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The Bolivian Example: How WILPF Can Work for Water and a Clean Earth

Dignity and Defiance, Co-Editors: Jim Shultz and Melissa Crane Draper. Published by The Democracy Center

By Nancy Price and Theta Pavis

The First People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth recently took place in Bolivia. Yet this historic conference was also a reminder that the work for a healthy planet, and clean drinking water for everyone, is far from over.

During the gathering in Bolivia, activists also held a water conference, Feria Internacional del Aqua, which featured an outdoor fair where villagers showcased the work of local water councils. The fair included food, information about water-related organizations and a number of workshops.

Rivers of Regeneration

The WILPF project Women and Water Rights  took months of planning, but the ripple effects will be felt for years to come. Check out the fantastic media coverage they’ve received.

This week the project continues to build momentum, with a “World Water Day Film Screening.” What’s next? None other than Vandana Shiva will make a major presentation on the closing day of the exhibition. If you couldn’t see the exhibit and catch the programming, don’t worry. You can listen to a Podcast about their work on the KFAI website  – just look for the clip on International Women’s Day with host Dixie Treichel on the radio show Fresh Fruit. The exhibit will also be going on tour. Check their website for more details.

WILPF Supports California Water Legislation

 Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

United States Section

11 Arlington St. Boston, MA 02116

Tel: 617-266-0999 Email: web(at)wilpf.org

Website: www.wilpf.org

The Honorable Jared Huffman                           

Chair, Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814


April 21, 2009


RE: Support AB 1242 (Ruskin-Jones)

Dear Assemblymember Huffman:

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section, wholeheartedly supports AB 1242 that would amend the California State Water Code to read that "every human being has the right to clean and accessible water on an equitable basis".

Articles on Water from Peace & Freedom Magazine: Recent Years

Click on the links below to view and download pdf versions of articles related to water that have appeared in WILPF's Peace and Freedom Magazine in recent years.

Peace and Freedom Winter 2009 Article on Water Issues

Reprinted from Peace & Freedom Magazine of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Winter 2009, Volume 69 #1
View this and other issues online at:

Click here to download this article as a pdf file. 

People Against Chemical Trespass

By Nancy Price

At this time, as no other in history, our health and life are at risk from the accumulation of chemicals used by industry, agriculture and the military that poison our air, land, water and our bodies. Currently over 80,000 corporate-produced chemicals are in use in the U.S. and among the 15,000 chemicals tested, few have been studied enough to conclude there are no risks. Amazingly, about 1,800 chemicals enter the market each year. 

Over the decades, different chemicals have been found to be far more toxic to the environment and people than initially reported: lead, mercury, asbestos, DDT, PCBs, pesticides, tobacco, flame-retardants, solvents, perchlorate, dry-cleaning chemicals, Agent Orange; the list goes on and on. We now know chemicals that might be useful for one purpose can be extremely harmful in other ways. The threat to all life now far exceeds what Rachel Carson exposed more than 60 years ago.

Trading water: the answer is no

OPINION Column, The Western Producer

Wendy R. Holm, P.Ag. December 8, 2005 (931 words)

A scant year and a half after we did it, we're at it again. In the dead of winter and for no good reason, Canadians are going to the polls in an election we neither want nor need.

In February the taxpayer purse will be some $300 million lighter and another minority government will be in place in Ottawa.
Nothing much will have changed for farming.

Water in Katrina's Aftermath

The lethal cost of inadequate public water management was indisputable this summer when Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast wiping out some of the levees built to protect the city of New Orleans. Tragically, it could have been avoided if federal government had made public welfare a priority over private interests.

Interview: "Race and Poverty Are Out of the Closet"

Hurricane Katrina exposes the wounds of environmental injustice.

By Pat Joseph

Round-the-clock images of the human toll of Hurricane Katrina forced long- ignored issues of race and class into America's living rooms-and brought Robert Bullard's decades-long struggle for environmental justice to the forefront.

Corporate Profiles: The Engines behind Privatization and Policy

According to Public Citizen's web site, the two largest water corporations in the world are part of French transnational Suez and German energy conglomerate RWE. Ranked 79th and 78th among Fortune's Global 100 List, these two water giants capture nearly 40 percent of the existing water market share. The French company, Vivendi, previously ranked 51st has dropped off the list, but remains a strong contender.

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