WILPF invites you to Aya de Leon talk “Heisting the Billionaires: How to take our country back

 

Heisting the Billionaire:
How can we organize to take our country back?

The East Bay San Francisco Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presents the first of four peace talks with AYA DE LEON, local poet, author and professor, in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine on Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm at the Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St, San Francisco, (near the 16th Street Mission BART station). Free, all are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments.

The Peace Talk Speaker Series includes three other local women authors talking about their lives, their writing and their activism.

SUSAN GRIFFIN, poet, novelist, playwright will speak Sunday, May 21st, 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley (Ashby BART Station )

ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ, author, revolutionary historian, will speak Sunday, July 16th,  3-5pm at the Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St. San Francisco (16th St. Mission BART station)

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, author and Professor Emerita, Sunday,  will speak September 17th, 3-5pm, at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley (Ashby BART Station).

Aya de Leon first came to national attention as a spoken word artist in the underground poetry scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a hip-hop theater artist. de Leon is of Puerto Rican, African American, and West Indian heritage, and much of her work explores issues of race, gender, social-economic class, body and nation.

She received a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University. Returning to the Bay Area, she won a spot on the San Francisco Slam Team and  In 2001, she developed the hip hop theater show, “Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip Hop,” focused on fighting sexism and consumerism in hip hop .  She began her college teaching career at Stanford University in 2001. In 2006, she was chosen as the Director of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley, where she currently teaches poetry and spoken word.

Recently she published a wild Latina feminist Robin Hood heist novel titled Uptown Thief. She is an artist in residence at Stanford University, a Cave Canem poetry fellow and slam poetry champion.  She published a children’s picture book  puffy: people whose hair defies gravity,” and is working on her second novel the Boss, which is due out in July.  Visit her at ayadeleon.com

The Peace Talk Speaker Series is presented by the Women’s  International League for Peace and Freedom, San Francisco and East Bay branches.  See our web page:  WILPFEastBay.org or WILPFSF.org

For more information contact  wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

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WILPF NEWS JAN 2017

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

January 2017

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

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

California WILPF: www.//wilpfcalifornia.org/

follow us at International WILPF Facebook: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

follow us at WILPF US on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section

follow us and like us at WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco Facebook: http//www.facebook.com/WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, February 18th 10-12am

San Francisco Public Library near Civic Center BART

Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

SAVE THESE DATES: WILPF presents “Peace Talks” featuring local Women Authors

3rd Sundays: 3-5 pm sponsored by WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches.

March 19 Aya de Leon at 518 Valencia, near 16th St. Mission BART in San Francisco

May 21 Susan Griffin at Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART

July 16 Roxanne Dunbar- Ortiz at 518 Valencia near 16th St. Mission BART, SF

Sept. 17 Maxine Hong Kingston at Ed Roberts Campus, Ashby BART

CALIFORNIA WILPF CLUSTER MEETING

Saturday February 4th, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Join us at our California Cluster meeting in Sacramento. The cluster meetings are a great way to get involved, meet other WILPF members, find out what other WILPF Branches are doing, and work together on local, state, national and international issues.

Southside Park Co Housing

434 T Street , Sacramento, CA 94811

For more information or if you need a ride, contact Sandy at 510-967-9622

ON JANUARY 21, 2017, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CAME TO MARCH, SPEAK AND MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

SAN FRANCISCO AND EAST BAY WILPF WERE THERE

TO SEE MORE WONDERFUL PICTURES OF WOMEN’S MARCHES AROUND THE WORLD; https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictures.html?_r=0

JOIN OUR ONE WILPF CALLS

These are monthly member-led conference calls, and offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. The focus is on solutions, collaborating to make WILPF stronger and our work more visible. If you want to get involved , join the calls.

To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would still like to join the call, please call Sandy at 510-967-9622 for the call phone number & access code.
NEXT CALL is Thursday, February 9th at 4pm pacific/7pm eastern. 

Cindy Domingo is the scheduled speaker, from WILPF-US’s CUBA & The Bolivarian Alliance Issue Committee. Members of the committee will participate. 

Put the calls on your calendar now!

Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14

One WILPF is planning a Solidarity Event for April 22nd and is asking all WILPF branches to participate at any level. The theme is: “Planet and People Before Profits.” Our two branches will each be making a banner that will read: “East Bay (or San Francisco) WILPF Says: Planet and People before Profits.” If you want to help make the banner, respond to this email or send a note to us at the address on the first page. If you want to help plan the Solidarity Events for our branches, come to our planning meeting on February 18th.

On the last One WILPF call, the speaker was Margaret Flowers, M.D. An advocate for single payer health care and justice, she is co-founder of Popular Resistance. She gave us a lot of information on her organization Popular Resistance https://popularresistance.org   It has a broad “People’s Agenda” of at least 15 areas including healthcare (Medicare for all), environment, foreign policy/wars and militarism, housing, human rights, criminal justice, and more. This is a resource for progressive information and action.

Another resource for resistance that assists grassroots organizations working for democratic reforms such as voter rights and Move to Amend: www.libertytreefoundation.org

Sanctuary Movement/ Know Your Rights

On the One WILPF call, Randa Solnick of WILPF-Santa Cruz reported on the sanctuary movements. We were interested in a state bill 54 she mentioned that would make California a sanctuary state, (there have been many) Also there is the formation of a rapid response network to help undocumented who are harassed by ICE and others with transportation, childcare, our presence, etc. and a list of attorneys who could assist . They are developing this in Santa Cruz, We know SF, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose are already sanctuary cities.  Also, Randa has “Know Your Rights” cards­ We discussed meeting with the Oakland Sheriff’s Dept. about not cooperating with ICE ­What is their policy?

Become more informed about important issues by linking to these DOCUMENTARY FILMS

SICK AROUND THE WORLD (PBS Frontline) compares healthcare systems globally.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/ frontline/sickaroundtheworld/

FIX IT describes National Medicare for all from a business point of view. http://fixithealthcare.com/

NOW IS THE TIME is a sequel to The Healthcare Movie.  http://www.nowsthetimemovie. com/  

ACTION: Fight the Nuclear Threat:

WOMEN FOR THE HUMAN RACE NOT A NEW ARMS RACE

Call or write your Congress person, ask them to fight for a NO nuke policy No upgrades. Feinstein 202 224-3841 Harris 202 225-3121

According to the Trump transition website: “Mr. Trump will ensure our strategic nuclear triad is modernized to ensure it continues to be an effective deterrent.” Trump’s notorious December 22 tweet, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” seems to confirm this trajectory. For more information, go to the Western States Legal Foundation website: wslfweb.org

We live near Livermore Lab, which is one of 2 national sites that makes nuclear weapons. The Lab receives more than one billion dollars annually and comprises 86% of its funding from the Dept of Energy. For more info, link to

Tri-Valley CARES website: http://www.trivalleycares.org

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wilpf eastbay San Francisco newsletter November issue

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

November 2016

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

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

California WILPF: www.//wilpfcalifornia.org/

follow us at International WILPF face book: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

follow us at WILPF US on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wilpfus

follow us and like us at WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco facebook: http//www.facebook.com/WILPF-Eastbay-SanFranciscobranches

Support the important work of WILPF US

You may have been remiss in your dues. Link to www.wilpfus.org or send $35-$150 to: WILPF US, 11 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

Get involved! Join us at our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, December 17th, 10-12am

at Tarea Hall Pittman South Berkeley Library
1901 Russell St, Berkeley 94703 (3 blocks north of Ashby BART)

Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

SAVE THESE DATES: WILPF sponsored

Peace Talks” featuring local Women Authors

3rd Sundays: March 19, May 21, July 16, and Sept 17, 3-5 pm

sponsored by WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches.

May 21 Susan Griffin at the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART

July 16 Roxanne Dunbar- Ortiz at 518 Valencia in San Francisco

Sept 17 Maxine Hong Kingston at the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART

Madeleine Rees, President of International WILPF,

Speaks out on the U.S. Elections

 

November 9, 2016

I didn’t think we would have to write this. I hoped I would not have to write this. It did not seem possible that a man like Donald Trump could ever be considered as a fit and proper person to hold office. He has shown himself to be a misogynist, a racist, and dismissive of all minorities. He has become President on the basis of lies and the politics of hatred. This is a tragic day for the U.S. and because of its role in the world, for us all.

That’s how I feel, but let us pause. We cannot understand exactly why this has happened. One thing for sure is the refusal of so many people – especially white men – to accept a woman as a leader, especially not one that is a self-declared feminist … (which shows we have much work to do in how we all address that, men even more so than women). The other reasons I can only speculate upon – although there are multiple theories being put forward, and which the establishment everywhere should to pay attention to. There has been a revolt against the machine, as there was in Brexit, against the failed neoliberal economic order. The feeling of having no control over government, of alienation and despair has been important in driving both elections. What is tragic is that it is the extreme right which has seized the moment to rally people in both countries, and will probably do so in Europe. The electorate have not paid attention to the policies but to the feelings and the need for an identity, narrowly constructed. The consequences of all this we can imagine – and they are not good.

Our challenge now is to persuade people of a different way of addressing the failure of the current machine. We have one. It is embodied in how WILPF has worked and analyzed the world since 1915. We do not give up on that, not now, not ever as what we are offering would bring what so many people are demanding but are running to the wrong people with the wrong policies to provide it. What we now need to do is to organize. Feminists worldwide, both men and women, need to step up to the challenge.

Trump is a man without real convictions, other than his self-belief and narcissism. He is a deal maker. We have no choice than to deal with him, but on our terms. There is some hope; his position on free trade deals, his dislike of a confrontation with Russia … these are the things we must push. But first we have to push back on his misogyny and racism. On that we can build, even with the women who voted for Trump, but who are unhappy with his position on women, and see if we can get them to join in specific demands on addressing inequalities, violence and the unacceptability of his past conduct; ”guarantees of non repetition” as a condition for continued support.

We must look forward. We are in this for the long haul. We can see this as a galvanizing moment which focuses us more than ever on the need to engage in the political, (much as it is unpleasant in the main), but if we do not then we leave it to others to dictate. We need to build solidarity across borders through our WILPF Sections and with the like-minded to progress our vision and strategy for achieving a peaceful world. Look to the people in government and parliament that we can work with, across the political divides. And we must avoid picking up the gauntlet of vituperative discourse, of showing contempt for those who disagree with us. It is what has happened in the UK over Brexit on both sides and it will for sure happen in the U.S. That binary has to be resisted.

The horror of the U.S. election is now over and we have to deal with the consequences. We have to show that we too are up to the challenge.

 

 

 

 

Join us in Oakland for the Bay Area Women’s March on January 21st at 10am.

The Women’s March on Washington is a national movement for women, men, and children who stand for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.

The goal of this day is for women to stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. This all-inclusive, non-partisan event allows us to send a bold message to our administration and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. This is not a protest, political or anti- anything event. We support the advocacy and movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. HEAR OUR VOICE.

We in the Bay Area will unite locally with the main march in DC and sister marches in every state and major metropolitan area across our great country to stand together for justice, tolerance and inclusion for all.

In California there are groups organizing for the DC March and several sister marches being held on the same day throughout the state. This document will be updated as details evolve over time.

If you are interested in finding out more about one of the January 21 sister marches in the Bay Area please follow the links below:
San Francisco https://www.facebook.com/events/1516849161665234/

Look for more details about Women’s Marches in Washington D.C. and in the Bay Area in our next Newsletter.

WILPF stands with Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Pipeline

Answer the call of our Sisters at Standing Rock Camp, who urge us to phone the White House at 1-303-816-3559 to ask President Obama to investigate potential human and civil rights violations and reject this dirty Dakota Access pipeline once and for all!

Now that Native American leaders have vowed to stay all winter and have filed a lawsuit against the police, funds are urgently needed and can be donated via the #NoDAPL Solidarity website. The story gets more complicated with a water cannon and stun grenades attack on demonstrators in freezing weather that created such outrage and cost (15 million) that Sheriffs Departments are refusing to send troups stating public outrage and costs. Now a North Dekota federal court is prohibiting tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservation. This was in reponse to a suit files by the Dekota Access.

Please read our September 19, 2016 statement, Water Is Life: WILPF US Stands with Water Defenders against the Pipeline, which makes clear that if Congress passes the TPP in the Lame Duck Session, export of fracked oil and gas will increase exponentially, along with all the associated infrastructure—pipelines, expanded ports, and oil-bomb trains and huge ocean tankers—leading to increased carbon footprint, further environmental harm to people and to Mother Earth, and global warming and extreme weather events.

 

Join us for the California Cluster meeting in Sacramento Saturday Feb. 4th
Details in next newsletter. The cluster meetings are a great way to meet other WILPF members, find out what other WILPF Branches are doing, and figure out ways we can support each other and work together on local, state, national and international issues.

 

JOIN OUR ONE WILPF CALLS

These are monthly member-led conference calls, and offer ways for members to connect, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. The focus is on solutions, moving forward, and collaborating to make WILPF stronger and our work more visible. We are planning a WILPF Solidarity Event for April 2017. If you want to help, join the calls.

If you have internet access and want to be notified of the next ONE WILPF call, you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would still like to join the call, please contact Annie at 510-339-1395 for the conference call phone number and access code.

Put the calls on your calendar now!

Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14

December 8th Call features Medea Benjamin of CODE PINK discussing how WILPF and Code Pink can work more closely and strategically in collaboration.

January 12th Call features Ray Acheson of REACHING CRITICAL WILL discussing how WILPF US members can work more strategically with RCW’s upcoming calendar of events and objectives. www.reachingcriticalwill.org

February 9th Call features the MOST DANGEROUS WOMEN Book Group Discussion. See the Winter 2016 Peace & Freedom for more information about choices of books and authors. (If you are not getting WILPF Peace and Freedom magazine

 

At our November WILPF planning meeting, Palestinian Nawal Slemiah shared her story of founding an embroidery cooperative for Women In Hebron, empowering over 150 women in the villages around Hebron using their artistic skills to make beautiful embroidery items. She showed a short video: http://www.tullypartnerships.org/site/partners/women-in-hebron/ She was accompanied by Maureen with Fresno WILPF who founded Tully Partnership, a non-profit, to help sell the embroidery items here in the U.S. They also sell online at http://www.tullypartnerships.org/site/shop/

 

WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM, UNITED STATES SECTION
STATEMENT ON SYRIA
NOVEMBER 2016

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United States Section (WILPF US), makes the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in Syria:

We recognize that the intervention of foreign powers in the fighting within the nation of Syria has served to escalate, rather than to diminish, the level of hostilities. We specifically call upon our own United States of America (USA) government to cease the delivery of weapons and its active participation in the fighting in Syria, and to stop all arms transfers. We make this request considering the grave humanitarian situation on the ground, which we believe is being exacerbated by USA participation. We recognize that other nations are also involved in similar ways, and we would hope that military withdrawal by the USA might encourage others to do likewise.

We believe that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is one which is led by the Syrian people themselves. We realize that the complexity of the situation is difficult for outsiders to understand. We also do not believe that any single group or faction has all the answers. What we do know is that Syrian civilians are being left with few options, that many have fled their homes and are living elsewhere as refugees, and that others have either died in the hostilities or are slowly dying of starvation. We abhor the loss of life and the indignities to home, family and life itself that are the result of this current situation. We call for an immediate ceasefire and the lifting of all blockades that prevent food and medical supplies from entering as well as Syrians who wish to leave from doing so. We also condemn the bombing of hospitals and schools, heinous acts in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. We call for an increase in humanitarian aid to the population at risk and continued assistance for the refugees. We hope that all other nations involved in the conflict, including but not limited to Russia, Iran and Turkey, will also cease any arms shipments or military engagement in Syria. We urge and support a universal goal of the de-escalation and immediate cessation of armed conflict in Syria.

We agree with Middle East scholars and other experts, including USA military personnel, who are strongly opposed to a no-fly zone, which they claim could very probably lead to a war with Russia. We also believe a no-fly zone would prevent necessary humanitarian aid from being delivered to the people still living in Syria, and would be antithetical to the goal of immediate cessation of conflict in Syria. The USA must do all in its power to bring the war in Syria to an end before thousands more Syrian citizens are killed or become refugees. We urge that the USA immediately cease its involvement in supporting any military action in Syria in any form and take on, in addition to working to provide food and medical aid, the encouragement of the parties to participate in peace talks once a ceasefire has taken hold.

Therefore, we urge the USA government to take the following actions:

  1. Withdraw from all fighting within Syria and elsewhere that is having an impact on Syria and work for a ceasefire there; and under no circumstances attempt to undertake a “no-fly zone” of any kind over or around Syria;
  2. Work in coalition with other nations to agree not to provide military support of any kind to or for Syria;
  3. Provide humanitarian aid and allow medicine and food and supplies to be delivered via air or other means to the Syrian people (which also means choosing not to establish or utilize any USA-devised “no-fly” zone);
  4. Take no action that would impede the safe passage or movement of Syrians who have left Syria and/or are returning to Syria and/or those Syrians who wish to leave;
  5. Immediately allow large numbers of displaced Syrians into the USA for refuge, and provide the federal financial and infrastructural resources necessary to assist localities in sheltering and sustaining these refugees;
  6. Encourage, without attempting to co-opt, the process of bringing the Syrian parties to peace negotiations;
  7. Assist in the rebuilding of Syrian infrastructure – its buildings and public works systems in particular – by providing material support, with “no strings attached;” and
  8. Reaffirm the human and sovereign rights of all Syrians and act accordingly toward them.

For more information and suggestions on how you can become involved, link to http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/wilpf-us-statement-syria

 

 

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WILPF EASTBAY SAN FRANCISCO NEWSLETTER

Join or Renew Your Membership in WILPF Today

To work for world peace and universal disarmament

To support negotiations and reconciliations in the settlement of conflicts

To strengthen the United Nations and the implementation of international law

To advocate for women’s political, social and economic empowerment

To demand equal justice for all people everywhere

To protect our environment for future generations

At this difficult time in our country’s history, those of us who believe in a more peaceful and equitable world must pull together to organize and fight for what we believe. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has been a voice of reason and compassion for over 100 years. If we are to continue our important work, we need your help. Please consider renewing your membership or rejoining WILPF this year. As a member, you will receive Peace & Freedom magazine quarterly.

WILPF has chosen to use a sliding scale structure for annual membership dues to make sure membership in WILPF is as accessible as possible to everyone regardless of socio-economic lines. The membership dues scale ranges from $35-$150. Every dollar you contribute supports the publication of Peace & Freedom, our monthly E-newsletter, and the important work of our Branches and National Issue Committees for total disarmament and peace throughout the world.

To renew or join on-line, go to: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/join_member

To renew or join by mail, write the check to WILPF-US, write Membership or Membership Renewal on the check, and send to:

WILPF-US, 11 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

To make a tax-deductible donation to WILPF (not membership renewal), make out your check to the Peace Development Fund, write “WILPF” in the memo section, and mail to WILPF-US’s fiscal sponsor:

Peace Development Fund, P.O. Box 40250, San Francisco, CA 94140-0250

To donate to the Jane Addams Peace Association (no longer affiliated with WILPF): http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/ or send check to:

Jane Addams Peace Association, 777 UN Plaza, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017

And finally, if you would like to support your local branch of WILPF, send a check for any amount made out to East Bay WILPF to:

East Bay WILPF, P. O. Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

December 2016

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

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

California WILPF: www.wilpfcalifornia.org/

follow us at International WILPF Facebook: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

follow us at WILPF US on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wilpfus

follow us and like us at WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco Facebook: http//www.facebook.com/WILPF-Eastbay-SanFrancisco branches

Wondering how to make a difference in these difficult times ..Get involved! Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, January 14 10-12am

Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland

Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

SAVE THESE DATES: WILPF presents

Peace Talks” featuring local Women Authors

3rd Sundays: March 19, May 21, July 16, and Sept 17, 3-5 pm

sponsored by WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches.

May 21 Susan Griffin at Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART

July 16 Roxanne Dunbar- Ortiz at 518 Valencia in San Francisco

Sept 17 Maxine Hong Kingston at Ed Roberts Campus, Ashby BART

Saturday February 4th

Save this date for the California Cluster meeting in Sacramento
The cluster meetings are a great way to meet other WILPF members, find out what other WILPF Branches are doing, and figure out ways we can support each other and work together on local, state, national and international issues.

Join us in Oakland and San Francisco for the Bay Area Women’s March on Saturday, January 21st

The goal of this day is for women to stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. This is not a protest, political or anti- anything event. We support the advocacy and movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. HEAR OUR VOICE. For more info go to: https://womensmarchbayarea.org/

We in the Bay Area will unite locally with the main march in DC and sister marches in every state and major metropolitan area across our great country to stand together for justice, tolerance and inclusion for all.

The East Bay march starts at 10 AM in Madison Park, Oakland. The march will be up Oakland Street to Grand along Lake Merritt, then down Broadway to Frank Ogawa Plaza where there will be a rally from 12:30 – 3pm.

The San Francisco march will begin at 4pm with a rally at Civic Center with speakers, arts and music. At 6 PM we will begin a reverent, festive candlelight march down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza.

If you would like to meet up with WILPF’ers to march together, respond to this email or write to us at the address on our header on previous page.

JOIN OUR ONE WILPF CALLS

These are monthly member-led conference calls, and offer an excellent way for members to connect with other wilpf members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. The focus is on solutions, moving forward, and collaborating to make WILPF stronger and our work more visible. We are planning a WILPF Solidarity Event for April 2017. If you want to help, join the calls.

If you have internet access and want to be notified of the next ONE WILPF call, you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would still like to join the call, please call Annie at 510-339-1395 for the conference call phone number & access code.

Put the calls on your calendar now!

Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14

January 12th Call features Ray Acheson of REACHING CRITICAL WILL discussing how WILPF US members can work more strategically with RCW’s upcoming calendar of events and objectives. www.reachingcriticalwill.org

CRUDE BEYOND BELIEF, a film by Fresno Branch of WILPF

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/fresno-branch-films-california-fracking-sites

On July 19, the Fresno Branch of WILPF US held its DVD premiere of “Crude Beyond Belief.” This video was the outcome of a fracking tour led by Kern County water and air expert Tom Frantz and filmed by our local Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC).

November 18, 2015

HUMANITARIAN CALL TO ACTION AND ACCEPTANCE by WILPF-US

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” These are the words of WILPF member Jeannette Rankin from Montana, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the only person in the Congress who voted against U.S. entrance to both WW I and II. WILPF US takes this analogy one step further. We may not be able to stop an earthquake, but we can stave off the causes of these human earthquakes. We can and we must!

This week’s earth shattering terrorist attacks in Paris, in Beirut and by the Boko Haram in Nigeria added to the continuing brutality of the Syrian civil war with its floods of refugees are bringing to us the greatest threat of all –fear.

The success of extremists of all sorts is to build fear by tearing down our trust and belief in one another…fearful to reach out to our neighbors and to cross over the man made borders, we perpetuate their terror. According to Antonio Guterres, UN High comissioner on Refugees, in his article, “As Refugee Tide Mounts, No One in Control, “ in The World Post,“59.5 million people were displaced by conflict over the last decade, a 60 percent increase, and have sought refuge and aid from those who hold out their hand. To destroy those

connections, those altruistic principles on which a democracy is built, is the insidious legacy of terrorism; the transformation into a culture which echoes the Japanese internment camps during WW II.”

At this moment, there are 31 states that are closing down the acceptance of Syrian refugees, who are mostly women and children. WILPF US must reach out to the peoples of those states as well as their leaders, to say that in our land of “Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to be Free” we will not allow bigotry and fear to punish those who need refuge. These refugees are fleeing ISIS and denying them entry will serve the purposes of ISIS, which would like them to be returned to where they are more easily massacred by that organization.

We call on our members to write or call those state governments asking for the humane treatment of people needing our helping hand. We can take our protest to the streets and in the front of the capitol buildings as well.

On a more global scale, we can protest to the UN High Commissioner of Refugees, Antonio Guterres and Ban Ki -Moon who is preparing for the first World Humanitarian Summit 2016 UN’s first humanitarian conference in 2016.

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WILPF Eastbay San Francisco NEWSLETTER Oct 2016

WILPF NEWS

Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

October 2016

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

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book : https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

California WILPF: www.//wilpfcalifornia.org/

International WILPF face book: https://www.facebook.com/wilpf

You are invited to get involved, make a difference, become informed : hear Palestinian embroidery Co-op organizer Nawal Slemiah who is visiting from Hebron join us for lunch after

Saturday, November 12th

Planning Committee Meeting, 10-11am

Conversation with Nawal Slemiah, 11-12

San Francisco Main Library

Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415 931-1126 )

SAVE THESE DATES: WILPF sponsored

Peace Talks” featuring local Women Authors

3rd Saturdays: March 19, May 21, July 16, and Sept 17, 3-5 pm

sponsored by WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches.

May 21 will host Susan Griffin at the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART

July 16 will host Roxanne Dunbar- Ortiz at 518 Valencia in San Francisco

Sept 17 Maxine Hong Kingston at the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART

Songs for Women Living with War. See this exhibit now at Pro Arts, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, hosted by Women for Genuine Security. Reception is Nov 12th. https://genuinesecurity.org

 

Visualize a World without War and join us in a study group after the November elections. In preparation you can see the 2 hr. video that summarizes the “World Beyond War a Global Security system: an alternative to War” see https://worldbeyondwar.org , which includes videos of the September conference in DC.

 

Working for Peace and Justice in a Nuclear Free World Jackie Cabasso, WILPF member and Executive director of Western States Legal Foundation www.wslf .org recommends a new Book Release : “Nuclear Heartland: A Guide To The 450 Land-Based Missiles in the United States” edited by John M. LaForge and Arianne S. Petersen.   http://nukewatinfo.org/indexhtml

“The heartland of the US should be used to grow needed crops, not harbor weapons of mass destruction… As political elites pursue a new cold war and the menace of nuclear weapons continues to build, Nuclear Heartland: Revised Edition reliably extends our horizons for renewed nonviolent resistance.” – Kathy Kelly, author and Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

You can Meet the national WILPF Board Candidates


Elections for your board representatives are coming in November. Look for the envelope with your ballot materials around the third week of October. Members will be voting for three positions: Treasurer, Membership Development Chair, and At-Large.

On your ballot packet envelope, the mailing label will include your membership expiration date. If you’re not sure if your dues are current, contact the WILPF office at 617-266-0999. 

Meet-the-Candidates Conference Call

Date: Saturday, October 22

Time: 1:00 pm. Pacific Time, 3:00 Central, 4:00 Eastern

Call-in number: 1-641-715-3670

Access code: 107284

Although the board positions are not contested, your participation in the election sends a vote of confidence to the candidates. The candidates’ resumes and statements are posted at:
wilpfus.org/story/candidates-documents


On October 22, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions via conference call. The Nominating Committee welcomes your suggestions for questions to be put to the candidates.  Send your questions to
nominatingcommittee@wilpfus.org

WILPF stands with Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Pipeline 

On September 19, 2016, WILPF US and its Earth Democracy and Advancing Human Rights national issue committees issued a statement of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other First Nations who oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Water Is Life: WILPF US Stands with Water Defenders against the Pipeline. WILPF Eastbay SF stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Sanding Rock Sioux Tribe in protest of the oil pipeline going through their land and of the harsh police practices of the contractors. We support keep the “oil in the ground and protection of earth’s water .

“Pipeline transport of the volatile Bakken crude oil is far from safe. To date, hundreds of oil and gas, spills from pipeline ruptures have contaminated local and regional environments, seriously impacted surrounding communities and harmed public health. All pipeline projects overland, close to and under water sources pose an on-going threat to people and their communities from the point of extraction to transport to the refinery and beyond to points of distribution, consumption in the United State and to ports for export.”

Our own WILPF member Regina Birchem went to Standing Rock in September

 

You can participate in ONE WILPF CALLS. They are monthly member-led conference calls, and offer ways for members to connect, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. They focus on solutions, moving forward, and collaborating to make WILPF stronger and our work more visible.

If you have internet access and want to be notified of the next ONE WILPF call, you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would still like to join the call, please contact Annie at 510-339-1395 for the conference call phone number and access code.

Put the calls on your calendar now!

Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14

December 8th Call features Medea Benjamin of CODE PINK discussing how WILPF and Code Pink can work more closely and strategically in collaboration.

January 12th Call features Ray Acheson of REACHING CRITICAL WILL Program at WILPF’s United Nations Office, discussing how WILPF US members can work more strategically and collaboratively with RCW’s upcoming calendar of events and objectives.

February 9th Call features the MOST DANGEROUS WOMEN Book Group Discussion. See the Winter 2016 Peace & Freedom for more information about choices of books and authors.

 

EDITORIAL: ON THE PURSUIT OF POWER THROUGH VIOLENCE, AND THOSE WHO CONFRONT THIS

Ray Acheson | Reaching Critical Will of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom www.reachingcriticalwill.org

What is it about the current world order that is so compelling to some governments? Is it the relentless, illegal, and immoral bombardment in towns and cities in Syria and Yemen and Iraq and many other countries?

Is it the astronomically high numbers of forcibly displaced people (over 65 million) or of refugees (over 21 million)? Is it the increasing tensions between the leaders of countries like the United States and Russia that like to think of themselves as “superpowers” and flex their machismo through large, theatrical military exercises and threats of nuclear war?

This question comes to mind because, despite all the evidence suggesting that the world is on fire, a number of governments appear committed to driving aggressively forward on the path to more violence, more conflict, more poverty, more inequality, more misery, more death, and perhaps, ultimately, armageddon. We have the United Kingdom and United States selling billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia to bomb hospitals, schools, and homes in Yemen; Russia helping the Syrian government destroy Aleppo before the year’s end; and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) testing nuclear weapons saying it needs them for its security; the United States saying the DPRK is delusional whilst performing its own nuclear weapon tests and saying a nuclear weapons ban is polarizing and not credible.

The current economic and political profitability of war and violence and weapons is likely the core motivation for these countries’ positions in this forum and the world beyond. Fortunately, these states are vastly outnumbered and the majority has not been silent about their keenness to move forward across a number of disarmament agenda items. The determination to take action in the interest of humanity can be seen in the statements of those countries seeking to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, reach universalization of the instruments banning cluster munitions and antipersonnel landmines, effectively implement the Arms Trade Treaty, prevent the development of autonomous weapons, and establish new laws and regulations for drones, incendiary weapons, outer space, and the cyber sphere.

The majority of states support a nuclear weapon ban treaty, with the African Group, Arab Group, Caribbean Community, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Association of Southeast Asian Nations,as well as European states such as Austria, Ireland, and Liechtenstein and Pacific islands countries such as Fiji and New Zealand, supporting the OEWG recommendation to commence ban negotiations next year. To read the entire article and more, go to www.WILPF.org .

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WILPF Eastbay SF NEWS

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

September 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

GET Involved! Make a difference! Join our next planning meeting!

Oct 8, 10-12 am

San Francisco Main Library

Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

Call Betty to confirm, (415 931-1126 )

Join WILPF US members to hear our International President Kozue Akibayashi Monday, September 19 at 4 pm

This is a national call: To register link to Pre-Register Preregistration is required. You can send your questions for Kozue in advance to us at 1wilpfcalls@gmail.com.  

 You can join using just your phone, or for a more interactive experience, join the call with your phone and your computer. You’ll be able to see the notes and instructions on your computer screen if you use both the phone and the computer. Once you pre-register you will receive a reminder email the day before the call, and one hour before the call. Each will have your dial-in instructions and the link to click on your computer to join the social webinar part of the call. It’s easy! Join us, let your voice be heard.

WILPF International President Kozue Akibayashi Visits Bay Area!

A Report on the World Beyond War Conference in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, September 28 2016 –  6:30 PM San Jose Peace & Justice Center

48 S. 7th Street – 1/2 block north of San Jose State University

For a ride from the Diridon CalTrain Station in Downtown San Jose, and for more information about the event, contact Joan G 406-396-8039, joan@rujo.org

To carpool from the East Bay, send email to wilph@wilpfeastbay.org

Stand up to Endless War and Sending Arms to the Middle East

Currently, a vote on the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal is expected Tuesday. Call your senators and representatives now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

“I urge you to vote YES on SJ Res 39, the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal.”

Human Rights Watch says hundreds of civilians—including at least 200 children—have been killed so far in U.S.-enabled unlawful Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. But despite extensive documentation by Human Rights Watch of these violations, the US continues to fuel the conflict. After selling over $20 billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2015, some in Washington want to add another $1.15 billion dollars in arms sales. See WILPF International on this subject https://www.facebook.com/wilpf


Mass Mobilization Disrupted Urban Shield!

September 9, 2016, There was a disruption at the Urban Shield weapons expo in Pleasanton. 15 grassroots organizations joined the Stop Urban Shield Coalition to unite against global policing and militarization. As a SWAT training and weapons expo that brings together police units from across the country and world, Urban Shield seeks to increase the power of policing over our communities by expanding the tools, technology, weaponry, and tactics that are used to oppress people everywhere. But we are fighting back.

The mobilization against Urban Shield made an impact. The Alameda County Fairgrounds where the weapons expo was held was locked down like never before, with no business as usual. One of the police trainings that was scheduled to take place as part of Urban Shield was canceled! The collective action let the proponents (and profiteers) of Urban Shield know that our communities will meet the escalation of militarization of local police with resistance.
The coalitions report Urban Shield: Abandoning Hope not Building Hope was sent to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. This is part of our push to pressure this decision making body to stand on the right side of history and end Urban Shield. There is still a lot of work to be done and link to Stop Urban Shield Col for community meetings about next steps to put an end to Urban Shield! Sign the petition online –

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/stand-up-against-police-militarization-say-no-to-urban-shield
Sign the petition to end Urban Shield!

Almighty: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age”

Tri-Valley Cares Event
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2 PM

Book Premiere & Author Event with Dan Zak

Moderated by Marylia Kelley .

Books Inc. of Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

On July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Nicknamed the “Fort Knox of Uranium,” Y-12 was supposedly one of the most secure sites in the world, a bastion of warhead parts and hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium—enough to power thousands of nuclear bombs. The three activists—a house painter, a Vietnam War veteran, and an 82-year-old Catholic nun—penetrated the complex’s exterior with ease; their strongest tools were two pairs of bolt cutters and three hammers. Once inside, the pacifists hung banners, spray-painted biblical messages, and streaked the walls with human blood. Then they waited to be arrested.


In Almighty, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak analyzes the “Transform Now” ploughshares act in the context of America’s love-hate relationship to the bomb, from the race to achieve atomic power before the Nazis did to the solemn 70th anniversary of Hiroshima. At a time of concern about proliferation in such nations as Iran and North Korea, the U.S. arsenal is plagued by its own security problems. This life-or-death quandary is unraveled in Zak’s eye-opening account, with a cast that includes the biophysicist who first educated the public on atomic energy, the prophet who predicted the creation of Oak Ridge, the generations of activists propelled into resistance by their faith, and the numerous bureaucrats and diplomats who are trying to keep the world safe. Part historical adventure, part courtroom drama, part moral thriller, Almighty reshapes the accepted narratives surrounding nuclear weapons and shows that our greatest modern-day threat remains a power we discovered long ago.

More Info: (925) 443-7148, www.trivalleycares.org

CRUDE BEYOND BELIEF

The Fresno Branch of WILPF US held its DVD premiere of “Crude Beyond Belief.” This video was the outcome of a fracking tour led by Kern County water and air expert Tom Frantz and filmed by our local Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC).

In November 2015, the WILPF Fresno Branch received a minigrant from National WILPF to organize and film this fracking tour in California’s Kern County. Co-contributors to the venture included Fresnans Against Fracking and Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. We toured various fracking sites, open-pit holding ponds, and injection well sites near Bakersfield, Wasco, and Shafter.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” film attendees were amazed, saddened, and angered at what has been done to Mother Earth in the name of monetary profit and with no thought given to the long-term effects on the health and well-being of all inhabitants of the planet.

WILPF Fresno is offering copies of the DVD for sale to branches and other interested groups or individuals. Contact Jean Hays at skyhorse3593@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

WILPF East Bay/San Francisco stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protest of the oil pipeline going through their land and of the harsh police practices of the contractors. We support keep the “oil in the ground.”

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WILPF NEWS, Eastbay SF August 2016

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

August 2016

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

Contact us at:

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

wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting Saturday, Sept 10 10-12am

Rockridge Library, Oakland

Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

International WILPF President’s Visit: Kozue Akibayashi arriving in Bay area on Sept 27 for a two-day stay. Members are invited to an event in San Jose evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 pm to 9 pm at the San Jose Peace Center.  Members will be car pooling if you would like a ride email wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

This is the time of the year when we are reminded of the United States nuclear attacts on Japan at the end of WWII

Members of Eastbay and SF WILPF attended Berkeley Peace Lantern Ceremony and Dr Helen Caldicotts talk. Dr Caldicott spoke on

Sat., August 13 at the SF Main library. This was an excellent talk on the abolition of Nuclear weapons. You too can hear her by linking to a u-tube recording of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hSjloOXzXk&feature=youtu.be

A nuclear weapon free world: 71 years in the making, is there an end in sight?

WILPF has been a strong advocate for a ban on nuclear weapons and has argued for the elimination of nuclear weapons since they were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following is copied from the WILPF International web page www.wilpf.org

August 9, 2016

On this day in 1945, around 80,000 people died as a result of the detonation of a single bomb. Many more died from radiation-related illnesses in the weeks, months and decades that followed. The bomb, codenamed Fat Man, was the second of only two nuclear weapons to be used in warfare. The United States dropped the bomb on the Japanese city, Nagasaki. Now, 71 years later, nine countries possess approximately 15, 800 nuclear weapons – 15, 800 ticking time bombs – and are investing billions of dollars in modernisation programmes, threatening the world’s population for many years to come.

Never again..Next week, at the final session of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in Geneva, states may finally agree to start negotiations on a treaty banning these horrific weapons of mass destruction.

The chair of the OEWG officially presented his zero draft report on 5 August and the group will reconvene on 16, 17 and 19 of August to finalise and adopt the report.

If the OEWG agrees to recommend to the UN General Assembly in October that negotiations should begin on a ban treaty, negotiations could start as early as 2017. The vast majority of states support a legally-binding prohibition on nuclear weapons, due to the catastrophic humanitarian impact witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and as a result of nuclear testing.

The nuclear-armed states have refused to participate in the OEWG, demonstrating that they are nervous the process will succeed.

WILPF’s disarmament programme, Reaching Critical Will has attended the first two OEWG sessions in February and May 2016, and will be there again next week, as states debate the OEWG draft report and recommendations to take to the UN General Assembly in October. To keep up to date on the third and final session of the OEWG, subscribe to the First Committee mailing list.

On 5 August 2016, on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, WILPF hosted a webinar featuring key anti-nuclear campaigners, Ray Acheson, Director of Reaching Critical Will, Helen Caldicott, veteran anti-nuclear campaigner and WILPF Peace Women Laureate, and Daniel Högsta, International Network Coordinator of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

In this webinar, the anti-nuclear campaigners assessed the state of play of nuclear disarmament and discussed how the humanitarian approach to nuclear disarmament might be just what we need to move closer to a nuclear weapon-free world. The discussion was facilitated by Chris Henderson, Communications Coordinator of WILPF Australia. You can find a recording of the webinar here.

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear Disarmament call

The United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear Disarmament call on July 20 with a lot of information from WILPF member Jackie Cabasso and other panalists was recorded and you can link to it here . You can hear the entire discussion here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-zkLFA2Z54 

Cabasso is the Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator, Mayors for Peace; Abolition 2000 “founding mother”, and National Co-convener, United for Peace and Justice. Dr. Joseph Gerson, Director of Programs for the American Friends Service Committee’s Northeast Region and Director of AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program. Dr. Gerson attended the recent No to NATO, No to War! Counter-Summit in Warsaw, intern Poland. Dr. John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.

STOP THE TPP” There is still time to Call YOUR RESPRESENTATIVES

Right now, Congress is still considering approving the TPP, an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the US, more burning of rainforests for palm oil, less protections for American workers and less power of local governments to vote health and safety regulations.
But now there is a groundswell of opposition to the TPP Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose it.
The TPP is not just about trade — it is about growing the ability of global corporations to suppress democracy. Companies like Exxon want the power to sue our government in order to eradicate environmental and labor protections that discourage their profits — and the TPP would expand this power.
This international trade pact was negotiated in extreme secrecy among Pacific Rim nations like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan. Corporate executives were at the table, but environmental and labor groups were not — and of course, citizens of these countries had absolutely no say.
Just a few years ago, the TPP seemed like a done deal. But now it’s floundering and it’s looking less and less likely to pass, thanks to grassroots organizing around the country. Link to:
wilpfus.org/news/updates/one-more-push-be-sure-we-defeat-tpp

Wonderful new technology connects members to WILPF US actions and issues and others members.

You can join future “One WILPF calls by ?

Summery of the One WILPF August 18 chaired by the Nancy Price WILPF Earth Democracy committee. The Earth Democracy committee focus is on water, fighting Monsanto on glyphosate (roundup), dangers of fracking and movement of crude oil

For more information, action and organizing tools link to: For Earth Democracy WILPFus

wilpfus.org/our-work/earth-democracy-0

For Climate Justice+Women+Peace

http://wilpfus.org/our-work/earth-democracy/womenclimatepeace

For Human Right to Health and Safe Food

https://wilpfus.org/new/udates/human-right-health-and-safe-food-campaign-infographic-cards

FRACKING VIDEO PRODUCED BY FRESNO WILPF BRANCH IS AVAILABLE: “CRUDE BEYOND BELIEF “– $15 includes shipping. Send check made out to WILPF Fresno.

P. O. Box 5114, Fresno CA93755

WILPF US unanimously approved the Human Right to Health and Safe Food Resolution

It’s time to plan events and actions around the International Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly that will take place October 14-16, 2016, in The Hague to hold Monsanto accountable for “crimes against humanity” and “ecocide.”

Nancy has been asked to participate with our ally the Organic Consumers’ Association in planning for the tribunal. WILPF US unanimously approved the Human Right to Health and Safe Food Resolution at our 2014 National Congress and again at the 2015 International Congress.

Interested in leading at WILPFus : BOARD APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT 18th – Leave enough time to complete paperwork… need references and recommendations — 5 Board positions opening up in January. Election in Nov. SHARE the info! The details are at this website page: http://www.wilpfus.org/news/special-opportunity-apply-board-positions

Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches

  • Contact your member of Congress and demand REAL gun law reform: Tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 4269, a bill that would ban assault weapons.
  • Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
  • Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
  • Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.
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WILPF NEWSLETTER JULY

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

July 2016

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

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting in San Francisco

Saturday, July 9 10-12

for information email wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

THREE UPCOMING ANTI-NUCLEAR EVENTS

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 6:30–9 pm.

Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony

North end of Aquatic Park, west end of Addison St., Berkeley

 

Tuesday August 9 8AM

Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice

Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab

On Tuesday, August 9 at 8 AM, please join WILPF, Tri-Valley CAREs, the Livermore Conversion Project and other peace, justice and environmental groups for a major rally and nonviolent direct action at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab.

Exactly 71 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the people of Nagasaki, we will gather at the place where scientists are currently developing new and “modified” nuclear weapons. We will stand with Japanese Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors), Pacific Islanders, where the U.S. detonated more than 60 nuclear tests, and others impacted by deadly nuclear technology to proclaim, “Never Again! No Nukes!”  

The theme this year is “Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice.” We will gather at the northwest corner of the Lab (Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore).

This year’s rally features a very special keynote speaker, Tony deBrum, former foreign minister and present spokesperson for the Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Zero Lawsuits that seek to enforce Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty by compelling the nine nuclear weapons states to disarm.  Tony deBrum also serves his country as special envoy on climate change. We are also fortunate to be able to welcome guest speaker, Nobuaki Hanaoka, a Nagasaki A-bomb survivor and retired minister. The Livermore action will also include music and a traditional Japanese Bon dance at the Lab’s West Gate where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest.

Carpools are encouraged and there will be plenty of free parking. A limited number of vanpools will be set up from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station. You must call in advance to secure a seat on one of the vans. Phone Tri-Valley CAREs at (925) 443-7148 or email marylia@trivalleycares.org. You will receive a confirmation. The will also be a Peace Camp the night before at the Del Valle Regional Park reservoir just 10 miles from Livermore. Contact scott@trivalleycares.org to RSVP for the Peace Camp. A flier with nonviolence guidelines and additional information is available at www.trivalleycares.org.

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 PM

Nuclear Weapons: Can they be Abolished?

Dr. Helen Caldicott

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium,

100 Larkin St, San Francisco.

 

STOP THE TPP” Call YOUR RESPRESENTATIVE

Especially Barbara Lee. Ask her to reconsider her vote supporting TPP Rep.Barbara.Lee@mail.house.gov or call 510 763-0370.

Right now, Congress is considering approving an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the US, more burning of rainforests for palm oil, and less protections for American workers.
That international trade agreement is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was negotiated in extreme secrecy.
But now there is a groundswell of opposition to the TPP — hundreds of thousands of people have spoken out against it. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose it. If the Democratic Party were to oppose the TPP in its official platform, that may be its final death knell.
The TPP is not just about trade — it is about growing the ability of global corporations to suppress democracy. Companies like Exxon want the power to sue our government in order to eradicate environmental and labor protections that discourage their profits — and the TPP would expand this power.
This international trade pact was negotiated in extreme secrecy among Pacific Rim nations like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan. Corporate executives were at the table, but environmental and labor groups were not — and of course, citizens of these countries had absolutely no say.
Just a few years ago, the TPP seemed like a done deal. But now it’s floundering and it’s looking less and less likely to pass, thanks to grassroots organizing around the country.

 

GUN CONTROL:

Local and state governments and congress need our pressure to do the right things! Reminder: Continue the pressure to pass better gun control laws and especially an assault weapons ban to end the cycle of violence which threatens all of us and our communities.

Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches

  • Contact your member of Congress and demand REAL gun law reform: Tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 4269, a bill that would ban assault weapons.
  • Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
  • Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
  • Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.
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WILPF NEWSLETTER JUNE

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WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

June 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-Int ernational-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting

July 9 10-12

email wilpf@wlpfeastbay.org for directions

Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

DIABLO CANYON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO BE SHUT DOWN

Power Replaced by Renewables

California Going Nuclear-Free!

An historic agreement has been reached between Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors with greenhouse-gas-free renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources. Friends of the Earth says the agreement provides a clear blueprint for fighting climate change by replacing nuclear and fossil fuel energy with safe, clean, cost-competitive renewable energy.
The agreement, announced today in California, says that PG&E will renounce plans to seek renewed operating licenses for Diablo Canyon’s two reactors — the operating licenses for which expire in 2024 and 2025 respectively. In the intervening years, the parties will seek Public Utility Commission approval of the plan which will replace power from the plant with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources. Base load power resources like Diablo
Canyon are becoming increasingly burdensome as renewable energy resources ramp up. Flexible generation options and demand-response are the energy systems of the future.
By setting a certain end date for the reactors, the nuclear phase out plan provides for an orderly transition. In the agreement, PG&E commits to renewable energy providing 55 percent of its total retail power sales by 2031, voluntarily exceeding the California standard of 50 percent renewables by 2030.
“This is an historic agreement,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth*. “It sets a date for the certain end of nuclear power in California and assures replacement with clean, safe, cost-competitive, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage. It lays out an effective roadmap for a nuclear phase-out in the world’s sixth largest economy, while assuring a green energy replacement plan to make California a global leader in fighting climate change.” (posted June 21, 2016 by Kate Colwell)

Congratulations to our WILPF members and activists, particularly in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, who have fought hard for so many years to close down Diablo Canyon!

THREE ANTI-NUCLEAR EVENTS COMING UP

Saturday, July 2, 2:00 – 4:30 PM

Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change

Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St., FREE

Presented by The Peace and Freedom Party

In an age of endless war, economic crisis, and global warming, the provocative actions of the United States against nuclear armed Russia and China raise again the threat of nuclear annihilation. Our discussion of this important topic features two confirmed speakers from the Western States Legal Foundation, which has provided legal representation to antinuclear activists since 1982: Andrew Lichterman, Senior Research Analyst, and Phyllis Olin, Board President. Eugene Ruyle, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, CSU, Long Beach, will also speak

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 PM

Dr. Helen Caldicott on Nuclear Weapons: Can they be Abolished?

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco.

“Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished?” will be the theme of a free, public lecture by the famed activist Dr. Helen Caldicott It will include a Q&A session.

The event is jointly sponsored by the SF Public Library (BST Dept.) and the new Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament — made up of various peace groups organized by the SF-based War and Law League. For more information and a flier that can be circulated, see http://warandlaw.org.

Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician, better known as the world’s foremost antinuclear activist and the author of ten books, some of which may be available at the event. She has spent the last 45 years educating the public on nuclear perils. Her organizing of physicians in many lands culminated, in 1985, in a Nobel Peace Prize to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 6:30–9 p.m.

Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony

North end of Aquatic Park, west end of Addison St., Berkeley

August 6th and 9th are the 71st anniversaries of the world’ s first atomic bombings. In Japan and around the world, people will gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all victims of war, and all who have gone before us. This moving and beautiful tradition provides a chance to reaffirm our commitment to building a better future.

The Peace Lantern Ceremony is a volunteer-created event.

Sign up online today: www.peacelanterns.org/volunteer

email: Lanterns@ProgressivePortal.org Voice Mail: 510-595-4626

WILPF STANDS WITH THE VICTIMS OF THE ORLANDO LGBTQ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – US Section stands with the victims of the Orlando Florida PULSE LGBTQ Nightclub, and their families and against the homophobic hatred and fear that too many Americans express for the larger LGBTQ community, the immigrant community and Muslims in the US.


We affirm the right of all LGBTQ people to love freely and openly. We defend and assert the rights and contributions of all immigrants who are frequently under suspicion. We preserve the human and religious rights of all Muslims, whose peaceful religion is constantly suspect because of the actions of a few. We vehemently reject any threats to the humanity and dignity of any of us through violence and cultural hatred.  


The recent shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people underscores the destructiveness of hate, the refusal to recognize the rights, humanity, dignity, and equality of ALL persons. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (US) therefore, stands against any practices, policies, or beliefs that privilege only a few. In the midst of the current climate of hate, we mourn and stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ, Latin, and Muslim communities who have lost loved ones and against all acts that diminish their personhood.

In this struggle, we call all our local leaders and Congress to ban all assault weapons and pass stronger gun control laws, to end the cycle of violence which threatens all of us and our communities.

Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches

  • Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
  • Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
  • Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.
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Wilpf Newsletter May 2016

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

May 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org

WILPF US Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-Int ernational-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting

June 11th 10-4, San Francisco Main Library

Action: Join us every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm for a peace vigil

at Montgomery Street and Market Street in San Francisco.

We are joining with other peace groups like Code Pink and World Can’t Wait.

MEET THE PRESIDENT OF US WILPF JUNE 1st

Join us and meet United States WILPF President Mary Harrison. Join our branches on Wednesday, June 1 at 6pm in Palo Alto at University Lutheran Church, 1611 Stanford Ave.

Get to know our International WILPF president Madeleine Rees , hear her Ted talk from Lausanne on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJXGe4_Eh1A

PLANNING WOMEN WRITERS PEACE EVENT

WILPF San Francisco and East Bay are planning a Women Writers-Peace Event to coincide with International Women’s Day in March 2017. The theme : women coming together to build solidarity against war and for peace. This event, with a grant from WILPF-US, is being organized by the two branches with the help of KPFA radio show “Women’s Magazine” host Kate Raphael, Look for more details in future newsletters.

 

FEEDBACK FOR WILPF US PROGRAM

WILPF-US has asked members to give feedback for WILPF-US Program: Barbara Nielsen provided a packet of valuable information that included WILPF-US Principles and Policies ((1985), WILPF International Manifesto 2015, International Program 2015-2018, and the WILPF-US Program Strategic Plan (draft). The latter is up for discussion and input from members until the end of May. WILPF-US members and branches have been asked to submit input on this Plan by the end of May. To give feedback you can obtain these documents by requesting them: email Barbara Nielsen: bin.sf.ca@gmail.com

Six Months after the Global Study:

from a Politics of Fear to Solidarity and Justice

Abigail Ruane, Director of WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security program,

“The political climate around the world right now would be almost absurdly comical if it were not terrifying,” writes Abigail Ruane, in her editorial to this month’s E-News from PeaceWomen. Read the WILPF PeaceWomen’s website. www.Peacewomen.org

 

Editorial: “It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since WILPF mobilized 1,000 activists from 80 countries at our centennial peace summit around women’s power to stop war. It’s hard to believe it is also now half a year since the launch of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) Global Study. Six months to a year,

“The political climate around the world right now would be almost absurdly comical if it were not terrifying. In the United States, the purportedly premier global superpower, the Republican party presidential nominee is now officially Donald Trump – who has openly supported torture, called immigrants “rapists,” and stated that women should be “punished” for having abortions. In the Philippines, the president-elect is Rodrigo Duterte, who has openly supported death squads and shoot-to-kill orders and in Europe, the refugee crisis is stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and the closing of borders.

“Misogyny, xenophobia, and fascism are running rampant. Public affairs has started to feel like the world is a giant schoolyard with administrators who may have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, but certainly are not taking any action to implement it. Meanwhile, bullies manipulate bystanders into stepping aside rather than standing in solidarity against violence.”

“But non-violent action requires solidarity for impact. So, to move beyond a politics of fear, we must all find ways to act in solidarity to uphold the rights of those most marginalized in all ways we have at our disposal.”

“As we reflect on the three peace and security reviews at the UN conducted this year, including on UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, solidarity requires taking action on gender issues as a perennially neglected priority. It means making and delivering on strong commitments of gender equality and peace at next week’s World Humanitarian Summit. It means rejecting creeping militarism and demanding equal protection from forced conscription for men, women, and gender-queer people. It means addressing indigenous issues from a gender and disarmament perspective. And it means bringing an inter-sectional gender perspective that addresses a wide range of marginalized experiences in the WPS agenda more generally.”

Six months on from the Global Study, the evidence base remains firm, but the rising politics of fear requires solidarity for change. Together, we can overcome. How will you be an ally?

MONEY & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are being asked TODAY to consider a meaningful gift that helps defray WILPF-US costs and expands funds for program and branch support.

  • If you are inspired by the energy and raw courage of our DISARM leaders and program committees and see WILPF leaders moving in the direction that needs our support, now is the time to dig in and contribute to expand the Craigslist “Pop-Up Donation” Challenge!
  • If just 100 of us give $100, we’ll reach our goal by Memorial Day, a fitting deadline for peace organizing. But ANY amount will help meet our goal. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Pop-Up Donation Challenge, go to:

http://wilpfus.org/story/make-tax-deductible-donation-pop-challenge

To make a tax-deductible donation by check, make the check out to WILPF-US and write “Pop-Up Challenge” on it. Mail to:

Peace Development Fund, PO Box 40250, San Francisco CA 94140


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