Fall harvest, WLOE Bonn, Germany

 



Women Surround the Pentagon, Worldwide:  from November 15, 2016

 
On November 15, 2016, the 1980 Women's Pentagon Action will be remembered -- with themes and information brought up to date -- during a day of videos and statements from women for peace around the world. Available then on online.

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WLOE e-newsletter, September-October 2016

Autumnal eNews: September 22, 2016

Today is the autumnal equinox, marking the beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere. There is new energy in the air, and for our work too.

Back on this natural holiday in 2003 we founded our German organization: Women & Life on Earth e.V., women in international cooperation for peace, ecology and social justice, and were active there through late 2012. Since then a small team of volunteers in Germany and the US has continued as the WLOE Internet Project.

Leaving Germany, we promised our members to continue the project from the US, where it was first established in August 1999, and to involve and pass the work on to younger, tech-savvy women, and women of color and with language skills beyond English. This is still our goal. (But we must fund it too.)

With this newsletter, we announce our program for the fall season, hoping for your interest – and support.

We find ourselves at a crucial period in the US. The long election process showed desire for fundamental change that (major) candidates can't offer. Meanwhile a new movement for racial justice counters the reality of a police state faced by many.

This means work ahead for real democracy, and on the eco front, a demand for environmental justice along with action for the climate, including opposition to fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure.

Women lead many of these struggles, and we are all affected by the climate crisis and unending wars that have squandered resources and lives needed to transition to a more sustainable, healthy and fair society and world. Yet huge military budgets increase, arms sales too, along with the number of victims and displaced people, the hungry and homeless. Security at home and abroad are ever more fragile.

Who benefits from war, climate change denial, racist attacks? In an increasingly – and stunningly – unequal world, we know. There are plenty of facts.

Over the years, we have researched and reported on problems and solutions, on women in action with their communities, with an independent but international focus.

This fall we are supporting one international action, and organizing another.

They reflect our interests and experience, and with help from friends and supporters – perhaps you! – we hope to reach many others and contribute to the change that must come. 

An international steering committee is organizing this international tribunal in the Netherlands. We want to help make its important work known.

Why put the chemical giant Monsanto on trial?
“For an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming.”

There has been worldwide opposition to Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and related toxic herbicide Glyphosate (RoundUp). More attention may be paid now that the giant German pharma company Bayer wants to buy it (for $66 billion, regulatory approval pending). There is much opposition to this merger.

Many facts will come out during the Tribunal, (see program) which will take place in The Hague October 14-16 (World Food Day), as well as at the related People’s Assembly where “visitors from all over the world will discuss strategies to counter the problems caused by industrial agriculture.”

We will support these efforts by sharing and publicizing information from the Tribunal and Assembly. WLOE’s past work with the GMO-Free Regions and Planet Diversity conferences gives us a good basis for this  project.

The Women's Pentagon Action 2016


symbol of the first WPA,
by Bonnie Acker

Our second project will take place on November 15, 2016:

The Women’s Pentagon Action 2016: Women Surround the Pentagon Worldwide
will mark the 36th anniversary of the 1980 Women’s Pentagon Action. On that historic weekend of workshops and nonviolent action in Washington, DC, 2,000 women surrounded the Pentagon demanding peace, justice and conversion.

This year's internet action will 'surround' and speak to the Pentagon with statements and video messages from women activists around the world. Their voices and actions should give hope and urgent guidance in a critical time.
The women's urgent messages and demands will be aired during a day-long program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and made available worldwide through posting on you tube and more.

How can you help? Spread the word, 'like' our new FaceBook page, and donate through the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice pay pal account.

Yours for a season of action, with vision,

Anna Gyorgy, for the WLOE Internet Project