Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
Contact us at: East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
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: email@example.com 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.
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.