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WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

August/September 2014 Issue

Visit our web page at: www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

Report Back on 32nd National WILPF Congress in Detroit

Saturday, September 13 1:30pm, San Francisco Library


Join us at 1:30 this Saturday for a report back from the National WILPF Congress in Detroit by Barbara Nielsen, Dolores Taller, and Judith Mirkinson, Meet at the
SF Main Library, Grove St entrance between Hyde/Larkin (Library entrance is near the Civic Center BART station) in the Martin Paley Conference Room on the 3rd floor of the library.
Our regular monthly planning meeting will be at 12:30, with lunch at 11:30 am at the Gyro King Mediterranean restaurant across the street from the Grove St. entrance to the library.

Join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco

Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

 

CALLING MEMBERS TO CONSIDER RUNNING FOR THE WILPF NATIONAL BOARD

 

The annual election cycle is beginning for the 2015 US Section Board. Three-year positions are for the national secretary, one of two national program chairs, and one of two at-large (i.e., not a committee chair) national board members.

Have you been active in your branch and want to learn more? Or in an issue committee and would like to see how things work at the national level? Know someone you think would be great in a national administrative leadership role? Please consider yourself or someone you know for one of these positions.

You must have been a dues-paying active member for at least two years to be eligible for board service. Please contact Barbara Nielsen bln.sf.ca@gmail.com, chair of the Nominating Committee, for more information

WILPF Women from Around the US and International WILPF converged on the Campus of Wayne State University in Detroit July 31-August 3 for the 32nd Triennial WILPF-US Congress

Attendees joined Detroiters protesting the shutoff of water at a rally August 1, in solidarity with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They approved a resolution at the final plenary on August 3 calling on the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to implement the original 2005 Detroit Water Affordability Program, and not privatize this public resource.

Special thanks to US Section President Mary Hanson Harrison for setting the tone of the Congress; to Laura Dewey, Congress coordinator; Ellen Schwartz, Congress Committee chair; Joan Bazar, Program Committee chair; and especially to the 130 attendees, every one of whom came prepared to make a positive contribution.

Congress heard from International President Adilia Caravaca, longtime Secretary General Edith Ballantyne and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin on Thursday. Detroit activists introduced us to their struggles Friday night, and a lively crew of talented musicians had the crowd clapping and swaying along Saturday night.

During the day, participants shared updates and new concerns in 35 workshops – watch for outcome reports and suggestions for moving forward over the coming weeks. Additional resolutions on Gaza, international water rights, US-Mexico border issues, Monsanto, and nuclear weapons-free zones will also be posted.

International WILPF guests along with Adilia Caravaca (Costa Rica) and Edith Ballantyne (Geneva), included vice presidents Kirsten Greback (Sweden) and Martha Jean Baker (UK), workshop presenters Shilpa Pandey (India) and Felicity Ruby (Australia).

Development chair Robin Lloyd announced that $600,000 has been pledged so far in the Grow WILPF million dollar campaign. See the report on crowd funding by the Centennial Coordinator for additional ways to support this effort.

Our gratitude to the Detroit Branch for outstanding hospitality. Solidarity and love to the Detroit activists who shared their struggle with us.

THE MILITARY COMPLEX IS INVADING TOO MANY ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES

Federal Defense is taking the lion share of the tax revenues once again with the 2015 proposed budget at 57%. This funding is like a cancer growing at the expense of funds for HOUSING, SCHOOLS, ROADS, PARKS, JOBS, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

It is also the biggest cause of green house gases. Worse yet, military weapons are now showing up in the hands of homeland security and local police. “We the people” are at risk of being attacked with military weapons at a peaceful demonstration. For more information link to : http://nationalpriorities.org/ or check out Boarder Patrol Nation by Todd Miller interviewed on KPFA.org Uprising show Sept 2. 3. 4.

Last week, after days of violent police rampages in Ferguson, Missouri, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said the Senate will “review” the Defense Department program that gives military weapons and equipment to civilian police departments for free.

It took five apocalyptic nights in Ferguson for Levin to make that statement, but the national dialogue on the militarization of police has begun.

Only it didn’t just take Ferguson. It took years of violent arrests. Exposés that revealed small towns being patrolled by tanks and big cities controlled by force. Rampant and institutionalized violations of citizens’ human and constitutional rights. Protests and demonstrations around the country suffocated by intimidation, brutality, and weapons only ever seen in warfare.

The most recent crackdown came in response to a march that grew out of a vigil for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. The community of 20,000 wanted justice for another, This is the Story of Power in this Country’: Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police and a young black man killed with impunity; the police did not want to answer for their actions. (written by Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams)

LOCAL PROTEST IN OAKLAND OF SWAT TEAM TRAiNING AND WEAPONS EXPO

The 9th annual Urban Shield – the SWAT team training and weapons expo that brings together local, regional and global police-military units – will be held in Oakland Sept. 4-8.

 

Oakland is gearing up to stop it! Building on growing resistance to police militarization in the US, Bay Area community organizations and the War Resisters League’s Facing Tear Gas campaign have come together to call for Oakland’s non-participation in Urban Shield, community self-determination, and solidarity with global movements. Stopping Urban Shield is one step to roll back police militarization.

CITIZENS ARE ASKING the Marriott Hotel/Oakland Convention Center not to host Urban Shield. JOIN Stop Urban Shield : THERE will be a press conference and rally to protest Urban Shield’s war games and weapons show Friday, Sept 5, 4-6 pm, Marriott Hotel, downtown Oakland. CALL your mayor and council members and call the Marriott Hotel.

We have until September 8, when the United States Senate will vote on the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Act NOW!

  • Join forces with Move to Amend Oaklanders to get the Oakland City Council to adopt a strong Resolution supporting Move to Amend goals. Oakland WILPFers who want to help, join the Move to amend meetings that are in Oakland at Providence House, usually on 2nd Wednesdays at 7pm.
  • Activating our online grassroots networks to encourage more senators to join the 50 who already support the amendment.
  • Supporting involved citizens and community activists from coast to coast who are holding events like house parties, petition drives and rallies that engage their friends, family and neighbors in this unprecedented movement for an amendment.
  • Ensuring that newspapers around the country are making the case for an amendment via editorials and op-eds.
  • Advancing the People’s Pledge — an agreement between candidates to discourage outside spending — in 30 states and counting.
  • Providing expert analysis to the media on the outside spending that is already occurring at a record-breaking pace in the lead-up to the midterm elections this fall.
  • Working with partner organizations to deliver millions of petition signatures to Congress from Americans who demand an amendment.
  • Organizing a nationwide call-in campaign to senators right before the vote.
  • CALL OUR CALIFORNIA SENATORS TO THANK THEM FOR SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT:

    SENATOR FEINSTEIN 202 224-3841 AND SENATOR BOXER 202 224-3553

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WILPF NEWS

 

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

July 2014 Issue

Visit our web page at:www.WILPFEastBay.orgor www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661 wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

There will be no meeting of WILPF East Bay/San Francisco in August

On Saturday, Sept 13th, 1:00-2:30, there will be a report back from the WILPF Congress in Detroit followed by a planning meeting at the

San Francisco main library

join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

WILPF YARD SALE BIG SUCCESS

Thanks to our many members’ and friends’ donations, We earned $950

 

 

Action: Stop Fracking in California

Fracking has been in the news a lot recently. In a water-fragile and earthquake state, the risks of fracking are magnified. Yet there is hope: just last week Santa Cruz became the first county to officially ban fracking. As local movements grow across the state, our legislators in Sacramento are also feeling the pressure from the oil and gas industry
http://sandiegofreepress.org/2014/05/ca-fracking-moratorium-bill-defeated-by-oil-industry-lobby/

 

You Can Still Attend the WILPF-US Triennial Congress

Wayne State University, Detroit MI July 31-August 3, 2014

The congress will be the time and place for us to reconnect, gather ideas, inspire each other, strategize, and recommit to building a better WILPF, a better movement. The Detroit Branch issues a challenge to all our branches: to increase membership and activism, to engage in building movements that challenge corporate power and further democracy in every area of our work. To read about the congress or register Call WILPF US National Office: 617-266-0999 or go to www.wilpfus.org.

How to Lobby Your Congressperson

by Ying Lee WILPF member

  • Communicate with your representative.
  • Do not sign on to Working Assets lobbying efforts. Rep. Dellums and Lee received thousands of WA letters in support of issues that they had supported on the record for years. This took many hours and much stationery and first class postage to respond to each letter. Political effect: Zilch (except for great irritation toward WA).
  • Constituents and activists love petitions. I believe they are useless. I was conscientious and while I served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in her Washington office, I worked with Ann Ginger on several Meiklejohn projects. She found the collaboration fruitful and asked that I share my thoughts with you on how constituents may better use their Congressional representatives’ offices.
  • Although my 16 years of work with Congressman Dellums and then with Barbara Lee dealt with our Oakland, Berkeley, and Albany, California districts I believe that my experience reflects that of most congressional assistants and aides.
  • Each member of the House has at least two offices. One in D.C., which is known as the “personal” office, and one or more “district” offices. Staff in D.C. are generally “legislative” assistants, while district staff are “administrative” assistants. D.C. staff deal with legislation; district staff deal primarily with constituent advocacy, both in terms of problems with federal agencies (Medicare, Social Security, Veterans, IRS, etc.) and inquiries and opinion regarding current events and legislation. District staff are also assigned issue areas: housing, banking, foreign affairs, taxes, etc., and serve as liaison between constituents and the D.C. office.
  • To make your opinion known:
    A simple call to the district office is as effective as calling the D.C. office and saves you a long-distance call. If you want a response, ask for it and follow up. E-mail and “snail” mail also work but remember that staff are always overworked and e-mail and snail mail take greater resources to respond to appropriately.
  • If you want more activity on an issue
    Call the local office to get the name of the legislative aid who works on that issue. Call him/her and give a brief description of your issue and need (very brief) and say that you will follow it up with e-mail or snail mail.
  • If you have a long-standing issue (as Palestinians/Israel, Nuclear Ignition Facility, or the U.N
  • Find out from activists what has been done on the issue and then ask to talk to the district aid who liaison on that issue. A personal visit is an option. On complex matters I would recommend this procedure: an introductory phone call to be followed up by mail or by a personal visit with efficient documentation.
  • If you have a constituency
    You can either ask for a courtesy visit with a staff member or with the Congresswoman. It is important to be clear and up front as to the purpose of your
    visit.
  • Representatives need to know the strength of your troops and your organization.
  • On conventional lobbying:
    There are 435 members of the House. Each representative is technically, and realistically, only responsible for the constituents in her district. Writing, calling, etc., to other members is wasteful of your efforts and the staff of that office. Each personal office mail-phone handler has strict instructions to refer an out-of-district request or opinion to her/his representative. Sometimes such mail is just put into the circular file as are phone messages. There is too much work and an out of district person has no vote for the boss.

 

WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM UNITED STATES SECTION STATEMENT ON US MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL

July 2014

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section (WILPF-US), joins with Amnesty International, the U. S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Peace Action to call upon Congress “to suspend transfers of munitions, weapons, crowd control devices and military training to Israel.” The U.S. is Israel’s largest foreign supplier and as such is morally responsible for Israel’s lack of accountability for human rights violations.

The U.S. provides $8.5 million in military aid to Israel per day (according to www.ifamericansknew.org), an unconscionable amount given the unmet human needs of our own people. To add insult to injury, the U.S. has never held Israel accountable for human rights violations carried out with and made possible by our military aid.

The level of government-sanctioned revenge and collective punishment of Palestinian youth and other civilians following the kidnapping and deaths of three Israeli teenagers shocks us. Violence has always been the currency of the occupation, and as international and U.S. support for boycott, divestment and sanctions to end the Israeli occupation grows, so does Israeli violence in order to maintain the occupation.

We, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – United States Section (WILPF US), have signed the Declaration of Peace organized by World Beyond War, a new international coalition which represents “a global non-violent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.” By adding WILPF US to the list of organizations supporting this coalition and its efforts, we hope to inspire others, including other national WILPF Sections, as well as our International body in Geneva, to do likewise.

It has been the mission of WILPF, since our inception almost 100 years ago, to work locally, nationally and internationally for a world without war. Building on the power of women together, we work to strengthen the institutions and the cooperation needed for sustainable peace.

We believe that the vast majority of the people on this earth share this goal, and that it will take all of us working together non-violently, each with our unique talents, to transform our visions for peace, freedom and social justice into reality. WILPFus believes that joining with the international coalition of World Beyond War  will provide opportunities for such cooperation.

We, the members of WILPF US, which is about to enter its own second century, remain committed to using our power as women in working with World Beyond War and others across the globe, in order to achieve our common goal “to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.

WILPF US Board Report

. The minutes of the last national board meeting in May are not on the WILPF US web site yet. There was a lack of trust of the old board by a number of WILPF US members, the result of which was a recall election. There was also a feeling that to restore trust, WILPF US needs to get its financial house in order.

It was discussed :

  1. The unelected past president should not have a vote on the board. Since there are now staggered elections, it was felt that there was perhaps no longer a need for the past president to continue on the board for a year.
  2. We felt that decision by consensus on the national board poses a number of potential problems. It can give a single member of the board virtual veto power. There needs to be training in consensus and perhaps a change in the bylaws to majority rule.
  3. We need a professional audit past and present of the treasury.
  4. It is now July and the minutes of the May meeting are still not on the WILPF US web site. There needs to more transparency.

 

We were honored to be joined by WILPF member Ann Fagan Ginger, a lawyer, teacher, writer, and political activist. She is the founding and the Executive Director Emerita of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley. CA. She has been a visiting professor of law at Hastings, U. of Santa Clara, Puget Sound Law Schools and San Francisco State. She is the author of 22 books and many articles, and lectures widely. She is an expert in human rights law and peace law under the statutes and treaties of the United States and the United Nations, and has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the Chair of the City of Berkeley Commission on Peace and Justice

Her books include the Cold War Against Labor [1987] Nuclear Weapons Are Illegal: The Historic Opinion of the World Court and How It Will Be Enforced [1998] Human Rights and Peace Law in the U.S. [2003] Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations since 9/11 [2005]

There was a discussion that the US Supreme Court is not expected to issue rulings that progressive citizens would embrace for many years to come. Ann Fagan Ginger recommended WILPF use international human rights law to fight issues affecting environment, women, race, equal rights, peace and corporate oppression. There was a discussion on planning a human rights workshop in the Fall. NGOs like WILPF could prepare reports on the injustice locally that is affecting human rights. Reports could be submitted on status of women and minorities locally incarcerated, homeless, experiencing violence, hiring and bank practices like foreclosure and student debt impact on women. To continue to draw attention to how money is available for endless war and military spending and prisons and funds for employment, education, housing, environment is local government is sacrificed.

Membership: There was a discussion on how to become a more diverse organization including women of color and youth. It was suggested to apply for interns who need a project , support other projects like the student debt crisis

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WILPF NEWSLETTER

 

 

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

May 2014 Issue

Visit our web page at:www.WILPFEastBay.orgor www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661 wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

 

DONATE TO OUR WILPF YARD SALE

Now is the time to clean out your garage, attic, and basement and donate your treasures to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom biennial fundraiser.

Yard Sale Sat., June 14th – 10 AM-4 PM 1300 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

The Live Oak Crafts Fair will be at Live Oak Park across the street that weekend!

What to donate: Donate books, CDs, furniture, antiques, small appliances,  household goods, office equipment, tools, jewelry, toys and games (please NO clothing or shoes, NO dinosaur technology, nothing broken or not working).

How to donate: Drop off at Margot Smith’s back deck at 1300 A Shattuck Avenue from June 6th until the day of the sale. To schedule a pick-up in the East Bay on Wednesday, June 11th, call Sandy at (510) 482-1258.

For info call 510-486-8010.

How you can help: We will need volunteers June 14th at 9am to set up, during the day for a couple of hours, or from 4-5pm to clean up. It’s fun and you can get some great bargains!

A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?

East Bay WILPF and San Francisco WILPF presented Peace Action West’s Jonathan Ritter on Saturday, May 17. He lead a great discussion on “A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?”  at Rockridge Public Library.  We had a great attendance of several peace groups and members. There was a discussion on strategy and how important it helps to keep constant pressure on Washington DC.

There was a discussion of supporting Eastbay representative Barbara Lee for her proposal to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force: In the dozen years since Congresswoman Lee cast the only vote in opposition to the AUMF, many of her colleagues have joined her attempts to repeal this misguided legislation. To that end, she is the author of H.R. 198, the Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Also Reining in the Bloated Pentagon Budget: Congresswoman Lee finds it deeply shameful that the government wastes billions of dollars on unwanted Pentagon programs. Currently, the Department of Defense is the only federal department not subject to audit. Congresswoman Lee has introduced amendments which would audit the Pentagon and hold the Department of Defense accountable for its excessive spending and rein in fraud, waste, and abuse.  She is also the author H.R. 559, the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013

link to Peace Action West Activist ToolKit below:

 

1. Meet in person with your member of Congress. It is the #1 most powerful thing you can do. It’s not as hard as it may sound, and we can show you how.

 

2. Be an online organizer. Learn about some of the tools for activism online and at your fingertips.

3. Write a letter to the editor and help shape the debate — Our tips will show you how to write letters that are more likely to get published.

4. Writing letters to Congress. We have best practices backed by research on what’s most effective in persuading Congress.

5. Learn how to stump a politician! It’s a great thing to know how to do at candidate debates and townhall forums. 

6. Get your friends writing their reps with these tips on hosting a letter writing party, helping swing an election by holding a phonebank or gathering petition signatures.

For Peace Action West currant action link to http://www.peaceactionwest.org/section/press_center/

For an interactive link on National budet spending see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

Or join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

 

 

Help contribute songs for An International Peace Songbook.

Since there has been war work, there has been peace work. This year, it is 100 years since the start of World War I and WILPF’s beginning. It is more important than ever that we mark our many years of peace work and continue to challenge the glorification of wars past and present, with the hope of preventing the potential wars of the future.

To celebrate that peace work happens in every country, peace songs from around the world. Songbook will be made freely available as a .pdf file so that anyone can print and bind as many copies as they like.

Ideally, songs will have short and simple lyrics, so that it is easier for people from different countries to learn the songs. If possible,
please send songs in the original language as well as in english translation.

Please pass this information onto anyone who might be interested. Graphics and illustrations from different cultures and traditions of peace work are welcome.

A group of people cannot all speak at once, but they can sing together”
– unknown South African singer

Songs can be sent to Penny Stone at singlouderthanguns(@)gmail.com

 

A Challenge to WILPF Members Attend the WILPF-US Triennial Congress, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

July 31-August 3, 2014

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of WILPF International, our Triennial Congress presents an opportunity to envision our organization for the twenty-first century. The congress will be the time and place for us to reconnect, gather ideas, inspire each other, strategize, and recommit to building a better WILPF, a better movement. The Detroit Branch issues a challenge to all our branches: to increase membership and thus activism, to engage in building movements that challenge corporate power and further democracy in every area of our work, whether it be peace, disarmament, human rights, the environment, the Middle East, or other areas.  We need to rethink what it means to be a member.

If you are thinking of leading a workshops. See Congress Workshop Application Form Please return by June 15 to Joan Bazar, joanbazar@sbcglobal.net

Workshops will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) each.

We recommend that workshop organizers provide written resource material and, when appropriate, handouts explaining how to carry out actions around the workshop topic (to be available at the Congress, but in advance of the workshop), leaving more time during the workshop itself for in-depth discussion. Workshops on issues, branch projects, and ways to work more effectively (skills, alliances) are especially welcome. We are looking for ideas and projects to move us into our second century and inspire members anew!

1. Your name, e-mail, phone number and Branch or Issue Committee, if any

2. Title of the workshop

3. Description of workshop and what you hope to achieve.

 

Action: Stop Fracking in California


This is urgent
: we have an important opportunity to stop fracking in California. This week, the Senate will be voting on SB1132, a bill that will put fracking in California on pause. This is a great first step toward a ban.

Can you call your Senator right now at 866-846-4075 and ask them to support this important bill?

Fracking has been in the news a lot recently. In a water fragile state the risks of fracking are magnified. Yet there is hope just last week Santa Cruz became the first county to officially ban fracking. As local movements grow across the state, our legislators in Sacramento are also feeling the pressure from the oil and gas industry.

Help us keep the pressure on our lawmakers by calling your Senator right now. It’s easy:

  1. Call Senator Hancock at 866-846-4075
    Ask the receptionist at the California Switchboard to connect your to Senator Hancock’s office.
  2. Tell the receptionist in your Senator’s office:
    “I strongly urge Senator Hancock to vote in support of a fracking moratorium by voting to pass SB 1132.”

This is going to be close, and your call will make a difference. While Governor Brown continues to cave to the deep pockets of Big Oil and Gas, our State Senators have an opportunity to make real progress in our fight to ban fracking. Make your call today.

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WILPF NEWS

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
April 2014 Issue
Visit our web page at:
www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

East Bay WILPF and San Francisco WILPF  invite you to hear
Peace Action West’s Jonathan Ritter

“A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY:
HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?”

Saturday, May 17th, 2:30-4PM

Rockridge Public Library
4 blocks south of Rockridge BART, on the 51 bus line

 Peace Action West is  active in campaigns on issues of peace, nuclear disarmament, social justice and environmental sustainability.

http://blog.peaceactionwest.org/2014/03/13/the-pentagons-lavish-budget/

Join WILPF SF for a Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

SAVE NOW AND DONATE TO OUR WILPF YARD SALE
Now is the time to clean out your garage, attic, and basement and donate your treasures to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom biennial fundraiser.

Yard Sale Sat., June 14th – 10 AM-4 PM 1300 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
The Live Oak Crafts Fair will be at Live Oak Park across the street that weekend!
What to donate: Donate books, CDs, furniture, antiques, small appliances, household goods, office equipment, tools, jewelry, toys and games (please NO clothing or shoes, NO dinosaur technology, nothing broken or not working).
How to donate: Drop off at the  back deck at 1300 A,  Shattuck Avenue from June 6th until the day of the sale. To schedule a pick-up in the East Bay on Wednesday, June 11th, call Sandy at (510) 482-1258.
For info call 510-486-8010.
How you can help: We will need volunteers June 14th at 9am to set up, during the day for a couple of hours, or from 4-5pm to clean up.

 

BRING THE WAR DOLLARS HOME!

We joined the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on Monday April 14 at the West Oakland and Montgomery BART stations. This year folks seemed more interested in where their taxes were going. In 2012 the US spent $682 billion on the military, as much as the next 11 countries combined. Nearly 60% of US tax dollars go to the military, squeezing out important domestic jobs, infrastructure jobs, social programs like food stamps, social security, and education development. There was a medical emergency at Montgomery Street BART which complicated things for the volunteers from San Francisco WILPF.
Do we think we are safer than China, Europe or Russia? National security is determined by more than military spending. Real security requires jobs with decent income, health care, education and affordable housing. Is this the people’s priorities or the priorities of the military industrial complex?
Do you know that there are still 17,000 nuclear weapons between the US and Russia. As currently planned, maintaining and modernizing the US nuclear arsenal will cost more than $1 trillion over the next 30 years. President Obama is asking for a 7% increase in nuclear weapons. Did you know the US spends almost $2 million EVERY HOUR on nukes now?
For a copy of the flyer link https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2488/images/GDAMS-BayArea.2014-1.gif

ACTION: Sign the new Priorities Declaration at www.newprioritiescampaign.org
or call your congress persons. 202-224-3121.
for more information, link to http://demilitarize.org/organizers-packet
For more  ideas on how to have a peace economy link: http://uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/There%20Is%20No%20Deficit%20Crisis.pdf
For video link: http://www.screencast.com/t/EDbm7MvC66W

First Meeting of new WILPF Board

We heard a report back on the conference call meeting of the new National Board of WILP
from Barbara Nielsen. The new Board members introduced themselves and talked about what they want to accomplish in their role as Board members.
Our branches want an official audit of the funds of National WILPF. This will go a long way to establish confidence and facilitate donations, especially in this centennial year.
We also support dropping all litigation and using mediation to resolve the issues between WILPF US and the Jane Addams Peace Association.

Clean Up The Mines!
Abandoned Uranium Mining Clean Up Campaign to be Announced on Earth Day

Rapid City, South Dakota Defenders of Black Hills and Clean Up The Mines are hosting an Earth Day media event to announce a nationwide campaign for clean up of all abandoned uranium mines in the United States.
More than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) are located throughout the US, primarily in the Western States, and more than 10 million people live within a 50 mile radius of an abandoned uranium mine.
“These hazardous abandoned uranium mines poison our air, land and water. The health effects are tremendous.” says Charmaine White Face, a volunteer with Clean Up The Mines and member of Defenders of Black Hills. “Currently no laws require clean up of these dangerous abandoned uranium mines. We are letting Congress know; it’s time to clean up the mines!” says Ms. White Face.
“A private abandoned, open pit uranium mine about 200 meters from an elementary school in Ludlow, South Dakota, emits 1770 microRems per hour, more than 4 times as much as is being emitted in many locations evacuated long term as a result of contamination by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan,” said Nuclear Health Professor Kim Kearfott, Ph. D., University of Michigan.
South Dakota has at least 272 abandoned open-pit uranium mines. There are 169 AUMs located in the southwestern Black Hills and 103 in the northwest corner near Buffalo, SD. The Northern Great Plains Region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota contains more than 2,000 AUMs.

Who is protesting : Defenders of Black Hills, Popular Resistance, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace. Oglala Sioux and other Tribal officials are also invited to the event as Cheyenne River contamination impacts Red Shirt Village which is on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Clean Up The Mines ( www.cleanupthemines.org) is a campaign to pass legislation through congress to ensure clean up of hazardous abandoned uranium mines throughout the US. Defenders of the Black Hills ( www.defendblackhills.org) is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, restore, and respect the area of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties.

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WILPF NEWS

  WILPF NEWS

 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches March 2014 Issue

Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.or www. WILPFSF.org

 Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

 East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

Saturday, April 12th 1PM-3PM (NEW TIMES!!!)

 San Francisco WILPF and East Bay WILPF Planning Meeting

 Piedmont Gardens

 110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)

 6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

 NEWS!! WE ARE CHANGING OUR PLANNING MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS

 At our last planning meeting we voted to generally have planning meetings for two months in a row and then have an event the third month. All meetings and events will be joint activities and hosting will trade off between the two branches. Planning meetings will still be on the second Saturdays , but the time has changed to 1-3pm. We agreed on the following tentative schedule.

 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR 2014 MEETINGS, ACTIONS AND EVENTS

 Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after April 12 Saturday 1-3Planning Meeting, Piedmont Gardens, Oakland (note time change)

 April 14 Monday 4-7PM Tax Day Leafleting at BART Stations on both sides of BayEast Bay branch will hand out leaflets at the West Oakland BART

May 17 Saturday Speaker Jon Rainwater from Peace Action West2-4 pm at the Rockridge Library in Oakland, see story below

June 14 Saturday Yard Sale Fundraiser for both branches near Live Oak Park, Berkeley in Margot Smith’s front yard . Save those bags of donations for WILPF East Bay and SF More details about when there will be pick-ups and who to contact in the next newsletter.

 July 13 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting San Francisco Main Public Library

Aug 1-3 WILPF US Conference Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. More information later

 August No Planning Meeting

 September 13 Saturday Event hosted by SF WILPF. More information later

 October 11 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting San Francisco public library

 November 8 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting Piedmont Gardens, OaklandAt this meeting we will evaluate how the schedule is working, how people feel about working jointly, and how to improve things for 2015. Also at that meeting, we will try to come up with a tentative schedule for the coming year.

 December 13 Saturday WILPF SF/East BayCelebration of International Human Rights Day.

 Plan to join Amnesty International letter writing campaign for release of prisoners of conscience. There was also a discussion of having a Joint Holiday Party in December. Stay tuned!

 Jon Rainwater PEACE ACTION WEST EVENT

 You are invited to a WILPF East Bay/San Francisco event to hear Jon Rainwater director of Peace Action West. The event is from 2-4pm in the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland on May 17th. Invite friends and family. Rockridge Library is three blocks south of Rockridge BART on College Avenue. Jon will discuss what a Peace Economy would look like  and how military spending is sucking up 70% of the federal budget and stealing from people, especially seniors, women and children.

go to: http://blog.peaceactionwest.org/2014/03/13/the-pentagons-lavish-budget/

 We are pleased to welcome the new National WILPF Board of Directors:

 President: Mary Hanson Harrison (Des Moines, IA)

 Treasurer: Altaira Hatton ( CA)

 Secretary: Deborah Holley (Des Moines, IA)

 Chair of the Personnel Committee: Nicole Scott (Detroit, MI)

 Chair of the Development Committee: Sara Tess Neumann (Boston, MA)

 Chair of the Membership Development Committee: LaShawndra Vernon (Milwaukee, WI)

 Chair of the Nominating Committee: Barbara Nielsen (San Francisco, CA)

 Co-Chair of Program Committee (3 yr. term): Odile Hugonot-Haber (Ann Arbor, MI)

 Co-Chair of the Program Committee (1 yr. term): Deb Garretson (Bloomington, IN)

 At-large Board Member (3 yr. term): Millee Livingston (Sacramento/Sierra Foothills, CA)

 At-large Board Member (1 yr. term): Peggy Luhrs (Burlington, VT)

 A LETTER FROM OUR NEW WILPF US PRESIDENT

 Dear WILPF members:

 Every spring my spirit pushes up through the hardened layers of stories of injustice and wars, poverty and oppression, inhumanity and vitriol. Every spring hope pushes up her shoots in nicely tended gardens, through cracks and crevices in urban sidewalks, and along the banks of polluted waters. This spring was like none other I can remember. The very fact our members had a chance to vote, and real choices for National Board positions, gave a sense of exhilaration and renewed energy. What we do with that energy is up to us all.

During our first new board meeting/phone conference, I had the Addams quote propped up on my desk as the new board members introduced themselves and their vision for the coming year(s). One phrase stood out to me as a mandate entrusted to us as a board and as members of WILPF US in general: “…to learn to use moral energy to put a new sort of force into the world….” We can learn from our fellow board members and from our members, but only if we have open minds and hearts, only if we think critically about issues and not personalities.

 I have every belief that this new board has come to the table in good faith. But like any belief or aspiration, it will be tested against the results. This spring offers us an opportunity for reimagining possibilities for creating a community structure built on trust and respect. I look forward to us planning and building the architecture for the next 100 years.

Come join with us!

Mary Hanson Harrison President, WILPF-US

 Jackie Cabasso talks on Toward a Nuclear-Free Zone in the Middle East

 By Betty Traynor, SF WILPF

  WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches hosted a report-back on February 2, 2014 at San Francisco’s Main Library about the International Haifa Conference given by Jackie Cabasso, who was one of six U.S. representatives invited. Jackie is well known to all of us for her over 30 years of work to end nuclear weapons and technology as Director of the Western States Legal Foundation.

 The conference, advocating a Middle East without nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, was held December 5-6, 2013 in Haifa because Israel refused to attend the UN sponsored conference that was planned for Helsinki in 2012 to discuss creation of a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. “If Israel won’t go to Helsinki, Helsinki will come to Israel,” former member of the Knesset (Parliament) Issam Makhoul said at the conference.

 Jackie told us that she was “thrilled” to be at the Haifa conference, which was initiated by Israeli citizens and attended by an international delegation from at least 14 countries. Twenty-six Israelis attended the conference, including present and former members of the Israeli Knesset as well as peace and human rights activists. She said the Israelis called out Israel for having nuclear weapons, a taboo subject in the country where even possessing a Geiger counter is illegal.

The conferees issued a Declaration that included support for the formation of the Israeli Coalition for Nuclear Weapons and WMD Disarmament in the Middle East that would work with  others throughout the world to make the area a nuclear weapons and WMD free zone, and calling for prompt convening of the Helsinki Conference to create such a free zone.

After the main conference Jackie attended a post-conference in Ramallah that focused on Israel’s 50-year old Dimona nuclear reactor. During this time she was able to spend more time with some of the women peace-makers, particularly Sharon Dolev, Director of the grassroots Israeli Anti-Nuclear Movement, a Haifa delegate, and a veteran campaign organizer for peace, environmental and human rights organizations in Israel. Jackie was very impressed with her and her work in Israel and Palestine. Jackie told us she felt very hopeful after this trip, where she was able to see in person the anti-nuclear momentum among Israelis. In addition to WILPF member Jackie Cabasso, Odile Hugonot Haber, Co-Chair of the Middle East Issue Committee of WILPF-US, also attended the Haifa Conference.

Jackie Cabasso is the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator of Mayors for Peace; recipient of the 2008 Sean MacBride Peace Prize.

 Link to her organization www.wslfweb.org

 Reminder : There are more than 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, over 95% in the hands of the US and Russia.

 BRING THE WAR DOLLARS HOME!

 Join the Global Day of Action on Military Sending on Tax day April 14.

70% of US tax dollars go to the military, squeezing out important domestic jobs, infrastructure jobs, social programs like food stamps, social security, and education development. Is this the people’s priorities or the priorities of the the military industrial complex?

 Link to: http://demilitarize.org/gdams-2014/gdams-us/

 HELP US LEAFLET ON MONDAY, APRIL 14TH 4-7PM AT THE WEST OAKLAND BART

 

 

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WILPF Eastbay & S.F. NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
January 2014 Issue
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org
Or www.WILPFSF.org
Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

Next strategy meeting
Saturday, March 8th  10am-noon
has changed from Piedmont Gardens to San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St. San Francisco 94102 near civic center BART exit
4th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

All Requirements Have Been Met for
Member Meeting/Recall Vote of WILPFus  board
Member Meeting and Recall Vote took  place Saturday, January 25, 2014,
Recall Vote  passed.  New officers were elected until a new board is elected June 2

Download the attached latest edition of Concerned Members Newsletter!!!  This explains in depth all of your concerns and questions about this recall election.

IMPORTANT !!  If you have not read the newsletters (seven issues have been published) of the Concerned Members, go to:   www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html
For more information on this very important issue, you can email: concernedmembers@verizon.net

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You are invited to join East Bay and San Francisco WILPF
TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE ZONE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation and lifetime WILPF Member, link to http://www.wslfweb.org/
Recently  returned from an international conference in Haifa

Sunday, February 2nd   2:00 pm
San Francisco Main Public Library
Latino A&B Rooms (lower level), Larkin & Grove
(BART/Muni Civic Center Station).

Haifa Conference urges a Middle East without Nuclear Weapons

The Haifa conference is the first in a series on the issue, the organizers said.
Delegates came from Europe, the United States and Africa. Among the
participants was Prof. Tadatoshi Akiba, a former mayor of Hiroshima, who
urged a 2020 deadline for world nuclear disarmament.
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WAKE UP to Another Free Trade Disaster and this one could affect you and your local government’s ability to set local ordinances against GMO, fracking, workers’  safety and rights, environmental regulations, etc.  To get more information about this crucial issue and to find out what you can do to stop this:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and What We Must Do About It
with Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst, at MLK, Berkeley.
Wheelchair Accessible. All Welcome.
For a great youtube showing our Grannies singing against the TPP link
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOI7WWDDMTjvHlwZKWc85Xg?feature=watch

Join the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers event with  Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization, who will talk about the dreadful new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement now being considered by Congress.  TPP will benefit U.S. extraction, FINANCIAL and global  food companies like Monsanto. It allows them to override local regulations such as logging rules, gas and oil clean up and  local banking.

Action:   Link to the  site below to sign a petition or write your Senators to stop “Fast Track” or Trade Promotion Authority Legislation:

https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12239

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), introduced “Fast Track” or trade promotion authority legislation today. If approved, Fast Track could expedite congressional approval of two massive trade deals without amendment or proper consideration. The Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific trade agreements, both of which are currently under negotiation by the Obama adminstration, would allow big oil companies and Wall Street financiers to sue for millions in compensation for the cost of complying with environmental and other regulations. More generally, the Atlantic and Pacific trade deals would trump sensible safeguards related to food safety, toxic chemicals, and global warming. If Fast Track is approved, these trade deals could be rammed through Congress.

The Baucus-Camp bill hands over to the executive branch powers that the founders intended for Congress to exercise, including:  the power to circumvent ordinary congressional committee review and directly submit the legislation for mandatory and expedited floor votes in the House and Senate; the power to override House and Senate control of their schedules for floor votes; and the power to ban any amendments to a trade agreement.  See more at: http://www.foe.org/news/archives/2014-01-baucus-and-camp-introduce-legislation-to-rush-trade#sthash.TWWe6Gp1.dpuf

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WILPF Eastbay SF News

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
December 2013 Issue
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.
Or www.WILPFSF.org
Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Next strategy meeting
Saturday, January 11   10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

WILPF East Bay and WILPF San Francisco have voted to share their website, newsletter, monthly planning meetings,
and to have regular shared public events.

OUR FIRST SHARED EVENT OF 2014:
You are invited to join East Bay and San Francisco WILPF to hear:

Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation and lifetime WILPF Member, just returned from an international conference in Haifa, who will be discussing:

A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE ZONE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Sunday, February 2nd   2:00 pm
San Francisco Main Public Library
Latino A&B Rooms (lower level), Larkin & Grove
(BART/Muni Civic Center Station).

Israeli Conference urges a Middle East without Nuclear Weapons
A newspaper report by Odile Hugonot Huber, WILPF-US Middle East Committee co-chair and a WILPF attendee at the Haifa Conference, with Jackie Cabasso

A conference opened in Haifa Thursday advocating a Middle East without
nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction – a controversial
issue in Israel.

If Israel won’t go to Helsinki, Helsinki will come to Israel, former
Knesset Member Issam Makhoul said at the two-day conference,
referring to Israel’s decision last year not to take part in a Helsinki
conference on the issue. Makhoul said Israel couldn’t escape a
discussion on the matter.

According to Makhoul, the Haifa conference was the first step toward
opening a debate in Israel on nuclear weapons. He said an Israeli coalition
of organizations and a monitoring committee would push the issue forward.
Makhoul said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on talking
about the Iranian nuclear threat helped stoke the discussion on Israel’s
nuclear program as well. There is now a willingness and sense of urgency in
broaching the subject and telling Israelis that a different kind of Middle
East is possible, he said.

The conference is the first in a series on the issue, the organizers said.
Delegates came from Europe, the United States and Africa. Among the
participants was Prof. Tadatoshi Akiba, a former mayor of Hiroshima, who
urged a 2020 deadline for world nuclear disarmament.
(excerpt from article in Haaretz, December 27, 2013)

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON RECALL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH AT 11AM PST

The special meeting of members to vote on the recall the entire Board of Directors of WILPF US and elect replacements is set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11am PST.  The WILPF US Secretary announced there are not enough qualified signatures. The bylaw calls for 10% of WILPF’s membership as signers to a petition to call a special membership meeting, “WILPF-US has 1872 eligible voters. This is the number of members who would have been eligible to vote in a WILPF election if it were held on November 27, 2013 — the date of the recall petition. The secretary also announced WILPF has followed an 18-month rule: in order to vote in a WILPF election a member needs to have been current in their dues: if not a life member, then making some dues payment since May 27, 2012. This includes all active monthly pledgers.”

IMPORTANT !!  If you have not read the newsletters (four issues have been published) of the Concerned  Members they are available on the petition site, and  please sign the petition if you have not.  Link to Member Petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html

For more information on this very important issue, you can email:
concernedmembers@verizon.net.

A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, starts with applications: deadline for applications is  January 1, 2014. Applications are on the WILPF US website http://wilpfus.org/news/latest-news/share-and-develop-your-leadership-skills-wilpf

This is IMPORTANT. It will be imperative for as many members as possible to apply to be a candidate for the regular board election.  If we do not have enough good candidates, we may end up with some of the same problems we have now.  Only members current on their dues, or lifetime or pledging members will have their vote counted. So make sure your dues are current. The best way to do this is online at: www.wilpfus.org  go to home page and link to JOIN or Renew membership

Or Membership and Membership Renewal for WILPF  Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Dues are $15 minimum.  Make checks to WILPF US and mail to the address below.
For information call Sandy Thacker, Treasurer of East Bay branch:  510 482-1258

Name ________________________________

Street ________________________________

City ________________________________

Phone ___________ E-mail _______________

Dues include subscription to US WILPF’s Peace & Freedom, and membership
in one branch, as well as US WILPF and INTERNATIONAL WILPF. Mail to :
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

SUPPORT THE WORK OF WILPF with an end of the year tax deductible donation to the Jane Addam’s Peace Association , 777 United Nations Plaza 6th fl. New York, New York 10017.  Funds can be earmarked WILPF East Bay or in memory of Madeline Duckles.

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Wilpf Eastbay newsletter

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
December 2013 Issue
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.
Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

Reminder !! Join us at our Holiday strategy meeting with San Francisco WILPF
to discuss the upcoming membership meeting to vote on a recall of the National President and Board of Directors and to plan a celebration of Madeline Duckles’ life
Saturday, December 14th  10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON RECALL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH AT 11AM PST

A lot has been happening.  It is hard to keep up with it all.   A date has been set for the WILPF US Board recall vote. The special meeting of members to recall the entire Board of Directors of WILPF US and elect replacements is set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11am PST. This is the latest possible date that the board could set and remain within the requirement that the meeting take place within sixty days of the members making their official request for the meeting.  Today (December 11th), the WILPF US Secretary announced there are not enough qualified signatures. The bylaw calls for 10% of WILPF’s membership as signers to a petition to call a special membership meeting, “WILPF-US has 1872 eligible voters. This is the number of members who would have been eligible to vote in a WILPF election if it were held on November 27, 2013 — the date of the recall petition. The secretary also announced WILPF has followed an 18-month rule: in order to vote in a WILPF election a member needs to have been current in their dues: if not a life member, then making some dues payment since May 27, 2012. This includes all active monthly pledgers.”

IMPORTANT !!  If you have not read the newsletters (five issues have been published) of the Concerned  Members they are available on the petition site, and  please sign the petition if you have not.  Link to Member Petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html

“Now the struggle will also be over who runs this meeting. Members are seeking to have the meeting facilitated by an accomplished, fair facilitator.  It is the  position of concerned members that Laura Roskos and current board members cannot preside, based on the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Corporation Law, section 5709 (c) and section 5758(b) for fairness and reasonableness and section 5715(d) for self-dealing, lack of good faith, and also for having a direct interest in the outcome.”   For more information:
email concernedmembers@verizon.net.

A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, starts with applications: deadline for applications is  January 1, 2014. Applications are on the WILPF US website http://wilpfus.org/news/latest-news/share-and-develop-your-leadership-skills-wilpf

This is IMPORTANT. It will be imperative for as many members as possible to apply to be a candidate for the regular board election.  If we do not have enough good candidates, we may end up with some of the same problems we have now.

Members are the stakeholders of WILPF and we have rights. We can take back control of WILPF US so that the work being done, and the manner in which we operate, will reflect the wishes and values of its members in a democratic way, so that program and the branch work can again be at the forefront of what we do.

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
Membership and Membership Renewal

Only members current on their dues, or lifetime or pledging members will have their vote counted. So make sure you dues are current. The best way to do this is online at:

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5372/donate_page/membership-page

OR USE THE FORM BELOW

Dues are $15 minimum.  Make checks to WILPF US and mail to the address below.

Name ________________________________

Street ________________________________

City ________________________________

Phone ___________ E-mail _______________

Dues include subscription to US WILPF’s Peace & Freedom, and membership
in one branch, as well as US WILPF and INTERNATIONAL WILPF. Mail to :
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

TRIBUTE TO MADELINE DUCKLES

Our beloved long time friend and leader Madeline Duckles passed on in her sleep on November 23rd in Santa Rosa, attended by her loving family.

May 19, 1916-Nov. 23, 2013
“Madeline Taylor Duckles was born in Loomis, California to Allie Adella Fleisher and Porter Lee Taylor. After graduating from Esparto Union High School in 1933, Madeline enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in English Literature. It was at UC Berkeley that Madeline met the love of her life, Vincent Harris Duckles. Madeline and Vin were married on June 10, 1937 in Forest Hills, Long Island. In 1951, Madeline and Vin settled into their home in the Berkeley Hills, where they raised their family and where Madeline lived until her 96th birthday. Madeline’s house was full of family, visitors and animals. She loved to entertain and receive visitors from around the world.

Madeline committed her life to peaceful activism and social justice. Madeline joined the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in the 1940s and was an active member of WILPF into her nineties. She attended meetings with the World Council of Peace in Europe and Asia, and gave speeches regarding the anti-war movement in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, and was one of the first American women to visit North Vietnam. As a leader in the Committee of Responsibility during the Vietnam War, she brought Vietnamese children injured in the war to San Francisco for treatment. Her peaceful activism made her the subject of government surveillance, and years later, Freedom of Information Act requests revealed a dossier assembled by the FBI, CIA and military intelligence services about her work. Madeline’s decades-long work was acknowledged on the floor of the United States Congress by Rep. Ronald Dellums in 1996 and Rep. Barbara Lee in 2005.

Music was an important part of Madeline’s life. Her husband was a renowned musicologist and all her sons had musical training. Three of her children continued their musical endeavors in a professional capacity, as well as three of her grandchildren. Madeline supported classical music and loved the opera and symphony. She continued to attend concerts even at 97 years of age.

She counts close friends all over the world, many of whom stayed in her home and were the beneficiaries of her wonderful hospitality.

Madeline Duckles died in Santa Rosa, California on November 23, 2013 at age 97. She is survived by five sons: Lawrence, Christopher, Lee, Peter and Jeremy; her foster daughter, Thuy; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations may be made in her name to the Jane Adams Peace Association.”

http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 8, 2013

BRIEF REPORT ON WILPF REGIONAL MEETING
“Creating Positive Change”
Saturday, November 16, 2013,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City,

Rules of the meeting were established and began with concerns of members.
“This meeting is convened for the purpose of advancing WILPF’s work toward total disarmament and peace and human rights for all and for the care of the earth.  This is a safe space, free from discrimination of any kind based on gender, race or  age.”

West Coast Regional Meeting report, Nov. 16, 2013

(updated report )
After a series of phone calls and consultations, under the guidance of Joan Bazar,  the West Coast Regional Meeting was held in Redwood City.  Carol Cross, (Peninsula Branch),  graciously  handled logistics, (space, food, and registration).     Nancy Abbey and Lois Fiedler co-facilitated the meeting , attended by about 40 West Coast WILPF’ers and current  WILPF president Laura Roskos and treasurer Eva Havlicsek,  JAPA co-president  Tura  Campanella Cook, and past JAPA president, Sandy Silver .  The recommendations/proposals  that were discussed ( as summarized by Nancy)  included to:
1. Initiate mediation between WILPF and JAPA: (31 members endorsed, 3 abstained)
(Judy Nakadegawa, Berkeley community volunteer mediator, offered guidelines)
a. Guidelines:
Both parties agree to freeze any legal action against the other party (including consultation with attorneys).
Two representatives chosen by each organization be empowered to discuss issues.
Nothing revealed in the discussion may be used by the other party in any future legal proceeding.
Agreement will be taken back to each board for ratification.
b. Purpose: to find common ground for a working relationship between the two organizations.
c. Expectations: “People go away feeling better, even if they don’t get everything they want.”
2. Re-establish Regions, with regional representatives added to the National Board:  (31 members endorsed, 3 abstained)
a. Add to bylaws to help build trust:  (general consensus reached that the following suggestions be sent to by-laws committee.
b. Develop guidelines for categorizing actions as “standard board decisions”  or  “big deal decisions” that need to involve broad member input.
c. Remove ex-officio members’ vote on board.
d. Elect representatives to International Board and UN by membership vote.

3. Convene a membership meeting to vote on recall of entire board.  (19 members endorsed, 11 abstained, 3 voted no)
4. A resolution to establish a totally independent nominating committee and election process did not receive consensus.
5. A committee on WILPF finances made no recommendations or resolutions.

Update:   Immediately after the regional meeting, Joan Bazar shared the proposal for mediation with JAPA, with the US Board, and got agreement for pursuing it.  Tura and Joan conferred by phone and email over two weeks but it was too late for JAPA to participate in the mediation as proposed since their attorney was in the process of responding to the letter from WILPF’s attorney.

Lois J. Fiedler,  Joan Bazar,  Nancy Abbey, and Barbara L. Nielsen
Women Need to Be Included in Syria’s Peace Process
Madeleine Rees, Secretary  General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom speaks out  on the   Huffingtonpost.com ARTICLE Dec. 10. 2013

  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeleine-rees/women-need-to-be-included-in-syrias-peace-process_b_4418744.html

WILPF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S POWER TO STOP WAR

The first episode  of WILPF International  Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Series was an excellent use of media and “thumbs up” to Cynthia Enloe for an excellent job.  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, was held on November 6th.  For archives of WILPF International  Webinars link to  the WILPF International web site: http://www.wilpfinternational.org/webinars/archive-of-wilpf-webinars/ and for excellent international peace and women newsletter link to http://www.wilpfinternational.org/wilpf-news-and-alerts/

SUPPORT THE WORK OF WILPFwith an end of the year tax deductible donation to the Jane Addam’s Peace Association , 777 United Nations Plaza 6th fl. New York, New York 10017.  Funds can be earmarked WILPF East Bay or in memory of Madeline Duckles.

Tell President Obama: Veto cuts to food stamps.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
202-456-1111

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WILPS NEWS

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.
Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
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 cross0828@yahoo.com 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.

For more information:  or email concernedmembers@verizon.net.

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:

http://wilpfus.org/about/wilpf-us-section-laws.

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.
l">http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html

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:

http://www.wilpfinternational.org/webinars/

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

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/14/breaking_08_pledge_leaked_trade_doc.

 

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WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661
JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION: 
WHAT IS GOING ON AT WILPF US?
An organization is only as strong as its members.  If you are concerned and have questions about decisions that have been made by the WILPF-US President and Board of Directors, including terminating our 60 year long fiscal sponsorship relationship with the Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) without consulting the membership, and not having an annual audit as required by our bylaws, please join us for a panel discussion:
Saturday, October 12th  10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible
Join us for lunch after the meetingIn 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. wilpfus.org and link to membership, or call 617 266-0999.

A new election of the President and entire 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 post marked 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:  www.wilpfus.org or mail your membership to:
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266,
Oakland, CA 94661

PLANNING MEETING MINUTES Sept 14, 2013

We discussed the current US WILPF board recall campaign and the issues that led up to the current crisis.  Those calling for recall feel decisions are being made without member input and or prior knowledge.  Bylaws are being ignored.   The controversy centers around:
*Termination of financial arrangement between WILPF US and JAPA (The Jane Addams Peace Association, our 501C3 financial sponsorship).
*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.
*US WILPF financial status.  There is need for the legally required annual audit without delay.  There is a need for planning for sustainable and growing  funding.
*There is a growing lack of confidence in the current board and  controversy over its president  and secretary. For more information:
email: concernedmembers@verizon.net. or email Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
Our recommendations after the discussion.
The 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 recall the board. To see a copy of the bylaws:
http://www.wilpfus.org
There needs to be a plan for a trusted vote count in the next election.

SAVE  2nd Saturday of the month 10-12 and Join us for ongoing
program with local women peace makers.  Most of those meetings will be at the Rockridge Library and our planning and strategy meetings will be at Piedmont Gardens.  Respond to this enews letter with suggestions for speakers.

BAN FRACKING  Your action is needed now !!

Tell governor Brown to not sign SB 4.  it is an unsafe deregulation of the gas drilling industry ! we want a moratorium.  He has said he will sign it but if we email or call him, he may rethink it.  Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 or email gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php  today to send this message before it is too late. The people of California want Governor Brown to be the real Climate Governor.
Support a moratorium now. DON’T FRACK California.

What is fracking and why must it be banned?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an oil extraction process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals under high pressure into a well that can be over 2 miles deep in the earth to free a thick, dirty crude oil trapped in the shale layer.  Oil companies are set to “frack” thousands of wells in California, mostly to collect the estimated 15.4 billion barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale formation from San Joaquin through the Los Angeles basin.
The fracking process has contaminated aquifers and groundwater, induced earthquakes, polluted the air and endangered public health. Worse is its impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the resulting catastrophic climate disruption!  The extraction, refining, and burning of the final products of fracked crude oil produce more GHG emissions than coal and tar sands bitumen.
California’s shale oil is low-quality, high-sulfur, heavy crude oil. It is two-to-three times as energy intensive to refine as typical U.S. refinery feedstock and it produces 40 percent more greenhouse gas in order to make gasoline. The GHG footprint of fracking for oil is greater than that of any other fossil fuel including coal. This is because of the much higher rate of leakage of methane into the atmosphere during extraction through fracking than in the mining for coal.
Burning the 15 billion barrels of dirty oil from the Monterey Shale will releases 6.45 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, enough to bring us to the tipping point when climate change will be irreversible. The International Energy Agency warned that two-thirds to three-fifths of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to avoid disastrous climate consequences.  We must leave shale oil in the ground, not try to regulate it or frack for it.

TIME TO ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA), which is the educational affiliate of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, has presented awards for children’s books annually since 1953.Over the years, many WILPF branches including East Bay WILPF have ordered copies of the  selected books for use in their communities and libraries.  To see the link for this year’s awards.
http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/

PeaceDaySF & EARTHDANCE
September 21, 2013
Rally and dance for PEACE – watch online or join us in San Francisco!  Declare NO WAR ON SYRIA!  Demand an end to chemical warfare abroad and at home in our air, water, soil and food supply.  Joined by March Against Monsanto, the Occupy Action Council, the National CODEPINK is hosting a rally for peace in the heart of San Francisco on Sept. 21, the United Nations International Day of Peace.  Join us virtually online by supporting CODEPINK PEACE DAY or watch the live stream on Sept. 21 (12:00 PST, 9am EST).
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/peace-day-sf-by-codepink

ENORMOUS HUMAN BANNER: “Fukushima Is Here!”

Join us for a fun way to increase awareness of the arrival of nuclear waste on our West Coast .  This is a family event, so bring kids and grandkids.
WHERE: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Arrive by 10:45 AM — Helicopter overhead at noon sharp
Details and Registration:
http://www.fukushimaishere.info/san-francisco.php

STOP FUKUSHIMA RADIATION–URGENT ACTION NEEDED
from Phoebe Anne Sorgen to our WILPF Sisters

Since 2011, I’ve been researching and focusing on what I came to see as the most dire threat facing the world, the escalating radiation crisis at Fukushima-Daiichi.  WILPF is a UN accredited NGO which could take our request, for a staffed/funded international and independent Fuku commission, to the UN Human Rights Council which meets Sept 9-27 in NY. A global response is required for this unprecedented, on-going calamity which is likely to adversely affect future generations worldwide. Since the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011, the wrecked reactors at Fukushima-Dai-ichi have been pouring 300 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean daily. It’s getting worse. The buildings are unstable and the spent fuel pools could drain and start an unquenchable nuclear fire, leading to explosions that would threaten all life. We urge the United Nations General Assembly to Issue a Declaration that Fukushima constitutes a global emergency, and to appoint an international group of independent experts to assess, plan, gather resources, and implement remedies, working with Japan.

Thanks to WILPF member Cecile Pineda’s The Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Two Step.

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