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WILPF Calls for All Parties to be at the Middle East Table

WILPF Congress Protests Water Shutoff in Detroit

Now Accepting Applications for International Congress Delegates

Use Crowdfunding to Help Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary

Climate Change Convergence Sept. 19-21 in New York City

Calling Active Members: Board election draws near

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WILPF Calls for All Parties to be at the
Middle East Table

by US Section Rapid Response Team

The US Section of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at its Triennial Congress 2014 passed a resolution demanding:

  • That the US government immediately support a complete cease fire in Gaza and the lifting of the siege of Gaza.
  • That WILPF US call for an end of US aid to Israel, according to US laws, as long as Israel violates human rights.
  • That we call for an end of the occupation and immediate negotiations, with all parties, including Hamas, invited to the peace table.

This resolution, approved August 3, 2014, updates the resolution approved July 26, 2014, calling for a cease fire in Gaza. Read more . . .

Image: Palestinian woman stands in front of the ruins of her house demolished during the Israeli operations in Ash Shuja'iyeh area east of Gaza City. July 20. 2014 By Eloise Bollack / Zuma Press / Creative Commons license

WILPF Congress Protests Water Shutoff in Detroit

By the Congress Committee

WILPF women from around the US and International WILPF converged on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit July 31-August 3 for the 32nd Triennial WILPF-US Congress. Attendees joined Detroiters protesting the shutoff of water at a rally August 1, in solidarity with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They approved a resolution at the final plenary on August 3 calling on the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to implement the original 2005 Detroit Water Affordability Program, and not privatize this public resource. Read more...

Image: WILPF members join the Freedom Friday rally on behalf of Detroit residents. August 1,2014. Photo by Heather Wellman

Now Accepting Applications for International Congress Delegates

by Heather Wellman

We’ve been anticipating celebrations for the 100-year Anniversary of WILPF for some time, as you know, and serious planning is underway. Our centennial celebration will culminate not only in our triennial International Congress but also in a conference in The Hague. The International Congress and the conference are separate events.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the conference April 27-29, 2015. We all hope that as many WILPF-US members as possible will be able to join in the conference. Read more . . .

Use Crowdfunding to Help Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary

The Growing WILPF Campaign has a goal of raising $1,000,000. We are more than half way there, and you can help us reach our goal. Crowdfunding is a fun and easy way to raise money. You can set up your own crowdfunding page and set your own goal. Visit www.womenstopwardonateus.causevox.com to donate or sign up today.

For more information on how to use crowdfunding, visit http://bit.ly/1r7wjZB. All funds raised via crowdfunding will go to support the Growing WILPF Campaign and centennial activities. If you have any additional questions, please contact Heather Wellman at centennialcoordinator@wilpfus.org

Save the Dates, Sept. 19-21:
Come to the New York City Climate Change Convergence

by Nancy Price, Earth Democracy/Global Warming-Sustainable Energy group

The New York City Climate Convergence organized by the Global Climate Convergence and System Change not Climate Change takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20, just before the People’s Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21 – slated to be the largest climate march in U.S. history.

The objective of the Climate Summit is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crisis — a social-economic system that values profits over people, planet and peace. http://globalclimateconvergence.org/

Come to New York City and be part of history in the making just days before the corporate-captured UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23. At the Convergence Plenaries and workshops, speakers will challenge the UN process that only proposes false solutions like carbon trading and sets meager greenhouse gas reduction targets. This Convergence will raise the bar – laying out real solutions to the climate emergency that also solve the crises of economic and racial justice, human rights, democracy and peace, and at the same time recognizing the rights of Mother Earth. Read more . . .

Calling Active Members: Board election draws near

by Barbara Nielsen

The annual election cycle is beginning for the 2015 US Section Board. Three-year positions are opening for the national secretary, one of two national program chairs, and one of two at-large (i.e., not a committee chair) national board members.

Have you been active in your branch and want to learn more? Or in an issue committee and would like to see how things work at the national level? Know someone you think would be great in a national administrative leadership role? Please consider yourself or someone you know for one of these positions.

You must at least have been a dues-paying active member for at least two years to be eligible for board service. Please contact Barbara Nielsen bln.sf.ca@gmail.com, chair of the Nominating Committee, for more information.

Share Your News!

by Communications Committee

Active members, issue committees and branches wishing to propose a statement by WILPF-US Section may contact Fran Foulkrod franf16@verizon.net, chair of the Rapid Response Team, who will work with the relevant committees to bring it to the Section for approval.

Photos and articles for eNews or WILPF’s Facebook page go to Joan Bazar joanbazar@sbcglobal.net, chair of the Communications Committee. Be sure to “like” the Facebook page in order to receive notice of new postings.

Proposals for Peace & Freedom magazine go to Carole Vaporean editor@wilpf.org, editor.

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