In May 2007, under the theme “Women of the World: a vital force against neoliberal globalization, terrorism and imperialist wars; for equality, social and economic justice and for peace,” more than 1,000 women representing organizations from five continents met in Caracas, Venezuela, from April 9 through 14. They were joined by thousands of Venezuelan women who hosted the 14th Congress of the Women’s International Democratic Federation.
Many women went from the U.S. The largest delegation was organized by African-American artist Vinie Burrows, who is also the WDIF representative to the U.N., and the National Women’s Fightback Network of the International Action Center, an affiliate of the WIDF.
The Burrows delegation included representatives of the Granny Peace Brigade and the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. The NWFN delegation included Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian writer and director of Playgrounds for Palestine; Brenda Stokely and Anna Wilson from the labor sector; Patricia Dahl, who works in solidarity with Colombia; Nellie Hester Bailey, co-founder and director of the Harlem Tenants Council; Sara Ann Mokuria, LeiLani Dowell, Liza Green, Jill Hill, Kris Hamel, Minnie Bruce Pratt, all from the NWFN.
WIDF affiliated United States "Regional Workshops"
- IAC-NWFN, Joan Wile - Fundadora e Diretora
- University of California, Digna Sanchez- Membra
- Women's Studies Prgrm, Jenny Heinz
- Community activist; active in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, Wilma Esther Reveron Collazo
- Community activist lawyer in El Barrio;; active in immigration issues, Gloria Eneida Quinones - member Women for Racial and Economic Equality
- International President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom , Regina Birchem
- LUZ DE LAS NIEVES AYRESS MORENO, Nieves Ayress - nacionalidad chilena
"March for Palestine!"
According to Curry Malott of Liberation News, on the afternoon of May 14 2018, as Israeli snipers were killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return, Philadelphia city officials along with the pro-Israel Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia put on public display their complete and total support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In celebration of Israel’s so-called Independence Day, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other politicians participated in a ceremonial hoisting of the Israeli flag over City Hall.
A day of action in solidarity with Palestine began when protesters organized a counter-action at the raising of the Israeli flag. Demonstrators called out the names and ages of the Palestinians, many of them children, who were being gunned down as the city of Philadelphia hoisted the Israeli flag.
After the demonstration, Liberation News spoke with May Ye, a Rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who is also on the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. Strongly opposing Israeli atrocities, she was out there to say loudly and clearly, “not in my name. Not in my name when Palestinians are being brutally murdered in Gaza during this Great March of Return.”
Later that day, Philadelphia for Palestinian Return — a coalition made up of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Temple University Students for Justice in Palestine, Philly BDS and Jewish Voice for Peace — co-hosted a solidarity rally with the Palestinian Great March of Return. Attended by hundreds of people, the demonstration opened up with PSL member Timour Kamran leading chants and proclamations of solidarity with the Palestinian right of return and denouncing the massacre of Palestinian protesters committed by Israel earlier that day.
The march was endorsed by a wide range of organizations: USA Palestine Mental Health Network, Philly Socialists, Black Alliance for Peace, Existence Is Resistance, Swarthmore SJP, Philadelphia International Marxist Tendency, Workers World Party – Philadelphia, Bucks County Socialists, Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America, Food Not Bombs Solidarity, Philadelphia International Socialist Organization and Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC).
The pre-march rally began with a speech by activist Karima Saab who noted that at exactly the same time Philadelphia was raising the Israeli flag earlier in the day the death toll of Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli sniper fire was rising.
Brandon Do of Temple University Students for Justice for Palestine then took the stage. Expressing his solidarity with the Palestinian people’s ongoing struggle for justice, the speaker condemned the Israeli government’s outrageous insistence that Palestine was a land without a people.
After these inspiring speeches, the demonstration took to the streets, marching around City Center and then to the Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Philly:Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid was formed to protest the Philadelphia Orchestra accepting an invitation to perform in Israel and meet with government officials.
The people held the street for 10 speeches. The first speaker to take the mic was Palestinian author Susan Abulhawa representing Philly: Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid.
The next speaker, Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, represented the Black Alliance for Peace, taking the stage to affirm her organization’s “unapologetic solidarity with the Palestinian people and their continued, courageous resistance to the brutal, genocidal occupation of Palestine.”
Walter Smolarek from the PSL then spoke, drawing the contrast between working peoples’ vast unmet needs and the U.S. government’s long-standing policy of providing billions of dollars of military aid to Israel every year.
The mic was then passed to Andrew Sejong of Philly Socialists who talked about how the example of Palestinian resistance served as the primary catalyst that propelled him, like so many others, into the movement and become an activist. What the movement has taught the world, Sejong said, is that through ceaseless, unyielding struggle it becomes clear that not only is another world possible, but another world is necessary.