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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"
April e-News: Working for the Planet, Working for the People
This April e-Newsletter is being completed on a rainy spring day; outside purple tulips bend from the weight of the water falling on them. Everywhere this month we are reminded of Earth Day, but one has to look further, and deeper - beyond the U.S. mainstream media - to hear more than just a simple message encouraging us to "Go green." In this issue of the newsletter we bring you important news from Bolivia, where thousands of activists have gathered to really talk about climate change and water rights. We also have an update on the U.S. Social Forum, and information on a great new book published by our own Reaching Critical Will.
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April 22 is known as Earth Day in the United States, but the rising global call for environmental justice means the date has a new name: "International Mother Earth Day." After the failure of climate talks in Copenhagen, Bolivian President Evo Morales invited the world to come to Bolivia for the "First People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth." And come they did: about 15,000 people from 126 countries registered to attend, along with representatives from 70 governments. Activists gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia, (April 19-22) for the conference and several important declarations and events took place. Read more about this unprecedented gathering here.
If you think Another World Is Possible, you know Another U.S. is Necessary! Join WILPF and thousands of activists as we gather for the U.S. Social Forum. This history-making event kicks off June 22 in Detroit. You can register now. WILPF is on the official program for a two-hour workshop, and we'll be offering much, much more. Several members have already signed up to participate in critical anti-war workshops. Some 15,000 people are expected to attend; won't you join us ? Registration fees increase after May 1, so act now.
Are you interested in a new discourse on nuclear disarmament? Get a copy of Beyond Arms Control, an important new book published by Reaching Critical Will (a project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom). The book is edited by Ray Acheson who writes in the introduction that: "The mainstream nuclear disarmament discourse, therefore, does not help close the gaps in a world starkly divided between haves and have nots, powerful and powerless. It is, quite simply, not intended to lead to the elimination o nuclear weapons or reduce their perceived value." Order your copy today.