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NEW Nuclear Weapons Abolition Bill Needs Your Support Now - Take Action

NEW Nuclear Weapons Abolition Bill Needs Your Support Now - Take Action

Explosion at Japan Nuclear Plant
Explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/NTV/NNN Japan)

Washington DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced the "Nuclear  Weapons Abolition  and Economic and Energy Conversion Act," which re-directs the money from nuclear weapons to provide carbon-free, nuclear-free energy resources.

Click here to view and download the text of the legislation, HR-1334, introduced by Rep. Holmes Norton, HR-1334 (pdf)

Click here to write your Representative asking for co-sponsorship of this legislation IMMEDIATELY.

No nuclear power plant has been built in the U.S.A. since 1974, and the new nuclear power plant construction being planned is only possible because the U.S. taxpayer will have to provide what Wall Street won't:  100% loan guarantees, and funding nuclear waste repositories on as yet unidentified sites. Nuclear power provides 20% of this country's electric energy; we can easily follow Germany's lead in committing to building no new plants, and replacing those still on-line with renewable and sustainable energy sources. We must all keep the memories of both Fukushima and Hiroshima alive wherever we go.

Let’s act now to turn popular opinion into public policy! This may be the last chance we get to turn to truly clean energy and away from war and destruction.  Take Action on Nuclear Abolition Legislation

Turn Out For Rallies In Solidarity With The People Of Egypt!

UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR COMMITTEE CALLS ON ALL SUPPORTERS TO TURN OUT FOR RALLIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT AND OTHER ARAB COUNTRIES TODAY, THIS WEEKEND, AND IN COMING DAYS

Egyptian demonstrators chant slogans against the government. (Getty)
Egyptian demonstrators rally against the government
 

No More US Support to the Mubarak Dictatorship!

Hands off Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen!

The Egyptian people, inspired by the victory in Tunisia and building on their own heroic rallies and strikes in recent years, have now taken the lead in the regional revolt against US-backed dictatorships. Today, Friday, January 28th, masses have poured into the streets for the third straight day of protest, and are once again fighting valiantly against cops and troops armed with US made and paid for weapons.

It is the US government which has created and STILL supports the Mubarak regime to the tune of $1.5 billion a year as part of its regional military apparatus, and it is US banks and corporations that have imposed the neoliberal austerity regime of unemployment, poverty and malnutrition against which Egyptian workers have been rebelling for decades.

The US Department of Defense is meeting this very week with Egyptian military officials to discuss how to maintain this oppression. A DoD press briefing reports: "With regards to Egypt:… we actually this week are hosting senior Egyptian military leaders at the Pentagon for our annual bilateral defense talks… So that's just an example of how engaged we are with the Egyptians, even as these developments have taken place on the streets in Cairo and elsewhere…”

And it is the US State Department which has already begun maneuvers throughout the region to ensure that any governments that fall are replaced with equally compliant regimes -- maneuvers such as the visit by the head of “Near East Affairs” in the State Department this week to Tunisia, and by their “National Democratic Institute” to Yemen, to “advise” on “clean elections” – i.e. to plot how to subvert the goals of the masses in the streets.

WILPF Protests Testing of Nuclear Warhead Delivery Systems

Join Us on June 5 – International Nuclear Weapons Abolition Day

WILPF is proud to partner with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to protest ICBM missile test launches and call for a real commitment to nuclear abolition through a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Despite President Obama’s promises in Prague to pursue a nuclear weapons free future, the U.S. military is still testing and upgrading Minuteman III ICBMs designed to carry thermonuclear warheads.  

Two ICBM test launches (with dummy warheads) are scheduled for June 2010  from Vandenberg Air Force base / Space Command near Lompoc, California to the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands. The exact date of the launch tests are not known, and June 5 provides a great opportunity to expose them; most of the world is unaware that these tests are still being carried out routinely.

Five Days That Will Shake the World: WILPF Joins U.S. Social Forum

Gillian Gilhool and Mary Zepernick confer at the U.S. Social Forum in 2007

This June, WILPF members will join thousands of activists to make the slogan “Another World is Possible” come to life. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is on the official program and our members Edith Bell and Odile Hugonot Haber are also involved in additional workshops.

This gigantic, grassroots forum will address the key issues WILPFers work on, so it is a good place to make connections, spread WILPF’s name, and have an impact. Members can register at the official U.S. Social Forum website or if you want to use WILPF’s official registration password, contact carol.disarm(at)gmail.com.

There is a space on the registration form to indicate your organizational affiliation; write in WILPF and it will help us coordinate getting together in Detroit.

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The WILPF blog is an interactive space for discussion of world events and how we're transforming the world to a culture of peace and justice.

Protest of Unmanned Drones Held at CIA Headquarters on Jan 16

A protest was held January 16th at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.   
The focus was the increased use of CIA armed drones in Afghanistan and now the Pustun areas of Pakistan.  
The event was organized by Peace of the Action and Cindy Sheehan
Cindy@CindySheehansSoapbox.com.

Space for Peace Conference

The biggest effort of the Disarm Committee this spring will be the Global Network Space conference in Omaha (April 11-13), where we will be confronting Strat Com, the agency which controls the buttons for both nuclear weapons and war in, from and through space. Rhianna Tyson and Jennifer Nordstrom, both formerly with WILPF Reaching Critical Will, will lead our WILPF workshop on Space Law or Space Warfare. MacGregor Eddy of our DISARM team will be there with her wonderful CD power points on Strat Com and war profiteering corporations pushing space warfare. Yvonne Logan is coming with the Director of the Peace Economy Project based in St. Louis. Hope to see more of you there. We have one feisty member in Omaha, more in nearby Des Moines – and St. Louis, Springfield and Minneapolis—aren’t all that far away.

Visit the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space for more details.

GET STARTED YOURSELF

Learn how politicians who represent you vote by calling Project Vote Smart 1-888-VOTE-SMART or entering your zip code on their website, www.vote-smart.org.

Learn how much industries, corporations, unions and individuals contribute to political campaigns by searching the Center for Responsive Politics website, www.opensecrets.org

GET STARTED YOURSELF - Tools for Research

Learn how politicians who represent you vote by calling Project Vote Smart 1-888-VOTE-SMART or entering your zip code on their website, www.vote-smart.org.

Learn how much industries, corporations, unions and individuals contribute to political campaigns by searching the Center for Responsive Politics website, www.opensecrets.org

Watchdog Techniques

By Pat Schroeder

Former Congressional Representative from Colorado

With a mandate-less president we women need to watch our elected officials carefully. As a former member of Congress I know what it feels like to be watched, so I can tell you the best way to apply pressure. Gather like-minded friends and form a monitoring cabal....

Here are some watchdog techniques:

GET STARTED YOURSELF

 Learn how politicians who represent you vote by calling Project Vote Smart 1-888-VOTE-SMART or entering your zip code on their website, www.vote-smart.org.

    Learn how much industries, corporations, unions and individuals contribute to political campaigns by searching the Center for Responsive Politics website, www.opensecrets.org

    Download reports on what weapons manufacturers get for their money at www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms

Legislative Information

Bills by number and subject, summaries and status http://thomas.loc.gov

Representatives’ websites, contact information, committee rosters www.house.gov

Senators’ websites, contact information, committee rosters www.senate.gov

Alternative Media Sources

At a time of corporate-owned media conglomerates when multiple viewpoints in mainstream US media are things of the past, we all need alternative information sources.

Check out the online media resources below and share them with friends…one of the most valuable things WILPF members can do is help others become informed! Some of these sites accept editorials from readers. Send them material and say you’re from WILPF!

Branch Mailings

Branch Mailing

Winter/Spring 2006

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in”
Rosa Parks


Hello to WILPF Branch Contacts! January 2006

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