April 13, 2007 Program Update

A look at What's Happening In WILPF Program

Women Challenge US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East Campaign
Save the Water Campaign
DISARM Issue Committee
Haiti Issue Committee
Advancing Human Rights

Women Challenge US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East
Women Challenge U.S. Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East (WCUSP) campaign is looking for a few women to add to our Leadership Team for the campaign. The basic requirement is a strong commitment to peace in the Middle East. It would help if candidates take a particular interest in human rights pertaining to the Middle East, as well as for persons of Middle Eastern background residing here in the U.S. Or, you might have an interest in the relationship between the two occupations: Israel over Palestine and the U.S. over Iraq (and Afghanistan). Some interest/knowledge about lobbying, or ability to maintain contact with branches, or speak about our issues would also be helpful. If this is you, please contact us, as we would like to add members during the next couple of months.

Save the Water
The Water Campaign brochure is ready for anyone interested to print it out of http://wilpf.org/water-about. Defeat Fast Track! The water campaign has launched our postcard campaign. Download at http://wilpf.org/water-action. The Cape Cod branch is collecting signatures on two petitions, pledging not to buy bottled water, and to the UN to declare Water as a Human Right. These will be made available to branches soon. New England activities include showing “Thirst” DVD last week and participation in a wonderful Human Rights Fair at a Cape Cod High School. Metal water bottles will soon be available through WILPF office. Contact person is Kate Zaidan [kzaidan@wilpf.org] at Philadelphia office. Olivia Zink, member of the Save the Water team, gave a presentation to the Goucher College Branch, who are excited abuot working on the campaign to kick Coke off their campus. A group of Maine water activists, known as The Commons had drafted a ballot initiative to ensure that groundwater in Maine to be protected to the same degree of protection that surface waters are. It became obvious that a letter from Nestle’s attorneys that they were already meddling in the process and, had urged specific wording for the ballot measure drafted by the Water Common activists to suit corporate interest angles. For more information http://onthecommons.org/node/1118.

Go to www.disarm.wilpf.org for current info on TAX Day vigil materials and legislation moving 60 billion from military to support of children's health and education. WILPFers in NYC can attend the WILPF DISARM and Environment workshop with Bruce Gagnon at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (New York). The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Prepcom meets in Vienna, also April 30 to May 11. Read how you can support the NPT by urging your Representative to co-sponsor H Res 68. All that and more on DISARM UPDATE.

The Committee is in the process of developing a workshop on Haiti for presentation at both the US Social Forum (USSF) and the WILPF Congress in Bolivia. Committee members are coordinating the USSF workshop with co-sponsors: the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Trans Africa Forum. The Committee will proceed with visits to embassies of countries that are part of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti urging them to reconsider their participation. With the resumption of Congress this week, Committee members will continue lobbying efforts on debt cancellation, granting Temporary Protected Status to Haitian refugees and pursuit of an investigation into the role of the US in the 2004 coup d'etat.

Advancing Human Rights
WILPF Online BookRead , April 16th to May 15th, 2007
Join our second Online Bookread and discussion with other WILPF members on Jan Maher's book, Most Dangerous Women: Bringing History to Life Through Readers' Theater. The book, and the play within the book, document the efforts of nearly a century of women's involvement in the peace movement focusing on WILPF and women recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. This bookread will provide another opportunity to add to the tools that WILPF has developed for promoting peace and inspiring others to join the peace movement. Join us by contacting scotty@wilpf.org.

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