2011 U.S. WILPF Congress

Resolutions Debated: No Nukes, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Article 9 and More

Congress attendees had the opportunity to discuss and debate six political resolutions submitted in advance of the meeting. Unlike resolution processes of the past, this congress adopted a process designed to generate enthusiasm for new initiatives and new momentum for some old ideas. Like the rest of this Congress, the emphasis was on turning intention into effective action. Please read on if you’d like more information about the resolutions themselves and opportunities for your continued involvement.

Results of Resolution Process

The resolutions adopted at congress will:

  • provide guidance and support to WILPF members and branches in their local work;
  • inform the Issue Committee Program Planning Retreat immediately following congress;
  • assist our national organization's representatives to the upcoming International Congress by giving them guidance on political issues they may need to vote on there;
  • inform our e-news and magazine editors as they plan content for our national publications;
  • assist our National Director and program co-chairs in making endorsements on behalf of the section;
  • and inform the incoming board about issues and stances important to WILPF members.

Resolution #1: Nuclear-Free Zone in Western Asia (Middle East)
57 out of 63 in favor; committed to work on issue: Joan Bazar, Dick Paddock, Miriam Thompson, Ellen Thomas, Lynn Furay, Carol Urner, Alan Haber, Odile Hugonot Haber, Barbara Taft, Gillian Gilhool. Ongoing work will be coordinated jointly by the Middle East and DISARM! Issue committees.

Text of Resolution:
We urge a halt to the proliferation of arms in Western Asia (the Middle East), and seek the creation of a Nuclear Free Zone in that region.  WILPF will lobby the U.S. mission to the United Nations to press for the establishment of this zone.

Resolution #2: WILPF Honors Barbara Lee
57 out of 63 in favor; committed to work on issue: Ruth Zalph, Georgia Pinkel, Carol Urner, Joan Bazar, Shirley Lin Kinoshita, Lynn Furay, Judy Adams, Dick Paddock, Sandy Silver, Joan Drake, Cynthia Roberts Hall, Ann Nagin. Ongoing work will be coordinated by Sandy Thacker of the East Bay Branch.

Text of Resolution:
WILPF U.S. honors California Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her courage in 2001 in being the only member of Congress to vote against giving President Bush unlimited power to attack any individual, organization or country without Congressional approval.  In the wake of the tragedy on of 9/11, Congresswoman Lee stood up for hope and for democracy.  Since then, she has worked tirelessly to end war and redirect our resources to peace, justice and equality.

Resolution #3: A Constitutional Amendment To Prohibit War
36 out of 63 in favor; committed to work on issue: Ruth Zalph, Carol Urner, Alan Haber, Ellen Thomas, Lynn Furay. Jiyoung Ahn, and Molly Cyr.

Text of Resolution:
Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan forbids Japan to make war again. It was written 65 years ago, under the direction of U.S. occupation forces.  Since that time, Japan has had no civilian or military losses in war, nor has Japan declared war.

WILPF US will work to add a similar amendment to the U.S. Constitution in hopes that, following such an adoption, the U.S. and Japan can form a coalition to work within the UN to abolish war-making as a political and economic tool.

Resolution #4: People's Representation in the United Nations
17 out of 63 in favor; committed to work on issue: Odile Hugonot Haber, Alan Haber, Judy Adams.

Text of Resolution:
WILPF U.S. supports a United Nations that is more responsive to the needs and desires of global citizens.  In recognition of the people's yearning for democracy, as most recently evidenced in the Arab Spring, we propose an additional UN body: a World Parliament, with members elected by the people (similar to our House of Representatives), that would balance the General Assembly, which is made up of representatives appointed by national leaders, including dictators.

This body would have the same rights and authority as the General Assembly and could be located in the UN Building, perhaps in the Trusteeship Council Assembly Hall.

Resolution #5: Expand Our Environmental Platform
58 out of 63 in favor; committed to work on this issue: Miriam Thompson, Mary Zepernick, Mary Hanson Harrison, Shirley Lin Kinoshita, Lib Hutchby, Randa Solick, Heiderose Kober, Jan Corderman, Nancy Munger, Jan Slaghter, Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller, Ann Powers, Tana Hartman, Ellen Thomas, Odile Hugonot Haber, Alan Haber, Linda Park, Georgia Pinkel. Ongoing work will be coordinated by the leadership team of the Save the Water Issue committee.

Text of Resolution:
Water issues – water as a human right, public need for upgraded infrastructure, corporate attempts to privatize drinking water systems – are part of larger pressing environmental problems.

WILPF will expand our national issue group to include, for example, climate crisis, environmental trespass by corporations, nuclear and other waste, food sovereignty, support for sustainable and organic agriculture and healthy food systems – all intertwined with economic justice issues and global activist movements.   WILPF should increase our cooperation with existing international environmental movements.

We will expand our water issues group both in terms of other environmental justice considerations and in terms of the number of members needed to be effective in this work.

Resolution #6:  Ending the War on Drugs is a Feminist Issue
56 out of 63 in favor; committed to work on this issue: Sha’an Mouliert, Ruth Zalph, Georgia Pinkel, Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller, Robin Lloyd, Tana Hartman, Lucinda Tate, Alan Haber, Mary Hanson Harrison. Ongoing work on this issue will be coordinated by Robin Lloyd.

Text of Resolution:
The war on drugs is a sexist and racist policy with negative social economic impacts that affect the poor and people of color.  Women and children are unduly affected.   Decisions on both sides of the "war" are made mostly by men who use the funding/profits from this "war" to subvert democratic values and to promote militarized occupation of poor under-industrialized countries.  WILPF US believes that drug addiction should be dealt with medically not criminally, and calls for the abolition of mandatory minimums.

WILPF’s role is to speak out and be the truth-tellers on the "real" reason for the war on drugs and its devastation of so many countries.

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