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Seven branches of Wilpf from around California met in San Jose on September 19 to share our experiences and plans for future actions.  We were delighted to meet Lamia Sadek, Wilpf's new managing director, whose experience was a stand out from a large group of applicants.  

 The photo is of the members at the cluster who have been Wilpf members the longest,

Millie Livingstone on the left who is our Wilpfus treasurer, our own Joyce Vandevere, a fifty year member, Barbi Ulmer and Ellen Schwartz.

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This year marked the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945.  Our 11th annual ceremony honored those who died and those who suffered the long term nightmare of radiation sickness.  We reaffirmed our commitment to a nuclear weapons free world and to alternative, safer forms of energy so that such tragedies are not repeated.

   We drew pictures and messages on paper bags, inserted candles, and attached them to rafts drawn by kayaks.  A short program included comments and poetry and was followed by Japanese shakuhachi flute music as darkness fell and our lanterns floated on the bay.


Everyone is welcome at this free event at Lovers' Point Cove at the foot of Forest Avenue.  It can be viewed from Ocean View Blvd and terraces above the cove.  Information: 372 5762 or


Sponsors:  Wilpf Monterey County, Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting (Quakers)



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It is WILPF's 100th Anniversary year!

Our meeting time is the third Saturday from 10am to 12pm at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center,  1364 Fremont, Seaside, CA.  Come join us and help plan peace actions and activities.  Support the peace community!


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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.


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July 9, 2015

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Some of Our Marchers on July 4

Judy and Stefani carried our message!


Sat Jul 04, 2015

Fourth of July Parade in Monterey

10 am
Downtown Monterey

WILPF touted our 100 year history working for peace!

Last year we could say we had worked 99 years for the

99%.  We're still working for the 99%, but this year we are 100

years strong!  We received many claps and cheers as we

marched in downtown Monterey.  The large crowd definitely

made our appearance worth it.


May 5, 2015

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WILPF members joined the Global Wave 2015

Governments will meet at the United Nations over four weeks in April-May 2015 for the five-yearly review of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Civil society is calling on governments to end the threat of nuclear weapons by negotiating for their complete prohibition and elimination - a requirement of the NPT.

The Global Wave will involve a simple public action in cities around the world in a timed fashion over 24 hours just before the 2015 NPT Review Conference in New York. Starting at a major peace rally in New York on April 26, and then proceeding westward through each time zone every hour, humanity will ‘Wave Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons’ through symbolic Wave events.

Global Wave 2015 is part of Peace and Planet: Mobilisation for a Nuclear Free, Just and Sustainable World.


Sat Jan 16, 2016

Monthly Meeting

10 am
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955


Our meeting time is now the third Saturday of the month at 10 am.

All are welcome.


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February 25, 2015

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100 years of  Peacemaking from a Woman's Perspective

  • OUR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION was on APRIL 22-25, 2015, at THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS -- Members met to affirm a MANIFESTO shaping the next 100 years of our organization
  • April 27-29  PEACE WOMEN (and like-minded men) joined 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


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