Wilpf news July 2015

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
July 2015

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
WILPF US Facebook page Link and share https://www.facebook.com/wilpf

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It’s Time to Party!
Come help us celebrate the
100th anniversary of WILPF
Save Saturday, August 8th 1-3pm
call Sandy 510 482-1258 or respond to this email to get the address and RSVP

Join us to celebrate our Centennial at a garden party potluck. Good food, conversation, a rousing sing-along and a play about the Hague! Space is limited so kindly RSVP by responding to this email or calling Sandy 510-482-1258 for the address and directions. East Bay member Anne Henny has kindly offered her home/backyard for the party.

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Join us commemorating the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 6:30–9:00 pm.

70th Anniversary of Hiroshima (Aug. 6) & Nagasaki (Aug. 9) Atomic Bombings
North end of Aquatic Park, Berkeley. This is a lovely event for families.
Respond to this email if you need a ride.

 

FIGHTING DRONE WARFARE AND THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom hosted two activists from the Code Pink organization at the Rockridge library on July 11th.
Toby Blome and Eleanor Levine, activists working with Code Pink, led a discussion about what we can do to fight drone warfare around the world and the militarization of local police in our own communities.
Levine spoke about militarization which she considers to be state terrorism. It is challenging constitutional rights, it puts too many people in jail for minor offenses, more than any other country. It promotes secret surveillance of individuals and groups, it arms local police with military-style weapons. She states that 500 people have been killed by police in the United states most being people of color.
Militarism takes money out of education, infrastructure and green jobs. She asked “Where did we get to the point where prisoners generate money and the military generates money and these have nothing to do with the needs of people.”
Blome spoke that the nations reliance on done warfare in the Middle East is threatening the country security. The flying of remote controlled aircraft often kill unintended targets and terrorize communities tribes and families. “The US government is giving itself the right to assassinate people with no judges. We are creating a dangerous and unsafe world.” There is price the remote drone flyers pay as well many have symptoms of PTSD.
“Doing nothing ..even if you absolutely hate what’s going on… doing nothing is not going to help anything.” Blome invited the audience to participate in monthly protests at Bease Air Force Bace near Marysville where many drones are piloted.

To link to the original Contra Costa times article about the event:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/my-town/ci_28489291/rockridge-code-pink-activists-speak-militarization-drones

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

Support Peace in the Middle East

Republicans are attacking the deal that President Obama and world leaders negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program.

Rep. Barbara Lee, spoke up for the negotiations just two months ago, signing the pro-diplomacy Schakowsky letter. Representative Lee is a life member of WILPF. Their voice is needed in support of diplomacy now.

Call your representatives now 1 800 2243121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:
“I am calling from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and I urge my representative to speak up forcefully now in defense of the Iran nuclear agreement reached by President Obama and world leaders, and to vigorously oppose Republican efforts to attack the deal.”

Women Peace Makers and the Walk Across the DMZ
Gwyn Kirk
Sunday Sept 13 2-4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium
This is a public event, all are invited
Save this date and invite friends!!!
Refreshments served. Wheelchair accessible.

Gwyn Kirk is an activist with Women and Genuine Security, a movement she helped start. It is based on justice and respect for others across race, class, gender and national boundaries. They strategize for economic planning that meets people’s needs, especially women and children. They work toward the creation of a society free of militarism, violence, and all forms of sexual exploitation, and for the safety, well-being, and long-term sustainability of our communities.
“In 1996, I heard Okinawan women speaking about the US military presence in their small islands, especially the many acts of violence against women and children, and the environmental destruction caused by preparations for war”, says Gwyn.
Their presentation inspired an international meeting in Okinawa in 1997 and the beginning of what has become the International Women’s Network Against Militarism that links activists and scholars from Guam, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and continental USA. Gwyn is a founder member of this Network and the US-based group, Women for Genuine Security, affiliated with it.
She is also a fabric artist. In 2005, She was part of creating a fashion show as a popular way to talk about militarism. Also, she was a U.S. project associate for 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, that showcased the work of 1,000 women from 150 nations who work for peace and justice. Currently she is on the coordinating committee of Militarism Watch formed to help increase research that serves activism against US militarization, and on the organizing committee for Women Walk for Peace in Korea.

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Wilpf Eastbay San Francisco NEWS Letter June 2015

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
JUNE 2015

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
WILPF US Facebook page Link and share https://www.facebook.com/wilpf

FIGHTING DRONE WARFARE AND THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE
Saturday, JULY 11th 1-3pm
Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland (5 blocks south of Rockridge BART)

Please join East Bay and SF Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Toby Blome, an activist working with Code Pink, will lead a discussion about what we can do to fight drone warfare around the world and the militarization of local police in our own communities.

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

Link here for interview with Toby Blome
http://www.codepink.org/shut_down_creech_interview_with_toby_blome

It’s Time to Party!

Come help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of WILPF
Save Saturday, August 8th 1-3pm

a short walk from the North Berkeley BART station

Join us to celebrate our Centennial at a garden party. Good food, conversation, a rousing sing-along and more. Space is limited so kindly RSVP by email to get address : wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org or calling Sandy 510 482-1258.

Congratulations to the 62nd Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees
http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her family’s fight for desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers is the winner in the Books for Younger Readers Category.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield and also published by Abrams Books for Young Readers is the winner in the Books for Older Readers Category. Both books tell true stories of young people’s role in ending segregated schools before the Brown vs. School Board decision.

Whispering Town written by Jennifer Elvgren and illustrated by Fabio Santomauro and published by Kar-Ben Publishing tells the story of a young child in a small town in Nazi-occupied Denmark that united to smuggle Jews out of the country. Perfectly balancing the dread of the situation with the heroism of the townspeople, this book is an excellent introduction to the subject matter for young children.

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers tells the story of the Christmas Truce in the trenches of WWI. The powerful story conveys the futility of war and the powerlessness of individual soldiers who are nonetheless united in eking out a moment of shared humanity amid chaos.

Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Older Children category.

Revolution by Deborah Wiles published by Scholastic Press uses a unique format that incorporates primary source documents and song lyrics from the 1960’s with more conventional novel narration to tell the story of Freedom Summer through the eyes of young people whose worlds are turning upside down. Primarily told through the voice of Sunny, a young white girl, depth and perspective are added to the narrative through Raymond, a black boy, and a third-person narrator.

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a complex book that uses free verse poetry to give a voice to the many lives touched by the creation of the Panama Canal including the workers from the Caribbean, indigenous people, employees from the U.S., and even the jungle itself, conveying a story of profound injustice and inequality – and a fight for basic human rights.

Protecting Democracy and the Public Interest from Secret Trade Agreements
A Statement by International WILPF from the Hague

The 31st Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 22-24 April 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands:
Expresses concern that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) encompass most of the world’s economy and affect 1.5 billion people yet are being negotiated in secret between government and corporate lobbyists;
Believes these agreements enable the transfer of wealth from public to private sectors, putting investor rights over the rights of people, communities and nations;
Rejects the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which puts corporations on an equal footing with national governments, whereby foreign multinational corporations can bypass domestic courts to sue a national government in a secret international court, claiming national laws adversely affect their profits;
Condemns the “Regulatory Coherence” provision, whereby each TPP country and the EU Commission under the TTIP must adjust their regulations to match provisions of the agreement, meaning many nations will be forced to lower their standards;
Believes these agreements will exacerbate global warming and extreme weather events by increasing long-distance transport of goods, from moving jobs and manufacturing to countries with low labor standards and environmental laws;
Believes these agreements will adversely impact families and workers by lowering safe food, agricultural and chemical use standards, decrease affordable generic medicine and healthcare, privatise and increase the cost of essential public services, challenge government protections for workers, consumers, and the environment, and reject financial regulation;
Calls for the immediate public release of complete texts of the TPPA and TTIP;
Calls for the rejection of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions; and
Demands fair trade based on human rights, democratic principles and social, economic, gender and climate justice.
http://www.wilpfinternational.org/wilpf_statements/protecting-democracy-and-the-public-interest-from-secret-trade-agreements/

Become part of the 100th Anniversary International WILPF Conference
Read the Manifesto, which begins:

We, members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,
on the centenary of our foundation, pay tribute to the courageous and far-sighted
women who, amid the carnage of the First World War, took a bold initiative for
peace and brought our movement into being. We affirm their belief that women have a particular interest in stopping war and particular skills we can bring to the task. We remain convinced that the achievement of peace, and the achievement of equality and justice for all people, together with the full inclusion and representation of women in all our diversity, are inseparable goals.

We affirm their belief that women have a particular interest in stopping war and particular skills we can bring to the task. We remain convinced that the achievement of peace, and the achievement of equality and justice for all people, together with the full inclusion and representation of women in all our diversity, are inseparable goals.
After one hundred years that have brought another World War, five times more deadly than the first, the invention of the most destructive weapons ever known, increasing militarization, and the emergence of new kinds of armed actor and conflict, we renew WILPF’s commitment to eradicating war by addressing its root causes.

To see a copy of the complete Manifesto, go to:
http://www.womenstopwar.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Draft-6-edited_1_correctedpdf.pdf

For a summary of the Conference, go to:
http://www.womenstopwar.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Conference-Summary-Final.pdf

WILPF-EAST BAY and SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
June 13, 2015, 10:00 am to Noon, Rockridge Library, Oakland
1. Presentation on Activism Successes by Margot Smith:
Margot is a former Gray Panthers president and a current WILPF member. She shared a paper she wrote entitled, “Organizing Seniors for Action: a Practical Guide” (hand-out available). She reminded us that in the beginning (1915, pre-vote), WILPF was novel—women organizing for political action. Although we still have a ways to go, esp. in the workplace, women are very active politically today. Margot emphasized that WILPF’s biggest problem today is visibility. How do we attract younger members? Our public meetings with speakers that of interest to all ages are one way, identifying as WILPF at public events, T-shirts, hats, signs/posters, Web and Facebook pages (national WILPF has, local has webpage), use of list serves. Also good press releases for our events important: clear and concise: who, what, when, where and why to media: press, radio, TV, online. At www.mondotimes.com you can buy a media list for your area. Having a good press packet important that includes some background information, content of event/message, and contact people. Communicate in big print, 12 or 14 size, use postcards to reach people. Her Guide contains more specific information.

2. Develop a Calendar of meetings, events and actions through 2015 and into 2016:

– Saturday, July 11, 1 to 3 pm – WILPF event: Toby Blome, WILPF member and Code Pink activist invited to speak at Rockridge library meeting room on militarization of police. Regina said we should have a WILPF action connected with the presentation–Could be signing a petition, sending postcards to key people. Toby could let us know best action. WILPF-East Bay will take lead on logistics and publicity for this event: Press release (Margot), postcards and/or e-mails to members. Literature for event can include copies of WILPF brochure, Peace and Freedom national newsletter, local newsletter, copies of Proclamations (SF and East Bay), latest E-news from National.
– Saturday, August 8 Meeting (11 am to Noon) and 100th Anniversary PARTY (1 pm to 3 pm?): A member kindly offered her home/backyard for the meeting and party if number of party guests do not exceed about 30. We do want to make calls to members to invite to party (and check-in with them in general).
– September Event in SF, date to be determined: Betty will invite WILPF member Gwyn Kirk to speak on the women crossing the Korean DMZ that took place Sun. May 24. Regina recommended making this a broader presentation on the role of women peace makers starting with WILPF origins in WWI, Vietnam, Palestine, Nobel laureates, etc. This could be done as an introduction to Gwyn’s presentation or with other speakers. If anyone has ideas on whom else to invite, please contact Regina. Betty will discuss with Gwyn too.
– Regional or Cluster Meeting on October 3 or 10: Barbara N. will arrange a telephone conference call the week of June 22 with interested parties (us) plus Millee Livingston and Theresa Cole (Sierra Foothills/Sac.), Nancy Abbey (Santa Cruz) and Peninsula WILPFers to decide if & when we want a regional or cluster meeting.
– October 10 regular planning meeting: If no regional meeting that day. In SF
– November 14 regular planning meeting:
– December 12 regular planning meeting: Location TBD. This will be a planning meeting for 2016 events AND details for the big Authors Event in March (see below).
– January 2016 event: Annie has an idea around a peace group that informs about social media usage like Twitter.
– February 13 regular planning meeting: Location TBD. Last minute details for March event
– March “100th + Anniversary” Women Authors Event: This will be a BIG event with both Branches working on all aspects: getting speakers, logistics, outreach, etc. The immediate planning committee: Mirk, Barbara N. in SF, Margot (media) and Anne in East Bay, plus Kate Raphael of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine who will be our main contact with authors. Any ideas for authors who write on peace topics can be sent to Mirk. Venues discussed included First Congregational Church of Berkeley, David Bower Center, Unitarian Universalist church/center in SF (also, Koret Auditorium, Main Library SF). Will need to check capacity and cost for each.

3. Jane Addams Book Awards: Both our branches order two sets of the books each year and donate them to our city libraries (Berkeley, Oakland and SF). Recommended that we create a news release about it and get it into the library newsletters. Also, in the future we could have a table with information on the JAPA award winning books at the book festivals in Berkeley and Oakland and SF–possibly Litquake. Need to find out cost for a table at these events.

4. International Program Document: Regina reported that there is a draft of this three year document that was discussed at The Hague gathering in April. She recommended that we get a copy, review it and make it a focal point for any Regional or Cluster meeting. Could also be posted on our website(s).

5. The Othering and Being Conference Follow-up: Regina told us about this conference at the last meeting where over 700 people were in attendance. Its themes included both inclusion and how we are “other”/differ from each other, equality, racial biases. There is a collection of comprehensive, educational videos (about 10) on all the workshop topics that Regina recommends we take a look at. She sent us the link to them and will do again. We can put the link on our website, and Annie asked Regina to write a paragraph about the conference for the next newsletter.

6. Program Committee: Annie does both our newsletter and updates the website. She would like to relinquish the role of program committee coordinator. Anyone else willing to take this over?

7. Lois Flood’s Isadora Duncan Performance: We decided to not host, but could let people know about any upcoming performances.

8. Announcements: Barbara B announced the Northern CA Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism annual Banquet, Sunday, October 4, 1 to 4 pm at the Redwood Gardens in Berkeley. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is the guest speaker on U.S. and colonization. All invited.

9. Next PUBLIC EVENT: Saturday, July 11, 1-3pm at Rockridge Library – Talk by Toby Blome

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WILPF Eastbay San Francisco May 2015 Newsletter

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

May 2015

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

For a copy of the minutes of our latest planning meeting email us at the above address

SF and East Bay Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Join us at our next meeting is June 13th 10:00-12:00 at Rockridge Library

5366 College Ave, Oakland, CA., 94618. 5 blocks south of Rockridge BART

We have invited former Gray Panthers President Margot Smith to kick off our annual long- range planning meeting to discuss Activism Successes.

Come have a voice in WILPF

Trans Pacific Partnership ACTION Still Needed

The Senate has passed the TPP fast track bill. Now the fight is in the House. Contact your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a secret, massive, controversial agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors and disappointingly by President Obama. This deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, affect the internet, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Call, write or visit your local House representative and urge them to stop fast track authority to the President to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Barbara Lee has spoken on CSPAN against TPP. Once again Barbara Lee, a member of East Bay WILPF, speaks for us!!

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4481607/rep-barbara-lee-discusses-dangers-tpp-fast-track

WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands

April 27-29, 2015

WILPF celebrates its 100th birthday

The Hague in April 2015 was the location for the Conference of the Century for women peacemakers, activists, students, feminists, and human rights defenders to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century. For more information read downloadable presentations sent by email last week from WILPF SF East Bay titled “Download presentations …Hague” and /or the WILPF International web site go to:

http://www.womenstopwar.org/

 

San Francisco Supervisors celebrate WILPF’s 100th birthday with a Proclamation read on April 28th. The Berkeley City Council celebrated with WILPF on May 26 reading a Proclamation. It was a crowded meeting and folks were very supportive. Thanks to Anne Politeo, Betty Traynor and Judith Mirkinson of the San Francisco WILPF Branch and Judy Nakadegawa from East Bay WILPF for their efforts to get this wonderful acknowledgement.

 

Help us Prevent an Open-ended Authorization for Continuing the

Never- ending War on Terror.

The U.S. Congress is considering another “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (AUMF) — a broad approval for more war. These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, assaults on the natural environment and the public budget , and excuses for curtailing civil liberties.
Please
Click here to oppose any new AUMF to sign the following statement for delivery to the media and Congress:


“We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.”

Call your senators at Dianne Feinstein 415-393-0707 or write One Post St, suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104. To contact Barbara Boxer call 510-286-8537 or write 70 Washington St, suite 203 Oakland, CA 94697

WILPF’s has a Facebook page which posts about 3 times a week and is well written: See https://www.facebook.com/wilpf  and then spread the word about some of the many positive things WILPF US is doing by sharing the posts with your friends.

Announcements: JAPA Children’s Book Awards available www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba

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Wilpf news March/april 2015

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

March, April  2015

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

Reminder WILPFus is on Facebook with frequent statements, petitions, etc.

See: https://www.facebook.com/wilpf

Those of us on Facebook should get this out to our F/B Friends.

(Facebook page announced the new WILPF Peacewomen webpage: http://www.peacewomen.org/ )

Trans Pacific Partnership ACTION Needed

If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards and give the president power to sign off without congressional knowledge. … and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands

April 27-29, 2015

WILPF celebrates its 100th birthday

 

You can join WILPF members and other women peace activists in The Hague in April 27-29, for the Conference of this Century. This will be the place for activists, students, peacemakers, feminists, human rights defenders to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century.

Breaking news: The Conference April 27 -29 will be broadcast live on Democracy Now! KPFA radio 94.1and the entire Conference  April 27-29 will be audio streamed in partnership with Voice Republic starting at 10 am CET. (nine hours ahead ) You can go to Voice Republic site and link as a pod cast. Or watch for the link to the archived audio sessions from the Conference at wilpfus.org once the programs have begun.

You’ll have a chance to see and hear Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!), Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, WILPF Secretary-General Madeleine Rees, Radhika Coomaraswamy and Cynthia Enloe.

April 28, 2015 is designated by the city and county of San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Day.

Whereas, on April 28, 1915 approximately fifteen hundred women form a dozen countries both neutral and belligerent gathered in the Hague to express their strong opposition to the First World War, and to work on plans to end the war.

Whereas, the women believed that treaties between great powers along did not end wars rather peace could only be achieved when there was equality for all;

Whereas they sought world-wide disarmament and peaceful resolution of international conflict via a league of nations.

Whereas, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom was established as a result of the meetings , with Jane Addams as its first president.

Whereas , The Women’s International League fro Peace and Freedom continues to work to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence and to establish those political, social and psychological conditions which can assure peace , freedom and justice for all;

Therefore, be it resolved that April 28, 2015 the 100th anniversary, be designated Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Day”

 

Help us prevent an open ended authorization for continuing the never ending war on terror.

The U.S. Congress is considering another “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” — a broad approval for more war.

These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as well as assaults on the natural environment and the public budget — not to mention excuses for curtailing civil liberties.
Please Click here to oppose any new AUMF to sign the following statement for delivery to the media and Congress:
We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.

This petition is a joint project of: Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Iraq Veterans Against the War, KnowDrones.com, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, Peace Action Montgomery, RootsAction.org, United National Antiwar Coalition, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones, U.S. Labor Against the War, World Beyond War.

WILPF MEMBERS on tax day handed out flyers protesting the tax money spent on the military at the West Oakland and Civic Center BART Stations.

There are different ways to look at the tax dollar and how much goes to military but adding past war debt, veterans benefits and current military it almost ½ the budget.

WILPF members handed out flyers as well as copies of the brochure from New Priorities .

 The following is from New Priorities Campaign


Where Your 2014 Taxes Went
Tax Day is behind us, but
do you know where your tax dollars ? We have tons of tax-related resources, including:

  • the top seven things you need to know about taxes
  • your very own personalized tax receipt
  • a quick explainer about the difference between income and payroll taxes
  • an in-depth recorded webinar with Lindsay Koshgarian, NPP’s research director, detailing where your tax dollars go and who benefits most from tax breaks in the tax code

NPP in the News
Catch more federal budget news with some of our recent media coverage:

Invitation to Meet Japanese Anti-Nuclear Activists and Hibakusha Thursday April 30th 6 pm at SF Meetinghouse 65 Ninth Street

  AFSC encourages you to come celebrate and hear from 45 Japanese activists and a hibakusha enroute to Tokyo from the New York Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.  The hibakusa was in his mothers’ womb when exposed to the radiation of the atomic bombing in utero. 6:00 PM at the San Francisco Friends Meetinghouse, north door nearest Market St, two blocks from Civic Center BART/MUNI station, between Market and Mission Sts. 

Rsvp SMcneil@afsc.org

 

Minutes of WILPF East Bay and SF Planning Committee Meeting

April 11, 2015 in San Francisco

There are  plans to present the WILPF 100 year anniversary proclamation to the Berkeley City Council

 WILPF CA Cluster and/or Regional Meeting: We discussed only briefly having a CA Cluster meeting, It was voted to discuss this at the next meeting

Ideas for 100th Anniversary Events in SF and East Bay: Will be discussed at the next meeting We may do a play (Women at the Hague) in a park or at the Maritime Museum at the Fisherman’s Wharf.

WILPF-US Update including Board news. There is continuing on line discussions about how the board is allocating funds for consultants and if there is enough funds for the services requested. There is new agreement between WILPFus and JAPA but more remains before JAPA resumes it’s role as our fiduciary agent

Next WILPF-SF/East Bay planning meeting – Sat. May 9 location to be announced in reminder email probably San Francisco library 10-12.

 

 

 

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WILPF EASTBAY SF Newsletter Feb 2015

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

February 2015

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

Please join SF and East Bay Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
Report-back by Arla S. Ertz
on Nepal’s National Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors
and their solidarity work with women around the world
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2 to 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level
FREE Snacks to include Nepalese goodies

Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors at their request, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.
Arla S. Ertz, a San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years in an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Celebrate International Womens Day

Join us Thursday March 5 at 7pm

Women’s Accomplishments and Barriers to Gender Equality

Hear a panel of Consuls-General from Belgium, Canada, El Salvador and Norway. Hosted by International House at 2299 Piedmont Ave in Berkeley (near UC Campus) For more information, email or call: ikoziol@berkeley.edu 510-642-9461

Trans Pacific Partnership ACTION Needed

 If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands

April 27-29, 2015

WILPF celebrates its 100th birthday

 

Join us in The Hague in April 2015 for the Conference of the Century for women peacemakers. This will be the place for activists, students, peacemakers, feminists, human rights defenders to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.womenstopwar.org/

Open to all! This is not the WILPF Congress (which is for members only) but is the place to be if you want to be a peacemaker in the 21st century!

If you need financial assistance to attend the 2015 Conference, go to: http://www.womenstopwar.org/financial-assistance-programme/

 

Help us prevent an open ended authorization for continuing the never ending war on terror.

The U.S. Congress is considering another “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” — a broad approval for more war.
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This is the last thing we need. These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as well as assaults on the natural environment and the public budget — not to mention excuses for curtailing civil liberties.
Please Click here to oppose any new AUMF to sign the following statement for delivery to the media and Congress:
We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.

After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

Minutes of WILPF East Bay and SF Planning Committee Meeting

February 21, 2015 in San Francisco

Ideas for 100th Anniversary Events in SF and East Bay:

1) SF Proclamation to recognize WILPF’s centennial and its many accomplishments. Anne P. will do a draft and send to group for review. She will ask Supervisor Eric Mar to introduce at the Board of Supervisors.

2) Birthday Celebration with cake, music, women’s and peace groups invited, a “Garden Party.” All suggest ideas for venue and groups to invite, eg., Code Pink, Global Women’s Fund, OWL. Do in summer/fall, possibly at a park.

3) Performance reading of play by WILPF-SF member Marghi Dutton (now deceased) about the founding of WILPF with Jane Addams, etc.

Endorsement Request from Steve Zeltzer re Sewol Ferry disaster March 8 at ILWU hall in SF. Agreed to Endorse.

WILPF International – Hague gathering in April We need to keep up on what is happening in International WILPF. See http://www.wilpfinternational.org/ for more info. on what is happening (a lot!)

Next WILPF-SF/East Bay planning meeting – Sat. April 11 in East Bay.

JAPA Education Grants: Some of us received an e-mail from JAPA about these grants with a deadline of March 31 (another one in Sept.). This brought up a discussion about JAPA being our fiscal agent again. We want Barbara N. to bring this statement to the Board retreat in Feb.: WILPF-East Bay and San Francisco branches support JAPA being our Fiscal Sponsor again.

We are invisible” statement from Regina: This brought up a discussion of agreement how to become more visable. We want to do more endorsements and sponsorships in areas of our mission

Also, any statements from WILPF National or Local should be sent out to other groups such as Code Pink, Women in Black, Gray Panthers, etc. and published in our Newsletter.

New WILPF Board is getting us on Facebook with frequent statements, petitions, etc. See: https://www.facebook.com/wilpf Those of us on Facebook should get this out to our F/B Friends.

(Facebook page announced the new WILPF Peacewomen webpage: http://www.peacewomen.org/ro

WILPF International brought up the concept of doing something around the 70\P Anniversary of Hiroshima in August.

Rep. Barbara Lee and legislation against Pres. Obama’s “endless war”: See statement:

http://lee.house.gov/newsroom/in-the-news/barbara-lee-does-not-want-congress-to-write-another-blank-check-for-perpetual We could issue a statement about it and urge national WILPF to do so. Also, use for WILPF-SF leafleting.

 

 

 

 

 

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WILPF NEWS January 2015

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

January 2015

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

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
San Francisco and East Bay Branche Presents:

Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
Report-back by Arla S. Ertz
on Nepal’s National Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors
and their solidarity work with women around the world
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2 to 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level
FREE Snacks to include Nepalese goodies

Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors at their request, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.


Arla S. Ertz, a San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years for an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  WILPF planning  meeting time, date and  location change:

Women International League for Peace and Freedom SF and Eastbay planning meeting

next Saturday Feb 21 10:15 at Gyro King restaurant

25 Grove across the street from the main library 1/4 block from civic center BART Grove and Hyde st exit

Join us in planning for March 1 event, 100th anniversery and regional meeting of wilpf.


Join us in
“Mourning in America” a March & Rally on Citizens United Anniversary

in San Francisco, Wed., January 21

3:30 pm – March (1.3 miles) starts at Market St. & Montgomery St.

near Montgomery St. BART
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Rally at Federal Building 450 Golden Gate Ave.

near Civic Center BART


“Mourning in America” for Democracy – is the Bay Area’s contribution to a national day of action. The march will be kicked off by well known hip-hop artist for change, Khafre Jay and the march will be led by effigies of 5 of the Supreme Court Justices followed by a New Orleans style band.

The rally will include a vast array of speakers and musicians including: Tom Ammiano, popular San Francisco politico; Gayle McLaughlin, former Richmond Mayor who won against Chevron; Bill McKibbin, 350.org national leader on audio, Andres Soto, KPFA talk show host; David Braun, Californians Against Fracking and more to be confirmed. The rally will also include the Occupella singers, Michael Sullivan and the Dots and a koch funeral for democracy.
Participating in the rally will be members and supporters of the Money Out! People In! coalition, 99 Rise!, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, California Clean Money Campaign, Free Speech for People, Money Out Voters In (MOVI), MoveOn councils, Move to Amend, Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Public Citizen,
Represent.us, Solar Justice, Sunflower Alliance, and more.

Intercept” Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl!

Use your January renewed energy to prepare and to take action locally as part of the national campaign, “Intercept Human Trafficking” around football’s Super Bowl! Demonstrating, leafleting, writing letters to the editor will all help get the word out.

WILPF US has again teamed up with the United Methodist Women (UMW) women to raise awareness on the very real issues of human trafficking (HT) that intensify around this iconic American sports event, set for February 1, 2015.. This is our second year working on this in coalition with the UMW women and other organizations.

Leafleting at the Super Bowl and by participating branches locally will assist in bringing awareness of the wide-ranging sets of criminal activity that are engaged in during this popular sports phenomenon out of the shadows and into the consciousness of the mainstream of our communities. Flyer and postcard downloads available at this website

The UMW INTERCEPT www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/intercepthas information and resources that you can use as part of your activism on the Intercept campaign. UMW also has a Web page of useful information about human trafficking at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/human-trafficking.

Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Needed

If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands

April 27-29, 2015

 

Join us in The Hague in April 2015 for the Conference of the century for women peacemakers. This will be the place for activists, students, peacemakers, feminists, academics, human rights defenders and all WILPFers to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century. So make sure we’ll see you in The Hague!

Register information here …http://www.womenstopwar.org/conference-home/conference-registration/

Open to all! This isnot the WILPF Congress (which is for members only) and this is the place to be if you want to be a peacemaker in the 21st century!
Registration Fees cover access to the full three days of the International Conference, including all plenary and break-out sessions, the marketplace and events. This includes a simple lunch for each conference day, a copy of the Conference program book, the WILPF 2015 Manifesto and a bunch of other goodies.

***Make sure you get in on the one day only, 100 Euro Discount in honour of the 100th day before the 100th! When: January 18th (12:00 am CET – 12:00 pm CET)

How much: 100 Euro Discount

For who: The discount is valid for all standard regular tickets and standard WILPF member tickets.

>What if I need financial assistance to attend the 2015 Conference?

The Anniversary Team is currently working on offering a select number of individuals financial assistance to help our sisters attend the Conference. Please click here to find out more about out Financial Assistance Programmes.

MINUTES WILPF – SF & EAST BAY PLANNING MEETING SAT., Jan. 10th

A dance performance on Isadora Duncan was offered as a fundraising event.

 

We discussed the planning for a summer western regional meeting of WILPF on regional issues as well as those raised at the national convention in Detroit, including the human right to water, the problems of fracking, privatization, climate with drought and changes in the west .

 

WILPF National: Barbara Nielsen, our WILPF National Board representative, is recommending all of the members running uncontested on coming ballot as well as the change in bylaws. The change in bylaws allows for all standing committees to be on the steering committee. Ballots will be mailed in February to dues paying members who have paid in the last 18 months. For more information :

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/members-vote-board-and-bylaws-change

 

National WILPF is reviewing a strategic financial and organizational plan. They recently received $200,000 of which $80,000 has been budgeted on consultant fees. Currently we have an interim 20- hours per week part-time executive secretary Paula Harrington.

 

We discussed the need for a strong working Board, with support services for membership and Web IT help. It was felt we may not need nor can we afford an office staff. Sandy pointed out the usefulness to all branches of the current statements (E-Alerts) from Program Committees of WILPF-US on Ferguson and Mexico City, as well as past ones on Syria, Gaza, etc. These are generated from Issues Committees. Members are urged to join an Issue Committee. Link to WILPFus.org to see how to join Issue Committees.

 

There is also a need for a dues membership reminder system as members do not know if they have paid their dues.

 

Meeting adjourned at Noon. Went to lunch and further discussion.

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WILPF NEWS Dec 2014

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

December/ 2014

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

Join us at our next planning meeting Saturday, January 10th 10-12am

at Piedmont Gardens 110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)

6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

You are invited to help develop the 2015 calendar and enjoy the companionship. We go to lunch after.

Agenda ideas for January 10th Meeting:

 Actions we want to do locally for 100th Anniversary of WILPF

Training on tools for activism, particularly social media, like Facebook and Twitter

  • What help we want from National – materials, brochures,continue current issues statements like one on Ferguson

  • Calendar for future meetings and events

  • Save this date!! Arla Ertz “Human Trafficking in Nepal,”

  • Sunday March 1 from 10-12 SF Main Library, Latino/Hispanic rooms A & B. Arla is a Social worker and lawyer in S.F.

Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Needed

If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

  • The resolution attached on TPP has lots of great talking points for you to use.

WILPF US Joins our Sisters and Brothers in Mexico

in the Fight for Justice and Peace

WILPF member Melissa Torres traveled to Mexico to follow up on the WILPF US agreement at our Congress in Detroit to support a binational collaboration between our Section and LIMPAL Mexico. During this trip, some projects were postponed as the country mobilized in national strikes and demonstrations in solidarity with the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa. Melissa Torres and Violeta Campos Cabral of LIMPAL were on hand for these actions, which included marches in Mexico City and Puebla, as well as meetings with professors who were organizing their students for the national protests and university strikes, vigils, and observances during the holy days of the dead.

She and Violeta worked together in November to research collaborative projects. This trip served as a follow up to agreements for more partnerships and support among the Americas as decided at the WILPF Americas Conference in April 2014, where both Melissa and Violeta were delegates.

Violeta hosted meetings on organizing and microenterprises to help women seek government support and outside assistance or investors. Melissa and Violeta also participated in a conference regarding corrupt governance and social violence in Latin America, and violence against female journalists, activists, and researchers in Mexico.

This trip will be the first in establishing several projects regarding research of security and migration, human rights in indigenous communities, and women’s organizing. Melissa and Violeta, both of whom work with local universities, will be seeking outside funding and plan to partner with universities working on the issues as well. LIMPAL Mexico is currently in transition of leadership and hoping to include more of the outspoken indigenous groups as they expand membership.

GROWING WILPF AT 100!

As we approach our 100th Anniversary, WILPF US stands at a crossroads. It is not too dramatic to say that we face the need to grow or we must accept inevitable decline. We believe that the world still needs WILPF. Now that we have a newly elected board we need to focus on our support of WILPF US Our branches and national action commitees need more financial support, leadership training, and recruitment help. We need a new and more powerful IT system that makes communication easier within WILPF and between us and the larger world. We are aiming at raising money to increase support in all these areas. WILPF US has a goal of $1 million and we are nearly halfway there, thanks to two large gifts from two very committed donors. Now it’s up to the rest of us.

If you can afford a gift to WILPF before the end of the year, please DIG DEEPER THAN USUAL and put your money where your heart is. East Bay members will be receiving a membership and donation form in the mail with a return envelope. You can also pay or renew your dues and make a tax-deductible donation online at:

 

http://wilpfus.org/about/donate-wilpf

 

MINUTES WILPF – SF and EAST BAY MEETING,SAT., DEC. 6, 10 AM to NOON at SF MAIN LIBRARY

Women for Genuine Security Endorsement RequestIt was decided to endorse  the WGS  statement to oppose the military build-up in Okinawa.And contact the WILPF-US to endorse through the Disarm committee and others.

WILPF California Cluster for end of January*It was  recommended having a Cluster meeting (usually a one day event, free) to follow up on what discussed at Detroit Congress and decide on actions for WILPF 100th anniversary in CA. It was pointed out that this meeting would be different from the WILPF West Centennial (see below) as latter would be more than one day and charge a registration fee; currently have funds available for it.

International Congress in The Hague, April 22-25, 2015: Our own Barbara Nielsen is one of five delegates selected to represent the U.S. Section at the Congress.

WILPF West Centennial in MaySacramento WILPF  would like to have this western regional meeting as a follow-up to the Hague 100th Congress. Attendees will mainly come from CA which has largest # of WILPF members . We thought this regional meeting a good idea.

December 10–International Human Rights Day and Jane Addams DayGray Panthers of SF is hosting a reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 12/10 at Noon on the steps of City Hall and invited WILPF-SF and East Bay to participate 

Dues and donations: Members need to be reminded from National or locally. Historically WILPF US has not sent out dues reminders. If you do not receive the magazine Peace and Freedom you probably have not paid your dues lately. East Bay WILPF will be sending out an end of year appeal asking for dues payments and donation. Question and discussion arose about what to tell members about tax deductible checks which should go to the non-profit fiscal sponsor, 501(c)(3), either JAPA (old) or Peace Development Fund (current).  WILPF-US looking in to returning to JAPA as fiscal sponsor. Both WILPF and JAPA to be audited by reputable firm.

  Other suggestions WILPF working with women peace activists from China and Japan, bringing them together.

WILPF National:  WILPF-US has settled on the theme for all Branches to use of Women: Stop War and Wage Peace.  It was  pointed out the usefulness to all branches of the current statements (E-Alerts) from Program Committees of WILPF-US on Ferguson and Mexico City, as well as past ones on Syria, Gaza, etc.

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“Surviving Human Trafficking in Napal postponed to 2015


We are sorry that we must postpone our planned presentation on “Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal” with Arla Ertz.  We found out last week that the Memorial for long-time tenant activist and director of the San Francisco Tenants Union Ted Gullicksen is the same day and time as our presentation, Sunday, November 16, at 2 pm.  Ted died unexpectedly on October 14. See www.sftu.org

Many people who wanted to come to hear Arla’s talk plan to attend Ted’s memorial.  Arla herself and many WILPF-SF organizers would like to attend the memorial for a beloved hero of social justice in San Francisco.

We will re-schedule Arla’s presentation for 2015.

Thank you for your understanding. 
Next planning meeting will be Dec 6 10-12 at the San Francisco Public Library at Civic  Center (note change)
Betty Traynor
WILPF-SF

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WILPF NEWS Eastbay and San Francisco branches Sept October 2014



WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
September/October 2014
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

There will not be a planning meeting in November.
Note change !!!!
Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, December 6,10-12 (lunch after)
at the San Francisco Main Library (Civic Center BART station)

Talking with our Grandmothers

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, two activists from Burlington, Vermont
bring to life the efforts of women who worked to end it
sponsored by the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers and East Bay-San Francisco WILPF
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst, corner of MLK, Berkeley, CA 94709
All Welcome. Wheelchair Accessible

    In this performance piece, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) members Robin Lloyd and Charlotte Dennett of Burlington, Vermont use dialogue, letters and images (and a bust of Robin’s grandmother, Lola Maverick Lloyd) to create a conversation across generations.
    They bring to life the heroic efforts of women on both sides of World War I who met together and proposed initiatives to stop the war. A conversation with Charlotte’s grandmother Elizabeth Redfern, who worked in Turkey as a teacher missionary before the war, leads to the understanding that competition among male national leaders for access to resources was a major factor in keeping the war going.
The meeting of women that took place at the Hague in 1915 was the founding meeting of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. A Celebration of its 100th anniversary as the longest lasting international women’s peace organization will take place in 2015 at the Hague from April 22-29.
(www.womenstopwar.org).

    Following the on stage exchange between grandmothers and granddaughters, interaction with the audience discusses how war and militarism has affected their families, and how important it is that women (and people) understand power in order to be effective in stopping war.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
San Francisco and East Bay Branches present:
Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
A Talk and Discussion with Arla S. Ertz on National Conference for Female Trafficking Survivors and their solidarity work with women around the world
 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2 TO 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level (Civic Center BART)  Everyone Welcome. Wheelchair Accessible. Refreshments.
Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.
A San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, Arla S. Ertz was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years for an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Report-Back on WILPF National Congress in Detroit
  • by betty Traynor
    WILPF-East Bay and San Francisco members Dolores Taller and Barbara Nielsen gave us a report-back on their impressions of the July-August 2014 WILPF Congress at our meeting September 13.
     Dolores said she attended the Congress in particular to honor Libby Frank for her Middle East work over the years. She said that a number of International WILPF members attended including the President from Costa Rica, as well as women from Sweden, India, and Australia. Everyone came together to work in a cooperative way and the Detroit Branch did a fantastic job of organizing everything. Dolores attended a number of workshops (incl. Finance, Manifesto, Program Round-up) and was most impressed with the one on World Problems. It asked many questions such as how does WILPF work on world problems? How can we prevent war? What are the root causes? Should we be working on economic and social conditions that lead to war? Would ending the oppression of women lead to an end to war? Another fundamental question discussed: Are we a peace or feminist organization? How do we relate to the new generation of women activists? How do we make connections with diverse communities? Those at 9/13 meeting thought these questions would be great for a discussion at our next WILPF Cluster or Regional Meeting.
    Barbara Nielsen attended the Bylaws workshop which emphasized that WILPF members control the bylaws and changes need to come to the members. Barbara as National Board Nominating Chair provided forms for nominating members to the national board and an article calling members to step up to leadership roles. She also attended the Anti-War workshop which discussed drones, nuclear power and war and the Middle East. The Advancing Human Rights Panel was led by our own Judith Mirkinson and discussed human trafficking. The Hamas workshop resulted in a major statement and booklet on Hamas demanding it be off the terrorist list and at the peace table. Many of the workshops resulted in Resolutions (13) that Barbara made available to us. Again, we thought that we could focus on a few of these resolutions at the Cluster or Regional Meeting next year.

Centennial Congress – 100 years of Peacemaking

April 22-29, 2015
Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
Make your plans now to attend this historic International Congress. Meeting 100 years after our founding foremothers came together so resolutely, we will once again stand strong in The Hague as the world’s leading women’s peace organization. As part of the plans for the Congress, WILPF is proud to announce the opening of the Women Stop War Essay Competition for students to get involved! For more information about the Congress and the essay competition and to register for the Congress, go to www.womenstopwar.org.
Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization:
Reducing Militarism and Military Expenditures to Invest in the UN Green Climate Fund
and to Create Low-Carbon Economies and Resilient Communities
by Tamara Lorincz, International Peace Bureau
    An important new report by the International Peace Bureau (http://www.ipb.org/web/), not yet in its final form, makes the connection between increased military spending and climate change. Below are excerpts from the Executive Summary of the report.
    We are on a path toward dangerous climate change without a radical restructuring of our economy and energy systems. That is the stark scenario presented in the latest working group reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Over the past decade, almost ten gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent has been released into the atmosphere.
    Not only have carbon emissions increased over the past ten years, so too have military expenditures to a record high. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimated that global military spending was $839 billion in 2001 and rose to $1.6 trillion in 2011 – a 92% increase. The United States and its allies have spent trillions of dollars financing their deadly and destructive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars have had terrible social, economic and environmental costs and have made global warming much worse.
    Expensive weapons systems such as fighter jets, destroyers, and tanks are extremely energy inefficient and emit highly toxic, carbon-intense emissions. Oil Change International estimated that the U.S.military emitted 100 million metric tonnes of CO2 in fueling its war in Iraq in five years. The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest industrial consumer of fossil fuels in the world. It is also the top arms exporter and military spender at $640 billion, which accounts for 37% of the total. Other western countries that are top military spenders like the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, have high carbon emissions per capita.
    The problem of military expenditures and emissions must be confronted not only by the IPCC and the DDPP, but the entire international community. We need to answer some basic questions: Why is spending for the military prioritized over spending on the climate and the environment? How much of the global carbon budget, if any amount, should be allocated to the military? And should the limited supply of fossil fuels be burned to build new weapons, drop bigger bombs, and fight more wars? In our new report, Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization, the International Peace Bureau argues that war must stop for global warming to slow down. Military expenditures must be reduced and re-directed for climate finance to create low carbon economies and climate-resilient communities. Disarmament must take place alongside mitigation and adaptation. The military is the problem, not the solution to the climate crisis.
To read this fascinating report in full, go to:

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WILPF Eastbay SF News

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

August/September 2014 Issue

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

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

wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

Report Back on 32nd National WILPF Congress in Detroit

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


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

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

Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

 

CALLING MEMBERS TO CONSIDER RUNNING FOR THE WILPF NATIONAL BOARD

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE MILITARY COMPLEX IS INVADING TOO MANY ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL PROTEST IN OAKLAND OF SWAT TEAM TRAiNING AND WEAPONS EXPO

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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