Work to Advance Peace, Justice and Human Rights
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Instead of our usual December meeting, we are planning an end-of-year relaxed and festive gathering to review what we have accomplished in 2017 and to make plans for 2018. We will meet at a member’s home and will share a potluck lunch. Please RSVP by responding to this email. If you need a ride, just let us know and we will contact you.
Are you an active member of WILPF? If you are a member in good standing, you should have received the National WILPF ballot (due November 18th!). Peace and Freedom Magazine, and regular action emails from WILPF-US. If you want to join or renew on-line, go to wilpfus.org and click “Join or Renew.” Look for a letter from us in your mailbox in December, which details information for membership and additional donations, and provides a self-addressed envelope for those wanting to mail in their renewals and donations.
Anti-Military/Recruitment Work in High Schools:
WILPF gets active
June Brumer, our guest speaker, gave us a very inspiring presentation on her over 20 years of wonderful work at various East Bay public high schools to let students know what the military and war is really like, and to give them information about alternatives to joining the military. She worked with Grandmothers Against the War and veterans groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War. Under the “No Child Left Behind” law, schools must allow military recruiters on campus, but then campus must also be open to counter-recruiters.
June would go to schools and talk to teachers or counselors to get permission to talk to students in the classroom setting. She and another person with GAW would do an introduction, then show a 20 min. DVD from AFSC, and then the veteran would speak from personal experience and answer questions. They provided the kids with informational literature and a card that had on it questions to ask the recruiter.
In Q&A, we asked if 18 year olds still had to register for the draft, and yes, all males must take the initiative and go to the Post Office to get form. She recommends they put down “conscientious objector” on that form. A resource for this is the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy at www.studentprivacy.org Also, students can now opt out of the armed services aptitude test.
Action: Our branches agreed to take on this project. As we move forward, we might apply for a mini-grant to contact other branches and maybe put together a training video. If you are interested in this project, respond to this email and join us.
In response to fears of an impetuous Presidential action WILPF-US is supporting HR 669 “the no first strike” bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. Call your congress persons. WILPF endorsed and helped pass the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons which was not endorsed by the US but was approved by 120 countries. ACTION: Add your name and get your friends to sign the WILPF petition supporting the Nuclear Weapons Ban and send it to your friends and contacts:
WANT TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE IN LOBBYING CONGRESS?
WILPF supports and recommends the training material on effective lobbying by the Friends Committee on National Legislation at https://www.fcnl.org/
Want to get involved and informed? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They 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. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at email@example.com If you have not yet joined our ONE WILPF calls, add them to your calendar, The second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm PST. The next call will be Thursday,December 14
WILPF OPPOSITION TO NAFTA
NAFTA was discussed on the November 9th ONE WILPF Call with WILPF member Nancy Price. Nancy talked about actions that all Branches are encouraged to take to oppose the new NAFTA . Branches should plan to visit their members of Congress between Nov. 17 and Nov. 27 when they are back in their home districts with information on past problems with NAFTA, and let them know about WILPF’s opposition and ideas for a NAFTA replacement. Nancy has sent out material with tips when visiting Congress people and anti-NAFTA talking points for each state, using a map to click on your state. It was decided to plans visits with other organizations like the Sierra Club, that has a formulated position on trade issues.
Here are some links: NAFTA Fact Sheet:
http://labornotes.org/2017/10/nafta-talks-whats-deal and https://www.globalresearch.ca/nafta-talks-falter-time-to-increase-pressure/5614061
Individual Member action: Call your Representative and Senators and thank him/her for their stand on “No” TPP. For those Congress Members who were wavering on a “Yes” vote, make clear you support fair trade that puts people and the planet first, based on environmental and climate justice, and strong human, labor and civil rights. Nancy and Marybeth Gardam have prepared a letter template for individual members to use. Just put in your Congressional representative’s name and contact info. and send off or deliver in person. It includes the Citizen’s Trade Campaign’s NAFTA demands, see https://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/ for CTC info.
For a comprehensive discussion, link to WILPF publication “Final push to stop the TPP” http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Final-push-to-stop-TPP.html?soid=1121720227619&aid=PgczIk1ggeQ
ONE WILPF Calls are archived
Find archived previous call notes at: http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls
GET INVOLVED! JOIN WILPF-US COMMITTEES!
Want to work to end all wars and abolish nuclear weapons? Want to convert the military budget into a peace budget? Want to work toward climate justice and security? Want to help end racism and bigotry? WILPF-US issue committees have list-serves that people can join to find out what the committee is doing, and when meetings are.
Go to the link below to read about the committees and, e-mail the chairs to ask to be added to their lists: http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work
ICAN (Int’l campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.) Nobel Peace Prize was accepted by our own International WILPF leader Beatrice Fihn
Celebrate International Human Rights Day Sunday Dec 10 by listening to the interview of Beatrice Fihn ( Beatrice Fihn, Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Link here to see her interview  https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/browse/ican-wins-nobel-peace-prize/vi-AAsZauE
In 2009, Fihn participated in an internship at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and was involved in the work of the Conference on Disarmament and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Fihn returned to WILPF in 2010, working with the Reaching Critical Will Programme, until becoming the Executive Director of ICAN in 2014.
Our WILPF branches recommends “No” on the International WILPF reorganization plan
WILPF-US Section will be responding to the “Discussion Paper on Strengthening the Governance of WILPF” by November 15 as requested by WILPF International. Barbara Nielsen said the proposal is almost identical to another proposal in 2013 that was soundly defeated at the 2015 WILPF-International Congress. Basically it shrinks the governing body of WILPF Int’l, called the “International Board” or IB from 33 Sections to 6 Regional representatives from Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the Americas. Biggest objections when presented before: It takes power from Sections and members, and the global south not well represented (Eg., the Americas region is U.S., Canada and Latin American sections in WILPF). Sections could be by-passed entirely if their regional representative does not communicate well with them. We discussed various reasons this re-structuring is bad and voted to oppose.
New address for wilpf east bay
P. O. Box 13083
Oakland, CA 94661
WILPF US: PO Box 13075
Des Moines, IA 50310
National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,