Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
WE CAN ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!
Build a Nuclear-Free Future with WILPF’s DISARM Committee!
With a new president in office, now is the time to build public momentum against nuclear weapons and nuclear power. You can be part of the change, when you join WILPF’s Nuclear-Free Future project!
Let's begin now to educate ourselves for effective work in our own communities. With WILPF’s Reaching Critical Will resources, we’ll learn about that alphabet soup of treaties and promote compliance with the NPT, ratification of the CTBT, support for a successor to the START treaty, resistance to nuclear power and more. You can choose an area to focus on.Join us in April from the 25 – 29, when we head to Washington DC with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA). We’ll have special lobbying training and a chance to plan and focus our work over the next 12 months. (See our invitation flyer and registration materials for more information)
The DISARM Issue Committee has scheduled an email on this day.
Check out the cool video made by WILPF member Deetje Boler from the San Francisco Branch. The video shows WILPF women on the streets of San Francisco in early October 2008 demonstrating against the militarization of space and handing out flyers to passerbys. Several women also take the time to explain the whole PAROS (Prevent an Armed Race in Outer Space) movement and the need for the United States to sign the PAROS treaty. Click on this link to go to and view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dz0afK1zW0
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The U.S. has been the only nation in the world to vote NO on a United Nations resolution to Prevent an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS). However a PAROS treaty is our best alternative to space weaponization and war in, from and through space. Critical votes on this issue will again come before the U.N. General Assembly in November and December.
WILPF created a petition addressed to United States Senators, urging them to support the UN Resolution and to vote yes when it comes up for a vote again.
The petition was closed to new signatures on October 24, 2008 and over 190 individuals signed it.
WILPF is in the process of distributing the petition and the signatures to our Senators.
Dear Reaching Critical Will friends and advisors,
The sixty-second session of the General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security closed on Friday, 2 November 2007. It was a rather uneventful session, with a few key highlights (see below). Most delegations continued to lament the lack of progress in disarmament and non-proliferation, especially in the Conference on Disarmament (CD). They called for the adoption of the comprehensive programme of work in the CD at the beginning of 2008, and expressed hope for success at the next nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee. It would be preferable if First Committee itself was used more effectively to advance the cause of disarmament and international security, rather than as a stage from which to "urge" consensus in another forum. In his remarks on 18 October, Ambassador Landman of the Netherlands paraphrased Victor Hugo, announcing that the time will come when the instruments of war, and in particular weapons of mass destruction, "will be on show in museums in the same way as today one can visit and inspect instruments of torture, fashionable in the Middle Ages and thereafter. And we would all be wondering that such weapons have existed and their use ever contemplated." To reach this point, governments, diplomats, and civil society need to not just theorize about the new (collective) security environment they envision, but to work towards it.
Ray Acheson, Project Associate
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) protested at Democratic Congressman Jim Costa’s office today. They were protesting against Costa’s ongoing support of the war and occupation in Iraq. This is the first of a series of demonstrations at the Congressman’s office this month, coordinated by several local anti war groups.
WILPF Branches around the nation commemorate Hiroshima-Nagasaki days August 6 to 9 with memorials, lantern ceremonies, vigils, education, legislative visits and non-violent direct action. In whatever way we choose to honor these days, they are a time for remembrance, penance, and rededication to the task of abolishing nuclear weapons.
Visit WILPF DISARM UPDATE for resources and ideas. Share your own fliers and event descriptions with WILPF DISARM committee (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for posting on WILPF websites and on the UFPJ sponsored national registry (www.August6.org) which WILPF helped create. This year some WILPF members are again participating in vigils at, and attempted dialogue with, corporations promoting and profiting from the nuclear weapons industry, as well as at government nuclear weapons facilities.
To ensure the cooperative, peaceful uses of space for the benefit of all humankind by prohibiting the basing of weapons in space, the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit, and other purposes.
Changes in the Space Preservation Act of 2002 (HR 3616)
As suggested by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
We of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom thank Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba and Mayor Iccho Itoh for their initiatives in developing the Mayors' for Peace Campaign, and for their courageous and persistent efforts to move the world forward toward abolition of nuclear wea
WILPF presented a cogent statement at a Missile Defense Agency hearing October 19th in Sacramento, California criticizing the agency's proposed environmental impact statement. The hearing was one of four public hearings in October, required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Carol Reilley Urner, co-chair of WILPF's Disarm! Dismantle the War Economy Campaign, waded through more than 700 pages of documents to prepare WILPF's response.
Mr. KUCINICH introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on______________________________________________.
A Report from the NPT Review Conference in New York
Ending the Threat of Nuclear Devastation: Mayors Conference at the United Nations
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
New material posted at the Cuba and Bolivarian Issue Committee pages. Several women are touring the US with films and insights.