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.WILPFEastBaySF.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 Rebecca Griffin from Peace Action West2-4 pm at the Rockridge Library in Oakland Rebecca Griffin, Political Director, Peace Action West, 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!

 Rebecca Griffin PEACE ACTION WEST EVENT

 You are invited to a WILPF East Bay/San Francisco event to hear one of our great women peacemakers Rebecca Griffin 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. Rebecca will discuss the New Priorities Campaign and how military spending is sucking up 70% of the federal budget and stealing from people, especially seniors, women and children.

  She has directed campaigns to shift to a nonmilitary strategy in Afghanistan, end the war in Iraq, fund and reform civilian engagement through diplomacy and development, shift to a more balanced security budget through cutting wasteful military spending including drones, and promote diplomacy with Iran. She also runs campaigns to educate and elect pro-peace congressional candidates through the Peace Action West Voter Fund. In May 2009, Ms. Griffin traveled to Iran with a citizen diplomacy delegation to build people to people relationships and mobilize support for diplomacy between the US and Iran. To link to her website,

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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WILPF Eastbay & S.F. NEWS

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
January 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

Next strategy meeting
Saturday, March 8th  10am-noon
has changed from Piedmont Gardens to San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St. San Francisco 94102 near civic center BART exit
4th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

All Requirements Have Been Met for
Member Meeting/Recall Vote of WILPFus  board
Member Meeting and Recall Vote took  place Saturday, January 25, 2014,
Recall Vote  passed.  New officers were elected until a new board is elected June 2

Download the attached latest edition of Concerned Members Newsletter!!!  This explains in depth all of your concerns and questions about this recall election.

IMPORTANT !!  If you have not read the newsletters (seven issues have been published) of the Concerned Members, go to:   www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html
For more information on this very important issue, you can email: concernedmembers@verizon.net

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You are invited to join East Bay and San Francisco WILPF
TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE ZONE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation and lifetime WILPF Member, link to http://www.wslfweb.org/
Recently  returned from an international conference in Haifa

Sunday, February 2nd   2:00 pm
San Francisco Main Public Library
Latino A&B Rooms (lower level), Larkin & Grove
(BART/Muni Civic Center Station).

Haifa Conference urges a Middle East without Nuclear Weapons

The Haifa conference is the first in a series on the issue, the organizers said.
Delegates came from Europe, the United States and Africa. Among the
participants was Prof. Tadatoshi Akiba, a former mayor of Hiroshima, who
urged a 2020 deadline for world nuclear disarmament.
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WAKE UP to Another Free Trade Disaster and this one could affect you and your local government’s ability to set local ordinances against GMO, fracking, workers’  safety and rights, environmental regulations, etc.  To get more information about this crucial issue and to find out what you can do to stop this:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and What We Must Do About It
with Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst, at MLK, Berkeley.
Wheelchair Accessible. All Welcome.
For a great youtube showing our Grannies singing against the TPP link
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOI7WWDDMTjvHlwZKWc85Xg?feature=watch

Join the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers event with  Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization, who will talk about the dreadful new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement now being considered by Congress.  TPP will benefit U.S. extraction, FINANCIAL and global  food companies like Monsanto. It allows them to override local regulations such as logging rules, gas and oil clean up and  local banking.

Action:   Link to the  site below to sign a petition or write your Senators to stop “Fast Track” or Trade Promotion Authority Legislation:

https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12239

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), introduced “Fast Track” or trade promotion authority legislation today. If approved, Fast Track could expedite congressional approval of two massive trade deals without amendment or proper consideration. The Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific trade agreements, both of which are currently under negotiation by the Obama adminstration, would allow big oil companies and Wall Street financiers to sue for millions in compensation for the cost of complying with environmental and other regulations. More generally, the Atlantic and Pacific trade deals would trump sensible safeguards related to food safety, toxic chemicals, and global warming. If Fast Track is approved, these trade deals could be rammed through Congress.

The Baucus-Camp bill hands over to the executive branch powers that the founders intended for Congress to exercise, including:  the power to circumvent ordinary congressional committee review and directly submit the legislation for mandatory and expedited floor votes in the House and Senate; the power to override House and Senate control of their schedules for floor votes; and the power to ban any amendments to a trade agreement.  See more at: http://www.foe.org/news/archives/2014-01-baucus-and-camp-introduce-legislation-to-rush-trade#sthash.TWWe6Gp1.dpuf

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WILPF Eastbay SF News

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay and San Francisco Branches
December 2013 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
Next strategy meeting
Saturday, January 11   10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

WILPF East Bay and WILPF San Francisco have voted to share their website, newsletter, monthly planning meetings,
and to have regular shared public events.

OUR FIRST SHARED EVENT OF 2014:
You are invited to join East Bay and San Francisco WILPF to hear:

Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation and lifetime WILPF Member, just returned from an international conference in Haifa, who will be discussing:

A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE ZONE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Sunday, February 2nd   2:00 pm
San Francisco Main Public Library
Latino A&B Rooms (lower level), Larkin & Grove
(BART/Muni Civic Center Station).

Israeli Conference urges a Middle East without Nuclear Weapons
A newspaper report by Odile Hugonot Huber, WILPF-US Middle East Committee co-chair and a WILPF attendee at the Haifa Conference, with Jackie Cabasso

A conference opened in Haifa Thursday advocating a Middle East without
nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction – a controversial
issue in Israel.

If Israel won’t go to Helsinki, Helsinki will come to Israel, former
Knesset Member Issam Makhoul said at the two-day conference,
referring to Israel’s decision last year not to take part in a Helsinki
conference on the issue. Makhoul said Israel couldn’t escape a
discussion on the matter.

According to Makhoul, the Haifa conference was the first step toward
opening a debate in Israel on nuclear weapons. He said an Israeli coalition
of organizations and a monitoring committee would push the issue forward.
Makhoul said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on talking
about the Iranian nuclear threat helped stoke the discussion on Israel’s
nuclear program as well. There is now a willingness and sense of urgency in
broaching the subject and telling Israelis that a different kind of Middle
East is possible, he said.

The conference is the first in a series on the issue, the organizers said.
Delegates came from Europe, the United States and Africa. Among the
participants was Prof. Tadatoshi Akiba, a former mayor of Hiroshima, who
urged a 2020 deadline for world nuclear disarmament.
(excerpt from article in Haaretz, December 27, 2013)

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON RECALL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH AT 11AM PST

The special meeting of members to vote on the recall the entire Board of Directors of WILPF US and elect replacements is set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11am PST.  The WILPF US Secretary announced there are not enough qualified signatures. The bylaw calls for 10% of WILPF’s membership as signers to a petition to call a special membership meeting, “WILPF-US has 1872 eligible voters. This is the number of members who would have been eligible to vote in a WILPF election if it were held on November 27, 2013 — the date of the recall petition. The secretary also announced WILPF has followed an 18-month rule: in order to vote in a WILPF election a member needs to have been current in their dues: if not a life member, then making some dues payment since May 27, 2012. This includes all active monthly pledgers.”

IMPORTANT !!  If you have not read the newsletters (four issues have been published) of the Concerned  Members they are available on the petition site, and  please sign the petition if you have not.  Link to Member Petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html

For more information on this very important issue, you can email:
concernedmembers@verizon.net.

A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, starts with applications: deadline for applications is  January 1, 2014. Applications are on the WILPF US website http://wilpfus.org/news/latest-news/share-and-develop-your-leadership-skills-wilpf

This is IMPORTANT. It will be imperative for as many members as possible to apply to be a candidate for the regular board election.  If we do not have enough good candidates, we may end up with some of the same problems we have now.  Only members current on their dues, or lifetime or pledging members will have their vote counted. So make sure your dues are current. The best way to do this is online at: www.wilpfus.org  go to home page and link to JOIN or Renew membership

Or Membership and Membership Renewal for WILPF  Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Dues are $15 minimum.  Make checks to WILPF US and mail to the address below.
For information call Sandy Thacker, Treasurer of East Bay branch:  510 482-1258

Name ________________________________

Street ________________________________

City ________________________________

Phone ___________ E-mail _______________

Dues include subscription to US WILPF’s Peace & Freedom, and membership
in one branch, as well as US WILPF and INTERNATIONAL WILPF. Mail to :
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

SUPPORT THE WORK OF WILPF with an end of the year tax deductible donation to the Jane Addam’s Peace Association , 777 United Nations Plaza 6th fl. New York, New York 10017.  Funds can be earmarked WILPF East Bay or in memory of Madeline Duckles.

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Wilpf Eastbay newsletter

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
December 2013 Issue
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.
Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

Reminder !! Join us at our Holiday strategy meeting with San Francisco WILPF
to discuss the upcoming membership meeting to vote on a recall of the National President and Board of Directors and to plan a celebration of Madeline Duckles’ life
Saturday, December 14th  10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON RECALL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH AT 11AM PST

A lot has been happening.  It is hard to keep up with it all.   A date has been set for the WILPF US Board recall vote. The special meeting of members to recall the entire Board of Directors of WILPF US and elect replacements is set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11am PST. This is the latest possible date that the board could set and remain within the requirement that the meeting take place within sixty days of the members making their official request for the meeting.  Today (December 11th), the WILPF US Secretary announced there are not enough qualified signatures. The bylaw calls for 10% of WILPF’s membership as signers to a petition to call a special membership meeting, “WILPF-US has 1872 eligible voters. This is the number of members who would have been eligible to vote in a WILPF election if it were held on November 27, 2013 — the date of the recall petition. The secretary also announced WILPF has followed an 18-month rule: in order to vote in a WILPF election a member needs to have been current in their dues: if not a life member, then making some dues payment since May 27, 2012. This includes all active monthly pledgers.”

IMPORTANT !!  If you have not read the newsletters (five issues have been published) of the Concerned  Members they are available on the petition site, and  please sign the petition if you have not.  Link to Member Petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html

“Now the struggle will also be over who runs this meeting. Members are seeking to have the meeting facilitated by an accomplished, fair facilitator.  It is the  position of concerned members that Laura Roskos and current board members cannot preside, based on the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Corporation Law, section 5709 (c) and section 5758(b) for fairness and reasonableness and section 5715(d) for self-dealing, lack of good faith, and also for having a direct interest in the outcome.”   For more information:
email concernedmembers@verizon.net.

A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, starts with applications: deadline for applications is  January 1, 2014. Applications are on the WILPF US website http://wilpfus.org/news/latest-news/share-and-develop-your-leadership-skills-wilpf

This is IMPORTANT. It will be imperative for as many members as possible to apply to be a candidate for the regular board election.  If we do not have enough good candidates, we may end up with some of the same problems we have now.

Members are the stakeholders of WILPF and we have rights. We can take back control of WILPF US so that the work being done, and the manner in which we operate, will reflect the wishes and values of its members in a democratic way, so that program and the branch work can again be at the forefront of what we do.

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
Membership and Membership Renewal

Only members current on their dues, or lifetime or pledging members will have their vote counted. So make sure you dues are current. The best way to do this is online at:

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5372/donate_page/membership-page

OR USE THE FORM BELOW

Dues are $15 minimum.  Make checks to WILPF US and mail to the address below.

Name ________________________________

Street ________________________________

City ________________________________

Phone ___________ E-mail _______________

Dues include subscription to US WILPF’s Peace & Freedom, and membership
in one branch, as well as US WILPF and INTERNATIONAL WILPF. Mail to :
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661

TRIBUTE TO MADELINE DUCKLES

Our beloved long time friend and leader Madeline Duckles passed on in her sleep on November 23rd in Santa Rosa, attended by her loving family.

May 19, 1916-Nov. 23, 2013
“Madeline Taylor Duckles was born in Loomis, California to Allie Adella Fleisher and Porter Lee Taylor. After graduating from Esparto Union High School in 1933, Madeline enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in English Literature. It was at UC Berkeley that Madeline met the love of her life, Vincent Harris Duckles. Madeline and Vin were married on June 10, 1937 in Forest Hills, Long Island. In 1951, Madeline and Vin settled into their home in the Berkeley Hills, where they raised their family and where Madeline lived until her 96th birthday. Madeline’s house was full of family, visitors and animals. She loved to entertain and receive visitors from around the world.

Madeline committed her life to peaceful activism and social justice. Madeline joined the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in the 1940s and was an active member of WILPF into her nineties. She attended meetings with the World Council of Peace in Europe and Asia, and gave speeches regarding the anti-war movement in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, and was one of the first American women to visit North Vietnam. As a leader in the Committee of Responsibility during the Vietnam War, she brought Vietnamese children injured in the war to San Francisco for treatment. Her peaceful activism made her the subject of government surveillance, and years later, Freedom of Information Act requests revealed a dossier assembled by the FBI, CIA and military intelligence services about her work. Madeline’s decades-long work was acknowledged on the floor of the United States Congress by Rep. Ronald Dellums in 1996 and Rep. Barbara Lee in 2005.

Music was an important part of Madeline’s life. Her husband was a renowned musicologist and all her sons had musical training. Three of her children continued their musical endeavors in a professional capacity, as well as three of her grandchildren. Madeline supported classical music and loved the opera and symphony. She continued to attend concerts even at 97 years of age.

She counts close friends all over the world, many of whom stayed in her home and were the beneficiaries of her wonderful hospitality.

Madeline Duckles died in Santa Rosa, California on November 23, 2013 at age 97. She is survived by five sons: Lawrence, Christopher, Lee, Peter and Jeremy; her foster daughter, Thuy; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations may be made in her name to the Jane Adams Peace Association.”

http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 8, 2013

BRIEF REPORT ON WILPF REGIONAL MEETING
“Creating Positive Change”
Saturday, November 16, 2013,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City,

Rules of the meeting were established and began with concerns of members.
“This meeting is convened for the purpose of advancing WILPF’s work toward total disarmament and peace and human rights for all and for the care of the earth.  This is a safe space, free from discrimination of any kind based on gender, race or  age.”

West Coast Regional Meeting report, Nov. 16, 2013

(updated report )
After a series of phone calls and consultations, under the guidance of Joan Bazar,  the West Coast Regional Meeting was held in Redwood City.  Carol Cross, (Peninsula Branch),  graciously  handled logistics, (space, food, and registration).     Nancy Abbey and Lois Fiedler co-facilitated the meeting , attended by about 40 West Coast WILPF’ers and current  WILPF president Laura Roskos and treasurer Eva Havlicsek,  JAPA co-president  Tura  Campanella Cook, and past JAPA president, Sandy Silver .  The recommendations/proposals  that were discussed ( as summarized by Nancy)  included to:
1. Initiate mediation between WILPF and JAPA: (31 members endorsed, 3 abstained)
(Judy Nakadegawa, Berkeley community volunteer mediator, offered guidelines)
a. Guidelines:
Both parties agree to freeze any legal action against the other party (including consultation with attorneys).
Two representatives chosen by each organization be empowered to discuss issues.
Nothing revealed in the discussion may be used by the other party in any future legal proceeding.
Agreement will be taken back to each board for ratification.
b. Purpose: to find common ground for a working relationship between the two organizations.
c. Expectations: “People go away feeling better, even if they don’t get everything they want.”
2. Re-establish Regions, with regional representatives added to the National Board:  (31 members endorsed, 3 abstained)
a. Add to bylaws to help build trust:  (general consensus reached that the following suggestions be sent to by-laws committee.
b. Develop guidelines for categorizing actions as “standard board decisions”  or  “big deal decisions” that need to involve broad member input.
c. Remove ex-officio members’ vote on board.
d. Elect representatives to International Board and UN by membership vote.

3. Convene a membership meeting to vote on recall of entire board.  (19 members endorsed, 11 abstained, 3 voted no)
4. A resolution to establish a totally independent nominating committee and election process did not receive consensus.
5. A committee on WILPF finances made no recommendations or resolutions.

Update:   Immediately after the regional meeting, Joan Bazar shared the proposal for mediation with JAPA, with the US Board, and got agreement for pursuing it.  Tura and Joan conferred by phone and email over two weeks but it was too late for JAPA to participate in the mediation as proposed since their attorney was in the process of responding to the letter from WILPF’s attorney.

Lois J. Fiedler,  Joan Bazar,  Nancy Abbey, and Barbara L. Nielsen
Women Need to Be Included in Syria’s Peace Process
Madeleine Rees, Secretary  General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom speaks out  on the   Huffingtonpost.com ARTICLE Dec. 10. 2013

  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeleine-rees/women-need-to-be-included-in-syrias-peace-process_b_4418744.html

WILPF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S POWER TO STOP WAR

The first episode  of WILPF International  Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Series was an excellent use of media and “thumbs up” to Cynthia Enloe for an excellent job.  The Series will be a regular event focusing on different aspects of WILPF’s work and is open to everyone, both in and outside of WILPF.  The  first episode online, presented by Cynthia Enloe, a pioneer in feminist international relations, was held on November 6th.  For archives of WILPF International  Webinars link to  the WILPF International web site: http://www.wilpfinternational.org/webinars/archive-of-wilpf-webinars/ and for excellent international peace and women newsletter link to http://www.wilpfinternational.org/wilpf-news-and-alerts/

SUPPORT THE WORK OF WILPFwith an end of the year tax deductible donation to the Jane Addam’s Peace Association , 777 United Nations Plaza 6th fl. New York, New York 10017.  Funds can be earmarked WILPF East Bay or in memory of Madeline Duckles.

Tell President Obama: Veto cuts to food stamps.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
202-456-1111

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WILPS NEWS

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org.
Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF, PO Box 13266, Oakland, CA 94661
VERY IMPORTANT WILPF REGIONAL MEETING ON SAT., NOVEMBER 16TH

There will be no monthly planning meeting on Saturday, Nov. 9
Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, December 14

Join East Bay WILPF at the  WILPF WEST REGIONAL MEETING
“Creating Positive Change”
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9am-5pm (registration at 8:30)
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City,
2124 Brewster Ave., Redwood City, CA 94062

Registration: Contact Carol Cross at cross0828@yahoo.com if you plan to attend and if you need hospitality on Fri. or Sat. night.
Please provide name, phone number, branch and email.
*Respond to this email or or  call 510-501-6439 if you need a ride*
The carpool plans to leave at 8am Saturday and return after dinner

WILPF NATIONAL ELECTIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR TO THE FUTURE OF US WILPF.  BE SURE YOU CAN VOTE!

In order to participate in the WILPF elections scheduled for February 2014, or in any special election that might be called, you must be a WILPF member in good standing.  Be sure your membership is up to date.  You can check your membership status by calling or emailing the national WILPF office.   www.wilpfus.org/ and link to membership, or call 617-266-0999.

A new election of the entire Board of Directors, including the President of the Board, will be starting January 1, 2014 when the deadline for new Board nominations will be due.  The ballot will be mailed by February 21st and must be postmarked by March 21st.  Only dues-paying members can vote.  Our annual dues are from $15 to $150 as you are able.  Our WILPF U.S. section pays $15 per member to WILPF International for our U.S. Section fees and $2 to the local branch.  To renew your membership, go online to membership:  wilpfus.org or mail your membership to:
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661

SUMMARY OF EAST BAY WILPF MEETING
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013
At our October meeting, we had a panel discussion of the issues that led up to the current crisis at US WILPF, of the highly irregular and controversial decisions that have been made by the WILPF US Board of Directors, and a recall campaign that has been undertaken by concerned WILPF members. The Panel discussion leaders were Darien DeLu, Barbara Nielsen,  and Dolores Taller, all past Board members.  Those calling for recall feel decisions are being made without member input and/or prior knowledge.  Bylaws are being ignored.   The controversy centers around:

1.  Termination of financial arrangement between WILPF US and JAPA (The Jane Addams Peace Association, our 501C3 financial sponsorship), done in secret without membership input.
2.  The WILPF US Emerging Leadership  retreat.  The money and actions of the retreat could have been better accomplished at the 2014 congress and it would be more inclusive.  A significant amount of WILPF money was used on the retreat.
3.  US WILPF financial status:  There was no audit of US WILPF done this year.  There is need for the legally required annual audit without delay.  There is a need for planning for sustainable and growing  funding.
4.  There is a growing lack of confidence in the current Board and  controversy over its President.

For more information:  or email concernedmembers@verizon.net.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER THE DISCUSSION

The National Board and its Executives need to respect the legal requirements of our bylaws and the state laws of Pennsylvania and be held to them. This  requires an annual audit, decisions made at open meetings with adequate notification,  information as to how and when, and timely minutes.  The membership has the legal right to call a membership meeting, call for a recall of the current Board of Directors, and nominate an interim set of three officers. To see a copy of the bylaws:

http://wilpfus.org/about/wilpf-us-section-laws.

There needs to be a plan for a trusted vote count in the next election.
The members of the panel felt the current board is too intimidated by the  President Laura Roskos who may remain  on the Board as a Past President, even if elections change the entire Board.  There was concern that the recall is distracting members from the work of WILPF when there are so many other pressing issues, but it was also felt that we need to get our own house in order.  It was felt that signing the petition for a recall membership meeting sends a strong message that the Board is going in the wrong direction.
l">http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-for-recall-of-wilpf-us-board-of-directors.html

WILPF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S POWER TO STOP WAR

Join the first episode in our of WILPF International  Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Series.  The Series will be a regular event focusing on different aspects of WILPF’s work
and is open to everyone, both in and outside of WILPF.

The  first episode online, presented by Cynthia Enloe, a pioneer in feminist international relations, is to be held on November 6 at  2pm CET or 5am PDT!! (This is for the early risers.)   For more information on Webinars in general, please see the WILPF International web site:

http://www.wilpfinternational.org/webinars/

2013 WINNERS OF THE JANE ADDAMS’S CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

Congratulations to the 60th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees:  Jacqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis, Cynthia Levinson, Sarah Warren, Robert Casilla, Shane W. Evans, Ann Bausum, and Sy Montgomery. To see the awards and to order these books:   http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/2013ceremony.shtml

LOBBY CONGRESS TO NOT SIGN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), branded as a trade agreement and negotiated in unprecedented secrecy, is actually an enforceable transfer of sovereignty from nations and their people to foreign corporations.
As of December 2012, eleven countries were involved—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States—with the possibility of more joining in the future due to inclusion of an unusual “docking agreement.”
While the public, US Congress, and the press are locked out, 600 corporate advisors are meeting with officials of signatory governments behind closed doors to complete text for the world’s biggest multinational trade agreement, which aims to penalize countries that protect their workers, consumers, or environment.
Leaked text from the thirty-chapter agreement has revealed that negotiators have already agreed to many radical terms, granting expansive new rights and privileges for foreign investors and their enforcement through extrajudicial “investor-state” tribunals. Through these, corporations would be given special authority to dispute laws, regulations, and court decisions. Foreign firms could extract unlimited amounts of taxpayer money as compensation for “financial damages” to “expected future profits” caused by efforts to protect domestic finance, health, labor, environment, land use, and other laws they claim undermine their new TPP privileges.”
Lori Wallach, “Breaking ’08 Pledge, Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations,” Democracy Now!, June 14, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/14/breaking_08_pledge_leaked_trade_doc.

 

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WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661
JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION: 
WHAT IS GOING ON AT WILPF US?
An organization is only as strong as its members.  If you are concerned and have questions about decisions that have been made by the WILPF-US President and Board of Directors, including terminating our 60 year long fiscal sponsorship relationship with the Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) without consulting the membership, and not having an annual audit as required by our bylaws, please join us for a panel discussion:
Saturday, October 12th  10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room, Wheelchair Accessible
Join us for lunch after the meetingIn order to participate in the WILPF elections scheduled for February 2014, or in any special election that might be called, you must be a WILPF member in good standing.  Be sure your membership is up to date.  You can check your membership status by calling or emailing the national WILPF office. wilpfus.org and link to membership, or call 617 266-0999.

A new election of the President and entire board will be starting January 1, 2014 when the deadline for new board nominations will be due.  The ballot will be mailed by February 21st and must be post marked by March 21st.  Only dues paying members can vote.  Our annual dues are from $15 to $150 as you are able.  Our WILPF U.S. section pays $15 per member to WILPF International for our U.S. Section fees and $2 to the local branch.  To renew your membership, go online to membership:  www.wilpfus.org or mail your membership to:
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266,
Oakland, CA 94661

PLANNING MEETING MINUTES Sept 14, 2013

We discussed the current US WILPF board recall campaign and the issues that led up to the current crisis.  Those calling for recall feel decisions are being made without member input and or prior knowledge.  Bylaws are being ignored.   The controversy centers around:
*Termination of financial arrangement between WILPF US and JAPA (The Jane Addams Peace Association, our 501C3 financial sponsorship).
*The WILPF US Emerging Leadership  retreat.  The money and actions of the retreat could have been better accomplished at the 2014 congress and it would be more inclusive.
*US WILPF financial status.  There is need for the legally required annual audit without delay.  There is a need for planning for sustainable and growing  funding.
*There is a growing lack of confidence in the current board and  controversy over its president  and secretary. For more information:
email: concernedmembers@verizon.net. or email Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
Our recommendations after the discussion.
The board and its executives need to respect the legal requirements of our bylaws and the state laws of Pennsylvania and be held to them. This  requires an annual audit, decisions made at open meetings with adequate notification  information as to how and when, and timely minutes.  The membership has the legal right to recall the board. To see a copy of the bylaws:
http://www.wilpfus.org
There needs to be a plan for a trusted vote count in the next election.

SAVE  2nd Saturday of the month 10-12 and Join us for ongoing
program with local women peace makers.  Most of those meetings will be at the Rockridge Library and our planning and strategy meetings will be at Piedmont Gardens.  Respond to this enews letter with suggestions for speakers.

BAN FRACKING  Your action is needed now !!

Tell governor Brown to not sign SB 4.  it is an unsafe deregulation of the gas drilling industry ! we want a moratorium.  He has said he will sign it but if we email or call him, he may rethink it.  Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 or email gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php  today to send this message before it is too late. The people of California want Governor Brown to be the real Climate Governor.
Support a moratorium now. DON’T FRACK California.

What is fracking and why must it be banned?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an oil extraction process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals under high pressure into a well that can be over 2 miles deep in the earth to free a thick, dirty crude oil trapped in the shale layer.  Oil companies are set to “frack” thousands of wells in California, mostly to collect the estimated 15.4 billion barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale formation from San Joaquin through the Los Angeles basin.
The fracking process has contaminated aquifers and groundwater, induced earthquakes, polluted the air and endangered public health. Worse is its impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the resulting catastrophic climate disruption!  The extraction, refining, and burning of the final products of fracked crude oil produce more GHG emissions than coal and tar sands bitumen.
California’s shale oil is low-quality, high-sulfur, heavy crude oil. It is two-to-three times as energy intensive to refine as typical U.S. refinery feedstock and it produces 40 percent more greenhouse gas in order to make gasoline. The GHG footprint of fracking for oil is greater than that of any other fossil fuel including coal. This is because of the much higher rate of leakage of methane into the atmosphere during extraction through fracking than in the mining for coal.
Burning the 15 billion barrels of dirty oil from the Monterey Shale will releases 6.45 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, enough to bring us to the tipping point when climate change will be irreversible. The International Energy Agency warned that two-thirds to three-fifths of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to avoid disastrous climate consequences.  We must leave shale oil in the ground, not try to regulate it or frack for it.

TIME TO ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA), which is the educational affiliate of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, has presented awards for children’s books annually since 1953.Over the years, many WILPF branches including East Bay WILPF have ordered copies of the  selected books for use in their communities and libraries.  To see the link for this year’s awards.
http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/

PeaceDaySF & EARTHDANCE
September 21, 2013
Rally and dance for PEACE – watch online or join us in San Francisco!  Declare NO WAR ON SYRIA!  Demand an end to chemical warfare abroad and at home in our air, water, soil and food supply.  Joined by March Against Monsanto, the Occupy Action Council, the National CODEPINK is hosting a rally for peace in the heart of San Francisco on Sept. 21, the United Nations International Day of Peace.  Join us virtually online by supporting CODEPINK PEACE DAY or watch the live stream on Sept. 21 (12:00 PST, 9am EST).
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/peace-day-sf-by-codepink

ENORMOUS HUMAN BANNER: “Fukushima Is Here!”

Join us for a fun way to increase awareness of the arrival of nuclear waste on our West Coast .  This is a family event, so bring kids and grandkids.
WHERE: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Arrive by 10:45 AM — Helicopter overhead at noon sharp
Details and Registration:
http://www.fukushimaishere.info/san-francisco.php

STOP FUKUSHIMA RADIATION–URGENT ACTION NEEDED
from Phoebe Anne Sorgen to our WILPF Sisters

Since 2011, I’ve been researching and focusing on what I came to see as the most dire threat facing the world, the escalating radiation crisis at Fukushima-Daiichi.  WILPF is a UN accredited NGO which could take our request, for a staffed/funded international and independent Fuku commission, to the UN Human Rights Council which meets Sept 9-27 in NY. A global response is required for this unprecedented, on-going calamity which is likely to adversely affect future generations worldwide. Since the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011, the wrecked reactors at Fukushima-Dai-ichi have been pouring 300 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean daily. It’s getting worse. The buildings are unstable and the spent fuel pools could drain and start an unquenchable nuclear fire, leading to explosions that would threaten all life. We urge the United Nations General Assembly to Issue a Declaration that Fukushima constitutes a global emergency, and to appoint an international group of independent experts to assess, plan, gather resources, and implement remedies, working with Japan.

Thanks to WILPF member Cecile Pineda’s The Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Two Step.

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July August WILPF Eastbay newsletter

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom East Bay Branch 

Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org. Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661
Our next Planning and Strategy meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 14th
  These strategy meetings will be on the 2nd Saturday of every  month
10am-noon at Piedmont Gardens
110 41st St. (just off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland)

There will be no meeting in August

Rita Maran Ph.D presentation on Human Rights: an eye opener

WILPF-Eastbay gathered to experience Rita Maran Ph.D an East Bay WILPF member and human rights activist who represented WILPF, this year at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women, at the UN in New York. The program was  Saturday, July 13 at the Rockridge Library in Oakland.
Rita is a university of lecturer on International  Human Rights and vice president of the local United Nations Association, Eastbay Chapter.  She served in Bosnia and in Kosovo as a human rights analyst for the State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

It was a remarkable discussion. Rita began by going back to the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing  in 1995; it was attended by many WILPF women.  A very important document  “A Beijing Platform for Action” was adopted there http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/fwcwn.html  “The Platform for Action” calls for concerted action by all governments in order to create a peaceful, just and humane world based on human rights for women and men.  It includes the principle of equality for all people of all ages and from all walks of life.  The conference recognizes sustainable development is necessary to sustain social development and social justice.
Rita also helped us all see the connection of women’s rights to the rights of all humans to have basic rights: to safe communities, safe water and adequate food; economic security, healthcare, education; freedom of discrimination as to sexual orientation, and gender  equity.  To see the beautiful full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  The committee was lead by Eleanor Roosevelt.   https://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
CEDAW – The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is one of the core outcomes of the Declaration of Human Rights and is one of  9 core human rights treaties agreed to by most  UN member states. It  affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls.  CEDAW can make a difference for women and girls, specifically to:

Reduce sex trafficking & domestic violence
Provide access to education & vocational training
Ensure the right to vote
End forced marriage & child marriage & ensure inheritance rights
Help mothers and families by providing access to maternal health care
Ensure the right to work & own a business without discrimination

The CEDAW agreement was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly . Almost all countries have ratified CEDAW – 187 out of 194 countries. The most madding exception is the United States, one of only seven countries to have not radified the treaty.  Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga).are the others.  It seems there is still not enough senate support to radify this treaty.  Ratification of a treaty requires two-thirds of the Senate (67 out of 100 Senators) before it goes to the president for his signature
Why has the US not radified this treaty, one of 6 core human rights treaties the United States  has not yet radified?  According to Rita Maran, the main voiced objection is the fear that the treaty will have authority over the United States law, reflecting fear for loss of sovereignty.  For an excellent website about CEDAW The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women  http://www.cedaw2010.org
WILPF’s Advancing Human Rights Issue Committee works to ensure compliance at the federal, state and local levels with international human rights treaties signed and ratified by the US government. The international treaties to which the US is a party are the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. We continue to work for the ratification of those treaties which have not yet been adopted by the US: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, and the International  Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance.  We aim to increase public understanding of and US compliance with Security Council Resolutions on women, peace, and security: 1325, 1820, 1889, and 1890 as well as to promote  awareness of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Link to www.wilpfus.org/ and to http://www.peacewomen.org/
WILPF members will be delighted to know that the City of Berkeley and of San Francisco are the two U.S. cities that have created municipal  laws  that incorporates the the principles of CEDAW,  San Francisco since 1998 and Berkeley since 2012.  WILPF members of other cities are encouraged to present proposal to that effect to their city councils.  To obtain the working template making a proposal to city councils and other local and state legislatures to acheive incorporation of CEDAW principles into law, please email Rita Maran at maranrita@gmail.com.
Nine core international human rights treatiesThree ratified by U.S.
1. International  Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
In force 1976. Ratified by U.S. 1992
2. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading  Treatment or  Punishment In force 1987. Ratified by U.S. 1994
3. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial  Discrimination.     In force 1969. Ratified by U.S. 1994.

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Six not yet ratified by U.S.
1. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
In force 1976. Signed by Carter 1978.

2. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women .    In force 1981. Hearings held by Sen. Boxer and Sen. Biden about 5 years ago, in Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee. It did not pass on the Senate floor.

3. The Convention on the Rights of the Child
In force 1990. The usual litany: “US and Somalia are the only two countries in the UN that have not have ratified the CRC.”

4. Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
In force 2003

5. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
In force 2008

6. International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Adopted by General Assembly resolution 61/177  December 2006.

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WILPF Eastbay NEWS June-July 2013

WILPF Eastbay NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org. Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org

East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661

East Bay WILPF presents:

Women and Human Rights – On the Defensive No Longer
with Rita Maran, Ph.D.

Dr. Rita Maran will speak to us about the promotion and protection of women’s human rights around the world, as well as preventing violence against women and girls.
Rita is an East Bay WILPF member and human rights activist who was one of six women who represented the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in March of this year.
Rita is a University lecturer on International  Human Rights and a leader of the local United Nations Association.  She served in Bosnia and in Kosovo as a human rights analyst for the State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Come Join the Discussion
Saturday, July 13 from 2-4pm
Rockridge Library in Oakland
5366 College Ave (between Bryant Ave & Hudson St)
5 blocks south of the Rockridge BART station
Everyone Welcome.  Wheelchair Accessible.  Free.

NUCLEAR BOMB TRANSPORT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

WILPF East Bay joins TriValley Cares in protesting a new plan to remake and test nuclear warheads that would be driven on trucks from Los Alamos in New Mexico to Lawrence Livermore Lab, where they would be tested and then driven back on trucks to Los Alamos.
Many of you have worked as WILPF members for years to eliminate nuclear weapons.  We urge you join the fight to publicly expose this dangerous  and ill-conceived idea before the trucks start rolling on our highways bringing nuclear weapons to the Bay Area.  Sign the petition on the Tri-Valley Cares website, write your congress people and talk to everyone you know.  Send them this link so that they can sign the petition, too.   Make our  voices heard!
http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/PETITION-final.pdf

SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR PLANT TO SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY!
A WISE STEP TOWARD A SAFER CALIFORNIA

For details see
http://news.yahoo.com/san-onofre-nuke-plant-close-bitter-fight-083412330.html

WILPF’s National Committee DISARM – Dismantle the War Economy Committee – works on abolishing nuclear weapons, opposing nuclear power and missile programs.  The committee advocates for multilateral disarmament treaties, a nuclear weapons convention, renewable energy and keeping space for peace. Their work takes them to the UN and other international groups  as well as to Congress and local grassroots work.
They draw on the quality resources of Reaching Critical Will , one of WILPF International’s New York based UN projects.http://reachingcriticalwill.org/

The WILPF Disarm Issue committee also partners with many national, regional and local peace and disarmament organizations.
The committee is also honored to be a member of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a grouping anchored by dedicated nuclear complex watchdog groups. ANA DC Days take place in Washington DC in April each year and provide an excellent training for lobbying and learning about current challenges and opportunities in building for a nuclear free future. Check out their website http://www.ananuclear.org/

Nuclear Disarmament Day Petition “A national observance of Nuclear Disarmament Day” on August 6, the anniversary of the bombing of the civilian population of Hiroshima, Japan, is an initiative of the WILPF Disarm Committee.
You can sign the petition online here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nucleardisarmamentday/


CALIFORNIA DISCLOSE ACT PASSES CALIFORNIA SENATE!

After thousands of phone calls and more than 25,000 petition signatures to senators, Californians won a major battle in the fight against Citizens United. Last week, the state Senate passed the DISCLOSE Act in an overwhelming vote of 28-11.
This crucial bill has the potential to be a major victory for transparent democracy by rooting out the forces of unlimited, anonymous money in California elections.
But first, the bill heads to the state Assembly. WILPF California supports this bill.   We need you to keep up the pressure to pass this bill over big business’ opposition.  The pieces are coming together in California to stop destructive Citizens United politics in state elections — and the tone set here could propel this movement forward for the rest of the country.
If you want to help pass the DISCLOSE Act in the California Assembly, attend the California Clean Money Campaign’s meeting of the East Bay Area working group:

Saturday, June 15  10am-noon
Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street, Oakland (off Piedmont Avenue)
6th Floor Meeting Room
Wheelchair Accessible

Urge the California Assembly to pass the DISCLOSE Act by signing the Move On petition today.  http://is.gd/PdEpR6
and invite your California friends to join you.  Or call or write your California Assembly person.

PLANNING MEETING MINUTES
June 11, 2013
Attendees, Sandy Thacker, Margot Smith, Beth Wilson and Judy Nakadegawa.

These strategy meetings will be on the 2nd Saturday of every other month
10am-noon at Piedmont Gardens, 110 41st St. (just off Piedmont Ave., Oakland)

We discussed our May event at the Rockridge Library, which was an excellent talk by MaryLia Kelley from Tri-Valley Cares, and we talked about ways to try to get more people attending these public events:  more and earlier publicity, flyers, postcard reminders to members, word of mouth.
Beth and Judy volunteered to donate the JAPA, ( Jane Addams Peace Association)  books to two local libraries.
The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA), which is the educational affiliate of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, has presented awards for children’s books annually since 1953.Over the years, many WILPF branches including East Bay WILPF have ordered copies of the  selected books for use in their communities and libraries.  To see the link for this year’s awards. http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/2013ceremony.shtml.
It was decided that we will not have a planning meeting in August, since many of us will be out of town.  Our next meeting will be Saturday,
September 14th.  At that meeting we will discuss plans for our October public event as well as other plans for the Fall and Winter.

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WILPF News June 2013

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org. Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661

East Bay WILPF presents:

Women and Human Rights – On the Defensive No Longer
with Rita Marin, Ph.D.

Rita is an East Bay WILPF member and human rights activist who was one of six women who represented the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 4 to15.  She will speak to us about what was discussed at the commission regarding the promotion and protection of women’s human rights around the world, as well as efforts being made to prevent violence against women and girls.

Rita is a University lecturer on International  human rights and a leader of the local United Nations Association.  She served in Bosnia and in Kosovo as a human rights analyst for the State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Come Join the Discussion
Saturday, July 13 from 2-4pm
Rockridge Library in Oakland
5366 College Ave (between Bryant Ave & Hudson St)
5 blocks south of Rockridge BART (wheelchair accessible)

Our next Planning and Strategy meeting will be Saturday, June 8th
These strategy meetings will be on the 2nd Saturday of every other month
10am-noon at Piedmont Gardens
110 41st St. (just off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland)

NUCLEAR BUILDUP IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

East Bay WILPF’s May public event with Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, a Lawrence Livermore Lab watchdog group, was an eye opener.  Marylia’s talk and the discussion following were fascinating and we urge those who missed it to search their website for Tri-Valley CAREs.org  Tri-Valley Cares is  an organization which works to end all further nuclear weapons development, testing and production as an important step toward their global elimination.

Marylia Kelley began 25 years ago as part of an affinity group concerned about nuclear contamination of the local creek and water near Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Using her skills as a reporter and using the freedom of information act she helped to expose the careless management of the lab. Several years ago the lab lost its security clearance to have nuclear bombs stored there.  It is a myth that they are mostly researching alternative energies, that is only 18% of their budget.  The majority of their budget is going for projects directed to developing new and more lethal nuclear weapons.

Marylia is just returning from Washington D.C., where she was part of a delegation conducting meetings with leading members of Congress and the Obama Administration in the wake of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget request’s increases for nuclear weapons. which were released April 10, 2013. The team aimed to prevent billions of dollars from being spent on ill-conceived nuclear weapons projects, including a failed project on cold fusion, that threaten the nation’s nonproliferation goals as well as public health and the environment.

One new plan is to remake and test nuclear warheads that would be driven on trucks from Los Alamos in New Mexico to Lawrence Livermore Lab, where they would be tested and then driven back on trucks to Los Alamos.

During this  sequester year, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) request of $7.87 billion for nuclear weapons activities in Fiscal Year 2014 is an increase of $1.145 billion (17%) from the comparable 2013 appropriation.  See link on budget http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/fy%202013%20doe%20llnl%20budget%20pie%20chart.pdf

There are many problems in locating a secret nuclear weapons lab so close to an urban area.  To name two there is a secret bio-warfare lab and chemical and bomb testing sites. Site 300 is Livermore Lab’ s high explosives testing facility.  It is 11 square miles along Corral Hollow Road, west of down-town Tracy and east of Livermore.

Site 300′s mission has included open-air tests with explosives and mock  nuclear detonations.  Prevailing winds blow contamination into the Central Valley and into the groundwater, with a dangerous mixture of chemical and radioactive wastes including solvents, high explosive compounds, radioactive gases and metals, and numerous toxic materials.  Moreover, an off-site groundwater plume contaminated with solvents has migrated off Site 300, traveling under the main road and the nearby Corral Hollow Creek.

Many of you have worked as WILPF members for years to eliminate nuclear weapons.  We urge you join the fight to publicly expose this dangerous  and ill conceived idea before the trucks start rolling on our highways bringing nuclear weapons to the Bay Area.  Sign the petition on the Tri-Valley Cares website, write your congress people and talk to everyone you know.  Send them this link so that they can sign the petition, too.   Make your voices heard!

http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/PETITION-final.pdf

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WILPF EASTBAY NEWS April 2013

WILPF NEWS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org. Contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
East Bay WILPF
PO Box 13266
Oakland, CA 94661

WILPF EVENTS OPEN TO PUBLIC
Beginning in May, we are excited to start having public events of interest to our WILPF members and to other members of the community every other month.  Our first event will be Saturday, May 11th from 2-4pm
at the Rockridge Library in Oakland
(See below for more details)
Our next event will be July 13th from 2-4pm at the Rockridge Library.
We will be sending out more about that in our next newsletter.
Our Planning meetings will be on the 2nd Saturday of every other month
from 10am-noon at Piedmont Gardens
110 41st St. (just off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland)
Our next Planning meeting will be Saturday, June 8th

You are invited to join us  in a discussion of
NUCLEAR BUILDUP IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
with Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs
Saturday, May 11th, 2-4pm
Rockridge Library (wheelchair accessible)
5366 College Ave (between Bryant Ave & Hudson St), Oakland
5 blocks south of Rockridge BART

Marylia Kelley is Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, an organization which works to end all further nuclear weapons development, testing and production as an important step toward their global elimination.  Her work for 25 years with the group has centered on U.S. nuclear weapons policies, programs and environmental impacts, with a special focus on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has testified before numerous deliberative and advisory bodies, including the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Congress.
Marylia is just returning from Washington D.C., where she was part of a delegation conducting meetings with leading members of Congress and the Obama Administration in the wake of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget request’s increases for nuclear weapons. which were released April 10, 2013. The team aimed to prevent billions of dollars from being spent on ill-conceived nuclear weapons projects that threaten the nation’s nonproliferation goals as well as public health and the environment.
During this  sequester year, Lawrence Livermore Lab’s budget is  increasing  by 18%.   The new plan is to remake and test nuclear war heads driven here and back from Los Alamos in New Mexico. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) request of $7.87 billion for nuclear weapons activities in Fiscal Year 2014 is an increase of $1.145 billion (17%) from the comparable 2013 appropriation.
Many of you have worked as WILPF members for years to eliminate nuclear weapons.    If you are interested in this important issue and want to get the latest information about what is happening in that battle, please join us on May 11th.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 10-4
JOIN US AT THE WILPF STATEWIDE CLUSTER MEETING

in Fresno, Cal. 93711
For more information or for a ride RSVP at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org
State Cluster meetings are where you get to meet other movers and shakers in WILPF, hear about common local issues like fracking, GMOs, water, energy, gun control, election reform.
This meeting will include a report from the newly formed WILPF CALIFORNIA core team working on these issues at the state level.

LET OBAMA KNOW THAT SOCIAL SECURITY IS
NOT ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Just in case you were wondering, 47% of our tax dollars goes to military expenses and 80% of the debt is from war and military expenses. The relationship between the human cost of endless war and defense profits is becoming more obvious. We are paying the price in cuts for schools, seniors, and in shared resources like health care and parks. The sequester cuts and now the proposed 2014 Obama budget is making changes in how social security benefits are calculated over time. These cuts especially hurt women, the elderly, mentally ill, disabled and poor. See a very good letter and explanation on just what  the administration proposed cuts would be:
http://strengthensocialsecurity.org

ACTION:  Send a letter to President Obama.  Read the information below for ideas of what to say in your letter.  If possible, include a personal story about how important social security has been to you or to friends.  Make it clear that there should be NO CUTS to Social Security.
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has shown the current Social Security program is a mainstay for women, and these findings have been supported by research from other organizations. Women are more likely to rely on Social Security because they have fewer alternative sources of income, often outlive their husbands, and are more likely to be left to rear children when their husbands die or become disabled. Moreover, due to the recession, many women have lost home equity and savings to failing markets, leaving them more economically vulnerable and dependent on Social Security benefits. Adult women are 51 percent (28 million) of all beneficiaries, including retirees, the disabled, and survivors of deceased or disabled workers. IWPR’s research shows that women aged 65 and over receive two-thirds of their income from Social Security on average.
In 2009, 29 percent of older women lived on Social Security alone and the program lifted more than 14 million women and men aged 65 or older out of poverty.
A 2010 survey developed by IWPR, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, found that many Americans, especially women, felt bleak about their prospects for retirement security in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Almost half (47 percent) of all women surveyed said they had little or no confidence that their resources would last throughout their retirement years, compared with 35 percent of men. Only 25 percent of women and 35 percent of men believed they were saving enough for retirement. Especially in the recent economic crisis and slow recovery, American women and men value the support Social Security provides–to such a great extent that they do not mind paying taxes so that the program can continue to help secure the economic stability of retired persons, the disabled, and families of deceased workers.
http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/retirement-social-security

ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS ONE BILLION PEOPLE IN EXTREME POVERTY
http://www.wilpfinternational.org/3rd-global-day-of-action-on-military-spending-gdams-2013/

15 April 2013 International WILPF press release from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear  weapons:
GENEVA – Nine states spend over US$100 billion per year on their nuclear weapons, while projections indicate that by 2015 about one billion people will be living on an income of less than US$1.25 per day, the World Bank’s measure of extreme poverty. The use of those weapons would wreak havoc to the global economy, undermine sustainable development, and increase existing inequalities.
Every dollar spent on nuclear weapons is a diversion of public resources away from health care, education, and poverty alleviation,” said Geneva-based ICAN campaigner Arielle Denis.
China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, and United States collectively possess approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons. These states are projected by Global Zero to invest more than US$1 trillion over the next decade to modernize and maintain their nuclear arsenals.
Furthermore, any use of nuclear weapons would have devastating humanitarian impacts. “Aside from the sheer cost of developing and maintaining nuclear weapons, their use would gravely affect development, poverty, hunger, and equality,” said Ray Acheson, member of the ICAN International Steering Group and also editor of WILPF’s “Reaching Critical Will.”     Her chapter in the recently published study Unspeakable Suffering: The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons finds that a nuclear weapon detonation would damage and destroy lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure.  It would result in forced or voluntary migration; interrupt the supply of food and petroleum within the country where the nuclear explosion has occurred; disrupt the global supply of goods, impacting the local economy, and the business sector. These consequences have been highlighted during the Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in March 2013, where 130 countries have chosen to confront the horror of these weapons and have realized that they must take responsibility for preventing such catastrophe.

WILPF INTERNATIONAL PLAYS A CONSULTANT ROLE AT THE UNITED NATIONS

For almost a century, WILPF has articulated the need to address the root causes of war and the necessity of women’s participation as being fundamental both to prevention and to ending armed conflict as a means of dispute resolution. A true and sustainable peace will only be achieved when our nations commit to goals of total disarmament, universal human rights, economic, justice and care for our planet; if clarified and implemented effectively, this National Action Plan can act as a powerful tool in achieving these aims.
WILPF has had consultative status with the UN through the Economic and Social Council since 1948. WILPF also has Special Consultative Relations with the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, the International Labour Organization in Geneva and the United Nations Children’s Fund in New York. WILPF is represented at UN headquarters in New York, in Geneva and in Paris.
Link to the excellent WILPF-sponsored  PeaceWomen Project based in the WILPF UN Office in New York. www.peacewomen.org
Reaching Critical Will is an initiative from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom that started in 1999 with a single focus: to increase the quality and quantity of non-governmental organization preparation for and participation in the 2000 Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Link to Reaching Critical Will http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/

MINUTES OF EAST BAY WILPF PLANNING MEETING
Saturday, April 13,  2013

We discussed the need for more educational programs for our members.  It was decided to try a general event with a program on Saturday afternoons every other month on the odd months . We were able to secure the Rockridge Library.  We discussed the need for a program chairman for our East Bay WILPF branch.  Please contact us at wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org  if you would like to help.
We discussed the WILPF East Bay action on tax day April 15. From 4:30-6:00pm at Rockridge BART, we handed out 300 flyers about where our tax money goes, put out by the War Resisters League. http://www.warresistersleague.org. This year there was a lot more interest in the question of “Want to know where your tax dollars are being spent?” Thanks to everyone who came to help.
There was a discussion of the War and Law league commentary that Senate Resolution 65 could drag us into another war. This bill recommends that if Israel attacks Iran “in self defense,” the US will support Israel.  Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are supporting  this resolution.  To learn much more link to www.warandlaw.org

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