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spring 2003
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The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

News
Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

Departments
Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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CodePink Peace Rally,
Washington DC (March 8)


National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) Statement on War with Iraq


Code Pink Peace Rally, Washington DC (March 8)

As advocates for women, we believe that before engaging in war, any and all non-violent methods should be used to resolve conflict.

Diplomacy and non-violent measures are legitimate, effective and proven tools for diffusing and resolving conflict.

The administration is currently recognizing and using non-violent diplomatic means of conflict resolution in response to North Korea's open violation of international treaties against the development of weapons of mass destruction.

We believe that our government should focus its attention on eliminating terrorism and bringing to justice the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks on the United States.

Entering into a simultaneous war with Iraq is highly unlikely to reduce the threat of terrorism against Americans, and has the potential to increase hostility against the United States.

Alleviating poverty is one of the most effective methods to decrease the probability that countries will allow terrorists to operate inside their borders. The costs of this war would decrease the United States' ability to preempt future acts of terror by investing in poor countries.

Our commitment to Afghanistan remains largely unfulfilled and the realization of our promises to rebuild a democratic government and equitable society will require significant financial support over the next ten years.

We express our grave concern about the heavy toll this war will exact on U.S. families. We are also concerned about the potential of war to harm women and children, both as a strategic element of combat and as a consequence of war.

Increases in United States military expenditures have historically been accompanied by cuts to domestic social programs designed to assist the poor, the majority of whom are women and children.

Women in conflict zones always bear heavy personal costs of wars that target them for rape or torture, ruin their country's physical and social infrastructure, destabilize their economies, destroy their homes, and kill and maim their children and families.

Therefore, the National Council of Women's Organizations

Affirms that advocating for peace and engaging in widespread debate about the war are acts of patriotism.

Believes that United States foreign policy should be driven by human rights, justice and equality-values that will decrease the threat of terrorism-and not by corporate interests or the desire to secure natural resources for U.S. consumption.

Opposes any preemptive military action against Iraq at this time.



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