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The monthly WILPF e-News is edited by Theta Pavis and prepared by Rachel Crosby. It is created with the help of many WILPF members, including Carol Urner, Program Chair. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
It takes more than energy and determination to keep fighting for peace and justice, it also takes creativity. September's e-Newsletter demonstrates just how imaginative and inspiring WILPF members really are. There's plenty of information here about how you can join us at a historic rally in Washington or help mobilize to keep weapons out of space. We're also co-sponsoring a speaking tour for a noted Cuban professor and activist; performing theater that uncovers the truth about women in the U.S. military; and even making time to celebrate books for children that teach the next generation how important peace and freedom really are. What innovative action will you take?
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Remember the Date: October 2 and join WILPF for a historic rally in Washington, D.C. The "One Nation Working Together" rally marks a unique collaboration of organizations across the political and social landscape: the AFL-CIO, the NAACP, United for Peace and Justice, the U.S. Student Association, La Raza, WILPF and more than 60 other groups. This is an opportunity to build a new movement based on the inseparability of issues and upon the mobilization of all sectors of the progressive community. It's a chance to help millions of people understand how the struggle to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is directly tied to the urgent need to re-direct U.S. economic and social priorities. Organizers expect a huge turnout; get your bus tickets now. Wondering how to get there? Check out www.onenationforpeace.org/logistics/. Bring your WILPF banners and march with us to the rally; we will have a table at the peace section and need volunteers. Contact WILPF member Joanecklein@comcast.net.
WILPF is co-sponsoring a national tour in October with Cuban scholar Prof. Norma Vasallo Barrueta, chair of Women's Studies at the University of Havana. The tour is made possible, in part, through WILPF's mini-grant program and was jointly organized by WILPF's Women, Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee and by the U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration. Among her other accomplishments, Prof. Vasallo is co-founder of the International Women's Studies conference "Women in the 21st Century." The tour will take her to Toronto, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Seattle and Miami. For a complete itinerary (tentative dates 10/6 - 10/24) please go to www.womenandcuba.org. Prof. Vasallo will cover a range of topics, including the status of women in Cuba and the impact of the U.S. blockade. Vasallo is currently awaiting a visa from the U.S. and her tour highlights the need to lift the U.S. travel ban against Cuba. Currently, the bills to address this are not moving in either the House or Senate, and Obama has not exerted any executive power to lift the ban. To see what you can do, visit www.lawg.org. If you'd like to be involved in the issues committee, or volunteer in any of the tour cities, contact WILPF's Cindy Domingo at email@example.com
When's the last time you read a book about female astronauts or a secret school in Afghanistan? For 57 years the Jane Addams Peace Association has been honoring books for children and young adults that teach peace, history, justice and tolerance. On October 15th, JAPA will celebrate the 2010 award-winning authors and their remarkable books. The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards will take place at 2:30 pm at 777 United Nations Plaza in New York (44th street and 1st Ave./Second floor). You can learn about the story behind the books, meet and talk with the authors and illustrators, enjoy a reception, and even shop for books (and get them autographed afterwards).
The statistics are shocking: One out of three military women are raped by their comrades, and women veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as non-veteran women. WILPF member Jeanmarie Simpson, a Boulder-based solo theater artist, continues to tour with her gripping play Coming in Hot, which tells the tale of women soldiers. Next up? The West Coast tour, a visit to the Gandhi/King conference in Memphis, and a Nov. 14th performance at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula. See the full schedule here. "We have seen the play's potency in action," Simpson says. "High school kids approach us after a show and tell us they were thinking about joining up, but now are going to do something else."