Category: Political activism

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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Book Signings wake up call to nuclear war threat

Book Signings wake up call to nuclear war threat

With three presentations of Open Borders behind me and one more to go (Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6 p.m. Homestreet Bank in West Seattle), it is clear these book signing are a wake up call to the nuclear war threat. Members of the audiences who are old enough to remember the doomsday predictions at the height …

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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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Pre-order Open Borders now

Pre-order Open Borders now

Want to be the first to read Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss and Anti-war activism? The various online ways to order the book are now ready to respond. You can pre-order Open Borders now. I’ve got my very own ISBN 10-1941890210. Amazon– to place an order through Amazon, open your Amazon account …

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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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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

This weekend marked an important day for the anti-war movement. One year ago, on July 7th, 2017 the UN adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Well over a hundred countries voted in favor of the Treaty; the countries abstaining all have nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognize China, France, …

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Radio broadcast about Citizen Diplomacy

Radio broadcast about Citizen Diplomacy

Take a listen to this MyNorthwest story from late fall last year. You get my voice as Felix Banel interviews me about Target Seattle and Citizen Diplomacy in the 80’s. Here’s a picture of Don Bell, chair of Target Seattle: Preventing Nuclear War, in 1982-1984. I’m getting involved with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, one …

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Why Citizen Diplomacy?

Why Citizen Diplomacy?

Dear One, You may ask, why Citizen Diplomacy in 1980s? In the opening sessions of spring quarter 2018 at the University of Washington, Dr. Eric Johnson will introduce a couple of octogenarians to talk to his history students about what we hoped to achieve by engaging in citizen diplomany initiatives during the Cold War. Rosanne …

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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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My world first, then the inciting incident

My world first, then the inciting incident

Hello, Readers, I’m back in class with Scott Driscoll and two of his writerly friends. The first evening’s topic was “Inciting Incident”, that event in the narrative that disturbs the protagonist’s world and from which all action ensues. My story, Evil Empire, which I referenced in my last post was now in its 4th iteration. …

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