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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 "newsletter (at) wilpf.org."
November e-News: Peace, Politics and Profits
Have you heard about the recent J Street conference and wanted to know more? WILPF was there. Are you wondering about the Goldstone Report and what comes next for those of us who want to see peace in the Middle East? WILPF is addressing this. With all the news these days about financial meltdowns, have you considered leaving your big bank? WILPF can tell you how. Did you know that the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams' birth is coming up? Read our November e-newsletter and find out more!
Where Do We Go After Goldstone?
By Barbara Taft, co-chair, WILPF Middle East Committee
The WILPF Middle East Committee joins many other groups interested in human rights, civil rights, and justice issues in disagreeing. We believe that the report is accurate, and needs to be supported. If you want to learn more, you can read an article by Dina Ezzat, writing in Al Ahram Weekly of Cairo in late October. There are also some newly-released, graphic photos from Gaza available through the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
Even though the vote on the resolution to sweep the Goldstone Report under the carpet has taken place, it is not too late to make your feelings known. We have drafted a sample letter we want members to send to their Congressional representatives. Feel free to edit it.
Break Up With Your Bank
Who is your money really working for while it sits in the bank? Is it having a positive social impact in your community? Or is it subsidizing a coal power plant in Chili, or contributing to outrageous CEO bonuses? Are your investments being used to finance genocide in Darfur? or oil drilling in Alaska? If your cash is tied up in one of the behemoths of banking, it could be.
Choosing a local independent bank or credit union makes it easier to demand transparency and insist that investments and loans support your community and your values.
Advancing Women as Peacemakers
A special WILPF initiative
WILPF will celebrate these important anniversaries with a special initiative aimed at raising the profile of women's active engagement in conflict resolution and prevention, especially among young women and women of color in the U.S. We've already started fundraising for this exciting project. Click here to learn more.