WILPF EASTBAY SF Newsletter Feb 2015

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

February 2015

Visit 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

Please join SF and East Bay Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
Report-back by Arla S. Ertz
on Nepal’s National Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors
and their solidarity work with women around the world
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2 to 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level
FREE Snacks to include Nepalese goodies

Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors at their request, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.
Arla S. Ertz, a San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years in an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Celebrate International Womens Day

Join us Thursday March 5 at 7pm

Women’s Accomplishments and Barriers to Gender Equality

Hear a panel of Consuls-General from Belgium, Canada, El Salvador and Norway. Hosted by International House at 2299 Piedmont Ave in Berkeley (near UC Campus) For more information, email or call: ikoziol@berkeley.edu 510-642-9461

Trans Pacific Partnership ACTION Needed

 If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands

April 27-29, 2015

WILPF celebrates its 100th birthday

 

Join us in The Hague in April 2015 for the Conference of the Century for women peacemakers. This will be the place for activists, students, peacemakers, feminists, human rights defenders to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.womenstopwar.org/

Open to all! This is not the WILPF Congress (which is for members only) but is the place to be if you want to be a peacemaker in the 21st century!

If you need financial assistance to attend the 2015 Conference, go to: http://www.womenstopwar.org/financial-assistance-programme/

 

Help us prevent an open ended authorization for continuing the never ending war on terror.

The U.S. Congress is considering another “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” — a broad approval for more war.
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This is the last thing we need. These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as well as assaults on the natural environment and the public budget — not to mention excuses for curtailing civil liberties.
Please Click here to oppose any new AUMF to sign the following statement for delivery to the media and Congress:
We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.

After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

Minutes of WILPF East Bay and SF Planning Committee Meeting

February 21, 2015 in San Francisco

Ideas for 100th Anniversary Events in SF and East Bay:

1) SF Proclamation to recognize WILPF’s centennial and its many accomplishments. Anne P. will do a draft and send to group for review. She will ask Supervisor Eric Mar to introduce at the Board of Supervisors.

2) Birthday Celebration with cake, music, women’s and peace groups invited, a “Garden Party.” All suggest ideas for venue and groups to invite, eg., Code Pink, Global Women’s Fund, OWL. Do in summer/fall, possibly at a park.

3) Performance reading of play by WILPF-SF member Marghi Dutton (now deceased) about the founding of WILPF with Jane Addams, etc.

Endorsement Request from Steve Zeltzer re Sewol Ferry disaster March 8 at ILWU hall in SF. Agreed to Endorse.

WILPF International – Hague gathering in April We need to keep up on what is happening in International WILPF. See http://www.wilpfinternational.org/ for more info. on what is happening (a lot!)

Next WILPF-SF/East Bay planning meeting – Sat. April 11 in East Bay.

JAPA Education Grants: Some of us received an e-mail from JAPA about these grants with a deadline of March 31 (another one in Sept.). This brought up a discussion about JAPA being our fiscal agent again. We want Barbara N. to bring this statement to the Board retreat in Feb.: WILPF-East Bay and San Francisco branches support JAPA being our Fiscal Sponsor again.

We are invisible” statement from Regina: This brought up a discussion of agreement how to become more visable. We want to do more endorsements and sponsorships in areas of our mission

Also, any statements from WILPF National or Local should be sent out to other groups such as Code Pink, Women in Black, Gray Panthers, etc. and published in our Newsletter.

New WILPF Board is getting us on Facebook with frequent statements, petitions, etc. See: https://www.facebook.com/wilpf Those of us on Facebook should get this out to our F/B Friends.

(Facebook page announced the new WILPF Peacewomen webpage: http://www.peacewomen.org/ro

WILPF International brought up the concept of doing something around the 70\P Anniversary of Hiroshima in August.

Rep. Barbara Lee and legislation against Pres. Obama’s “endless war”: See statement:

http://lee.house.gov/newsroom/in-the-news/barbara-lee-does-not-want-congress-to-write-another-blank-check-for-perpetual We could issue a statement about it and urge national WILPF to do so. Also, use for WILPF-SF leafleting.

 

 

 

 

 

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WILPF NEWS January 2015

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

January 2015

Visit 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

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
San Francisco and East Bay Branche Presents:

Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
Report-back by Arla S. Ertz
on Nepal’s National Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors
and their solidarity work with women around the world
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2 to 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level
FREE Snacks to include Nepalese goodies

Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors at their request, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.


Arla S. Ertz, a San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years for an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  WILPF planning  meeting time, date and  location change:

Women International League for Peace and Freedom SF and Eastbay planning meeting

next Saturday Feb 21 10:15 at Gyro King restaurant

25 Grove across the street from the main library 1/4 block from civic center BART Grove and Hyde st exit

Join us in planning for March 1 event, 100th anniversery and regional meeting of wilpf.


Join us in
“Mourning in America” a March & Rally on Citizens United Anniversary

in San Francisco, Wed., January 21

3:30 pm – March (1.3 miles) starts at Market St. & Montgomery St.

near Montgomery St. BART
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Rally at Federal Building 450 Golden Gate Ave.

near Civic Center BART


“Mourning in America” for Democracy – is the Bay Area’s contribution to a national day of action. The march will be kicked off by well known hip-hop artist for change, Khafre Jay and the march will be led by effigies of 5 of the Supreme Court Justices followed by a New Orleans style band.

The rally will include a vast array of speakers and musicians including: Tom Ammiano, popular San Francisco politico; Gayle McLaughlin, former Richmond Mayor who won against Chevron; Bill McKibbin, 350.org national leader on audio, Andres Soto, KPFA talk show host; David Braun, Californians Against Fracking and more to be confirmed. The rally will also include the Occupella singers, Michael Sullivan and the Dots and a koch funeral for democracy.
Participating in the rally will be members and supporters of the Money Out! People In! coalition, 99 Rise!, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, California Clean Money Campaign, Free Speech for People, Money Out Voters In (MOVI), MoveOn councils, Move to Amend, Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Public Citizen,
Represent.us, Solar Justice, Sunflower Alliance, and more.

Intercept” Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl!

Use your January renewed energy to prepare and to take action locally as part of the national campaign, “Intercept Human Trafficking” around football’s Super Bowl! Demonstrating, leafleting, writing letters to the editor will all help get the word out.

WILPF US has again teamed up with the United Methodist Women (UMW) women to raise awareness on the very real issues of human trafficking (HT) that intensify around this iconic American sports event, set for February 1, 2015.. This is our second year working on this in coalition with the UMW women and other organizations.

Leafleting at the Super Bowl and by participating branches locally will assist in bringing awareness of the wide-ranging sets of criminal activity that are engaged in during this popular sports phenomenon out of the shadows and into the consciousness of the mainstream of our communities. Flyer and postcard downloads available at this website

The UMW INTERCEPT www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/intercepthas information and resources that you can use as part of your activism on the Intercept campaign. UMW also has a Web page of useful information about human trafficking at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/human-trafficking.

Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Needed

If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

WILPF International World Forum at the Hague in the Netherlands

April 27-29, 2015

 

Join us in The Hague in April 2015 for the Conference of the century for women peacemakers. This will be the place for activists, students, peacemakers, feminists, academics, human rights defenders and all WILPFers to come together and set the new peace agenda of the 21st century. So make sure we’ll see you in The Hague!

Register information here …http://www.womenstopwar.org/conference-home/conference-registration/

Open to all! This isnot the WILPF Congress (which is for members only) and this is the place to be if you want to be a peacemaker in the 21st century!
Registration Fees cover access to the full three days of the International Conference, including all plenary and break-out sessions, the marketplace and events. This includes a simple lunch for each conference day, a copy of the Conference program book, the WILPF 2015 Manifesto and a bunch of other goodies.

***Make sure you get in on the one day only, 100 Euro Discount in honour of the 100th day before the 100th! When: January 18th (12:00 am CET – 12:00 pm CET)

How much: 100 Euro Discount

For who: The discount is valid for all standard regular tickets and standard WILPF member tickets.

>What if I need financial assistance to attend the 2015 Conference?

The Anniversary Team is currently working on offering a select number of individuals financial assistance to help our sisters attend the Conference. Please click here to find out more about out Financial Assistance Programmes.

MINUTES WILPF – SF & EAST BAY PLANNING MEETING SAT., Jan. 10th

A dance performance on Isadora Duncan was offered as a fundraising event.

 

We discussed the planning for a summer western regional meeting of WILPF on regional issues as well as those raised at the national convention in Detroit, including the human right to water, the problems of fracking, privatization, climate with drought and changes in the west .

 

WILPF National: Barbara Nielsen, our WILPF National Board representative, is recommending all of the members running uncontested on coming ballot as well as the change in bylaws. The change in bylaws allows for all standing committees to be on the steering committee. Ballots will be mailed in February to dues paying members who have paid in the last 18 months. For more information :

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/members-vote-board-and-bylaws-change

 

National WILPF is reviewing a strategic financial and organizational plan. They recently received $200,000 of which $80,000 has been budgeted on consultant fees. Currently we have an interim 20- hours per week part-time executive secretary Paula Harrington.

 

We discussed the need for a strong working Board, with support services for membership and Web IT help. It was felt we may not need nor can we afford an office staff. Sandy pointed out the usefulness to all branches of the current statements (E-Alerts) from Program Committees of WILPF-US on Ferguson and Mexico City, as well as past ones on Syria, Gaza, etc. These are generated from Issues Committees. Members are urged to join an Issue Committee. Link to WILPFus.org to see how to join Issue Committees.

 

There is also a need for a dues membership reminder system as members do not know if they have paid their dues.

 

Meeting adjourned at Noon. Went to lunch and further discussion.

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WILPF NEWS Dec 2014

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

December/ 2014

Visit 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

Join us at our next planning meeting Saturday, January 10th 10-12am

at Piedmont Gardens 110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)

6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

You are invited to help develop the 2015 calendar and enjoy the companionship. We go to lunch after.

Agenda ideas for January 10th Meeting:

 Actions we want to do locally for 100th Anniversary of WILPF

Training on tools for activism, particularly social media, like Facebook and Twitter

  • What help we want from National – materials, brochures,continue current issues statements like one on Ferguson

  • Calendar for future meetings and events

  • Save this date!! Arla Ertz “Human Trafficking in Nepal,”

  • Sunday March 1 from 10-12 SF Main Library, Latino/Hispanic rooms A & B. Arla is a Social worker and lawyer in S.F.

Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Needed

If you have NOT YET contacted your Congress member about preventing the President from using Fast Track Authority to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, please do so ASAP.This disastrous trade agreement is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could: offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs, jack up the cost of medicines, expose the U.S. to unsafe foods and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards. Most experts feel that Obama will use this as a bargaining chip with the new GOP Senate…. and that it will happen VERY SOON. THIS IS URGENT.

  • The resolution attached on TPP has lots of great talking points for you to use.

WILPF US Joins our Sisters and Brothers in Mexico

in the Fight for Justice and Peace

WILPF member Melissa Torres traveled to Mexico to follow up on the WILPF US agreement at our Congress in Detroit to support a binational collaboration between our Section and LIMPAL Mexico. During this trip, some projects were postponed as the country mobilized in national strikes and demonstrations in solidarity with the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa. Melissa Torres and Violeta Campos Cabral of LIMPAL were on hand for these actions, which included marches in Mexico City and Puebla, as well as meetings with professors who were organizing their students for the national protests and university strikes, vigils, and observances during the holy days of the dead.

She and Violeta worked together in November to research collaborative projects. This trip served as a follow up to agreements for more partnerships and support among the Americas as decided at the WILPF Americas Conference in April 2014, where both Melissa and Violeta were delegates.

Violeta hosted meetings on organizing and microenterprises to help women seek government support and outside assistance or investors. Melissa and Violeta also participated in a conference regarding corrupt governance and social violence in Latin America, and violence against female journalists, activists, and researchers in Mexico.

This trip will be the first in establishing several projects regarding research of security and migration, human rights in indigenous communities, and women’s organizing. Melissa and Violeta, both of whom work with local universities, will be seeking outside funding and plan to partner with universities working on the issues as well. LIMPAL Mexico is currently in transition of leadership and hoping to include more of the outspoken indigenous groups as they expand membership.

GROWING WILPF AT 100!

As we approach our 100th Anniversary, WILPF US stands at a crossroads. It is not too dramatic to say that we face the need to grow or we must accept inevitable decline. We believe that the world still needs WILPF. Now that we have a newly elected board we need to focus on our support of WILPF US Our branches and national action commitees need more financial support, leadership training, and recruitment help. We need a new and more powerful IT system that makes communication easier within WILPF and between us and the larger world. We are aiming at raising money to increase support in all these areas. WILPF US has a goal of $1 million and we are nearly halfway there, thanks to two large gifts from two very committed donors. Now it’s up to the rest of us.

If you can afford a gift to WILPF before the end of the year, please DIG DEEPER THAN USUAL and put your money where your heart is. East Bay members will be receiving a membership and donation form in the mail with a return envelope. You can also pay or renew your dues and make a tax-deductible donation online at:

 

http://wilpfus.org/about/donate-wilpf

 

MINUTES WILPF – SF and EAST BAY MEETING,SAT., DEC. 6, 10 AM to NOON at SF MAIN LIBRARY

Women for Genuine Security Endorsement RequestIt was decided to endorse  the WGS  statement to oppose the military build-up in Okinawa.And contact the WILPF-US to endorse through the Disarm committee and others.

WILPF California Cluster for end of January*It was  recommended having a Cluster meeting (usually a one day event, free) to follow up on what discussed at Detroit Congress and decide on actions for WILPF 100th anniversary in CA. It was pointed out that this meeting would be different from the WILPF West Centennial (see below) as latter would be more than one day and charge a registration fee; currently have funds available for it.

International Congress in The Hague, April 22-25, 2015: Our own Barbara Nielsen is one of five delegates selected to represent the U.S. Section at the Congress.

WILPF West Centennial in MaySacramento WILPF  would like to have this western regional meeting as a follow-up to the Hague 100th Congress. Attendees will mainly come from CA which has largest # of WILPF members . We thought this regional meeting a good idea.

December 10–International Human Rights Day and Jane Addams DayGray Panthers of SF is hosting a reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 12/10 at Noon on the steps of City Hall and invited WILPF-SF and East Bay to participate 

Dues and donations: Members need to be reminded from National or locally. Historically WILPF US has not sent out dues reminders. If you do not receive the magazine Peace and Freedom you probably have not paid your dues lately. East Bay WILPF will be sending out an end of year appeal asking for dues payments and donation. Question and discussion arose about what to tell members about tax deductible checks which should go to the non-profit fiscal sponsor, 501(c)(3), either JAPA (old) or Peace Development Fund (current).  WILPF-US looking in to returning to JAPA as fiscal sponsor. Both WILPF and JAPA to be audited by reputable firm.

  Other suggestions WILPF working with women peace activists from China and Japan, bringing them together.

WILPF National:  WILPF-US has settled on the theme for all Branches to use of Women: Stop War and Wage Peace.  It was  pointed out the usefulness to all branches of the current statements (E-Alerts) from Program Committees of WILPF-US on Ferguson and Mexico City, as well as past ones on Syria, Gaza, etc.

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“Surviving Human Trafficking in Napal postponed to 2015


We are sorry that we must postpone our planned presentation on “Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal” with Arla Ertz.  We found out last week that the Memorial for long-time tenant activist and director of the San Francisco Tenants Union Ted Gullicksen is the same day and time as our presentation, Sunday, November 16, at 2 pm.  Ted died unexpectedly on October 14. See www.sftu.org

Many people who wanted to come to hear Arla’s talk plan to attend Ted’s memorial.  Arla herself and many WILPF-SF organizers would like to attend the memorial for a beloved hero of social justice in San Francisco.

We will re-schedule Arla’s presentation for 2015.

Thank you for your understanding. 
Next planning meeting will be Dec 6 10-12 at the San Francisco Public Library at Civic  Center (note change)
Betty Traynor
WILPF-SF

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WILPF NEWS Eastbay and San Francisco branches Sept October 2014



WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
September/October 2014
Visit 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

There will not be a planning meeting in November.
Note change !!!!
Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, December 6,10-12 (lunch after)
at the San Francisco Main Library (Civic Center BART station)

Talking with our Grandmothers

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, two activists from Burlington, Vermont
bring to life the efforts of women who worked to end it
sponsored by the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers and East Bay-San Francisco WILPF
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst, corner of MLK, Berkeley, CA 94709
All Welcome. Wheelchair Accessible

    In this performance piece, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) members Robin Lloyd and Charlotte Dennett of Burlington, Vermont use dialogue, letters and images (and a bust of Robin’s grandmother, Lola Maverick Lloyd) to create a conversation across generations.
    They bring to life the heroic efforts of women on both sides of World War I who met together and proposed initiatives to stop the war. A conversation with Charlotte’s grandmother Elizabeth Redfern, who worked in Turkey as a teacher missionary before the war, leads to the understanding that competition among male national leaders for access to resources was a major factor in keeping the war going.
The meeting of women that took place at the Hague in 1915 was the founding meeting of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. A Celebration of its 100th anniversary as the longest lasting international women’s peace organization will take place in 2015 at the Hague from April 22-29.
(www.womenstopwar.org).

    Following the on stage exchange between grandmothers and granddaughters, interaction with the audience discusses how war and militarism has affected their families, and how important it is that women (and people) understand power in order to be effective in stopping war.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
San Francisco and East Bay Branches present:
Surviving Human Trafficking in Nepal
A Talk and Discussion with Arla S. Ertz on National Conference for Female Trafficking Survivors and their solidarity work with women around the world
 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2 TO 4 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room – Lower Level (Civic Center BART)  Everyone Welcome. Wheelchair Accessible. Refreshments.
Women of Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization founded and run by trafficking survivors, work daily to abolish human trafficking and to sustain other survivors. Recently back from training conducted by these women, and from attending Nepal’s 3rd Annual Conference of Female Trafficking Survivors, Arla brings us a presentation about their work building solidarity within Nepal and with women around the world.
A San Francisco social worker, long-time activist, and WILPF member, Arla S. Ertz was invited by Harambee Arts to travel to Nepal as part of an international expressive arts therapy team, to be trained by Nepali women trafficking survivors in the expressive arts therapy program they went through to heal their trauma and now use with recently liberated survivors. Arla worked for 10 years for an expressive arts program for homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Report-Back on WILPF National Congress in Detroit
  • by betty Traynor
    WILPF-East Bay and San Francisco members Dolores Taller and Barbara Nielsen gave us a report-back on their impressions of the July-August 2014 WILPF Congress at our meeting September 13.
     Dolores said she attended the Congress in particular to honor Libby Frank for her Middle East work over the years. She said that a number of International WILPF members attended including the President from Costa Rica, as well as women from Sweden, India, and Australia. Everyone came together to work in a cooperative way and the Detroit Branch did a fantastic job of organizing everything. Dolores attended a number of workshops (incl. Finance, Manifesto, Program Round-up) and was most impressed with the one on World Problems. It asked many questions such as how does WILPF work on world problems? How can we prevent war? What are the root causes? Should we be working on economic and social conditions that lead to war? Would ending the oppression of women lead to an end to war? Another fundamental question discussed: Are we a peace or feminist organization? How do we relate to the new generation of women activists? How do we make connections with diverse communities? Those at 9/13 meeting thought these questions would be great for a discussion at our next WILPF Cluster or Regional Meeting.
    Barbara Nielsen attended the Bylaws workshop which emphasized that WILPF members control the bylaws and changes need to come to the members. Barbara as National Board Nominating Chair provided forms for nominating members to the national board and an article calling members to step up to leadership roles. She also attended the Anti-War workshop which discussed drones, nuclear power and war and the Middle East. The Advancing Human Rights Panel was led by our own Judith Mirkinson and discussed human trafficking. The Hamas workshop resulted in a major statement and booklet on Hamas demanding it be off the terrorist list and at the peace table. Many of the workshops resulted in Resolutions (13) that Barbara made available to us. Again, we thought that we could focus on a few of these resolutions at the Cluster or Regional Meeting next year.

Centennial Congress – 100 years of Peacemaking

April 22-29, 2015
Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
Make your plans now to attend this historic International Congress. Meeting 100 years after our founding foremothers came together so resolutely, we will once again stand strong in The Hague as the world’s leading women’s peace organization. As part of the plans for the Congress, WILPF is proud to announce the opening of the Women Stop War Essay Competition for students to get involved! For more information about the Congress and the essay competition and to register for the Congress, go to www.womenstopwar.org.
Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization:
Reducing Militarism and Military Expenditures to Invest in the UN Green Climate Fund
and to Create Low-Carbon Economies and Resilient Communities
by Tamara Lorincz, International Peace Bureau
    An important new report by the International Peace Bureau (http://www.ipb.org/web/), not yet in its final form, makes the connection between increased military spending and climate change. Below are excerpts from the Executive Summary of the report.
    We are on a path toward dangerous climate change without a radical restructuring of our economy and energy systems. That is the stark scenario presented in the latest working group reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Over the past decade, almost ten gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent has been released into the atmosphere.
    Not only have carbon emissions increased over the past ten years, so too have military expenditures to a record high. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimated that global military spending was $839 billion in 2001 and rose to $1.6 trillion in 2011 – a 92% increase. The United States and its allies have spent trillions of dollars financing their deadly and destructive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars have had terrible social, economic and environmental costs and have made global warming much worse.
    Expensive weapons systems such as fighter jets, destroyers, and tanks are extremely energy inefficient and emit highly toxic, carbon-intense emissions. Oil Change International estimated that the U.S.military emitted 100 million metric tonnes of CO2 in fueling its war in Iraq in five years. The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest industrial consumer of fossil fuels in the world. It is also the top arms exporter and military spender at $640 billion, which accounts for 37% of the total. Other western countries that are top military spenders like the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, have high carbon emissions per capita.
    The problem of military expenditures and emissions must be confronted not only by the IPCC and the DDPP, but the entire international community. We need to answer some basic questions: Why is spending for the military prioritized over spending on the climate and the environment? How much of the global carbon budget, if any amount, should be allocated to the military? And should the limited supply of fossil fuels be burned to build new weapons, drop bigger bombs, and fight more wars? In our new report, Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization, the International Peace Bureau argues that war must stop for global warming to slow down. Military expenditures must be reduced and re-directed for climate finance to create low carbon economies and climate-resilient communities. Disarmament must take place alongside mitigation and adaptation. The military is the problem, not the solution to the climate crisis.
To read this fascinating report in full, go to:

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WILPF Eastbay SF News

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

August/September 2014 Issue

Visit 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

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 bln.sf.ca@gmail.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

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WILPF NEWS

 

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

July 2014 Issue

Visit our web page at:www.WILPFEastBay.orgor www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661 wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

There will be no meeting of WILPF East Bay/San Francisco in August

On Saturday, Sept 13th, 1:00-2:30, there will be a report back from the WILPF Congress in Detroit followed by a planning meeting at the

San Francisco main library

join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

WILPF YARD SALE BIG SUCCESS

Thanks to our many members’ and friends’ donations, We earned $950

 

 

Action: Stop Fracking in California

Fracking has been in the news a lot recently. In a water-fragile and earthquake state, the risks of fracking are magnified. Yet there is hope: just last week Santa Cruz became the first county to officially ban fracking. As local movements grow across the state, our legislators in Sacramento are also feeling the pressure from the oil and gas industry
http://sandiegofreepress.org/2014/05/ca-fracking-moratorium-bill-defeated-by-oil-industry-lobby/

 

You Can Still Attend the WILPF-US Triennial Congress

Wayne State University, Detroit MI July 31-August 3, 2014

The congress will be the time and place for us to reconnect, gather ideas, inspire each other, strategize, and recommit to building a better WILPF, a better movement. The Detroit Branch issues a challenge to all our branches: to increase membership and activism, to engage in building movements that challenge corporate power and further democracy in every area of our work. To read about the congress or register Call WILPF US National Office: 617-266-0999 or go to www.wilpfus.org.

How to Lobby Your Congressperson

by Ying Lee WILPF member

  • Communicate with your representative.
  • Do not sign on to Working Assets lobbying efforts. Rep. Dellums and Lee received thousands of WA letters in support of issues that they had supported on the record for years. This took many hours and much stationery and first class postage to respond to each letter. Political effect: Zilch (except for great irritation toward WA).
  • Constituents and activists love petitions. I believe they are useless. I was conscientious and while I served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in her Washington office, I worked with Ann Ginger on several Meiklejohn projects. She found the collaboration fruitful and asked that I share my thoughts with you on how constituents may better use their Congressional representatives’ offices.
  • Although my 16 years of work with Congressman Dellums and then with Barbara Lee dealt with our Oakland, Berkeley, and Albany, California districts I believe that my experience reflects that of most congressional assistants and aides.
  • Each member of the House has at least two offices. One in D.C., which is known as the “personal” office, and one or more “district” offices. Staff in D.C. are generally “legislative” assistants, while district staff are “administrative” assistants. D.C. staff deal with legislation; district staff deal primarily with constituent advocacy, both in terms of problems with federal agencies (Medicare, Social Security, Veterans, IRS, etc.) and inquiries and opinion regarding current events and legislation. District staff are also assigned issue areas: housing, banking, foreign affairs, taxes, etc., and serve as liaison between constituents and the D.C. office.
  • To make your opinion known:
    A simple call to the district office is as effective as calling the D.C. office and saves you a long-distance call. If you want a response, ask for it and follow up. E-mail and “snail” mail also work but remember that staff are always overworked and e-mail and snail mail take greater resources to respond to appropriately.
  • If you want more activity on an issue
    Call the local office to get the name of the legislative aid who works on that issue. Call him/her and give a brief description of your issue and need (very brief) and say that you will follow it up with e-mail or snail mail.
  • If you have a long-standing issue (as Palestinians/Israel, Nuclear Ignition Facility, or the U.N
  • Find out from activists what has been done on the issue and then ask to talk to the district aid who liaison on that issue. A personal visit is an option. On complex matters I would recommend this procedure: an introductory phone call to be followed up by mail or by a personal visit with efficient documentation.
  • If you have a constituency
    You can either ask for a courtesy visit with a staff member or with the Congresswoman. It is important to be clear and up front as to the purpose of your
    visit.
  • Representatives need to know the strength of your troops and your organization.
  • On conventional lobbying:
    There are 435 members of the House. Each representative is technically, and realistically, only responsible for the constituents in her district. Writing, calling, etc., to other members is wasteful of your efforts and the staff of that office. Each personal office mail-phone handler has strict instructions to refer an out-of-district request or opinion to her/his representative. Sometimes such mail is just put into the circular file as are phone messages. There is too much work and an out of district person has no vote for the boss.

 

WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM UNITED STATES SECTION STATEMENT ON US MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL

July 2014

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section (WILPF-US), joins with Amnesty International, the U. S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Peace Action to call upon Congress “to suspend transfers of munitions, weapons, crowd control devices and military training to Israel.” The U.S. is Israel’s largest foreign supplier and as such is morally responsible for Israel’s lack of accountability for human rights violations.

The U.S. provides $8.5 million in military aid to Israel per day (according to www.ifamericansknew.org), an unconscionable amount given the unmet human needs of our own people. To add insult to injury, the U.S. has never held Israel accountable for human rights violations carried out with and made possible by our military aid.

The level of government-sanctioned revenge and collective punishment of Palestinian youth and other civilians following the kidnapping and deaths of three Israeli teenagers shocks us. Violence has always been the currency of the occupation, and as international and U.S. support for boycott, divestment and sanctions to end the Israeli occupation grows, so does Israeli violence in order to maintain the occupation.

We, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – United States Section (WILPF US), have signed the Declaration of Peace organized by World Beyond War, a new international coalition which represents “a global non-violent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.” By adding WILPF US to the list of organizations supporting this coalition and its efforts, we hope to inspire others, including other national WILPF Sections, as well as our International body in Geneva, to do likewise.

It has been the mission of WILPF, since our inception almost 100 years ago, to work locally, nationally and internationally for a world without war. Building on the power of women together, we work to strengthen the institutions and the cooperation needed for sustainable peace.

We believe that the vast majority of the people on this earth share this goal, and that it will take all of us working together non-violently, each with our unique talents, to transform our visions for peace, freedom and social justice into reality. WILPFus believes that joining with the international coalition of World Beyond War  will provide opportunities for such cooperation.

We, the members of WILPF US, which is about to enter its own second century, remain committed to using our power as women in working with World Beyond War and others across the globe, in order to achieve our common goal “to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.

WILPF US Board Report

. The minutes of the last national board meeting in May are not on the WILPF US web site yet. There was a lack of trust of the old board by a number of WILPF US members, the result of which was a recall election. There was also a feeling that to restore trust, WILPF US needs to get its financial house in order.

It was discussed :

  1. The unelected past president should not have a vote on the board. Since there are now staggered elections, it was felt that there was perhaps no longer a need for the past president to continue on the board for a year.
  2. We felt that decision by consensus on the national board poses a number of potential problems. It can give a single member of the board virtual veto power. There needs to be training in consensus and perhaps a change in the bylaws to majority rule.
  3. We need a professional audit past and present of the treasury.
  4. It is now July and the minutes of the May meeting are still not on the WILPF US web site. There needs to more transparency.

 

We were honored to be joined by WILPF member Ann Fagan Ginger, a lawyer, teacher, writer, and political activist. She is the founding and the Executive Director Emerita of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley. CA. She has been a visiting professor of law at Hastings, U. of Santa Clara, Puget Sound Law Schools and San Francisco State. She is the author of 22 books and many articles, and lectures widely. She is an expert in human rights law and peace law under the statutes and treaties of the United States and the United Nations, and has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the Chair of the City of Berkeley Commission on Peace and Justice

Her books include the Cold War Against Labor [1987] Nuclear Weapons Are Illegal: The Historic Opinion of the World Court and How It Will Be Enforced [1998] Human Rights and Peace Law in the U.S. [2003] Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations since 9/11 [2005]

There was a discussion that the US Supreme Court is not expected to issue rulings that progressive citizens would embrace for many years to come. Ann Fagan Ginger recommended WILPF use international human rights law to fight issues affecting environment, women, race, equal rights, peace and corporate oppression. There was a discussion on planning a human rights workshop in the Fall. NGOs like WILPF could prepare reports on the injustice locally that is affecting human rights. Reports could be submitted on status of women and minorities locally incarcerated, homeless, experiencing violence, hiring and bank practices like foreclosure and student debt impact on women. To continue to draw attention to how money is available for endless war and military spending and prisons and funds for employment, education, housing, environment is local government is sacrificed.

Membership: There was a discussion on how to become a more diverse organization including women of color and youth. It was suggested to apply for interns who need a project , support other projects like the student debt crisis

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WILPF NEWSLETTER

 

 

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

May 2014 Issue

Visit our web page at:www.WILPFEastBay.orgor www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661 wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

 

DONATE TO OUR WILPF YARD SALE

Now is the time to clean out your garage, attic, and basement and donate your treasures to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom biennial fundraiser.

Yard Sale Sat., June 14th – 10 AM-4 PM 1300 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

The Live Oak Crafts Fair will be at Live Oak Park across the street that weekend!

What to donate: Donate books, CDs, furniture, antiques, small appliances,  household goods, office equipment, tools, jewelry, toys and games (please NO clothing or shoes, NO dinosaur technology, nothing broken or not working).

How to donate: Drop off at Margot Smith’s back deck at 1300 A Shattuck Avenue from June 6th until the day of the sale. To schedule a pick-up in the East Bay on Wednesday, June 11th, call Sandy at (510) 482-1258.

For info call 510-486-8010.

How you can help: We will need volunteers June 14th at 9am to set up, during the day for a couple of hours, or from 4-5pm to clean up. It’s fun and you can get some great bargains!

A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?

East Bay WILPF and San Francisco WILPF presented Peace Action West’s Jonathan Ritter on Saturday, May 17. He lead a great discussion on “A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?”  at Rockridge Public Library.  We had a great attendance of several peace groups and members. There was a discussion on strategy and how important it helps to keep constant pressure on Washington DC.

There was a discussion of supporting Eastbay representative Barbara Lee for her proposal to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force: In the dozen years since Congresswoman Lee cast the only vote in opposition to the AUMF, many of her colleagues have joined her attempts to repeal this misguided legislation. To that end, she is the author of H.R. 198, the Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Also Reining in the Bloated Pentagon Budget: Congresswoman Lee finds it deeply shameful that the government wastes billions of dollars on unwanted Pentagon programs. Currently, the Department of Defense is the only federal department not subject to audit. Congresswoman Lee has introduced amendments which would audit the Pentagon and hold the Department of Defense accountable for its excessive spending and rein in fraud, waste, and abuse.  She is also the author H.R. 559, the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013

link to Peace Action West Activist ToolKit below:

 

1. Meet in person with your member of Congress. It is the #1 most powerful thing you can do. It’s not as hard as it may sound, and we can show you how.

 

2. Be an online organizer. Learn about some of the tools for activism online and at your fingertips.

3. Write a letter to the editor and help shape the debate — Our tips will show you how to write letters that are more likely to get published.

4. Writing letters to Congress. We have best practices backed by research on what’s most effective in persuading Congress.

5. Learn how to stump a politician! It’s a great thing to know how to do at candidate debates and townhall forums. 

6. Get your friends writing their reps with these tips on hosting a letter writing party, helping swing an election by holding a phonebank or gathering petition signatures.

For Peace Action West currant action link to http://www.peaceactionwest.org/section/press_center/

For an interactive link on National budet spending see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

Or join WILPF SF Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

 

 

Help contribute songs for An International Peace Songbook.

Since there has been war work, there has been peace work. This year, it is 100 years since the start of World War I and WILPF’s beginning. It is more important than ever that we mark our many years of peace work and continue to challenge the glorification of wars past and present, with the hope of preventing the potential wars of the future.

To celebrate that peace work happens in every country, peace songs from around the world. Songbook will be made freely available as a .pdf file so that anyone can print and bind as many copies as they like.

Ideally, songs will have short and simple lyrics, so that it is easier for people from different countries to learn the songs. If possible,
please send songs in the original language as well as in english translation.

Please pass this information onto anyone who might be interested. Graphics and illustrations from different cultures and traditions of peace work are welcome.

A group of people cannot all speak at once, but they can sing together”
– unknown South African singer

Songs can be sent to Penny Stone at singlouderthanguns(@)gmail.com

 

A Challenge to WILPF Members Attend the WILPF-US Triennial Congress, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

July 31-August 3, 2014

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of WILPF International, our Triennial Congress presents an opportunity to envision our organization for the twenty-first century. The congress will be the time and place for us to reconnect, gather ideas, inspire each other, strategize, and recommit to building a better WILPF, a better movement. The Detroit Branch issues a challenge to all our branches: to increase membership and thus activism, to engage in building movements that challenge corporate power and further democracy in every area of our work, whether it be peace, disarmament, human rights, the environment, the Middle East, or other areas.  We need to rethink what it means to be a member.

If you are thinking of leading a workshops. See Congress Workshop Application Form Please return by June 15 to Joan Bazar, joanbazar@sbcglobal.net

Workshops will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) each.

We recommend that workshop organizers provide written resource material and, when appropriate, handouts explaining how to carry out actions around the workshop topic (to be available at the Congress, but in advance of the workshop), leaving more time during the workshop itself for in-depth discussion. Workshops on issues, branch projects, and ways to work more effectively (skills, alliances) are especially welcome. We are looking for ideas and projects to move us into our second century and inspire members anew!

1. Your name, e-mail, phone number and Branch or Issue Committee, if any

2. Title of the workshop

3. Description of workshop and what you hope to achieve.

 

Action: Stop Fracking in California


This is urgent
: we have an important opportunity to stop fracking in California. This week, the Senate will be voting on SB1132, a bill that will put fracking in California on pause. This is a great first step toward a ban.

Can you call your Senator right now at 866-846-4075 and ask them to support this important bill?

Fracking has been in the news a lot recently. In a water fragile state the risks of fracking are magnified. Yet there is hope just last week Santa Cruz became the first county to officially ban fracking. As local movements grow across the state, our legislators in Sacramento are also feeling the pressure from the oil and gas industry.

Help us keep the pressure on our lawmakers by calling your Senator right now. It’s easy:

  1. Call Senator Hancock at 866-846-4075
    Ask the receptionist at the California Switchboard to connect your to Senator Hancock’s office.
  2. Tell the receptionist in your Senator’s office:
    “I strongly urge Senator Hancock to vote in support of a fracking moratorium by voting to pass SB 1132.”

This is going to be close, and your call will make a difference. While Governor Brown continues to cave to the deep pockets of Big Oil and Gas, our State Senators have an opportunity to make real progress in our fight to ban fracking. Make your call today.

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WILPF NEWS

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
April 2014 Issue
Visit our web page at:
www.WILPFEastBay.org or www.WILPFSF.org

Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

East Bay WILPF and San Francisco WILPF  invite you to hear
Peace Action West’s Jonathan Ritter

“A PEACE BUDGET FOR A PEACE ECONOMY:
HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?”

Saturday, May 17th, 2:30-4PM

Rockridge Public Library
4 blocks south of Rockridge BART, on the 51 bus line

 Peace Action West is  active in campaigns on issues of peace, nuclear disarmament, social justice and environmental sustainability.

http://blog.peaceactionwest.org/2014/03/13/the-pentagons-lavish-budget/

Join WILPF SF for a Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after

SAVE NOW AND DONATE TO OUR WILPF YARD SALE
Now is the time to clean out your garage, attic, and basement and donate your treasures to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom biennial fundraiser.

Yard Sale Sat., June 14th – 10 AM-4 PM 1300 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
The Live Oak Crafts Fair will be at Live Oak Park across the street that weekend!
What to donate: Donate books, CDs, furniture, antiques, small appliances, household goods, office equipment, tools, jewelry, toys and games (please NO clothing or shoes, NO dinosaur technology, nothing broken or not working).
How to donate: Drop off at the  back deck at 1300 A,  Shattuck Avenue from June 6th until the day of the sale. To schedule a pick-up in the East Bay on Wednesday, June 11th, call Sandy at (510) 482-1258.
For info call 510-486-8010.
How you can help: We will need volunteers June 14th at 9am to set up, during the day for a couple of hours, or from 4-5pm to clean up.

 

BRING THE WAR DOLLARS HOME!

We joined the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on Monday April 14 at the West Oakland and Montgomery BART stations. This year folks seemed more interested in where their taxes were going. In 2012 the US spent $682 billion on the military, as much as the next 11 countries combined. Nearly 60% of US tax dollars go to the military, squeezing out important domestic jobs, infrastructure jobs, social programs like food stamps, social security, and education development. There was a medical emergency at Montgomery Street BART which complicated things for the volunteers from San Francisco WILPF.
Do we think we are safer than China, Europe or Russia? National security is determined by more than military spending. Real security requires jobs with decent income, health care, education and affordable housing. Is this the people’s priorities or the priorities of the military industrial complex?
Do you know that there are still 17,000 nuclear weapons between the US and Russia. As currently planned, maintaining and modernizing the US nuclear arsenal will cost more than $1 trillion over the next 30 years. President Obama is asking for a 7% increase in nuclear weapons. Did you know the US spends almost $2 million EVERY HOUR on nukes now?
For a copy of the flyer link https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2488/images/GDAMS-BayArea.2014-1.gif

ACTION: Sign the new Priorities Declaration at www.newprioritiescampaign.org
or call your congress persons. 202-224-3121.
for more information, link to http://demilitarize.org/organizers-packet
For more  ideas on how to have a peace economy link: http://uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/There%20Is%20No%20Deficit%20Crisis.pdf
For video link: http://www.screencast.com/t/EDbm7MvC66W

First Meeting of new WILPF Board

We heard a report back on the conference call meeting of the new National Board of WILP
from Barbara Nielsen. The new Board members introduced themselves and talked about what they want to accomplish in their role as Board members.
Our branches want an official audit of the funds of National WILPF. This will go a long way to establish confidence and facilitate donations, especially in this centennial year.
We also support dropping all litigation and using mediation to resolve the issues between WILPF US and the Jane Addams Peace Association.

Clean Up The Mines!
Abandoned Uranium Mining Clean Up Campaign to be Announced on Earth Day

Rapid City, South Dakota Defenders of Black Hills and Clean Up The Mines are hosting an Earth Day media event to announce a nationwide campaign for clean up of all abandoned uranium mines in the United States.
More than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) are located throughout the US, primarily in the Western States, and more than 10 million people live within a 50 mile radius of an abandoned uranium mine.
“These hazardous abandoned uranium mines poison our air, land and water. The health effects are tremendous.” says Charmaine White Face, a volunteer with Clean Up The Mines and member of Defenders of Black Hills. “Currently no laws require clean up of these dangerous abandoned uranium mines. We are letting Congress know; it’s time to clean up the mines!” says Ms. White Face.
“A private abandoned, open pit uranium mine about 200 meters from an elementary school in Ludlow, South Dakota, emits 1770 microRems per hour, more than 4 times as much as is being emitted in many locations evacuated long term as a result of contamination by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan,” said Nuclear Health Professor Kim Kearfott, Ph. D., University of Michigan.
South Dakota has at least 272 abandoned open-pit uranium mines. There are 169 AUMs located in the southwestern Black Hills and 103 in the northwest corner near Buffalo, SD. The Northern Great Plains Region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota contains more than 2,000 AUMs.

Who is protesting : Defenders of Black Hills, Popular Resistance, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace. Oglala Sioux and other Tribal officials are also invited to the event as Cheyenne River contamination impacts Red Shirt Village which is on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Clean Up The Mines ( www.cleanupthemines.org) is a campaign to pass legislation through congress to ensure clean up of hazardous abandoned uranium mines throughout the US. Defenders of the Black Hills ( www.defendblackhills.org) is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, restore, and respect the area of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties.

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WILPF NEWS

  WILPF NEWS

 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches March 2014 Issue

Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.or www. WILPFSF.org

 Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

 East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

Saturday, April 12th 1PM-3PM (NEW TIMES!!!)

 San Francisco WILPF and East Bay WILPF Planning Meeting

 Piedmont Gardens

 110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)

 6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

 NEWS!! WE ARE CHANGING OUR PLANNING MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS

 At our last planning meeting we voted to generally have planning meetings for two months in a row and then have an event the third month. All meetings and events will be joint activities and hosting will trade off between the two branches. Planning meetings will still be on the second Saturdays , but the time has changed to 1-3pm. We agreed on the following tentative schedule.

 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR 2014 MEETINGS, ACTIONS AND EVENTS

 Weekly anti-war leafleting Main Library San Francisco Wed. 11:30-12, lunch after April 12 Saturday 1-3Planning Meeting, Piedmont Gardens, Oakland (note time change)

 April 14 Monday 4-7PM Tax Day Leafleting at BART Stations on both sides of BayEast Bay branch will hand out leaflets at the West Oakland BART

May 17 Saturday Speaker Jon Rainwater from Peace Action West2-4 pm at the Rockridge Library in Oakland, see story below

June 14 Saturday Yard Sale Fundraiser for both branches near Live Oak Park, Berkeley in Margot Smith’s front yard . Save those bags of donations for WILPF East Bay and SF More details about when there will be pick-ups and who to contact in the next newsletter.

 July 13 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting San Francisco Main Public Library

Aug 1-3 WILPF US Conference Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. More information later

 August No Planning Meeting

 September 13 Saturday Event hosted by SF WILPF. More information later

 October 11 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting San Francisco public library

 November 8 Saturday 1-3 Planning Meeting Piedmont Gardens, OaklandAt this meeting we will evaluate how the schedule is working, how people feel about working jointly, and how to improve things for 2015. Also at that meeting, we will try to come up with a tentative schedule for the coming year.

 December 13 Saturday WILPF SF/East BayCelebration of International Human Rights Day.

 Plan to join Amnesty International letter writing campaign for release of prisoners of conscience. There was also a discussion of having a Joint Holiday Party in December. Stay tuned!

 Jon Rainwater PEACE ACTION WEST EVENT

 You are invited to a WILPF East Bay/San Francisco event to hear Jon Rainwater director of Peace Action West. The event is from 2-4pm in the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland on May 17th. Invite friends and family. Rockridge Library is three blocks south of Rockridge BART on College Avenue. Jon will discuss what a Peace Economy would look like  and how military spending is sucking up 70% of the federal budget and stealing from people, especially seniors, women and children.

go to: http://blog.peaceactionwest.org/2014/03/13/the-pentagons-lavish-budget/

 We are pleased to welcome the new National WILPF Board of Directors:

 President: Mary Hanson Harrison (Des Moines, IA)

 Treasurer: Altaira Hatton ( CA)

 Secretary: Deborah Holley (Des Moines, IA)

 Chair of the Personnel Committee: Nicole Scott (Detroit, MI)

 Chair of the Development Committee: Sara Tess Neumann (Boston, MA)

 Chair of the Membership Development Committee: LaShawndra Vernon (Milwaukee, WI)

 Chair of the Nominating Committee: Barbara Nielsen (San Francisco, CA)

 Co-Chair of Program Committee (3 yr. term): Odile Hugonot-Haber (Ann Arbor, MI)

 Co-Chair of the Program Committee (1 yr. term): Deb Garretson (Bloomington, IN)

 At-large Board Member (3 yr. term): Millee Livingston (Sacramento/Sierra Foothills, CA)

 At-large Board Member (1 yr. term): Peggy Luhrs (Burlington, VT)

 A LETTER FROM OUR NEW WILPF US PRESIDENT

 Dear WILPF members:

 Every spring my spirit pushes up through the hardened layers of stories of injustice and wars, poverty and oppression, inhumanity and vitriol. Every spring hope pushes up her shoots in nicely tended gardens, through cracks and crevices in urban sidewalks, and along the banks of polluted waters. This spring was like none other I can remember. The very fact our members had a chance to vote, and real choices for National Board positions, gave a sense of exhilaration and renewed energy. What we do with that energy is up to us all.

During our first new board meeting/phone conference, I had the Addams quote propped up on my desk as the new board members introduced themselves and their vision for the coming year(s). One phrase stood out to me as a mandate entrusted to us as a board and as members of WILPF US in general: “…to learn to use moral energy to put a new sort of force into the world….” We can learn from our fellow board members and from our members, but only if we have open minds and hearts, only if we think critically about issues and not personalities.

 I have every belief that this new board has come to the table in good faith. But like any belief or aspiration, it will be tested against the results. This spring offers us an opportunity for reimagining possibilities for creating a community structure built on trust and respect. I look forward to us planning and building the architecture for the next 100 years.

Come join with us!

Mary Hanson Harrison President, WILPF-US

 Jackie Cabasso talks on Toward a Nuclear-Free Zone in the Middle East

 By Betty Traynor, SF WILPF

  WILPF East Bay and San Francisco branches hosted a report-back on February 2, 2014 at San Francisco’s Main Library about the International Haifa Conference given by Jackie Cabasso, who was one of six U.S. representatives invited. Jackie is well known to all of us for her over 30 years of work to end nuclear weapons and technology as Director of the Western States Legal Foundation.

 The conference, advocating a Middle East without nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, was held December 5-6, 2013 in Haifa because Israel refused to attend the UN sponsored conference that was planned for Helsinki in 2012 to discuss creation of a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. “If Israel won’t go to Helsinki, Helsinki will come to Israel,” former member of the Knesset (Parliament) Issam Makhoul said at the conference.

 Jackie told us that she was “thrilled” to be at the Haifa conference, which was initiated by Israeli citizens and attended by an international delegation from at least 14 countries. Twenty-six Israelis attended the conference, including present and former members of the Israeli Knesset as well as peace and human rights activists. She said the Israelis called out Israel for having nuclear weapons, a taboo subject in the country where even possessing a Geiger counter is illegal.

The conferees issued a Declaration that included support for the formation of the Israeli Coalition for Nuclear Weapons and WMD Disarmament in the Middle East that would work with  others throughout the world to make the area a nuclear weapons and WMD free zone, and calling for prompt convening of the Helsinki Conference to create such a free zone.

After the main conference Jackie attended a post-conference in Ramallah that focused on Israel’s 50-year old Dimona nuclear reactor. During this time she was able to spend more time with some of the women peace-makers, particularly Sharon Dolev, Director of the grassroots Israeli Anti-Nuclear Movement, a Haifa delegate, and a veteran campaign organizer for peace, environmental and human rights organizations in Israel. Jackie was very impressed with her and her work in Israel and Palestine. Jackie told us she felt very hopeful after this trip, where she was able to see in person the anti-nuclear momentum among Israelis. In addition to WILPF member Jackie Cabasso, Odile Hugonot Haber, Co-Chair of the Middle East Issue Committee of WILPF-US, also attended the Haifa Conference.

Jackie Cabasso is the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator of Mayors for Peace; recipient of the 2008 Sean MacBride Peace Prize.

 Link to her organization www.wslfweb.org

 Reminder : There are more than 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, over 95% in the hands of the US and Russia.

 BRING THE WAR DOLLARS HOME!

 Join the Global Day of Action on Military Sending on Tax day April 14.

70% of US tax dollars go to the military, squeezing out important domestic jobs, infrastructure jobs, social programs like food stamps, social security, and education development. Is this the people’s priorities or the priorities of the the military industrial complex?

 Link to: http://demilitarize.org/gdams-2014/gdams-us/

 HELP US LEAFLET ON MONDAY, APRIL 14TH 4-7PM AT THE WEST OAKLAND BART

 

 

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