Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Are you creating a peace camp?

The following is a message from Lynn Furray, an active at-large member of WILPF in Houston.
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Houston is getting ready for its 7th Peace Camp July 17-21. We know there are other Peace Camps out there and we'd like to get some dialogue and sharing going about childhood education and peace camps. I feel this is a neglected part of our goals.

This year we are having a psychologists, who loves working with children, make a presentation (to the campers) about conflict resolution. We're hoping to pick up on her program using role playing during the week. We have done role playing but not so well planned, What are you doing????

When we began we hoped that others would follow with their own peace camps---but it doesn't seem to be happening in Houston.

For anyone who wants to talk about this, please contact Lynn Furay, lfuray33@sbcglobal.net.

Action Alert: Oppose HR4681 Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act

WILPF believes in the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support the peaceful existence of both Israel and Palestine and work to support our sister sections in those countries. We applaud our sisters in Palestine for participating in a democratic election process.

We acknowledge the difficulty some might have in accepting the Hamas victory in the elections; however, we believe it is necessary and right to continue diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority. The United States government should continue its humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people and should stop promoting diplomatic, financial, and humanitarian isolation of the Palestinian people. While we do not agree with the official Hamas party platform, we believe Hamas politicians are willing to work towards peace with their neighbors. Isolating the Palestinians because of their electoral decisions will hasten the collapse of their shaky economy and increase their desperation.

WCUSP URGES WILPF MEMBERS TO TAKE ACTION: Full and Open Debate Needed on Anti-Palestinian Legislation

April 24, 2006

TAKE ACTION: Call or fax Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and urge him to allow a full and open debate on HR4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006.

Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Phone: 202-225-0600
Fax: 202-226-1996

SAMPLE FAX
Dear Speaker Hastert,

As a member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), I urge you to allow a full and open debate on HR4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006.

I implore you in the strongest possible terms not to recognize any Representative to offer a motion to suspend the rules on this resolution. HR4681 would impose draconian economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Palestinian people for voting; therefore, full and open debate is needed.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Sincerely,
Your Name
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The entire action alert with background information can be found here.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Operation DIVINE Strake

Just to share plans of the Department of Energy (which is responsible for our nuclear weapons program) to explode a simulated nuclear weapon bunker buster at the Nevada test site on June 2. Go to http://www.nukestrat.com/us/stratcom/gs-divinestrake.htm of Federation of American Scientists website for details.

The test is called, of all things, DIVINE STRAKE (strake is the nose cone of an airplane, a ship or an ICBM) though Diabolical strake would probably be a better name. The test could be interpreted as another demonstration of what the U.S. is getting ready to do in Iran to put pressure on the leaders of that country to give up on developing nuclear power -- perhaps by scaring their people half to death at the prospect of nuclear attack. (Not that WILPF approves of nuclear power --we think it is dangerous for many reasons -- but even worse is to threaten nuclear attack against another country, and certainly against a non-nuclear power that is not an imminent threat. The World Court has already ruled (1996) that use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is illegal under both international treaties and international customary law.

We in the Nuclear Weapons Abolition movement thought Congress had stopped research on the nuclear bunker buster -- but research continues. (Actually the U.S. already has a variety of nuclear tipped bunker busters available, but wanted to fine tune the stock.) The western Shoshone are trying to stop the test as an environmental disaster (it's on their land, after all). They've recently received support from the UN in their case against U.S. government breaking of treaties with them. The Advancing Human Rights/CEDAW and DISARM committees hope to issue a joint WILPF statement on the Shoshone and Divine Strake.

There will be demonstrations in Nevada, and the WILPF/Global Network sponsored demonstration at Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 20 will also call attention to the test and its dangers and significance.

in peace, Carol Urner
WILPF DISARM Issue Committee