Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
Contact us at:
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661 or
Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org
WILPF US Face book page:
Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org
Next planning meeting Saturday, Sept 10 10-12am
Rockridge Library, Oakland
Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library
International WILPF President’s Visit: Kozue Akibayashi arriving in Bay area on Sept 27 for a two-day stay. Members are invited to an event in San Jose evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 pm to 9 pm at the San Jose Peace Center. Members will be car pooling if you would like a ride email email@example.com
This is the time of the year when we are reminded of the United States nuclear attacts on Japan at the end of WWII
Members of Eastbay and SF WILPF attended Berkeley Peace Lantern Ceremony and Dr Helen Caldicotts talk. Dr Caldicott spoke on
Sat., August 13 at the SF Main library. This was an excellent talk on the abolition of Nuclear weapons. You too can hear her by linking to a u-tube recording of it.
A nuclear weapon free world: 71 years in the making, is there an end in sight?
WILPF has been a strong advocate for a ban on nuclear weapons and has argued for the elimination of nuclear weapons since they were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following is copied from the WILPF International web page www.wilpf.org
“August 9, 2016
On this day in 1945, around 80,000 people died as a result of the detonation of a single bomb. Many more died from radiation-related illnesses in the weeks, months and decades that followed. The bomb, codenamed Fat Man, was the second of only two nuclear weapons to be used in warfare. The United States dropped the bomb on the Japanese city, Nagasaki. Now, 71 years later, nine countries possess approximately 15, 800 nuclear weapons – 15, 800 ticking time bombs – and are investing billions of dollars in modernisation programmes, threatening the world’s population for many years to come.
Never again..Next week, at the final session of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in Geneva, states may finally agree to start negotiations on a treaty banning these horrific weapons of mass destruction.
The chair of the OEWG officially presented his zero draft report on 5 August and the group will reconvene on 16, 17 and 19 of August to finalise and adopt the report.
If the OEWG agrees to recommend to the UN General Assembly in October that negotiations should begin on a ban treaty, negotiations could start as early as 2017. The vast majority of states support a legally-binding prohibition on nuclear weapons, due to the catastrophic humanitarian impact witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and as a result of nuclear testing.
The nuclear-armed states have refused to participate in the OEWG, demonstrating that they are nervous the process will succeed.
WILPF’s disarmament programme, Reaching Critical Will has attended the first two OEWG sessions in February and May 2016, and will be there again next week, as states debate the OEWG draft report and recommendations to take to the UN General Assembly in October. To keep up to date on the third and final session of the OEWG, subscribe to the First Committee mailing list.
On 5 August 2016, on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, WILPF hosted a webinar featuring key anti-nuclear campaigners, Ray Acheson, Director of Reaching Critical Will, Helen Caldicott, veteran anti-nuclear campaigner and WILPF Peace Women Laureate, and Daniel Högsta, International Network Coordinator of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
In this webinar, the anti-nuclear campaigners assessed the state of play of nuclear disarmament and discussed how the humanitarian approach to nuclear disarmament might be just what we need to move closer to a nuclear weapon-free world. The discussion was facilitated by Chris Henderson, Communications Coordinator of WILPF Australia. You can find a recording of the webinar here.
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear Disarmament call
The United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear Disarmament call on July 20 with a lot of information from WILPF member Jackie Cabasso and other panalists was recorded and you can link to it here . You can hear the entire discussion here:
Cabasso is the Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator, Mayors for Peace; Abolition 2000 “founding mother”, and National Co-convener, United for Peace and Justice. Dr. Joseph Gerson, Director of Programs for the American Friends Service Committee’s Northeast Region and Director of AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program. Dr. Gerson attended the recent No to NATO, No to War! Counter-Summit in Warsaw, intern Poland. Dr. John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.
“STOP THE TPP” There is still time to Call YOUR RESPRESENTATIVES
Right now, Congress is still considering approving the TPP, an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the US, more burning of rainforests for palm oil, less protections for American workers and less power of local governments to vote health and safety regulations.
But now there is a groundswell of opposition to the TPP Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose it.
The TPP is not just about trade — it is about growing the ability of global corporations to suppress democracy. Companies like Exxon want the power to sue our government in order to eradicate environmental and labor protections that discourage their profits — and the TPP would expand this power.
This international trade pact was negotiated in extreme secrecy among Pacific Rim nations like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan. Corporate executives were at the table, but environmental and labor groups were not — and of course, citizens of these countries had absolutely no say.
Just a few years ago, the TPP seemed like a done deal. But now it’s floundering and it’s looking less and less likely to pass, thanks to grassroots organizing around the country. Link to: wilpfus.org/news/updates/one-more-push-be-sure-we-defeat-tpp
Wonderful new technology connects members to WILPF US actions and issues and others members.
You can join future “One WILPF calls by ?
Summery of the One WILPF August 18 chaired by the Nancy Price WILPF Earth Democracy committee. The Earth Democracy committee focus is on water, fighting Monsanto on glyphosate (roundup), dangers of fracking and movement of crude oil
For more information, action and organizing tools link to: For Earth Democracy WILPFus
For Climate Justice+Women+Peace
For Human Right to Health and Safe Food
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P. O. Box 5114, Fresno CA93755
WILPF US unanimously approved the Human Right to Health and Safe Food Resolution
It’s time to plan events and actions around the International Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly that will take place October 14-16, 2016, in The Hague to hold Monsanto accountable for “crimes against humanity” and “ecocide.”
Nancy has been asked to participate with our ally the Organic Consumers’ Association in planning for the tribunal. WILPF US unanimously approved the Human Right to Health and Safe Food Resolution at our 2014 National Congress and again at the 2015 International Congress.
Interested in leading at WILPFus : BOARD APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT 18th – Leave enough time to complete paperwork… need references and recommendations — 5 Board positions opening up in January. Election in Nov. SHARE the info! The details are at this website page: http://www.wilpfus.org/news/special-opportunity-apply-board-positions
Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches
- Contact your member of Congress and demand REAL gun law reform: Tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 4269, a bill that would ban assault weapons.
- Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
- Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
- Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.