Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
Visit our web page at: www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
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FIGHTING DRONE WARFARE AND THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE
Saturday, JULY 11th 1-3pm
Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland (5 blocks south of Rockridge BART)
Please join East Bay and SF Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Toby Blome, an activist working with Code Pink, will lead a discussion about what we can do to fight drone warfare around the world and the militarization of local police in our own communities.
CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
Link here for interview with Toby Blome
It’s Time to Party!
Come help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of WILPF
Save Saturday, August 8th 1-3pm
1372 Rose Street, Berkeley 94702
a short walk from the North Berkeley BART station
Join us to celebrate our Centennial at a garden party. Good food, conversation, a rousing sing-along and more. Space is limited so kindly RSVP by responding to this email or calling Sandy 510 482-1258. East Bay member Anne Henny has kindly offered her home/backyard for the party (which will follow a planning committee meeting from 11-12).
2015 JAPA Children’s Book Awards
Congratulations to the 62nd Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her family’s fight for desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers is the winner in the Books for Younger Readers Category.
The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield and also published by Abrams Books for Young Readers is the winner in the Books for Older Readers Category. Both books tell true stories of young people’s role in ending segregated schools before the Brown vs. School Board decision.
Whispering Town written by Jennifer Elvgren and illustrated by Fabio Santomauro and published by Kar-Ben Publishing tells the story of a young child in a small town in Nazi-occupied Denmark that united to smuggle Jews out of the country. Perfectly balancing the dread of the situation with the heroism of the townspeople, this book is an excellent introduction to the subject matter for young children.
Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers tells the story of the Christmas Truce in the trenches of WWI. The powerful story conveys the futility of war and the powerlessness of individual soldiers who are nonetheless united in eking out a moment of shared humanity amid chaos.
Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Older Children category.
Revolution by Deborah Wiles published by Scholastic Press uses a unique format that incorporates primary source documents and song lyrics from the 1960’s with more conventional novel narration to tell the story of Freedom Summer through the eyes of young people whose worlds are turning upside down. Primarily told through the voice of Sunny, a young white girl, depth and perspective are added to the narrative through Raymond, a black boy, and a third-person narrator.
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a complex book that uses free verse poetry to give a voice to the many lives touched by the creation of the Panama Canal including the workers from the Caribbean, indigenous people, employees from the U.S., and even the jungle itself, conveying a story of profound injustice and inequality – and a fight for basic human rights.
Protecting Democracy and the Public Interest from Secret Trade Agreements
A Statement by International WILPF from the Hague
The 31st Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 22-24 April 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands:
Expresses concern that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) encompass most of the world’s economy and affect 1.5 billion people yet are being negotiated in secret between government and corporate lobbyists;
Believes these agreements enable the transfer of wealth from public to private sectors, putting investor rights over the rights of people, communities and nations;
Rejects the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which puts corporations on an equal footing with national governments, whereby foreign multinational corporations can bypass domestic courts to sue a national government in a secret international court, claiming national laws adversely affect their profits;
Condemns the “Regulatory Coherence” provision, whereby each TPP country and the EU Commission under the TTIP must adjust their regulations to match provisions of the agreement, meaning many nations will be forced to lower their standards;
Believes these agreements will exacerbate global warming and extreme weather events by increasing long-distance transport of goods, from moving jobs and manufacturing to countries with low labor standards and environmental laws;
Believes these agreements will adversely impact families and workers by lowering safe food, agricultural and chemical use standards, decrease affordable generic medicine and healthcare, privatise and increase the cost of essential public services, challenge government protections for workers, consumers, and the environment, and reject financial regulation;
Calls for the immediate public release of complete texts of the TPPA and TTIP;
Calls for the rejection of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions; and
Demands fair trade based on human rights, democratic principles and social, economic, gender and climate justice.
Become part of the 100th Anniversary International WILPF Conference
Read the Manifesto, which begins:
We, members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,
on the centenary of our foundation, pay tribute to the courageous and far-sighted
women who, amid the carnage of the First World War, took a bold initiative for
peace and brought our movement into being. We affirm their belief that women have a particular interest in stopping war and particular skills we can bring to the task. We remain convinced that the achievement of peace, and the achievement of equality and justice for all people, together with the full inclusion and representation of women in all our diversity, are inseparable goals.
We affirm their belief that women have a particular interest in stopping war and particular skills we can bring to the task. We remain convinced that the achievement of peace, and the achievement of equality and justice for all people, together with the full inclusion and representation of women in all our diversity, are inseparable goals.
After one hundred years that have brought another World War, five times more deadly than the first, the invention of the most destructive weapons ever known, increasing militarization, and the emergence of new kinds of armed actor and conflict, we renew WILPF’s commitment to eradicating war by addressing its root causes.
To see a copy of the complete Manifesto, go to:
For a summary of the Conference, go to:
WILPF-EAST BAY and SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
June 13, 2015, 10:00 am to Noon, Rockridge Library, Oakland
1. Presentation on Activism Successes by Margot Smith:
Margot is a former Gray Panthers president and a current WILPF member. She shared a paper she wrote entitled, “Organizing Seniors for Action: a Practical Guide” (hand-out available). She reminded us that in the beginning (1915, pre-vote), WILPF was novel—women organizing for political action. Although we still have a ways to go, esp. in the workplace, women are very active politically today. Margot emphasized that WILPF’s biggest problem today is visibility. How do we attract younger members? Our public meetings with speakers that of interest to all ages are one way, identifying as WILPF at public events, T-shirts, hats, signs/posters, Web and Facebook pages (national WILPF has, local has webpage), use of list serves. Also good press releases for our events important: clear and concise: who, what, when, where and why to media: press, radio, TV, online. At www.mondotimes.com you can buy a media list for your area. Having a good press packet important that includes some background information, content of event/message, and contact people. Communicate in big print, 12 or 14 size, use postcards to reach people. Her Guide contains more specific information.
2. Develop a Calendar of meetings, events and actions through 2015 and into 2016:
– Saturday, July 11, 1 to 3 pm – WILPF event: Toby Blome, WILPF member and Code Pink activist invited to speak at Rockridge library meeting room on militarization of police. Regina said we should have a WILPF action connected with the presentation–Could be signing a petition, sending postcards to key people. Toby could let us know best action. WILPF-East Bay will take lead on logistics and publicity for this event: Press release (Margot), postcards and/or e-mails to members. Literature for event can include copies of WILPF brochure, Peace and Freedom national newsletter, local newsletter, copies of Proclamations (SF and East Bay), latest E-news from National.
– Saturday, August 8 Meeting (11 am to Noon) and 100th Anniversary PARTY (1 pm to 3 pm?): Anne Henny kindly offered her home/backyard for the meeting and party if number of party guests do not exceed about 30. We do want to make calls to members to invite to party (and check-in with them in general). Can get membership lists from National WILPF using zip code, first three digits, 941 (for SF), a range for East Bay (eg., 946 to 947). Barbara N. can help with this. Each Branch will divvy up calls among willing core group members.
– September Event in SF, date to be determined: Betty will invite WILPF member Gwyn Kirk to speak on the women crossing the Korean DMZ that took place Sun. May 24. Regina recommended making this a broader presentation on the role of women peace makers starting with WILPF origins in WWI, Vietnam, Palestine, Nobel laureates, etc. This could be done as an introduction to Gwyn’s presentation or with other speakers. If anyone has ideas on whom else to invite, please contact Regina. Betty will discuss with Gwyn too.
– Regional or Cluster Meeting on October 3 or 10: Barbara N. will arrange a telephone conference call the week of June 22 with interested parties (us) plus Millee Livingston and Theresa Cole (Sierra Foothills/Sac.), Nancy Abbey (Santa Cruz) and Peninsula WILPFers to decide if & when we want a regional or cluster meeting.
– October 10 regular planning meeting: If no regional meeting that day. In SF
– November 14 regular planning meeting: In East Bay? (could be SF as East Bay had 3 events in a row in June, July and Aug.)
– December 12 regular planning meeting: Location TBD. This will be a planning meeting for 2016 events AND details for the big Authors Event in March (see below).
– January 2016 event: Annie has an idea around a peace group that informs about social media usage like Twitter.
– February 13 regular planning meeting: Location TBD. Last minute details for March event
– March “100th + Anniversary” Women Authors Event: This will be a BIG event with both Branches working on all aspects: getting speakers, logistics, outreach, etc. The immediate planning committee: Mirk, Barbara N. in SF, Margot (media) and Anne in East Bay, plus Kate Raphael of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine who will be our main contact with authors. Any ideas for authors who write on peace topics can be sent to Mirk. Venues discussed included First Congregational Church of Berkeley, David Bower Center, Unitarian Universalist church/center in SF (also, Koret Auditorium, Main Library SF). Will need to check capacity and cost for each.
3. Jane Addams Book Awards: Both our branches order two sets of the books each year and donate them to our city libraries (Berkeley, Oakland and SF). Recommended that we create a news release about it and get it into the library newsletters. Also, in the future we could have a table with information on the JAPA award winning books at the book festivals in Berkeley and Oakland and SF–possibly Litquake. Need to find out cost for a table at these events.
4. International Program Document: Regina reported that there is a draft of this three year document that was discussed at The Hague gathering in April. She recommended that we get a copy, review it and make it a focal point for any Regional or Cluster meeting. Could also be posted on our website(s).
5. The Othering and Being Conference Follow-up: Regina told us about this conference at the last meeting where over 700 people were in attendance. Its themes included both inclusion and how we are “other”/differ from each other, equality, racial biases. There is a collection of comprehensive, educational videos (about 10) on all the workshop topics that Regina recommends we take a look at. She sent us the link to them and will do again. We can put the link on our website, and Annie asked Regina to write a paragraph about the conference for the next newsletter.
6. Program Committee: Annie does both our newsletter and updates the website. She would like to relinquish the role of program committee coordinator. Anyone else willing to take this over?
7. Lois Flood’s Isadora Duncan Performance: We decided to not host, but could let people know about any upcoming performances.
8. Announcements: Barbara B announced the Northern CA Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism annual Banquet, Sunday, October 4, 1 to 4 pm at the Redwood Gardens in Berkeley. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is the guest speaker on U.S. and colonization. All invited.
9. Next PUBLIC EVENT: Saturday, July 11, 1-3pm at Rockridge Library – Talk by Toby Blome