Sunday, September 17th @ 3pm
Structures Brewing, 601 W. Holly
Whatcom Peace & Justice is celebrating the 20th
annual Bellingham International Day of Peace. Recognized by the United Nations since 1982 and the City of Bellingham since 2017, International Day of Peace is a day for all to envision what our world can look like without weapons, violence, and oppression. This year’s theme "Transforming Justice" aims to uplift peaceful ways to address conflict, interpersonal harm, and systemic violence.
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.
With your help, this year, our goal is to raise $15,000.
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.
Please give as generously as you are able.
Donations are tax-deductible.
Register here to support the Center and secure a spot!
Announcing Our Emcee: Shu-Ling Zhao
We are so excited that Shu will be emceeing again for us this year! Shu-Ling Zhao (she/her) is a biracial Chinese-American, mother, daughter, sister, wife, auntie, performer, director, fabricator, community organizer, arts educator, lover of local wildlife, cooking enthusiast, fundraiser, facilitator, fair-weather runner, black coffee drinker, data devotee, seltzer connoisseur, amateur plant parent, millennial, and artist residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Lummi, Nooksack, and Coast Salish people.
In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, Shu began working with community organizers to support the Black Lives Matter movement locally. In August of 2020, she helped organize the protest to declare racism a public health crisis and later worked with both Whatcom County and City of Bellingham on their Resolutions Affirming Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Following the murder of six Asian and Islander women in Atlanta last April and with the rise of hate incidents against the AAPI community, Shu organized a solidarity vigil at Maritime Heritage. She is currently working with Chuckanut Health Foundation and local partners in government to develop a Whatcom County Racial Equity Commission through a community-owned process.
Live Brazilian Music with Foleada
Remember how much fun we had last year with the amazingly talented musicians of Foleada? We're thrilled to announce they will be back to Bellingham for this year's event!
Foleada is a Seattle-based Forró (Brazilian folk/jazz) band with a focus on Pé de Serra style. Forró is the heartbeat of Northeast Brazil and it draws on many musical styles, from Afro-Brazilian music like samba and baião to European polkas. On the other hand, Forró dance borrows from Cuban salsa and Samba de Gafieira, a Brazilian ballroom dance.
Come dance your heart out with us at Structures Brewing!
Silent Auction Now Live!
Preview just a few of the items up for auction this year: Pickford tickets and a year-long membership, Black Noise merch + gift card, and a $100 gift card to use for any unique Bellinghistory tour!
Don’t miss your chance to get some goodies, special experiences, and gift cards to your favorite spots in Bellingham, all while supporting peace and justice in our community!
Check it out here!
Our auction will end on International Day of Peace, September 21st at midnight!
Drag Performance by Nävouny Divinne
You won't want to miss local drag artist Nävouny Divinne's transformative performance on September 17th. Donate today to secure your spot! Nävouny Divinne is a Multi-Ethnic and multimedia, Trans, artistic shapeshifter. You can always look forward to being surprised when she performs/creates. Yet what you can always rely on is Nävouny's strong social justice, alternative, mental health, joy and BIPOC Queer and cultural themes of it's artwork. IG's: @navouny, @navounyisapoet
In the context of current affairs, this year's theme resonates profoundly. “Transforming Justice” is a creative invitation to respond to the surge in domestic and militarized police violence during the pandemic, setbacks in national LGBTQ+ youth protection, labor and reproductive rights, as well as instances of book bans and sex education censorship. “Transforming Justice” speaks to the pressing need to reevaluate conventional notions of justice and safety, advocating for preventive, educational, and care-centric strategies to cultivate a peaceful society. ~WPJC Team
Every year since 2005, we honor a local peacemaker elder whose life's work is in the spirit of Rosemary and Howard Harris, the co-founders of Bellingham's peace vigil.
In line with our intergenerational work, this year we are also offering the second Dotty Dale Youth Award with funds offered by the Dale family and community.
The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center calls on our government and society to disavow policies of violence and seek a culture of peace.