September 30, 2011 eNews: Get Involved, Stay Informed!

Create Action! Get Involved and Stay Informed!

We bring you this e-newsletter each month to let you know how you can get involved in WILPF initiatives and to keep you informed on the actions WILPF members and member organizations are taking to promote WILPF's mission to achieve, through peaceful means, world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.

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Show Your Support in Stopping the War Machine!

By the End Wars Issue Committee

Freedom Plaza (Creative Commons License, photo by APK)


On October 6, 2011, join your WILPF sisters at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC to STOP THE WAR MACHINE. October 2011 will mark the start of the 11th year of the invasion of Afghanistan and the onset of the 2012 U.S. federal budget, which provides unlimited funds for war and corporate welfare, yet withholds essential funds for services that meet human needs.
Starting on October 6, 2011, thousands of concerned Americans will assemble in Freedom Plaza in Washington DC to take control of our country and our lives. We will occupy the plaza and hold a People's Assembly where we come up with just and sustainable solutions to the crises we face. We will plan and engage in creative acts of civil resistance and demand that our inherent rights and freedoms be protected. Will you stand with us and denounce the systems and institutions that support endless war and unrestrained corporate greed?
Join us in whatever way you are able—in person or through the online community.
WILPF women have signed up to be at Freedom Plaza and will form an affinity group. Nonviolence training will be provided. Contact Marge Van Cleef by email at or by calling (267)763-1644 to let us know you will be there and if you wish to join the affinity group. Details on our particular meeting place at the Plaza will be sent out to you. Go to www.October2011.orgfor updates and specifics on location of plaza, travel, and overnight arrangements. 

Organize Local Actions for a Globally-United Front Against the Wars

October 15 is a day of local actions organized globally against the wars. Plan with your local branch to vigil, leaflet, demonstrate, and join coalitions in your area. Let us know what you do! Go to or to learn what groups globally are planning for Oct. 15. Sign on at the webpage

Say NO! to the G8 and NATO Wars and Poverty Agenda

March 23–25, 2012 - Stamford Hilton Hotel, CT
Come to a national conference organized by UNAC to say NO! to the G8 and NATO Wars and Poverty Agenda. Challenge militarism, austerity, racism, and repression. In the summer of 2010, 800 activists from peace, environmental, economic and social justice groups from around the country gathered in Albany for the largest movement conference held since 9/11 and the initiation of the so-called "War on Terror." An ambitious action plan was adopted and a new national coalition, UNAC, the United National Antiwar Committee (now Coalition), was formed.

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Keep Space for Peace Week is Just Around the Corner


October 1 to 8 is Keep Space for Peace Week, For the sixth year WILPF is co-sponsoring locally, nationally and internationally with Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Check resources here.

There are, to our knowledge, as of yet no weapons in space, but more than 80% of U.S. weapons are now guided from space.The Sacramento Branch will be leafleting on theplutonium powered Mars Roverwhich NASA admits has a 1 in 220 chance of a disastrous accident that could destroy much of central Florida and cause lung cancers around the globe. Other Branches and those attending the Washington D.C. events will focus on drones. WILPF drone resources are here.

The rest of October is also full:

Did you know you can read all the past issues of WILPF's eNewsletter online? It's a great way to catch up on the work of WILPF chapters around the country! Find them online here.

Women, Peace, and Security: Does Anyone Really Care?

Advancing UN SCR 1325 throughout the U.S.!

Milwaukee Consultation at Mount Mary's College

This month, WILPF has worked hard to stir up a vital national debate on what constitutes “true” security for women in the U.S. through;

  • Its successful launch of 5 civil society consultations, involving local women from diverse backgrounds, to offer input on the U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security currently being developed by the U.S. government, in compliance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325;

  • WILPF’s National Director, Tanya Henderson’s upcoming WAND webinar on SCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, scheduled for Monday October 3rd at 3:00pm. Click here to register.

  • Increased circulation of WILPF’s 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” online survey to gather data on how “security” is defined and what constitutes real “security” for women in the U.S. Click here to fill out the survey.

  • A Youtube video campaign to encourage women from all over the world to share their personal story by answering the question  “What Does Security Mean to You?” Click here to view WILPF "What is Security?” videos.

Women across the country are talking about SCR 1325

    Over the weekend, WILPF’s Milwaukee and Detroit Branches launched the first of five Civil Society Consultations on UN SCR 1325 scheduled throughout the U.S., where representatives of the U.S. Department of State will listen to local women discuss their concerns about national security, and what should be included in a U.S. SCR 1325 National Action Plan (NAP). Both consultations engaged grass-roots women from diverse backgrounds in powerful and constructive dialogues that challenged U.S. militarism and redefined what “security” means from the perspective human security. Susan Braden from the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Women's Issues attended the two consultations and listened attentively to the strong connections being made between domestic and international applications of 1325 -  where many issues articulated by women in conflict and post-conflict zones were found to be “strikingly similar” to those voiced at the U.S. consultations from sex trafficking to low maternal mortality and high poverty rates of women.


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USHRN/Durban + 10 Coalition Statement


Elfa Nwangaza

Statement delivered at the NGO Roundtable of the General Assembly High Level Meeting Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action


Efia Nwangaza, representative of the US Human Rights Network and the Durban + 10 Coalition

Good Afternoon. My name is Efia Nwangaza, I am the Director of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination and I am here today representing the US Human Rights Network and the Durban + 10 Coalition.

The US Human Rights Network is composed of more than 300 organizations throughout the United States, its territories, possessions and colonies, advocating that the U.S. government fully comply with all its obligations and responsibilities under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all persons under its jurisdiction.

The Durban + 10 Coalition is composed of over 40 organizations from throughout the world that affirm the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) and have joined together to ensure its full implementation by all the governments of the world.


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"The Return of the Navajo Boy"

An Award-Winning Documentary Film on Uranium Contamination in the Navajo Nation

"The Return of the Navajo Boy"

An award-winning documentary film and a discussion about the uranium contamination of the Navajo Nation will held at the Stevenson Memorial Union Rogue River Room on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 3 pm as part of the half day campus UN Club's celebration of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

The film "The Return of Navajo Boy" was originally intended to be a documentary about an adoption but it helped motivate a 2007 Congressional investigation into uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation. The film also resulted in reuniting a family, compensation for a former uranium miner, and an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup of Elsie Mae Begay's home, Navajo elder, and the primary character in the film.

Following the 75 minute film, Elsie Mae Begay, the filmmaker, Jeff Spitz (Executive Director, Groundswell Educational Films),  uranium contamination expert Perry H. Charley (Dine College, founder of the Uranium Education Project and Dine College Environmental Institute) and Oliver Tapaha, OSU PhD in Education, from the Navajo Nation will discuss their personal experiences and answer questions from the audience.



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