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April 2016

Priorities for the coming month -- federal budget, drug policy, TPP, gender rights; confronting sexual abuse, drones and nuclear weapons,  plus an idea to hasten universal healthcare coverage.

 
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In early January 2016, a small working group began meeting weekly to organize documents generated during the October 2015 Des Moines Program retreat, feedback from various committee chairs, branch representatives, and individuals into a cohesive, at least, useable draft document to present to the general membership.

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WILPF branches around the country will join in Days of Action from April 15 to 18 as part of a worldwide protest against military expenditures. Weapons will not fix climate change; we need urgently to change our national priorities. 

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Robin Lloyd of Burlington VT will be a representative of WILPF International to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) April 18-20, bringing a special interest in women and the war on drugs.

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A contingent of Native Americans from the Northern Great Plains and the Southwest United States traveled to Washington, DC, on Jan. 25-29, 2016, as "The Miners' Canaries" to warn the entire country about the peril from "home grown" radioactive pollution. 
 
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The 60th United Nations Conference on the Status of Women sponsored a parallel event entitled "Expanding Gender Equality, Unbinding the Gender Binary," featuring a collaboration of WILPF US, Gender at Work, Say This Not That! and S.H.E. (South Africa).
  
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The second Nuclear Free Future (NFF) Tour began April 1 and should end May 15.
By mid-May we expect to be too exhausted to continue this new tour into the Southeastern states, up the East Coast and into the Midwest.
  
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On Earth Day, let's celebrate Berta Cáceres' life and honor those in our communities who are dedicated to exposing and finding solutions to environmental racism and ecocide perpetrated by governments and corporations. Time to plan or join an event.

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Tucson WILPF members vigil outside Davis Monthan Air Force Base, and Southern Indiana Branch works to educate the city council, the public and the Congressional representative.


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Later this month Brianna O'Steen, graduate student at the University of South Florida, will be hosting a webinar to present findings from her research on the Florida Safe Harbor Act and domestic minor sex trafficking across the state.

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Should the Corporations v Democracy Issue Committee work on this idea for extending Medicare type benefits to newborns?  Would you be willing to work on this with us? What it would mean? Why does this issue matter to a peace organization?

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The Golden Rule sails to the Pacific Northwest this year, leaving Humboldt Bay at the end of May and returning in mid-October.We need crew and captains (no license necessary). Sail with us and be an ambassador for peace, nuclear disarmament, clean energy and a sustainable future. 

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