February 23rd, 2007 Program Update

Program Update!  A look at What's Happening In WILPF Program

U.S. Social Forum
Save the Water Campaign
DISARM Issue Committee
Haiti Issue Committee

U.S. Social Forum WILPF is planning a robust presence at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, June 27-July1, 2007.

Attention! All Campaigns and Committees:  submit your proposals as soon as possible since space for programs is limited and cannot be guaranteed.  Proposals are due March 1!

Submit proposals to: http://www.ussf2007.org/node/add/content_ussf_2007_session_propos
Please send duplicate proposals to Kate Zaidan at kzaidan@wilpf.org so WILPF can coordinate and publicize our work effectively. Also, make sure to make your hotel reservations! WILPF-US has arranged to reserve 30 hotel rooms at the Best Western at the Peachtrees in Atlanta, just 3 blocks from the main US Social Forum site.The room rate is a very good $79 plus 15% tax. Call 800/242-4642 number & request the Womens League For Peace & Freedom block of rooms, you will need a credit card to guarantee your arrival.

Save the Water CampaignDes Moines branch had a standing room only crowd to see a UN Report on water and the movie "Thirst" [available from WILPF] last Wednesday night.  Philadelphia YWILPF branch also screened the film Thirst for the students at University of Pennsylvania. We are anxiously awaiting the availability of a print companion to the film: Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water.  The book is being released in early March, just in time for World Water Day.  Order through your local independent book store! Mark your calendars for World Water Day, March 22! Make sure to let us know about your water events!

DISARM!Remember to mail your Make Peace a Reality post cards on HR 508 and withdrawal from Iraq to Kate Zaiden, national office, for arrival by or before March 1.  And please send any letters on abolition of nuclear weapons policies, Complex 2030, the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty or the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty  for delivery to your Representatives and Senators to reach Kate by the same date.  Indeed, any letter on disarmament or other issues, (including WCUSP and Water), close to your own WILPF heart, will be welcome.  WILPF members, Kate and Carol from DISARM will be visiting Congress on Iraq, nuclear and WILPF Campaign issues during the week of March 5 to 9.

HaitiThe Haiti Issues Committee is setting priorities for 2007.  For more information, contact Shirley Pate at magbana@aol.com.Recently, the Committee participated in four Haiti policy events in Washington, DC.  The primary topic was the extension of the UN peacekeeping force (MINUSTAH) in Haiti. Over the next few weeks, the Committee will sponsor a new documentary on Haiti, engage countries that contribute troops to MINUSTAH force regarding human rights issues, and build support for the TRUTH Act.

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