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The monthly WILPF e-News is edited by Theta Pavis and prepared by Rachel Crosby and Sandy Fay. It is created with the help of many WILPF members, including Carol Urner, Program Chair. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis at "newsletter (at) wilpf.org."
December e-News: Raising Our Voice for Peace
As the year draws to a close, WILPF is gearing up to join thousands who will protest the ongoing troop buildup in Afghanistan. We also have on-the-ground reports from the SOA protest, updates on the World Peace March and the situation for women in Honduras, and a great deal on one of the best gifts you can give: Peace Education.
From WILPF's Iraq/Iran/Afghanistan Issue Committee
By Odile Hugonot Haber
In November, I and a group of other WILPF members joined some 17,000 activists for the SOA Watch vigil at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. If you believe in changing U.S. foreign policy, this is probably the biggest protest that exists right now in the U.S. This year's protest also marked the 20th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador by the U.S.-backed Salvadoran military, many of whom trained at the School of the Americas. There were at least eight WILPF members at the protest, and two American WILPF members living in Costa Rica presenting the film: Beyond Rangoon on behalf of WILPF, so our name was on the official program. Read the full report here.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is launching a search to replace the Director of Operations. Our Director Stacey Ferguson-Mruk is leaving her position effective January 15, 2010. We thank her for her contributions and wish her the very best as she pursues a more activist path. The Director of Operations reports directly to the National WILPF Board, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization's infrastructure, which supports the activism of WILPF members and branches. Job requirements include financial and computer skills with data collection and the maintenance of spreadsheets, as well as a commitment to progressive politics and WILPF's mission and vision statements. For more information, read the full announcement.
By the time you read this, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence will have already passed
through Hiroshima, the Korean Demilitarized zone, the border of Pakistan and India, Israel and Palestine, the Balkan countries and parts of the U.S. This unique, worldwide march - the first of its kind - aims to involve more than 1 million people and visit more than 100 countries. Endorsed by WILPF, the march left New Zealand on October 2nd - the International Day of Nonviolence. At the end of November, the international team of 25 marchers had reached North America. Along the way, they've been met by thousands of supporters, especially young people, who created the world's largest peace sign in the Philippines (with 12,000 children!), a mile-long "Peace Wall" in Chile, and a huge peace flag in Italy. Pictures of these gatherings are not to be missed - they're positive, uplifting, beautiful - and show that another world is indeed possible.
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