• 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)”…

  • We Don’t Feel Better Off Because We Are Not  

    We Don’t Feel Better Off Because We Are Not.   Dear  trade experts: Cheaper consumer goods don’t make up for lost jobs, lower living standards, and diminished opportunities. http://www.thestand.org/2018/12/we-dont-feel-better-off-because-were-not/   By STAN SORSCHER Dec. 4, 2018) —  Earlier this year, trade experts explained to two audiences in Seattle how workers should adjust to the global economy. Workers displaced by global competition could learn computer skills and move to Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle. One of the experts expressed disappointment at her failure in reassuring workers that our free-trade approach to globalization made us better off. At a third meeting a few weeks later, two trade experts from Mexico said their country’s biggest problem was inequality. One, an economist, said he…

  • December 2018 Newsletter and Calendar now available!

    NEWSLETTER AND CALENDAR.  The December 2018 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 http://www.wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/Dec2018-print-Pacific-Call.pdf (see list of articles below) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~…

  • A Few Steps to an Abyss?

    A Few Steps to an Abyss and a Way to Avoid It in the US: a review of The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard (2017) and of a recent article in Harper’s magazine entitled “Rebirth of a Nation” November 2018 by John M Repp Order of the Day is a short, very powerful book about Nazi Germany. Translated from the French, the prize-winning author, Eric Vuillard picks out a few events in the long string of events, i.e. “orders of the day”, that historians describe when they tell the whole story. The accounts of the two events make clear that individuals of the ruling economic and political circles missed chances to stop the Nazis if not actually supporting…

  • New NAFTA is the beginning of the end for ‘free trade’

    New NAFTA is the beginning of the end for ‘free trade’ The ‘USMCA’ deal steps away from the failed globalization model, and begins to recognize our national interests. But we can do better. By STAN SORSCHER, first published in The Strand, October 19, 2018 http://www.thestand.org/2018/10/the-beginning-of-the-end-for-free-trade/ (Oct. 19, 2018) —  The United States, Mexico, and Canada just renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At a high level, the new deal underscores the political fact that the free trade approach to globalization is exhausted, and we are moving in a different direction. For decades, establishment thinking told us that “free trade” was the only possible approach for managing globalization. The 2016 presidential campaign and NAFTA 2.0 have burst that bubble.…

  • Another Way People Power Can Help Prevent Nuclear War (Other Than Pressuring Our Leaders)

    Another Way People Power Can Help Prevent Nuclear War (Other Than Pressuring Our Leaders) a review of Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss and Anti-War Activism. Betsy Bell (Kenmore, WA: 2018) by John M Repp Betsy Bell lives in West Seattle and is a neighbor of one of the activists in West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice, which is part of the coalition Washington Against Nuclear Weapons  https://www.wanwcoalition.org/ organized by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. This is a memoir by Betsy that was just published this year and it tells of citizen diplomacy in the 1980’s. The Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union heated up after Ronald Reagan came into office in…