WILPF Eastbay SF NEWS

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

September 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

GET Involved! Make a difference! Join our next planning meeting!

Oct 8, 10-12 am

San Francisco Main Library

Action: Anti-war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

Call Betty to confirm, (415 931-1126 )

Join WILPF US members to hear our International President Kozue Akibayashi Monday, September 19 at 4 pm

This is a national call: To register link to Pre-Register Preregistration is required. You can send your questions for Kozue in advance to us at 1wilpfcalls@gmail.com.  

 You can join using just your phone, or for a more interactive experience, join the call with your phone and your computer. You’ll be able to see the notes and instructions on your computer screen if you use both the phone and the computer. Once you pre-register you will receive a reminder email the day before the call, and one hour before the call. Each will have your dial-in instructions and the link to click on your computer to join the social webinar part of the call. It’s easy! Join us, let your voice be heard.

WILPF International President Kozue Akibayashi Visits Bay Area!

A Report on the World Beyond War Conference in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, September 28 2016 –  6:30 PM San Jose Peace & Justice Center

48 S. 7th Street – 1/2 block north of San Jose State University

For a ride from the Diridon CalTrain Station in Downtown San Jose, and for more information about the event, contact Joan G 406-396-8039, joan@rujo.org

To carpool from the East Bay, send email to wilph@wilpfeastbay.org

Stand up to Endless War and Sending Arms to the Middle East

Currently, a vote on the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal is expected Tuesday. Call your senators and representatives now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

“I urge you to vote YES on SJ Res 39, the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal.”

Human Rights Watch says hundreds of civilians—including at least 200 children—have been killed so far in U.S.-enabled unlawful Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. But despite extensive documentation by Human Rights Watch of these violations, the US continues to fuel the conflict. After selling over $20 billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2015, some in Washington want to add another $1.15 billion dollars in arms sales. See WILPF International on this subject https://www.facebook.com/wilpf


Mass Mobilization Disrupted Urban Shield!

September 9, 2016, There was a disruption at the Urban Shield weapons expo in Pleasanton. 15 grassroots organizations joined the Stop Urban Shield Coalition to unite against global policing and militarization. As a SWAT training and weapons expo that brings together police units from across the country and world, Urban Shield seeks to increase the power of policing over our communities by expanding the tools, technology, weaponry, and tactics that are used to oppress people everywhere. But we are fighting back.

The mobilization against Urban Shield made an impact. The Alameda County Fairgrounds where the weapons expo was held was locked down like never before, with no business as usual. One of the police trainings that was scheduled to take place as part of Urban Shield was canceled! The collective action let the proponents (and profiteers) of Urban Shield know that our communities will meet the escalation of militarization of local police with resistance.
The coalitions report Urban Shield: Abandoning Hope not Building Hope was sent to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. This is part of our push to pressure this decision making body to stand on the right side of history and end Urban Shield. There is still a lot of work to be done and link to Stop Urban Shield Col for community meetings about next steps to put an end to Urban Shield! Sign the petition online –

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/stand-up-against-police-militarization-say-no-to-urban-shield
Sign the petition to end Urban Shield!

Almighty: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age”

Tri-Valley Cares Event
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2 PM

Book Premiere & Author Event with Dan Zak

Moderated by Marylia Kelley .

Books Inc. of Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

On July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Nicknamed the “Fort Knox of Uranium,” Y-12 was supposedly one of the most secure sites in the world, a bastion of warhead parts and hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium—enough to power thousands of nuclear bombs. The three activists—a house painter, a Vietnam War veteran, and an 82-year-old Catholic nun—penetrated the complex’s exterior with ease; their strongest tools were two pairs of bolt cutters and three hammers. Once inside, the pacifists hung banners, spray-painted biblical messages, and streaked the walls with human blood. Then they waited to be arrested.


In Almighty, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak analyzes the “Transform Now” ploughshares act in the context of America’s love-hate relationship to the bomb, from the race to achieve atomic power before the Nazis did to the solemn 70th anniversary of Hiroshima. At a time of concern about proliferation in such nations as Iran and North Korea, the U.S. arsenal is plagued by its own security problems. This life-or-death quandary is unraveled in Zak’s eye-opening account, with a cast that includes the biophysicist who first educated the public on atomic energy, the prophet who predicted the creation of Oak Ridge, the generations of activists propelled into resistance by their faith, and the numerous bureaucrats and diplomats who are trying to keep the world safe. Part historical adventure, part courtroom drama, part moral thriller, Almighty reshapes the accepted narratives surrounding nuclear weapons and shows that our greatest modern-day threat remains a power we discovered long ago.

More Info: (925) 443-7148, www.trivalleycares.org

CRUDE BEYOND BELIEF

The Fresno Branch of WILPF US held its DVD premiere of “Crude Beyond Belief.” This video was the outcome of a fracking tour led by Kern County water and air expert Tom Frantz and filmed by our local Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC).

In November 2015, the WILPF Fresno Branch received a minigrant from National WILPF to organize and film this fracking tour in California’s Kern County. Co-contributors to the venture included Fresnans Against Fracking and Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. We toured various fracking sites, open-pit holding ponds, and injection well sites near Bakersfield, Wasco, and Shafter.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” film attendees were amazed, saddened, and angered at what has been done to Mother Earth in the name of monetary profit and with no thought given to the long-term effects on the health and well-being of all inhabitants of the planet.

WILPF Fresno is offering copies of the DVD for sale to branches and other interested groups or individuals. Contact Jean Hays at skyhorse3593@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

WILPF East Bay/San Francisco stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Standing 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.”

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WILPF NEWS, Eastbay SF August 2016

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

August 2016

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

Contact us at:

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

wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting Saturday, Sept 10 10-12am

Rockridge Library, Oakland

Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

International WILPF President’s Visit: Kozue Akibayashi arriving in Bay area on Sept 27 for a two-day stay. Members are invited to an event in San Jose evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 pm to 9 pm at the San Jose Peace Center.  Members will be car pooling if you would like a ride email wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

This is the time of the year when we are reminded of the United States nuclear attacts on Japan at the end of WWII

Members of Eastbay and SF WILPF attended Berkeley Peace Lantern Ceremony and Dr Helen Caldicotts talk. Dr Caldicott spoke on

Sat., August 13 at the SF Main library. This was an excellent talk on the abolition of Nuclear weapons. You too can hear her by linking to a u-tube recording of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hSjloOXzXk&feature=youtu.be

A nuclear weapon free world: 71 years in the making, is there an end in sight?

WILPF has been a strong advocate for a ban on nuclear weapons and has argued for the elimination of nuclear weapons since they were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following is copied from the WILPF International web page www.wilpf.org

August 9, 2016

On this day in 1945, around 80,000 people died as a result of the detonation of a single bomb. Many more died from radiation-related illnesses in the weeks, months and decades that followed. The bomb, codenamed Fat Man, was the second of only two nuclear weapons to be used in warfare. The United States dropped the bomb on the Japanese city, Nagasaki. Now, 71 years later, nine countries possess approximately 15, 800 nuclear weapons – 15, 800 ticking time bombs – and are investing billions of dollars in modernisation programmes, threatening the world’s population for many years to come.

Never again..Next week, at the final session of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in Geneva, states may finally agree to start negotiations on a treaty banning these horrific weapons of mass destruction.

The chair of the OEWG officially presented his zero draft report on 5 August and the group will reconvene on 16, 17 and 19 of August to finalise and adopt the report.

If the OEWG agrees to recommend to the UN General Assembly in October that negotiations should begin on a ban treaty, negotiations could start as early as 2017. The vast majority of states support a legally-binding prohibition on nuclear weapons, due to the catastrophic humanitarian impact witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and as a result of nuclear testing.

The nuclear-armed states have refused to participate in the OEWG, demonstrating that they are nervous the process will succeed.

WILPF’s disarmament programme, Reaching Critical Will has attended the first two OEWG sessions in February and May 2016, and will be there again next week, as states debate the OEWG draft report and recommendations to take to the UN General Assembly in October. To keep up to date on the third and final session of the OEWG, subscribe to the First Committee mailing list.

On 5 August 2016, on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, WILPF hosted a webinar featuring key anti-nuclear campaigners, Ray Acheson, Director of Reaching Critical Will, Helen Caldicott, veteran anti-nuclear campaigner and WILPF Peace Women Laureate, and Daniel Högsta, International Network Coordinator of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

In this webinar, the anti-nuclear campaigners assessed the state of play of nuclear disarmament and discussed how the humanitarian approach to nuclear disarmament might be just what we need to move closer to a nuclear weapon-free world. The discussion was facilitated by Chris Henderson, Communications Coordinator of WILPF Australia. You can find a recording of the webinar here.

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear Disarmament call

The United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear Disarmament call on July 20 with a lot of information from WILPF member Jackie Cabasso and other panalists was recorded and you can link to it here . You can hear the entire discussion here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-zkLFA2Z54 

Cabasso is the Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator, Mayors for Peace; Abolition 2000 “founding mother”, and National Co-convener, United for Peace and Justice. Dr. Joseph Gerson, Director of Programs for the American Friends Service Committee’s Northeast Region and Director of AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program. Dr. Gerson attended the recent No to NATO, No to War! Counter-Summit in Warsaw, intern Poland. Dr. John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.

STOP THE TPP” There is still time to Call YOUR RESPRESENTATIVES

Right now, Congress is still considering approving the TPP, an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the US, more burning of rainforests for palm oil, less protections for American workers and less power of local governments to vote health and safety regulations.
But now there is a groundswell of opposition to the TPP Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose it.
The TPP is not just about trade — it is about growing the ability of global corporations to suppress democracy. Companies like Exxon want the power to sue our government in order to eradicate environmental and labor protections that discourage their profits — and the TPP would expand this power.
This international trade pact was negotiated in extreme secrecy among Pacific Rim nations like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan. Corporate executives were at the table, but environmental and labor groups were not — and of course, citizens of these countries had absolutely no say.
Just a few years ago, the TPP seemed like a done deal. But now it’s floundering and it’s looking less and less likely to pass, thanks to grassroots organizing around the country. Link to:
wilpfus.org/news/updates/one-more-push-be-sure-we-defeat-tpp

Wonderful new technology connects members to WILPF US actions and issues and others members.

You can join future “One WILPF calls by ?

Summery of the One WILPF August 18 chaired by the Nancy Price WILPF Earth Democracy committee. The Earth Democracy committee focus is on water, fighting Monsanto on glyphosate (roundup), dangers of fracking and movement of crude oil

For more information, action and organizing tools link to: For Earth Democracy WILPFus

wilpfus.org/our-work/earth-democracy-0

For Climate Justice+Women+Peace

http://wilpfus.org/our-work/earth-democracy/womenclimatepeace

For Human Right to Health and Safe Food

https://wilpfus.org/new/udates/human-right-health-and-safe-food-campaign-infographic-cards

FRACKING VIDEO PRODUCED BY FRESNO WILPF BRANCH IS AVAILABLE: “CRUDE BEYOND BELIEF “– $15 includes shipping. Send check made out to WILPF Fresno.

P. O. Box 5114, Fresno CA93755

WILPF US unanimously approved the Human Right to Health and Safe Food Resolution

It’s time to plan events and actions around the International Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly that will take place October 14-16, 2016, in The Hague to hold Monsanto accountable for “crimes against humanity” and “ecocide.”

Nancy has been asked to participate with our ally the Organic Consumers’ Association in planning for the tribunal. WILPF US unanimously approved the Human Right to Health and Safe Food Resolution at our 2014 National Congress and again at the 2015 International Congress.

Interested in leading at WILPFus : BOARD APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT 18th – Leave enough time to complete paperwork… need references and recommendations — 5 Board positions opening up in January. Election in Nov. SHARE the info! The details are at this website page: http://www.wilpfus.org/news/special-opportunity-apply-board-positions

Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches

  • Contact your member of Congress and demand REAL gun law reform: Tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 4269, a bill that would ban assault weapons.
  • Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
  • Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
  • Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.
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WILPF NEWSLETTER JULY

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

July 2016

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

Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting in San Francisco

Saturday, July 9 10-12

for information email wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

THREE UPCOMING ANTI-NUCLEAR EVENTS

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 6:30–9 pm.

Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony

North end of Aquatic Park, west end of Addison St., Berkeley

 

Tuesday August 9 8AM

Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice

Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab

On Tuesday, August 9 at 8 AM, please join WILPF, Tri-Valley CAREs, the Livermore Conversion Project and other peace, justice and environmental groups for a major rally and nonviolent direct action at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab.

Exactly 71 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the people of Nagasaki, we will gather at the place where scientists are currently developing new and “modified” nuclear weapons. We will stand with Japanese Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors), Pacific Islanders, where the U.S. detonated more than 60 nuclear tests, and others impacted by deadly nuclear technology to proclaim, “Never Again! No Nukes!”  

The theme this year is “Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice.” We will gather at the northwest corner of the Lab (Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore).

This year’s rally features a very special keynote speaker, Tony deBrum, former foreign minister and present spokesperson for the Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Zero Lawsuits that seek to enforce Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty by compelling the nine nuclear weapons states to disarm.  Tony deBrum also serves his country as special envoy on climate change. We are also fortunate to be able to welcome guest speaker, Nobuaki Hanaoka, a Nagasaki A-bomb survivor and retired minister. The Livermore action will also include music and a traditional Japanese Bon dance at the Lab’s West Gate where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest.

Carpools are encouraged and there will be plenty of free parking. A limited number of vanpools will be set up from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station. You must call in advance to secure a seat on one of the vans. Phone Tri-Valley CAREs at (925) 443-7148 or email marylia@trivalleycares.org. You will receive a confirmation. The will also be a Peace Camp the night before at the Del Valle Regional Park reservoir just 10 miles from Livermore. Contact scott@trivalleycares.org to RSVP for the Peace Camp. A flier with nonviolence guidelines and additional information is available at www.trivalleycares.org.

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 PM

Nuclear Weapons: Can they be Abolished?

Dr. Helen Caldicott

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium,

100 Larkin St, San Francisco.

 

STOP THE TPP” Call YOUR RESPRESENTATIVE

Especially Barbara Lee. Ask her to reconsider her vote supporting TPP Rep.Barbara.Lee@mail.house.gov or call 510 763-0370.

Right now, Congress is considering approving an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the US, more burning of rainforests for palm oil, and less protections for American workers.
That international trade agreement is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was negotiated in extreme secrecy.
But now there is a groundswell of opposition to the TPP — hundreds of thousands of people have spoken out against it. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose it. If the Democratic Party were to oppose the TPP in its official platform, that may be its final death knell.
The TPP is not just about trade — it is about growing the ability of global corporations to suppress democracy. Companies like Exxon want the power to sue our government in order to eradicate environmental and labor protections that discourage their profits — and the TPP would expand this power.
This international trade pact was negotiated in extreme secrecy among Pacific Rim nations like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan. Corporate executives were at the table, but environmental and labor groups were not — and of course, citizens of these countries had absolutely no say.
Just a few years ago, the TPP seemed like a done deal. But now it’s floundering and it’s looking less and less likely to pass, thanks to grassroots organizing around the country.

 

GUN CONTROL:

Local and state governments and congress need our pressure to do the right things! Reminder: Continue the pressure to pass better gun control laws and especially an assault weapons ban to end the cycle of violence which threatens all of us and our communities.

Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches

  • Contact your member of Congress and demand REAL gun law reform: Tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 4269, a bill that would ban assault weapons.
  • Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
  • Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
  • Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.
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WILPF NEWSLETTER JUNE

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WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

June 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.wilpfus.org

WILPF US Face book page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-Int ernational-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting

July 9 10-12

email wilpf@wlpfeastbay.org for directions

Action: Anti war Leafleting: Join us every Wednesday from 11:30 to noon Grove St. entrance to San Francisco Main Library

DIABLO CANYON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO BE SHUT DOWN

Power Replaced by Renewables

California Going Nuclear-Free!

An historic agreement has been reached between Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors with greenhouse-gas-free renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources. Friends of the Earth says the agreement provides a clear blueprint for fighting climate change by replacing nuclear and fossil fuel energy with safe, clean, cost-competitive renewable energy.
The agreement, announced today in California, says that PG&E will renounce plans to seek renewed operating licenses for Diablo Canyon’s two reactors — the operating licenses for which expire in 2024 and 2025 respectively. In the intervening years, the parties will seek Public Utility Commission approval of the plan which will replace power from the plant with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources. Base load power resources like Diablo
Canyon are becoming increasingly burdensome as renewable energy resources ramp up. Flexible generation options and demand-response are the energy systems of the future.
By setting a certain end date for the reactors, the nuclear phase out plan provides for an orderly transition. In the agreement, PG&E commits to renewable energy providing 55 percent of its total retail power sales by 2031, voluntarily exceeding the California standard of 50 percent renewables by 2030.
“This is an historic agreement,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth*. “It sets a date for the certain end of nuclear power in California and assures replacement with clean, safe, cost-competitive, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage. It lays out an effective roadmap for a nuclear phase-out in the world’s sixth largest economy, while assuring a green energy replacement plan to make California a global leader in fighting climate change.” (posted June 21, 2016 by Kate Colwell)

Congratulations to our WILPF members and activists, particularly in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, who have fought hard for so many years to close down Diablo Canyon!

THREE ANTI-NUCLEAR EVENTS COMING UP

Saturday, July 2, 2:00 – 4:30 PM

Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change

Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St., FREE

Presented by The Peace and Freedom Party

In an age of endless war, economic crisis, and global warming, the provocative actions of the United States against nuclear armed Russia and China raise again the threat of nuclear annihilation. Our discussion of this important topic features two confirmed speakers from the Western States Legal Foundation, which has provided legal representation to antinuclear activists since 1982: Andrew Lichterman, Senior Research Analyst, and Phyllis Olin, Board President. Eugene Ruyle, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, CSU, Long Beach, will also speak

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 PM

Dr. Helen Caldicott on Nuclear Weapons: Can they be Abolished?

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco.

“Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished?” will be the theme of a free, public lecture by the famed activist Dr. Helen Caldicott It will include a Q&A session.

The event is jointly sponsored by the SF Public Library (BST Dept.) and the new Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament — made up of various peace groups organized by the SF-based War and Law League. For more information and a flier that can be circulated, see http://warandlaw.org.

Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician, better known as the world’s foremost antinuclear activist and the author of ten books, some of which may be available at the event. She has spent the last 45 years educating the public on nuclear perils. Her organizing of physicians in many lands culminated, in 1985, in a Nobel Peace Prize to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 6:30–9 p.m.

Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony

North end of Aquatic Park, west end of Addison St., Berkeley

August 6th and 9th are the 71st anniversaries of the world’ s first atomic bombings. In Japan and around the world, people will gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all victims of war, and all who have gone before us. This moving and beautiful tradition provides a chance to reaffirm our commitment to building a better future.

The Peace Lantern Ceremony is a volunteer-created event.

Sign up online today: www.peacelanterns.org/volunteer

email: Lanterns@ProgressivePortal.org Voice Mail: 510-595-4626

WILPF STANDS WITH THE VICTIMS OF THE ORLANDO LGBTQ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – US Section stands with the victims of the Orlando Florida PULSE LGBTQ Nightclub, and their families and against the homophobic hatred and fear that too many Americans express for the larger LGBTQ community, the immigrant community and Muslims in the US.


We affirm the right of all LGBTQ people to love freely and openly. We defend and assert the rights and contributions of all immigrants who are frequently under suspicion. We preserve the human and religious rights of all Muslims, whose peaceful religion is constantly suspect because of the actions of a few. We vehemently reject any threats to the humanity and dignity of any of us through violence and cultural hatred.  


The recent shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people underscores the destructiveness of hate, the refusal to recognize the rights, humanity, dignity, and equality of ALL persons. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (US) therefore, stands against any practices, policies, or beliefs that privilege only a few. In the midst of the current climate of hate, we mourn and stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ, Latin, and Muslim communities who have lost loved ones and against all acts that diminish their personhood.

In this struggle, we call all our local leaders and Congress to ban all assault weapons and pass stronger gun control laws, to end the cycle of violence which threatens all of us and our communities.

Call To Action: For WILPF Members and Branches

  • Write your Representatives and Senators, your Mayors and Governors to lobby for a ban on assault weapons. Efforts at the state level may be more effective than at the national level.
  • Advocate for the ban of the sales of all assault weapons. There is no use for them other than killing human beings.
  • Advocate at the national level for a redefinition of the terms of the 2nd Amendment by the Supreme Court.
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Wilpf Newsletter May 2016

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

May 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org

WILPF US Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-Int ernational-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJXGe4_Eh1A

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: bin.sf.ca@gmail.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:

http://wilpfus.org/story/make-tax-deductible-donation-pop-challenge

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


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WILPF SF EASTBAY NEWSLETTER MARCH

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

March 2016

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

Visit the national WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org

WILPF US Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next planning meeting

will be May 14 10-4 in at Ann Henny’s home

1372 Rose St, Berkeley 94702

If you need a ride respond to this email

WILPF joins Global days of Action on Military Spending.

The event is a community reading in 17 parts of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam Speech”. World Beyond War, Bay Peace, United for Peace and Justice and Western States Legal Foundation and are among sponsoring organizations.

April 5 Tuesday Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza noon, 2pm and 5 pm

to sign up to read or for more info link: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/2016/03/02/join-the-global-days-of-action-on-military-spending-april-5-18/

WILPF San Francisco plans an informal reading on Wednesday April 6 at their usual leaflet time 11:30 at the Grove St entrance of the main San Francisco Library. Call Betty Traynor 415 931-1126 to confirm

See 3 minute U tube done by youth activist Baypeace

http://www.baypeace.org

https://www.youtube.com/embed/djnLakE1vWo?width=800&height=533&border=none&iframe=rue

Action:Join us at each week 5:30 vigils in SF at Montgomery St. and Market. We are working with other peace groups Code Pink and World Can’t Wait.

wilpf elections

WILPF US holds new elections and Mary Hanson Harrison has been elected to a second term as president Candidates for the remaining offices were approved by the membership, as well as a new $35 annual dues structure. Treasurer Jeanmarie Bishop, Program Chair Maureen Ngozi Eke, Development Chair Marybeth Gardam, Nominating Chair Laura Dewey and At-Large Dixie Hairston.

 

WILPF ATTENDS THE UNITED NATION’S 60th COMMISION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

CSW 60UN: 60th commission on the Status of Women is March 12-19 in New York UN. It was attended by WILPF members including our own Barbara Neilson and Judth Mirkinson. This years theme is “Woman’s Empowerment and its link to sustainable development “ and will address the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/CSW60YRS/#INTRO

The conference reminds us that CEDAW had not been ratified by the United States, the only democracy not to ratify it. For more about CEDAW link to :

http://www.womenstreaty.org/index.php/about-cedaw/faq

The Treaty offers a practical blueprint to achieve progress and ensure basic human rights for women. CEDAW is very clear that it is up to each country to determine how best to bring their policies and laws in line with ending discrimination against women and girls.

In countries that have ratified CEDAW, women have partnered with their governments to improve conditions for women and girls in a range of areas, such as the following:

  • Reducing violence against women and girls, including stopping sex trafficking and domestic violence and recognizing sexual assault and rape as crimes.
  • Providing educational opportunities, including access to education and vocational training.
  • Ensuring political participation, including the right to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office.
  • Ending forced marriages and child marriage, and ensuring that women have a right to inherit property.
  • Helping mothers and families by providing access to maternal health care.
  • Ensuring the ability to work and own a business without discrimination.

 

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WILPF News February 2016

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

February 2016

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

Visit the US WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org

WILPF US Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

Next meeting will be in San Francisco (location still to be determined)

Saturday March 12 at 10:15 am

Support a NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE

join East Bay & San Francisco WILPF, WILPF US Disarm/End Wars Committee, Livermore Lab Tri-valley Cares and Western States Legal Foundation in supporting HR1976

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, WILPF-East Bay and San Francisco hosted a panel at the Rockridge Library in Oakland, CA with four WILPF members who have dedicated their lives to a nuclear free future. Carol Urner and Ellen Thomas are co-chairs of the WILPF-US Disarm/End Wars issue committee and are currently on a West Coast tour visiting WILPF branches to campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons and promote HR 1976, the only bill in Congress calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Joining them on the panel were two well-known activists Marylia Kelley with TriValley Cares, the Livermore Lab watchdog group trivalleycares.org and Jackie Cabasso, director of the Western States Legal Foundation wslfweb.org that monitors and analyzes international nuclear weapons programs and plays a role in the international abolition of nuclear weapons.

Carol spoke first and told us of her long history in anti-nuclear issues beginning in the ‘50s and continuing in the ‘60s with Women for Peace working for the first test ban treaty. And then a car accident, which killed her husband, and left Carol in a coma for many days caused her to re-dedicate her life to the cause of nuclear disarmament back in the U.S. She highly recommended a book, “my bible” she said, When the World Outlawed War, by David Swanson, which tells of a time in U.S. history when we did end war through the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 that renounced war as an instrument of national policy. She discussed the global movement to ban nuclear weapons, ICAN, (www.icanw.org ), the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons that held a conference in 2013 in Oslo attended by 122 countries and non-governmental organizations, and Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of WILPF international www.reachingcriticalwill.org . Carol is now dedicating her energies to letting people know about HR 1976, the bill introduced by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2015.

Her intrepid fellow traveler Ellen Thomas told us more about this bill, first introduced in 1994 and the only legislation calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. Ellen also has a long history of activism for peace. She participated 18 years in the White House Peace Vigil in Lafayette Park and with WILPF and the Prop One Campaign against nuclear weapons. She stressed the importance of education about HR 1976 which provides for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion. Her tour with Carol to visit WILPF branches and hold public meetings like the one on February 6 also includes meeting with Congressional representatives in each District where they travel. They met with the staff of Congressional Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco on Feb. 3 and also with staff of Rep. Jackie Speier and others in the Bay Area, plus they were able to meet Rep. Zoe Lofgren in person. They are encouraging these Congress people to co-sponsor HR 1976. Ellen pointed us to the website for the legislation www.prop1.org for all the information we need to join the campaign for HR 1976.

Our next speaker was Marylia Kelley of Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) that was founded in 1983 in Livermore, CA by concerned neighbors living around the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of two locations here where all U.S. nuclear weapons are made. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the US nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities. Marylia emphasized that the new threat is nuclear weapons “modernization” that is leading to a new nuclear arms race that will cost $1 Trillion over 30 years. At Livermore lab they are developing a new Long-Range Stand Off (LRSO) nuclear warhead that will ride atop a new air-launched cruise missile allowing a pilot to “stand off” and launch the missile 3K miles away from the target. We are looking at sneak nuclear attacks from miles away if the funding for this is approved. She emphasized that this could mean first use nuclear weapons that look like conventional weapons—a world destabilizer. Such notables as William Perry, and Senators Feinstein and Boxer recommend canceling the LRSO program. Marylia showed us a funding pie chart of the FY 2016 Dept. of Energy budget for Livermore Lab with a request of total $1,170,239,000, 85% of which is for nuclear weapon activities. She said we are at a crossroads today, do we want a new arms race or can the people, such as those in the Marshall Islands who are fighting back against radioactive contamination, stand up and say No.

Our final speaker Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, that has monitored and analyzed U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies for over 30 years, said this is the moment to declare the end of nuclear weapons. There are over 15,000 of them in the world with 94% controlled by the U.S. and Russia with no international disarmament negotiations planned. Russia and China are also planning nuclear weapon modernization driven by the U.S. plans. We have nuclear weapons located at six NATO sites, the only country with these weapons abroad, and President Obama wants to increase the number of weapons in Central and Eastern Europe to send a message to Russia. Both Syria and Korea are potential nuclear catastrophes. Jackie strongly supports HR 1976 as a vision for the future and a vehicle for organizing with a lot of diverse groups. She told us there are now close to 7000 Mayors in 160 countries, including 205 in the U.S., who are Mayors for Peace calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020 www.mayorsforpeace.org . The 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for a reduction in nuclear weapons spending and re-direction of the money to the needs of our cities.

We ended the event with hope that working in coalition with other groups, WILPF members can do something to end nuclear weapons at the local level and beyond. We applauded our panelists for their life-long dedication to this effort.

For more information or to send a letter to congress link to:

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11837

For more information link to WILPF US enews article :

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/2016-wilpf-nuclear-free-future-tour

There is still time to TO STOP the TPP

For factsheets and more information

http://www.flushthetpp.org/san-francisco-tpp-is-betrayal-rally/


WILPF CONNECTS the DOTS BETWEEN CORPORATE IMPERIALISM AND ECOLOGICAL DEGRADATION

call or write President Obama and Senator Feinstein to protest their ill-advised stand on TPP. Urge them to reconsider their positions.

President Obama: 202-456-1111

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania ave. NW, Washington DC 20500

Senator Feinstein 202-224-3841

Talking points:

LOST JOBS – More jobs shipped to PacRim countries with atrocious human rights records, low pay, and lax environmental laws that harm people and the planet.

ATTACKS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES – A globalized market-place regulations rather than local control of legislation. Corporations can sue governments.

MORE DIRTY ENERGY – Increased fracking, tar sands, and dirty coal – leading to rapid expansion of pipelines and ports for export to Asia.

MORE HEAT – More CO2 = more global warming and extreme weather leading to conflict and migration that disproportionately impacts women and children.

MORE CONFLICT & MIGRATION – Climate impacts and extreme weather, along with land-grabbing for bio-fuels and corporate agriculture that impacts food security, leads to conflict and migration.

LESS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE DRUGS – Big Pharma won. Patents will be enforced for another 5-8 or more years, before affordable generic drugs will be available.

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WILPF NEWS January 2016

WILPF NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

January 2016

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

Visit the US WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org

WILPF US Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

TOUR FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE

You are invited to participate in a speaker lunch event sponsored by East Bay & San Francisco WILPF

and the WILPF US Disarm/End Wars Committee

Saturday, February 6th, 11am-1pm

Rockridge Library 5366 College Ave Oakland Cal 94618

(Planning meeting following event)

Carol Urner and Ellen Thomas, co-chairs of the WILPF Disarm/End Wars Issue Committee (WILPF)-US will discuss this vital issue. In December 2015 Roots Action posted a sign-on letter: “Urge Congress to pass the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act (H.R. 1976), which would ‘provide for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion … while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion.’ Go to the link below to ask your Representative(s) to support it!

Carol and Ellen are launching a 2016 tour of the U.S., to promote HR-1976 with WILPF members and others who want to help them meet with their US Representatives. For more information or to send a letter to congress link to:

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11837

For more information link to WILPF US enews article :

http://wilpfus.org/news/updates/2016-wilpf-nuclear-free-future-tour

Call to Action: DEMONSTRATION TO STOP the TPP

Meet Thursday, February 4th at NOON

in front of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office

One Post St., SF near Montgomery St. BART Station

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s global policy analyst, Maira Sutton, will speak at the rally, as will our own WILPF member Phoebe Sorgen. Other groups that have been involved in local TPP opposition actions include Citizens Trade Watch, Food and Water Watch, CREDO, Sum of Us, Move On and WILPF-US.

For factsheets and more information see our last newsletter or go to

http://www.flushthetpp.org/san-francisco-tpp-is-betrayal-rally/


Senator Feinstein betrayed us by supporting Fast Track with 12 other Democrats. Five Republican senators voted against it. There is still time to raise our voices against TPP.

“The Trans Pacific Partnership is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history.” (Ralph Nader)


WILPF CONNECTS the DOTS BETWEEN CORPORATE IMPERIALISM, ECOLOGICAL DEGRADATION & THE ROOT CAUSES OF WAR

If you can’t join us do your part, call or write President Obama and Senator Feinstein to protest their ill-advised stand on TPP. Urge them to reconsider their positions.

President Obama: 202-456-1111

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania ave. NW, Washington DC 20500

Senator Feinstein 202-224-3841

Talking points:

LOST JOBS – More jobs shipped to PacRim countries with atrocious human rights records, low pay, and lax environmental laws that harm people and the planet.

ATTACKS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES – A globalized market-place regulations rather than local control of legislation. Corporations can sue governments.

MORE DIRTY ENERGY – Increased fracking, tar sands, and dirty coal – leading to rapid expansion of pipelines and ports for export to Asia.

MORE HEAT – More CO2 = more global warming and extreme weather leading to conflict and migration that disproportionately impacts women and children.

MORE CONFLICT & MIGRATION – Climate impacts and extreme weather, along with land-grabbing for bio-fuels and corporate agriculture that impacts food security, leads to conflict and migration.

LESS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE DRUGS – Big Pharma won. Patents will be enforced for another 5-8 or more years, before affordable generic drugs will be available.

NEW BEGINNINGS AND ACTIVE HOPE:

Report to our members

WILPF East Bay participated in January 10th strategy meeting with other peace and environmental activists at Berkeley Fellowship Hall In Berkeley.

This was a real Berkeley event with activist coming together to share ideas and enjoy a meal and music. Thumbnail of ideas shared :

  • We can end the climate crisis, war for oil and give Americans jobs with the addition of solar to every roof.

  • Close Diablo Canyon before we have another Fukushima,

http://www.foe.org/projects/climate-and-energy/nuclear-reactors

  • We need to regain our trust our election process with verifiable ballots, day off for elections, automatic voter registration at age 18.

  • We need to support Black Lives Matter with a better understanding of our own racism .

  • Activism needs to be for HOPE our communities, which brings out the best for the world and for ourselves.

Our own Phoebe Sorgen, a member of WILPF’s Democracy v Corporations issue committee and Move to Amend, spoke on how we can end corporate rule. A summary of her speech follows:

“Let’s connect the dots. What’s the one root issue that has caused the insanity of fossil fuels, climate chaos, nuclear power, the US being the world’s largest weapons maker, drones and torture for oil wars, Monsanto poisoning our food, Chevron murdering people in Nigeria and Ecuador and poisoning Bay Area air? Call it out!

I hear “stupidity, craziness.” Yes, and “1% greed.” Do I hear corporate rule? We have to change the laws that let corporations run and ruin our world. Recent victories include Barbara Lee endorsing the We the People amendment. HJR 48 is the constitutional amendment that says spending money is NOT the same as expressing free speech, and that a corporation is NOT a person entitled to constitutional rights. Now, help us get more co-sponsors, and get Barbara Boxer to introduce a Senate version. California Prop 49, to that end, was pulled from the ballot last time, but — another victory – the California Supreme Court just approved it for this November’s election. Let me hear a cheer! Now it returns to the state legislature. Help us convince legislators to keep it strong, because it is not enough to merely overturn Citizens United v FEC. though that Supreme Court ruling did remove limits on corporate electoral spending, the corporatocracy took over before 2010.

Raise your hand if you believe corporations already had too much power 6 years ago. Prop 49 MUST call for an amendment saying money isn’t speech and a corporation isn’t a person, which will also reverse Citizens United and get money out of politics.”

Other presenters at the meeting included:

Harvey Wasserman No Nukes Campaign shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant; Linda Seeley Mothers for Peace; Toby Blome Code Pink, anti-Drone Warfare activist, supporting Drone Whistle blowers; Susan Harmon Code Pink & Commononics USA; Dennis Bernstein KPFA Flashpoints reading poetry; Ann Fagan Ginger, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute on UN human right violations, Cynthia Papermaster, Berkeley No More Guantanamo and an organizer of this event; Cecile Pineda author of Apology to a Whale..: Jon Simon, author of “Code Red:Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century”

MARCH TO HONOR THE LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Monday, January 18th 11AM

Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th & Broadway, downtown Oakland)

The Anti Police-Terror Project is hosting its 2nd Annual March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy on Monday, January 18th, capping off a full 96 hours of direct action. Participants should meet at 11 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th Street and Broadway) in downtown Oakland to see speakers and performances before the group walks toward Emeryville. The march will be the last in a series of demonstrations coordinated with other activist organizations beginning on Thursday, January 15 and running throughout the weekend in both Oakland and San Francisco. AntiPoliceTerrorProject.org.

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WILPF Eastbay & S.F. News events and actions for Nov . and Dec. 2015

WILPF NEWS

Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

November/December 2015

There will be no planning meeting in December Next meeting January 9, SF main public library 10am

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

Visit the U.S. WILPF web site at www.Wilpfus.org

WILPF US Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-International-League-for-Peace-and-Freedom-US-Section-96028865628/

Visit the international WILPF website at www.wilpf.org

A Just Transition to a Peaceful and Sustainable World

with Susan Schacher of New Priorities Campaign

The New Priorities Campaign (http://newprioritiescampaign.org/) This is a local and great web site. The organization brings together organizations and individuals to demand of our public officials a change of direction for the U.S. – one that prioritizes putting people back to work, developing a sustainable peace economy, reducing poverty and inequality, and generally meeting important social and other human needs. The organization is a branch of the National Priorities Campaign http://www.nationalpriorities.org/

Susan Schacher from the New Priorities Campaign spoke on why we need to transition to a peace economy. She helped us see that the increased spending for war and militarization (more that 50% of federal budget) is robbing efforts to save the environment and provide quality health care, education, jobs, housing and social security for all of our citizens. The United States is #1 in military spending in the world, and spends more than the next ten countries combined.

Susan argued that spending on militarization is bad for all of us as it slows growth and innovation, creates higher unemployment and contributes more carbon to the problem of global warming. She talked about the steps required to plan a demilitarized and environmentally healthy society. The campaign calls for setting up planning commissions to help develop the fair conversion of jobs from the military economy to the peace economy.

November 11th was originally ARMISTICE DAY,
(now called Veterans Day)

a day to DEMAND AN END TO WAR.*


World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when an Armistice was signed between the Allied and Central powers.President Woodrow Wilson considered World War I “the war to end all wars.” Tragically, 117,000 U.S. troops were killed, and more than 200,000 wounded in this war.

Now, the United States is leading an endless war on terrorism in which, so far, many thousands of U.S. soldiers have already died, and many more wounded. The endless bombing and wars in the Middle East is killing many civilians, creating the desperate refuge crisis and contributing to terrorist acts such as we are seeing in Paris and Lebanon. Militarism in defense of oil is a leading cause of global warming.

To honor Veterans, and to do our part in taking a stand against global warming

take a minute and call your congressional representative and DEMAND AN END TO WAR.

1-800-826-3688
www.worldbeyondwar.org

Northern California Climate Mobilization March

Saturday Nov 21, 2015, 10:30 AM

10:30 am – Gather at Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, Oakland
12:00 noon – March to Frank Ogawa Plaza
1:00 pm – Rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza

We’re calling on world governments gathered in Paris to give us a climate agreement that actually keeps fossil fuels in the ground. We’re calling for a rapid phase-in of 100% clean, safe, renewable energy. And we’re calling on local governments too — to end fracking here in California, end oil-by-rail and coal exports that put our communities in danger, and divest from fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels are yesterday’s energy, and the extractive economy is on its way out. Tomorrow’s world runs on clean, renewable energy that works for everyone. It’s about investing in the things we want, rather than the things that hurt us. We’re working hard to create the world we want to live in, and we expect our politicians to do the same. Last week’s tragic attacks in Paris have only strengthened our resolve. There could not be a better time to organize for a safe, just, and livable planet — and for the peace it can help bring.

Link to http://www.wilpfus.org/news/updates/wilpf-paris-cop-21 For more information and excellent action ideas link to women climate Justice at :http://womenclimatejustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/WGCCJ_English_RD1.pdf.

Okinawa Reaches out to Activists for Help to Protect their Beautiful Henoko Bay

Women for Genuine Security, www.genuinesecurity.org the International Women’s Network against Militarism, www.iwnam.org and the Okinawa Peace Network sponsored 27 Okinawan leaders to come to the US protesting the US military plans to build a new base in the beautiful Henoko bay despite objections of its new governor and court cases still pending. In a poll in August 80% of the Okinawan people opposed the new base. Permits have been granted to fill the pristine bay.

Okinawa has a long history of occupation, first by Japan and then the US after WW II. In 1972 the US returned control of Okinawa to Japan but on the condition that the US bases would remain.

The US has 1000 military bases worldwide. There is a long history of human right abuses especially of women and children, and environment degradation. More than 50% of your federal tax dollars are going to the military each year at the expense of our infrastructure, education, and social programs.

Berkeley City council passed a resolution in support of the Okinawan people in May, for which the Okinawan speakers expressed deep gratitude.

ACTION: link to www.Womengenuineseucrity.org

Sign their petition to help prevent this and other bases from being built. And WRITE or call YOUR representatives in Congress 1-800-826-3688

ACTION: Join World Can’t Wait Event
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 12:00-1:00 pm
On the steps of SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL (Polk Street)

OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR ENDLESS WAR !
BREAK THE SILENCE: NO MORE WAR ON SYRIA AND BEYOND !
STOP THE AIR STRIKES AND TARGETED KILLINGS NOW !

“At the end of last week, we witnessed horrific attacks that left scores dead and hundreds wounded in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris. These brutal and unconscionable strikes against civilians have been attributed to members of The Islamic State (ISIS), or Daesh (Da’ish). People in Syria are also being slaughtered every day by Daesh and the murderous Assad regime.

Those of us who live in the West must look to our own imperial state violence, including the disastrous, immoral, and illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, as having created the chaos that allowed the spread of these “non-state” actors who now threaten indiscriminate violence from the Middle East to Europe.
We believe that all people deserve to live in peace and unafraid. All lives are precious.

WILPF East Bay and San Francisco are endorsing and supporting this event (especially in spreading the word) All are encouraged to bring your own banners and statements.

World Can’t Wait SF Bay: 415-864-5153 or sf@worldcantwait.net

WILPF CONNECTS THE DOTS

BETWEEN CORPORATE IMPERIALISM, ECOLOGICAL DEGRADATION
& THE ROOT CAUSES OF WAR

 

URGENT AND TIME SENSITIVE CALL TO ACTION STOP the TPP

Joining together to stop this next stage of corporate rule

by free trade agreement. See Nancy Price comments at http://bit.ly/1aye5ew

 

WILPF US Corporations v Democracy, Disarm/Endwar and Earth Democracy Committees

Call on WILPF Members & Branches to

Rise up… and say “YES”

to local sovereignty, democracy, community rights and PEACE.

 

Fast Track passes. Now the TPP deal is finalized. Before Pres. Obama signs and sends the TPP to Congress for an up or down vote…

it’s time to mobilize! We must stop the TPP in Congress.

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW!

 

PLAN LOCAL ACTIONS AND JOIN EVENTS being planned across the US.

Use your imagination and coordinate with other like-minded local groups. Send a report and photo to newsletter@wilpfus.org. Endorse the Nov. 14-18 events in DC.

Link to petition and sign at : http://www.flushthetpp.org/tell-congress-to-reject-the-tpp/

ORGANIZE YOUR COMMUNITY to get a TPP-Free Zone resolution passed by your city, town or county council. It’s easier than you think. Learn how at www.tppfreezones.org.

 

BIRD-DOG YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER.

  1. Make an appointment with the aide who handles trade issues in the district office.
  2. Sit-in or stage a rally outside the office.
  3. Go to Town Hall meetings to ask questions. Always ask for a “NO” vote on the TPP.
  4. Write Letters to the Editor. Use the fact sheets, see below.
  5. Hold a rally outside your local Chamber of Commerce or your state’s Commerce Dept.

 

BIRD-DOG 2016 CANDIDATES WHO COME TO TOWN.

Attend events, ask questions, hold up signs, and ask for a “NO” vote on the TPP.

Here are factsheets for your local city council and congressperson and the We Will Not Obey-TPP-Free Zone and TTP-Climate-busting Trade Agreementposters.

 

RISE UP – SAY “NO” TO THE CAUSES OF WAR

 

LOST JOBS – More jobs shipped to PacRim countries with atrocious human rights records, low pay, and lax environmental laws that harm people and the planet.

ATTACKS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES – A globalized market-place rather than local sustainable energy efficient businesses and local economies in every country to reduce climate impacts.

MORE DIRTY ENERGY – Increased fracking, tar sands, and dirty coal – leading to rapid expansion of pipelines and ports for export to Asia.

MORE HEAT – More CO2 = more global warming and extreme weather leading to conflict and  migration that disproportionately impacts women and children.

MORE CONFLICT & MIGRATION – Climate impacts and extreme weather, along with land-grabbing for bio-fuels and corporate agriculture that impacts food security, leads to conflict and migration.

LESS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE DRUGS – Big Pharma won. Patents will be enforced for another 5-8 or more years, before affordable generic drugs will be available.

 

We must stop this economic and military pivot to Asia.

The TPP is the Pres. Obama’s ECONOMIC “PIVOT to Asia” to counter and slow China’s economic influence across the Pacific Region. It is coupled with the MILITARY “PIVOT to Asia”to reinforce American imperialism across the region, protect America’s corporations, and assist national militaries and autocratic leaders to control their own people seeking democracy and justice.

 

Rise up… and say “YES”

to local sovereignty, democracy, community rights and PEACE.

As Guardians of Future Generations, we envision a world based on social, economic and environmental justice – the foundation on which to build peace and freedom for all people. We endorse recognition of the rights of Mother Earth and the right of ecological systems, on which all life depends, to thrive and survive.

Thank you for taking action.

Marybeth Gardam,
Nancy Price and
Carol Urner

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WILPF Eastbay SF News Sept- Oct 2015

WILPF NEWS

Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom

East Bay and San Francisco Branches

September/October 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

WILPF US Face book page http://www.facebook.com/wilpf

**********Join us for this WILPF sponsored public event! *********

A Just Transition to Peace. A Hope for Earth’s Climate

with Susan Schacher of New Priorities Campaign

Saturday, November 7 2:30-4pm

Rockridge Library (wheel chair accessible)

5366 College Ave, Oakland

5 blocks south of Rockridge BART

The New Priorities Campaign (http://newprioritiescampaign.org/) brings together organizations and individuals from diverse constituencies, communities and movements to demand of our public officials a change of direction for the U.S. – one that prioritizes putting people back to work, restoring and fully funding essential public services, rebuilding and repairing infrastructure, funding the development of new alternative energy technologies, cleaning up and protecting the environment, developing a sustainable peace economy, reducing poverty and inequality, and generally meeting important social and other human needs.

Susan Schacher was a community college teacher for more than two decades, working with low-income students on basic skills.  As a university student In the 1960’s, Susan became involved in the civil rights and anti-VietNam war movements.  She has participated in community and labor campaigns for education, jobs, health care, housing, and other social justice concerns.  In recent years, in light of austerity cuts to social programs, increasing spending for war, and global warming, Susan has joined with others to seek a de-militarized and environmentally healthy society.

Gwyn Kirk reports back

Women Peace Makers and the Walk Across the DMZ

Gwyn Kirk presented an excellent report on the Women Peace Makers and their Walk Across the Korean DMZ at a WILPF sponsored event recently in San Francisco. She is co-founder of Women and Genuine Security, They work toward the creation of a society free of militarism, violence, and all forms of sexual exploitation, and for long-term sustainability of our communities. She is on the coordinating committee of Militarism Watch and on the organizing committee for Women Walk for Peace in Korea. The march was joined by many international peace women including Americans Gloria Steinem, Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright, and and two Nobel Peace laureates, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia. Gwyn reminded us that Korea was colonized by the Japanese government from 1910-45.

  • The U.S. Military presence in Korea began at the close of the Pacific War in 1945.
  • In 1948, the United States, in agreement with the USSR, divided Korea into two separate countries: the Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (South Korea). The U.S. retains influence over South Korea’s military.
  • The Status of Forces Agreement was signed in 1966, diminishing the power of the Republic of Korea to enforce its own laws in cases where the U.S. did not waive its jurisdiction.
  • The Korea-US Free Trade Agreement was signed in June 30, 2007. If ratified, it will be the second largest agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Military service is mandatory in Korea. Many young men serve as soldiers. They are ostracized if they are not in service. Many believe that joining the military will provide access to jobs.
  • Korean women were taken as “comfort women” during Japanese occupation in World War II.
  • Today, many women who work in bars around U.S. bases are from the Philippines, Central Asia and Russia.
  • Facts

  • 4 million people died in the Korean War of 1950-53, most of them Korean civilians.
  • 10 million families are still separated by the DMZ.
  • 70 million Koreans live in a state of war due to unresolved conflict.
  • 60+ YRS after the war ended with a temporary cease-fire agreement, we’re still waiting for a peace treaty.
  • $1Trillion is spent by USA, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea on militarization of the region, fueled by unresolved conflicts.
  • For more information Link to

International Woman’s Network Against Militarism

Women for Genuine Security

REPORT on WILPF Northern CA Cluster Meeting 9/19/15 in Santa Clara

Eastbay and San Francisco WILPF and six other Northern CA branches (Peninsula, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose, Sacramento-Sierra Foothills, Fresno) met about issues and concerns to our branches and ways to work together to build a stronger WILPF. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:

CALIFORNIA WILPF:

  • WILPF CA – Legislative Watch: Presented by Sandy T. who asked if we want to continue working together on legislative and ballot measures important to California from the environment to education, healthcare, and/or the Disclose Act. Sandy asked for branch liaisons who would educate their branches on the issues and get branch input on legislation to work on. She got enough interest at the meeting to continue this effort. If you are interested in WILPF California respond to this newsletter .
  • Golden Rule Ship: Helen Jaccard, crew member (& WILPF member) told us of this peace vessel that sails to promote a nuclear-free world. In 1958 it went to the Marshall Islands to halt atmospheric nuclear testing; the original ship was restored by Veterans for Peace and is in No. CA waters now. They will be at the Berkeley Marina from September 26-October 1. Visit this amazing sailing ship.

NATIONAL WILPF:

  • National Candidates for WILPF US board: WILPFus Board members brought us up to date on the six National Board positions up for election in 2016: President, Treasurer, Program Committee Chair (1 of 2), Development Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, and At-Large Board Member (1 of 2). They pointed out that the terms are for three years, but staggered, so 1/3 are elected each year. All paid up members should expect a ballot in the mail in early 2016. Later in the day an idea was presented to create Board member “support groups” that Board members could rely on for research, advice, etc. to reduce the time these women have to spend on board work. One way to know if you are a paid member is if you received the Spring “Peace and Freedom” magazine from WILPF US
  • Action Plan for building a stronger national organization: Our new WILPF managing director Lamia Sadek was introduced. See https://www.facebook.com/wilpf  She has a background in finance and development and is finishing up her PhD dissertation on leadership style among refugee women in the Middle East. She will be working remotely from San Diego with some trips to the Boston office and other locations to support Board activities. She was asked about WILPF finances and she cautioned that we cannot continue to rely on a few big donors, and need to do some serious fund raising. A fund raising letter is going out soon. She got a good amount of feedback from members present on their concerns, including dues re-structuring and keeping up with membership renewals, updating the database and other IT recommendations.
  • Regional Structure: We discussed continuing the WILPF West gatherings (CA, OR, WA, AZ, MT…), like one held in Ashland, OR in July of 2010. About half of the group wanted to focus on a Western regional meeting.
  • Hamas Booklet: The Middle East Issues Committee whose members wrote the booklet entitled, “Hamas at the Middle East Peace Table: Why?” which calls for all relevant parties to be at the Palestine-Israel peace table. You can order the booklet at the national wilpf office at Tel: 617-266-0999 $5 or down load at link: http://wilpfus.org/documents/Hamas/WILPF_Hamas_Booklet.pdf

International WILPF:

– WILPF Congress (every 3 yrs) and Conference (to celebrate our 100 years) in The Hague: About 10 members at the meeting attended the 2015 Congress and Conference in The Hague and told us briefly about their experiences. The Congress is a “business meeting” where decisions are made and one thing that was approved was the several page WILPF Manifesto, the official declaration of the organization’s intentions, views and work for the coming century, available at http://wilpf.org/?s=Manifesto Those who attended said the centennial Conference was an incredible experience where they met WILPF members from around the world, exchanged information, heard stories of woman’s experiences in working for peace and freedom in their countries.

NEW BRANCH in the Mother Lode: There are 15 members in this area, they are applying for branch membership.

CURRENT ISSUES:

Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter: It was presented a report on Professor John A. Powell’s (UCB) conference on Othering and Belonging at www.otheringandbelonging.org We were introduced to the the book No Peace without Freedom: Race and the Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom 1915-1975 by Joyce Blackwell that she has made available to the branches. It was recommended we take this issue back to our branches for action that will lead to more inclusiveness in WILPF.

TPP/TIPP: We agreed this is not a trade agreement but a corporate coup.  A member will send out a statement that branches can discuss.

Anti-Nuclear: The National Disarm Committee works on this as well as local branch actions.

    • World Beyond War: WILPF-US, International and other Sections are members of this global movement to end all wars,

http://worldbeyondwar.org/ or to down load a copy go to:

http://worldbeyondwar.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/agss.pdf

Human Trafficking: Especially a topic with Super Bowl coming to Bay Area

Membership Dues/Renewals: Meeting participants expressed concern that National is not mailing out annual membership renewal notices and/or encouraging people to renew online. Many members do not know if they are active, and it was suggested that mailing labels for Peace and Freedom newsletter should have our renewal dates posted (or if you are not receiving P&F, probably not on the membership list—not the best way to find out). Better transparency on where the renewal dues go, and $15 really not enough, only pays for P&F, should have various levels as other groups do.

Recruitment: Need a plan for getting new members. How can we attract new people– better communication and actions at the branch level. Fun events like the Raging Grannies singers with original songs, speaker presentations, (see Branch reports for ideas).

Regional Meeting in 2016?: To be discussed at branch meetings . The next WILPF-US Congress in 2017 (every 3 years) will most likely be on the west coast, possibly in Portland.

– (SF branch) submitted some ideas to consider for WILPF at the national to branch levels that included creating a new treaty to end war by sponsoring a contest in law schools with a prize for best essay or law article on the topic; story telling by our elders to learn from the past and preserve their knowledge, similar to StoryCorps, and engage youth in these projects, and women of color.

Sept 21- 26 International Days of Peace: Abolish Nuclear weapons

http://www.un.org/en/events/nuclearweaponelimination/

Action: Join the push to abolish nuclear weapons during

International Peace Week

“Nuclear weapon abolition was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946.It has been on the General Assembly’s agenda along with general and complete disarmament ever since 1959. It has been a prominent theme of review conferences held at the UN since 1975 of States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

“Yet today, some 16,000 nuclear weapons remain. Countries possessing such weapons have well-funded, long-range plans to modernize their nuclear arsenals. More than half of the world’s population still lives in countries that either have such weapons or are members of nuclear alliances. As of 2015, not one nuclear weapon has been physically destroyed pursuant to a treaty, bilateral or multilateral, and no nuclear disarmament negotiations are underway.”

The Color of Empire: At Home & Abroad

Ecumenical Peace Institute

Sunday, October 4, 2015 Dinner and Program 5:30 – 8:45 p.m.

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., in Berkeley

Dr. King challenges us to conquer “the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism.” Presenters will speak on their work to end racism in this country and to oppose U.S. foreign policy founded on racism.

For details and to RSVP, go to http://www.epicalc.org/

Week of Mobilization Against Abuses by Transnational Companies

from the International WILPF Web Site

WILPF is part of the Treaty Alliance, an alliance of a large number of organizations and networks working to end abuses committed by transnational companies, WILPF calls on governments to support the Treaty. Getting a treaty in place is a long process, but the sooner we can get states on board, the sooner we can hold transnational corporations accountable for the crimes they commit. Land grabbing, suppression of protests, environmental degradation, collapsing factories, inhumane working conditions, and poisonous chemicals entering the food chain need to be a thing of the past, and a clear and effective justice mechanism needs to be established for the people whose rights have been violated. How you can be part of the action

Sign our petition! Many countries, in particular within the EU, have diametrically opposed being part of this process and have threatened not to attend the meetings. In light of the upcoming week, we have therefore created petitions take positive action. Read our last blog on this topic to learn more.

The need to address the abuses committed by transnational corporations has been a growing concern within WILPF. At our Congress in April, we adopted a resolution expressing our deep concerns with corporations like Monsanto violating the human right to health and safe food through their use of dangerous chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

We are also worried about the role that practices such as land-grabbing have in creating and maintaining conflicts. We must ask ourselves who benefits from the displacement of the original land owners, and who benefits from the militarization of the region in question.

In the WILPF 2015 Manifesto, which was also adopted at Congress in April, we further state:

In this global, neoliberal phase of capitalism, the power of corporations and financiers has far outstripped the ability of elected governments to moderate or control them. Slavery and forced labor are widespread and many of the victims are women and children. Identifying the capitalist system as one of the root causes of war, WILPF has always had the goal of revolutionary change by non-violent means for purposes of social and economic justice.

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