make and actions to take
Now to Help Lebanese and Palestinian Women and Children
Women and families in Lebanon and Gaza are facing a terrible
crisis. The sudden war has killed hundreds of people in the
In Lebanon, more than half a million people have been forced
to flee their homes because of Israeli ground and air strikes,
now in their fourth week. Tens of thousands of them are crammed
into school buildings in Beirut, waiting out the attacks; most
of them fled without time to bring basic provisions. Our partners
at the Center for Research and Training on Development-Action
(CRTD-A) in Beirut are working around the clock to bring urgent
aid—crucial necessities not provided by government relief
efforts, such as toilet paper, sanitary pads, diapers, rash
cream, and disinfectant—to women and children who have
been displaced by the bombing. The estimated cost of one household
kit is $62.50, and will provide enough supplies for a family
of seven. With your assistance, MADRE can help our partners
reach their goal of providing these crucial health and sanitation
kits to 1,000 women-headed households. (click
on link above for more information and to donate)
Group Calls for Letters Against the War
Grandmothers Against the War has launched The Grandmothers'
Letters Project, inspired by one woman's urge to "write
something to my 10-year-old granddaughter - not to scare her
about the (Iraq) war and the state of the world but to help
her to live positively in the world she must grow up in."
" Our plan is to gather the letters, to publish them in
some form, and to disseminate them widely.Our age and experience
- we've lived through so many wars!--make us well qualified
to pass onto younger generations the helpful lessons we have
learned. We are using letters, not lectures, sermons, or slogans,
to describe our own real experiences.We urge all like-minded
people - you - (regardless of gender) to write a letter that
explores how experiences in your own life have brought you to
oppose the current war and occupation. You can address actual
young people, or imaginary ones, and you are encouraged to send
copies of your letters to friends, relatives, newspapers - to
be disseminated widely, above all to The Grandmothers' Letters
GUIDELINES FOR LETTERS: . 1. Length can range from 200 to 1,000
words. . 2. Addressee can be an actual young person but may
be imagined. . 3. Letters should focus on a real experience,
something the writer has seen or done or not done (or perhaps
wished s/he had done), something s/he wants to pass on as a
valuable action or learning experience.
REGARDING CONTRIBUTIONS: . 1. Letters will be edited solely
for clarity (proofreading) and brevity (under 1,000 words, cutting
repetition). No substantive changes will be made without consulting
the writer. .
2. Contributors must include name and all contact numbers (email,
snail mail, telephone). No anonymous letters will be accepted,
but the writer's name will be withheld if requested.
3. Submitting a letter to the Grandmothers Letters Project constitutes
permission for the Project to publish the letter in any format
- newspapers, email, blog, printed book, sound recording, Website,
or beamed to the stars of our galaxy. This is, of course, a
non-exclusive right, and the main purpose of the project is
that writers disseminate their own letters in every way possible.
4. The Grandmothers'
Letters Project will bear only its own costs of printing, distribution,
website fees involved in distributing the letter and
so on. In the extremely unlikely event that any money beyond
what might cover these costs comes back to the Letters Project
from its efforts to
publish letters, that money will be donated to peace organizations.
who don't want to write a letter can volunteer to help in other
ways: promotion, printing, editing, distribution, etc.The Letters
Project committee EAGERLY awaits your letter.
Do sit down and WRITE NOW!Email your letter (or other offers
of support for the project) to:GAWletters@hotmail.com.
Or send snail mail to:Grandmothers Against the WarLetters Project,
P.O. Box 9476, Berkeley, CA 94709.
To get on
the email list for announcements from Grandmothers Against the
War, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Send Emergency Relief to Women and Children in Darfur
From the human rights organization MADRE:
The UN World Food Program reported on April 28th that it is
cutting food rations to Darfur by 50 percent due to a lack of
We are responding
to the crisis in Darfur by working with our partner, Zenab (a
Sudanese women's organization) in El Sieref and other refugee
camps, where conditions are horrific. Women face a systematic
campaign of gang rape, children fear for their lives, and families
lack even the most basic necessities, like enclosed toilets.
Now they will have even less food.
providing support to deliver food, prevent rapes, help ensure
women’s and children’s security and privacy, and
provide counseling and play therapy to traumatized children.
Please help us to make a difference. (click on title link above)
on the Crisis in Darfur for more backround information.
the UN to stop promoting nuclear power
Sign the Greenpeace petition online to call on United
Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and IAEA Director-General
El Bharadei to stop its promotion of a dirty, dangerous
industry. It should focus its resources exclusively on
its critical mission of disarmament and world peace. You
can also add an optional personal comment opposing nuclear
power and we will deliver these names and comments to
Women and Life on Earth on International Womenís Day 2006:
Itís not enough for women to say: ďThatís enough!Ē
WORLD IS NECESSARY- ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE - ANOTHER WORLD
HAS ALREADY STARTED
An historic declaration coming out of the International Workshop
on Self-Organizing and Common Self-Reliance, Cologne, Germany,
October 20-22, 2005. The work of Grace Lee Boggs, Maria Mies
and others, to spread widely. Here written up in the Michigan
Citizen, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2005.
Express yourself: join in e-mail lobbying on issues from proposed
nominations to global warming.