August 26, 2018
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), founded in 1915, envisions a world free from violence and armed conflict in which human rights are protected and women and men are equally empowered and involved in positions of leadership at the local, national and international levels. WILPF’s mission is to end and prevent war, ensure that women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process, defend the human rights of women and men, and promote social, economic and political justice. Spencer will describe the history of WILPF, which is currently active in 33 countries, and will focus on the history and recent programs of the Peninsula and Palo Alto branch, which was founded in 1922. This branch, which is open to new members, women or men, is concentrating on getting more low-income housing in the mid-Peninsula, on nuclear disarmament, and on the new Poor People’s Campaign. Pertinent websites: www.WILPF.org, www.WILPFUS.org, www.poorpeoplescampaign.org
Cherrill Spencer is a member of the Peninsula/Palo Alto Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She is also a member of the Humanist Community and a retired experimental physicist.