Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches March 2014 Issue
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBaySF.org.
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East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
NEWS!! WE ARE CHANGING OUR PLANNING MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS
At our last planning meeting we voted to generally have planning meetings for two months in a row and then have an event the third month. All meetings and events will be joint activities and hosting will trade off between the two branches. Planning meetings will still be on the second Saturdays , but the time has changed to 1-3pm. We agreed on the following tentative schedule.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR 2014 MEETINGS, ACTIONS AND EVENTS
Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after April 12 Saturday 1-3Planning Meeting, Piedmont Gardens, Oakland (note time change)
April 14 Monday 4-7PM Tax Day Leafleting at BART Stations on both sides of BayEast Bay branch will hand out leaflets at the West Oakland BART
May 17 Saturday Speaker Rebecca Griffin from Peace Action West2-4 pm at the Rockridge Library in Oakland Rebecca Griffin, Political Director, Peace Action West, see story below June 14 Saturday Yard Sale Fundraiser for both branches near Live Oak Park, Berkeley in Margot Smith’s front yard . Save those bags of donations for WILPF East Bay and SF More details about when there will be pick-ups and who to contact in the next newsletter.
July 13 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting San Francisco Main Public Library
Aug 1-3 WILPF US Conference Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. More information later
August No Planning Meeting
September 13 Saturday Event hosted by SF WILPF. More information later
October 11 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting San Francisco public library
November 8 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting Piedmont Gardens, OaklandAt this meeting we will evaluate how the schedule is working, how people feel about working jointly, and how to improve things for 2015. Also at that meeting, we will try to come up with a tentative schedule for the coming year.
December 13 Saturday WILPF SF/East BayCelebration of International Human Rights Day.
Plan to join Amnesty International letter writing campaign for release of prisoners of conscience. There was also a discussion of having a Joint Holiday Party in December. Stay tuned!
Rebecca Griffin PEACE ACTION WEST EVENT
You are invited to a WILPF East Bay/San Francisco event to hear one of our great women peacemakers Rebecca Griffin of Peace Action West. The event is from 2-4pm in the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland on May 17th. Invite friends and family. Rockridge Library is three blocks south of Rockridge BART on College Avenue. Rebecca will discuss the New Priorities Campaign and how military spending is sucking up 70% of the federal budget and stealing from people, especially seniors, women and children.
She has directed campaigns to shift to a nonmilitary strategy in Afghanistan, end the war in Iraq, fund and reform civilian engagement through diplomacy and development, shift to a more balanced security budget through cutting wasteful military spending including drones, and promote diplomacy with Iran. She also runs campaigns to educate and elect pro-peace congressional candidates through the Peace Action West Voter Fund. In May 2009, Ms. Griffin traveled to Iran with a citizen diplomacy delegation to build people to people relationships and mobilize support for diplomacy between the US and Iran. To link to her website,
We are pleased to welcome the new National WILPF Board of Directors:
President: Mary Hanson Harrison (Des Moines, IA)
Treasurer: Altaira Hatton ( CA)
Secretary: Deborah Holley (Des Moines, IA)
Chair of the Personnel Committee: Nicole Scott (Detroit, MI)
Chair of the Development Committee: Sara Tess Neumann (Boston, MA)
Chair of the Membership Development Committee: LaShawndra Vernon (Milwaukee, WI)
Chair of the Nominating Committee: Barbara Nielsen (San Francisco, CA)
Co-Chair of Program Committee (3 yr. term): Odile Hugonot-Haber (Ann Arbor, MI)
Co-Chair of the Program Committee (1 yr. term): Deb Garretson (Bloomington, IN)
At-large Board Member (3 yr. term): Millee Livingston (Sacramento/Sierra Foothills, CA)
At-large Board Member (1 yr. term): Peggy Luhrs (Burlington, VT)
A LETTER FROM OUR NEW WILPF US PRESIDENT
Dear WILPF members:
Every spring my spirit pushes up through the hardened layers of stories of injustice and wars, poverty and oppression, inhumanity and vitriol. Every spring hope pushes up her shoots in nicely tended gardens, through cracks and crevices in urban sidewalks, and along the banks of polluted waters. This spring was like none other I can remember. The very fact our members had a chance to vote, and real choices for National Board positions, gave a sense of exhilaration and renewed energy. What we do with that energy is up to us all.
During our first new board meeting/phone conference, I had the Addams quote propped up on my desk as the new board members introduced themselves and their vision for the coming year(s). One phrase stood out to me as a mandate entrusted to us as a board and as members of WILPF US in general: “…to learn to use moral energy to put a new sort of force into the world….” We can learn from our fellow board members and from our members, but only if we have open minds and hearts, only if we think critically about issues and not personalities.
I have every belief that this new board has come to the table in good faith. But like any belief or aspiration, it will be tested against the results. This spring offers us an opportunity for reimagining possibilities for creating a community structure built on trust and respect. I look forward to us planning and building the architecture for the next 100 years.
Come join with us!
Mary Hanson Harrison President, WILPF-US
Jackie Cabasso talks on Toward a Nuclear-Free Zone in the Middle East
By Betty Traynor, SF WILPF
WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches hosted a report-back on February 2, 2014 at San Francisco’s Main Library about the International Haifa Conference given by Jackie Cabasso, who was one of six U.S. representatives invited. Jackie is well known to all of us for her over 30 years of work to end nuclear weapons and technology as Director of the Western States Legal Foundation.
The conference, advocating a Middle East without nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, was held December 5-6, 2013 in Haifa because Israel refused to attend the UN sponsored conference that was planned for Helsinki in 2012 to discuss creation of a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. “If Israel won’t go to Helsinki, Helsinki will come to Israel,” former member of the Knesset (Parliament) Issam Makhoul said at the conference.
Jackie told us that she was “thrilled” to be at the Haifa conference, which was initiated by Israeli citizens and attended by an international delegation from at least 14 countries. Twenty-six Israelis attended the conference, including present and former members of the Israeli Knesset as well as peace and human rights activists. She said the Israelis called out Israel for having nuclear weapons, a taboo subject in the country where even possessing a Geiger counter is illegal.
The conferees issued a Declaration that included support for the formation of the Israeli Coalition for Nuclear Weapons and WMD Disarmament in the Middle East that would work with others throughout the world to make the area a nuclear weapons and WMD free zone, and calling for prompt convening of the Helsinki Conference to create such a free zone.
After the main conference Jackie attended a post-conference in Ramallah that focused on Israel’s 50-year old Dimona nuclear reactor. During this time she was able to spend more time with some of the women peace-makers, particularly Sharon Dolev, Director of the grassroots Israeli Anti-Nuclear Movement, a Haifa delegate, and a veteran campaign organizer for peace, environmental and human rights organizations in Israel. Jackie was very impressed with her and her work in Israel and Palestine. Jackie told us she felt very hopeful after this trip, where she was able to see in person the anti-nuclear momentum among Israelis. In addition to WILPF member Jackie Cabasso, Odile Hugonot Haber, Co-Chair of the Middle East Issue Committee of WILPF-US, also attended the Haifa Conference.
Jackie Cabasso is the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator of Mayors for Peace; recipient of the 2008 Sean MacBride Peace Prize.
Link to her organization www.wslfweb.org
Reminder : There are more than 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, over 95% in the hands of the US and Russia.
BRING THE WAR DOLLARS HOME!
Join the Global Day of Action on Military Sending on Tax day April 14.
70% of US tax dollars go to the military, squeezing out important domestic jobs, infrastructure jobs, social programs like food stamps, social security, and education development. Is this the people’s priorities or the priorities of the the military industrial complex?
HELP US LEAFLET ON MONDAY, APRIL 14TH 4-7PM AT THE WEST OAKLAND BART