Welcome to the July 2007 E-News!
WILPF members are on the move. This summer is proving to be a busy time for peace and justice activism. WILPF members and staff returned from the historic first US Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, with a great sense of hope. Those of us who were there witnessed a social revolution being born. Never before has such a large (over 10,000) group of diverse people come together, spent 4 days together, and focused on what unites us, our common vision for peace, health, justice, and sustainable communities. This truly was "we the people" and most exciting is the agreement that this is a beginning of a progressive left working together to achieve our goals. We hope you will visit our website where we have audio clips, reports, and photos to give you a sense of it all.
Welcome to the August E-Newsletter.
As you can see, the dog days of August does not mean we are slowing our pace working for peace and justice. In this month of heat and draught, we ask you to take some time to plan for Blue October and to take action to Save the Water. We are making great strides with this campaign. San Francisco and Salt Lake City have banned bottled water purchases by their cities and municipalities across the country are promoting the use of their tap water.Great work!
Dear Reaching Critical Will friends and advisors,
As RCW gears up for another busy September and October here at the UN in New York, we are asking you to support the work we do and the resources we provide for the global community of disarmament experts, analysts, and activists.
With your support, our work in the upcoming 2007 UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security will be even stronger. We will:
* Index every disarmament statement made at the UN General Assembly General Debate and post it so you can access it on line and know what your government is saying on a myriad of issues;
* Report on the disarmament-focused debates in our First Committee Monitor in topic based weekly summaries;
* Provide the only online access to all First Committee statements, resolutions and papers;
* Keep you updated on any disarmament action-items via our General E-news list;
* Coordinate a NGO Working Group for the duration of the First Committee to collectively strengthen our advocacy; and
* Facilitate access to rooms at the UN for NGO side events during the First Committee.
As always, September indicates a change of season, school begins, and it seems that activism is ramping up to end the War. In this Enews we have an excellent report that United For Peace and Justice has provided, the Peoples Report on the Iraq War. We hope you find it useful in your work. We also remind you to join WILPF in the streets on October 27th as we demand "Bring the Troops Home, Leave No One Behind." UFPJ has organized 14 regional actions across the country. Look for actions in your area.
Dear Reaching Critical Will friends and advisors,
Both the Conference on Disarmament and the CTBT Entry Into Force Conference concluded in September, while the General Assembly has just opened its 62nd session. As the General Assembly begins its work, the challenges and issues are clearly laid out. WILPF believes that through confidence-building measures, the strengthening of verification systems and regimes, and strict adherence to international law, nuclear disarmament is possible. We do not have to reinvent the wheel—we just have to support, use, and reinforce the existing viable and effective tools we have already created through diplomacy and multilateralism. It is imperative that the citizens of the world continue monitoring, questioning, and pressuring their governments to support the strengthening of international treaties such as the CTBT and fora such as the CD, with faith that international law will prevail over the absurdity of nuclear militarism.
Ray Acheson, Project Associate
Hello WILPF members and supporters!
Welcome to the October Enewsletter!
We are sad to report that our wonderful web designer, Dave Onion, is out of the office for several weeks due to an accident. The staff at WILPF would like you to know that we are doing the best we can without him, however your October E news is a simple and straightforward look at some of the exciting happenings at WILPF. We send our best wishes to Dave in hopes that he gets well soon!
Welcome to the November 2007 E News!
Welcome to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom November E-News, your monthly news update from WILPF-US Section. We hope you find it informative and it will inspire you to take action. We encourage all readers to get involved!
In this edition:
Sign-on letter to Condoleezza Rice; Call for Justice in Annapolis Peace Talks
Celebrate Jane Addams Birthday - Support Women Peacemakers!
This fall marks the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams' birth and the 10th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. To mark this historic occasion, WILPF is launching a special project designed to bolster women's active engagement in conflict resolution and prevention. The new Advancing Women as Peacemakers (AWP) Project will educate citizens on the history of women as peacemakers, stressing the interconnectedness of gender equality and peace, and the unique roles women can and have played in peace negotiations. This fall, AWP will sponsor a national speaking tour and workshops featuring women peacemakers from conflict areas around the world. WILPF branches and other groups are encouraged to join this initiative and host a workshop. For more information, please contact Tanya Burovtseva, AWP Project Coordinator, at (617) 266-0999 or email: email@example.com.