The Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee celebrates our peoples’ victory and commends President Barack Obama in reestablishing diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba governments and the release of the remaining members of the Cuban Five, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino and Gerardo Hernandez.
Women from five WILPF Branches will participate in the Local2Global program at the Commission on the Status of Women March 7-15. They will be joined by 11 university students taking part in the Practicum on Advocacy.
Selecting five women to honor at The Hague was a daunting task. However, after deliberations and voting concluded in December, the five US women to be honored at the anniversary celebration are Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch, Elise Boulding, Dorothy Detzer and Kay Camp.
“Hope is something you do, not something you have.” Joanna Macy. Randa Solick’s inspiring report on the 2014 Women’s Congress for Future Generations and Hattie Nestel’s video interviews of people organizing against the gas pipeline exemplify hope turned to action.
A New Year begins with New Years Resolutions. Let’s resolve in 2015 to use our power as committed WILPF women to abolish nuclear weapons and to end all wars! And let’s work to make it so!
During 2015 our WILPF Disarm/End Wars members will be watching closely the actions of NATO, which is rapidly expanding into an aggressive global military alliance. NATO can lead us into a new Cold War -- or plunge us into Hot Wars, or into nuclear holocaust either by accident or design.
The next mini-grant deadline is February 1. There are three mini-grant periods per year. You can apply for up to $2500. Grants are made to Branches and to Issue Committees. Branches receive the funds up front. Issue Committees are reimbursed. To apply, send your request by email to Barbara West. See details here.
Use your January renewed energy to prepare and to take action locally as part of the national campaign, “Intercept Human Trafficking” around football’s Super Bowl! Demonstrating, leafleting, writing letters to the editor will all help get the word out.
In Mexico to follow up on the WILPF US agreement at our Congress in Detroit to support a binational collaboration between our Section and LIMPAL Mexico, Melissa Torres was on hand for the uprising in support of the missing 43 students of Ayotzinapa.