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
WILPF US Face book page:
Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org
GET Involved! Make a difference! Join our next planning meeting!
Oct 8, 10-12 am
San Francisco Main Library
Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library
Call Betty to confirm, (415 931-1126 )
Join WILPF US members to hear our International President Kozue Akibayashi Monday, September 19 at 4 pm
You can join using just your phone, or for a more interactive experience, join the call with your phone and your computer. You’ll be able to see the notes and instructions on your computer screen if you use both the phone and the computer. Once you pre-register you will receive a reminder email the day before the call, and one hour before the call. Each will have your dial-in instructions and the link to click on your computer to join the social webinar part of the call. It’s easy! Join us, let your voice be heard.
WILPF International President Kozue Akibayashi Visits Bay Area!
A Report on the World Beyond War Conference in Washington D.C.
Wednesday, September 28 2016 – 6:30 PM San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 S. 7th Street – 1/2 block north of San Jose State University
For a ride from the Diridon CalTrain Station in Downtown San Jose, and for more information about the event, contact Joan G 406-396-8039, firstname.lastname@example.org
To carpool from the East Bay, send email to email@example.com
Currently, a vote on the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal is expected Tuesday. Call your senators and representatives now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:
Human Rights Watch says hundreds of civilians—including at least 200 children—have been killed so far in U.S.-enabled unlawful Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. But despite extensive documentation by Human Rights Watch of these violations, the US continues to fuel the conflict. After selling over $20 billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2015, some in Washington want to add another $1.15 billion dollars in arms sales. See WILPF International on this subject https://www.facebook.com/wilpf
September 9, 2016, There was a disruption at the Urban Shield weapons expo in Pleasanton. 15 grassroots organizations joined the Stop Urban Shield Coalition to unite against global policing and militarization. As a SWAT training and weapons expo that brings together police units from across the country and world, Urban Shield seeks to increase the power of policing over our communities by expanding the tools, technology, weaponry, and tactics that are used to oppress people everywhere. But we are fighting back.
The mobilization against Urban Shield made an impact. The Alameda County Fairgrounds where the weapons expo was held was locked down like never before, with no business as usual. One of the police trainings that was scheduled to take place as part of Urban Shield was canceled! The collective action let the proponents (and profiteers) of Urban Shield know that our communities will meet the escalation of militarization of local police with resistance.
The coalitions report Urban Shield: Abandoning Hope not Building Hope was sent to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. This is part of our push to pressure this decision making body to stand on the right side of history and end Urban Shield. There is still a lot of work to be done and link to Stop Urban Shield Col for community meetings about next steps to put an end to Urban Shield! Sign the petition online –
“Almighty: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age”
Book Premiere & Author Event with Dan Zak
Moderated by Marylia Kelley .
Books Inc. of Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
On July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Nicknamed the “Fort Knox of Uranium,” Y-12 was supposedly one of the most secure sites in the world, a bastion of warhead parts and hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium—enough to power thousands of nuclear bombs. The three activists—a house painter, a Vietnam War veteran, and an 82-year-old Catholic nun—penetrated the complex’s exterior with ease; their strongest tools were two pairs of bolt cutters and three hammers. Once inside, the pacifists hung banners, spray-painted biblical messages, and streaked the walls with human blood. Then they waited to be arrested.
In Almighty, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak analyzes the “Transform Now” ploughshares act in the context of America’s love-hate relationship to the bomb, from the race to achieve atomic power before the Nazis did to the solemn 70th anniversary of Hiroshima. At a time of concern about proliferation in such nations as Iran and North Korea, the U.S. arsenal is plagued by its own security problems. This life-or-death quandary is unraveled in Zak’s eye-opening account, with a cast that includes the biophysicist who first educated the public on atomic energy, the prophet who predicted the creation of Oak Ridge, the generations of activists propelled into resistance by their faith, and the numerous bureaucrats and diplomats who are trying to keep the world safe. Part historical adventure, part courtroom drama, part moral thriller, Almighty reshapes the accepted narratives surrounding nuclear weapons and shows that our greatest modern-day threat remains a power we discovered long ago.
More Info: (925) 443-7148, www.trivalleycares.org
CRUDE BEYOND BELIEF
The Fresno Branch of WILPF US held its DVD premiere of “Crude Beyond Belief.” This video was the outcome of a fracking tour led by Kern County water and air expert Tom Frantz and filmed by our local Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC).
In November 2015, the WILPF Fresno Branch received a minigrant from National WILPF to organize and film this fracking tour in California’s Kern County. Co-contributors to the venture included Fresnans Against Fracking and Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. We toured various fracking sites, open-pit holding ponds, and injection well sites near Bakersfield, Wasco, and Shafter.
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” film attendees were amazed, saddened, and angered at what has been done to Mother Earth in the name of monetary profit and with no thought given to the long-term effects on the health and well-being of all inhabitants of the planet.
WILPF Fresno is offering copies of the DVD for sale to branches and other interested groups or individuals. Contact Jean Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“WILPF East Bay/San Francisco stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protest of the oil pipeline going through their land and of the harsh police practices of the contractors. We support keep the “oil in the ground.”