WILPF Congratulates President Elect Obama,
Urges Movement Towards Sustainable Existence
The Women's International League for Peace & Freedom congratulates President Elect Barack Obama for inspiring more people to become engaged in the political process and promoting a more rational approach to domestic and foreign affairs. We recognize the historical significance of electing the nation's first black president as a step towards building the beloved community; but, we caution our fellow citizens that systemic racism and economic injustice still exists in the United States.
For the first time in 30 years, the US electorate pushed beyond cynicism to recognize the fundamental need for effective government to help alleviate economic and political differences. Now more than ever, it is vital to expand civil society: to utilize people's institutions to create the change we wish to see.
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The gap between the rich and the rest of us in the US is higher than in almost any other industrialized country, a fact confirmed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Fundamentally, we must decide whether to continue believing the myth of 'personal responsibility' or recognize the need for communal social benefits, like single-payer healthcare.
We need government regulation of corporate greed from the financial sector to agribusiness to the pharmaceutical industry. There is no quick fix to this problem. Understand its root causes with WILPF's corporate personhood study guide.
Currently discussed economic stimuli including increased federal spending on infrastructure, a freeze on home foreclosures, and a bailout of the US automotive industry are window dressing and do not deal with the economy's fundamental problems. We must address the irrational priorities of the national budget.
Rather than viewing federal spending holistically, the US government separates military spending as an untouchable necessity for creating peace and security. Let us be clear: occupying foreign countries makes us less secure. The 'war on terror' is a false metaphor. We must stand up to the peddlers of fear and insist on creating a just world through political processes.
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Together, we can ensure that women are included in conflict resolution through the full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, with the help of our PeaceWomen Project.
Together, we will reach a critical mass of political will for nuclear disarmament.
This is a clarion call to build the movement for justice, peace, and radical democracy. If you recognize the interconnected web of life and want to create the peaceful transformation of the world, support WILPF today.
Above: 'Great Day' Poster, created by WILPF in 1978