For the 17th year in a row, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is hosting Bellingham’s International Day of Peace celebration.
International Day of Peace is WPJC's main fundraising and educational event of the year, raising critical funds to support the ever more critical work of the Center in advocating for peace and against wars & militarized systemic violence at home and abroad. This year, our goal is to raise $5,000.
Funds make it possible for us to keep our doors open for new and old peace activists, while supporting our volunteers and staff in their service during this time of unprecedented need.
Please give as generously as you are able. Donations are tax-deductible.
Watch All Videos on our Youtube Page, Newsletter or on Facebook Live:
1) Tuesday, September 15: Invitation Video to International Day of Peace (IDP) featuring E.D. Aline Prata, and volunteer staff, Aisha Mansour & Marii Herlinger talking about the Center
2) Friday, September 18: Sneak Peak of our "Artified" Silent Auction Pop Up featuring Whatcom Focused Youth Movement kicking off IDP
3) Saturday, September 19: Lifetime Peacemaker Award Ceremony and name change
4) Sunday, September 20: Keynote Conversation with Walidah Imarisha and Aaron Dixon
This year features a series of virtual events including the presentation of our annual Lifetime Peacemaker Award, and a once-in-a-lifetime conversation between Seattle Black Panther co-founder Aaron Dixon and Portland artist, author, and educator Walidah Imarisha.
The historical discussion between two of the most significant Black organizers in the Pacific Northwest honors this year’s uprisings against state violence across the country following the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade while calling upon our local community to confront white supremacy and anti-Blackness wherever it arises.
"No Justice No Peace" has been a historical chanting and message invoked in recent protests to highlight how positive peace will only be achieved in the presence of justice.
International Day of Peace's Weekend Program
✨Friday, September 18th✨
✨Saturday, September 19th✨
✨Sunday, September 20th✨
Walidah Imarisha is the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. She is also the author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award, and the poetry collection Scars/Stars.
She spent 6 years with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project as a public scholar facilitating programs across the state about Oregon Black history.
At age 13, Aaron Dixon marched with Martin Luther King, who inspired him to join the civil rights movement. At 16, Dixon helped to establish the Black Student Union at the University of Washington. A year later, Dixon became captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. After 10 years as a member of the BPP, he started a nonprofit and spent the next 25 years working with gang-involved youth. He is the author of My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain.
The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center calls on our government and society to disavow policies of violence and seek a culture of peace.