WILPF interns Janette Miguel (left) and Elizabeth Moreno (right) staffing the WILPF table at the Bill McKibben event on Sept. 14.

WILPF – October 2013

WILPF BUSINESS MEETING

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

WOMEN IN BLACK

October 2, first Wednesday of each month at noon at 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.

STIR IT UP – WILPF – ON KFCF 88.1 FM (LISTENER-SUPPORTED FREE SPEECH RADIO FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA)

October 23 3PM (4th Wednesday of each month) Jean Hays does outstanding interviews on subjects involving WILPF interests and activities. Tune in!

RAGING GRANNIES

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

WILPF interns Janette Miguel (left) and Elizabeth Moreno (right) staffing the WILPF table at the Bill McKibben event on Sept. 14.
WILPF interns Janette Miguel (left) and Elizabeth Moreno (right) staffing the WILPF table at the Bill McKibben event on Sept. 14.

ECOVILLAGE

The first Art Dyson designed Eco Shelter is nearing completion. Come by and see.

2231 W Dakota. Call Nancy 224 1738 first to be sure someone will be there. Mornings we are almost always there working. Two otherwise homeless people are living there and helping with construction and with the garden: Brad and Jerry (Geraldo to distinguish him from Gerry Bill, our construction supervisor). The homeless advocates group is meeting in the living room Thurs. evenings and the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba and Cuba Solidarity Committee Report-back was held there on Sept 22. We are really seeing progress now.

PEACE COMMUNITY CRAFTS FAIRE —- needs you!

DECEMBER 14, the second Saturday in December, at the Big Red First Congregational Church on Van Ness Blvd at Weldon, 10am-4pm. Call Nancy Waidtlow 224 1738 with any questions and to sign up to help. And think about donating for our silent auction and raffle, or garden table, or for the soup and dessert table. And please: Volunteer!

NEW OFFICERS

Fresno WILPF chose new officers at the September meeting. Steering Committee will be Patty Bennett, Mary Perich and Elaine Rucker. Secretary will be Kit Williams, replacing the excellent Ann Carruthers, and Treasurer, working initially with Meta Schettler who has our deepest gratitude for doing this job for many years, will be Jay Hubbel.

NEW INTERNS

The new interns have already started the WILPF year. They are Elizabeth Moreno and Janette Miguel and we are very glad to have them.

NEW MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PLAN

Fresno WILPF voted to have membership renewal take place in December, with those present at the Craft Faire renewing their memberships in person there. You may also send your renewal to Nora Dewitt, our Membership Chair: 3862 N. Wilson Ave, Fresno CA 93704 (noradewitt@gmail.com)

WILPF COMMITTEES

Building Beloved Community

Homeless – Bev Fitzpatrick and Lynn Graham

Dakota EcoGarden – Nancy Waidtlow

Women in Black – Joan Poss

Middle East – Maureen Walsh

Cuba Solidarity – Leni V Reeves

Earth Democracy – Jean Hays and Joan Poss

Corporations vs. Democracy – Kit Williams (formerly Georgia)

Raging Grannies – Ellie Bluestein

Disarm and End the War – Bev Fitzpatrick

Advancing Human Rights – Teresa Castillo

(All contact info is in the WILPF Membership Directory. If you don’t have a directory, get in touch with Nora, or better still, come to the Craft Faire Dec 14.)

There must be an issue that moves you. Life is better when we are doing something to help rather than just being bystanders; our sense of the power of community grows and we feel that a better world is possible. Get in touch, please, and you’ll be glad you did.

INTERMOUNTAIN NURSERY’S 21ST ANNUAL HARVEST ARTS AND PEACE FESTIVAL

Saturday October 12, 10 am to 5 pm , and Sunday October 13 from 10 am to 4 pm. 30443 Auberry Rd., 1 mile north of Prather. (30 minutes north of Clovis on Highway 168)

Music, art, plants, crafts, food, fun, and information. How could you resist? The best way to have a good time is to help out at the WILPF table. Contact Joan at 227-6134 or ilsasso2003@live.com

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE DEMONSTRATION OCTOBER 9

WILPF stands in solidarity with 18 other environmental justice organizations, including Greenaction, as they unite to demand that Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control get out of bed with polluters. They demand that people, not polluters be protected and that no permits to expand the Chemical Waste Management hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman City be issued due to, among other things, chronic violations by the company.

The action will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9 at noon at the Cal EPA/DTSC offices, 10th and I Streets, Sacramento. From there demonstrators will march to the Governor’s residence. For more information contact Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice at 559-583-0800 or  greenaction@greenaction.org for more information.
——-  Earth Democracy Issues Group of WILPF Fresno.

JAPA

Jane Addams Peace Association Book awards have been made and the books look great. You may see them at http://janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/. Each year Fresno WILPF donates a set of the books to Fresno County Library, Downtown Branch.

  • 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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