Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
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East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
VERY IMPORTANT WILPF REGIONAL MEETING ON SAT., NOVEMBER 16TH
There will be no monthly planning meeting on Saturday, Nov. 9
Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, December 14
Join East Bay WILPF at the WILPF WEST REGIONAL MEETING
“Creating Positive Change”
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9am-5pm (registration at 8:30)
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City,
2124 Brewster Ave., Redwood City, CA 94062
Registration: Contact Carol Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend and if you need hospitality on Fri. or Sat. night.
Please provide name, phone number, branch and email.
*Respond to this email or or call 510-501-6439 if you need a ride*
The carpool plans to leave at 8am Saturday and return after dinner
WILPF NATIONAL ELECTIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR TO THE FUTURE OF US WILPF. BE SURE YOU CAN VOTE!
In order to participate in the WILPF elections scheduled for February 2014, or in any special election that might be called, you must be a WILPF member in good standing. Be sure your membership is up to date. You can check your membership status by calling or emailing the national WILPF office. www.wilpfus.org/ and link to membership, or call 617-266-0999.
A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, will be starting January 1, 2014 when the deadline for new Board nominations will be due. The ballot will be mailed by February 21st and must be postmarked by March 21st. Only dues-paying members can vote. Our annual dues are from $15 to $150 as you are able. Our WILPF U.S. section pays $15 per member to WILPF International for our U.S. Section fees and $2 to the local branch. To renew your membership, go online to membership: wilpfus.org or mail your membership to:
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661
SUMMARY OF EAST BAY WILPF MEETING
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013
At our October meeting, we had a panel discussion of the issues that led up to the current crisis at US WILPF, of the highly irregular and controversial decisions that have been made by the WILPF US Board of Directors, and a recall campaign that has been undertaken by concerned WILPF members. The Panel discussion leaders were Darien DeLu, Barbara Nielsen, and Dolores Taller, all past Board members. Those calling for recall feel decisions are being made without member input and/or prior knowledge. Bylaws are being ignored. The controversy centers around:
1. Termination of financial arrangement between WILPF US and JAPA (The Jane Addams Peace Association, our 501C3 financial sponsorship), done in secret without membership input.
2. The WILPF US Emerging Leadership retreat. The money and actions of the retreat could have been better accomplished at the 2014 congress and it would be more inclusive. A significant amount of WILPF money was used on the retreat.
3. US WILPF financial status: There was no audit of US WILPF done this year. There is need for the legally required annual audit without delay. There is a need for planning for sustainable and growing funding.
4. There is a growing lack of confidence in the current Board and controversy over its President.
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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER THE DISCUSSION
The National Board and its Executives need to respect the legal requirements of our bylaws and the state laws of Pennsylvania and be held to them. This requires an annual audit, decisions made at open meetings with adequate notification, information as to how and when, and timely minutes. The membership has the legal right to call a membership meeting, call for a recall of the current Board of Directors, and nominate an interim set of three officers. To see a copy of the bylaws:
There needs to be a plan for a trusted vote count in the next election.
The members of the panel felt the current board is too intimidated by the President Laura Roskos who may remain on the Board as a Past President, even if elections change the entire Board. There was concern that the recall is distracting members from the work of WILPF when there are so many other pressing issues, but it was also felt that we need to get our own house in order. It was felt that signing the petition for a recall membership meeting sends a strong message that the Board is going in the wrong direction.
WILPF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S POWER TO STOP WAR
Join the first episode in our of WILPF International Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Series. The Series will be a regular event focusing on different aspects of WILPF’s work
and is open to everyone, both in and outside of WILPF.
The first episode online, presented by Cynthia Enloe, a pioneer in feminist international relations, is to be held on November 6 at 2pm CET or 5am PDT!! (This is for the early risers.) For more information on Webinars in general, please see the WILPF International web site:
2013 WINNERS OF THE JANE ADDAMS’S CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS
Congratulations to the 60th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees: Jacqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis, Cynthia Levinson, Sarah Warren, Robert Casilla, Shane W. Evans, Ann Bausum, and Sy Montgomery. To see the awards and to order these books: http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/2013ceremony.shtml
LOBBY CONGRESS TO NOT SIGN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), branded as a trade agreement and negotiated in unprecedented secrecy, is actually an enforceable transfer of sovereignty from nations and their people to foreign corporations.
As of December 2012, eleven countries were involved—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States—with the possibility of more joining in the future due to inclusion of an unusual “docking agreement.”
While the public, US Congress, and the press are locked out, 600 corporate advisors are meeting with officials of signatory governments behind closed doors to complete text for the world’s biggest multinational trade agreement, which aims to penalize countries that protect their workers, consumers, or environment.
Leaked text from the thirty-chapter agreement has revealed that negotiators have already agreed to many radical terms, granting expansive new rights and privileges for foreign investors and their enforcement through extrajudicial “investor-state” tribunals. Through these, corporations would be given special authority to dispute laws, regulations, and court decisions. Foreign firms could extract unlimited amounts of taxpayer money as compensation for “financial damages” to “expected future profits” caused by efforts to protect domestic finance, health, labor, environment, land use, and other laws they claim undermine their new TPP privileges.”
Lori Wallach, “Breaking ’08 Pledge, Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations,” Democracy Now!, June 14, 2014