August 2012 eNews

Keep the Frack Out of My Water

By Nancy Price, Earth Democracy Issue Committee

On September 22 - WILPF and Earth Democracy joins the growing coalition in the Global Frackdown Day of Action calling for a global BAN on fracking.

Join this growing and powerful people’s movement to ban fracking not just in the U.S., but world-wide. This is one big step toward environmental and climate justice that will help secure national and international peace and freedom now and for future generations.

WILPF is one of many hundreds of partner endorsing organizations.

Sign on here as a WILPF Branch or as an individual.


As a partner organization, we’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Have events featured on the Global Frackdown website with a link to WILPF and each scheduled event
  • Increase media attention locally by tying the local event to the global day of action
  • Have sample materials for use on the day of action, including: a media advisory template, events page to track registrations, and editable flyers
  • Create a powerful counter-narrative to the “dirty” energy industry’s PR by having coordinated, unified actions across the world.


Start now to plan a dynamic community action for September 22.

Read more and find out how you can get involved.



Should WILPF Join Other Groups Challenging Monsanto (a survey)

By Marybeth Gardam, Chair, Corporations vs Democracy Issue Committee in Collaboration with the Food Democracy/Local Economy Subcommittee of the Earth Democracy Issue Committee


Members and branches are asked to complete this survey (print and mail) or complete it online and return it on or before August 15, 2012

The Corporations vs Democracy Working Group and the Food Democracy/Local Economy subcommittee of the Earth Democracy Committee have prepared an informational introduction to Monsanto Corporation’s ‘crimes’ against the environment, food security, human rights and democracy.  Other national organizations have pledged to confront the giant multi-faceted corporate giant, including FOOD DEMOCRACY, NATION OF CHANGE, and MILLIONS AGAINST MONSANTO. WILPF has limited resources but this article suggests ways in which members and branches could have broad impact, even without a lot of resources. Read more...



Nuclear Free Future Month

By Carol Urner, DISARM/End Wars Issue Committee

August's Nuclear Free Future month opened with WILPF women across the country recommitting themselves to work for a Nuclear Free Future. Send your August NFF news to

Ashland, ORand St. Louis, MO WILPF Branches were both chief sponsors of community remembrances of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ashland WILPF organized a four-day series of events ending with floating sunflowers. Pittsburgh also participated in a long series of events as did Washington D.C. WILPF, ending with a prayer vigil at the White House. Sacramento Valley WILPF was co-sponsor of their Hiroshima Day memorial as was Portland, OR Branch of their 50th citywide community remembrance.

Bostonand Cape Cod Branches sponsored community meetings with Cecile Pineda and Hattie Nestel, discussing Cecile’s powerful new book, Devil’s Tango: How I learned the Fukishima Step by Step.DISARM is helping our members Hattie and Cecile do ten book signings in communities seeking to shut down nearby nuclear reactors in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Read more...



Author Cecile Pineda, Releases Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step


Award-winning author Cecile Pineda of Berkeley, California, recently released a new book, Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, published by WingsPress of San Antonio, Texas. Her previous books have earned prestigious prizes.

WILPF (through DISARM-End Wars Issue Committee) is helping fund a book tour by WILPFers Cecile Pineda and Hattie Nestel to 11 communities near highly controversial nuclear reactors in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. WILPF believes all four should be shut down.

Devil's Tango chronicles the recent meltdowns of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture Japan. The book demonstrates that the catastrophe has exposed the world and its people to disastrous amounts of lethal nuclear radiation and that those in authority have worked to deceive the public with regard to the extent of danger.

"Devil's Tango" is essential reading," said Hattie Nestel of Athol, Massachusetts, tour organizer and longtime antinuclear activist whose current emphasis is on shutting down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont, along with all nuclear power plants. Nestel says that no further nuclear power plants should be built anywhere in the world.

Remaining dates in the tour which began August 5 and included Hiroshima and Nagasaki days:

Thursday, August 9

  • 1 p.m., Harwich, MA, Community Center, 100 Oak Street: talk and book signing
  • 5:30 p.m., West Falmouth, MA, West Falmouth Friends Meeting House, 572 West Falmouth Highway, Route 28, north of Brick Kiln Road: potluck followed by a talk and book signing

Friday, August 10

  • Noon, Taunton, MA, 3 Summer Street, Taunton: talk and book signing after lunch.
  • 6 p.m., Newton, MA, Joan Ecklein's house, 14 Sterling Street: talk and book signing after a potluck.

Saturday, August 11

  • 8 p.m., Grafton, NY, Hiroshima Day Celebration, Grafton Peace Pagoda, 87 Crandall Road

Sunday, August 12

  • Noon, Albany, NY, Albany Friends Meeting, 727 Madison Avenue: book talk with refreshments


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