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Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

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

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

  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 between the P5+1 countries and Iran. This agreement was subsequently ratified by the United Nations Security Council through the passage of Resolution 2231.   In recent months President Trump has expressed his intention to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran. During his confrontational speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017, President Trump once again signalled his...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Blogs

HIROSHIMA DAY, 2017

HIROSHIMA DAY, 2017

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, mostly women, gave me encouraging waves.  One woman walked by, waved, nodded and said, “today.”  One man approached me, explaining that he speaks French and asked what “nukes” means.  After I answered him, he nodded his approval.  A woman, who looked as if she might have been of Japanese origin, asked permission to take my picture.  By this time, about...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in General News, Uncategorized

VOW Signs CNANW’s Call on the Government of Canada to join the new treaty.

VOW Signs CNANW’s Call on the Government of Canada to join the new treaty.

VOW joined forces with CNANW in their  call on the Government  to engage in negotiations for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The Government did not act on our request. But regardless, the negotiations proceeded and 122 states have agreed on a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  VOW now endorses CNANW’s Call on the Government of Canada to join the new Treaty, and invites other groups to endorse it. Call to Canada to Sign Treaty on The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons On July 7, 2017, 122 nations, in an historic action, voted at the U.N. to adopt a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, manufacturing and possession of nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons have been unconditionally stigmatized as standing outside international humanitarian law. Governments and civil society have together recognized the “catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences” of the use of any nuclear weapon. When 50 states have ratified it, the Treaty will enter into force and all the States Parties will...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in General News, Uncategorized

“A Bold Peace” Film Screening Celebrating International Peace Day

“A Bold Peace” Film Screening Celebrating International Peace Day

In celebration of UN International Day of Peace, VOW Victoria, BC is hosting a free public screening of the award-winning documentary “A Bold Peace”. The film presents Costa Rica’s inspiring path of demilitarization. Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. For more info about the event click Here. Hosted by the Cadboro Bay United Church and co-sponsored by VIPDN, KAIROS, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Raging Grannies. We will also do a short action for the international Peace Wave that evening....

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News, Nuclear Weapons

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Asks Where is Canada? On July 7, 2017, 122 countries voted to adopt the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons– a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction, and establishes a pathway to their elimination. Canada didn’t attend the vote and has not supported the treaty. Fortunately, it’s not too late to do otherwise. The treaty will open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, during the High-Level Segment of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, call on you to sign this historic treaty. We urge our government to stand up for Canada’s peacemaking values and our commitment to multilateralism and disarmament by signing the treaty on September 20. By signing the treaty, Canada has the opportunity to take on an outstanding role in helping to eliminate nuclear weapons, the most dangerous weapons on Earth. Sign our petition...

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