You’ll find information here about all the workshops WILPF is sponsoring (and some we are collaborating with) at the U.S. Social Forum. We’ve also compiled information on other workshops that may be of special interest to members. Information on the time and place for each workshop will be available later; there will also be a printed program.
|USSF people representing at the May Day Immigration Reform Rally and March in Chicago. Another World is Possible// Otro Mundo es Posible ussf2010.org www.chicagoradicalendar.org/|
The U.S. Social Forum is part of the vital World Social Forum movement started in Brazil 10 years ago. The Social Forum helps regular citizens explore ways to end wars, promote human rights, economic justice and environmental action. About 50 WILPFers participated actively in the first U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007. They joined over 17,000 women and men of many races and backgrounds working for peace and justice. WILPFers made important connections, contributed much, and learned even more.
Join us this year, when WILPF will be sponsoring several key workshops (and supporting many others). You can also choose from over 1,000 other workshops, participate in plenary sessions, the People’s Assemblies, cultural and artistic events, and a march of thousands through central Detroit. Members can also help with WILPF tabling or participate in (and help organize) WILPF workshops.
In, addition we are cooperating with workshops supported or organized by many of our WILPF issue committees, including the Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance, Save the Water, and the Middle East committee. We are also collaborating on workshops sponsored by our peace and justice allies.
Register now, online – it’s easy! Pay by credit card or check as instructed. To register as a WILPF member, write our complete name in the box provided: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom U.S. Section. If you need help or are registering under another organization contact WILPF member Terry Futvoye-Micus, our Detroit WILPFer and registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay with WILPF members in shared hotel rooms at $22 to $36 a night.
February 8, 2010
President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
The enclosed letter addresses the recently signed military agreement between the governments of Colombia and the United States. This letter was generated by the Mingas Network and has been signed by 96 organizations in the United States and Canada.
The Mingas Network is composed of individuals from across the United States and Canada who are concerned with promoting sovereignty and economic development, strengthening democracy and improving labor conditions in Colombia. We are united in our support for social movements and our rejection of all acts of violence. The Mingas Network is integrated within the Hemispheric Social Alliance and is active in North America.
The Practicum, the NPT and the Future
|Bobbie Paul, left, with fellow WILPF member Judi Mohling in New York. Mohling is with Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center in Boulder, CO, and planned the Hibakusha events at schools in NYC during the NPT.|
WILPF’s Practicum in Advocacy at the NPT Review, a one-week residential program that included faculty-led seminars and special activities, was modeled on WILPF's highly successful Practicum in Advocacy at the CSW. At the request of members, this Practicum was open to women of all ages and backgrounds. WILPF co-sponsored the Practicum with the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, the Peace and Justice Studies Association and Women in International Security.
Bobbie Paul, a new WILPF member from Georgia who attended the Practicum said, “We actively pursued the peace process on one of the biggest international stages, accompanied by thousands of people from all over the world. Perhaps one of the most memorable experiences was marching for a nuclear weapons free world on Sunday May 2, with thousands of nuclear abolitionists, many of whom had traveled to NYC – even from as far as Japan.”
During the Practicum, Bobbie heard Japanese A-bomb survivors talk about their experiences first hand. “They told us, ‘We don’t hate the people who did this to us, we just hate the bomb.’ It was a sentiment we heard the Hibakusha -- Japanese A-bomb survivors – express frequently, including when they went to talk to 10th grade students at Martin Luther King High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. These victims had their stories translated from Japanese into English in front of hundreds of students during the first week of the NPT, holding them in rapt attention and helping them to imagine the unthinkable horrors of an A-bomb blast.”