WILPF – April 2014

WILPF – April 2014
Fresno-area WILPF members Pat Wolk and Patty Bennett make their voices heard at the “Don’t Frack California” rally, held March 15 in Sacramento. Photo by Janet Scoll Johnson


WILPF will meet Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m., at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness. This meeting is open to all members.


April 2, 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.


April 10 and 24, last two Thursdays of the month from 12:20-1:20 p.m. in front of the Henry Madden Library; educate future generations about militarism and demonstrate no wars messages. Remember to bring a sign, if you have one, and wear black. Coordinated by WILPF interns Janette Miguel and Elizabeth Moreno and open to all students and community members.


Tuesday, April 15, outside the Griffith post office. See the article below.


April 23, 3 p.m. (4th Wednesday of each month). Jean Hays conducts outstanding interviews on subjects involving WILPF interests and activities. Let Jean know if you have ideas for a program. Tune in!


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


Fresno-area WILPF members Pat Wolk and Patty Bennett make their voices heard at the “Don’t Frack California” rally, held March 15 in Sacramento. Photo by Janet Scoll Johnson
Fresno-area WILPF members Pat Wolk and Patty Bennett make their voices heard at the “Don’t Frack California” rally, held March 15 in Sacramento. Photo by Janet Scoll Johnson

Every Tax Day WILPF members stand outside the post office on Griffith Avenue near Blackstone to educate the public regarding where their tax money is going. We give each person a postcard showing a graph of the federal budget on one side. On the other side is a place to list their own three priorities for their tax dollars, such as education and health care. We make sure people know who their congressional representative is and how to contact him or her. We also give everyone a copy of the Community Alliance.

Volunteers are needed for one- or two-hour shifts. To volunteer for this opportunity to educate the public, call Joan Poss at 227-6134 or Bev Fitzpatrick at 355-9717.


Fresno Rising celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 by performing a flash mob at George Brown’s Fitness Club. While dancing to “Break the Chain” by Tena Clark, members of Fresno Rising handed out flyers with the UN statistic that one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.The group is part of One Billion Rising and focuses on raising awareness about gender violence while dancing, healing, and rising for justice in the world. For more information please visit facebook.com/FresnoRising.


Start gathering your items to contribute to the WILPF yard sale, at Patty Bennett’s house on Harvard Avenue May 17 starting at 7 a.m. Literally thousands of people show up to shop at the annual Harvard yard sale. This is a great opportunity for all of us to clear out our unwanted belongings and make a significant amount of money to support our branch’s projects.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, May 16, to organize the goods and set up for the sale and also to take shifts at the sale itself on Saturday. Call Patty at 225-9511.


Mark your calendars now! As you can see by the list of presenters, this event will be amazing, giving tools and facts one may use to help protect our beautiful Mother Earth. See you outside the Forum Hall of the Social Science Building at Fresno City College!

H2O #2

Water Conference
The Central Valley Water Consortium
Fresno City College
Saturday, May 10, 2014


8-8:30: Table set up
8:30- 9: Preliminary Events: Music on the Plaza, tabling, coffee & pastries, sign-in registration.
9:-9:15: Opening Ceremony led by indigenous people
9:15-9:20: Enter the hall and come to order
9:20-9:25: Welcoming remarks and introductions
9:25-10:15: Keynote Address: Dr. Jeffrey Michael and Q&A as time allows.
10:15-11:15: First Panel: 15 minutes each followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

  1. Lloyd Carter (water activist) “The Other ‘D’ Word”
  2. Bill Jennings (North Coast Fisherman’s Association)
  3. Barbara Barrigan-Parilla (Restore the Delta)

11:15.-12:15: Second Panel: 15 minutes each followed by 15 minutes of Q&A

  1. Adam Scow (Food & Water Watch) on Fracking & Water
  2. Caleen Sisk (Wintu Tribe) short video and remarks
  3. Chris Acree (Restore the San Joaquin) The Temperance Flat Dam

12:15-1 p.m.: Brown Bag Lunch Break: tabling

1p.m.-1:45 p.m.: First Session of Workshops

  1. Fresno Water Dept.: Conservation
  2. Dr. Jeffrey Michael (economist, University of the Pacific, Stockton)
  3. Walt Shubin: “Old Man River”
  4. Tom Mattot (The Sustainable Life)
  5. Mark Grossi (journalist, The Fresno Bee)*
  6. Dan Bacher (journalist) On Money in Politics
  7. The Green Action: Bradley Angel
  8. Dr. John Suen (hydrologist, retired professor, CSUF)*

1:45 p.m.-2 p.m.: Break
2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: Second Session of Workshops:

  1. Tom Mattot (The Sustainable Life)
  2. Bob Wright (Friends of the River)*
  3. Dan Bacher (journalist) On Money in Politics
  4. Lois Henry (journalist, The Bakersfield Californian)*
  5. The Green Action: Bradley Angel
  6. The Community Water Center of Visalia

2:45 p.m.-3 p.m. Wrap Up: Filming of Activist Pledges, Closing Ceremony

As this goes to press, presenters with * after the name are not yet confirmed.

CINECULTURE MAY 2: Free Angela & All the Political Prisoners (2012) 

Discussant: Dr. Angela Davis

This film in the CineCulture series will be screened at 5 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. Following the film will be a presentation by Dr. Davis, “A Conversation with Angela Davis: Politics, Prisons, & the Modern Struggle for Equality,” and Q&A by Dr. Davis.

Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. It’s an edge-of-your seat thriller told for the first time by Angela and others who lived through the events firsthand. The interviews recount the politics that led her to challenge authority and spur a worldwide movement for her freedom that cemented Angela Davis as an iconic symbol of this political and social movement. A candid and powerful account of the tumultuous times and a woman who challenges a society that is afraid of all that she represents. Filled with elements of intrigue, suspense and conspiracies, the film delivers by empowering and inspiring diverse international audiences with its message of hope and redemption. 102 minutes

Co-Sponsors: Beth Ann Harnish Lecture Series, College of Arts & Humanities, The Ethics Center, & Prentice Womack Fund


  • Mike Rhodes

    Mike Rhodes is the executive director of the Community Alliance, was the editor of this newspaper from 1998 to 2014 and the author of several books. Contact him at mikerhodes@fresnoalliance.com.

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