Upcoming Peace & Justice Events
4-13 October 2007 is the Annual “Keep Space for Peace Week” co-hosted by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). There will be events in the U.K., India, Poland, the Czech Republic, the U.S.A. and probably many other locations. For a list of local events, see here.
19-21 October Shalom 2007, Reconciliation: Message, Ministry, and Movement. This is the annual conference of the Pentecostal Charismatic Peace Fellowship. If you are a Pentecostal or Charismatic Christian (or are interested), register to go to the Providence Christian Center (known as The Hot Dog Church) in San Francisco, CA for a weekend of Spirit-filled speakers, inspiring worship, interactive workshops, and a chance at bearing witness through nonviolent direct action.
26-27 October, Building the Beloved Community, the annual Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking will be held at Christian Brothers’ University, Memphis, TN. Speakers include Naomi Tutu, Rosa Clemente, Simon Harak, S.J., Gwendoly Zahora Simmons, and Barry Gan.
That same weekend, 26-27 October, at Boston’s historic Old South Church, Boston, MA is the Sabeel Conference with a special guest appearance by retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Work nonviolently for an independent Palestine and peace in Palestine-Israel.
26 Oct.-04 Nov. 2007, Christian Peacemaker Teams will have a nonviolent delegation to Tennessee to halt the production of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons. For a list of CPT delegations to Colombia, Israel-Palestine, and the Philippines, see their website.
Would you like to help shut down a terrorist training camp? This one is supported by U.S. taxes and located in Ft. Benning, GA. Yes, it’s the infamous School of the Americas (School of Assassins), renamed WHINSEC (Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation). This is the school whose graduates include the worst human rights abusers in Latin America, including those responsible for the assassination of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero and of the mass murder of Salvadoran Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter–among many other atrocities throughout Central and South America from the mid-’70s to today. If stopping this kind of state-supported terrorism is for you, go to the annual vigil/protest (with opportunities for nonviolent civil disobedience) at Ft. Benning, GA sponsored by School of the Americas Watch on 14-18 November 2007. For more information, click here.
7-10 March 2008 is the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme will be “Claiming a Vision of True Security” and will include training in “citizen lobbying” of lawmakers–and a chance to put that training into practice on Capitol Hill.
11-13 April 2008 is the annual organizing conference of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. This one will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, USA (home of StratCom, the U.S. Strategic Command and Response Center) and there will be opportunity to bear nonviolent witness at StratCom.
I have doubtless missed many, around the world. Send me events happening your area? Are you doing creative things to stand in solidarity with the people of Burma, or Darfur, or the Democratic Republic of Congo or Palestine-Israel? Are you working to stop handgun violence in your neighborhood? Working for pro-life alternatives to abortion? Standing up against torture? Fighting the sexual exploitation of women and children? Hosting dialogues between persons of different faiths? Whatever it is, send it here and I will publicize it more widely.
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