Spring Assembly 2022

This gathering occurred on

Saturday April 30, 2022,   9 am to 12:20 pm

Defending & Extending Democracy Using Nonviolence

Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation presented its 24th Annual Spring Assembly.  This event was also a fundraiser for the people of Ukraine.*

We will make recordings of the event available soon. Please check back here for links.

Event organizers David Lambert and Tom Hathorn have compiled a useful LIST OF RESOURCES available by clicking here.

Video-Conferencing event.

Our featured speaker this year was Michael Honey, History Professor at University of Washington Tacoma. We watched “Love & Solidarity,” a film produced and directed by Professor Honey which documents nonviolence steps delineated by civil rights icon Reverend James Lawson. Professor Honey keynoted this event and discussed Rev. Lawson’s steps of nonviolence and introduced us to the new book Revolutionary Nonviolence which he co-authored.

We recommend reading this book! You can get a taste of the book in the review by our Newsletter editor John Repp; click here to read the review. The book is available from national FOR, click here, and from many booksellers.

Four of the current Mike Yarrow Peace Fellow Interns made presentations about their social justice projects.

Representatives from Washington State Poor People’s Campaign also spoke.

*Proceeds from the event went to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UN Crisis Relief, see https://crisisrelief.un.org/t/ukraine ).


9:00 am Welcome
9:15-9:45 MYPF Interns
9:50-10:05 WA. Poor People’s Campaign
10:10-10:50 Film: Love & Solidarity
11:00-11:30- Keynote: Professor Mike Honey
11:30-11:50 Small Group Discussion
11:50-12:10 Large Group Discussion
12:10-12:20 Evaluation & Closing
12:20-1:00 pm Post Assembly Informal Sharing (Optional)

Information on Presenters

Professor Mike Honey: American historian, Guggenheim Fellow and Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma in the United States, where he teaches African-American, civil rights and labor history. He has taught or been a fellow at Stanford University, University of Maryland, the National Humanities Center, the Rockefeller Research Center in Bellagio, Italy, Wesleyan University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington, where he has held the Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies, the Haley Professorship, and a fellowship at the Simpson Humanities Center. He travels and speaks widely and is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has received numerous awards from non- academic organizations for his civic engagement going back to his origins as a civil liberties organizer in the South. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (Ph.D.), Howard University (M.A.), and Oakland University (B.A.), and a native of Michigan and Memphis, Tennessee. He has written five books that won numerous academic awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Washington State Poor People’s Campaign


The WA. State Campaign is aligned with the National Poor People’s Campaign uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. Together, we are shifting the narrative, building power, and impacting elections and policies. “Forward Together, NOT ONE STEP BACK!”

Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship

The WWFOR runs the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF), a year-long program for high school and college age youth, ages 14-23.  The program includes a Grant for interns to work on a nonviolent social change project of their choice. Fellows receive training and support throughout the year.  In 2020 and 2021 we moved the training online due to COVID-19.  The 2022 program format has not yet been decided.  We will hear from interns in the 2021 program.

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For information and recordings of presentations of previous spring assemblies, start here