“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Grandmothers for Peace International

Spring 2016 Newsletter


2016 — The year to vote, help others to register and to vote! Our nation depends on it. Follow what we are doing, have done and events of interest. Remember those reusable bags: keep plastic out of rivers, streams and oceans! Peace to the planet and all of us. Read more in our Spring 2016 newsletter.

Help the Environment and GFP!

totebag Let's try to help the environment, and collectively we can have an impact. We are dedicated to help stop the growth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and reduce our landfills. The island of mostly plastic in the Pacific is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. It kills wildlife and pollutes our oceans. You can help! Just two less plastic grocery bags a week, 8 per month, 96 per year for 1,000 of us would keep 96,000 bags out of the landfills. Peace comes in many ways, not just the absence of war. Step by step, we can do this. Continue, and never give up! Join or renew today

The Starfish Flinger

As the old man walked down the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.

“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the other. “How can your effort make any difference?” The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves.

“It makes a difference to that one,” he said.

Military Recruitment Opt-Out Form Online

Federal public law 107110, section 9528 of the ESEA, “No Child Left Behind Act” requires school districts to release student names, addresses, and phone numbers to military recruiters upon their request. The military uses this information to recruit students. The law also requires the school district to notify you of your right to opt-out from this by requesting that the district not release your information to military recruiters.

Although schools provide this information as required by law, it is frequently buried within the pages of student or parent handbooks and no form is provided to facilitate opting-out. Please read and redistribute our booklet containing information about military recruitment in our schools; an opt-out form is included:

Reinstating the Draft

Since there appears to be constant “chatter” about reinstating the draft, these contacts might help:

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO)
Phone: (888) 231-2226
E-mail: info@objector.org
Website: objector.org

405 14th St. #205
Oakland, CA 94612-2701
Phone: (510) 465-1617
Fax: (510) 465-2459

1515 Cherry St.
Philadelphia PA 19102
Phone: (215) 563-8787
Fax: (215) 567-2096

GI Rights Hotline
Phone: 1-800-394-9544 Website: girightshotline.org

Military Out of Our Schools Hotline
Phone: (800) NO-JROTC

Our Beloved Founder, Barbara Wiedner 1928-2001

barbaraBarbara Wiedner

On December 2nd, 2001, Sunday evening, Founder and Director of Grandmothers for Peace Barbara Wiedner left this earth. We mourn her death, but rejoice in the legacy she has left for all of us.

Barbara was working on, but never finished, a farewell message to her beloved organization. She was most concerned that the group would continue. It will continue — with help from those that wear the GFP shirt, you reading this, our supporters, and future members.

There will always be a Grandmothers for Peace, because it is now beyond an organization. It is a movement. While we still long for a peaceful world, Barbara is truly a Grandmother at Peace.

With Love and Sadness, Lorraine Krofchok

Barbara Wiedner: A Tribute

Grandmother for Peace Peg McIntire wrote a touching recollection several days before Barbara died. She has some beautiful thoughts to share. (more)

Please send questions, comments, and news items to Lorraine Krofchok
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