Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

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The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (WPJC) was created in 2002 by citizens of Bellingham, Washington as a non-profit 503(c) tax-exempt organization, with the mission of promoting the concepts of Peace & Social Justice in the local community of Whatcom County. The organization was founded by members of the local weekly peace vigil, the Bellingham Friends Meeting and other area peace activists at the start of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mission statement[edit]

The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center promotes lasting peace, social justice, and a culture of nonviolence at home and worldwide. We accomplish this through partnerships, education, and direct action.

Vision Statement[edit]

The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center works to create a voice for peace and social justice in Whatcom County through partnerships with local community and religious organizations, direct action, public witness, and education on alternatives to violence and war. We call on our government and society to disavow policies of violence and seek a culture of peace.

The WPJC consists of a board of directors including members of various religious institutions, Iraq war and Vietnam war veterans, environmental advocates, and students; all from Whatcom County.

The WPJC has been involved in planning and executing events (e.g.: International Day of Peace, Peace Without Borders, Inter-faith forums, and speaking engagements with well-known journalists and personalities) as well as advocating Alternatives to Military Service in local schools and providing coordination of activist events regionally.

The WPJC adheres to a strict code of non-violence, peaceful activism, and intellectual advocacy.

Media Coverage[edit]

The center is well recognized in the local community, with ongoing coverage by local and regional press. The most notable coverage in the last decade has been by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.[1] Also several articles by The Bellingham Herald,[2] The Western Front (newspaper),[3] KSVR Radio[4] and others.[5]


  1. ^ The President is Threatening Me (July 2007)
  2. ^ Peace & Justice Center to host concentration camp survivor on Surviving Pinochet[dead link](June, 2010); The Bellingham Herald, Working Together, We Must Serve Those Who Served[permanent dead link] (May 2010); The Bellingham Herald Events Honor MLK Day (January, 2010); Justice News, Socialist Alternative Obama Announces Troop Surge Archived 18 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine (December, 2009); The Bellingham Herald, Anti-War Protest At WWU[permanent dead link] (December, 2009); The Bellingham Herald, Anti-war Mom Coming to Bellingham[permanent dead link] (July, 2009) The Bellingham Herald WPJC Director Open Statement to Rep. Larsen Archived 27 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Sep, 2007); The Bellingham Herald, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center Given MLK Award[permanent dead link] (June, 2009); The Bellingham Herald Mozart's Requim Mourns Iraq War Dead (Mar, 2006); The Bellingham Herald Peace Activists Join Rally (Sep, 2005); The Bellingham Herald Divide We Stand (Feb, 2003);
  3. ^ Pinochet Survivor Tells Tale[dead link](June, 2010); The Western Front, Veterans Demand Peace[dead link](June, 2010); The Western Front, Students Reveal Social Concerns on Campus[permanent dead link] (October, 2009); The Western Front, Art Not War Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine (December, 2008); The Western Front (WWU) Protest This![dead link](Mar. 2003)
  4. ^ KSVR Radio, Speak Up! Speak Out! With Whatcom Peace & Justice Co-founder Nick Mele (March, 2010); Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma) Faith Talk Focuses on Misconceptions[permanent dead link] (February, 2010); KSVR Radio, Kathy Kelley and Marie Marchand of the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (September, 2009); KSVR Radio, Anne Feeney Interview(July, 2009)
  5. ^ The WWU AS Review, Serving Soldiers Archived 30 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine (May, 2010); Whatcom Watch Magazine, The War On Class & Education (April, 2010)[dubious ]; Whatcom Watch Magazine, Campus Activism: A Report (September, 2009); The View (Iliff School of Theology, Denver), Marie Marchand, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center Receive Award (Summer, 2009); Commondreams, I Want My Money Back (Obama)! (June, 2009); Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland), Whatcom Peace & Justice, AWOL, and Iraq (Nov, 2007) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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