Unsung Heroes

  May 2017

Ellen Murphy and Nonviolence

Ellen Murphy, 80, has been a lifelong nonviolence practitioner and teacher for peace and justice. She was arrested many times as a 10-year member of The Desert Waves Affinity Group at the Nevada Nuclear Weapons Test Site in the late … Continue reading

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  April 2017

Becky Spithill and Real Change News

Becky Spithill has masters’ degrees in environmental science and local government and urban/regional planning. She worked for city of Bellingham in water treatment from 1993 to 2000. She worked in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Government Accountability Office during the … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Shelly Grant, Dominick Manetti and Cascadia Volunteer Advocacy

  Shelly Grant, a Washington native, moved to Bellingham to attend WWU. She graduatedwith a degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. She stayed after graduation because she feels at home here, likes the people, the culture and … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Erik Dyrland, Advocate for Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County (Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine) is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential … Continue reading

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  January 2017

Larry Freeman, M.D. Physician Activist

Larry Freeman is a psychiatrist who moved here in 1995 from New Zealand. His wife is a social worker and they have two sons, a daughter and one grandchild. He has an active private practice and is a family systems … Continue reading

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  December 2016

Beth Brownfield, Committed Activist

Beth Brownfield, 75, moved to Bellingham with her husband in 2004 from Minneapolis, Minn. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Beth and her husband spent two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras before starting their family. She … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Carrie Unick and Amy’s Place

Amy’s Place is a drop-in center on Friday and Saturday nights for homeless youth. Those attending are given a meal and a safe and welcoming place to hang out. Carrie Unick is a volunteer, and her mother Heidi is the … Continue reading

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  September 2016

Jeni Miller and the Bellingham Food Bank

Jeni Miller moved here in August 2010 from Seattle for a smaller town experience. She loves the beauty of the Northwest and the more open and progressive mindset. She is 55 and has her own business providing coaching, mentoring and … Continue reading

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  August 2016

Junga Subedar and the Whatcom Civil Rights Project

Junga Subedar volunteers as program director of the Whatcom Civil Rights Project and dedicates her time and energy to community service and social justice. She moved to Bellingham in 2001 and lives with her partner, Edward, and wolf pack of … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Bill Distler, Vietnam Vet and Peace Activist

Bill Distler, 69, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Bellingham in 1980. He is married and has a 16-year-old daughter. He volunteers with the Alternatives to Military Service Program and has been active here in the Veterans … Continue reading

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