Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
There will be no planning meeting in December Next meeting January 9, SF main public library 10am
Visit our web page at: www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Visit the U.S. WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org
WILPF US Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/
Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org
A Just Transition to a Peaceful and Sustainable World
with Susan Schacher of New Priorities Campaign
The New Priorities Campaign (http://newprioritiescampaign.org/) This is a local and great web site. The organization brings together organizations and individuals to demand of our public officials a change of direction for the U.S. – one that prioritizes putting people back to work, developing a sustainable peace economy, reducing poverty and inequality, and generally meeting important social and other human needs. The organization is a branch of the National Priorities Campaign http://www.nationalpriorities.org/
Susan Schacher from the New Priorities Campaign spoke on why we need to transition to a peace economy. She helped us see that the increased spending for war and militarization (more that 50% of federal budget) is robbing efforts to save the environment and provide quality health care, education, jobs, housing and social security for all of our citizens. The United States is #1 in military spending in the world, and spends more than the next ten countries combined.
Susan argued that spending on militarization is bad for all of us as it slows growth and innovation, creates higher unemployment and contributes more carbon to the problem of global warming. She talked about the steps required to plan a demilitarized and environmentally healthy society. The campaign calls for setting up planning commissions to help develop the fair conversion of jobs from the military economy to the peace economy.
November 11th was originally ARMISTICE DAY,
(now called Veterans Day)
a day to DEMAND AN END TO WAR.*
World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when an Armistice was signed between the Allied and Central powers.President Woodrow Wilson considered World War I “the war to end all wars.” Tragically, 117,000 U.S. troops were killed, and more than 200,000 wounded in this war.
Now, the United States is leading an endless war on terrorism in which, so far, many thousands of U.S. soldiers have already died, and many more wounded. The endless bombing and wars in the Middle East is killing many civilians, creating the desperate refuge crisis and contributing to terrorist acts such as we are seeing in Paris and Lebanon. Militarism in defense of oil is a leading cause of global warming.
To honor Veterans, and to do our part in taking a stand against global warming
take a minute and call your congressional representative and DEMAND AN END TO WAR.
Northern California Climate Mobilization March
Saturday Nov 21, 2015, 10:30 AM
10:30 am – Gather at Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, Oakland
12:00 noon – March to Frank Ogawa Plaza
1:00 pm – Rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza
We’re calling on world governments gathered in Paris to give us a climate agreement that actually keeps fossil fuels in the ground. We’re calling for a rapid phase-in of 100% clean, safe, renewable energy. And we’re calling on local governments too — to end fracking here in California, end oil-by-rail and coal exports that put our communities in danger, and divest from fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels are yesterday’s energy, and the extractive economy is on its way out. Tomorrow’s world runs on clean, renewable energy that works for everyone. It’s about investing in the things we want, rather than the things that hurt us. We’re working hard to create the world we want to live in, and we expect our politicians to do the same. Last week’s tragic attacks in Paris have only strengthened our resolve. There could not be a better time to organize for a safe, just, and livable planet — and for the peace it can help bring.
Link to http://www.wilpfus.org/news/updates/wilpf-paris-cop-21 For more information and excellent action ideas link to women climate Justice at :http://womenclimatejustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/WGCCJ_English_RD1.pdf.
Okinawa Reaches out to Activists for Help to Protect their Beautiful Henoko Bay
Women for Genuine Security, www.genuinesecurity.org the International Women’s Network against Militarism, www.iwnam.org and the Okinawa Peace Network sponsored 27 Okinawan leaders to come to the US protesting the US military plans to build a new base in the beautiful Henoko bay despite objections of its new governor and court cases still pending. In a poll in August 80% of the Okinawan people opposed the new base. Permits have been granted to fill the pristine bay.
Okinawa has a long history of occupation, first by Japan and then the US after WW II. In 1972 the US returned control of Okinawa to Japan but on the condition that the US bases would remain.
The US has 1000 military bases worldwide. There is a long history of human right abuses especially of women and children, and environment degradation. More than 50% of your federal tax dollars are going to the military each year at the expense of our infrastructure, education, and social programs.
Berkeley City council passed a resolution in support of the Okinawan people in May, for which the Okinawan speakers expressed deep gratitude.
ACTION: link to www.Womengenuineseucrity.org
Sign their petition to help prevent this and other bases from being built. And WRITE or call YOUR representatives in Congress 1-800-826-3688
ACTION: Join World Can’t Wait Event
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 12:00-1:00 pm
On the steps of SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL (Polk Street)
OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR ENDLESS WAR !
BREAK THE SILENCE: NO MORE WAR ON SYRIA AND BEYOND !
STOP THE AIR STRIKES AND TARGETED KILLINGS NOW !
“At the end of last week, we witnessed horrific attacks that left scores dead and hundreds wounded in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris. These brutal and unconscionable strikes against civilians have been attributed to members of The Islamic State (ISIS), or Daesh (Da’ish). People in Syria are also being slaughtered every day by Daesh and the murderous Assad regime.
Those of us who live in the West must look to our own imperial state violence, including the disastrous, immoral, and illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, as having created the chaos that allowed the spread of these “non-state” actors who now threaten indiscriminate violence from the Middle East to Europe.
We believe that all people deserve to live in peace and unafraid. All lives are precious.
WILPF East Bay and San Francisco are endorsing and supporting this event (especially in spreading the word) All are encouraged to bring your own banners and statements.
World Can’t Wait SF Bay: 415-864-5153 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WILPF CONNECTS THE DOTS
BETWEEN CORPORATE IMPERIALISM, ECOLOGICAL DEGRADATION
& THE ROOT CAUSES OF WAR
URGENT AND TIME SENSITIVE CALL TO ACTION STOP the TPP
Joining together to stop this next stage of corporate rule
by free trade agreement. See Nancy Price comments at http://bit.ly/1aye5ew
WILPF US Corporations v Democracy, Disarm/Endwar and Earth Democracy Committees
Call on WILPF Members & Branches to
Rise up… and say “YES”
to local sovereignty, democracy, community rights and PEACE.
Fast Track passes. Now the TPP deal is finalized. Before Pres. Obama signs and sends the TPP to Congress for an up or down vote…
it’s time to mobilize! We must stop the TPP in Congress.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW!
♦PLAN LOCAL ACTIONS AND JOIN EVENTS being planned across the US.
Use your imagination and coordinate with other like-minded local groups. Send a report and photo to email@example.com. Endorse the Nov. 14-18 events in DC.
Link to petition and sign at : http://www.flushthetpp.org/tell-congress-to-reject-the-tpp/
♦ORGANIZE YOUR COMMUNITY to get a TPP-Free Zone resolution passed by your city, town or county council. It’s easier than you think. Learn how at www.tppfreezones.org.
♦BIRD-DOG YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER.
- Make an appointment with the aide who handles trade issues in the district office.
- Sit-in or stage a rally outside the office.
- Go to Town Hall meetings to ask questions. Always ask for a “NO” vote on the TPP.
- Write Letters to the Editor. Use the fact sheets, see below.
- Hold a rally outside your local Chamber of Commerce or your state’s Commerce Dept.
♦BIRD-DOG 2016 CANDIDATES WHO COME TO TOWN.
Attend events, ask questions, hold up signs, and ask for a “NO” vote on the TPP.
Here are factsheets for your local city council and congressperson and the “We Will Not Obey-TPP-Free Zone“ and “TTP-Climate-busting Trade Agreement” posters.
|RISE UP – SAY “NO” TO THE CAUSES OF WAR
♦ LOST JOBS – More jobs shipped to PacRim countries with atrocious human rights records, low pay, and lax environmental laws that harm people and the planet.
♦ ATTACKS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES – A globalized market-place rather than local sustainable energy efficient businesses and local economies in every country to reduce climate impacts.
♦ MORE DIRTY ENERGY – Increased fracking, tar sands, and dirty coal – leading to rapid expansion of pipelines and ports for export to Asia.
♦ MORE HEAT – More CO2 = more global warming and extreme weather leading to conflict and migration that disproportionately impacts women and children.
♦ MORE CONFLICT & MIGRATION – Climate impacts and extreme weather, along with land-grabbing for bio-fuels and corporate agriculture that impacts food security, leads to conflict and migration.
♦ LESS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE DRUGS – Big Pharma won. Patents will be enforced for another 5-8 or more years, before affordable generic drugs will be available.
We must stop this economic and military pivot to Asia.
The TPP is the Pres. Obama’s ECONOMIC “PIVOT to Asia” to counter and slow China’s economic influence across the Pacific Region. It is coupled with the MILITARY “PIVOT to Asia”to reinforce American imperialism across the region, protect America’s corporations, and assist national militaries and autocratic leaders to control their own people seeking democracy and justice.
Rise up… and say “YES”
to local sovereignty, democracy, community rights and PEACE.
As Guardians of Future Generations, we envision a world based on social, economic and environmental justice – the foundation on which to build peace and freedom for all people. We endorse recognition of the rights of Mother Earth and the right of ecological systems, on which all life depends, to thrive and survive.
Thank you for taking action.
Nancy Price and