Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661
WILPF EVENTS OPEN TO PUBLIC
Beginning in May, we are excited to start having public events of interest to our WILPF members and to other members of the community every other month. Our first event will be Saturday, May 11th from 2-4pm
at the Rockridge Library in Oakland
(See below for more details)
Our next event will be July 13th from 2-4pm at the Rockridge Library.
We will be sending out more about that in our next newsletter.
Our Planning meetings will be on the 2nd Saturday of every other month
from 10am-noon at Piedmont Gardens
110 41st St. (just off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland)
Our next Planning meeting will be Saturday, June 8th
You are invited to join us in a discussion of
NUCLEAR BUILDUP IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
with Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs
Saturday, May 11th, 2-4pm
Rockridge Library (wheelchair accessible)
5366 College Ave (between Bryant Ave & Hudson St), Oakland
5 blocks south of Rockridge BART
Marylia Kelley is Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, an organization which works to end all further nuclear weapons development, testing and production as an important step toward their global elimination. Her work for 25 years with the group has centered on U.S. nuclear weapons policies, programs and environmental impacts, with a special focus on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has testified before numerous deliberative and advisory bodies, including the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Congress.
Marylia is just returning from Washington D.C., where she was part of a delegation conducting meetings with leading members of Congress and the Obama Administration in the wake of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget request’s increases for nuclear weapons. which were released April 10, 2013. The team aimed to prevent billions of dollars from being spent on ill-conceived nuclear weapons projects that threaten the nation’s nonproliferation goals as well as public health and the environment.
During this sequester year, Lawrence Livermore Lab’s budget is increasing by 18%. The new plan is to remake and test nuclear war heads driven here and back from Los Alamos in New Mexico. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) request of $7.87 billion for nuclear weapons activities in Fiscal Year 2014 is an increase of $1.145 billion (17%) from the comparable 2013 appropriation.
Many of you have worked as WILPF members for years to eliminate nuclear weapons. If you are interested in this important issue and want to get the latest information about what is happening in that battle, please join us on May 11th.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 10-4
JOIN US AT THE WILPF STATEWIDE CLUSTER MEETING
in Fresno, Cal. 93711
For more information or for a ride RSVP at email@example.com
State Cluster meetings are where you get to meet other movers and shakers in WILPF, hear about common local issues like fracking, GMOs, water, energy, gun control, election reform.
This meeting will include a report from the newly formed WILPF CALIFORNIA core team working on these issues at the state level.
LET OBAMA KNOW THAT SOCIAL SECURITY IS
NOT ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Just in case you were wondering, 47% of our tax dollars goes to military expenses and 80% of the debt is from war and military expenses. The relationship between the human cost of endless war and defense profits is becoming more obvious. We are paying the price in cuts for schools, seniors, and in shared resources like health care and parks. The sequester cuts and now the proposed 2014 Obama budget is making changes in how social security benefits are calculated over time. These cuts especially hurt women, the elderly, mentally ill, disabled and poor. See a very good letter and explanation on just what the administration proposed cuts would be:
ACTION: Send a letter to President Obama. Read the information below for ideas of what to say in your letter. If possible, include a personal story about how important social security has been to you or to friends. Make it clear that there should be NO CUTS to Social Security.
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has shown the current Social Security program is a mainstay for women, and these findings have been supported by research from other organizations. Women are more likely to rely on Social Security because they have fewer alternative sources of income, often outlive their husbands, and are more likely to be left to rear children when their husbands die or become disabled. Moreover, due to the recession, many women have lost home equity and savings to failing markets, leaving them more economically vulnerable and dependent on Social Security benefits. Adult women are 51 percent (28 million) of all beneficiaries, including retirees, the disabled, and survivors of deceased or disabled workers. IWPR’s research shows that women aged 65 and over receive two-thirds of their income from Social Security on average.
In 2009, 29 percent of older women lived on Social Security alone and the program lifted more than 14 million women and men aged 65 or older out of poverty.
A 2010 survey developed by IWPR, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, found that many Americans, especially women, felt bleak about their prospects for retirement security in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Almost half (47 percent) of all women surveyed said they had little or no confidence that their resources would last throughout their retirement years, compared with 35 percent of men. Only 25 percent of women and 35 percent of men believed they were saving enough for retirement. Especially in the recent economic crisis and slow recovery, American women and men value the support Social Security provides–to such a great extent that they do not mind paying taxes so that the program can continue to help secure the economic stability of retired persons, the disabled, and families of deceased workers.
ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS ONE BILLION PEOPLE IN EXTREME POVERTY
15 April 2013 International WILPF press release from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons:
GENEVA – Nine states spend over US$100 billion per year on their nuclear weapons, while projections indicate that by 2015 about one billion people will be living on an income of less than US$1.25 per day, the World Bank’s measure of extreme poverty. The use of those weapons would wreak havoc to the global economy, undermine sustainable development, and increase existing inequalities.
Every dollar spent on nuclear weapons is a diversion of public resources away from health care, education, and poverty alleviation,” said Geneva-based ICAN campaigner Arielle Denis.
China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, and United States collectively possess approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons. These states are projected by Global Zero to invest more than US$1 trillion over the next decade to modernize and maintain their nuclear arsenals.
Furthermore, any use of nuclear weapons would have devastating humanitarian impacts. “Aside from the sheer cost of developing and maintaining nuclear weapons, their use would gravely affect development, poverty, hunger, and equality,” said Ray Acheson, member of the ICAN International Steering Group and also editor of WILPF’s “Reaching Critical Will.” Her chapter in the recently published study Unspeakable Suffering: The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons finds that a nuclear weapon detonation would damage and destroy lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. It would result in forced or voluntary migration; interrupt the supply of food and petroleum within the country where the nuclear explosion has occurred; disrupt the global supply of goods, impacting the local economy, and the business sector. These consequences have been highlighted during the Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in March 2013, where 130 countries have chosen to confront the horror of these weapons and have realized that they must take responsibility for preventing such catastrophe.
WILPF INTERNATIONAL PLAYS A CONSULTANT ROLE AT THE UNITED NATIONS
For almost a century, WILPF has articulated the need to address the root causes of war and the necessity of women’s participation as being fundamental both to prevention and to ending armed conflict as a means of dispute resolution. A true and sustainable peace will only be achieved when our nations commit to goals of total disarmament, universal human rights, economic, justice and care for our planet; if clarified and implemented effectively, this National Action Plan can act as a powerful tool in achieving these aims.
WILPF has had consultative status with the UN through the Economic and Social Council since 1948. WILPF also has Special Consultative Relations with the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, the International Labour Organization in Geneva and the United Nations Children’s Fund in New York. WILPF is represented at UN headquarters in New York, in Geneva and in Paris.
Link to the excellent WILPF-sponsored PeaceWomen Project based in the WILPF UN Office in New York. www.peacewomen.org
Reaching Critical Will is an initiative from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom that started in 1999 with a single focus: to increase the quality and quantity of non-governmental organization preparation for and participation in the 2000 Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Link to Reaching Critical Will http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/
MINUTES OF EAST BAY WILPF PLANNING MEETING
Saturday, April 13, 2013
We discussed the need for more educational programs for our members. It was decided to try a general event with a program on Saturday afternoons every other month on the odd months . We were able to secure the Rockridge Library. We discussed the need for a program chairman for our East Bay WILPF branch. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
We discussed the WILPF East Bay action on tax day April 15. From 4:30-6:00pm at Rockridge BART, we handed out 300 flyers about where our tax money goes, put out by the War Resisters League. http://www.warresistersleague.org. This year there was a lot more interest in the question of “Want to know where your tax dollars are being spent?” Thanks to everyone who came to help.
There was a discussion of the War and Law league commentary that Senate Resolution 65 could drag us into another war. This bill recommends that if Israel attacks Iran “in self defense,” the US will support Israel. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are supporting this resolution. To learn much more link to www.warandlaw.org