Development update for the new year

Submitted by the Development Committee of WILPF US

Participate in the January ONE WILPF Call and hear from Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance; raise your voice by casting your vote for the April Solidarity Event; and toast the new year with “a cup of coffee.

1. January 12, 2017, ONE WILPF Call

The ONE WILPF Call—4pm pacific/7pm eastern—is for ALL WILPF US MEMBERS, not just for branch contacts.

  • Guest speaker is Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance, discussing the actions being planned against the Trump Administration’s measures, and how WILPF members and branches can collaborate with planned resistance actions. Margaret started her career as a Johns Hopkins trained pediatrician who became so disillusioned by the profit-driven health care system that in 2007 she left medical practice to advocate fulltime for Physicians for a National Healthcare Program. She became a Congressional Fellow and increasingly took on “the system.” She was a strong organizer in the OCCUPY movement and has, with her partner Kevin Zeese, founded Popular Resistance, a kind of clearing house and point of reference for many organizations working for change and a democracy that works for all of us.
    Read more about Margaret.
    Read about Popular Resistance.
  • Dial in to hear firsthand the chosen DATE & THEME for the April 2017 SOLIDARITY EVENT we are planning across ALL of WILPF US. We will have tallied the votes by then!
  • Work together across the US on strategies to make WILPF stronger, using the power of Breakout Rooms that help move our work forward. 

Preregistration is required. To register, just click on the Preregistration link

You can call in with only your phone, or you can use both your phone and your computer for a fuller communication experience. All voices will be muted during the general part of the call and will be open during Breakout Rooms.

  • PRESS 5 on your PHONE keypad if you have any technical problems.
  • PRESS 1 on your PHONE keypad during Q&A to raise your hand and get on the stack, or to vote in real-time polls.

The Breakout Rooms planned so far (others may be added) include:

  • SHARING RESOURCES, Materials, and Strategies between branches and members;
  • SOLIDARITY EVENT – Continued planning and next steps;
  • COUNTERING HATE – Working together to stop war abroad and protect the most vulnerable at home.

If you wish to suggest another Breakout Room topic, email us at Please use “New BOR Please” in the SUBJECT line.

If you wish to suggest guest speakers or topics for future ONE WILPF Calls, email us at Please use “CALL TOPIC” in the SUBJECT line.

2. April 2017 Solidarity Event

There’s still time to cast your vote for a Solidarity Event theme and date! The full Solidarity Event Proposal, including response forms for voting on theme and date (three themes and two dates were presented) was emailed December 13-15 to ALL MEMBERS of WILPF US. Reminders with instructions will be sent out again the week of January 2.

The VOTE OF EVERY MEMBER on a date in April and event theme is due back by January 8.

To weigh in on the date and theme for an April 2017 SOLIDARITY EVENT across all of WILPF US, simply complete the form and email it back to Or, respond to the email you receive with answers to all the questions asked. Your next email about this will have all the instructions you need to participate in the decision-making on the theme and date. Just reply by January 8.

3. Start the new year with a Cup of Coffee – Because we’ve got a LOT of work ahead!

WILPF members will have their work cut out for them in 2017, countering hate and fear and threats of war. We have a lot to look forward to as well, with an exciting and inspiring Triennial CONGRESS being planned in late July in Chicago, in the shadow of Jane Addams’s Hull House.

With so much to do, why not start off the year by becoming a monthly sustainer for WILPF US, where so much of your energy and heart already belong. Investing in peace will take care of all of us. Whatever you can afford each month—even as little as $5 a month ($60 a year)—will make a huge difference and buy WILPF some space for setting strategy and connecting across the nation.

Sign up to be a sustainer and Buy WILPF a Cup of Coffee .

It’s a great way to start the new year!


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