2011 Congress: WILPF Works To End War: LOCAL 2 GLOBAL

JUNE 1-5, 2011

Updated Info: Click here for a complete guide to all the WILPF venues at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - includes maps & photos.

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UNC Campus

Put June 1 - 5 on your spring calendar for a trip to the 31st U.S. WILPF Congress. Expanding on the theme of End War: Local 2 Global, the congress will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina, in the vibrant university town of Chapel Hill, hosted by the Triangle branch, all aglow from their successful 75th anniversary celebration this past December.

WILPF began with women of the world working for peace – to mediate, to bring an end to war and the suffering and carnage. We work today to carry forth their legacy. We follow the footsteps of Jane Addams and Emily Greene Balch, rolling up our sleeves to get things done at Congress 2011 - we are showcasing the HOW, WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE our WILPF work is done effectively. Come and learn and share!

Want to register for the 2011 Congress?

1.Click here to view and download a pdf Congress Registration Form you can fill out on your computer and email back to us.

2.Click here to view and download a pdf Congress Registration Form to fill out by hand and mail in via US POST.

3.Click here for ONLINE CONGRESS REGISTRATION pages.  Purchase Entire Congress or choose a la carte!

Click here for What You Need to Know about coming to the 2011 US WILPF Triennial Congress
(includes info on applying for a scholarship to pay for attendance at Congress)

Congress Schedule: Click here to view and download the entire Congress workshop and event schedule. (pdf)

Congress Schedule with Descriptions: Click here to view and download detailed descriptions of Congress plenaries, workshops and events. (pdf)

Congress Schedule in Brief
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

12 noon to 7:30 PM - Registration

3:00-3:20 p.m.: Facilitators’ orientation (mandatory for all facilitators)

4:30-4:50 p.m.: Facilitators’ orientation (mandatory for all facilitators)

7:00 p.m.: Opening Plenary
Welcome and introduction of the Congress organizing theme: End War.

8:30-11:30 AM: Plenary: Setting the Stage Beijing +15 and Commission on Status of Women reports; Res. 1325 and Gender Equity.

2:00-5:00 PM.: Plenary: Moving from Democracy in Crisis to Democracy by the People

Please Note: Thursday evening is unscheduled time. Attendees will be able to sign up for or post meetings, caucuses, and other discussions at will. They can visit displays on branch activities or view videos, etc.

8:30-11:30 AM: Plenary: Action and Impact:Sharpen your Skills and Strengthen WILPF’s Advocacy

Noon-1:30 PM.: Lunch: Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan

2:00-3:30 PM.: Workshop round #1

  • Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan: Ending These Wars
  • Cuba’s Solidarity with the Peoples of the World - Literacy and Healthcare for All!
  • End War against Workers, Public Employees, and Labor Unions
  • Building the Beloved Communitiy: Realizing Racial Justice
  • Water for Life, Not for Profit

3:45-5:15 PM.: Workshop round #2

  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Nuclear Free Future Part I - Energy
  • Difference Matters
  • Security Council Resolution 1325 and The Whistleblower: Making the Connections
  • Striving to End Wars and Injustice as an Activist Membership-Driven Organization

7:00 PM.: Plenary (Free and Open to the Public)  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, NAACP NC President, “The Long March to Freedom, Equality and Justice: Building the Beloved Community of Faith, Labor and Civil Rights.”

8:30-10:00 AM.: Workshop round #3

  • Nuclear Free Future Part 2 - Weapons
  • Corporations v Democracy: Strategies & Actions
  • Anti-Racism Work in the Age of Barack Obama
  • Good Leadership: What is it?  How do we encourage and support it in WILPF?
  • Getting Serions:100 Sponsors for100 Years of WILPF

10:15-11:45 AM.: Workshop round #4

  • Getting our Work Done: Fair, Fun, and Productive Meetings
  • The Audacity of Hope in the Middle East: Advancing Peace & Human Rights
  • Telling Our Stories-Supporting Our Mission
  • Passionate Writing to End War: A Poetry Dive

1:45 PM.: Taking it to the Streets:
Local action

6:00 PM.: Gala dinner/reception and film
premier: The Whistleblower, with remarks
by Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary-

8:30 AM -Noon: Closing Plenary:

  • Resolutions
  • Our Future: Whither WILPF? with Madeleine Rees
  • Changing of the Leadership ceremony
  • Commitments for branch work from attendees [large sheets of paper where participants can commit in writing to at least one action they will work on with their branch]

Afternoon: Board, committee, issue committee meetings as scheduled.

Download more information about our vision for the 2011 National Congress here.

UNC Seal New on this year's Congress Program: Resolutions
Is there an emerging or recalcitrant political issue on your screen that doesn't seem to be addressed by WILPF's existing issue committees or program? The newly approved Congress Resolution Process now offers you an avenue for opening discussion with your WILPF colleagues. Click here to read more about how to submit a Resolution for debate at this year's congress.

In order to facilitate this new process, the National Congress Committee is seeking volunteers for a Resolutions Committee to convene immediately before and during the congress. Interested? Read more here. Still interested? Email Elenita Muniz or Laura Roskos to volunteer.

--We invite you to be inspired by more of our foremothers vision and to participate in making this a dynamic and forward moving Congress!

Randa Solick, Chair, National Congress Committee

Elenita Muñiz and Mary Zepernick, Co-chairs, National Congress Program Committee

Tana Hartman, Dick Paddock, Miriam Thompson, Congress Coordinators

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