June 2012 eNews

WILPF Speaking Truth to Power

Participants at the June 6 Roundtable discussion

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, WILPF, U.S. convened a Roundtable Discussion in conjunction with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO-3) on implementation of the U.S. National Action on Women, Peace and Security.  The purpose of the discussion was to raise critical issues necessary to ensure that the U.S. NAP adhere to the original purpose of the SCR1325 as a tool to advance peace and to secure the role of women as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace. Read WILPF U.S. Statement on the U.S. NAP here.

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Take Action for Climate/Renewable Energy

 

by the Earth Democracy Issue Committee

Mountain Top Removal, Blair Mountain (click on picture)

Tell Congress: End Polluter Welfare!

Last month, Bernie Sanders and Representative Keith Ellison introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act to end corporate welfare. If Congress doesn't act, these corporations will rake in $110 billion over ten years. The five largest oil companies alone made more than $1 trillion in profits, just in the last five years. Some of these corporations have paid no taxes for some of these years. You can bet they will spend big bucks to lobby against this bill and fund candidates that support dirty carbon energy over clean, green renewable energy.

Learn more and take action here.

 

 


 

Food Democracy Now!

 

by the Earth Democracy Issue Committee

Take Action for Food Democracy/Local Economy!

Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families. Read more about this organization here.

Every 5 years, Congress passes a Farm Bill that dictates food and agricultural policy for decades to come and what Americans and many people around the world eat.  Learn more about the Food and Farm Bill here and please take action here to help make sure the 2012 Food and Farm Bill puts healthy food, family farmers, and the environment first! Food Democracy Now! has three urgent amendments that need to pass in order to put healthy food on every plate in America and protect vital conservation and nutrition programs.

 


 

In Ohio, Cleveland Branch Organizing for Action

 

by the Earth Democracy Issue Committee

Picture from Frackfree Coalition action at Mosquito Lake State Park, Cortland, OH, Trumbull Co.,
April 7, 2012

Ohio is literally “shaking” over natural gas fracking with wastewater, trucked in from other states, disposed of by injection into deep wells. Much of the wastewater comes from nearby states that ban this type of disposal that was considered responsible for a dozen or so earthquakes that hit Northeast OH in March.

As a result, some new state regulation of this type of disposal was put in place, but actually it should be prohibited.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is estimating 2250 newly drilled wells for natural gas extraction by 2015.  Others are projecting much higher numbers which will “fuel” an economic boom and jobs. Sensible people are trying to hold back this destruction to the environment, communities and people’s health. The Cleveland Branch is proposing the “Precautionary Principle” as a policy tool to our state.

Thanks to a WILPF Spring mini-grant, the Earth Democracy Issue Committee, Carolyn Raffensperger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, will be in the state for 3 days from June 22-24 in June to talk about the Precautionary Principle.

Read more about the tour here.

 


 

In California, Human Right to Water Bills Pass the State Assembly 

 

by the Earth Democracy Issue Committee

Safe, Affordable, and Sufficient Water Is Not a Luxury. It is a necessity for life.

This year the Safe Water Alliance, of which U.S. WILPF is a member, sponsored four bills in the 2012 Human Right to Water bill package. The Safe Water Alliance is a dynamic group of faith-based, environmental justice, tribal, consumer, and public health advocates working across the state to realize the human right to water in California. WILPF is a member of this group thanks to Nancy Price who attends the meetings.

Learn more about this bill package here.

 

 


 

Jane Addams Children's Book Awards 

 

by the Jane Addams Peace Association

Addams Committee Members at the 2011 Addams Award Ceremony

Please join the Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award committee for our New York ceremony, Oct 19th 2012. Branches wishing to order books at a discount to be donated to libraries or schools will find an order form in the next Peace and Freedom magazine. To learn more, visit the JAPA website and read the press release.

 

 

 


 

Spring Mini-Grants Awarded

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the Spring Mini-Grant Awards! The Boston Branch has been awarded a grant to support its Article 9 Amendment Project that aims to educate the U.S. public about Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, prohibiting the state from engaging in an act of war, and to mobilize of campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution with language similar Article 9.

The Earth Democracy Issue Committee was awarded a grant to support its ongoing Precautionary Principle Project and the second phase of its speaking tour with Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. For more information on the Precautionary Principle Project or to learn how to get your branch involved, see Earth Democracy’s article, "In Ohio, Cleveland Branch Organizing for Action" in this eNews issue.?

To find out how your branch or Issue Committee can apply for a Mini-Grant to support its WILPF work click here. Applications for the Fall Mini-Grant allocation cycle are due October 30, 2012.

 


 

The Invisible War Film Screening 

 

June 18 and 20, 2012

at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater

The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the shameful and underreported epidemic of rape within the US military. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes the rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.

Find out more on this film or View the full festival lineup at ff.hrw.org

Screenings followed by discussion with filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and with special guests Ariana and Ben Klay on June 20

Presented in association with Equality Now, New York Women in Film & Television and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom


TICKETS
June 18, 2012 at 8:45pm + Q&A | Invite friends
June 20, 2012 at 6:30pm + Q&A | Invite friends

Be sure to also check out Women, War & Peace: War Redefined Film Screening and Panel Discussion on June 19. For more information, click here. WILPF International staff member, Petra Totterman Andorff, will be speaking at this event.

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