WILPF – April 2015

WILPF – April 2015



WILPF will meet Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m., at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave. This meeting is open to all members.


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


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April 22, 3 p.m. (4th Wednesday of each month). Jean Hays does outstanding interviews on subjects involving WILPF interests and activities. Tune in!


Meetings on selected Mondays at 7 p.m. Call Ellie at 559-229-9807 for details.



Every Tax Day, WILPF members educate the public about where their tax money goes. We give them postcards showing the actual federal budget on one side; on the other side, they can list their priorities for tax $$$—education, healthcare, etc.

We also let people know who their Congressional representative is so they can contact him or her directly. And, we give everyone a Community Alliance.

Please join us on TAX DAY!

To volunteer for this opportunity to educate the public, call Joan Poss at 559-227-6134 or Bev Fitzpatrick at 559-355-9717.


We hosted a Cuba and Uganda information event on Feb. 28 and had our big groundbreaking event the next day. It was a grand weekend. The March 1 event celebrated the completion of the first Art Dyson eco shelter and the beginning of the second. We had a big crowd—more than 100—with TV, radio and press coverage. That same morning, our 19-year-old resident went off to the California Conservation Corps and two residents who had successfully moved on came back to celebrate with us. The highlights of the event were the Temple Beth Israel youths’ site preparation work party and the presentation of a $5,000 check from the Temple for construction of the second eco shelter prototype. See the February Community Alliance front page article by Gerry Bill for more Eco Village and EcoGarden information. Contact nancywaidtlow@yahoo.com or 559-224-1738.



Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Radio Park, 2233 N. First St. Kyla, Patty and Bev will organize an interactive environmental WILPF booth at Earthday; don’t miss this! To help out, contact Kyla at kyla.noelle@gmail.com.


We welcome our newest member, Dan Yaseen. If you would like a copy of the 2015 Fresno WILPF Directory, please contact Nora DeWitt at 559-225-1894 or noradewitt@gmail.com.



Friday, April 24, 3:30 p.m.–5 pm, Peters Business Building 191. The Question of Apartheid and The Palestinian Struggle to End the Occupation. Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Falk, Princeton University/UCSB and UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.

Cineculture Film Screenings, Fridays, 5:30 p.m., Peters Education Center Auditorium

April 17: The Hunting Ground. Discussant: Kirby Dick (Director). An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice despite harsh retaliation and harassment at every level.

April 24: Omar, an award-winning Palestinian film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Discussant: Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.

Janette Miguel reminds us that the ACLU Conference and Lobby Day will be on April 11, 12 and 13. It’s a great opportunity to meet activists from across California and learn new skills as advocates. For more info, go to https://www.acluca.org/CLD-2015/.

The WILPF yard sale will be Saturday, May 16. Time to do your spring organizing and set aside some items to donate for the sale. We’ll need volunteers to work that day, also.

Crafts Faire: Yes, it’s a long way off, but for crafters who might need to plan ahead, the Crafts Faire will be on the second Saturday in December, Dec. 11, 2015.

“How Blue is Your Valley?” conference on water. Friday, April 24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Location: Fresno City College Old Administration Building. Keynote speaker: Mark Arax. Registration: $10 (includes lunch). Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the California Bar. Contact: Gary Lasky, 559-790-3495, data.nations@gmail.com.

The WILPF page is compiled and edited by Leni Villagomez Reeves. Contact her at lenivreeves@gmail.com.


  • Community Alliance

    The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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