BACKGROUND: Since enacted in 1984, this Rule accepted, illogically, the idea of on-site storage for at least 120 years of high-level radioactive waste at reactors, stored in indoor wet pools and outdoor dry casks. This faulty premise was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 8, 2012, when it ruled in favor of a coalition of states and environmental groups.
The Building the Beloved Community Issue Committee (BBC) is seeking WILPF members to join in advocacy work on issues embraced in this committee’s mandate.
Bill McKibben and 350.org have launched the Go Fossil Free—Divest From Fossil Fuels Campaign. After a summer of unforgiving drought, unprecedented Arctic melt, and Hurricane Sandy, McKibben is responding to the public’s pent-up desire to challenge the fossil fuel industry’s long-term grip on energy policy.
Because drones are the new weapon of warfare, used by the U.S., Britain, and Israel, we are asking WILPF Branches and members to take action against the use of drones in warfare.
The United Nations First Committee just voted on a fourth resolution regarding the Effects of the Use of Armaments and Ammunitions Containing Depleted Uranium (DU). The text reiterates the U.N Environment Program's repeated request for a precautionary approach to these weapons and 138 countries supported the vote on November 5.
Get involved with DISARM/End Wars! What better way to spend our time than building a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations to come?
On December 10, 2012, Human Rights Day, the World March of Women (WMW) has called for women around the world to organize a 1-hour action from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (your local time) highlighting the values of equality, justice, freedom, solidarity and peace and showing our resistance against militarization. These values are reflected in the WMW’s Global Charter for Humanity as a vision of the type of world women want.
In late September, four California members of the Earth Democracy Leadership Team – Jean Hays, Fresno; Randa Solick and Mathilda Rand, Santa Cruz; and Nancy Price, Davis – attended the first “Women’s Congress for Future Generations” in Moab, Utah.
On this Armistice Day, November 11, 2012, celebrating the end of World War I, we invite you to join Veterans for Peace and other organizations, endorsed by WILPF Disarm/End Wars Committee, in an action to call for the end of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to stop the potential war in Iran, by tolling bells on November 11, whether they be church or town hall or hand-held, in as public a place as you can find. While calling for our troops and arms to come home, we should remind people that the U.S. signed a non-aggression treaty 84 years ago.
Depleted uranium (DU) weapons are chemically toxic and radioactive conventional weapons designed to pierce armor. They were used by the US in the 1991 Gulf War, in the Balkans in the mid and late 1990’s and again in Iraq in the 2003 occupation. Upon impact with hard targets, DU munitions burn generating a fine dust that may be inhaled by civilians and soldiers alike. Intact munitions or fragments slowly break down, contaminating soils and groundwater.