By World BEYOND War, February 16, 2023
On this webinar, Danaka Katovich (CODEPINK), James Leas (Save Our Skies VT), Paul Maillet (Retired colonel and former Green party candidate), and moderator Tamara Lorincz (VOW, WILPF) discussed Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Fighter Jet and Canada’s decision to buy them.
Danaka Katovich is CODEPINK’s National Co-Director. Danaka graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in November 2020. Since 2018 she has been working towards ending US participation in the war in Yemen. At CODEPINK she works on youth outreach as a facilitator of the Peace Collective, CODEPINK’s youth cohort that focuses on anti-imperialist education and divestment.
James Leas is an attorney and activist who has published on Truthout, Counterpunch, VTDigger, NY Times, LA Times, Vermont Law Review, & Vermont Bar Journal. He founded the F-35 news report, CancelF35.substack.com in 2020. He is currently running for City Council in South Burlington, Vermont featuring opposition to the F-35 training flights from the airport in that city. For more information about his campaign, https://jimmyleas.com.
Paul Maillet is a retired air force colonel with 25 years as an aerospace engineering officer in the federal department of national defence (DND), and four years as the DND Director of Defence Ethics following the Somalia affair. He is also a former Green party candidate who managed the CF-18 fleet during his time in the military.
Moderated by Tamara Lorincz. Tamara is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School for International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently the convenor of the Environment Working Group of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Tamara graduated with an MA in International Politics & Security Studies from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom in 2015. She is the recipient of the Rotary International World Peace Fellowship. She is a member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and a fellow with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute. She is also on the advisory committee of World BEYOND War, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the No to War, No to NATO Network.
This webinar is organized by members of the No Fighter Jet Coalition: World BEYOND War Canada and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. For more about the no fighter jets coalition, check out our website here: nofighterjets.ca