Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
Visit the national WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org
WILPF US Facebook page:
Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org
Next planning meeting
June 11th 10-4, San Francisco Main Library
Action: Join us every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm for a peace vigil
at Montgomery Street and Market Street in San Francisco.
We are joining with other peace groups like Code Pink and World Can’t Wait.
MEET THE PRESIDENT OF US WILPF JUNE 1st
Join us and meet United States WILPF President Mary Harrison. Join our branches on Wednesday, June 1 at 6pm in Palo Alto at University Lutheran Church, 1611 Stanford Ave.
Get to know our International WILPF president Madeleine Rees , hear her Ted talk from Lausanne on YouTube:
PLANNING WOMEN WRITERS PEACE EVENT
WILPF San Francisco and East Bay are planning a Women Writers-Peace Event to coincide with International Women’s Day in March 2017. The theme : women coming together to build solidarity against war and for peace. This event, with a grant from WILPF-US, is being organized by the two branches with the help of KPFA radio show “Women’s Magazine” host Kate Raphael, Look for more details in future newsletters.
FEEDBACK FOR WILPF US PROGRAM
WILPF-US has asked members to give feedback for WILPF-US Program: Barbara Nielsen provided a packet of valuable information that included WILPF-US Principles and Policies ((1985), WILPF International Manifesto 2015, International Program 2015-2018, and the WILPF-US Program Strategic Plan (draft). The latter is up for discussion and input from members until the end of May. WILPF-US members and branches have been asked to submit input on this Plan by the end of May. To give feedback you can obtain these documents by requesting them: email Barbara Nielsen: email@example.com
Six Months after the Global Study:
from a Politics of Fear to Solidarity and Justice
Abigail Ruane, Director of WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security program,
“The political climate around the world right now would be almost absurdly comical if it were not terrifying,” writes Abigail Ruane, in her editorial to this month’s E-News from PeaceWomen. Read the WILPF PeaceWomen’s website. www.Peacewomen.org
Editorial: “It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since WILPF mobilized 1,000 activists from 80 countries at our centennial peace summit around women’s power to stop war. It’s hard to believe it is also now half a year since the launch of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) Global Study. Six months to a year,
“The political climate around the world right now would be almost absurdly comical if it were not terrifying. In the United States, the purportedly premier global superpower, the Republican party presidential nominee is now officially Donald Trump – who has openly supported torture, called immigrants “rapists,” and stated that women should be “punished” for having abortions. In the Philippines, the president-elect is Rodrigo Duterte, who has openly supported death squads and shoot-to-kill orders and in Europe, the refugee crisis is stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and the closing of borders.”
“Misogyny, xenophobia, and fascism are running rampant. Public affairs has started to feel like the world is a giant schoolyard with administrators who may have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, but certainly are not taking any action to implement it. Meanwhile, bullies manipulate bystanders into stepping aside rather than standing in solidarity against violence.”
“But non-violent action requires solidarity for impact. So, to move beyond a politics of fear, we must all find ways to act in solidarity to uphold the rights of those most marginalized in all ways we have at our disposal.”
“As we reflect on the three peace and security reviews at the UN conducted this year, including on UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, solidarity requires taking action on gender issues as a perennially neglected priority. It means making and delivering on strong commitments of gender equality and peace at next week’s World Humanitarian Summit. It means rejecting creeping militarism and demanding equal protection from forced conscription for men, women, and gender-queer people. It means addressing indigenous issues from a gender and disarmament perspective. And it means bringing an inter-sectional gender perspective that addresses a wide range of marginalized experiences in the WPS agenda more generally.”
Six months on from the Global Study, the evidence base remains firm, but the rising politics of fear requires solidarity for change. Together, we can overcome. How will you be an ally?
MONEY & FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We are being asked TODAY to consider a meaningful gift that helps defray WILPF-US costs and expands funds for program and branch support.
- If you are inspired by the energy and raw courage of our DISARM leaders and program committees and see WILPF leaders moving in the direction that needs our support, now is the time to dig in and contribute to expand the Craigslist “Pop-Up Donation” Challenge!
- If just 100 of us give $100, we’ll reach our goal by Memorial Day, a fitting deadline for peace organizing. But ANY amount will help meet our goal. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Pop-Up Donation Challenge, go to:
To make a tax-deductible donation by check, make the check out to WILPF-US and write “Pop-Up Challenge” on it. Mail to:
Peace Development Fund, PO Box 40250, San Francisco CA 94140