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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in General News

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)- Halifax, Nova Scotia

NEWS RELEASE

APRIL 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Who:         Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW)

What:       Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

Where:     Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road

When:      11:30 – 1:30, FRIDAY, April 28, 2017

 

The public is invited to join the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) at this international Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).

 

How do you want your tax dollars spent?

 

At the Halifax event, the public will be given the opportunity to identify their priorities for taxpayer spending, by placing 25 cent quarters (supplied by NSVOW) in jars labeled:  Arts & Culture, Environment, Health and Education, Military, Peace, and Women & Children.

 

This year, the Global Campaign Against Military Spending takes place from April 18th to April 28th. The International Peace Bureau and its members organize events all around the world (Australia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameron, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, etc).

 

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace supports this global action and urges all Canadians to ask questions of those in power as they set priorities and spend the money. Where do you think they should spend our money?

 

Last year, the Government of Canada spent $28 billion on the Department of National Defence.  Canada is now the 7th highest spender on the military among NATO members and the 17th highest spender on the military in the world.  Is there room for transformation in an approach that is ‘business as usual’?  In fact, over the last two decades, military spending has dramatically increased.  With catastrophic climate change and greater poverty and inequality in this country and around the world, Canada cannot waste precious resources on war and weapons.

 

What does change look like for you?  Do we have to spend the most money on defense? Can we move to peace and sustainability?

 

“We believe that war is not healthy for children and women and men. Redirect military spending to human needs.We cannot avoid climate catastrophe without stopping military greenhouse gas emissions. Stop the wars, stop the warming.”    Sandy Greenberg 2017

 

“Keep women at the table. Speak out. Consider that . . . the defence sector is not only highly gendered in terms of women’s underrepresentation, but defence policies and military operations have disproportionally negative impacts on women.”  Dr. Maya Eichler 2016

 

 

NOVA SCOTIA VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE

Since their first meeting in Muriel Duckworth’s living room in the 1960’s, Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace have been positive and vocal advocates for change….come join us!

 

VOW works locally, nationally, and internationally on issues related to peace, social justice, human rights, and development with the mandate to promote the full inclusion of women in decision-making at all levels of society.

 

WHAT WE DO

  • Peace Education
  • Peace Advocacy
  • White Poppy Campaign
  • Monthly Vigils
  • Networking – VOW has demonstrated against military actions, supported women living in regions of conflict, and attended UN Conferences.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO – TAKE ACTION

  • Join today’s activity  “Where would you put your money?”
  • Tell the Finance Minister Bill Morneau what your think about spending on national defence and the need to take action to reduce poverty and protect the planet

Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca   Stop the Wars! Stop the Warming”

  • Write to PM Justin Trudeau and request more information about his feminist priorities

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca.

  • Take a selfie with us today “ If I had 1.75 trillion dollars I would#movethemoneyto:

(1.75 trillion CDN is how much money is spent around the globe on militarization)

  • JOIN US at the Central Library in the First Nation’s Circle at 3pm on Wednesdays as we read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report
  • JOIN US: NS VOW at http://www.nsvow.org/

 

“It seems reasonable to believe — and I do believe — that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.” Rachel Carson 1952

 

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