Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
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Work to Advance Peace, Justice and Human Rights
Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 10th 10am-12
Rockridge Library, Oakland
join us for lunch after
WILPF East Bay and San Francisco joined the
September 8th March in San Francisco,
RISE for Climate, Jobs and Justice
We carried the “Peace and Planet before Profits” banner.
Cluster Meeting in Sacramento, Saturday, September 29th,
WILPF members met from around the state and shared ideas. The meeting included a presentation by Rickey Gard Diamond, author of SCREWNOMICS: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change; a related presentation on public banking; reports back from the International WILPF Congress in Ghana by a number of women, including Barbara Nielsen and Darien De Lu; and Branch reports summarizing what WILPF’ers have been doing around the state.
Support of Assembly Resolution AJR-33
The UN Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
This measure would urge our federal leaders and our nation to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy, and spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war.
ACTION: Write your California Assembly person asking for their support For complete text of resolution: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AJR33
MEMBER HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Saturday, December 8, Noon to 2 pm:
518 Valencia, San Francisco
Invite a friend.
“ No War 2018″ Conference in Toronto Energizes Activists
Passionate speakers and opportunities to connect made World Beyond War’s #No War 2018 Conference in Toronto a revitalizing event for all who attended. Speakers included RAY ACHESON, Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provided analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Ray leads WILPF’s work on stigmatizing war and violence, including by campaigning for a nuclear weapon ban treaty and challenging the arms trade and the use of explosive weapons and armed drones. Ray is also on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Study Group and represents WILPF on several coalition steering groups, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
Stop Trump’s “More Usable” Warheads
Monday, October 8, 2018
Written BY Marylia Kelley of TriValley CARES
“The Trump Administration is pushing ahead with the development of a new, dangerous and more usable nuclear warhead. With your help, we can stop it!
As described in the President’s Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, the new nuke will be a submarine-launched “low yield” variant to sit atop Trident D5 missiles. According to Trump it will make a U.S. strike more “credible.” In actuality, it lowers the threshold for nuclear use and makes nuclear war more likely.
Representatives Adam Smith (D-WA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), have responded by introducing a bicameral bill, the Hold the LYNE – Low Yield Nuclear Explosive – Act. This crucial piece of legislation, if passed, would prohibit any funds from being used for the research, development, production or deployment of this new warhead.
Here is where you come in. October is Hold the LYNE month to increase the number of co-sponsors on the bill in the House of Representatives. Your immediate phone calls, emails and letters are needed to accomplish this. Further, your member of Congress will be holding local “town halls” and other meetings this month – you can attend and publicly request his/her co-sponsorship. Or, ask any congressional candidate of your choice to commit to co-sponsoring the bill if elected.
The bill’s formal title is H.R. 6840, the Hold the LYNE Act. Here are three ways you can support this crucial legislation and prevent nuclear war before it starts:
CLICK HERE for more.Join our ONE WILPF national call. The next call will be Thursday, Oct 11th at 4pm. If you have not yet joined our ONE WILPF calls, add them to your calendar, the second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm. If you would like to participate and you don’t use a computer, call Sandy at 510 967-9622 for a phone link. For more information or to register: 1WILPFcalls@gmail.com
To find out more, go to http://wilpfus.org/our-work
the following article is from that web site
Climate Justice+Women+Peace Project
How Are Climate Justice, Women and Peace Interconnected?
Global warming and climate change are being “fueled” by the U.S. and global political, financial, and corporate elite – the 1% – that put profits ahead of human rights, the rights of nature, the common good and the rights of small businesses and local economies.
The corporate capitalist system that prioritizes profits/money over people and the planet results in environmental degradation and ecological collapse, and creates resource conflicts, water and food shortages, and extreme weather events – all of which lead to human rights abuses and refugee crises.
Trade Agreements are now the tool transnational corporations use to challenge and erode national sovereignty, democracy and community rights. The new trifecta of trade agreements – the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) – are really the next stage in global corporate rule by “free” trade agreement under which we all lose.
We, the people of Earth, must work together to oppose these trade agreements which are devastating for the planet, worker rights, economic justice and which replace participatory democracy with unbridled corporate influence and rule by the corporate, financial and political elite. Because War is So Profitable…Global warming and climate change are also being fueled by an economy that depends on military solutions to conflicts, instead of non-violent conflict resolution and peace negotiations.
On-going violence and conflict increases profits for the military-industrial corporate complex. At the same time, the need for raw materials increases and perpetuates the cycle of resource conflict, environmental destruction and local food and water insecurity that creates the conditions leading to refugee flight.
The military is one of the highest CO2 emitters, but their emissions are generally not included in global CO2 estimates. Additionally, carbon pollution from international shipping and flights is not counted as greenhouse gas emissions in the COP 21 Paris Climate Agreement.
We are already seeing the impact of the “perfect storm” of multiple crises:
endless cycles of war and violent conflict
unprecedented immigrant and refugee crises
dramatic increase in human trafficking and wage slavery
weakened environmental regulations
catastrophic droughts, floods and super-storms, rising sea levels
food and water shortages
melting of the Greenland and other glaciers, and Arctic and Antarctic ice
shift in the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream
small business rights being rejected in favor of corporate rights
watered-down labor rights
huge government subsidies that prop up the fossil fuel and military economy while denying investment for green renewable sustainable energy and jobs
Our very future is at stake .The continued existence of a sustainable life for all humans on the planet. Reprinted and edited from the WILPFus / our work
Anti-war Leafleting: Join us on Wednesdays from 11:30–Noon at the Grove St. entrance to SF Main Library. Call Betty to confirm (415-931-1126)
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