Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
December 2013 Issue
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East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Reminder !! Join us at our Holiday strategy meeting with San Francisco WILPF
to discuss the upcoming membership meeting to vote on a recall of the National President and Board of Directors and to plan a celebration of Madeline Duckles’ life
Saturday, December 14th 10am-noon
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible
NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON RECALL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH AT 11AM PST
A lot has been happening. It is hard to keep up with it all. A date has been set for the WILPF US Board recall vote. The special meeting of members to recall the entire Board of Directors of WILPF US and elect replacements is set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11am PST. This is the latest possible date that the board could set and remain within the requirement that the meeting take place within sixty days of the members making their official request for the meeting. Today (December 11th), the WILPF US Secretary announced there are not enough qualified signatures. The bylaw calls for 10% of WILPF’s membership as signers to a petition to call a special membership meeting, “WILPF-US has 1872 eligible voters. This is the number of members who would have been eligible to vote in a WILPF election if it were held on November 27, 2013 — the date of the recall petition. The secretary also announced WILPF has followed an 18-month rule: in order to vote in a WILPF election a member needs to have been current in their dues: if not a life member, then making some dues payment since May 27, 2012. This includes all active monthly pledgers.”
IMPORTANT !! If you have not read the newsletters (five issues have been published) of the Concerned Members they are available on the petition site, and please sign the petition if you have not. Link to Member Petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html
“Now the struggle will also be over who runs this meeting. Members are seeking to have the meeting facilitated by an accomplished, fair facilitator. It is the position of concerned members that Laura Roskos and current board members cannot preside, based on the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Corporation Law, section 5709 (c) and section 5758(b) for fairness and reasonableness and section 5715(d) for self-dealing, lack of good faith, and also for having a direct interest in the outcome.” For more information:
A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, starts with applications: deadline for applications is January 1, 2014. Applications are on the WILPF US website http://wilpfus.org/news/latest-news/share-and-develop-your-leadership-skills-wilpf
This is IMPORTANT. It will be imperative for as many members as possible to apply to be a candidate for the regular board election. If we do not have enough good candidates, we may end up with some of the same problems we have now.
Members are the stakeholders of WILPF and we have rights. We can take back control of WILPF US so that the work being done, and the manner in which we operate, will reflect the wishes and values of its members in a democratic way, so that program and the branch work can again be at the forefront of what we do.
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
Membership and Membership Renewal
Only members current on their dues, or lifetime or pledging members will have their vote counted. So make sure you dues are current. The best way to do this is online at:
OR USE THE FORM BELOW
Dues are $15 minimum. Make checks to WILPF US and mail to the address below.
Phone ___________ E-mail _______________
Dues include subscription to US WILPF’s Peace & Freedom, and membership
in one branch, as well as US WILPF and INTERNATIONAL WILPF. Mail to :
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
TRIBUTE TO MADELINE DUCKLES
Our beloved long time friend and leader Madeline Duckles passed on in her sleep on November 23rd in Santa Rosa, attended by her loving family.
May 19, 1916-Nov. 23, 2013
“Madeline Taylor Duckles was born in Loomis, California to Allie Adella Fleisher and Porter Lee Taylor. After graduating from Esparto Union High School in 1933, Madeline enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in English Literature. It was at UC Berkeley that Madeline met the love of her life, Vincent Harris Duckles. Madeline and Vin were married on June 10, 1937 in Forest Hills, Long Island. In 1951, Madeline and Vin settled into their home in the Berkeley Hills, where they raised their family and where Madeline lived until her 96th birthday. Madeline’s house was full of family, visitors and animals. She loved to entertain and receive visitors from around the world.
Madeline committed her life to peaceful activism and social justice. Madeline joined the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in the 1940s and was an active member of WILPF into her nineties. She attended meetings with the World Council of Peace in Europe and Asia, and gave speeches regarding the anti-war movement in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, and was one of the first American women to visit North Vietnam. As a leader in the Committee of Responsibility during the Vietnam War, she brought Vietnamese children injured in the war to San Francisco for treatment. Her peaceful activism made her the subject of government surveillance, and years later, Freedom of Information Act requests revealed a dossier assembled by the FBI, CIA and military intelligence services about her work. Madeline’s decades-long work was acknowledged on the floor of the United States Congress by Rep. Ronald Dellums in 1996 and Rep. Barbara Lee in 2005.
Music was an important part of Madeline’s life. Her husband was a renowned musicologist and all her sons had musical training. Three of her children continued their musical endeavors in a professional capacity, as well as three of her grandchildren. Madeline supported classical music and loved the opera and symphony. She continued to attend concerts even at 97 years of age.
She counts close friends all over the world, many of whom stayed in her home and were the beneficiaries of her wonderful hospitality.
Madeline Duckles died in Santa Rosa, California on November 23, 2013 at age 97. She is survived by five sons: Lawrence, Christopher, Lee, Peter and Jeremy; her foster daughter, Thuy; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations may be made in her name to the Jane Adams Peace Association.”
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 8, 2013
BRIEF REPORT ON WILPF REGIONAL MEETING
“Creating Positive Change”
Saturday, November 16, 2013,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City,
Rules of the meeting were established and began with concerns of members.
“This meeting is convened for the purpose of advancing WILPF’s work toward total disarmament and peace and human rights for all and for the care of the earth. This is a safe space, free from discrimination of any kind based on gender, race or age.”
West Coast Regional Meeting report, Nov. 16, 2013
(updated report )
After a series of phone calls and consultations, under the guidance of Joan Bazar, the West Coast Regional Meeting was held in Redwood City. Carol Cross, (Peninsula Branch), graciously handled logistics, (space, food, and registration). Nancy Abbey and Lois Fiedler co-facilitated the meeting , attended by about 40 West Coast WILPF’ers and current WILPF president Laura Roskos and treasurer Eva Havlicsek, JAPA co-president Tura Campanella Cook, and past JAPA president, Sandy Silver . The recommendations/proposals that were discussed ( as summarized by Nancy) included to:
1. Initiate mediation between WILPF and JAPA: (31 members endorsed, 3 abstained)
(Judy Nakadegawa, Berkeley community volunteer mediator, offered guidelines)
Both parties agree to freeze any legal action against the other party (including consultation with attorneys).
Two representatives chosen by each organization be empowered to discuss issues.
Nothing revealed in the discussion may be used by the other party in any future legal proceeding.
Agreement will be taken back to each board for ratification.
b. Purpose: to find common ground for a working relationship between the two organizations.
c. Expectations: “People go away feeling better, even if they don’t get everything they want.”
2. Re-establish Regions, with regional representatives added to the National Board: (31 members endorsed, 3 abstained)
a. Add to bylaws to help build trust: (general consensus reached that the following suggestions be sent to by-laws committee.
b. Develop guidelines for categorizing actions as “standard board decisions” or “big deal decisions” that need to involve broad member input.
c. Remove ex-officio members’ vote on board.
d. Elect representatives to International Board and UN by membership vote.
3. Convene a membership meeting to vote on recall of entire board. (19 members endorsed, 11 abstained, 3 voted no)
4. A resolution to establish a totally independent nominating committee and election process did not receive consensus.
5. A committee on WILPF finances made no recommendations or resolutions.
Update: Immediately after the regional meeting, Joan Bazar shared the proposal for mediation with JAPA, with the US Board, and got agreement for pursuing it. Tura and Joan conferred by phone and email over two weeks but it was too late for JAPA to participate in the mediation as proposed since their attorney was in the process of responding to the letter from WILPF’s attorney.
Lois J. Fiedler, Joan Bazar, Nancy Abbey, and Barbara L. Nielsen
Women Need to Be Included in Syria’s Peace Process
Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom speaks out on the Huffingtonpost.com ARTICLE Dec. 10. 2013
WILPF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S POWER TO STOP WAR
The first episode of WILPF International Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Series was an excellent use of media and “thumbs up” to Cynthia Enloe for an excellent job. The Series will be a regular event focusing on different aspects of WILPF’s work and is open to everyone, both in and outside of WILPF. The first episode online, presented by Cynthia Enloe, a pioneer in feminist international relations, was held on November 6th. For archives of WILPF International Webinars link to the WILPF International web site: http://www.wilpfinternational.org/webinars/archive-of-wilpf-webinars/ and for excellent international peace and women newsletter link to http://www.wilpfinternational.org/wilpf-news-and-alerts/
SUPPORT THE WORK OF WILPFwith an end of the year tax deductible donation to the Jane Addam’s Peace Association , 777 United Nations Plaza 6th fl. New York, New York 10017. Funds can be earmarked WILPF East Bay or in memory of Madeline Duckles.
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