States of America
of the Nation: Women's views and actions
Cindy Sheehan: one mother's
war on Iraq and the costs
" War affects
everyone, not just those directly involved in the fighting. This webpage
is a simple attempt to demonstrate one of the more quantifiable effects
of war: the financial burden it places on our tax dollars." Look
at this site to see what the war on Iraq is costing Americans now --
in terms of dollars and what we could have instead...
information on the war on Iraq: http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/
Reflections of a Gold Star Mom on Mother's Day 2006:
by Nadia McCaffrey, mother of Army Sgt. Patrick R. McCaffrey, Sr.,
killed June 22nd, 2004 in Balad, Iraq
Army of None
If counter-recruiters succeed and enlistees flee, a draft could be
by Sarah Ferguson, November 17th, 2005, Village Voice
..."From San Francisco, where voters just passed a measure aimed
at kicking recruiters out of public schools and off college campuses,
to East Harlem, where about 75 people gathered on Monday to protest
the opening of a new recruiting office on East 103rd Street, recruiters
are finding themselves in the crosshairs of the anti-war movement.
Buoyed by falling enlistment rates, peace activists of all stripes
now see draining the supply of new soldiers as a more hands on way
to stop the war in Iraq..."
Levees, Not War
Liza Featherstone comments on the weekend of actions in Washington,
DC, for US withdrawal from Iraq
The Nation website, 25 September 2005:
"... Luckily, huge numbers of Americans--at least 100,000, maybe
more--did seize that opportunity, traveling to the nation's capital
from places as divergent as Louisville, Kentucky, and Orange County,
California. Marchers included many more African-Americans than a typical
DC antiwar march, as well as more people in their 30s and 40s with
children. Despite the event's lack of support by any major Democratic
party leaders, clean-cut suburban liberals still proudly affiliated
with the Kerry and Dean campaigns were also well-represented..."
Social Forum, 23 July 2004, WLOE
Wide Open exhibition is a multimedia journey through the
words, images, and sounds of the Iraq war.
of boots represents an American soldier killed in Iraq. The hundreds
of pairs of shoes at one side of the exhibit represent the unknown
thousands of Iraqis who have died as a result of the war.
Counting the human cost of war
see the latest estimates of Iraqi war victims at:http://www.iraqbodycount.net
gallery of American soldiers killed in Iraq:
The "Not Just Names" Project
with Colonel Janis Karpinski, 26 October 2005, on Democracy Now.
Karpinski, former Head of Abu Ghraib, admits she broke the Geneva Conventions
but says the blame "goes all the way to the top.” She has just published
a book about her experience: "One Woman's Army: The Commanding
General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story."
The World Court of Women on US War Crimes
The Asian Women’s
Human Right Council and El Taller International in partnership with
several regional and international organisations held the World Court
of Women on US War Crimes on January 18, 2004 during the World Social
Forum in Mumbai, India. The Court that drew the support of more than
140 organisations and networks from all over the world, was the nineteenth
in the series of Courts of Women being held since 1993 in different
regions - Asia, Africa, the Arab world, Pacific, Central America and
the Mediterranean. As Corinne Kumar, the International Coordinator said
in the opening session when sharing the vision that informs the Court
“The Courts of Women are an unfolding of a space, an imaginary: a horizon
that invites us to think, to feel, to challenge to connect, to dance,
to dream. It is an attempt to define a new space for women, and to infuse
this space with a new vision, a new politics. It is a gathering of voices
and visions of the global south, locating itself in a discourse of dissent:
it is in itself a dislocating practice, challenging the new world order
of globalisation, crossing lines, breaking new ground: listening to
the voices and movements in the margins”
full report here.
Women taking action for peace
LETTER TO LGBTST COMMUNITIES OPPOSING WAR (first
released: 1/27/03, current endorsers thru 2/25/05)
"As Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, and Transgender (LGBTST)
organizations and individuals of conscience in the U.S., we stand in
opposition to the strategies, policies and practices of the U.S. government's
"War on Terrorism". While the U.S. government prepares for an escalated,
public and pre-emptive war against Iraq -- and declares the doctrine
of pre-emptive military strikes central to the national security strategy
of the U.S. -- we call on LGBTST communities to join with other peace-seeking
communities in opposing war, and struggling for peace with justice.
As residents in this country, we recognize our special responsibility
to speak and act out against unjust and immoral U.S. government action
(both within and outside the borders of this country)...
From the Audre
A Proud History
of Women Advocating for Peace
by Sarah V. Safstrom, Communications Intern
From the National
Organization for Women, Spring 2003
have a long history of taking a stand against militarism and the culture
of violence. Many women have spoken up and influenced the war machine
by founding organizations that encourage peaceful demonstrations and
pacifist philosophies. While the legacy of women's peace movements over
the last century is inspiring, it is not well known or well documented.
The NOW Times presents here a piece of that history..."
Amy Swerdlow on the Peace Movement: Reader's
Companion to U.S. Women's History
both as concerned citizens and as "the mother half of humanity," U.S.
women have played a central role in movements against militarism and
for peace since the early nineteenth century. Confined almost entirely
to the role of foreign policy outsiders, women nevertheless have petitioned,
lobbied, demonstrated, and participated in individual and collective
acts of nonviolent civil disobedience to oppose this country's wars
and military interventions..."
peace organizations (national)
WILPF: The Women's
International League for Peace and Freedom
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915
during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works
to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for
women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence,
and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions
which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all. WILPF works to
create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological
freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can
be enjoyed by all..."
See the organization's website for extensive resources on women and
peace and justice issues, in the USA and internationally.
began in the
United States in 2002 as a women's effort to stop the war in Iraq.
The women held an on-going vigil in front of the White House in
Washington, DC from November 2002 through March 8, 2003, International
Women's Day. The call of CodePink begins below: find out more
information on their groups around the country and their actions
at the CodePink
on women around the world to rise up and oppose the war in Iraq.
We call on mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, on workers,
students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets,
and every ordinary outraged woman willing to be outrageous for
peace. Women have been the guardians of life-not because we are
better or purer or more innately nurturing than men, but because
the men have busied themselves making war. Because of our responsibility
to the next generation, because of our own love for our families
and communities and this country that we are a part of, we understand
the love of a mother in Iraq for her children, and the driving
desire of that child for life..."
Feminist Peace Network is dedicated to building an enduring peace,
with the ending of violence towards women and children as a first
priority. This group is dedicated to the urgent need to immediately
work towards providing shelter, food, education, and a safe environment
for women and children in all parts of the world, as well as creating
economic conditions to ensure these rights in the future. A strong
bias towards matriarchal thinking is assumed. F.P.N. is a global
network, open to pacifists and feminists of all denominations,
nationalities, and persuasions willing to share ideas and work
together across borders and cultures to achieve these goals. At
the present time, the group is open to women only."
Find links to other
women's peace groups at:
Some reports on the Republican
National Convention, NYC, 28 August - 2 September
IS UNDER ATTACK - LET'S TAKE IT BACK"
Cynthia McKinney, Harlem, NYC - July 31, 2003
“I can't be calm when I drive through sections of Atlanta that look
more like Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo than America. I cannot
be calm. Dialogue must be followed by swift and deliberate action to
root out racism at its very core. From a California gas station to a
Mississippi Lockheed plant; from Cincinnati, Ohio to Benton Harbor,
Michigan; to New York City, New York. And in Belle Glade, Florida where
a young black man was found hanging from a tree, with his hands tied
behind his back and the authorities call it suicide. In the 21st Century,
America's trees still bear Strange Fruit.
How much injustice can any community absorb before an eruption of extraordinary
proportions occurs? …
To this day that I know of no one in any decision-making position in
the whole of this Administration has accepted responsibility for failing
the American people. Instead, from this Administration we have obstruction,
obfuscation, dissembling, and deception.”
September 2001/USA: Tragedy, Terrorism -- but War?
Call for Peace: Diverse
Women for Diversity
a crime against humanity and those responsible must be found and held
accountable under the rules of international law. It is imperative for
all of us to put our voices behind peace and justice and to stop the
untoward rush of the U. S. government to armies and weapons...
We have watched
economic globalization destroy third world economies and privatize in
the hands of first world corporations the resources, environment and
labor of the countries of the global south. Increasing polarization,
inequality, injustice and suppression of democracy is the ground from
which terrorism and extremism grow. The only response to terrorism is
justice and democracy and the empowerment of people...
Time to Grieve
"Cape Cod Times", Massachusetts, USA, 21 September 2001
swings between anger and anxiety, sorrow and depression. I grieve for
the victims and for my country, poised to engage yet again in the cycle
of retaliation rather than justice. As a widow I was counseled not to
make far-reaching decisions too soon. I grieve that our leaders have
reflexively trumpeted war, with no attempt to initiate a national dialogue
or even allow us time to mourn. Who benefits?"
Students Mourn, Move Together: September
than 100 different campuses were expected to participate in the Sept.
20 National Day of Action for Peaceful Justice. This action began at
Wesleyan University when a group of students got together to respond
to the danger of war. They reached out to friends and relatives at schools
across the country. More than 100 schools - colleges, universities and
high schools - signed on to have some form of activity on Thursday,
A PROGRESSIVE RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS
SUSSKIND, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR , MADRE
the United States, people are feeling shock, grief and anger after the
September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC. But even as we
struggle with these emotions, we must continue to think critically,
to move beyond the buzzwords of the mainstream media and to work with
others in our communities to formulate progressive responses to the
In the thousands
of corporate media reports that have aired since the first explosion
hit, a most fundamental question has been largely ignored: Why would
people want to wage this attack against the United States? The question
goes unasked by mass media because it suggests that there might be reasons
for the rage and resentment that must have fueled these acts. Reasons
do not imply justification, but in the US, even posing the question
Instead, we have
been bombarded with buzzwords and ideological nonsense. President Bush
informed us that we are under attack "because we love freedom and
prosperity." In all likelihood, we are under attack because US
policies have denied freedom and prosperity (and even subsistence) to
millions of people around the world..."
to women and peace