Statements

WILPF Statement on Immmigration December 1st, 2006
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF-US) recognizes that the United States is a nation of immigrants from around the world whose many contributions have enriched our lives and communities from the nation's beginning.

WILPF's first president, Jane Addams, founded and directed Hull House in Chicago for newly arrived immigrants "to provide a center for a higher civic and social life." An immigrant's successful integration will always depend on the wisdom and receptivity of policy-makers and the willingness of communities to promote diversity and assist the transition of newcomers. Such efforts should be guided by a commitment to equal protection, along with equal access to healthcare, employment, education and legal assistance for all residents.
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WILPF Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test October 11, 2006

The U.S. Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) joins with WILPF International leadership in expressing outrage at the claimed nuclear weapons test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on October 9, 2006. Please see http://www.wilpf.int.ch/statements/dprk_nuke_test.html to view the statement, which WILPF US agrees with wholeheartedly.

However, we also wish to point out the special responsibility of the our own US government, both in resolving the present crisis created by the DPRK, and in ensuring the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and their necessary abolition.
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US women demand US restore aid to the Palestinian Authority June 21, 2006
An International NGO focused on peace and human rights, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom [WILPF], has launched a grassroots campaign to pressure the Bush Administration to end the policy of restricting aid to the Palestinian people and the democratically elected government of Palestine, Hamas. The organization demands that the US government immediately restore aid to the Palestinian Authority, and intends to mobilize women across the US to end this arbitrary and unfair policy that has exacerbated the already dire situation of the Palestinian people.
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WILPF calls for peaceful resolution of the Iran "crisis." June 6, 2006
The U.S. Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom are dismayed that the Administration is again threatening military attack, this time on Iran. Such an attack would be illegal, unjustified, counter-productive and inhumane. Bombing of Iranian nuclear research and power sites, even with conventional weapons, would be disastrous. It would violate Protocol I of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits such bombings because they can release lethal radiation into the environment.
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Statement on the Middle East April 7th, 2006
The United States Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (US WILPF) deplores the US government's continued use of military force to secure access to resources and to maintain control over other nations. The illegal wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and US military and economic support for Israel's occupation of Palestine have destabilized the region, caused extensive human suffering, and destroyed the infrastructure of the occupied territories.
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The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section, has opposed the US led war on Iraq since before 2003, a war that has taken a heavy toll of Iraqi and US lives. Additionally, the sovereign nation of Iraq has been occupied by US military forces and Iraq's infrastructure, politically and physically, has been destroyed. The entire Middle East region has been destabilized by this illegal war.
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In response to Bush's State of the Union speech:
WILPF Calls for a Reality-Based Administration to Act for Peace and Security

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom rejects the world vision presented last night by President George W. Bush. “The US cannot survive as a fortress state defending itself by torture abroad and surveillance at home” said WILPF Executive Director, Mary Day Kent. While many members of the House and Senate applauded the version of the world and nation outlined by the president, WILPF will continue to mobilize its US and international membership to live by the principles of global community.

Death, Destruction and “Democracy” February 5th, 2005
As the second term of President Bush’s neoconservative administration begins Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) rejects its claim to an electoral mandate. The majority of the people of the United States do not support the war on Iraq. They do not support the Bush administration’s disdain for human rights and international law. Bush foreign policies, masked by a stated intention to bring democracy to other countries, have led to unconscionable death and destruction. They foster greater hostility toward the United States throughout the world. Deaths of United States soldiers in Iraq now exceed 1400 and 9 times that have been injured. Involuntary extension of tours of duty for more troops has been announced. Though Iraqi deaths are not officially counted, an October report estimates that 100,000 or more Iraqis have died directly or indirectly as a result of the United States invasion and occupation of their country. Women are assaulted with impunity as they struggle to provide for basic family needs amid near total material destruction and social collapse in Iraq. Bush appointees sanction torture, and imprisonment and secret investigations without court review. U.S. corporations profit outrageously from the tragedy of the Iraqi people while U.S. soldiers are placed in harm’s way to carry out the administration’s neoconservative agenda.
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WILPF Statement on the Election November 3rd, 2004
Throughout the Presidential campaign, George W. Bush has emphasized his intention to continue the key policies of his first administration:
• preemptive war
• rejection of international law
• contempt for negotiated resolution of conflict
• deception of the US people, our representatives, and the world
• building a national security state
• rolling back civil liberties-particularly for women and minorities
• redirecting the economy to serve the very rich and the corporations they control
• and the ultimate violence of reckless disregard for natural resources, the environment, and the future of the earth on which we depend.
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