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The monthly WILPF e-News is edited by Theta Pavis and prepared by Rachel Crosby and Sandy Fay. 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"
February e-News: Finding Political Inspiration
As editor of WILPF's e-news, I recently had the chance to interview Jan Maher, co-author of the play Most Dangerous Women. She spoke about how our peacework has continued "down through the decades" and how we can find political wisdom and inspiration from our activist foremothers. (You can read the full interview in this February edition.) WILPF members continue to be vital in organizing for peace and justice, and this issue of the newsletter is a veritable "ABCs of activism" with news on everything from anti-nukes to a boycott of Israel and the upcoming CSW. Let us know what inspires you. Email us at email@example.com
The situation in the West Bank and Gaza has become so dire in the last two years that the majority of Israeli peace groups now support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). This includes the Israeli section of WILPF. BDS is a global campaign aimed at bringing an end to Israel's brutal occupation of Palestinian lands. Contrary to what many defenders of Israel would have you believe, the campaign is not intended to destroy Israel. Its aim is to end the Occupation.
The U.S. Section's Middle East Committee has been in support of the BDS campaign, as led by other organizations, for quite some time. WILPF is calling for specific companies to be boycotted. In addition, the U.S. Middle East Committee is also looking at whether to target a specific company ourselves since our research has uncovered several additional U.S. companies involved in furthering the Occupation. The committee is also calling for branches to submit mini-grant proposals to create our own BDS campaigns. Read about this critical activism here..
WILPF's delegation to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) Conference will include members and activists from around the world. You can be a part of this major opportunity to take a hard look at the main treaty governing the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Come to New York or check the Reaching Critical Will website for other ways to get involved if you can't join us in person.
Join peace historian Harriet Alonso and the Sudanese Mothers for Peace at the Commission on the Status of Women meetings in New York City.
WILPF member Harriet Alonso, author of Peace as a Women's Issue: A History of the U.S. Movement for World Peace (1993) and Women's Rights and The Women's Peace union and the Outlawry of War, 1921-1942 (1989), has been playing a major role in consolidating the record of women's active role in peace building throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century as part of our Advancing Women as Peacemakers Project . She will be sharing some of her insights during a panel presentation hosted by WILPF at 6:00 on Friday, March 5 on the 11th floor of the Church Center at 777 U.N Plaza (corner of 1st Ave. and 44th St.). This side event to the governmental meetings at the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will also include a presentation by the director of WILPF"s Peacewomen project and reflections of the Sudanese Mothers for Peace. A U.N. pass is not required for attending side events at the Church Center.
Also that weekend in New York, Robin Lloyd will host a benefit reception and auction to raise funds for the Advancing Women as Peacemakers Project at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 7. For more information or to r.s.v.p. please contact Linda Belle at japa@)igc.org or 212-682-8830.
This Women's Day, celebrate by watching the new DVD version of Most Dangerous Women. If you haven't seen it yet, this engaging play (based on a book written by Jan Maher) recounts the history of the founding of WILPF and the many women who fought for peace and social justice. Some of the characters are well known for their labor and feminist organizing work - including such founding mothers as Crystal Eastman, Rosika Schwimmer, Emily Green Balch and Jane Addams. It also includes such modern women as Wangari Maathai and Cindy Sheehan. WILPF's Pittsburgh branch has performed the play numerous times. The DVD was made with a grant from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a mini-grant from WILPF. You can also plan a party on April 28th to celebrate WILPF's birthday and show the DVD! It's available for a fee of $5.00. Send requests to: Marcy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (724) 449-6191
Exclusive: Read our interview with author Jan Maher!