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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,...

Freedom Flotilla Coalition Donates Materials to over 400 Fishers in Gaza

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in General News

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), an international coalition composed of civil society groups demanding an end to the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza, recently sent fishing materials to Palestinian fishers in Gaza. In cooperation with several Palestinian and international organisations, the FFC has responded to the increasingly desperate plight of fishers in Gaza who are unable to feed their families due to restrictions on fishing imposed by the Israeli occupiers. Materials distributed in the ports of Gaza and Deir Balah include: fishing nets – two types (Shanshoulah and Monefel, 2×3 and 2×1.5cm respectively), sufficient for 140 fishers. fishing suits – sufficient for 79 fishers’use. Marine boat lighting – 342 distributed, for over 200 fishers to...

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blogs, General News

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...