US WILPF Statements, Positions and Endorsements
WILPF endorses actions initiated by aligned groups and issues statements at the international, national, and branch levels. If you or your organization would like WILPF to take a position on an issue that matters to your organization, please contact WILPF U.S. President and National Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with your clearly stated and prepared request. Local WILPF branches can and should endorse local activities and address local issues but must also follow this process to obtain endorsements from the national section or International. Issue committees are encouraged to collaborate with allied organizations that share their positions and may endorse actions and statements as a WILPF issue committee; issue committees seeking the endorsement of WILPF at a national or international level are encouraged to contact the National Director or President of the U.S. Section.
TO: Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
The undersigned organizations are writing to urge you to oppose the President’s FY2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel, an increase of $225 million in military aid compared to FY2009. At this time of acute economic crisis, as well as from a political, legal, security, and moral standpoint, our country should not continue to provide Israel with this blank check.
Israel consistently misuses U.S. weapons purchased through FMF to commit grave human rights abuses against Palestinians and systematic violations of international law in its illegal 42-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. Some of those violations are documented every year in the State Department's own human rights reports; far more are documented by the United Nations and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
The following letter was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and others by Susi Snyder, Secretary General, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on December 19 2008
19 December 2008
To: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon President of the Security Council H.E. Neven Jurica, President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann and all members of the General Assembly:
March 1, 2009
To the Code Pink Delegation:
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation and support for the important mission Code Pink has undertaken with its delegation to Gaza in recognition of International Women's Day. We are pleased that WILPF members Regina Birchem and Alice Walker will be part of the group, and know that many more of our members will be with you in spirit over the next several days.
March 27, 2009
Open Letter to President Barack Obama
Why the United States Should Stop Refusing to Participate in a Global Conference on Racism
Dear President Barack Obama,
We, the undersigned individuals and organizations dedicated to fighting racial injustice and promoting human rights domestically and globally received your recent decision to boycott the Durban Review Conference with profound disappointment. Recognizing that your stated objections to the conference have been addressed, we are confident that your Administration will be reversing its decision in time to participate in the conference and its remaining preparatory meetings scheduled to take place in April.
Grassroots Campaign calls on Bush Administration to remedy humanitarian crisis
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Prepared by the Advancing Human Rights Issues Committee
Adopted by WILPF U.S. Section
April 16, 2009
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW Room 7226
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Madam Secretary:
We write to urge that the current review of United States policy on the International Criminal Court [ICC] be completed quickly, and that it lead to three results: US participation in the Court’s meetings to complete its formation; extensive and thorough US cooperation with and support to the Court in its prosecutions and trials; and action to declare emphatically that US relations with the Court are in an entirely new era. The historic ICC arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir makes these steps especially urgent. The United States is now in the odd and unsustainable position of strongly endorsing the most important action that the ICC has ever taken while evading any commitment to support or participate in it as an institution.
January 19, 2009
Dear President-Elect Obama:
We of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United States Section (WILPF US), appreciate many of the priorities you expressed during your election campaign. A considerable number of them are our priorities as well, and we will certainly work to build support for each of those in our communities across this nation.
WILPF US Statement on the Assasination of Benazir Bhutto January 4, 2008
The political assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was an egregious assault on Pakistan's democratic possibilities. We are saddened by her death and believe that the $10 billion invested in Pakistan by the U.S. government since 9/11 should have been accompanied by requirements for Ms. Bhutto's protection. Her return from exile was brokered by the U.S. which insisted, along with Britain, that she participate in the upcoming election as a candidate for president on the People's Party ticket.
The first woman leader of a Muslim country, her death can only lead to more violence and destabilization in Pakistan and the region. The military rule of President Musharraf, a close ally of the U.S. in the so called "war on terror," is supported by nuclear arms and a half-million person army. Bhutto's death is further evidence of another U.S. failed policy.
Corporate Power Causes Collapse of US Financial System
Revision of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
September 17, 2007 Constitution Day
President Bush signed the latest version on August 5.WILPF strongly opposes this further intrusion on our democratic rights to privacy and urges our members, legislators and concerned citizens to work against its implementation and a further erosion of people's rights that will move us closer to dictatorship and away from democratic process.
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United States Section, believes depleted uranium weapons are illegal under existing treaties, and calls for the immediate cessation of their manufacture, sale and use worldwide:
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom/US Section offers our sincerest condolences to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. In particular, WILPF extends its support to the women, poor women and women of color, as the brunt of disaster has and will ultimately fall on the shoulders of the most oppressed. Your struggles will remain in our hearts and minds.
Thoughts on Radical Democracy - 20 June 2004
The US-WILPF mission statement proclaims that “WILPF members create the peaceful transformation they wish to see in the world by making connections that build and strengthen relationships and movements for justice, peace, and radical democracy among people all over the world.” What do we mean by radical democracy?
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.
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.
(Statement issued June 6, 2006)