Desmond Tutu Urges Us to Sign and Share Peace Pledge
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Tomorrow at 8PM Eastern: Divest Webinar!
Join World BEYOND War, CODEPINK, and PAX/Don’t Bank on the Bomb tomorrow, July 2 at 8:00pm Eastern (GMT – 4) for a webinar on how to divest from the war machine. We’ll discuss different models of divestment, as well as lessons learned from World BEYOND War’s recent successful campaign to divest the city of Charlottesville, VA from weapons and fossil fuels. The webinar will be available via Zoom and livestreamed on World BEYOND War’s Facebook page. RSVP for the log-on details.
Involving Women in Peace & Security Decision-Making
How are women impacted by war? Why should they be involved in peace and security decision-making? What roles should they play? Click here to access our discussion guide and video.
The World BEYOND War Metro Vancouver chapter held its first event in Surrey on June 23, featuring Tamara Lorincz on the topic of “Making the Links: The climate crisis, militarism, and war.” Tamara is on the board of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the international board of directors of Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space. She is a member of World BEYOND War’s Speakers Bureau. Tamara’s talk highlighted the enormous carbon footprint of the Canadian military and the wide-ranging environmental damage caused by the military.
The chapter’s goal is to support World BEYOND War’s mission of ending all wars and the institution of war and militarism. The chapter hosts educational events, and is initiating grassroots campaigns focused on divestment, opposing Canada’s role in NATO, and more. The chapter is focused on working in coalition across issue areas, to build bridges with local anti-war, peace, human rights, and environmental organizations. Read more about the Metro Vancouver chapter, and follow the chapter on Facebook.
NoWar2019: Pathways to Peace
World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, in Limerick, Ireland, and include a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality and of laws against war. Learn more and register.
The U.S. Military and Climate Change
A report on the U.S. military and climate change (PDF) was just presented by World BEYOND War Board Member Pat Elder at an event near the U.S. Base at Ramstein in Germany. Pat reports: The town of Ramstein, near the massive airbase, just had to shut down most of its water system while they are pumping water in from other locations because of PFAS contamination. There has been no media coverage on it. They are in the process of drilling two new wells and rebuilding their water system. A creek not far from the church has PFAS 500 times more than what the EU allows. Fishing is off limits in many local streams and ponds.
On the World BEYOND War Podcast: Taking Stock of the Antiwar Movement
Marc Eliot Stein reports: We devoted the latest episode of the World BEYOND War podcast to a fundamental question: how is the antiwar movement doing right now? Peace and social justice activists are scrambling to keep up with a surreal level of reckless provocations and unbearable atrocities around the world, from Gaza to Venezuela to Yemen to Iran. How is the antiwar movement managing to respond to all these urgent situations at once, while also rebuilding itself for the future? It’s a serious question and we called in some of the core folks from World BEYOND War to discuss it. Executive director David Swanson and board president Leah Bolger join Greta Zarro and myself for an intensive and no-holds-barred talk about the kinds of questions we ask ourselves often. Listen.
Volunteer Spotlight: Marilyn
This week’s volunteer spotlight features Marilyn from Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
How did you get involved with World BEYOND War (WBW)?
My husband, George, was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He served two tours and worked with civil engineers on improving living conditions in Vietnam. George died in 2006 after suffering both kidney and liver failure from his exposure to Agent Orange. This group brought back many of my husband’s feelings about the senselessness of war. So, I immediately supported it.
What’s your top recommendation for someone who wants to get involved with WBW?
There is no greater cause. Making this world a better, safer place for all begins with minds open enough to learn from history that there are always better alternatives than war.
Read more about Marilyn’s story.
South Georgian Bay Kick-Off!
The South Georgian Bay Chapter in Ontario kicked off last week! The chapter’s goal is to have 700 residents of South Georgian Bay sign World BEYOND War’s Peace Pledge (3.5% of the population of SGB’s largest town, Collingwood). The chapter is organizing into different action teams, including a Study War No More study group, a communications team, and an event organizing committee planning a World Peace Day festival on September 21. The chapter meets on a monthly basis in Collingwood, Ontario. Want to start a chapter in your area? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Jenkins, World BEYOND War Education Director, was in Germany last week as a special invited guest at the University of Vechta for their annual International Week. Tony was an invited guest of Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Egon Spiegel, an internationally recognized peace researcher and professor of theology. Tony provided three lectures, including an introduction to World BEYOND War’s A Global Security System: an Alternative to War. Tony also met with a peace researcher from Brazil and visited and met with the Director of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center / Museum in Osnabrück.
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Invite a World BEYOND War Speaker
World BEYOND War has speakers available around the world. See them here. World BEYOND War Executive Director David Swanson’s upcoming speaking events include:
Online Webinar, July 2.
Milano, Italia, Oct. 3
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