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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF BUSINESS MEETING
Thursday April 12, 7 PM, at Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness. This meeting is open to all members.

WOMEN IN BLACK
April 4, noon to 1PM at the Fresno County Courthouse. (first Wednesday of each month; come on the month in which your birthday falls!) Wear black, bring a sign if you wish, and stand in silence for peace.

STIR IT UP – WILPF – ON KFCF 88.1 FM (LISTENER-SUPPORTED FREE SPEECH RADIO FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA)
April 25 (4th Wednesday of each month) Jean Hays does outstanding interviews on subjects involving WILPF interests and activities. Let Jean know if you have ideas for a program. Listen!

Also on KFCF 88.1: WILPF member Dr Jean Kennedy’s show on the first and third Tuesdays. Check out April3 & 17 at 8PM for Keeping It Real.

RAGING GRANNIES
Meetings on selected Mondays at 7PM. Call Ellie at 229-9807 for details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Earth Day at the UU church April l4th – early celebration – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Spend a few delightful hours visiting with friends and learning more about ways to garden, protect the environment, sign important petitions and help at the WILPF table. The raging Grannies will be singing! A half hour or more would be greatly appreciated. Please phone Joan Poss at 227-6134 to tell her when you can table. Much appreciated.

Tax Day on April 16, Monday at the Griffith Post Office (Griffith just west of Blackstone near Ashlan) 9:00AM to 5:00 PM

A very important WILPF tradition. We hand out postcards showing how half the budget goes to the military and the Pentagon. We encourage people to contact their representatives to bring our troops home and end wars. We need people to do half hour shifts or more. Please phone Joan at 227-6134 to tell her the time you can help.

Please join us for a pre-Earth Day presentation by Carolyn Raffensperger

Saturday, April 21, 2 P.M., in the Forum Hall at Fresno City College

Ms. Raffensperger is being brought to four cities in California, thanks to a mini-grant awarded to WILPF’s Earth Democracy National Issues Group. Raffensperger is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. Her topic will be Becoming Beloved Ancestors: Leaving a Healthy World to Future Generations. The pressing problems of our day call us to new policies, innovative institutions, and imaginative solutions if future generations are going to inherit a habitable planet. The legacy of climate change, extinct species and toxic sites threatens generations for thousands of years. We can rise to the challenge and invent new approaches to systemic problems. The precautionary principle, legal guardians for future generations, and protections for the commons are some of the emerging ideas that have practical applications in government today.

The Precautionary Principle states that “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the precautionary principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.”

Please join us on April 21 for this visionary talk and conversation about a way forward.

Besides WILPF, other co-sponsors of this important event are: Sustainable Actions Club, Fresno City College; Tehipite Chapter, Sierra Club Revive the San Joaquin; Valley Water Consortium; UU Fresno Social Justice Committee

Further information: 559-439-0280

VANDENBERG PROTESTS

The United States Air Force test-launched a first-strike, nuclear-capable Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early in the morning on February 25 despite the largest anti-test demonstrations in almost 30 years. Almost a dozen WILPFers from Northern California participated in the protest on Friday night/Saturday morning 2/24-25 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Jean Hays represented us at this protest. See the article in this issue of the Community Alliance!

WHAT DID YOU DO FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?

The Raging Grannies sang songs of peace and songs to honor women workers and other women heroes in celebration of International Women’s Day at CSU-Fresno on Friday, March 9th.

The Fresno Raging Grannies sing for international Women’s Day, honoring Jane Addams, who advocated for laborers, immigrants, women and children, and above all, world peace. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department at Fresno State and WILPF.

 

Save your stuff: WILPF yard sale in May! Details in next month’s Community Alliance.

 

2 comments to The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

  • Andrea Norouzi

    Hello, I’m a member of Women In Black in Frederick, MD. I’m working with several other U.S. members of WIB to update contact information for all the U.S. WIB vigils. We’d like to strengthen our awareness of one another and our connection as a U.S. network. I founded the Frederick MD vigil in Nov. 2002. We’d love to be in touch with the Fresno WIB vigil. Could you please pass on my email address to their contact person? Thanks so much for your help.

    Andrea Norouzi
    Women In Black Frederick, MD
    wibfrederick@gmail.com

  • Joan Poss

    Dear Andrea,

    Pleassed to get your comment on the Fresno WILPF website. We’ve had a WIB vigil at the Fresno Courthouse the first Wednesday of the month from noon to l:00 p.m since shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq.

    I hope to continue this contact with you and other WIB vigils. Peace, Joan

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