BREAKFAST IN BELLINGHAM
Mike Jacobsen went to Jeju Island for three weeks and returned one week ago. He is a member of Veterans For Peace in Bellingham, Washington. I am staying at his home while here. It's fun hearing Mike talk about his trip that came after the first three VFP members we sent over there were thrown out of the country by the South Korean government.
Yesterday, soon after arriving here, Mike took me to Western Washington University where I did a late afternoon talk. From there I was taken to dinner with three other members of the local VFP chapter.
This morning I was lucky to be able to go to their VFP chapter's weekly Friday morning breakfast at a local joint. About a dozen members of the Bellingham chapter were there and we had some great discussion about endless war and organizing strategies.
For lunch today we will be hosted by chapter member Gene Marx at his home. Not yet heard plans for dinner. But I am enjoying eating my way across Bellingham. I speak tonight at 7:00 pm and then Mike will drive me the two hours south back to Seattle where I will be kept busy over the following three days.
The big talk here is about a proposed coal train (carrying strip mined coal) that would run from Montana and Wyoming to this part of Washington state where it would then be loaded on ships and taken to China. In Oregon and here in Washington folks are strongly opposed to the plan and are organizing to stop it.