The April 27 announcement of this year's winners of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards and Peace & Justice program was held at Hull House in Chicago, the first settlement house in the United States co-founded by Addams. First awarded in 1953, the Awards honor exemplary children's literature that most effectively promote peace, social justice, world community, and gender and racial equality to young readers.
WILPF members joined in Marches Against Monsanto, which took place in 436 cities in 52 countries on May 25, 2013. WILPF Raging Grannies led a crowd of 500 protesters in original songs against genetically engineered foods in San Jose, CA. Pittsburgh WILPFer Edith Bell demonstrated under a huge banner "We Can Limit Corporate Power" and handed out Move To Amend leaflets.
Peace & Justice Center's racial justice coalition put together two "Making Whiteness Visible" workshops in early April led by Sha'an Mouliert. This coalition is working with Conversations on Race Now (CORN), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and individuals who have been working for racial justice in the area for many years.
The CA Earth Democracy Team, Jean Hays, Randa Solick, Mathilde Rand, and Nancy Price, has continued giving Workshops since the highly successful inaugural workshop in Fresno reported in the last eNews.
This month has been another busy one with the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the Open Security Council Debate on conflict-related Sexual Violence. We also saw the G-8 countries endorse a declaration on preventing sexual violence. On April 2nd, States (by majority, not consensus) adopted the first ever Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
Gregory B. Jaczko read his parting call for phasing out nuclear power to NRC commissioners at a Vermont Yankee hearing in Brattleboro VT. WILPF women also continued to challenge nuclear power and the whole nuclear chain. In this photo WILPFers and friends wearing masks of ousted NRC chief
The first CA Earth Democracy Tour Program, hosted by the Fresno Branch on Friday, March 22, World Water Day and Saturday, March 23, was an inspiring success.
Many WILPFers are active on multiple political, economic and cultural issues—yet they may not be active in WILPF. Also, some WILPFers want to be active, but they don't have the situation locally to do so. This is your invitation—no, your exhortation—to apply to become a national-level WILPF volunteer!
In WILPF on tax day, April 15, every member and every branch needs to find a way to speak out on shifting national spending from wars to human needs, rights and security.
Clacking castanets in Madrid’s central square, 74 international members of WILPF chanted “Peace and Freedom . . . No War . . . the World We Want!” The Spanish Section hosted February’s International Board meeting and choreographed our flash mob. Activists from 27 nations shared ideas and experiences during three days of intense work.