organizing & activism

greenham common women's peace movement

I first found WFLOE banner an activist home Greenham Common women stop bus in the Greenham Common women’s peace movement of the early 1980s. This started in opposition to the siting of nuclear-capable missiles at Greenham Common, a USAF base in Britain. Through nonviolent direct action women said NO to war, militarism, and violence. We said YES to justice and peace, wanting to live in sustainable ways. This campaign spoke to me because it was creative, and pushed me to take some personal responsibility for the state of the world: its systems of inequality, dominance, militarism, and greed.
 

international women's network against militarism

In 1996, I heard Okinawan women speak about the US military presence in their small islands, especially the many acts of violence against women and children, and the environmental destruction caused by preparations for war.

Korea Meeting peace pieces

Their presentation inspired an international meeting in Okinawa in 1997 and the beginning of what has become the International Women’s Network Against Militarism that links activists and scholars from Guam, Hawai’i, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and continental USA. I am a founder member of this Network and the US-based group, Women for Genuine Security, affiliated with it. A key part of our work has been to challenge the idea that militarism provides everyday security for people and the planet.

fashion show, women cross dmz, & more ...

In 2005, Fashion Resistance Poster I was part of creating a fashion show as a popular way to talk about militarism. Also, I was a US project associate for 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, that showcased the work of 1,000 women from 150 nations who work for peace and justice. Currently I am on the Executive Committee of Women Cross the DMZ, and involved in the Bay Area Comfort Women Justice Coalition.


Other projects and organizations I support include:

creating a different future

Sometimes these efforts seem very small. Nevertheless, I want to express and act on my beliefs for a sustainable future, based on community, justice and love. Three hundred years from now I imagine people will look back to these times and wonder: “What took them so long?”  Thankfully, we did not give up.

Photos (top l to bottom r): Women for Life on Earth, Ed Barber, Gwyn Kirk, Maddy Belval, Mica Rousso & Janice Zagorin
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