You’ll find information here about all the workshops WILPF is sponsoring (and some we are collaborating with) at the U.S. Social Forum. We’ve also compiled information on other workshops that may be of special interest to members. Information on the time and place for each workshop will be available later; there will also be a printed program.


WILPF is Going to the U.S. Social Forum – Are You?

 USSF people representing at the May Day Immigration Reform Rally and March in Chicago
USSF people representing at the May Day Immigration Reform Rally and March in Chicago. Another World is Possible// Otro Mundo es Posible

The U.S. Social Forum is part of the vital World Social Forum movement started in Brazil 10 years ago. The Social Forum helps regular citizens explore ways to end wars, promote human rights, economic justice and environmental action. About 50 WILPFers participated actively in the first U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007. They joined over 17,000 women and men of many races and backgrounds working for peace and justice. WILPFers made important connections, contributed much, and learned even more.

Join us this year, when WILPF will be sponsoring several key workshops (and supporting many others). You can also choose from over 1,000 other workshops, participate in plenary sessions, the People’s Assemblies, cultural and artistic events, and a march of thousands through central Detroit. Members can also help with WILPF tabling or participate in (and help organize) WILPF workshops.

In, addition we are cooperating with workshops supported or organized by many of our WILPF issue committees, including the Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance, Save the Water, and the Middle East committee. We are also collaborating on workshops sponsored by our peace and justice allies.

Register now, online – it’s easy!  Pay by credit card or check as instructed. To register as a WILPF member, write our complete name in the box provided: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom U.S. Section.  If you need help or are registering under another organization contact WILPF member Terry Futvoye-Micus, our Detroit WILPFer and registrar, at

Stay with WILPF members in shared hotel rooms at $22 to $36 a night.

MINGAS Statement & Letter on US Bases in Columbia

To view and download this statement as a pdf, click here.


PO Box 268733
Chicago, IL 60626 -8733

773-764 -6773


February 8, 2010

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

The enclosed letter addresses the recently signed military agreement between the governments of Colombia and the United States. This letter was generated by the Mingas Network and has been signed by 96 organizations in the United States and Canada.

The Mingas Network is composed of individuals from across the United States and Canada who are concerned with promoting sovereignty and economic development, strengthening democracy and improving labor conditions in Colombia. We are united in our support for social movements and our rejection of all acts of violence. The Mingas Network is integrated within the Hemispheric Social Alliance and is active in North America.

2010 Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Practicum

The Practicum, the NPT and the Future

 Bobbie Paul and Judi Loring
Bobbie Paul, left, with fellow WILPF member Judi Mohling in New York. Mohling is with Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center in Boulder, CO, and planned the Hibakusha events at schools in NYC during the NPT.

WILPF’s Practicum in Advocacy at the NPT Review, a one-week residential program that included faculty-led seminars and special activities, was modeled on WILPF's highly successful Practicum in Advocacy at the CSW. At the request of members, this Practicum was open to women of all ages and backgrounds. WILPF co-sponsored the Practicum with the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, the Peace and Justice Studies Association and Women in International Security.

Bobbie Paul, a new WILPF member from Georgia who attended the Practicum said, “We actively pursued the peace process on one of the biggest international stages, accompanied by thousands of people from all over the world. Perhaps one of the most memorable experiences was marching for a nuclear weapons free world on Sunday May 2, with thousands of nuclear abolitionists, many of whom had traveled to NYC – even from as far as Japan.”

During the Practicum, Bobbie heard Japanese A-bomb survivors talk about their experiences first hand. “They told us, ‘We don’t hate the people who did this to us, we just hate the bomb.’ It was a sentiment we heard the Hibakusha -- Japanese A-bomb survivors – express frequently, including when they went to talk to 10th grade students at Martin Luther King High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. These victims had their stories translated from Japanese into English in front of hundreds of students during the first week of the NPT, holding them in rapt attention and helping them to imagine the unthinkable horrors of an A-bomb blast.”

WILPF US; 2009 3rd Quarter Financials and 2010 Budget

To view and download a pdf version of this financial document, click here.

Advancing Women as Peacemakers: From Jane Addams to Security Council Resolution 1325

Advancing Women as Peacemakers:
From Jane Addams to Security Council Resolution 1325

WILPF’s special initiative will raise the profile of women’s active engagement in conflict resolution and prevention. Our initiatives will focus on three areas:

1) Educating the Public about the History of Women Peacemakers. The development of an interactive online gallery bringing together documents stored at the New York City Public Library, the Swarthmore College Peace Collection and Hull House Museum in Chicago and providing a venue for visitors to share stories of women peacemakers they’ve known;

2) Women Today as Catalysts for Demilitarizing U.S. International Relations. Three interconnected public events (a train-the-trainers conference, an awards banquet, and a national speaking tour) drawing on the expertise of women peacemakers who are seasoned by hands-on experience in conflict areas across the world. These events are aimed at raising U.S. women’s awareness of themselves as the most important catalyst for de-militarizing our country’s international relations. We will invite, as partners in various events, sister organizations who have been instrumental in the implementation and ratification of SCR 1325;

3) A New Generation of Women Advocates for Sustainable Peace and Human Security at the United Nations. Redoubling our existing programming to train college women in advocacy inside the United Nations; we will be running two, week-long practica during the spring of 2010.

WILPF US Section: 2009 Annual Budget Compared with 1st Quarter