Book talk June 16th

Come: discuss way to end the threat of nuclear war. Sunday, June 16th, 6:30 p.m., Woodland Park Presbytrian Church, 225 N 70th St, Seattle, WA 98103 Near #5 bus.  Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation program with Betsy Bell in a Book Reading and Discussion.  Betsy’s book, “Open Borders: A personal story of love, loss and anti-war activism” describes how she and her husband Don Bell, advocated with many others, for a peaceful end to the Cold War through People to People friendship.  All are welcome! Free, an offering will be taken.  Info 206-789-5565 or

WE DON’T WANT WAR!  And here is some INFO and quick ACTIONS you can take.


Senator Udall’s S.1039, the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019” – has 14 co-sponsors but Washington Senators Murray and Cantwell have NOT co-sponsored yet.  See

Its House companion H.R.2354 has 18 co-sponsors. Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer can put this bill on the House floor for a vote any time they want. More co-sponsors will help pressure Pelosi and Hoyer to put the bill on the floor for a vote.  None of the WA state Reps has co-sponsored yet!  See

Senator Merkley’s S.J.Res.11, the “Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Resolution of 2019,” has five co-sponsors, see .  Washington Senators Murray and Cantwell have NOT co-sponsored yet

Its House companion H.R.1004 has 72 co-sponsors.   See .  Rep. Jayapal is the only WA state co-sponsor.  Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer can put this bill on the floor for a vote any time they want.

ACTIONS:  Let your Congressional reps know you want them to support these bills!  (and thank Rep. Jayapal) You can leave a message for any Senator or Representative at the Congressional Switchboard 202-224-3121.

Contact Sen. Murry (please cosponsor S.1039 and S.J.Res.11)

Contact Sen. Cantwell (please cosponsor S.1039 and S.J.Res.11)

Contact Rep Jayapal (thanks for co-sponsoring H.R.1004, please sign on to H.R.2354)

Other Congressional contacts can be found at the League of Women Voters wonderful “They Represent You” directory, (scroll down to pages 33 and 34).

Together we can change from agression to peace-making. It takes every voice.  Betsy Bell, author and peace-activist

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Published by Betsy Bell

Betsy Bell, born before WWII in New York City, spent her formative years in the Jim Crow town of Muskogee, Oklahoma. As a Girl Scout, she began her social justice activism working with a bi-racial team to integrate public schools after the 1954 Supreme Court decision mandating the end of school segregation. After completing her BA and MA at Bryn Mawr College, she began an academic career in Lawrence, Kansas where her husband taught. In Lawrence, she advocated for reproductive rights with Planned Parenthood. She lives in Seattle where she has held several career positions. Twice widowed, Betsy has published two short memoirs and several poems. For the past fourteen years, Betsy has worked with the Seattle area faith communities toward economic justice through the Jubilee USA Network. Betsy believes in the power of ordinary citizens to create a positive, inclusive and just society.