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Dear (Re)Collection: A WGS Newsletter Readers:

On February 27 to March 2, 2009, Women for Genuine Security and the women of the International Women’s Peace Network in the Asia-Pacific participated in the national organizing conference at American University, “Security Without Empire.” WGS was joined by our collaborators in Guam, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, and Puerto Rico. Our sisters from the Philippines were missed.

Contributions in this newsletter include reflection pieces and speeches by those who participated from Hawaii, San Francisco, and Guam. We are also proud to have another Insight Interview present in this collection that delves into Amerasian experiences through perspective of Ikehara Eriko. And we hope that our readers will enjoy our more visual components that include photos of the vigil and opening ceremony from the national conference and the anti-military fashion show.

We want to thank all of our contributors and invite our readers to join us in this continued journey.

Ellen-Rae Cachola, Annie Fukushima, Maikiko James, Aileen Suzara, and Taeva Shefler
Editorial Staff

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(RE)Collection is a newsletter that illuminates the work of those committed to a culture of peace. (RE)Collection developed from the collaboration of U.S. based activists who are part of the WGS connection. WGS envisions a world of genuine security based on justice, respect for others across national boundaries, and economic planning that meets people's needs, especially women and children. WGS work toward the creation of a society free of militarism, violence, and all forms of sexual exploitation, and for the safety, well-being, and long-term sustainability of our communities.



Article Submissions
- Word Document Format
- The name of the author as you would like it to appear in the publication
- Brief bio about the author
- Email contact and phone contact
- 400 to 1,500 words

Country Update
Word document or information in the body of your email
- Country Name
- Date of publication
- Links (If the country report does not have a link, but is an email, simply forward and we will post on our blog)
- Sample, visit: http://genuinesecurity.org/Newsletter/reportsmarch2008.htm

- Word document or information in the body of your email
- Event Title
- Date of Event
- Location of Event
- Link for more Information or contact
- Sample: http://genuinesecurity.org/Newsletter/calendarmarch2008.htm

March Publication Deadline: February 15
June Publication Deadline: May 15
August Publication Deadline: July 15
December Publication Deadline: November 15

(Re)Collection is open to our submissions/reader interest forming the direction of our themes. Submissions, however, must reflect the mission of the newsletter.
Suggested themes (but not limited to)

* Amerasian Children
* Base Conversion
* Connecting Militarism in Asia-Pacific to Other Regions/Countries
* Environmental and Health Effects of Military Operations
* Gender and Militarism
* Militarism and Globalization
* Military and Asia-Pacific Regions
* Military Budget and Alternative Budgets
* Military Expansion
* Military Policy
* Military Recruitment
* Organizing & Peace
* US Foreign Policy
* Violence Against Women


editorial staff


Ellen-Rae is a graduate student, archivist, technology activist, and cultural worker. She has been part of the International Women's Network Against Militarism as one of the Hawaii delegates since the 2004 meeting in Manila. Currently, she is in San Francisco studying at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Social and Cultural Anthropology Program. Her specializations are diasporic identities within Asia-Pacific demilitarization movements, cross-cultural and multi-issue organizational building, and intersections of militaristic and capitalistic cultures.

ANNIE FUKUSHIMA: Fukushima is a doctoral student in Ethnic Studies and a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women & Sexuality. Fukushima's research connects gender, migration, visual culture, social movements, and transnational feminisms. As a scholar activist Fukushima is the founder of a grassroots initiative, SAFEHS (Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery).She is also a first team responder to human trafficking with SAGE, the Programs Coordinator for Narika at Berkeley, a student outreach and educational program on issues of sex exploitation, domestic abuse, human trafficking and intersecting violences that impact the community, co-organizer for the San Francisco Fight Human Trafficking Meet Up, a grassroots meet up whose goal is to fight human trafficking through education, volunteers with Asian Women's Shelter, San Francisco and serves as the Board of Advisor for Chinese Adoptee Links International. Her scholarly activism also includes her participation in various working groups including: The Visuality & Alterity Working Group, Graduate Asian Pacific Islander Collective and Lyric: Women of Ethnic Studies.


MAIKIKO JAMES: Maikiko is a Bay Area born and bred Artist/Activist and is the progeny of activist parents, stepparents and godparents. She spends her daytimes in development and grantwriting, and her nighttimes performing, playwriting, and screenwriting. She graduated from NYU with a degree in Dramatic Writing and Asian Pacific American Studies.

    AILEEN SUZARA: I’m a second generation Filipina American, environmental justice advocate, and member of the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES). Hawai’i and the Philippines are two landscapes that first opened my eyes to militarism and its impacts on our bodies, cultures and environment. I believe that women’s voices and creativity are among the most powerful, elemental forces in existence.






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