Category: political activist

Cashmere Pubic Library talk

Cashmere Pubic Library talk

Local librarians Lisa and Leah in Cashmere, WA have enthsiastically scheduled a talk about Open Borders, 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23rd. I’ll be reading from my memoir and talking about the ways in which people in eastern Washington’s central Valley responded to the threat of nuclear destruction at the height of the Cold War, …

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Russian nuclear scientists dead

Russian nuclear scientists dead

As the nuclear weapons treaties keeping us “safe” for the past decades’ time-out for various reasons (presidential withdrawal, end-dates, non-renewal), the new Cold War escalates at a frightening pace. The most recent price for this escalation has just been paid in the deaths of nuclear scientists and ordinary citizens in Russia. Who is next? When …

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US Military budget

US Military budget

Dear WANW Coalition, Last week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act. $733 Billion dollars for military spending. This reveals a culture that normalizes violence and war and a country that will use militarism to protect its interests abroad. However within this bill, there are many victories to claim, where Congress moved in the …

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Open Borders book signings

Open Borders book signings

October 23rd, 6 – 8 p.m. University of Washington Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Meet the author, Betsy Bell, and engage in a conversation about Citizen Diplomacy in the face of nuclear war in the 1980s. Joining her on a panel will be Prof. Eric Johnson of the UW history department and …

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Getting a book published

Getting a book published

  Exciting news!  Open Borders will be available for purchase one month from today: Oct. 16th. Hard to believe this long process of getting a book published is coming to a climax. Birthing Open Borders has been far more challenging than producing four daughters. The father of those daughters hasn’t been physically available to support …

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Aging peace activists in Seattle

Aging peace activists in Seattle

https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/peace-activists-are-aging-but-all-those-nuclear-weapons-right-over-there-are-just-as-threatening-as-ever/ I’m one of them, an aging peace activist. Wake up, everyone. We have a massive nuclear arsensal deployed at the Bangor nuclear submarine base just 20 miles from our Aquarium on the Seattle waterfront. Does anyone care? Ron Judd wrote a thorough and inspiring article about the threat and what is being done world …

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NoWar

NoWar

Dear friends, I recently received an email from the author and writing teacher who launched me on this writing path, Natalie Goldberg. On Wednesday, February 7th, I went to Upaya Zen Center [Natalie lives in Santa Fe] and listened to Kaz Tanahashi’s dharma talk.  He talked about war.  He lived through WWII in Japan.  He …

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