Recognized by the United Nations since 1982 and the city of Bellingham since 2010, International Day of Peace is a day to imagine what the world can be like without weapons, violence and oppression.
In solidarity with people around the world, the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (WPJC) will host Rad & Real: Turning Imagination into Action, Bellingham’s 18th annual International Day of Peace celebration, which will take place in person (following the COVID Security Protocols) Sunday, September 19 at Maritime Heritage Park.
The celebration will be followed by a virtual community event on Tuesday, September 21.
This year, the presentation of the WPJC’s annual Lifetime Peacemaker Award, an opportunity to meet and learn about various local organizations helping to imagine a fascinating future, inspiring performances by local artists and a keynote address by Swinomish and the elder Visayan Shelly Vendiola.
Shelly Vendiola has been an educator, facilitator, activist and mediator for over 30 years and co-founded the Native Community Engagement and Peacemaking Project.
The in-person event will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 at Maritime Heritage Park. All street parking is free, including commercial street garage parking.
The following WTA bus lines stop at Maritime Heritage Park: 3, 15, 50, 232 and 331. The space is family friendly, wheelchair accessible and we will provide ASL interpretation.
Activities for children will be offered free of charge. All COVID protocols active at that time will be followed.
Additional masks and disinfectant will be available for anyone who needs it.
Anyone who cannot attend the event in person at that time can still participate in the Take-Out for Peace promotion with participating restaurants listed on the WPJC website, www.WhatcomPJC.org.
They can also attend the WPJC virtual event on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.
WPJC will host a community discussion with the processing and generation of ideas, and offer a host of local actions that community members can participate in.
As WPJC enters its 18th year, the organization promotes lasting peace, social justice and a culture of non-violence at home and around the world.
We work on these visions through partnerships, education and direct action.