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Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)



International organization founded in 1915 that works for a world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people. 313-882-1596

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Monday, May 7, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm
On Monday, May 7, we’re gathering to write postcards to our elected officials, socialize, and network. New format for this party: a speed-dating concept where letter writers gather at tables to hear expert-activists talk for a few minutes on different topics, you write your postcards, and the activists move from table to table. We’ll be writing on 4-6 issues, including gun control, the Enbridge Line 5, and the proposed DTE gas plant. Also new: a phone-calling room. We’ll give you phone numbers to call your reps. It may be after office hours, but you can leave a message. Bring your friends and make new ones! We’ll bring pizza, beverages, postcards, and stamps. Bring your own return-address stickers if you have them. PIZZA SERVED 5:30 to 6:30; POSTCARD WRITING BEGINS 6:30.
Monday, February 19, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm
Power to the polls! That was the theme of the January Women’s March in Lansing. We marched for justice and demonstrated that women have power, and we’ll exercise it at this year’s elections. On Monday, February 19, we’re gathering to write postcards to our elected officials, speak out on issues important to us, and socialize. Bring your friends and make new ones! We’ll bring pizza, beverages, postcards, and stamps.
Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10am-noon
The Detroit Chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) invites you to learn more about efforts to "Ban the Bomb" at the United Nations. We're meeting for a rally from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17 at the corner of Russell and Wilkins Streets in Eastern Market in Detroit. We will hand out flyers, drum, and talk about the efforts at the United Nations to sign a treaty that would ban Nuclear Weapons. Governments from around the world will negotiate a nuclear weapons ban at the UN in June and July 2017. The Women’s March Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March on Washington. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds. For more information, visit the WILPF event web site, and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11am-12:30pm
Michigan has no shortage of water woes: shut-offs in Detroit, the lead crisis in Flint, water takings by Nestle, environmental threats to the Great Lakes, and proposed cuts to federal funding for the lakes. Hear panelists talk about these issues and how you can advocate for clean, accessible water. Afterward, join us at the March for Science at 1:00, starting at Hart Plaza. Panelists: Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Dortheá Thomas, Detroit & Great Lakes Organizer with Sierra Club Michigan Chapter; others TBA. Please contact Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Detroit Chapter, at
Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6-7pm
Let's give U.S. Representative Maxine Waters a warm welcome on Friday, March 31, 6-7 pm, at the Museum of African American History. Maxine Waters, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has been in the forefront of congressional resistance to the Trump administration. She did not participate in the inauguration or attend the State of the Union address and refuses to honor Trump "in any way, shape, form or fashion." Bill O'Reilly of Fox News recently taunted Waters on, of all things, her hair! In a kind of sexism experienced by female politicians, he attacked her looks instead of discussing her political views. According to the Huffington Post: During a segment of “Fox & Friends,” the show played a clip of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca.) speaking out against the discriminatory and bigoted practices of President Donald Trump’s supporters. When asked to give his response, O’Reilly killed two birds with one stone and made a comment that was both racist and sexist.“I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig,” he said. “Do we have a picture of James Brown? It’s the same wig.” This demands a response. Waters will appear at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History tomorrow, Friday, March 31, at 7 pm. Let's give her a warm Detroit welcome at 6-7 pm, showing our support for her efforts. Bring a sign. "We don't care about the hair . . . We support you, Maxine!" "Keep up the resistance" or something to that effect. Let's keep it positive, friendly, and fun. The museum is located at 315 E.Warren, Detroit, 48201.
Monday, February 13, 2017 from 5-8pm
Women's March on Washington continues in Detroit! 10 actions in the next 100 days Join us for pizza as we write postcards to elected officials, we'll provide pizza, beverages, stamps, addresses and postcards! Bring your thoughts about issues you care about! Let's socialize, network and have fun as we work toward change. The Trump administration is NOT the new normal! Donations welcome. Sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Women's March on Washington Detroit Bus Committee. Contact for info.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6-8pm
The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies of Wayne State University and Detroit WILPF are hosting Kozue Akibayashi, President of WILPF International. She will give a talk, "A Gendered Perspective on Peace and Security: The Experiences of Women in Okinawa." Okinawa is the southernmost archipelago of Japan and “home” of nearly 75% of the US military bases located in Japan. The experiences of the people of Okinawa who have been imposed to live a fence away from US military for over seven decades show a deep contradiction of the militarized security policies: Their livelihood and security is damaged by the presence of the US military. Among the negative impacts is sexual violence by US soldiers that has continued since 1945. The talk introduces the efforts of Okinawan women who have addressed the problem of sexual violence and analyzed the security policies from a gender perspective.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6-7:30pm
Kick off Event in conjunction with Flush the TPP! Several Michigan organizations will participate along with Detroit Light Brigade putting on a light display and several speakers from Detroit MiCats & local unions. Please plan to attend and bring warm clothes and protest signs!!
Monday, December 21, 2015 from 4:15-5:15pm
The Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network (DAPJN) is sponsoring a rally to counter the latest anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric. join us as we stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors and refugees on the corner of Woodward and 9 Mile. Signs will be available.
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 7-10pm
Urban Rhythms will feature up-and-coming Detroit performers of music and spoken-word poetry. Socializing and dessert. $15 donation. Held in conjunction with Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Congress July 31 - Aug. 3, at WSU. For more info, contact