WBW News & Action: The Consent of the Governed

Free Webinar on Nov 7: Civilian-Based Defense
“Nonviolence reveals the true power relationship, which is that all governments rest on the consent of the governed and that consent can always be withdrawn.” Join us on November 7 from 8pm-9pm Eastern Time for a free webinar on civilian-based defense (CBD). We’ll be joined by guests Rivera Sun and Philippe Duhamel to talk about the principles and efficacy of CBD as a nonviolent alternative to war and military-based defense. Register for the webinar!

#NoWar2020: May 26-31, 2020
We’re converging on Ottawa this May 26-31 for #NoWar2020 to say NO to CANSEC, Canada’s biggest annual weapons expo. RSVP for our 5th annual global conference. #CancelCANSEC

Armistice Day 101 — November 11, 2019
November 11 is Armistice Day 101, over a century since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918). Sign up for any event on the world map here, or add a new one.

Click here for resources for your event helping to restore Armistice Day.

Workshop Review: Organizing 101
Here’s a review of a recent workshop presented by WBW’s Organizing Director Greta Zarro. Interested in hosting Greta or other speakers from our Speakers Bureau at your event? Contact us!

Greta Zarro of World BEYOND War spoke about the practical details of activism, especially peace activism, in the aptly titled presentation ‘Grassroots Organizing 101.’ Greta provided advice and insights on how to mobilize people and to organize campaigns to influence decision-makers, which I found very clear and helpful. An important organizing principle is to give activists clear, achievable goals for the short- and long-term. These goals need not always be changes to law and policy but can include benchmarks such as gathering a certain number of signatures for a petition or letters for a letter-writing campaign. Such comprehensible goals are necessary not least because they can give activists the sense of progress and accomplishment necessary to staying motivated. Another important principle mentioned was to identify the crucial influences on decision-makers—funders of their political campaigns, for example, or even religious figures who command respect—and to try to bring them on board [with] the cause. These and other recommendations were helpful, but the presentation’s impact went beyond specific advice. Simply meeting someone dedicated to the peace cause and to pursuing practical strategies for peace was very inspiring.” —John Whitehead, President, Consistent Life Network

#GivingTuesday, December 3
#GivingTuesday is December 3, a global day of giving back to support the causes that are most dear to us. $2 trillion a year is spent on war. What would you pay for peace? Your support allows us to do our work day in and day out — the daily organizing that is necessary to educate and mobilize volunteers around the world to start up World BEYOND War chapters, divest their cities from war, and shut down bases in their communities.

Plus, between now and December 3, we’re giving back to our supporters!
• All donors get a free copy of our e-book A Global Security System: An Alternative to War
• Donate $125 or more & get a free registration for our next online course
• Make your gift recurring for $9+/month & get access to a special #GivingTuesday video chat with WBW Co-Founder David Swanson on December 3 at 8:00pm Eastern

Make your #GivingTuesday gift.

Volunteer Spotlight:
Heinrich Buecker

“World BEYOND War has members in 175 countries worldwide, which underscores the fact that this is a global movement. This is especially resonant in Berlin, a city that is home to people from over 160 nations. In 2005, I founded the Coop Anti-War Cafe in downtown Berlin, which has become a meeting point for many people in the anti-war movement, artists, locals and tourists alike. People from all parts of the world come to our Anti-War Cafe, which also acts as the hub for our World BEYOND War Berlin chapter.”
Read Heinrich’s story.

We’re hiring!
We’re hiring a part-time remote Development Director to oversee fundraising for World BEYOND War. Are you savvy with grant writing? Skilled at fundraising?
Read more and apply.

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U.S. Capitol Nov. 8th
Join David Swanson and others from World BEYOND War and Code Pink in demanding peace and a Green New Deal.

Divestment Forum: Nov 23 in Arlington, Va.
This summer, World BEYOND War led a successful campaign to divest the city of Charlottesville from weapons and fossil fuels. Now the county of Arlington, Va., is turning to Charlottesville for advice on how to divest. Join us on November 23 for a divestment forum to talk about the steps needed to cut ties to the war economy and successfully divest Arlington from war. RSVP.

Creating a Way to Close Military Bases
There is a measure in a bill in the U.S. Congress that, if it were to become law (which we’re told is increasingly likely), would require that the U.S. military explain to the U.S. Congress exactly how each foreign U.S. base makes the United States safer. Learn more and see a form for U.S. residents to send emails to Congress here.

News from Around the World

The World Must Compel the U.S. to Allow Korea to Have Peace

Peace Activists in Ireland: New World BEYOND War Podcast Featuring Barry Sweeney, Mairead Maguire, John Maguire

Germans Demand All US Military Leave, Claiming US War With Russia Is Inevitable

Talk Nation Radio: Mark Isaacs on Peace Activism in Afghanistan

The Biggest Winner In Canada’s Election Is The Military

On Bragging About Murdering People You Turned into Terrorists

USA Department of Defense Inspector General to Investigate PFAS Use in Military

Peace in Afghanistan

Young Voices from War Zones to #NOWAR2019

What Does the U.S. Public Think of Its Government Arming and Bombing the World?

Detailed Account from Within the Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Talk Nation Radio: Kings Bay Plowshares 7

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  1. Grassroots-led war divestment campaigns are springing up all over the world, from students organizing to divest university endowments from weapons manufacturers and war profiteers, to municipalities coming together to divest public pension funds from the war machine. This summer, World BEYOND War led a successful campaign to divest the city of Charlottesville from weapons and fossil fuels. Now the county of Arlington is turning to Charlottesville for advice on how to divest. Join us on November 23 for a divestment forum to talk about the steps needed to cut ties to the war economy and successfully divest Arlington from war. Paki Wieland : Paki is an activist with CODEPINK: Women for Peace. She was part of the Free Gaza Movement campaign and the Witness Against Torture campaign. She participated in the spring 2011 delegation to Afghanistan to join the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. She has extensive experience campaigning for war divestment.

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