Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
Report-back by Arla S. Ertz
on Nepal’s National Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors
and their solidarity work with women around the world
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2 to 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level
FREE Snacks to include Nepalese goodies
Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors at their request, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.
Arla S. Ertz, a San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years for an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
in San Francisco, Wed., January 21
3:30 pm – March (1.3 miles) starts at Market St. & Montgomery St.
near Civic Center BART
“Mourning in America” for Democracy – is the Bay Area’s contribution to a national day of action. The march will be kicked off by well known hip-hop artist for change, Khafre Jay and the march will be led by effigies of 5 of the Supreme Court Justices followed by a New Orleans style band.
The rally will include a vast array of speakers and musicians including: Tom Ammiano, popular San Francisco politico; Gayle McLaughlin, former Richmond Mayor who won against Chevron; Bill McKibbin, 350.org national leader on audio, Andres Soto, KPFA talk show host; David Braun, Californians Against Fracking and more to be confirmed. The rally will also include the Occupella singers, Michael Sullivan and the Dots and a koch funeral for democracy.
Participating in the rally will be members and supporters of the Money Out! People In! coalition, 99 Rise!, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, California Clean Money Campaign, Free Speech for People, Money Out Voters In (MOVI), MoveOn councils, Move to Amend, Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Public Citizen, Represent.us, Solar Justice, Sunflower Alliance, and more.
“Intercept” Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl!
Use your January renewed energy to prepare and to take action locally as part of the national campaign, “Intercept Human Trafficking” around football’s Super Bowl! Demonstrating, leafleting, writing letters to the editor will all help get the word out.
WILPF US has again teamed up with the United Methodist Women (UMW) women to raise awareness on the very real issues of human trafficking (HT) that intensify around this iconic American sports event, set for February 1, 2015.. This is our second year working on this in coalition with the UMW women and other organizations.
Leafleting at the Super Bowl and by participating branches locally will assist in bringing awareness of the wide-ranging sets of criminal activity that are engaged in during this popular sports phenomenon out of the shadows and into the consciousness of the mainstream of our communities. Flyer and postcard downloads available at this website
The UMW INTERCEPT www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/intercepthas information and resources that you can use as part of your activism on the Intercept campaign. UMW also has a Web page of useful information about human trafficking at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/human-trafficking.
Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Needed
If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.
WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands
April 27-29, 2015
Join us in The Hague in April 2015 for the Conference of the century for women peacemakers. This will be the place for activists, students, peacemakers, feminists, academics, human rights defenders and all WILPFers to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century. So make sure we’ll see you in The Hague!
Register information here …http://www.womenstopwar.org/conference-home/conference-registration/
Open to all! This isnot the WILPF Congress (which is for members only) and this is the place to be if you want to be a peacemaker in the 21st century!
Registration Fees cover access to the full three days of the International Conference, including all plenary and break-out sessions, the marketplace and events. This includes a simple lunch for each conference day, a copy of the Conference program book, the WILPF 2015 Manifesto and a bunch of other goodies.
***Make sure you get in on the one day only, 100 Euro Discount in honour of the 100th day before the 100th! When: January 18th (12:00 am CET – 12:00 pm CET)
How much: 100 Euro Discount
For who: The discount is valid for all standard regular tickets and standard WILPF member tickets.
–>What if I need financial assistance to attend the 2015 Conference?
The Anniversary Team is currently working on offering a select number of individuals financial assistance to help our sisters attend the Conference. Please click here to find out more about out Financial Assistance Programmes.
MINUTES WILPF – SF & EAST BAY PLANNING MEETING SAT., Jan. 10th
A dance performance on Isadora Duncan was offered as a fundraising event.
We discussed the planning for a summer western regional meeting of WILPF on regional issues as well as those raised at the national convention in Detroit, including the human right to water, the problems of fracking, privatization, climate with drought and changes in the west .
WILPF National: Barbara Nielsen, our WILPF National Board representative, is recommending all of the members running uncontested on coming ballot as well as the change in bylaws. The change in bylaws allows for all standing committees to be on the steering committee. Ballots will be mailed in February to dues paying members who have paid in the last 18 months. For more information :
National WILPF is reviewing a strategic financial and organizational plan. They recently received $200,000 of which $80,000 has been budgeted on consultant fees. Currently we have an interim 20- hours per week part-time executive secretary Paula Harrington.
We discussed the need for a strong working Board, with support services for membership and Web IT help. It was felt we may not need nor can we afford an office staff. Sandy pointed out the usefulness to all branches of the current statements (E-Alerts) from Program Committees of WILPF-US on Ferguson and Mexico City, as well as past ones on Syria, Gaza, etc. These are generated from Issues Committees. Members are urged to join an Issue Committee. Link to WILPFus.org to see how to join Issue Committees.
There is also a need for a dues membership reminder system as members do not know if they have paid their dues.
Meeting adjourned at Noon. Went to lunch and further discussion.