WILPF Eastbay June Newsletter
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
East Bay Branch
Visit our web page www.WILPFEastBay.org
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New meeting place
110 41st St. (Piedmont Gardens) just off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
You are invited to join us Saturday July 14, 10 am
Meetings are 2nd Saturday of the Month 10am-noon
WE ARE HAVING A CALIFORNIA CLUSTER MEETING SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th, IN THE SOUTHSIDE CO-HOUSING IN SACRAMENTO!!!
Common Room, 434 T St., Sacramento, California 95811
There will be a lot of discussion about the branches gathering together to do some concerted work (or at least support concerted work being done by a group of WILPFers already eager to work) on ballot measures – what excitement this could be !!! More details soon.
US WILPF PRESENTS OUTCOME STUDY OF RESOLUTION 1325 TO A CONGRESSIONAL \PANEL
The 1325 subcommittee of the Advancing Human Rights issues committee has completed a review of the US State Department National Action Plan for Implementation of SCR 1325. The WILPF response to the U.S. NAP appears on the WILPF website along with a summary of the Civil Society Consultations sponsored by WILPF last fall. In addition, WILPF along with other women’s organizations was represented at a Congressional Roundtable on Women, Peace and Security sponsored by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson And Congressman Russ Carnahan. An article by Lucinda Marshall about the Roundtable was posted on June 12 at the website for the Women’s Media Center.
It is pointed out the huge social, environmental and economic costs at home of military spending, especially for women.
Using every possible forum and means to raise women´s voices expressing how male-oriented policies affect societies continues to be central. Another example has been the inspiring work of many WILPF branches including the Philadelphia Branch, and our own Eastbay Branch which networked with other organizations and are getting city councils to pass resolutions:
“calling on the U.S. Congress to bring all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, to take the funds saved by that action and by significantly cutting the Pentagon budget, and to use that money to fund education, public and private sector family-sustaining job creation, special protections for military sector workers, environmental and infrastructure restoration, care for veterans and their families, and human services that our cities and states so desperately need.”
The crucial political work of US Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is moving forward by the efforts of our thousands of members and friends nationwide, That work is connected and co-ordinated by our national WILPF structure. Important …upcoming votes on issues of national structure and also current opportunities to volunteer for openings within national WILPF.
Amendments will change bylaws of how the national board and president are elected. Members vote in the fall. Your US WILPF membership must be current in October for you to be able to vote. How do you know if you are elegible to vote? Recent postcards were sent to WILPF members with date of member ships dues were printed on labels. Link to www.wilpf.org/ If there is an error concerning your membership, please contact the Director of Operations, call our WILPF US main office in Boston at (617) 266-0999.
The first bylaw amendment puts into effect direct election of the US WILPF Board President by WILPF members. Previously, the Board President for each term was selected by the previous Board.
The second measure provides for a new Membership Development Committee, presided over by its chair, chosen by general balloting, who will also have a seat on the Board. The new committee will oversee the growth, sustainability, and development of U.S. WILPF’s membership.
The final amendment is proposing staggered Terms
And shifting the lengths of the next board terms to allow for a change in the future election cycles to yearly board elections of one-third of the full board. The board members elected in 2013 will serve for different term lengths, for one to three years.
National WILPF Board seeks nominees for opening of volunteer board position of Secretary: duties are to maintain records of national policies, decisions, and action. And WILPF Program Chairs to work with Issue Committees and others
for more co-ordinated and strategic WILPF program work: upcoming deadline on applications for these two board seats.
Interested individuals should apply as soon as possible and no later than Monday, July 16, 7 pm PDT. To find out more about this position, see the job description and application attached and on the website at http://wilpf.org/JoinCommittee or email your request to email@example.com.
On Sunday, July 22, the national Board will meet via conference call to consider a selection of items. All WILPF members may attend the meeting, which will last about two hours, starting at 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT. For call in information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of particular relevance to the article Georgia shared is advice on op-ed writing directly from The Op-Ed Project: