by Mary Hanson Harrison, Des Moines Branch
In our earth, in our bodies and on our plates, the direction of agri-culture is a crucible for determining our ability to survive and thrive on our planet. During the 4th week of October 2013, WILPF Des Moines Branch led the call, with many other organizations joining in, for our chemical-laden agri-industrial complex to stop the poisoning of our food system and end the use GMOs.
Why us, why now? The World Food Prize Organization, headquartered in Des Moines, presents an annual international award recognizing “individuals who have advanced human development in improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.” Founded by Norman Borlaug and his idea of a “Green Revolution” for combating world hunger and poverty, the World Food Prize (WFP) is now in the hands of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Syngenta Foundation, and other like-minded agri-industries and organizations. The three recipients this year are pioneers in biotechnology; one is the chief technology officer for Monsanto (see attached Rekha Basu article). Read more . . .
Photos, left to right: Frances Moore Lappé, noted author and environmentalist
Bottom left photo: Diane Krell, Marybeth Gardam, and Deb Vanko, a Des Moines WILPF member who organized the DEVIL MASK protest against Monsanto
by Cynthia Cockburn (built on Committee work started at Bolivia Congress)
WILPF International wants your feedback on this proposed manifesto for WILPF in the next 100 years! The manifesto was compiled by Cynthia Cockburn and Cynthia’s letter introduces its content and proposed format and asks that you send along your suggestions for changes, additions or deletions. Please send comments directly to Catia Confortini (catiacc
by Carol Urner, Co-Chair, DISARM/End Wars Issue Committee
In November, as we approach the end of our 2013 campaign to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020, we close with a progress report. We believe we have built solid foundations for our continuing work on ridding our world of these most monstrous and immoral of weapons. We are supporting Mayors for Peace resolutions and specific legislation in Congress, all of which call for abolition by 2020. We will again have an opportunity to go to Congress with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in the spring and from April 28 to May 12 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Prep Com will again be at the United Nations in New York. If our own national leaders prove obdurate we will support those working for a ban treaty.
Our members and branches will continue seeking abolition of the nuclear industry that has grown up around nuclear weapons including nuclear power, uranium mining, and transport of high level liquid waste. Our primary purpose, as always, is to end war itself. Read a brief report on what lies ahead in November on the nuclear industry, drones, and ending wars here. Read more . . .
Dear IB members and Sections,
There have been many exciting, new developments that the International Secretariat would like to share with you.
For the first time ever, WILPF International Secretariat has created an Annual Report providing an overview of the major activities and events of our three programmes and our MENA Agenda 1325 Project.
It features interviews with a diverse array of WILPF members and provides an overview of Sections’ work for the year.
We are very proud of our Annual Report for 2012, be sure to check it out! You can also find it on the website, where you also will find the audits for 2012. Read more . . .
We want your input and ideas for our next 100 years! Please visit the website referenced below. There, you will find the vision and goals created by our four break-out groups during our September retreat. They are Program, Finance and Development, Communications, and Personnel. We were told to think big- focus on our hopes and dreams for WILPF-US. Our break out group visions and goals are meant to function as a working document. Nothing about this has been set in stone. Everything is open for debate and new ideas. The details will come later, now is the time to create our shared future.
It is our hope that all WILPF-US members will help shape our future by contributing. We also hope that regional and branch meetings will take the time to discuss and contribute to this collaboration. When commenting, think about all of the great promise WILPF has and the big picture ways you hope WILPF will thrive in the next 100 years.
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Let’s make history!
To learn more, visit the WILPF: 100 Years Forward site.