We have had three inspirational sessions so far and hope you can be with us this week. We are excited to invite you to join us for Nonviolence International’s weekly Wednesday Webinar series called We Are All Part of One Another--- April 15th at 10:30 am-12:00 pm EDT (1430-1600 GMT). This Wednesday we will focus on Powerful Nonviolent Responses to Militarism and COVID-19 featuring leading peace activists from around the world such as Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK; Carina Solmirano, Control Arms; and Jan Jaap van Oosterzee, PAX. Our panelists will invite us to join campaigns for global ceasefires, particularly for Yemen, Congo, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, West Africa, Ukraine, and Somalia. We will also hear about the role the US plays in many of these conflicts and efforts to pressure for change. We will hear about the role of arms transfers and the Arms Trade Treaty (which Trump recently withdrew from), and we will hear about the misallocation of global resources on national security and militaries rather than public health and on peacebuilding investments.
This is a rare opportunity for the global peace movement to discuss with our leaders' important campaigns and initiatives that will actually make a difference in promoting a more nonviolent world during the pandemic.
Panelists will include:
Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She is the author of ten books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. Her most recent book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is part of a campaign to prevent a war with Iran and instead promote normal trade and diplomatic relations.
Jan Jaap van Oosterzee is the Policy Lead for the Public Affairs Team of PAX, which works together with committed citizens and partners to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence, and to build a just peace. PAX is a partnership between IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) and Pax Christi. PAX works on the basis of two central values of peace in conflict areas:
- human dignity;
- solidarity with peace activists and victims of war violence.
Our central values lead to a distinct vision of peace and security. In our peace work, we are guided by the concept of human security; the protection and security of civilians leads our responses to conflicts.
Carina Solmirano is the ATT Monitor Coordinator, a project of Control Arms. She also teaches international security and international relations at Universidad de San Andres (Argentina). Carina has researched and written extensively on issues related to transparency in military expenditure and arms procurements, on militarization in Latin America and public security. Control Arms, is fiscally sponsored by Nonviolence International and was widely reported to be on the shortlist for the Noble Prize in 2019.
We look forward to an interactive and inspirational session.
Through these timely webinars, Nonviolence International will educate, inspire, and build a strong community as we work for a better world.
Over the coming weeks, we will be hosting an impressive range of nonviolent activists, thinkers, and leaders. We hope that you will make our new webinar series a regular part of your week. Each week you will hear a powerful story of how people are using creative nonviolence in these difficult days.
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