Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
With the risk of war magnifying,
The Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 ½ minutes before midnight,
set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists see http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard
Get involved! Become better informed! Resist!
Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, September 9th 10am-noon
Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland (near Rockridge BART)
Actions: 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)
Join us to Hear Maxine Hong Kingston Reflect on Our Times
Sunday, September 17th 3-5pm
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley (at Ashby BART)
Event is free, wheelchair accessible, refreshments served, all are welcome
The East Bay-San Francisco branches of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is honored to have Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated author and professor of creative writing at UC Berkeley, as the final speaker in our Peace Talks series. She will reflect on her life and writing, on immigration, war, peace, and activism. She will be in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.
Kingston’s first book, a memoir entitled The Woman Warrior, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Both books are still widely taught in literature and other classes. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton. Her most recent books are The Fifth Book of Peace and I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. Kingston is Senior Lecturer Emerita for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. In July 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.
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WILPF Disarm Committee is Moving to End both Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power under the Slogan “End the Whole Nuclear Era”
In response to fears of impetuous Presidential action WILPF-US is supporting “the no first strike” bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. Write your Congress Members NOW:
As President, Donald Trump now has sole authority to launch any of 4,000 nuclear weapons. If his first months in office are any indication – he can’t even decipher between allies and adversaries, let alone control his temper. In fact, nuclear risk scientists recently moved the Doomsday Clock hands to 2.5 minutes before midnight – the closest the world has been to a nuclear war since the US and Russia tested hydrogen bombs in 1953.
US Senator Ed Markey and US Representative Ted Lieu have introduced a bill in Congress to “prohibit any president from launching a first-strike nuclear weapon without a declaration of war from Congress.” Please support the Markey-Lieu bill to protect the national security interests of the United States and prevent nuclear war – either by accident or a temper tantrum.
Join our ONE WILPF CALLS
Can’t come to local WILPF branch meetings but want to get involved? 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. They are held the second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm PST. The next call will be September 14th.
Help our branch win the July-October Contest. A prize is offered to the branch with the most ONE WILPF CALL attendees joining the call for the first time during the four months of July through October 2017.The branch to have the most number of NEW people on the ONE WILPF CALL will win a DVD of Noam Chomsky’s Requiem for the American Dream. This DVD would make a great gift or a film to show in a program meeting. Chomsky is a national treasure.
If you don’t have internet access but would like to join the call, please call Sandy 510-967-9622 for the call phone number & access code.
Find archived previous call notes at:
HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT
Emergency rapid response teams in SF 415-200-1548
in East Bay 510-241-4011
Free Legal Help for Immigrants https://www.adminrelief.org/legalhelp/
Helpful advice DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR IF AN IMMIGRATION AGENT KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR. If the agent says they have an arrest warrant, ask them to pass it under the door so you can verify the name and if it is signed by a judge.
DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE IMMIGRATION AGENTS IF THEY TRY TO TALK WITH YOU. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to talk with a lawyer before you answer them.
If ICE comes, immediately call Rapid Response Team in SF 415 200-1548, East Bay 510 241-4111
EVERYONE HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Do not speak to ICE if they try to talk with you.
Do not open the door if they have no order signed by a judge with your exact name. Do not sign anything that ICE gives you to sign. Do not run away from ICE. Do not tell ICE where you are from.
Do not lie, just say “I do not want to talk with you.” If you are detained, ask for a lawyer.
GET INVOLVED JOIN WILPF US COMMITTEES
WILPF-US committees like Disarm/End Wars, Advancing Human Rights, etc. have lists– serves that people can get on to find out what the committee is doing, when meetings are. Go to link below to read about the committees and e-mail the chairs to add you to their lists: http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work
Below is an excerpt from a letter sent to members by Mary Hanson Harrison, national President of the US Section of WiLPF. A full report on the Congress will be sent to members soon.
Bending the Arc Toward Justice
It is fortuitous that we recently held our 33rd Triennial Congress that focused on Jane Addams’s imperative “to learn to use our moral energy to create a new sort of force in this world.” It is certainly time to put that FORCE TO WORK!
As I was unpacking some boxes filled with our Congress materials, I picked up Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need and remembered her transformative postscript for Canada: “The Leap Manifesto.” Indeed, it states the value system that demands a leap of imagination; to imagine a world built on the intention of “caring for the Earth and One Another.” It also serves as a complement to our program for “Women Organizing for Action” and our WILPF Manifesto 2015. Klein’s ongoing indictment of Trump’s use of “SHOCK capitalism” is even more applicable right now, as he has leads us into the tragedy of “fire and fury” and a “lock and loaded” world. She reminds us: “We can…shock the hell out of ourselves – by being united, focused and determined…. By refusing to be afraid, no matter how much we are tested.”
At our Congress, ninety attendees listened, presented, discussed, debated, and came together to RISE UP! The program challenged us to think globally and locally; from Syria, to Yemen, to banning nuclear weapons, to organizing in urban Chicago and how that organizing informs our work in our own communities, and from labor unions to Hull House, where Addams gathered together “the first national group dedicated to organizing women workers, Women’s Trade Union League.” All of which the plenary speakers brought home to us through their own experience and expertise, pointing us towards areas where we must move forward.
WILPF votes at Congress to support Hamas at the peace table. For more info link to : http://wilpfus.org/documents/Hamas/WILPF_Hamas_Booklet.pdf
7 Things You Can Do in Response to Charlettesville
- Find or plan a solidarity vigil or event, or join a group near you. Gathering in person matters. Good resources to help include Indivisible. Show up and give what you can of your time and resources.
- Sign petitions to remove confederate symbols across the country and spur government action, like this one at Color of Change.
- Enroll and encourage others to take a race equity training. Here’s one offered by RaceForward. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has excellent resources here as does The Bridge at The Aspen Institute.
- Learn more about hate groups in America by visiting the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Review Having Uncomfortable Conversations: A New Communications Imperative from Anusha Alikhan at the Knight Foundation.
- Have a look at my conversation with Trabian Shorters. He makes the case that the racial narratives that inform and guide lots of orgs committed to doing good are wrong.
- OK — one more — this new Vice News account of Charlottesville is unlike anything I’ve seen elsewhere. As a former CNN and ABC News alum, I’m in awe of what they’ve captured and shared. This is NOT pleasant or easy to see. You should probably see it.
A parting thought — from John F. Kennedy — “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,