Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
March, April 2015
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Reminder WILPFus is on Facebook with frequent statements, petitions, etc.
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
- More Money Spent on Tax Breaks than on Discretionary Spending in U.S. Budget (Fox Business)
- Could We Get an Iran Peace Dividend? (Bloomberg View)
- Tax (Break) Day (Truthout)
- Four Charts Reveal the Hidden Facts of Tax Day (Campaign for America’s Future)
- Where your tax dollars went (CNN Money)
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.
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.