WILPF NEWS Nov 2017

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

November 2017

Get involved! Become better informed! Resist!

Work to Advance Peace, Justice and Human Rights

JOIN OUR ANNUAL STRATEGY RETREAT
Saturday,
December 9th, 11am-5pm

RSVP  by email  wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org  for home address of host member

Instead of our usual December meeting, we are planning an end-of-year relaxed and festive gathering to review what we have accomplished in 2017 and to make plans for 2018. We will meet at a member’s home and will share a potluck lunch. Please RSVP by responding to this email. If you need a ride, just let us know and we will contact you.

Are you an active member of WILPF? If you are a member in good standing, you should have received the National WILPF ballot (due November 18th!). Peace and Freedom Magazine, and regular action emails from WILPF-US. If you want to join or renew on-line, go to wilpfus.org and click “Join or Renew.” Look for a letter from us in your mailbox in December, which details information for membership and additional donations, and provides a self-addressed envelope for those wanting to mail in their renewals and donations.

Anti-Military/Recruitment Work in High Schools:

WILPF gets active


June Brumer, our guest speaker, gave us a very inspiring presentation on her over 20 years of wonderful work at various East Bay public high schools to let students know what the military and war is really like, and to give them information about alternatives to joining the military.  She worked with Grandmothers Against the War and veterans groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War.  Under the “No Child Left Behind” law, schools must allow military recruiters on campus, but then campus must also be open to counter-recruiters.
June would go to schools and talk to teachers or counselors to get permission to talk to students in the classroom setting. She and another person with GAW would do an introduction, then show a 20 min. DVD from AFSC, and then the veteran would speak from personal experience and answer questions. They provided the kids with informational literature and a card that had on it questions to ask the recruiter.

In Q&A, we asked if 18 year olds still had to register for the draft, and yes, all males must take the initiative and go to the Post Office to get form.  She recommends they put down “conscientious objector” on that form. A resource for this is the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy at www.studentprivacy.org Also, students can now opt out of the armed services aptitude test.

Action: Our branches agreed to take on this project. As we move forward, we might apply for a mini-grant to contact other branches and maybe put together a training video. If you are interested in this project, respond to this email and join us.

End both Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power under the Slogan “End the Whole Nuclear Era”

In response to fears of an impetuous Presidential action WILPF-US is supporting HR 669 “the no first strike” bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. Call your congress persons. WILPF endorsed and helped pass the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons which was not endorsed by the US but was approved by 120 countries. ACTION: Add your name and get your friends to sign the WILPF petition supporting the Nuclear Weapons Ban and send it to your friends and contacts:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-the-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty

WANT TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE IN LOBBYING CONGRESS?

WILPF supports and recommends the training material on effective lobbying by the Friends Committee on National Legislation at https://www.fcnl.org/

Join our ONE WILPF CALLS: PEOPLE AND PLANET BEFORE PROFIT

Want to get involved and informed? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com If you have not yet joined our ONE WILPF calls, add them to your calendar, The second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm PST. The next call will be Thursday,December 14

WILPF OPPOSITION TO NAFTA

NAFTA was discussed on the November 9th ONE WILPF Call with WILPF member Nancy Price. Nancy talked about actions that all Branches are encouraged to take to oppose the new NAFTA . Branches should plan to visit their members of Congress between Nov. 17 and Nov. 27 when they are back in their home districts with information on past problems with NAFTA, and let them know about WILPF’s opposition and ideas for a NAFTA replacement. Nancy has sent out material with tips when visiting Congress people and anti-NAFTA talking points for each state, using a map to click on your state. It was decided to plans visits with other organizations like the Sierra Club, that has a formulated position on trade issues.

Here are some links: NAFTA Fact Sheet:
http://replacenafta.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NAFTA-Factsheet.pdf
http://labornotes.org/2017/10/nafta-talks-whats-deal and https://www.globalresearch.ca/nafta-talks-falter-time-to-increase-pressure/5614061

Individual Member action: Call your Representative and Senators and thank him/her for their stand on “No” TPP. For those Congress Members who were wavering on a “Yes” vote, make clear you support fair trade that puts people and the planet first, based on environmental and climate justice, and strong human, labor and civil rights. Nancy and Marybeth Gardam have prepared a letter template for individual members to use. Just put in your Congressional representative’s name and contact info. and send off or deliver in person.  It includes the Citizen’s Trade Campaign’s NAFTA demands, see https://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/ for CTC info.

For a comprehensive discussion, link to WILPF publication “Final push to stop the TPP http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Final-push-to-stop-TPP.html?soid=1121720227619&aid=PgczIk1ggeQ

ONE WILPF Calls are archived

Find archived previous call notes at: http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

GET INVOLVED! JOIN WILPF-US COMMITTEES!

Want to work to end all wars and abolish nuclear weapons? Want to convert the military budget into a peace budget? Want to work toward climate justice and security? Want to help end racism and bigotry? WILPF-US issue committees have list-serves that people can join to find out what the committee is doing, and when meetings are.

Advancing Human Rights/CEDAW

Corporations v Democracy

Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance

Disarm/End Wars

Earth Democracy

Middle East

Go to the link below to read about the committees and, e-mail the chairs to ask to be added to their lists: http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work

Actions: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us on Wednesdays from 11:30 to noon at the Grove St. entrance to SF. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

ICAN (Int’l campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.) Nobel Peace Prize was accepted by our own International WILPF leader Beatrice Fihn

Celebrate International Human Rights Day Sunday Dec 10 by listening to the interview of Beatrice Fihn ( Beatrice Fihn, Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Link here to see her interview [1] https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/browse/ican-wins-nobel-peace-prize/vi-AAsZauE

In 2009, Fihn participated in an internship at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and was involved in the work of the Conference on Disarmament and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Fihn returned to WILPF in 2010, working with the Reaching Critical Will Programme, until becoming the Executive Director of ICAN in 2014.

Our WILPF branches recommends “No” on the International WILPF reorganization plan

WILPF-US Section will be responding to the “Discussion Paper on Strengthening the Governance of WILPF” by November 15 as requested by WILPF International. Barbara Nielsen said the proposal is almost identical to another proposal in 2013 that was soundly defeated at the 2015 WILPF-International Congress. Basically it shrinks the governing body of WILPF Int’l, called the “International Board” or IB from 33 Sections to 6 Regional representatives from Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the Americas. Biggest objections when presented before: It takes power from Sections and members, and the global south not well represented (Eg., the Americas region is U.S., Canada and Latin American sections in WILPF). Sections could be by-passed entirely if their regional representative does not communicate well with them. We discussed various reasons this re-structuring is bad and voted to oppose.

Explore WILPF

Local branch web page: www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

New address for wilpf east bay

P. O. Box 13083

Oakland, CA 94661

https://www.facebook.com/WILPFEastBaySanFrancisco/

WILPF US: PO Box 13075
Des Moines, IA 50310
Tel: 617-266-0999

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF: www.wilpf.org and http.// www.facebook.com/WILPF

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WILPF NEWS Letter

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

October 2017

New address for wilpf east bay

P. O. Box 13083

Oakland, CA 94661

Get involved! Become better informed! Resist!

Advancing Peace, Justice and Human Rights

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday,
Nov. 11 10am-noon

Crepevine Restaurant (the library is closed for Veterans’ Day),

5600 College Ave, near Rockridge BART, Oakland

Save Saturday, December 9: Instead of our usual December meeting, we are planning an end-of-year relaxed and festive gathering to review what we have accomplished in 2017 and to make plans for 2018. We will meet at a member’s home and will share a potluck lunch. Please RSVP by responding to this email. If you need a ride, just let us know and we will contact you.


ACTION :  Anti-war Leafleting: Join us on Wednesdays from 11:30 to noon at the Grove St. entrance to SF. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has Been Awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is thrilled that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of our role to achieve the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. WILPF, as an active member of the International Steering Group, worked as part of this movement to ban nuclear weapons, the most indiscriminate, inhumane and destructive explosive devices ever created that have catastrophic humanitarian, environmental, and economic effects.

This treaty is a historic piece of international law, achieved despite the opposition of the most militarized and powerful countries in the world,” said Ray Acheson, director of WILPF’s disarmament program Reaching Critical Will, which represents WILPF in ICAN. “It marks a turning point in the struggle against these genocidal weapons. The vast majority of governments and civil society have united to create law that can change policies and practices of nuclear deterrence and help facilitate nuclear disarmament.”

End both Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power under the Slogan “End the Whole Nuclear Era”

In response to fears of an impetuous Presidential action WILPF-US is supporting HR 669 “the no first strike” bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. Call your congress persons. WILPF endorsed and helped pass the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons which was not endorsed by the US but was approved by 120 countries. ACTION: Add your name and get your friends to sign the WILPF petition supporting the Nuclear Weapons Ban and send it to your friends and contacts

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-the-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty

WANT TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE IN LOBBYING CONGRESS?+++

WILPF supports and recommends the training material on effecting lobbying by the Friends Committee on National Legislation at https://www.fcnl.org/

Join our ONE WILPF CALLS

Didn’t attend the WILPF Congress but want to get involved? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com If you have not yet joined our ONE WILPF calls, add them to your calendar, The second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm PST. The next call will be Thursday, November 16th.

ONE WILPF Calls are archived

You can listen to past calls with outstanding speakers, including Ray Acheson, Medea Benjamin, Kozue Akibayashi and Phyllis Bennis. http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

The 10/12 call had a good presentation by Eric Le Compte of the Jubilee USA, www.jubileeusa.org a faith-based group that works on economic justice issues, particularly debt forgiveness. His talk was primarily about how they are working with Puerto Rico and their debt situation, past and present. There was also a report from Elenita Muniz of the Cape Cod branch on their planning process and structure. This inspired us to have a longer planning/strategy meeting at our December meeting

Find archived previous call notes at: http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

WHY IS AN ALTERNATIVE GLOBAL SECURITY SYSTEM BOTH DESIRABLE AND NECESSARY?

The overwhelming majority of people from all cultures prefer to live in peace. At the deepest level of our being, people hate war. Whatever our culture, we share a desire for the good life, which most of us define as having a family, raising children and watching them grow into successful adults, and doing the work that we find meaningful. And war grotesquely interferes with those desires.”

http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2017/

PEOPLE AND PLANET BEFORE PROFIT

Join the National Call-In Days – Tuesday-Thursday, November 15-17. Call your Representative and Senators and thank him/her for their stand on “No” TPP. For those Lame Duck Congress Members who were wavering on a “Yes” vote, make clear you support fair trade that puts people and the planet first based on environmental and climate justice, and strong human, labor and civil rights.

For a comprehensive discussion, link to WILPF publication “Final push to stop the TPP http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Final-push-to-stop-TPP.html?soid=1121720227619&aid=PgczIk1ggeQ

REPORT BACK FROM 2017 WILPF Triennial Congress:

Attended by Barbara N., Betty, Anne H. and Sandy.

– Anne H. attended the workshop on WILPF 101 as she is particularly interested in the health and sustainability of WILPF at the branch level and nationally. One suggestion from the Cape Cod branch was to use a collective process, do calendar for the year and keep to it, though remain flexible for urgent issues. Marybeth Gardam also gave a presentation on how to start or build a branch, including recruitment, and good teaching tools that we can use at our strategy meeting. Link to: http://wilpfus.org/documents/congress/a.StartingOVER.pdf

– Barbara N. gave us all copies of the Congress booklet/program plus the three resolutions that were passed at the last day plenary: 1) Ban Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power campaign; 2) Removing Hamas from US terrorist watchlists; Link to : http://wilpfus.org/documents/Hamas/WILPF_Hamas_Booklet.pdf 3) Support human and civil rights of trans people.

GET INVOLVED! JOIN WILPF-US COMMITTEES!

Want to work to end all wars and abolish nuclear weapons? Want to convert the military budget into a peace budget? Want to work toward climate justice and security? Want to help end racism and bigotry? WILPF-US issue committees like Disarm/End Wars, Advancing Human Rights, etc. have list-serves that people can join to find out what the committee is doing, and when meetings are. Go to the link below to read about the committees and, e-mail the chairs to ask to be added to their lists:

http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work

EXPLORE WILPF

Local branch web page: www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

WILPF US:

PO Box 13075
Des Moines, IA 50310
Tel: 617-266-0999

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF: www.wilpf.org and http.//

www.facebook.com/WILPF

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WILPF NEWS SEPT 2017

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

September 2017

With the risk of war magnifying,

The Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 ½ minutes before midnight,

set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists see http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard

See article on Worldwide deployments of nuclear weapons, 2017

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2017.1363995?src=recsys

Get involved! Become better informed! Resist!

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, Oct 14. 10am-noon

San Francisco Main Library, near civic center BART

Actions: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us on Wednesdays from 11:30 to noon at the Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

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Join us to Hear Maxine Hong Kingston Reflect on Our Times


Sunday, September 17th 3-5pm

Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley (at Ashby BART)

Event is free, wheelchair accessible, cookies. all are welcome


The East Bay-San Francisco branches of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is honored to have Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated author and professor of creative writing at UC Berkeley, as the final speaker in our Peace Talks series. She will reflect on her life and writing, on immigration, war, peace, and activism. She will be in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.

Kingston’s first book, a memoir entitled The Woman Warrior, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton. Her most recent books are The Fifth Book of Peace and I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. Kingston is Senior Lecturer Emerita for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. In July 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.

For more information contact wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

WILPF Disarm Committee is organizing to End both Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power under the Slogan “End the Whole Nuclear Era”

In response to fears of impetuous Presidential action WILPF-US is supporting “the no first strike” bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. WILPF endorses the UN treaty to ban Nuclear weapons which was not endorsed by the US but was approved by 120 countries.

WILPF supports and recommends the Friends Committee on National Legislation at https://www.fcnl.org/

 

ACTION: Add your name to the new WILPF petition supporting the Nuclear Weapons Ban and send it to your friends and contacts :

WILPF see https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-the-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty

 

Join our ONE WILPF CALLS

Didn’t attend the WILPF Congress but want to get involved? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you have not yet joined our ONE WILPF calls, add them to your calendar. They are held the second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm PST. The next call will be September 14th.

Help our branch win the July-October Contest. A prize is offered to the branch with the most ONE WILPF CALL attendees joining the call for the first time during the four months of July through October 2017.

If you don’t have internet access but would like to join the call, please call Annie 510-6438 for the cell phone number & access code.

Find archived previous call notes at:

http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

WIPLF EASTBAYSan Francisco Branch is looking for a member to fill a role of helping to set up meetings with elected officials. Interested?? email us at wilpf@wilpfestbayeastbay.org

EVENT: Join our sister Palo Alto group event Friday Sept 15 5pm

vegetarian dinner at Vegetarian House, 520 E. Santa Clara st, San Jose

with Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation to discuss Mayors for Peace campaign. The meeting will be at 7pm at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, 48 south 7th st, San Jose

PROTEST RIGHT WING JUDGE APPOINTMENTS

When it comes to the federal courts, the white supremacist in the White House is winning. Donald Trump is setting a record pace of nominating young, extreme right-wing judges for lifetime appointments to the bench. Extremist Republican senators, with the help of some Democrats, including our own Senator Dianne Feinstein are jaming through those nominees as fast as possible.

Contact Senator Feinstein, member of the Senate judiciary committee who needs to refuse to confirm these judges. She has not taken a hard stand. Call her office at 202 224-3841 Ask her to stand up against Trump’s right wing federal judges.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Comfort Women Justice Coalition invites you to the unveiling of the San Francisco “comfort women” memorial on Friday September 22, St. Mary’s Square, 651 California St., Gathering at 1:30 pm, Ceremony, 2 to 4 pm.

Book Release Parties for Kate Raphael’s new book (book 2): Murder under the Fig Tree at Laurel Bookstore, 14th & Broadway, Oakland, Saturday, September 23, 7 pm, hosted by Middle East Children’s Alliance; 518 Valencia in S.F. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 pm. Suggested donation $5.

 

GET INVOLVED JOIN WILPF-US COMMITTEES

WILPF-US issue committees like Disarm/End Wars, Advancing Human Rights, etc. have list-serves that people can get on to find out what the committee is doing, and when meetings are. Go to the link below to read about the committees and, e-mail the chairs to add you to their lists: http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work

EXPLORE WILPF

Local branch web page www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

https://www.facebook.com/WILPFEastBaySanFrancisco/

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF: www.wilpf.org and http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

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WILPF NEWS Aug 2017

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

August 2017

With the risk of war magnifying,

The Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 ½ minutes before midnight,

set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists see http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard

Get involved! Become better informed! Resist!

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, September 9th 10am-noon

Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland (near Rockridge BART)

Actions: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

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Join us to Hear Maxine Hong Kingston Reflect on Our Times


Sunday, September 17th 3-5pm

Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley (at Ashby BART)

Event is free, wheelchair accessible, refreshments served, all are welcome


The East Bay-San Francisco branches of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is honored to have Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated author and professor of creative writing at UC Berkeley, as the final speaker in our Peace Talks series. She will reflect on her life and writing, on immigration, war, peace, and activism. She will be in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.

Kingston’s first book, a memoir entitled The Woman Warrior, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Both books are still widely taught in literature and other classes. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton. Her most recent books are The Fifth Book of Peace and I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. Kingston is Senior Lecturer Emerita for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. In July 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.

For more information contact wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

WILPF Disarm Committee is Moving to End both Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power under the Slogan “End the Whole Nuclear Era”

In response to fears of impetuous Presidential action WILPF-US is supporting “the no first strike” bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. Write your Congress Members NOW:

Sample letter

As President, Donald Trump now has sole authority to launch any of 4,000 nuclear weapons. If his first months in office are any indication – he can’t even decipher between allies and adversaries, let alone control his temper. In fact, nuclear risk scientists recently moved the Doomsday Clock hands to 2.5 minutes before midnight – the closest the world has been to a nuclear war since the US and Russia tested hydrogen bombs in 1953.

US Senator Ed Markey and US Representative Ted Lieu have introduced a bill in Congress to “prohibit any president from launching a first-strike nuclear weapon without a declaration of war from Congress.” Please support the Markey-Lieu bill to protect the national security interests of the United States and prevent nuclear war – either by accident or a temper tantrum.

Join our ONE WILPF CALLS

Can’t come to local WILPF branch meetings but want to get involved? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you have not yet joined our ONE WILPF calls, add them to your calendar. They are held the second Thursday of each month, at 4 pm PST. The next call will be September 14th.

Help our branch win the July-October Contest. A prize is offered to the branch with the most ONE WILPF CALL attendees joining the call for the first time during the four months of July through October 2017.The branch to have the most number of NEW people on the ONE WILPF CALL will win a DVD of Noam Chomsky’s Requiem for the American Dream. This DVD would make a great gift or a film to show in a program meeting. Chomsky is a national treasure.

If you don’t have internet access but would like to join the call, please call Sandy 510-967-9622 for the call phone number & access code.

Find archived previous call notes at:

http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT

Emergency rapid response teams in SF 415-200-1548

in East Bay 510-241-4011

Free Legal Help for Immigrants https://www.adminrelief.org/legalhelp/

Helpful advice DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR IF AN IMMIGRATION AGENT KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR. If the agent says they have an arrest warrant, ask them to pass it under the door so you can verify the name and if it is signed by a judge.

DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE IMMIGRATION AGENTS IF THEY TRY TO TALK WITH YOU. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to talk with a lawyer before you answer them.

If ICE comes, immediately call Rapid Response Team in SF 415 200-1548, East Bay 510 241-4111

EVERYONE HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Do not speak to ICE if they try to talk with you.

Do not open the door if they have no order signed by a judge with your exact name. Do not sign anything that ICE gives you to sign. Do not run away from ICE. Do not tell ICE where you are from.

Do not lie, just say “I do not want to talk with you.” If you are detained, ask for a lawyer.

GET INVOLVED JOIN WILPF US COMMITTEES

WILPF-US committees like Disarm/End Wars, Advancing Human Rights, etc. have lists serves that people can get on to find out what the committee is doing, when meetings are. Go to link below to read about the committees and e-mail the chairs to add you to their lists: http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work

Below is an excerpt from a letter sent to members by Mary Hanson Harrison, national President of the US Section of WiLPF. A full report on the Congress will be sent to members soon.

Bending the Arc Toward Justice

 

It is fortuitous that we recently held our 33rd Triennial Congress that focused on Jane Addams’s imperative “to learn to use our moral energy to create a new sort of force in this world.” It is certainly time to put that FORCE TO WORK!

As I was unpacking some boxes filled with our Congress materials, I picked up Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need and remembered her transformative postscript for Canada: “The Leap Manifesto.” Indeed, it states the value system that demands a leap of imagination; to imagine a world built on the intention of “caring for the Earth and One Another.” It also serves as a complement to our program for “Women Organizing for Action” and our WILPF Manifesto 2015. Klein’s ongoing indictment of Trump’s use of “SHOCK capitalism” is even more applicable right now, as he has leads us into the tragedy of “fire and fury” and a “lock and loaded” world. She reminds us: “We can…shock the hell out of ourselves – by being united, focused and determined…. By refusing to be afraid, no matter how much we are tested.”

At our Congress, ninety attendees listened, presented, discussed, debated, and came together to RISE UP! The program challenged us to think globally and locally; from Syria, to Yemen, to banning nuclear weapons, to organizing in urban Chicago and how that organizing informs our work in our own communities, and from labor unions to Hull House, where Addams gathered together “the first national group dedicated to organizing women workers, Women’s Trade Union League.” All of which the plenary speakers brought home to us through their own experience and expertise, pointing us towards areas where we must move forward.

WILPF votes at Congress to support Hamas at the peace table. For more info link to : http://wilpfus.org/documents/Hamas/WILPF_Hamas_Booklet.pdf

7 Things You Can Do in Response to Charlettesville

from http://www.comnetwork.org/

A parting thought — from John F. Kennedy — “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

EXPLORE WILPF

Local branch web page www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

https://www.facebook.com/WILPFEastBaySanFrancisco/

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF: www.wilpf.org and http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

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Maxine Hong Kingstron Reflects on Our Times Sept 17

You are invited to

Hear Maxine Hong Kingston Reflect on Our Times

The East Bay-San Francisco Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is honored to have Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated author and professor of creative writing at UC Berkeley, in the last of our Peace Talks series. She will reflect on her life, on immigration, war, peace, and activism in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine. Hear her on Sunday, September 17th, 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street in Berkeley at Ashby BART.  The event is free, all are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments.

Kingston’s first book, a memoir entitled The Woman Warrior, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Both books are still widely taught in literature and other classes. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton. Her most recent books are The Fifth Book of Peace and I Love a Broad Margin to My Life.  Kingston is currently Senior Lecturer Emerita for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. In July 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.

The Peace Talks Speaker Series is a presentation of the Women’s  International League for Peace and Freedom, East Bay and San Francisco branches.  See our web page:  WILPFEastBay.org or WILPFSF.org.

For more information contact:
wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

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Wilpf News July 2017

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

July 2017

With the risk of war magnifying

The Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 ½ minutes before midnight,

set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists see http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard

Get involved! Become better informed! Resist!

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, August 12th 10am-noon

San Francisco Main Library, near Civic Center BART

Actions: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

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JOIN US TO HEAR Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

HISTORICAL ROOTS OF U.S. ENDLESS WARS AND GUN VIOLENCE: HOPE FOR SOLUTIONS AND TRANSFORMATION

Sunday, July 16th 3-5 pm at the Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics,

518 Valencia St., San Francisco (16 St./Mission BART)

Valencia St will be blocked due to parade

All are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments, free


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be interviewed by Kate Raphael, author and producer of Women’s Magazine on KPFA, and will include time for questions from the audience. Roxanne is a prolific writer, historian, activist and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at Cal State Hayward. She will talk about the United States as an inherently violent settler state, based on institutions built to carry out annexation of Native lands through genocidal wars and capitalism built on commodification theft of native and Mexican land and African bodies. Social, police violence and military aggression in the world result from that process. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She is the author of many books including Blood on the Boarder: a Memoir of the Contra War, Self Determination and Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples History of the United States,

For more information : https//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxann_Dumbar_Ortiz

SAVE THE DATE!

The Peace Talks Author Series will conclude with MAXINE HONG KINGSTON on Sunday afternoon, September 17th from 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley (at the Ashby BART station)

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WILPF Ban the Bomb Events Support UN Resolution

WILPF members demonstrated across the United States in Solidarity on June 17

Our local branch of WILPF organized a Ban the Bomb event at UN Plaza

Speakers included:

Marylia Kelley, TriValley Cares link to Trivalleycares.org

Gwyn Kirk from Women for Genuine Security www.genuinesecurity.org/

Code Pink www.codepink.org

Physicians for Social Responsibility www.psr.org/

Barbara Nielsen, Judith Mirkinson, and Anne Polito, from SF WILPF

122 countries at the UN sign a treaty to ban nuclear weapons forever

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/07/ opinions/un-nuclear-weapon- ban-opinion-helfand-bivens/ index.html


Nations of the world are saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The planet cannot sustain even the THREAT of nuclear attack. The US is not supporting this treaty. In fact, in the US, the National Nuclear Security Administration is asking for a large INCREASE in spending on nuclear weapons in 2018. In our own back yard at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, the spending request for nuclear weapons activities goes from an astronomical $1.069 billion to $1.23 billion.

For more information go to: http://www.icanw.org/ and www.worldbeyondwar.org

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Return Guantanamo Naval Base to the Cuban People

Last month, WILPF members Cynthia Roberts, Nuri Ronaghy, and Alan Shorb attended the Fifth International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases in the town of Guantanamo, Cuba—the town adjacent to the illegally occupied US naval base.

Representatives from the US and around the world joined in issuing a statement demanding that the US return to the Cuban people the territory occupied by Guantanamo Naval Base and to end the economic, commercial, financial blockade of the country that is still in existence. Conference participants also called for the closure of foreign bases and military enclaves around the world. Please read the article by Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee member Cynthia Roberts.


Join our ONE WILPF CALLS

Can’t come to local WILPF branch meetings but want to get involved? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would like to join the call, please call Sandy 510-967-9622 for the call phone number & access code.

Put the dates of the One WILPF calls on your calendar now!

Aug. 10, Sept 14

Find archived previous call notes at:

http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT

Emergency rapid response teams in SF 415 200-1548

in East Bay 510 241-4011

Free Legal Help for Immigrants https://www.adminrelief.org/legalhelp/

Helpful advice DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR IF AN IMMIGRATION AGENT KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR. If the agent says they have an arrest warrant, ask them to pass it under the door so you can verify the name and if it is signed by a judge.

DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE IMMIGRATION AGENTS IF THEY TRY TO TALK WITH YOU. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to talk with a lawyer before you answer them.

If ICE comes, immediately call Rapid Response Team in SF 415 200-1548, East Bay 510 241-4111

EVERYONE HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Do not speak to ICE if they try to talk with you.

Do not open the door if they have no order signed by a judge with your exact name. Do not sign anything that ICE gives you to sign. Do not run away from ICE. Do not tell ICE where you are from.

Do not lie, just say “I do not want to talk with you.” If you are detained, ask for a lawyer.

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WILPF US receives Trinity Elementary School’s peace award link to read their letter

The graduating fifth grade students of Trinity Elementary School in Menlo Park, CA, have awarded WILPF US their World Wide Peace Award, which consists of a letter, a medallion, and $100, which the students raise.

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You can still attend the WILPF US Congress. “RISE UP Women Organizing for Action” Thursday July 27 – Sunday July 30, in Chicago.

Update on the Nepali Trafficking Survivors Program 

Arla Ertz gave us a report-back on her trip to Nepal. She went to continue working with the seven women survivors of trafficking who are doing expressive art therapy. They have now formed their own organization, Shakti Samuha, a partner of Harambee Arts that started in Kenya. Harambee means “lets pull together” in Swahili.  See http://harambeearts.org/  In addition, the Nepalese survivors are developing training workshops, and emphasizing prevention by going to remote villages throughout Nepal and slums of Kathmandu to rescue girls at risk.  They now have their first office in Kathmandu.

WILPF-US Human Rights Committee has a subcommittee on Trafficking and have gotten publicity from Super Bowl activism resulting in consciousness raising staff training at hotels in the area, and getting funding from the NFL.  Link to: wilpfus.org

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIONS

Saturday, August 5th, 6:30-9pm. Bring friends, family and kids to the Hiroshima Peace Lantern Ceremony at Aquatic Park in Berkeley (Bolivar Dr and Addison St)

Decorate free candlelight peace lanterns to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) at this Japanese-style peace event. Free materials will be provided to create lanterns, which will then be sent out into the water at sunset during a formal ceremony. There will also be a reading of a message sent by the mayor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with a musical performance, and an informational display about nuclear arms.

Wednesday, August 9th, 8am. March for Nuclear Abolition and Global Survival

Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab,

Corner of Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads, Livermore

In response to fears of impetuous Presidential action WILPF.us is following the no first strike bill introduced by Lieu-Markey. To sign a petition link to : https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-the-lieu-markey-no-first-nuclear-strike-bill

Get involved join a WILPF Committee

WILPF-US committees like Disarm/End Wars, Advancing Human Rights, etc. have listserves that people can get on to find out what the committee is doing, when meetings are. Go to link below to read about the committees and e-mail the chairs to add you to their lists: http://www.wilpfus.org/our-work

EXPLORE WILPF

Facebook users follow us and like us at WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WILPFEastBaySanFrancisco/

www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

follow us at International WILPF Facebook: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz event July 16: She will discuss “Historical Roots of Endless Wars and Gun Violence”

You are invited to JOIN WILPF Eastbay/San Francisco

TO HEAR Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 

HISTORICAL ROOTS OF U.S. ENDLESS WARS AND GUN VIOLENCE: HOPE FOR SOLUTIONS AND TRANSFORMATION
Sunday, July 16 3-5 pm at the Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics,
518 Valencia St., San Francisco (16 St./Mission BART)
All are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments, free.

Roxanne
Dunbar-Ortiz will be interviewed by Kate Raphael, author and producer of Women’s Magazine on KPFA, and will include time for questions from the audience. Roxanne is a prolific writer, historian, activist and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at Cal State Hayward.
She will talk about the United States as an inherently violent settler state, based on institutions built to carry out annexation of Native lands through genocidal wars and capitalism built on commodification theft of native and Mexican land and African bodies. Social, police violence and military aggression in the world result from that process. She will discuss how this leads those who organize for change into blind alleys.
She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. She is the author of many books including “Blood on the Border: a Memoir of the Contra War”, “Self Determination and Human Rights”, and “Indigenous Peoples History of the United States”.
HEAR A PREVIEW INTERVIEW
Kate Rapheal’s Women’s Magazine radio show, on KPFA fm (94.1), July 10 podcast
The Peace Talk Author Series will conclude with Maxine Hong Kingston on Sunday afternoon, September 17th from 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley (at the Ashby BART station)
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WILPF NEWS

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

June 2017

With the risk of war suddenly magnifying this week

The Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 ½ minutes before midnight,

set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists see http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard

Get involved, become better informed, resist

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, July 8 10am – 12:30pm

Rockridge Public Library, Oakland (near Rockridge BART)

Actions: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

JOIN US TO HEAR Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

HISTORICAL ROOTS OF U.S. ENDLESS WARS AND GUN VIOLENCE: HOPE FOR SOLUTIONS AND TRANSFORMATION

Sunday, July 16 3-5 pm at the Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics,

518 ValenciaSt., San Francisco (16 St./Mission BART)

All are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments, free


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortez will be interviewed by Kate Raphael, author and producer of Women’s Magazine on KPFA, and will include time for questions from the audience. Roxanne is a prolific writer, historian, activist and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at Cal State Hayward. She will talk about the United States as an inherently violent settler state, based on institutions built to carry out annexation of Native lands through genocidal wars and capitalism built on commodification theft of native and Mexican land and African bodies. Social, police violence and military aggression in the world result from that process. She will discuss how this leads those who organize for change into blind alleys. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. She is the author of many books including Blood on the Boarder: a Memoir of the Contra War, Self Determination and Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples History of the United States,

For more information : https//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxann_Dumbar_Ortiz

The Peace Talk Author Series will conclude with Maxine Hong Kingston on Sunday afternoon, September 17th from 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley (at the Ashby BART station)

Facebook users follow us and like us at WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WILPFEastBaySanFrancisco/

*****WILPF Ban the Bomb Event ******

WILPF members demonstrate across the United States in Solidarity

Saturday, June 17th 12-2pm

Join us in San Francisco at the Ban the Bomb event at the UN Plaza
Hyde – Leavenworth Market St. (next to the UN fountain)
Speakers will include Marylia Kelly, TriValley Cares link to Trivalleycares.org

Signs (bring you own) – Leaflets to hand-out
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

What It‘s About:
Over 130 nations (not including the U.S.) have come together to demand a treaty that

BANS NUCLEAR WEAPONS FOREVER.

This historic treaty was proposed in 2016 at the United Nations in New York City. It’s being drafted NOW. The collaborating nations will return to NY June 15 to work out the negotiations that will lead to agreement. The Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) is leading a big march in NYC on June 17 to support the negotiations, and cities around the world are also holding events–like ours in S.F.

Join the nations of the world who are saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH–the planet cannot sustain even the THREAT of nuclear attack. The National Nuclear Security Administration is asking for a large increase in spending on Nuclear weapons in 2018. In our own back yard at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, the spending request for nuclear weapons activities goes from an astronomical $1.069 billion to $1.23 billion

Check out www.womenbanthebomb.org and http://www.icanw.org/

More information World Beyond War at www.worldbeyondwar.org

The draft text of the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons was released last week.
Article about the topic here


Call and contact your Senators to help lead this effort

Ask them to support the UN Treaty and to support the reintroduction of

Eleanor Holmes Norton Bill:

Nuclear weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conservation act

Senator Feinstein 202 224-3841 Senator Harris 202 224 3553

GOLDEN RULE PEACE SHIP

WILPF supports the Golden Rule Peace Ship that has sailed world wide to promote peace and ban the nukes. They will be in Sausalito June 21-28. The Veterans for Peace will have a reception on June 27 6pm at the Veterans Memorial building

link to www.vfgoldenruleproject.org

Join our ONE WILPF CALLS

Can’t come to local WILPF branch meetings but want to get involved? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would like to join the call, please call Sandy 510-967-9622 for the call phone number & access code.

Put the dates of the One WILPF calls on your calendar now!

July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14

Find archived previous call notes at:

http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT

Emergency rapid response teams in SF 415 200-1548

in Eastbay 510 241-4011

Free Legal Help for Immigrants https://www.adminrelief.org/legalhelp/

Helpful advice DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR IF AN IMMIGRATION AGENT KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR. If the agent says they have an arrest warrant, ask them to pass it under the door so you can verify the name and if it is signed by a judge.

DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE IMMIGRATION AGENTS IF THEY TRY TO TALK WITH YOU. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to talk with a lawyer before you answer them.

If ICE comes, immediately call Rapid Response Team in SF 415 200-1548, East Bay 510 241-4111

EVERYONE HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Do not speak to ICE if they try to talk with you.

Do not open the door if they have no order signed by a judge with your exact name. Do not sign anything that ICE gives you to sign. Do not run away from ICE. Do not tell ICE where you are from.

Do not lie, just say “I do not want to talk with you.” If you are detained, ask for a lawyer.

Join us for the WILPF US 33rd Triennial Congress
Thursday July 27 – Sunday July 30, in the vibrant city of Chicago!

The Congress Planning Committee is hard at work creating a great program to inspire and engage. We are building a “working Congress”—one geared toward collaboration, so we can continue to advance WILPF’s mission and build upon our WILPF work back home. Registration deadline is July 11. For information and to register:

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/register-congress-71

EXPLORE WILPF

www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org or wilpf.sf@gmail.com

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

follow us at International WILPF Facebook: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

 

web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

follow us at International WILPF Facebook: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

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SUSAN GRIFFIN, SPEAKS ON HOW WAR ERODES AND DESTROYS DEMOCRACIES

HOW WAR ERODES AND DESTROYS DEMOCRACIES

The East Bay and San Francisco branches of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) present SUSAN GRIFFIN, acclaimed poet and author. In this second of four Peace Talks presented by WILPF, SUSAN GRIFFIN will talk about “How War Erodes and Destroys Democracies” and what concerned citizens in this country can do to turn the tide toward peace and justice. She will be in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine, on Sunday, May 21st, from 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley (Ashby BART Station). All are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments. Parking is behind the building enter on left side.

SUSAN GRIFFIN is a celebrated author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, a poet and an Emmy award-winning playwright. Whether pairing ecology and gender in her foundational work Woman and Nature, or the private life with the targeting of civilians in A Chorus of Stones, she sheds a new light on many contemporary issues, including climate change, war, colonialism, the body, democracy, and terrorism. She has recently completed a novel about global warming and the creative process, called The Ice Dancer’s Tale, and is concluding a long poem about the Mississippi River.

See her web page at www.susangriffin.com

In the coming months, the WILPF Peace Talk series will feature two other local women authors talking about their lives, their writing and their activism.

ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ, author and revolutionary historian, will speak Sunday, July 16th from 3-5pm at Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., San Francisco (16th St./Mission BART station)

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, author and Professor emerita will speak Sunday, September 17th from 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley (Ashby BART Station)

The Peace Talk series is presented by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, East Bay and San Francisco branches. See our web page:

WILPFEastBay.org or WILPFSF.org

For more information, contact Sandy at 510 967-9622 or wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org.

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Susan Griffin Event and WILPF NEWS

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

April 2017

With the risk of war suddenly magnifying this week

The Dooms Day Clock is now at 2 ½ minutes set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists see http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard

Get involved, become better informed, resist

Join our monthly planning meeting
Next meeting will be Saturday, May 13, 10am – 12:30pm

Rockridge Public Library, Oakland

Actions: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to S.F. Main Library. Call Betty to confirm, (415-931-1126)

GET INVOLVED, BECOME INFORMED, RESIST

JOIN US TO HEAR SUSAN GRIFFIN

HOW WAR ERODES AND DESTROYS DEMOCRACIES”

Sunday, May 21st, 3-5 pm at the Ed Roberts Campus 3075 Adeline St. Berkeley (near Ashby BART)

All are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments, free


Susan Griffin will be interviewed by Kate Raphael, author and producer of Women’s Magazine on KPFA, and will include time for questions from the audience. Griffin is a prolific celebrated novelist, Pulitzer Prize finalist, a poet and Emmy award-winning playwright. Whether pairing ecology and gender in her foundational work Woman and Nature, or the private life with the targeting of civilians in A Chorus of Stones, she sheds a new light on many contemporary issues, including climate change, war, colonialism, the body, democracy, and terrorism. She has recently completed a novel about global warming and the creative process, called The Ice Dancer’s Tale, and is concluding a long poem about the Mississippi River.

See her web page at www.susangriffin.com

Miss the first peace talk you can listen to Kate Raphael’s interview of Aya De Leon at KPFA women’s magazine at https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=255430

The Peace Talk Author Series will continue with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on July 16 at 518 Valencia in San Francisco, and Maxine Hong Kingston on September 17 at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. All events are Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm.

Facebook users follow us and like us at WILPFEastbaySanFrancisco Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WILPFEastBaySanFrancisco/

*****WILPF Solidarity Event ******

WILPF members demonstrate across the United States in Solidarity on April 22.

Join us in San Francisco at the “March for Science” 11 am rally 12:30 march to civic center—WILPF members gathering at 11:30 in front of the ferry building at the foot of Market Street–look for our banners.

See Eastbaywilpf members and the WILPF banner

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/one-wilpf-standing-solidarity-across-wilpf-us-april-22-2017

WILPF is sponsoring the Martin Luther King speech April 18

as relevant as ever

On the 50th anniversary public reading of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech will be in front of the Oakland Federal Building Tuesday, April 18, which is Tax Day and also the start of this year’s Global Days of Action on Military Spending. Here’s the schedule:

12 noon – first reading (National Council of Elders has priority for readers)

2 pm – second reading

4 pm – third reading

5 pm – closing ceremony

Join our ONE WILPF CALLS

Can’t come to local WILPF branch meetings but want to get involved? Join our monthly member-led conference calls. They offer an excellent way for members to connect with other WILPF members across the US, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. To enroll you can email Marybeth Gardam at mbgardam@gmail.com

If you don’t have internet access but would like to join the call, please call Sandy 510-967-9622 for the call phone number & access code.

Put the dates of the One WILPF calls on your calendar now!

May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14

Find archived previous call notes at:

http://wilpfus.org/story/one-wilpf-calls

Women’s March to Ban the Bomb June 17

The nuclear arms ban treaty will be heard this year in the UN with the next round of negotiations Jun 14-17. So far 123 countries have signed on. Not the USA. Universal disarmament has been one of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s goals since its beginning in 1915. WILPF’S Reaching Critical Will is coordinating this effort.

For an excellent brochure on Ban the Bomb link to:

http://www.icanw.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/BanNuclearWeaponsNow.pdf

WILPF Eastbay & San Francisco plan to demonstrate and leaflet around Union Square or the Ferry Building June 17 and make yard signs… details later.

WILPF ATTENDS THE UNITED NATION’S

61st COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

CSW 61UN: 61st Commission on the Status of Women was March 13-24 at the United Nations in New York. It was attended by WILPF members including our own Barbara Nielsen. CEDAW is a UN treaty that addresses women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development, and the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. The conference reminds us that CEDAW has not been ratified by the United States, the only democracy not to ratify it.

Save this date and Join us for the WILPF US 33rd Triennial Congress,
Thursday July 27 – Sunday July 30, in the vibrant city of Chicago!

The Congress Planning Committee is hard at work creating a great program to inspire and engage. We are building a “working Congress”—one geared toward collaboration, so we can continue to advance WILPF’s mission and build upon our WILPF work back home.

HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT

Emergency rapid response teams in SF 415 200-1548

in Eastbay 510 241-4011

Free Legal Help for Immigrants https://www.adminrelief.org/legalhelp/

Helpful advice DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR IF AN IMMIGRATION AGENT KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR. If the agent says they have an arrest warrant, ask them to pass it under the door so you can verify the name and if it is signed by a judge.

DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE IMMIGRATION AGENTS IF THEY TRY TO TALK WITH YOU. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to talk with a lawyer before you answer them.

If ICE comes, immediately call Rapid Response Team in SF 415 200-1548, East Bay 510 241-4111

EVERYONE HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Do not speak to ICE if they try to talk with you.

Do not open the door if they have no order signed by a judge with your exact name. Do not sign anything that ICE gives you to sign. Do not run away from ICE. Do not tell ICE where you are from.

Do not lie, just say “I do not want to talk with you.” If you are detained, ask for a lawyer.

Easy Sites for Contacting your Representatives
For US. Representatives: 
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
For US. Senators: 
http://congresslookup.com/
For California legislators: 
http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

EXPLORE WILPF

OUR web page at: www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org or wilpf.sf@gmail.com

National WILPF web site: www.wilpfus.org,

International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org

California WILPF: www.//wilpfcalifornia.org/

follow us at International WILPF Facebook: http.//www.facebook.com/WILPF

follow us at WILPF US on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section

 

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