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The Washington Peace Center is an anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization working for peace, justice, and non-violent social change in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area since 1963.

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Occupy Our Homes at the Dawn Butler Eviction in DC
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‘Jobs vs. the Environment’: How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie

Workers remove a large clamp from a section of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma

In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive change. But too often our movements find themselves at loggerheads over the seemingly conflicting need to preserve our environment and the need for jobs and economic development. How can we find common ground?

In Memory of John Judge

 John Patrick Judge passed at the age of 66, just as he had lived – with courage in the midst of pain. An internationally acclaimed researcher, writer and speaker, as well as a lifelong anti-militarist anti-racist activist, and community organizer, Judge died on April 15 due to complications from a stroke suffered in early March.

Anti-Oppression Facilitators Reportback

 

Power – the ability to transform yourself + the world around you through expression, connection, love +community towards a shared vision

This definition was one of many powerful contributions that came out of our day-long anti-oppression facilitators gathering last week. The Washington Peace Center, along with the DC Trainers Network, spent much of our early spring working on reaching out and networking across the city to learn about who’s doing work grounded in a collective liberation, intersectional approach to ending oppression.

DC's Waste and Environmental Racism

Few in our nation's capitol city think twice when they throw stuff "away" -- nor do they think about who lives where "away" is. Fitting a national trend ofenvironmental racism, it should be no surprise that DC's waste has long impacted communities of color in one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in the country. (Black-white racial segregation in the Washington, DC area is considered "extreme" and is 17th worst in the nation.)

IPCC report: 5 ways climate change threatens life as we know it

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Hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists are in agreement: Climate change is happening, we’re already feeling its effects and it’s only going to get worse. The newest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Monday morning in Japan (Sunday night ET), gives “the starkest warning yet” of global warming’s impacts. In many ways, the effects are expected to be insidious and nuanced rather than apocalyptic: They’ll increase by degrees, and worsen societal problems that we’re already facing.

“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” Rajendra K. Pachauri, the panel’s chairman, announced. And this is coming from an organization characterized as “highly conservative.”

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