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An message from the US Section of the 
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom


Apply for Interim Board Positions and Americas Liaison!
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 4
This year, 2019, is a critical one, as movements and developments across the country shape what issues will be highlighted in the US presidential and Congressional races. WILPF US is preparing for an important 2020: an election year and the year of our next national WILPF Congress. How could your involvement shape the direction for national-level WILPF at this critical time? 
Spread your leadership wings by joining the national board in an interim position for 2019! This year there is a rare six-month opportunity to test-drive one of the open Board positions--or to apply for the U.S. Liaison to the Americas Region Representative p…
We are so sorry to report that our dear Sherry Conable has left us.  Her body was found on Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on Monday morning.  There is no information yet on how this happened.  Sherry was an indefatigable local activist for peace.  She will be terribly missed. Her iconic photo was appropriately featured on the cover of our recently published book about the many long-term activists here. Our hearts are broken.



International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize!



The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is thrilled that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of our role to achieve the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. WILPF, as an active member of the International Steering Group, worked as part of this …


In late September, 2017 our branch held a well-attended new member program featuring reports back from the Congress. D. Nunes showed the WILPF celebratory video from the WILPF Congress to enthusiastic response. Nancy G.G., presented a 15 minute portion of my Congress workshops for them which nicely pinned down the first show of the eight in the upcoming community TV series, "Change the Story, Change the Future"

In the workshops presented at Congress, Nancy examined five assumptions, rarely acknowledged but widely accepted, that disable our political efforts. Asserting that that all five are in fact "myths," we showed how, for example the first of them is in fact false, relying substantially on Paul Hawken's recent book, Drawdown, and on Pat O'Brien's PPT showing related internet research. These sources show that it is within our power to not only mitigate cl…

As part of our May 21, 2017 program, WILPF presented information
about Pubilc Banks as one of the ways we can create a people-centered
community.  Here is a link to the slideshow that was presented then:
Public Banks Slideshow


Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

Offering a ray of hope in these dark and troubling times, hundreds of resistance groups are spontaneously springing up across the country and even overseas.  From "Knock On Every Door" to "Impeach Trump Now" there's a group out there for you.  Contributor Joshua Holland of The Nation tries to sort them all out in one amazing report:


  1. Here is the WILPF 100th Anniversary Manifesto, adopted in the Hague, Netherlands in April, 2015.  It is an inspirational statement that deserves to be read and acted on by us all. The Vision states: 

    "We seize this centenary moment to reaffirm the principles and purposes of our founders, as relevant today as ever they were; to set out our current concerns and tasks; and to foresee the challenges ahead in the century to come."

Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane presents his proclamation to former Mayor & Santa Cruz WILPF member Celia Scott.  It declares April 28, 2015 to be WILPF (Women's International League for Peace & Freedom) Day. It was presented at the Opening of the "Women, Peace & Power -- 100 years" exhibit at the downtown main library. See complete text of proclamation below. Mayor Don also made some additional, more personal, congratulatory remarks.



1.      Whereas, on April 28, 1915, approximately fifteen hundred women from a dozen countries both ne…

There is a technique in communication to keep the dialogue going. It is called "Yes... and." You acknowledge what the other person is saying and add something, which either extrapolates on what has been said or gives information that may add facts to be considered, even may then contradict what the first person stated. However, you don't say "No," but keep the dialogue going.

I saw a magnificent example of it on day 3 of the WILPF Congress:
The dissatisfaction of day 2 about the apparent unwillingness to make changes or consider amendments to the Manifesto and Constitution/By-laws proposals was lying right under the surface.
But today, in the discussion of the international programs proposal, Jane Doyle started with the question if changes could be made. And, if so, could the Environment be added as a separate program next to 
1) Disarmament
The theme on the second day of Congress could be called Communication. The busy program called for reviews of WILPF's finances, proposal for organizational changes, proposal for changes to the Constitution and the bay-laws, a new Manifesto and a discussion on draft resolution. 
So a lot had to be communicated and the room at the Peace Palace was filled with questions, critiques, and requests for amendments and, yes, hurt feelings.

But let's first look at the two commmittees, which had not been able to communicate their work on day one. The Young WILPF faciliatator was optimistic about the interest of young women for the situation in the world, but they just have not come accross WILPF communications. They have their own website and seem to be forging ahead.

The international network of Academics is a relative new, but powerful group of univ…
Dear All,

I just returned from the first day of Congress in The Hague. Here are my impressions. Jane Doyle can probably get you pictures later.

A colorful room at the Peace Palace displayed bouquets of yellow and red flowers and the people from all of the world brightened up the room even more. The women from the DRC were dressed in yellow dresses with names of countries and the WILPF logo on it!

But there is more, because we speak with colorful thoughts about Peace and Freedom. Cameroon, Ghana and the renewed section of Israel addressed the Congress to be admitted as new WILPF sections (also two new groups of Uganda and Nicaragua joined but did not speak.)

The woman from Cameroon clearly stated one of our motto's: "You don't need war to stand for peace." This was reiterated by the representative from Ghana who said: "There is no war…
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