Peace, Justice and the Federal Budget
While there are things to celebrate about Obama's proposed FY 2010 federal budget, there is still a lot of work to be done. WILPF works continuously to analyze current events and proposed legislation. To continue our work critiquing government and corporations from a feminist, peace perspective we need your financial support. Renew your membership, encourage your friends to join, and help us spread WILPF's message on the federal budget.
In the WILPF April E-Newsletter:
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Jane Midgley is the former Executive Director of WILPF US and the author of Women and the U.S. Budget: Where the Money Goes and What You Can Do About It (New Society Publishers)
Write Op-Ed Pieces!
WILPFers: write op-eds to your local newspapers. This is particularly important right now after Obama has called for the elimination of nuclear weapons - while we know this is largely rhetorical, it has created an interest in the subject we haven't seen in a long, long time. Papers are more willing to post view on the subject than they used to be. The same thing is true for the military budget.
Curious what op-ed editors really think of your submission? Read about Getting Inside the Mind of Editors, another WAM! workshop that featured Marjorie Pritchard, the op-ed editor of the Boston Globe. Consider submitting your op-ed to the American Forum, which offers a free syndication service to smaller, local news outlets.
Longer-term Action: Research Local Military Economics
Women in the Middle East are Suffering
Few studies have measured the consequences on women and children living in regions in constant conflict short of declared war. This is true in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) of the West Bank and Gaza (which remains under virtual occupation, despite Israel's "withdrawal"). In the OPT, ongoing hostilities over 60 years, punctuated by periodic wars, have taken their toll. The number of female heads of household has been steadily increasing, while poverty has also been on the rise. Continue reading...
Branch Action Roundup
Three WILPF branches will be holding Tax Day vigils: Maine in both Bath and Brunswick; Portland, Oregon; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. San Jose, California will be visiting their Congress people's local offices. Click here for more branch news.
Need a song for your vigil? Use "I've Always Paid My Taxes," submitted last year by Tucson member, Pat Birnie
US Should Provide At Least $350 Million to Haiti
On April 3, 2009, Congresswoman Maxine Waters sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting at least $350 million for assistance to Haiti in the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2010. A total of 37 Members of Congress signed this letter. Click here to read the letter.
Congress Should Give Cash for Clunkers
Last fall Detroit auto executives flew into Washington to predict the imminent demise of the American auto industry absent an immediate bailout at taxpayer expense. Congress and the White House swiftly obliged, with many billions of dollars in loans, and more to come. All of that went to the producers, and nary a penny to those who would actually buy cars if only they were affordable. The same economy that had trashed Detroit had also trashed them.
Call us trickle-up Keynesians, but it seemed to us more sensible to focus any tax-supported industry bailout on consumers and workers. That is why we proposed a federal subsidy for the trade-in of one's old car for a cleaner, more fuel-efficient one. The old gas-guzzling polluter would go not to the used car lot, but straight to the crusher for recycling. We would put Detroit back to work, and soon clear the fleet of less desirable cars. Click here to continue reading.
Good News: Money for Clean Water in Recovery Act and FY10 Budget
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