Peace and War

Mar
13

Peace and Democracy Conference Planned for August

Tag: Peace and War

World Beyond War and our allies are planning an incredible Peace and Democracy Conference for this August 2-6 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Even better, this will be one of ten overlapping and integrated conferences aimed at building a unified movement for change.

Check out the planning, get involved, and register with an earlybird discount to attend at https://www.DemocracyConvention.org

Send us ideas for the Peace and Democracy Conference. An initial outline of what we’re planning is below (subject to change, including based on your input).There will be time in this schedule to participate in the other nine conferences, and some of these events will be co-sponsored by two conferences. We are lining up the best speakers and workshop leaders on the following topics. Please let us know speakers and topics you think we should include.

Aug 2 evening: Peace Media.Aug 2 evening: Peace Education.Aug 3 morning: Peace Culture. Outgrowing nationalism, materialism, machismo, and exceptionalism.Aug 3 morning: The Case for War Abolition. Why we can and must end our greatest crime.Aug 3 afternoon: Peacenvironmentalism. One movement, indivisible.Aug 3 afternoon: Overcoming Racism and Militarism.Aug 3 evening: Military Spending Does Even More Damage Than Militaries.Aug 3 evening: Hole in the Ground, dramatic reading.Aug 3 evening, off-site: Flyering re Frank Kellogg on Kellogg Blvd.Aug 4 morning: Divestment from Weapons Dealers.Aug 4 morning: Replacing War Systems with Peace Systems.Aug 4 afternoon: Local Resistance to Militarized Police, Military Recruiters.Aug 4 afternoon: Building Local Power for Peace.Aug 4 evening: Building Alliances Across Borders.Aug 4 evening: Nonviolence Training.Aug 5 morning: Acting Through Local Governments.Aug 5 afternoon: Ending the Nuclear Nightmare.Aug 5 evening: Opposing the Latest Wars and Those to Come.Aug 5 tea ceremony.Aug 6 early morning Hiroshima event.Aug 6 morning: Lobbying Officials Who’ve Been Paid Not to Listen.Aug 6 morning: Law vs War.Aug 6 afternoon: What If the People Could Choose Peace?Aug 6 afternoon: Global Governance Beyond Nations.Aug 6 evening: Peace Honors, Celebrations, Holidays, and What the Nobel Peace Prize Was Supposed to Be.

Check out the planning, get involved, and register with an earlybird discount to attend at https://wwwDemocracyConvention.org

Mar
13

War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World

Tag: Peace and War

Register for Online Course: How to Get to a World Beyond War

Sign up here.

How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace? Here’s a chance to learn from World Beyond War experts as part of a study group and to do so at your own schedule.

The course will be taught April 10 to June 5, 2017. Prior to the start date, you will be sent a link to a new website and means to access the course. Each week, an instructor will provide text and video, and interact with participants in a chat room. Each week, an instructor will assign an optional written assignment, and will return the assignment to the student with detailed feedback. Submissions and feedback can be shared with everyone taking the course or kept private between a student and the instructor, at the student’s choice.

The cost of the course is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments.

A certificate will be provided to those who complete all assignments.

Sign up here.

Course Outline and Instructors:

April 10 War can be ended — David Swanson

April 17 War is immoral — Bob Fantina

April 24 War destroys freedom — Barry Sweeney

May 1 War destroys nature — Leah Bolger

May 8 War endangers — Mary Dean

May 15 War impoverishes and wastes — Brian Terrell

May 22 There are alternatives to war / What is an Alternative Global Security System? — Tony Jenkins

May 29 War Will Not Go Away Unless We Make It / How to organize for Peace & Justice — David Swanson and Mary Dean

Sign up here.

Mar
13

Vermont Event: Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?

Tag: Peace and War

Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?Sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War CoalitionFunded by a Mercy Peace Initiative GrantSpeakers will include: David Swanson, Pat HynesClick here to register.Saturday, April 22, 20179 AM to 4 PMWinooski School District60 Normand StreetWinooski, VT 05404

Mar
13

Cambridge event: U.S. Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

Tag: Peace and War
When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Where: Friends Meeting House • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge, MA 02138

Presentation by David Swanson followed by discussion and book signing.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

(Suggested donation $5.00)

Sponsor:  United for Justice with Peace

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Mar
13

Let's De-Weaponize Space and Earth

Tag: Peace and War

An important conference and protest are being planned for Huntsville, Alabama, April 7-9.

The events are called "Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space," and are the work of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.World Beyond War is helping to sponsor the conference. At least four of our coordinating committee members plan to be there, and our director will be MCing one of the plenaries. We'll have a table of materials there.

To learn more, go to:http://space4peace.org/actions/gnconf_2017.htm

To register, download the flyer that's on that page.

If you decide to attend and are willing to help World Beyond War with our table, please reply to this email. Thanks!

Mar
13

Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

Tag: Peace and War

An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing.

April 4, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

Speakers:Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918.

Eugene Puryear, journalist, activist, radio host, and author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America.

Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK, author of books including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

David Swanson, director of World Beyond War, author of books including War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.

Maria Santelli, executive director of Center on Conscience and War, founding director of the New Mexico GI Rights Hotline.

Jarrod Grammel, conscientious objector.

Nolan Fontaine, conscientious objector.

Reiner Braun, peace activist based in Germany, co-president International Peace Bureau, Executive Director of the Germany office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Sponsored by World Beyond War, and Center on Conscience and War, with thanks to Busboys and Poets.

Facebook event sign up.

Flyer PDF.

Website: http://worldbeyondwar.org/100DC

Mar
13

Charlottesville to vote on resolution urging Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism

Tag: Peace and War, Public Budgets

On Monday, March 20, 2017, please attend the 7 p.m. Charlottesville City Council Meeting (at City Hall, 605 E. Main Street, on the Downtown Mall near the pavillion). On the agenda is a vote on a resolution to urge Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism. If you'd like to speak for 3 minutes in support of this resolution, sign up here: http://bit.ly/cvillespeechTo let all City Council Members know you support the resolution, email council@charlottesville.orgBring your voices to be heard.Bring your signs to be seen.Bring your hands to clap.Join us to speak.Join us to listen.And, join us to celebrate.Endorsed by Charlottesville Veterans For Peace, Charlottesville Amnesty International, World Beyond War, Just World Books, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, Candidate for Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Fogel, Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Charlottesville, heARTful Action, Together Cville.Ask more organizations of all kinds to endorse by emailing david [AT] davidswanson.org.

Mar
07

Charlottesville to Vote on Opposing Trump Budget

Tag: Peace and War

We Did It! Now's Our Chance!

Everybody out to oppose war at the next meeting!

At the March 6, 2017, meeting of the Charlottesville City Council, (video here) three members of the council proposed to put on the agenda for a future meeting a vote on a resolution opposing the increased military spending proposed by President Donald Trump. If even just those three (Kristin Szakos, Wes Bellamy, and Bob Fenwick) vote in support of the resolution it will pass. The views of the other two City Council Members (Mike Signer and Kathy Galvin) are unknown.

Mar
03

I confess to meeting with the Russian ambassador in Charlottesville​

Tag: Peace and War

In which I confess to meeting with the Russian ambassador in Charlottesville​.

​It was August 2014. Our secret and nefarious meeting had to be disguised as a public event.

So, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, spoke at the University of Virginia, in an event organized by the Center for Politics, which no doubt has video of the proceedings and was of course in on the conspiracy. Kislyak was once ambassador to Belgium and to NATO. He served an 8-course Russian dinner for select guests prior to the public forum in an underground lair deep inside Observatory Hill.

Kislyak spoke to a packed auditorium at UVA and took, I think, well over an hour of questions. He spoke frankly, and the questions he was asked by students, professors, and other participants were polite and for the most part far more intelligent than he would have been asked on, for example, Meet the Press.

He told the audience that Russia had known there were no WMDs in Iraq, and had known that attacking Iraq would bring "great difficulties" to that country. "And look what is happening today," he said.  He made the same comment about Libya. He spoke of the U.S. and Russia working together to successfully remove chemical weapons from the Syrian government. But he warned against attacking Syria now.

There will be no new Cold War, Kislyak said, but there is now a greater divide in some ways than during the Cold War.  Back then, he said, the U.S. Congress sent delegations over to meet with legislators, and the Supreme Court likewise. Now there is no contact.  It's easy in the U.S. to be anti-Russian, he said, and hard to defend Russia.  He complained about U.S. economic sanctions against Russia intended to "suffocate" Russian agriculture.

Asked about "annexing" Crimea, Kislyak rejected that characterization, pointed to the armed overthrow of the Ukrainian government, and insisted that Kiev must stop bombing its own people and instead talk about federalism within Ukraine.

There were remarkably few questions put to the ambassador that seemed informed by U.S. television "news." One was from a politics professor who insisted that Kislyak assign blame to Russia over Ukraine.  Kislyak didn't.

I always sit in the back, thinking I might leave, but Kislyak was only taking questions from the front. So I moved up and was finally called on for the last question of the evening.  For an hour and a half, Kislyak had addressed war and peace and Russian-U.S. relations, but he'd never blamed the U.S. for anything in Ukraine any more than Russia.  No one had uttered the word "NATO."

So I pointed out the then upcoming NATO protests. I recalled the history of Russia being told that NATO would not expand eastward. I asked Kislyak whether NATO ought to be disbanded.

Mar
01

Has Van Jones Lost His Mind, Or Are Sane People Missing the Point?

Tag: Media, Peace and War

A rational and moral person might think of the recent U.S. raid in Yemen this way. Here's one small incident out of a war consisting primarily of a massive bombing campaign that has slaughtered innocents by the thousands and is threatening to lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands. In this one incident some 30 people were murdered, some 10 of them women and children, one of them the 8-year-old sister of a 16-year-old American boy whom President Obama had earlier murdered just after having murdered his father. There wasn't some Very Important Thing accomplished, such as learning the cell phone number of someone suspiciously Muslim or whatever, that an immoral hack could try to claim justified this incident. This was mass murder.

In the course of this mass murder, one American taking part in it was killed.

The first paragraph above is of virtually no interest to the U.S. media. The second paragraph above is of intense and passionate interest. But there is a very different point that this interest misses. Much of the media coverage suggests that the One American being killed was a very negative thing for Donald Trump. I'd suggest that it was a very negative thing for the man killed and his family and loved ones, but not necessarily a bad thing for Donald Trump or Lockheed Martin. Here's why.

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