Woman’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
International WILPF website: www.wilpf.org
California WILPF: www.//wilpfcalifornia.org/
International WILPF face book: https://www.facebook.com/wilpf
You are invited to get involved, make a difference, become informed : hear Palestinian embroidery Co-op organizer Nawal Slemiah who is visiting from Hebron join us for lunch after
Saturday, November 12th
Planning Committee Meeting, 10-11am
Conversation with Nawal Slemiah, 11-12
San Francisco Main Library
Action: 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 )
SAVE THESE DATES: WILPF sponsored
“Peace Talks” featuring local Women Authors
3rd Saturdays: March 19, May 21, July 16, and Sept 17, 3-5 pm
sponsored by WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches.
May 21 will host Susan Griffin at the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART
July 16 will host Roxanne Dunbar- Ortiz at 518 Valencia in San Francisco
Sept 17 Maxine Hong Kingston at the Ed Roberts Campus near Ashby BART
Songs for Women Living with War. See this exhibit now at Pro Arts, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, hosted by Women for Genuine Security. Reception is Nov 12th. https://genuinesecurity.org
Visualize a World without War and join us in a study group after the November elections. In preparation you can see the 2 hr. video that summarizes the “World Beyond War a Global Security system: an alternative to War” see https://worldbeyondwar.org , which includes videos of the September conference in DC.
Working for Peace and Justice in a Nuclear Free World Jackie Cabasso, WILPF member and Executive director of Western States Legal Foundation www.wslf .org recommends a new Book Release : “Nuclear Heartland: A Guide To The 450 Land-Based Missiles in the United States” edited by John M. LaForge and Arianne S. Petersen. http://nukewatinfo.org/indexhtml
“The heartland of the US should be used to grow needed crops, not harbor weapons of mass destruction… As political elites pursue a new cold war and the menace of nuclear weapons continues to build, Nuclear Heartland: Revised Edition reliably extends our horizons for renewed nonviolent resistance.” – Kathy Kelly, author and Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
Elections for your board representatives are coming in November. Look for the envelope with your ballot materials around the third week of October. Members will be voting for three positions: Treasurer, Membership Development Chair, and At-Large.
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 1:00 pm. Pacific Time, 3:00 Central, 4:00 Eastern
Although the board positions are not contested, your participation in the election sends a vote of confidence to the candidates. The candidates’ resumes and statements are posted at:
On October 22, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions via conference call. The Nominating Committee welcomes your suggestions for questions to be put to the candidates. Send your questions to email@example.com
WILPF stands with Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Pipeline
On September 19, 2016, WILPF US and its Earth Democracy and Advancing Human Rights national issue committees issued a statement of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other First Nations who oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Water Is Life: WILPF US Stands with Water Defenders against the Pipeline. WILPF Eastbay SF stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Sanding Rock Sioux Tribe in protest of the oil pipeline going through their land and of the harsh police practices of the contractors. We support keep the “oil in the ground and protection of earth’s water .
“Pipeline transport of the volatile Bakken crude oil is far from safe. To date, hundreds of oil and gas, spills from pipeline ruptures have contaminated local and regional environments, seriously impacted surrounding communities and harmed public health. All pipeline projects overland, close to and under water sources pose an on-going threat to people and their communities from the point of extraction to transport to the refinery and beyond to points of distribution, consumption in the United State and to ports for export.”
Our own WILPF member Regina Birchem went to Standing Rock in September
You can participate in ONE WILPF CALLS. They are monthly member-led conference calls, and offer ways for members to connect, share resources and solutions, and plan strategically for the future. They focus on solutions, moving forward, and collaborating to make WILPF stronger and our work more visible.
If you have internet access and want to be notified of the next ONE WILPF call, you can email Marybeth Gardam at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t have internet access but would still like to join the call, please contact Annie at 510-339-1395 for the conference call phone number and access code.
Put the calls on your calendar now!
Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept 14
December 8th Call features Medea Benjamin of CODE PINK discussing how WILPF and Code Pink can work more closely and strategically in collaboration.
January 12th Call features Ray Acheson of REACHING CRITICAL WILL Program at WILPF’s United Nations Office, discussing how WILPF US members can work more strategically and collaboratively with RCW’s upcoming calendar of events and objectives.
February 9th Call features the MOST DANGEROUS WOMEN Book Group Discussion. See the Winter 2016 Peace & Freedom for more information about choices of books and authors.
EDITORIAL: ON THE PURSUIT OF POWER THROUGH VIOLENCE, AND THOSE WHO CONFRONT THIS
Ray Acheson | Reaching Critical Will of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom www.reachingcriticalwill.org
What is it about the current world order that is so compelling to some governments? Is it the relentless, illegal, and immoral bombardment in towns and cities in Syria and Yemen and Iraq and many other countries?
Is it the astronomically high numbers of forcibly displaced people (over 65 million) or of refugees (over 21 million)? Is it the increasing tensions between the leaders of countries like the United States and Russia that like to think of themselves as “superpowers” and flex their machismo through large, theatrical military exercises and threats of nuclear war?
This question comes to mind because, despite all the evidence suggesting that the world is on fire, a number of governments appear committed to driving aggressively forward on the path to more violence, more conflict, more poverty, more inequality, more misery, more death, and perhaps, ultimately, armageddon. We have the United Kingdom and United States selling billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia to bomb hospitals, schools, and homes in Yemen; Russia helping the Syrian government destroy Aleppo before the year’s end; and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) testing nuclear weapons saying it needs them for its security; the United States saying the DPRK is delusional whilst performing its own nuclear weapon tests and saying a nuclear weapons ban is polarizing and not credible.
The current economic and political profitability of war and violence and weapons is likely the core motivation for these countries’ positions in this forum and the world beyond. Fortunately, these states are vastly outnumbered and the majority has not been silent about their keenness to move forward across a number of disarmament agenda items. The determination to take action in the interest of humanity can be seen in the statements of those countries seeking to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, reach universalization of the instruments banning cluster munitions and antipersonnel landmines, effectively implement the Arms Trade Treaty, prevent the development of autonomous weapons, and establish new laws and regulations for drones, incendiary weapons, outer space, and the cyber sphere.
The majority of states support a nuclear weapon ban treaty, with the African Group, Arab Group, Caribbean Community, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Association of Southeast Asian Nations,as well as European states such as Austria, Ireland, and Liechtenstein and Pacific islands countries such as Fiji and New Zealand, supporting the OEWG recommendation to commence ban negotiations next year. To read the entire article and more, go to www.WILPF.org .