East Bay and San Francisco Branches
May 2014 Issue
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661 email@example.com
DONATE TO OUR WILPF YARD SALE
The Live Oak Crafts Fair will be at Live Oak Park across the street that weekend!
What to donate: Donate books, CDs, furniture, antiques, small appliances, household goods, office equipment, tools, jewelry, toys and games (please NO clothing or shoes, NO dinosaur technology, nothing broken or not working).
How to donate: Drop off at Margot Smith’s back deck at 1300 A Shattuck Avenue from June 6th until the day of the sale. To schedule a pick-up in the East Bay on Wednesday, June 11th, call Sandy at (510) 482-1258.
For info call 510-486-8010.
How you can help: We will need volunteers June 14th at 9am to set up, during the day for a couple of hours, or from 4-5pm to clean up. It’s fun and you can get some great bargains!
“A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?”
East Bay WILPF and San Francisco WILPF presented Peace Action West’s Jonathan Ritter on Saturday, May 17. He lead a great discussion on “A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?” at Rockridge Public Library. We had a great attendance of several peace groups and members. There was a discussion on strategy and how important it helps to keep constant pressure on Washington DC.
There was a discussion of supporting Eastbay representative Barbara Lee for her proposal to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force: In the dozen years since Congresswoman Lee cast the only vote in opposition to the AUMF, many of her colleagues have joined her attempts to repeal this misguided legislation. To that end, she is the author of H.R. 198, the Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
Also Reining in the Bloated Pentagon Budget: Congresswoman Lee finds it deeply shameful that the government wastes billions of dollars on unwanted Pentagon programs. Currently, the Department of Defense is the only federal department not subject to audit. Congresswoman Lee has introduced amendments which would audit the Pentagon and hold the Department of Defense accountable for its excessive spending and rein in fraud, waste, and abuse. She is also the author H.R. 559, the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013
1. Meet in person with your member of Congress. It is the #1 most powerful thing you can do. It’s not as hard as it may sound, and we can show you how.
2. Be an online organizer. Learn about some of the tools for activism online and at your fingertips.
3. Write a letter to the editor and help shape the debate — Our tips will show you how to write letters that are more likely to get published.
4. Writing letters to Congress. We have best practices backed by research on what’s most effective in persuading Congress.
5. Learn how to stump a politician! It’s a great thing to know how to do at candidate debates and townhall forums.
For Peace Action West currant action link to http://www.peaceactionwest.org/section/press_center/
For an interactive link on National budet spending see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/
Or join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after
Help contribute songs for An International Peace Songbook.
Since there has been war work, there has been peace work. This year, it is 100 years since the start of World War I and WILPF’s beginning. It is more important than ever that we mark our many years of peace work and continue to challenge the glorification of wars past and present, with the hope of preventing the potential wars of the future.
To celebrate that peace work happens in every country, peace songs from around the world. Songbook will be made freely available as a .pdf file so that anyone can print and bind as many copies as they like.
Ideally, songs will have short and simple lyrics, so that it is easier for people from different countries to learn the songs. If possible,
please send songs in the original language as well as in english translation.
Please pass this information onto anyone who might be interested. Graphics and illustrations from different cultures and traditions of peace work are welcome.
“A group of people cannot all speak at once, but they can sing together”
– unknown South African singer
Songs can be sent to Penny Stone at singlouderthanguns(@)gmail.com
A Challenge to WILPF Members Attend the WILPF-US Triennial Congress, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
July 31-August 3, 2014
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of WILPF International, our Triennial Congress presents an opportunity to envision our organization for the twenty-first century. The congress will be the time and place for us to reconnect, gather ideas, inspire each other, strategize, and recommit to building a better WILPF, a better movement. The Detroit Branch issues a challenge to all our branches: to increase membership and thus activism, to engage in building movements that challenge corporate power and further democracy in every area of our work, whether it be peace, disarmament, human rights, the environment, the Middle East, or other areas. We need to rethink what it means to be a member.
If you are thinking of leading a workshops. See Congress Workshop Application Form Please return by June 15 to Joan Bazar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) each.
We recommend that workshop organizers provide written resource material and, when appropriate, handouts explaining how to carry out actions around the workshop topic (to be available at the Congress, but in advance of the workshop), leaving more time during the workshop itself for in-depth discussion. Workshops on issues, branch projects, and ways to work more effectively (skills, alliances) are especially welcome. We are looking for ideas and projects to move us into our second century and inspire members anew!
1. Your name, e-mail, phone number and Branch or Issue Committee, if any
2. Title of the workshop
3. Description of workshop and what you hope to achieve.
Action: Stop Fracking in California
This is urgent: we have an important opportunity to stop fracking in California. This week, the Senate will be voting on SB1132, a bill that will put fracking in California on pause. This is a great first step toward a ban.
Can you call your Senator right now at 866-846-4075 and ask them to support this important bill?
Fracking has been in the news a lot recently. In a water fragile state the risks of fracking are magnified. Yet there is hope just last week Santa Cruz became the first county to officially ban fracking. As local movements grow across the state, our legislators in Sacramento are also feeling the pressure from the oil and gas industry.
Help us keep the pressure on our lawmakers by calling your Senator right now. It’s easy:
- Call Senator Hancock at 866-846-4075
Ask the receptionist at the California Switchboard to connect your to Senator Hancock’s office.
- Tell the receptionist in your Senator’s office:
“I strongly urge Senator Hancock to vote in support of a fracking moratorium by voting to pass SB 1132.”
This is going to be close, and your call will make a difference. While Governor Brown continues to cave to the deep pockets of Big Oil and Gas, our State Senators have an opportunity to make real progress in our fight to ban fracking. Make your call today.