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B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Written by Hannah Hadikin, member of the VOW Board of Directors Approximately every six months for the past couple decades or longer, a dedicated group of peace activist members and supporters gather to attend the BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition (BCSIPC) Conference.  This bi-annual Conference alternates between the Okanagan, Boundary and West Kootenay regions. This time around the Conference was hosted by the West Kootenay group with the MIR Centre in Castlegar serving as the venue.  As usual, the excitement of seeing familiar faces and the pleasure of meeting new attendees and catching up over coffee and muffins, is the order of the day! Folks from Kelowna, Kaslo, Grand...

PLAAY Participates at Nocturne: Art at Night

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News

Peace Leadership Activism and Action for Youth (PLAAY) is the new youth chapter of Canadian Voice of Women in Nova Scotia. Nocturne: Art at Night – An annual evening of art and wonder in the heart of Halifax. October 14, 2017.  PLAAY’s art installation was:  How Many Times Must the Cannonballs Fly?  The cannons at Historic Properties will be shrouded in a veil of white poppies, transformed to remember all casualties of war.   The theme of Nocturne : Art at Night this year was “Vanish”.  We invited participants to walk the road to peace (a path with messages about the costs and effects of war, and an invitation to think about...

Peace in Palestine Campaign

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

VOW is very pleased to announce that we have signed on to The Peace in Palestine campaign is an effort to get Canada’s politicians to have an honest public discussion about Israel’s illegal “settlements,” and how Canada must respond.  A core component of the campaign is a Parliamentary ePetition, calling on the government to “demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.” VOW urges you to please sign the Parliamentary ePetition now! Through the grassroots support for this campaign, the Peace in Palestine hopes to force the introduction of a parliamentary motion on Israel’s illegal settlement activities. For more information, go to...

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is so excited to announce that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.  VOW is a proud and long time partner organization to ICAN. On Friday October 6th from Oslo, Norway: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” What a wonderful...

CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ISSUE JOINT LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU URGING HIM TO SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

  We ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.” October 11, 2017. Today, 10 Canadian civil society organizations issued a joint letter to the The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concerns regarding the possibility of an imminent decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).   The JCPOA was the result of 12 years of diplomatic negotiations...

HIROSHIMA DAY, 2017

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Blogs

HIROSHIMA DAY, 2017 by Toby Brooks Hiroshima Day is an emotional day for me.  I suppose it is for everyone who works for peace.  Maybe it’s more intense for me because I was born and grew up in the United States and carry an extra feeling of responsibility for the suffering that my country caused. On August 6, this year, I was compelled to make a statement.  The night before, I made a sign saying, REMEMBER HIROSHIMA REMEMBER NAGASAKI NO NUKES I dressed in black and at 2:15 in the afternoon, stationed myself in front of the U.S. Embassy.  Most people walked by with no comment.  A few people,...