• 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) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~…

  • An Open Letter to the City of Seattle (on Public Banking)

    An Open Letter to the City of Seattle                                             November 16, 2016 On November 4, 2016, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant proposed legislation to allow socially responsible credit unions and community banks to manage the deposits of the city, deposits that are currently managed by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has been caught defrauding customers and has fired 5,300 of its lowest paid workers, many who opposed the policies, while giving bonuses to the executives who ordered the fraud to be committed. Seattle can end its contract with Wells Fargo in 2018. http://kuow.org/post/lawmaker-wants-seattle-say-goodbye-wells-fargo Then on November 7, 2016 Sawant and 5 other Seattle City Council members proposed selling bonds to finance affordable housing in Seattle. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/bonds-pitched-as-a-way-to-create-affordable-housing-in-seattle/ Selling bonds means borrowing…

  • X Marks the Spot

    Here is a blog about what has happened to our economy/politics over the last few decades. Stan Sorscher explains it well. Click on the link below to see the article with the great graphs. StanSorscherX Marks the Spot

  • A Good Vehicle for Organizing

    A Good Vehicle for Local Organizing by Lisa Kauffman About two years ago, a group of us in West Seattle started the West Seattle Meaningful Movies—free monthly documentary films for the local community, on topics like social justice, the economy, and the environment. Along with providing information, they’ve been a great way to build local connections. It hasn’t been hard to get a good turnout. For busy, stressed-out people, it seems to be doable to go a nearby venue, eat some refreshments, and sit and watch a movie. And the food and the movies are free (we ask for voluntary donations). Before each film, there’s a half-hour social time in which people can eat and visit with neighbors. Afterward there…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Logistics and Other Information

    SEABECK CONFERENCE CENTER:  Seabeck is on beautiful Hood Canal, fifteen miles west of Bremerton, Washington.  Bedding and towels are provided to guests at the Conference Center.  Sleeping in RVs is not permitted.  Family style meals will be served from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.  Vegetarian meals will be served, with meat available at some meals.  If you have special dietary needs, please indicate this on the registration form.  Recreation opportunities include swimming, row boating on the lagoon, tennis, horseshoes, ping-pong, volleyball, basketball, hiking, music, and crafts.  Bring swimwear and comfortable shoes.  Be prepared for wet, dry, warm, or cool weather. ACCOMMODATIONS:  Seabeck Conference Center’s website www.seabeck.org/ provides descriptions of each housing building and floor plans. Except for 10 single rooms…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Schedule of Events

    2015 Conference Schedule What is new this year: An Activist Fair replaces one of the Workshop Sessions. There will be NO SILENT AUCTION this year and the live/oral auction will be different. Thursday, July 2 4:00    Registration (till 9:45) 6:00    Continuous Soup and Salad Bar 7:00    Drop by and Meet Children’s Program Leaders 8:00    Welcome, Orientation 9:00    Youth Group Meet and Plan 9:00    Ad Hoc Groups and Social Time Friday, July 3 7:00    Nature Walk and Meditation 8:00    Breakfast 9:00    Sing-Along and Announcements 9:45    Keynote 1 11:15   Introduce Workshop Leaders Sign Up for Workshops 12:00  Lunch 1:00    Workshop I 2:45    Break 3:00   Workshop II 4:45    Break 5:00    WA and OR Regional Meetings 6:15    Dinner 7:15    Ad Hoc Groups and Social…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Youth and Children’s Programs

    The Children’s Program: The Children’s program for 3 to 11 year olds will be led by Nora Walsh and Jamie Martineau. Activities will be geared to the needs and interests of the individual children, and will develop a sense of community through play and mutual problem solving. We celebrate and explore our beautiful surroundings with walks and outdoor games. We rely on adults and youth attending the conference to volunteer their time and talents to assist us. Beyond Seabeck, Nora teaches art with young people in a variety of settings. Youth Program: The Youth Program for 12 to 19 year old attendees will feature workshops following two threads, “The Power in Your Voice” and “What is Youth Driven Activism?” Participants…

  • Support 2014 Peace Activist Trainees (PATs)

    Two opportunities to support this year’s fabulous Peace Activist Trainees (PATs): Monday July 28 (6-8 pm) at Westlake Plaza and Wednesday July 30 (1 pm) at  Victor Steinbrueck Park (just north of Pike Place Market) New Youth Jail: Is Incarceration the Answer? Monday July 28 Westlake Park 6-8 pm Is incarceration the best option for troubled youth? Come to Westlake Park from 6-8 pm on Monday, July 28th for more information on the Prison Industrial Complex and how racism and classism tie into who is incarcerated. The evening will consist of a thought-provoking activity about privilege, a few powerful speakers, a community art project and more information about the opposition of the new “Children and Family Justice Center” King County is…

  • Deja Vu: No Military Intervention in Iraq

    Tell President Obama and Congress to stay out of Iraq. Stop providing arms to the government of Iraq. Do not conduct bombing missions of any sort in Iraq, including drone strikes and do not put troops on the ground. It is clear that after decades of war, adding more weapons and violence to the war torn country is not in the best interest of the Iraqi or American people. U.S. intervention will not stop the violence, it will only add new fuel to an already raging fire. Join local protest to make visible in the streets the mass sentiment against U.S. renewed intervention in Iraq. Call President Obama Phone: (202) 456-1111, Fax: (202) 456-2461 Contact your Senator and Representative Sign…