Statement on Syria by the WILPF-US Middle East committee
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has been working for almost a hundred years for the prevention of wars and the advancement of negotiated resolution of conflicts. In the last month, we have seen a military coup d'etat take place in Egypt, overthrowing a democratically elected president and, in the last week, there have been over a hundred civilians killed by the army, a thousand wounded, and horrendous human rights abuses.
In September, we are focusing on Keep Space for Peace Week preparations and supplying resources for branches and membership on drones and other action poosibilities October 5 to 12. Our 2013 campaign for abolition of nuclear weapons also continues.
The use of chemical weapons is a serious violation of international law, regardless of which party to the conflict perpetrated the attack. But the use of chemical weapons, however abhorrent and illegal, should not be used as a pretext for military intervention. Other options are available and must be pursued.
Every once in a while you find an extremely thoughtful analysis that does justice to the complexities of a very knotty problem. The attached piece, “Calling for Peace: Impressions from our Journey,” is such an analysis. It is about the current situation in Afghanistan witten with clarity, sensitivity and recommendations for a clear path to ending the conflict there. It tells the story of a one week visit to Kabul by a group of seven people from Germany who have been working for peace in Afghanistan for 10 years.
The essays we received in response to a call for emerging WILPF leaders to attend the September retreat, "Renewal, Transformation and Sustainability as We Move Forward to the Next 100 Years" truly moved us. Please take the time to read these essays and get a glimpse into WILPF's future through these emerging leaders!
It's August Nuclear Free Future Month again. Take action for abolition of nuclear weapons. Sign the petition to Obama. Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 1650. Nurture and active Mayors for Peace community. Rigister for events on the NFF August calendar. Thanks for all you do!
The Jane Addams Peace Association and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom look forward to seeing you on October 18, 2013 for the 60th Annual Jane Addams Children's Book Awards Ceremony. Speakers include Chair of JACBA, Marianne Baker, and the winning authors and illustrators. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after the formal presentation of the awards. All the awarded books will be available for purchase.
Looking to share your ideas, converse and participate in making our nation more socially just? WILPF-US is looking for members to take that next step, becoming more involved in tackling important issues that touch our hearts and our homes daily. One person can truly make a difference. That person is you!