We are excited to invite you to join us for another installment of Nonviolence International’s Wednesday webinar series We Are All Part of One Another.
On May 6th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT (14:30-16:00 GMT) we will hold a discussion on...
"Nonviolent Resistance to Nuclear Weapons and War"
This interactive webinar is scheduled to feature presentations by plowshare activists, Patrick O’Neill and Martha Hennessy, who are both facing additional prison time for their disarmament action at the Kingsbay Submarine Base; Alyn Ware of Abolition2000 and winner of the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Mani Shankar Aiyar, a former Indian parliamentarian and diplomat, and Divina Maloum, the co-winner of the 2019 International Children Peace Prize.
Patrick O'Neill, A journalist for almost 40 years. Enjoys writing about religion, track and field/running, and politics. Co-founded the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House in Garner, NC in 1991. Hitchhiker and dumpster diver extraordinaire. Served significant prison time for NV protests. Sentencing for his participation in the Kingsbay Plowshare NV action scheduled for late May.
Martha Hennessy seventh grandchild of Dorothy Day divides her time between the family farm in Vermont and practicing the works of mercy at Maryhouse Catholic Worker in New York City. She is 64, a retired occupational therapist, and a grandmother of eight. She has been imprisoned protesting war and nuclear power/weapons, the use of drones, and the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo. She has traveled to Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Korea, and Palestine to understand the effects of United States military policy and war in other countries. Martha travels and speaks on the topics of life and work in the community, Catholic Social Teaching, nuclear abolition, and peacemaking efforts in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement.
Alyn Ware is a New Zealand peace educator and campaigner in the areas of peace, non-violence, nuclear abolition, international law, women's rights, children's rights, and the environment. He has served as the Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament since it was founded in 2002. His previous positions include Director of Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA), Director of the Peace Foundation Schools Outreach Programme for the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace, and Founding Director of the Mobile Peace Van. Alyn has won many awards including the Right Livelihood Award.
Mani Shankar Aiyar is an Indian politician and former career civil servant diplomat, serving as a member of the Indian National Congress Party. He represented the Mayiladuthurai constituency of Tamil Nadu in the 10th Lok Sabha, 13th Lok Sabha, and 14th Lok Sabha, in addition to serving in the Rajya Sabha from 2010-2016. He is also a part of the Hon. Board of Advisors of India's International Movement to Unite Nations (I.I.M.U.N.), a youth organization comprising 26,000 young organizers who put together student conferences in 160 cities across 22 countries and work with over 7,500 schools impacting 10 million students. He is one of the Co-Presidents of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
Divina Maloum is a student in Cameroon and civil society activist In 2015, she founded Children for Peace (C4P), a children and girl led movement working across Cameroon in complex cultural systems for Children rights, gender equity and peace-building. She works with regional and international organizations as African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development and Kidsrights Foundation, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), UNFOLD ZERO, Abolition 2000 and Move the Nuclear Money movement for peacebuilding, disarmament, disinvestment in nuclear weapons and increased investment in sustainable development goals. She was co-winner of the 2019 International Children Peace Prize organized by KidsRights Foundation.
This is a rare opportunity for our organization along with some of our partners and friends to address the continuous manufacturing and stockpiling of nuclear arms, putting the world at more and more risk of a nuclear conflict or accident. According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist, the doomsday clock has us closer to global catastrophe than ever as we are only 100 seconds away from midnight (the marker indicating nuclear annihilation). We will discuss important campaigns that promote nonviolence in the face of the increasing nuclearization and militarization many countries are undergoing.
Through these timely webinars, Nonviolence International will educate, inspire, and build a strong community as we work for a better world.
Over the coming months, 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.
We look forward to an interactive and inspirational webinar series.