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APRIL 17, 1915 ON OUR WAY TO THE HAGUE

Yesterday, 45 of us set sail from New York City on the Dutch steamship, the SS Noordam.  We are most anxious to reach the Hague to meet with other peace women and suffragettes even though we may be risking our lives crossing the Atlantic during this war.  In January, we formed the Women's Peace Party in the United States and advocated for "continuous mediation": nonstop talks until the war ends.  We are shocked at the terrible bloodshed that has been going on for months, 6,000 dead each day!! with Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) fighting against Great Britain, France, Belgium, and Russia.  All kinds of new weapons have brought this devastation

   Yes, while some think politics is men's business, the nurturing instincts of women make us especially fit to lead the peace movement.  My motto from early days has always been to do what you are afraid to do.  I will keep you posted.

Jane Addams

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WILPF MONTHLY MEETING

We're celebrating WILPF's 100th Anniversary.

We generally meet every month on the third Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm at Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont, Seaside, CA.

However, this month we are meeting on the 4th Saturday, April 25 to tie in with the WILPF International celebration. 

See our events page for more details.

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Thanks everyone for coming to celebrate with us!

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom is 100
WILPF Monterey County is 50
Founding Member Joyce Vandevere turned 88

Despite a PG&E gas line break that closed Highway 1 and turned the location, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, into a temporary command center, everyone made it through to have a great time enjoying music by Phillip Crawford on jazz piano and the wonderful voices of Rhythm & Rouge.

A brief video on the dramatic founding and early history of WILPF was shown.

A Certificate of Recognition from the State of California
Senate was also presented to our Monterey County branch "on the occation of the 50-th Anniversary of WILPF and with great appreciation for WILPF's role in advancing the cause of peace and freedom through local actions and in concert with its international movement."

The Certificate of Recognition to Joyce Vandevere on her
88th birthday read: " on the occasion of your birthday and with great appreciation of your lifelong dedication to the cause of peace, justice and freedom at home and abroad. Your leadership, commitment, and unwavering spirit have inspired many as you have made a difference, step by step, meeting by meeting, picket line by picket line, and song by song."

Joyce spoke in honor of the core nonagenarian founders and welcomed new members to the group, before the award was presented by Senator Bill Monning.

 

If you have photographs to share, please let us know through our contact form. 

 

WILPF is a membership organization with active sections in 42 countries around the world. Visit WILPF US at www.wilpfus.org

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Sat Apr 25, 2015

WILPF Monterey County Monthly Meeting

11 am - 2 pm
Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd.
Seaside, CA 93955

WILPF Monterey County is meeting from 11 am to 2 pm

We'll have a listening circle to imagine the future of WILPF, its history, with a special appearance by our great fore mother, Jane Addams, who will share some of her life and considerable accomplishments for peace.

Come enjoy potluck with us.

 

New members always welcome!

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WOMEN’S POWER TO STOP WAR

100 years of  Peacemaking from a Woman's Perspective

  • OUR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION APRIL 22-25, 2015, THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS -- Members meet to affirm a MANIFESTO shaping the next 100 years of our organization
  • April 27-29  PEACE WOMEN (and like-minded men) join the International Conference on Peacebuilding of the Century with hundreds from around the world to strategize and strengthen peacemaking

JOIN WILPF and you will become a part of an international community of courageous women activists who believe -

  • conflict and wars cannot be stopped without the experience and expertise of women
  • it is time for women to focus on and use their power to stop war.
  • our weapons are dialogue, knowledge and persistence.
  •  we should insist on women's right to participate in all political fora, from Congress to the peace table.

 

More about the International Congress at women stopwar.org

 

Visit WILPF US at www.wilpfus.org.

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