WILPF – October 2014

WILPF – October 2014
The box truck of aid driven through Mexico to the Tampico docks for shipment to Cuba. Photo by Leni Reeves


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


Oct. 1, the 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)

Oct. 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.


Oct. 11, 2014, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Unitarian Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. (between Willow and Chestnut). WILPF is a cosponsor of this symposium. Climate change, environmental degradation, gross economic inequality and social injustice are taking an ever-increasing toll on our world. Please join in this important symposium, which connects indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to bring about an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on earth. For more information, go to www.pachamama.org or contact Ellen Bush at milandra@comcast.net.


(Nominating Committee: Joan Poss, Ellie Bluestein, Ann Carruthers)

The Executive Committee will consist of the following officers:

Chairs will prepare agenda and conduct meetings: Patty Bennett, Elaine Rucker (Members will decide how many chairs)

Secretary will prepare minutes and handle correspondence: Mary Perich

Treasurer will collect dues, disperse monies, prepare budget with the help of a budget committee: Jay Hubbell

Membership Chairs will maintain an up-to-date membership list and work with the listserv operator: Nora DeWitt and Kit Williams

Legislative Chairs will maintain contact with city, state, local, national legislators and officials through letters, visits and calls, and alert members to vital issues, working with committees: Jean Hays and Betty Sempadian

Publicity Chairs will make sure our events are publicized, as well as other events and happenings that are of importance to the branch: Ann Carruthers and Sandra Rios

Contact Person will maintain contact for the branch with national and international WILPF offices, sections and happenings: Kit Williams

Issues committee chairs are appointed by the Executive Committee:

  • Advancing Human Rights
  • Building the Beloved Community
  • Homeless Advocacy
  • Immigration
  • Corporations vs. Democracy/Move to Amend
  • Cuba Solidarity
  • Disarmament/Peace
  • Earth Democracy
  • Middle East

In addition, WILPF Fresno supports and is involved in the following events/activities:

  • Women in Black
  • WILPF Interns
  • WILPF Centennial
  • Local and National/International Women’s Day
  • Craft Peace Fair
  • Tax Day
  • Jane Addams Peace Association Books
  • Raging Grannies
  • Archivist
  • Stir It Up WILPF on KFCF Radio 88.1
  • WILPF newsletter in Community Alliance

Fresno Branch Principles and Policies

  • The Chairs will appoint a nominating committee at the July meeting to select candidates for the election of officers to take place at the August retreat. New officers will take over at the September meeting.
  • Dues start Dec. 1 for the following year, payable at the Peace Craft Fair or by mail.
  • Request for funds must be made a month in advance for approval and will be voted on at a membership meeting.
  • Only paid-up voters may take part in elections.
  • Monthly meetings are membership meetings. Guests are welcome. Executive Committee meetings may be scheduled as needed.


By Dixie Salazar; just published by Black Opal Books. This young adult fantasy novel deals with immigration issues and conflict resolution with Hmong-American and Mexican-American girls as the book’s heroines. The familiar setting of Fresno and the ambitious attempt to combine a discussion of immigration rights, the suffering of families who are divided by deportation, and traditional cultural beliefs and myths of both the Hmong and Chicano heritages in a swirling fantasy will interest WILPF readers.

The box truck of aid driven through Mexico to the Tampico docks for shipment to Cuba. Photo by Leni Reeves
The box truck of aid driven through Mexico to the Tampico docks for shipment to Cuba. Photo by Leni Reeves


Fresno Center for Nonviolence and Fresno WILPF combine to sponsor local participation in the IFCO Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba. Leni V. Reeves, chair of our Cuba Solidarity Committee, coordinated the Caravan route that went from Pocatello, Idaho, to McAllen, Texas, and drove a box-truck of aid through Mexico to the Tampico docks, for shipment to Cuba. A few Caravan experiences are in a separate article in this issue. For more information, check out www.ifconews.org/.

For more information, contact Leni Villagomez Reeves at 559 855-4511 or 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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