• Democracy in the New World

    by John M Repp Many of our founders, like Franklin, Jefferson, and John Adams had extensive experience with native Americans as boys and young men. Adams in 1813 wrote to Jefferson that when he was a kid he used to go over to a native family’s wigwam where they gave him berries, apples, plums, and peaches. Native leaders visited Adam’s father’s house often. (From Thom Hartmann. The Hidden History of American Democracy: Rediscovering Humanity’s Ancient Way of Living (Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2023, pp10-11) Jefferson’s father was a map maker, and a famous Cherokee Ontassetě often visited his house from the time Thomas was nine until age fourteen when Jefferson’s father died. They conversed long into the evening, and young Thomas…

  • Dark Money and the Supreme Court

    by John M Repp Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was elected to the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island in 2007. He wanted the Senate to act to mitigate climate change. Every month for nine years, when the Senate was in session, he spoke to the empty chamber making two hundred and sixty nine speeches, that are all available on YouTube. Here is the first one: Time to Wake Up | US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse | TEDxProvidence – YouTube where he talks about what is going to happen in Rhode Island as a consequence of climate change, specifically, the flooding of parts of the small state as the sea level rises.  Sadly, the normal condition of the Senate chamber is to be empty…

  • The Annihilation of Gaza.

    by Marjorie Prince When my brother and I were children and arguing about who started it, our mother always said: “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Surely this concept applies to Hamas and Israel. The Hamas October 7 attack on Israeli civilians is deplorable. The Israeli genocide of over 29,000 civilians (as of Feb 19, 2024) including thousands of children as reported by the Hamas Health Ministry is an unwarranted brutal act of revenge. Worse yet, the U.S. government is funding this genocide by supplying Israel with weapons of mass destruction (e.g. two-thousand pound bombs). President Joe Biden can tell Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to limit the revenge assault on Gazans, but words have no effect on Netanyahu. Cutting…

  • Testimony on Nuclear-Free Bellingham Resolution

    Testimony on Nuclear-Free Bellingham Resolution      January 29, 2024 by Nicholas Mele Good evening, my name is Nicholas Mele and I spent most of three decades as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. At times, I held security clearances which gave me access to highly secret information about our nuclear weapons. Currently, I am an adviser on nuclear issues to Pax Christi USA, a faith-based movement dedicated to nonviolence and reconciliation. I also serve on the nuclear disarmament committee of Pax Christi International, which includes roughly 100 member organizations from countries around the world. Why should our city, or any city, pass a resolution on nuclear policy? The national government of this country pays lip service to nuclear disarmament but last year…

  • Members Speak Out! Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the Editors (mainstream press) by WWFOR Members and Friends, Jan & Feb 2024 The Seattle Times Jan 12, 2024 Re:” In Israel-Hamas war, where are the voices of the healing profession?’ [Jan 4, 2024, Opinion] Op-ed author Alice Rothchild described the many examples of when medical colleagues have not spoken up in regard to the war in Gaza. I can’t imagine the reasons for silence given that not only are Palestinians in Gaza experiencing the bombing with no safe place to go but also having virtually no access to food, fuel, medicine and clean water while hospitals and ambulances are targeted. In the meantime, the United States continues to provide Israel with the weaponry that allows this tragedy…

  • New Newsletter Issue January 2024

    9 great new articles compiled and some written by newsletter editor, John M Repp! You can read or download the full Pacific Call January 2024 issue in pdf format by clicking here [full URL https://wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/PacificCallSept2023.pdf ] or go right to the individual articles listed below. CONTENTS and links to individual articles (page numbers refer to the pdf version) WWFOR Fall Retreat 2023  p.1; On the young people’s MYPF projects  p.2; Seattle’s New Drug Bill p.3; Veterans for Peace Convention: on Ukraine  p.4; Massacre in Gaza p.5-6; Op-Ed on Guns p.7; Letter on Haiti p.7; Union Workers Are Winning Contracts  p.8.

  • Workers are Organizing, Striking and Winning Better Contracts

    by John M Repp                                        The United Autoworkers (UAW) strike against General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis (formerly Chrysler), began on September 15, 2023. The UAW had made some changes to its method of electing leadership in the last few years. Instead of union locals electing delegates and then the delegates electing the leadership at a national convention, they instituted a direct election of leaders.  They also changed how they approach a new contract. In years past, the UAW would strike just one of the big three automakers. This year they struck a single factory belonging to each of the three. As the strike went longer more factories were added to increase the pressure. If one of the big three started to…

  • Do Not Forget Crisis in Haiti

    Bruce Radtke, inspired by the InterReligious Task Force  on Central America, suggests that everyone sends a letter such as the one below to our 3 Congresspeople I ask you to not forget the growing security crisis in Haiti. According to the UN, there have been more than 1,230 killings and 701 kidnappings in Haiti from July 1-September 30 of this year alone. More than half of all Haitians face hunger as a result of the high cost of imported food and a decade of drought. Hunger leads to civil unrest, as people become desperate to feed their families. Kenya is preparing to deploy troops, but this will not address the root of the violence. Here are five, nonviolent steps I…

  • Massacre in Gaza. Written Dec 7, 2023

    by John M Repp, Pacific Call Editor As the current crisis in Israel-Palestine unfolded, some of the early reports referred to the “laws of war”. One of the most crucial distinctions in the laws of war is that between combatants and non-combatants or civilians. The terrorist attack of Oct 7, 2023, by Hamas on a music concert and some nearby kibbutzim broke the laws of war and started the current crisis. For almost two months after Oct 7, Israel broke those laws of war in its massive response with the bombing of Gaza. The bombardment of Gaza by Israel has killed civilians at an historic pace. They are using two thousand pound bombs, thousands of them. As of Nov 25,…

  • Climate Emergency: Doing What You Can

    by Justin Yang, Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship Trainee The WWFOR fall retreat was a insightful and supportive meeting of many people working to make the world better in different ways. I found presenting my project, Washington Declaring the Climate Emergency, was at first a daunting task, but a worthwhile one, as the fellow participants were very receptive and innovative in asking questions and offering advice. Learning about the different efforts and organizations that these people have spearheaded outside of my panel was fascinating and allowed me to connect with others who could offer me support or grow my individual project. Finally, I believe that the best way for people to engage with the effort to better the climate is to start doing…