When people think of Detroit, the automotive industry, Motown, and unions come to mind. And now, bankruptcy. The bankruptcy proceedings, in which a judge determines which of the hundreds of creditors, banks, and pensioners will take a “haircut” and how much of a loss, has revealed the devastating impact of corporate power on the city. For example, potentially illegal “credit default swaps” have jeopardized the city’s pension system, and city workers are facing cut-backs in their modest pensions.
Pradeep Indulkar, a nuclear engineer from India, showed his award winning documentary "High Power" at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh on March 3 on his tour through the US.
Gregory Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice and Michael Walli, in July 2012, walked into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and up to the Highly Enriched Uranium Maintenance Facility – the building that stores the US’s supply of weapons grade uranium. On February 18, 2014, they were sentenced to 5 years, 3 years, and 5 years, respectively.
Thousands of peace builders from around the world will join us in resisting militarism in the US and in their own countries on April 14-15 this year. Some WILPF US Branches have already planned actions for Tax Day and every WILPFer can take action in some way.
This month, we feature news from Fresno and Santa Cruz. We invite members and Branches to regularly send us news of activities related to the Earth Democracy Issue Group’s mandate, and the work of our sub-committees, so we may be inspired by each other’s vision, imagination, and success.
By Joan Ecklein, DISARM/End Wars Issue Committee
WILPF has endorsed the CALL FOR SPRING DAYS OF ACTION in April and May, 2014, a coordinated campaign endorsed by many peace and justice organizations to end drone Killing, drone surveillance and global militarization.
WILPF-US is participating in the Regional Americas Meeting April 23–27 in Colombia. The focus will be the Americas’ implementation of SCR1325, WILPF’s role in Human Rights, and the centennial. WILPF Colombia, U.S., Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Canada are participating.
By Cindy Domingo, Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee
Sister Megan Rice is joining WILPF and promoting the Nuclear Free Future Bill, HR 1650, from prison. Up-to-date news and background information can be accessed from Transform Now Plowshares. Several of our WILPF members have been attending the trial and sentencing hearings and are in close touch with Sister Megan.