.S. Biologists tell us “the rate of deforestation in a given area was the number one predictor of where the next pandemic would occur”. Climate scientists told us…

  • New Print Newsletter May 2020

    The latest print edition of Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter, May 2020 “Pacific Call” is now available in pdf form. Click here to view. Contents include May 2, 2020, Spring Assembly information “Stop state budget cuts during coronavirus pandemic and focus on tax reform” an Op Ed by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility activists Mark Vossler, Max Savishinsky, and Stephen Bezruchka “COVID-19 lesson: The free market failed us. For this crisis and the next, we must manage our future better than we have our past.” by Stan Sorscher Two Poems by Larry Kerschner: “Arrested Development” and “Folks call me Moses” Newsletter articles can also be seen (some in longer versions) at our newsletter webpage, https://wwfor.org/category/the-pacific-call/ As always, events can…

  • Stop state budget cuts during coronavirus pandemic and focus on tax reform

    Stop state budget cuts during coronavirus pandemic and focus on tax reform Originally published in The Seattle Times, April 7, 2020 by Mark Vossler, a Kirkland cardiologist, chair of the Climate Task Force and president-elect of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Max Savishinsky, executive director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Stephen Bezruchka, a senior lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health, and a board member of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. His views are his own and not those of the University of Washington. We are in a time of crisis, a time of great uncertainty. We don’t know how many people will die of COVID-19, nor the extent of the economic harm that will result from physical distancing.…

  • Covid-19 lesson: The Free Market failed us

    For this crisis and the next, we must manage our future better than our past by Stan Sorscher reprinted from The Stand, April 6, 2020 (April 6, 2020) — The pandemic has dominated our minds for weeks. Each day, new important lessons are drawn into the spotlight, demanding attention. ●  We needed much better testing. ●  We should have comprehensive health care coverage. ●  We should have more reserves of medical supplies, and more surge capacity. ●  We shouldn’t have mocked other countries whose citizens wear masks in public. ●  We should have an industrial base that can make more test kits, nasal swabs, face masks, and ventilators. These must all be national strategies promoted by political leaders. For-profit corporations…

  • 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…