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

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

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 Forks, Nelson, Castlegar and the surrounding areas all participated in creating a circle of trust, friendship, mutual respect and acceptance. Along with representing an array of diverse views, faiths, cultural traditions, experiences and peace activism, there was a strong thread that wove us together as we all envisioned a world free of wars, conflicts, inequality, poverty and violence. The agenda...

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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 Oct 2, 2017 in Blogs, General News

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

Personal Reflections Sandy Greenberg, VOW Board of Directors and Nova Scotia VOW Steering Committee         GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO: BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD.  “MAD” refers to “Mutually Assured Destruction”, which is a highly flawed theory which posits that having countries possess nuclear weapons deters their use.  Being at the conference made me feel that VOW is not alone in our unwavering quest for freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons.  I learned a huge amount about the many individuals and organizations, both between and within nations, both governmental and non-governmental, that have been researching, writing, networking, lobbying, educating, and cooperating in order to transform our world into one free of the threat of nuclear catastrophe. We were all there to promote our common humanity, which was suggested as an even better expression than common security.   VOW also had our own activities.  The VOW AGM as well as the Public Panel , “Advancing Non-Violence Policy and Practice” on Sept. 24 were well organized...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blogs, General News

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

Dear VOWs, Today,August 30th, 2017 is my last day as the National Coordinator of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) after almost a decade.   It has been an exciting and life changing experience.  I look back over these past years with a lot of emotion.  We shared so many successes and so many disappointments, but through it all we continued in our determination to create a culture of peace. Over this period I also became a grandmother, and that only increased my commitment to work towards a safe world for our children and future generations to live and grow.   During my time at VOW, we established peace leadership camps that are held every year in three different provinces (Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia).  In Manitoba, VOW developed a ToolKit for Young Feminists.  Over the past several years, we have continued with our educational excursions to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), with so many of these young women returning to their communities to...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blogs

We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons

We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 12* We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons 4 July 2017 Ray Acheson Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Download full edition in PDF There are many ways to ban nuclear weapons. The draft text that the President of the conference released on Monday evening is one of them. And it’s a good one. It is a categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons that also provides a framework for their elimination. To paraphrase the former leading US arms control negotiator Paul Warnke about nuclear treaties: “I could have written a much, much better agreement…. But of course, I could not have negotiated such an agreement.” The treaty that delegations here in New York have negotiated may not satisfy all visions or interpretations of the “best” way to ban nuclear weapons, but it does constitute a progressive, sound, legally-binding effective prohibition of these genocidal, suicidal weapons of mass destruction....

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