Emily Greene Balch to Jane Addams, March 1922 Also known as: Emily Greene Balch to WILPF Executive Committee, Consultative Members, and Secretaries of National Sections, March 1922

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WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM
Geneva, 6 Rue du Vieux Collège
Circular Letter to Executive Committee & Consultative members (A)
[Circular Letter] to Secretaries of National Sections (B)
Series 1922
A5
B4

Geneva, March 1922

PROPOSED AGENDA FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

In response to the proposal submitted from Geneva, various members have sent in suggestions as follows.

Gertrud Baer thinks we should discuss the work that it has been suggested that we should undertake in Upper Silesia. This will be taken up, if no one objects, in the afternoon of the second day under the Heading PEACE MISSIONS.

Yella Hertzka wants to discuss the sending of delegates to eastward countries to strengthen, or found, new groups. This also would come, unless otherwise ordered, under PEACE MISSIONS.

She further makes the point that the questions of the GENEVA OFFICE and of FINANCES should be discussed together. If no one objects, I propose that we begin this discussion in the morning of the Fifth Day and continue it the following morning.

Frau Hertzka's report for the Committee on COOPERATION TOWARD SOCIAL INJUSTICE will come with the other reports on the morning of the first day and if those and the discussion on them is not finished then this can go over as "unfinished business" to the last afternoon.

She also proposes to take up the question of an auxiliary language. This is a proposal for an additional subject and it would seem necessary to put it on Saturday if it is decided to take it up.

The same remark applies to the Hungarian suggestion as to the STATEMENT OF THE OBJECT OF THE LEAGUE. This is the only Section that has expressed itself on the wording submitted by the Executive Committee of last August. This read as follows: [page 2]

The W.I.L.P.F. aims at binding together women in every country who oppose all war, and who desire to promote the following objects: 1. The creation of international relations of mutual cooperation and good-will in which all wars shall be impossible. 2. The establishment of political, social and moral equality between men and women. 3. The introduction of these principles into all systems of education.

The Hungarian proposal is to add, after 1, words to the following effect: BETWEEN DIFFERENT NATIONS AS WELL AS BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES, SEXES, CLASSES OR CONFESSIONS of THE SAME COUNTRY; after 2, words to the following effect: AS WELL AS BETWEEN NATIONS, NATIONALITIES, CLASSES AND CONFESSIONS.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY.

In addition to those proposals from members, presumably the Executive Committee will wish to discuss under the Heading INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY proposals recently received from the [organization] known as "No More War International Movement" in regard to a Peace Demonstration to be held on (or about) Saturday July 29. The Deutsche Friedenskartell and the French Ligue pour les Droits de l'Homme are preparing corresponding demonstrations. I have asked the English Secretary for this demonstration H. Runham Brown, Rooms 5 & 6 [30?], High Holborn, London W.C.1 to inform to each of our National Sections in regard to this plan.

POLISH PROPOSAL

Our Polish Section submits an interesting proposal which might be taken up, if desired, on the afternoon of the fifth day. The proposal is as follows:

"The action of war in modern capitalistic states is usually started by a press campaign. The latter consists in a systematic moral lowering in the opinion of the world of the nation, which is to be subjected to the attack. In this way an emotion of hatred of the people is aroused and the start of the horrors of war facilitated. The Polish section of the League considers, that the League could render an immense service to the idea of world-peace by an [organized] [page 3] struggle against this kind of activity of the press. In this line of struggling against false opinion nobody could do better work than women's [organizations]. The international relations of the League for Peace and Freedom give scope for action on a very large scale. Consequently we present the following proposals:

It is the duty of the League for Peace and Freedom to follow closely the action of the press. Any time that a nation is subjected to continual aggressive attacks by another and her community treated as lower and worse than that of other nations, the League should interfere, with the help of its members belonging to the attacked nation and some delegates chosen for this purpose by the League it should strive to rectify public opinion and throw light on the real state of things.

In order to give the necessary publicity to this work the League should issue regular publications, which contain the results of inquiries and propagate the ideas of respect and good faith among the nations of the world."

If you oppose any of these proposals or have anything else to suggest, kindly do so just as promptly as practicable to

Yours sincerely

(signed) Emily G. Balch
Secretary-Treasurer.