• September 2018 Newsletter and Calendar now available!

    NEWSLETTER AND CALENDAR.  The September 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/PacificCall0918.pdf (see list of articles below) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~…

  • the latest letter to the editor: on corruption

    by Larry Kerschner, peacepoet A recent Kaiser tracking poll found that voters view “corruption in Washington” as the “most important issue” in the upcoming midterm election, with 30 percent putting it at the top of their list. Health care came in second at 27 percent, and the economy/jobs took third at 25 percent. Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler has been an out-spoken supporter of what is probably the most corrupt administration in US history. Paul Manafort, 2016 Campaign Chairman to President Trump was convicted of filing false tax returns and bank fraud. Scott Pruittt, Trump’s Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency resigned citing increasing numbers of investigations of corruption in his administration. Albert Kelly, EPA Superfund Task Force Director and top aide…

  • A book review of Inner Level by Wilkinson and Pickett

    A book review of Wilkinson, R. and K. Pickett (2018). Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve everybody’s wellbeing. London, Allen Lane. By Stephen Bezruchka MD, MPH, Departments of Health Services & Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington   What is your world view and what is important to you, your family and friends?  To what do you want to devote your time and energy in order to change in society? I faced that question almost 30 years ago after working as an emergency physician for decades, essentially putting bandages on people that were removed when they left the ER.  I also came to see that health in the U.S. was getting…

  • The things going on in Gaza are really bothering me: an opinion

    The things going on in Gaza are really bothering me.  An Opinion By Carl Nakajima  Carl is a Catholic Worker and has been part of Earth Care not Warfare and the Tuesday Downtown Peace Vigil   The things going on in Gaza are really bothering me.  Jewish people should understand better than many of us about people losing their land or being without the necessities of life because they have gone through similar circumstances.   Native American and black people were persecuted for hundreds of years, but Jewish people have been persecuted for thousands of years and everywhere they went. (pogroms, inquisitions, Holocaust, etc.) People can usually understand better about other people’s pain if they experience the same pain –…

  • The Myth about Hiroshima

    The Myth about Hiroshima by John M Repp Of all places to hear someone talking about Hiroshima and implying that the atom bomb caused the Japanese to surrender. But that’s what I heard in Seattle at the 2018 event “From Hiroshima to Hope”. http://fromhiroshimatohope.org/ I heard it not from the organizers, not from the speakers or musicians, but from a person standing around waiting for the lantern-lighting ceremony to begin. I also once heard the same myth from an old man who told me his life was saved by the bomb. He was about to be drafted when Japan announced their intent to surrender on August 15, 1945. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945…

  • Larry Kerschner letter to the editor of 6/20/18

    Larry Kerschner letter to the editor of 6/20/18 The Trump Administration’s ripping children from their parents is a heartless method of blackmail to gain leverage against immigrants who come to the US for asylum.  Trump makes this plain in his statement of “No Wall – No Children” The ACLU released a report documenting the abuses that minors face in US detention facilities including being sexually assaulted, denied medical care, and run over by vehicles. Actor George Takei stated that the situation in these internment camps are worse than the camps he and his family were forced into during WWII. Jenn Budd, 47, a US Customs and Border Protection officer from 1995 to 2001 says there is no excuse for current…

  • President Trump’s tariffs are not really the point

    President Trump’s tariffs are not really the point China isn’t “cheating” on trade. They are playing a different game: advancing the interests of their nation, rather than global corporations. America’s new trade policies should advance the interests of our people. By STAN SORSCHER first published in The Stand August 6, 2018 http://www.thestand.org/2018/08/trumps-tariffs-are-really-not-the-point/ We pay too much attention to President Trump’s tariffs. We’ve missed the point of what China is doing, and what we want. Ronald Reagan told us that markets are good, government is bad, and we should let free markets solve all our problems. Winners will prosper, and gains will trickle down to workers and communities. At the global level, this meant free trade policy that blurs national boundaries,…

  • UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country”

    UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country” Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines. By John M. Repp, first published on Common Dreams, Friday June 15, 2018 https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/06/15/un-report-says-us-shithole-country   Philip Alston is the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He traveled to the United States last December to some of our most destitute communities such as Skid Row in LA, poor African American areas in the Alabama, impoverished coal communities in West Virginia and to Puerto Rico. He issued his report on June 1, 2018. It should be front page news. Five million live in the absolute deprivation we usually associate with the developing world. The report is a terrible indictment…

  • June 2018 Newsletter and Calendar now available!

    NEWSLETTER AND CALENDAR.  The June 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/PacificCall0618.pdf (see list of articles below) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~…