Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
August/September 2014 Issue
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Report Back on 32nd National WILPF Congress in Detroit
Saturday, September 13 1:30pm, San Francisco Library
Join us at 1:30 this Saturday for a report back from the National WILPF Congress in Detroit by Barbara Nielsen, Dolores Taller, and Judith Mirkinson, Meet at the SF Main Library, Grove St entrance between Hyde/Larkin (Library entrance is near the Civic Center BART station) in the Martin Paley Conference Room on the 3rd floor of the library.
Our regular monthly planning meeting will be at 12:30, with lunch at 11:30 am at the Gyro King Mediterranean restaurant across the street from the Grove St. entrance to the library.
Join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco
Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after
CALLING MEMBERS TO CONSIDER RUNNING FOR THE WILPF NATIONAL BOARD
The annual election cycle is beginning for the 2015 US Section Board. Three-year positions are for the national secretary, one of two national program chairs, and one of two at-large (i.e., not a committee chair) national board members.
Have you been active in your branch and want to learn more? Or in an issue committee and would like to see how things work at the national level? Know someone you think would be great in a national administrative leadership role? Please consider yourself or someone you know for one of these positions.
You must have been a dues-paying active member for at least two years to be eligible for board service. Please contact Barbara Nielsen email@example.com, chair of the Nominating Committee, for more information
WILPF Women from Around the US and International WILPF converged on the Campus of Wayne State University in Detroit July 31-August 3 for the 32nd Triennial WILPF-US Congress
Attendees joined Detroiters protesting the shutoff of water at a rally August 1, in solidarity with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They approved a resolution at the final plenary on August 3 calling on the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to implement the original 2005 Detroit Water Affordability Program, and not privatize this public resource.
Special thanks to US Section President Mary Hanson Harrison for setting the tone of the Congress; to Laura Dewey, Congress coordinator; Ellen Schwartz, Congress Committee chair; Joan Bazar, Program Committee chair; and especially to the 130 attendees, every one of whom came prepared to make a positive contribution.
Congress heard from International President Adilia Caravaca, longtime Secretary General Edith Ballantyne and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin on Thursday. Detroit activists introduced us to their struggles Friday night, and a lively crew of talented musicians had the crowd clapping and swaying along Saturday night.
During the day, participants shared updates and new concerns in 35 workshops – watch for outcome reports and suggestions for moving forward over the coming weeks. Additional resolutions on Gaza, international water rights, US-Mexico border issues, Monsanto, and nuclear weapons-free zones will also be posted.
International WILPF guests along with Adilia Caravaca (Costa Rica) and Edith Ballantyne (Geneva), included vice presidents Kirsten Greback (Sweden) and Martha Jean Baker (UK), workshop presenters Shilpa Pandey (India) and Felicity Ruby (Australia).
Development chair Robin Lloyd announced that $600,000 has been pledged so far in the Grow WILPF million dollar campaign. See the report on crowd funding by the Centennial Coordinator for additional ways to support this effort.
Our gratitude to the Detroit Branch for outstanding hospitality. Solidarity and love to the Detroit activists who shared their struggle with us.
THE MILITARY COMPLEX IS INVADING TOO MANY ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES
Federal Defense is taking the lion share of the tax revenues once again with the 2015 proposed budget at 57%. This funding is like a cancer growing at the expense of funds for HOUSING, SCHOOLS, ROADS, PARKS, JOBS, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
It is also the biggest cause of green house gases. Worse yet, military weapons are now showing up in the hands of homeland security and local police. “We the people” are at risk of being attacked with military weapons at a peaceful demonstration. For more information link to : http://nationalpriorities.org/ or check out Boarder Patrol Nation by Todd Miller interviewed on KPFA.org Uprising show Sept 2. 3. 4.
Last week, after days of violent police rampages in Ferguson, Missouri, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said the Senate will “review” the Defense Department program that gives military weapons and equipment to civilian police departments for free.
It took five apocalyptic nights in Ferguson for Levin to make that statement, but the national dialogue on the militarization of police has begun.
Only it didn’t just take Ferguson. It took years of violent arrests. Exposés that revealed small towns being patrolled by tanks and big cities controlled by force. Rampant and institutionalized violations of citizens’ human and constitutional rights. Protests and demonstrations around the country suffocated by intimidation, brutality, and weapons only ever seen in warfare.
The most recent crackdown came in response to a march that grew out of a vigil for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. The community of 20,000 wanted justice for another, This is the Story of Power in this Country’: Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police and a young black man killed with impunity; the police did not want to answer for their actions. (written by Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams)
LOCAL PROTEST IN OAKLAND OF SWAT TEAM TRAiNING AND WEAPONS EXPO
The 9th annual Urban Shield – the SWAT team training and weapons expo that brings together local, regional and global police-military units – will be held in Oakland Sept. 4-8.
Oakland is gearing up to stop it! Building on growing resistance to police militarization in the US, Bay Area community organizations and the War Resisters League’s Facing Tear Gas campaign have come together to call for Oakland’s non-participation in Urban Shield, community self-determination, and solidarity with global movements. Stopping Urban Shield is one step to roll back police militarization.
CITIZENS ARE ASKING the Marriott Hotel/Oakland Convention Center not to host Urban Shield. JOIN Stop Urban Shield : THERE will be a press conference and rally to protest Urban Shield’s war games and weapons show Friday, Sept 5, 4-6 pm, Marriott Hotel, downtown Oakland. CALL your mayor and council members and call the Marriott Hotel.
We have until September 8, when the United States Senate will vote on the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Act NOW!
- Join forces with Move to Amend Oaklanders to get the Oakland City Council to adopt a strong Resolution supporting Move to Amend goals. Oakland WILPFers who want to help, join the Move to amend meetings that are in Oakland at Providence House, usually on 2nd Wednesdays at 7pm.
- Activating our online grassroots networks to encourage more senators to join the 50 who already support the amendment.
- Supporting involved citizens and community activists from coast to coast who are holding events like house parties, petition drives and rallies that engage their friends, family and neighbors in this unprecedented movement for an amendment.
- Ensuring that newspapers around the country are making the case for an amendment via editorials and op-eds.
- Advancing the People’s Pledge — an agreement between candidates to discourage outside spending — in 30 states and counting.
- Providing expert analysis to the media on the outside spending that is already occurring at a record-breaking pace in the lead-up to the midterm elections this fall.
- Working with partner organizations to deliver millions of petition signatures to Congress from Americans who demand an amendment.
- Organizing a nationwide call-in campaign to senators right before the vote.
- CALL OUR CALIFORNIA SENATORS TO THANK THEM FOR SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT:
SENATOR FEINSTEIN 202 224-3841 AND SENATOR BOXER 202 224-3553