WILPF May eNews
Join End Wars/DISARM! in May for a Nuclear Free Future, Demilitarization of the
Heavens, and an End to Wars!
by Carol Urner
Peace / San Francisco?Creative Commons Attribution License, photo by Σταρος
- Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, Eliminating Nuclear Power
- Keeping Space for Peace
- Ending and Preventing War
Contact email@example.com to find out how you can do more to work towards total disarmament and peace. (Note: END WARS/DISARM also works on Dismantling the War Economy. Look for updates in the next Enews.)
Download WILPF fact sheet on Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction here.
Help Build a NATO-Free Future: Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice
by Joan Ecklein
Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice in Chicago:
May 18-19, 2012
While NATO meets in Chicago, peace & justice activists will gather at the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice to map an alternative path towards a world free of war, want, & occupations. In plenary sessions and 28 workshops, we will share analysis, conduct trainings, and feature campaigns to bring the troops home, to move the money from the Pentagon to meet real human needs and to create a more peaceful, just and secure world. With leading and grassroots activists from across the US and around the world, the counter-summit will provide rare and critically important opportunities to learn from one another, to network and to build more integrated peace, economic and social justice movements.
WILPF has organized the following workshop: Close NATO Military Bases: NATO Missiles, Nuclear Weapons and Military Bases -Obstacles to Peace and Disarmament. The speakers are Bruce Gagnon, Jacki Cabasso and Irene Eckert (German WILPF member, activist against military bases.) WILPF members Libby Frank and Beth Adams are participants in other workshops.
The Counter Summit is sponsored by Network for a NATO Free Future, a coalition of peace, faith, labor, economic and racial justice, and immigrant rights groups and will be held at People’s Church, 941 W Lawrence, Chicago, IL. To register or for more information, please visit: www.natofreefuture.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Earth Democracy—Let's Rally for Fair Trade
Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade agreement”- the NAFTA of the Pacific? Not, unless you’ve followed Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. But New Zealanders are saying “NO” to this NAFTA of the Pacific that is meant to isolate China and is hailed as a “landmark, 21st century trade agreement, setting a new standard for global trade and incorporating next-generation issues."
Yet, it is the same old agenda. This is why we’ve created the Earth Democracy Issue group to present a new agenda for people, our communities and nature. In the next eNews, we’ll outline the creative and exciting directions this work can take us.
The TPP continues corporate globalization and trade policies that benefit the 1% and the TPP “free trade agreement” (Trans-Pacific FTA) could quickly: offshore millions of American jobs, undermine food safety, further deregulate Wall Street, end Buy Local and Buy America policies, impact access to lower-cost medicine, decrease environmental protections, and more.
As the case in all “free” trade agreements, corporations of every signatory country can lodge an investor complaint against the U.S. for any local, state or national law considered to harm their investor right to profit at the expense of jobs, human rights and social, economic and environmental justice. If the corporation wins the claim, either the U.S. government pays a huge multi-million fine with tax-payer $$ or strikes the law passed by our elected representatives.
WILPF International Initiative: Ending Discrimination and Reinforcing Women's Peace and Security in the MENA Region
This spring, WILPF International, in collaboration with other strategic partners, will be holding a series of national consultations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (May 2012) and a conference in Geneva (June 2012) to advance women's rights and women's participation regarding all matters relating to peace and security. Results from national consultations in Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia will then shape WILPF’s two day international conference in Geneva during the 20th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), and will also be used to develop a long term capacity building program for organizations working to end discrimination against women and to ensure women’s full involvement in the prevention of conflict and promotion of peace and security.
The background which led WILPF to organize the MENA advocacy project resulted from a growing awareness that the extremely militarised and non-consultative leadership style against which ordinary citizens revolted against through popular uprisings internationally labeled ‘the Arab Spring’, relied heavily on the exclusion and subordination of women – including from all discourses on peace and security. WILPF recognized that while women have been key actors in the popular uprisings, the historical patterns of patriarchal exclusion found in earlier regimes were being re-shaped, and even worsened, by the newly emerging political parties and male leaders. Although women played vital roles in street- level mobilization to end oppressive regimes, women’s activism was not translating into increased public participation in reform processes—as was strikingly clear in the Tunisian and Egyptian elections. Read more...