WILPF US Anniversary Events


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NEW YORK CITY – LOCAL2GLOBAL CSW ADVOCACYUnited Nations Practicum event, March 7-15th. This annual Program brings together young activists from universities across the country together at the UN, together with WILPF branch members.  There they participate at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings, bringing WILPF perspectives into conversations with government and NGO representatives, learning the ropes, and preparing to take UN advocacy strategies and campaigns back to their local branches and communities.   This year 10 women and 1 male student will participate.   For more information: Dixie Hairston, practicum-mail@wilpfus.org.

NEW YORK CITY – 100 YEARS OF WOMEN PEACEMAKERS, March 11th at 5pm-7:30pm at the New York Public Library.   Presentation of the play “Talking With Our Grandmothers”, followed by a speech by Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of International WILPF.  Presentations by other invited guests.  Open to the public and the media. For more information:  Robinlloyd8@gmail.com  802-862-4929.   

Here are TWO great VIDEO REPORTS from the New York City event on March 11th.  Check them out!

                     Short Overview and Invitation to The Hague (3.5 min.):  https://youtu.be/6NiE6F4k3QU

                     The Full Speech (20 min) made by WILPF International Secretary General Madeleine Rees:             https://youtu.be/CoK5c_MOGQg

NEW YORK CITY – BEIJING PEACE TRAIN & BEYOND – WOMEN’S MEMORIES & TESTIMONIALS, March 13th , 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Church Center of the UN – Chapel, 777 1st Avenue at East 44th Street.  Includes speakers and a panel of representatives of the UN Commission on the Status of Women – Session 59.  For more information contact Lois Herman. Mosie@infionline.net.

CHICAGO – “MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN:  100 YEARS OF PEACEMAKING” (working title), March 16th, Hull House in Chicago.  J. Edgar Hoover called Jane Addams “the most dangerous woman in America” because of her forward-thinking work on economic justice and her success in developing the first Settlement House in America, Hull House.  Addams is acknowledged as the founder of the social work career path.   On March 16th at 9am invited guests will be given a tour of the Hull House, followed by speakers, presentations and a luncheon.  Heather Wellman, 904-545-1754.  centennialcoordinator@wilpfus.orgThis event is by invitation only, not open to the public.


BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA BRANCH –   View photos .of this event HERE!
  April 1, 2015 – June 1, 2105. The Bloomington Branch of WILPF will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and the 100th anniversary of WILPF, with a three-month exhibit at the Monroe County History Center. The exhibit will open on April 1, 2015, with a talk about the founder of WILPF, Jane Addams, the first female winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, by an Indiana University history professor.
Two major features of the exhibit will be a life-size cardboard cutout of Jane Addams, and a quilt presented by the Boise Peace Quilters to Kenneth and Elise Boulding, famed internationally as peace activists.   Walls and vitrines will display illustrated histories of WILPF, mementos of the Bloomington Branch (mainly posters, photos and newspaper clippings), and books endorsed by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.   A history of Chicago’s Hull House, founded by Jane Addams, will highlight the Hull House Boys’ Band and its role in the musical education of Benny Goodman.  We also hope to display a Raging Grannies mannequin in the context of typical Raging Grannies lyrics.  Many materials for this kind of display are accessible at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago, the WILPF archives at Swarthmore College, and other internet sources.   For more info:  jimtomi@earthlink.net812-336-6671.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS BRANCH– “BOOK TALK”February 25th at the home of member Joan Ecklein.  Featuring Jane Addams’ biographer Louise Knight, discussing Knight’s book “Jane Addams: Spirit In Action”.  Fundraiser to send candidates to the WILPF International Congress at The Hague in April, 2015.   Contact:  JoanEcklein@comcast.net.

BOULDER, COLORADO BRANCH – “ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WILPF: INTERNATIONAL PAPERS”  Late April, 2015, Norlin Library, University of Colorado at Boulder.  History comes alive in a striking visual format. Boulder WILPF and the University of Colorado Library Norlin Archives present an exhibition featuring WILPF history on the 100th anniversary of WILPF, especially featuring Elise Boulding who lived and taught in Boulder.  WILPF’s International Papers from 1915-present will be featured.  Date TBAFor more information contact Anne Marie Pois at pois@colorado.edu
September, 2015Speaker and event around Jane Addam’s Birthday.  Date, time, location TBA.

CAPE COD BRANCH, Massachusetts.  –  “WILPF STORYTELLING FOR THE 100th ANNIVERSARY”  7pm, Tuesday, April 28th  at the Cape Cod Cultural Arts Center, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA.   508-394-7100.   Stories about how WILPF has changed lives, featuring five former Presidents of WILPF. Emcee is performance poet and storytelling teacher Kristen Knowles.
More info:  Jan Hively 508-957-2620 or Donna Pihl 774-237-0172.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA BRANCHWorkshop “SUSTAINING ACTIVISM: 100 YEARS OF WOMEN WORKING FOR PEACE & JUSTICE” at 9:45am – 1:15pm on Saturday, March 7th at Humboldt State University.   Free and Open to the Public.  Registration is from 5-6 pm on Friday the March 6th and 8:30-9:30 am on Saturday the 7th in the Karshner lounge, University Center, Humboldt State University. Up for discussion: WILPF’s ‘herstory’, some of what we’re doing now, and ways to keep going while dealing with conflicts and challenges  The Branch is also securing an Arcata City Council Proclamation on WILPF’s centennial. They will also distribute flowers and bookmarks with bits of women’s history on Saturday & Sunday March 7th & 8th.  Contact Sue Hilton (suejh@humboldt1.com), or Carilyn Hammer,carilynah@gmail.com.

MINNESOTA METRO BRANCH – Women Creating Art for Peace and Gender Justice – WILPF Arts Committee & 20 Years of Collaboration –  Noon – 8pm,  April 22-29, 2015 Carondelet Center 1890 Randolph, St Paul, MN – This retrospect exhibition documents art making with images, photos, videos, posters, story boards, information handouts, books, costumes, quilts, scripts, paintings, posters, and sandwich boards.  The stories told raise awareness that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” as illuminated the United Nations 1995 Beijing Platform for Action – a document based on the earlier UN Call for Action and other UN documents regarding women & children. The exhibit includes DAILY ARTISTS TALK, performances and speakers – weekdays at 6: PM and Saturday and Sundays at 2 – 4 – and 6: PM.  Multiple video stations will highlight related films.  Click HERE for full schedule and details. Contact:Terri Hawthorne 651-645-4427 or Luella Greene 651-433-3773

SACRAMENTO-SIERRA FOOTHILLS, CALIFORNIA BRANCH – Events scattered through March, 2015 for Women’s History Month.  Contact Darien De Lu at 916-739-0860 or 916-372-2763, or Pennie Taylor at 916-372-2763.      Every Thursday evening in March, 7-8:30pm at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA.  (wheelchair accessible).  Saturday, March 14th Children’s Book Reading at Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn, CA.  More info:  530-887-1775.

    • March 5th – Two short films followed by discussion. “HISTORY REVISITED” and “THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE WORK OF THE NATION”.  7-8:30pm at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA.  (wheelchair accessible).  Contact Darien De Lu at 916-739-0860 or 916-372-2763, or Pennie Taylor at 916-372-2763.


    • March 12thFILM: “FEMME: WOMEN HEALING THE WORLD” Part I.  Women’s approach to resolving crises.  7-8:30pm at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA.  (wheelchair accessible).  Contact Darien De Lu at 916-739-0860 or 916-372-2763, or Pennie Taylor at 916-372-2763.


    • March 19thFILM: “FEMME: WOMEN HEALING THE WORLD” Part II. Women’s approach to resolving crises. 7-8:30pm at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA.  (wheelchair accessible).  Contact Darien De Lu at 916-739-0860 or 916-372-2763, or Pennie Taylor at 916-372-2763.


    • March 26thPerformance/Dance: “THE LIFE AND ART OF THE GREAT ISADORA DUNCAN”.  Ballet Master, founder of Diablo Dance Theater LOIS FLOOD to present a special dance and poetry performance, featuring Duncan’s lyrical, dramatic and revolutionary dances.  7-8:30pm at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA.  (wheelchair accessible).  Contact Darien De Lu at 916-739-0860 or 916-372-2763, or Pennie Taylor at 916-372-2763.


    • Saturday, March 14th – FOR CHILDREN:  Book Reading for “Kid’s Time”, 2 prize-winning children’s books read aloud, “WE SHALL OVERCOME: THE STORY OF A SONG” and “BRAVE GIRL”, about workers organizing for worker rights in the garment industry, 1909.  Auburn Library, 350 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA.  Contact:  530-897-1775.


ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI BRANCH – 100 Years – Jane Addams to Leah Bolger – Celebration of Peacemaking
Sunday April 12 Annual Meeting at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delman at 4:30PM. Guests may come for the meeting or gather with us for refreshments and conversation at 5:00PM followed by dinner at 6:00PM catered by Pasta House for $10. At 7:00PM Leah Bolger, WILPF member and founder of World Beyond War, and a member of the Corvallis, WA WILPF Branch, member of WILPF’s National DISARM/End Wars Issue Committee and past president of Veterans for Peace will speak on World Beyond War, Is It Possible? Other groups co-sponsoring this event include Citizens for Global Solutions, Instead of War, Institute for Peace & Justice, Peace Economy Project and St. Louis Veterans for Peace. Eight sets of Jane Addams Peace Award Books will be presented to the Jennings School District, which is near the school district where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson.  To register or for more information CONTACT Joan Brannigan at joanbran@mac.com.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA BRANCH – Plans in Progress… Contact: Lois Fiedler loisjfiedler@sbcglobal.net, Paula prochelle1@aol.com,Joan Bazar joanbazar@sbcglobal.net,essie baradar ebaradar@gmail.com


SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA BRANCH –  A selection of events and dates.

  • Play performed in January, 2015“TALKING WITH OUR GRANDMOTHERS”. Their January program meeting invited the public to learn more about the contributions of Jane Addams and the branch’s plans to celebrate the WILPF Centennial.
    • United Nation’s Association INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION–March 7th, 1 pm, 2015 at the Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA.   WILPF Santa Cruz will present a program about Jane Addams and the 100th Anniversary of WILPF.  Info:  Chair@wilpfsantacruz.org.   Contact:  Marcia Heath marcia2435@gmail.com.


    • “GET ON THE TRAIN WITH JANE”CALIFORNIA TO CHICAGO, – 8 California WILPF members from the Bay area and Santa Cruz will be taking the train to Chicago to participate in the March 16th Centennial Event at the Hull House. They depart California on March 10th from Emeryville on AMTRAK’s California Zephyr Train for a 51 hour ride. Plans include fun improvisational interactions with a life size Jane Addams replica, playing Jane Addams trivia games, lively group discussions amongst themselves and willing passengers. They will post photos and videos to our various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Essentially the goals are to create intrigue and fun while promoting WILPF and Jane Addams. The transport of a lifesize photo of Jane Addams to The Hull House Museum is their symbolic gesture to say: Happy 100 years Women International, with a nod to our founder, Jane Addams.   Info:  Chair@wilpfsantacruz.org


    • “WOMEN, PEACE & POWER: 100 YEARS OF WILPF” April 12th through July 12th, 2014 at the downtown branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA.   Phone 831-427-7707An installation of Portraits, Art Work, History of Social Movements, Extraordinary Literature and connections with the Santa Cruz community.  The social work legacy of Jane Addams inspires this visual, cultural and historical project.  More information at Chair@wilpfsantacruz.org.


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA BRANCH  –  INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY & 100th ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON,  Saturday, March 21st, 11:30am at The Taix Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.  $34 in advance.  $39 at the door.  $20 for age 25 and younger.  Reserve by March 16th.  Send check to reserve spot to:  Grace Aaron, 1459 Rexford Drive, #2, Los Angeles, CA  90035Request help with transportation.   Contact:  213-891-4517 or wilpfla@gmail.com.


MADISON & MILWAUKEE BRANCHES, WISCONSIN –   Women’s Equality Day: HOW FAR WE’VE COME, WHAT’S LEFT TO DO & THE PLIGHT OF COLORED WOMEN  August, 2015 In collaboration with Wisconsin 9 to 5 to commemorate Women’s Equality Day and the Centennial of Women’s Int’l League for Peace & Freedom.   Date and Location TBA.  Will include a Salute to Milwaukee ‘Twin’, 100 year old  activist Charlotte Bliestien and homage to the Milwaukee founder of the US Section of WILPF, Annette Jacobi Roberts, whose daughter and granddaughter will attend.  Date, location and time TBA.

MADISON, WISCONSIN BRANCH – “100th BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR WILPF”. Saturday, April 25th , 2:00 – 4:30 pm at Goodman Library, 2220 South Park St, Madison. Birthday Cake and punch will be served. WILPF Founder Jane Addams is expected to appear. More info: Nancy Graham- ncg_53704@yahoo.comTel. 608-244-6595.
e TBA.  Info:  414-964-0863


MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA BRANCH – FUNDRAISER & HISTORY PRESENTATION,  Sat., February 28th, 1:30 – 3:30pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Monterey (just off Highway 1 at the top of Carmel Hill).  A short film on WILPF’s early years, Rhythm & Rouge Song & Dance, Phillip Crawford on the Piano.  Refreshments will be served.  A fundraiser for the Conference at The Hague.  More information or make reservations at pegoo@comcast.net.


TRIANGLE BRANCH, North Carolina (Place Holder – waiting for actual date and time) November, 2015 DINNER AND PROGRAM to celebrate WILPF’s 100th and branch’s 80th anniversaries.  Will include showing of video created for Triangle Branch 75th anniversary, as well as albums of minutes, articles, clippings and photos of branch history.  Keynote speaker and other details, i.e. specific date and location will be finalized in coming months.  Lucy Lewis, llewis2001@earthlink.net