From West to East, five Branches are actively participating in the Earth Democracy program with a focus on water and on Guardianshipfor Future Generations, developed by Carolyn Raffensperger and one of our framing initiatives We hope you’ll be inspired by their work and invite you to contact the person at the end of each report for more detailed discussion and mentoring.
The Congress begins on Thursday, July 31, 6 pm, with a dinner, followed by the opening ceremony at 7 pm. The Congress ends at noon on Sunday, August 3.
The WILPF US Section urgently needs a replacement representative to the International Board. We regret to start this announcement with the news that Catia Cecilia Confortini, has resigned as our International Board (IB) Representative (Rep).
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.