For our monthly service project in September, Echoes will be assisting with the International Day of Peace, which is hosted by the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center.
Below is the information for the event, which we highly recommend! Echoes will be helping to set up, greet, and tear down. If you'd like to volunteer with Echoes, send us a message, OR you can directly contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 International Day of Peace: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Majestic on North Forest (1027 North Forest in Bellingham)
Hundreds in Bellingham gather every year on International Day of Peace in solidarity with people around the world. In 1982, the United Nations declared this day an annual worldwide 24-hour cease-fire to envision what our world can look like without weapons, violence, and oppression.
Keynote speaker Harsha Walia
Harsha Walia is an author and activist trained in the law. She is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal in Vancouver, B.C., author of award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism, and Project Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. For the past two decades she has been involved in anti-racist, feminist, Indigenous solidarity, and anti-capitalist grassroots community organizing. Harsha has made numerous presentations on race, gender and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Power of Youth Award, Westender's Best of the City in Activism Award, and been named "one of Canada's most brilliant and effective organizers" by Naomi Klein.
Community dinner from 6-7
New this year! We're serving up a buffet from 6-7. Sliding scale for a plate runs $5-20, including dessert. Proceeds benefit the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. Come and break bread with your community.
Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award
Awarded annually since 2005 to a local peacemaker whose life's work is in the spirit of Howard Harris, one of the founders of Bellingham's peace vigil.
Music by Meghan Yates & more
The program also features music by Meghan Yates (of Meghan Yates & the Reverie Machine), reflections on this moment from Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, and time to remember those we've lost this year.