2002-09-28 / Community

WILPF Holds Diamond Jubilee

WILPF Holds Diamond Jubilee

On Saturday, Sept 21, a beautiful late summer day, the Rockaway Branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom held its Diamond Jubilee Luncheon at the home of Amy Lustig.  The delicious and bountiful food was a prelude to the day's significant program.

Joan Flynn, chair of the Rockaway branch of WILPF,  presided over the
program which included a review of the present status of campaign finance reform, presented by Ruth Zinar. Dr. Zinar emphasized the need for free air time for all candidates, so that women and men at all income levels could run effective campaigns for political office.

Then, because it was WILPfs Diamond Jubilee celebration, Jody Dodd of the US National Section of WILPF told about the founding of WILPF, and described its four current campaigns: "Uniting for Racial Justice, Truth, Reparations, Restoration, and Reconciliation", "Challenging  Corporate Power, Asserting  the People's Rights", "DISARM! Dismantling the War Economy," and "Building a U.S. Women's Movement to Normalize Relations With Cuba."

Dodd and Flynn then led the group in a pledge to resist war without end.
They pledged to make common cause with the people of the world to bring
about justice, freedom and peace. "Another world is possible and we pledge to make it real," the group proclaimed.

Finally and memorably, Mason Adams, who is widely recognized  for his role in the Lou Grant Show, and for his many other appearances in radio, film and theater (most recently in Arthur Millers The Man Who Had All The Luck), did a brilliant, stirring, and content-appropriate reading.

The vehicle was Douglas Scotts notable play "Mountain," whose leading character is the late Justice William O. Douglas. The audience was delighted and insisted upon an encore.

It was a very special 75th Anniversary Luncheon attended by many local members and returning members and friends who no longer reside at the beach.

We missed the  friends who were unable to attend because of a pre-planned trip to the  Museum of Black History in Atlanta.


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