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Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?
Sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition
Funded by a Mercy Peace Initiative Grant
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404
NEW COALITION: Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition is sponsoring an April 22, 2017 conference entitled, Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? The newly-formed coalition, includes the following peace and social justice groups: Burlington Vermont Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Peace & Justice Center, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Save Our Skies VT/Stop the F35s Coalition, Vermont Action for Peace, the Multicultural Center, the Caroline Fund. The purpose of the conference and coalition is to revitalize the Vermont peace movement and focus on the financial, social, and environmental costs of war and militarism in our state. All interested groups are invited to join the coalition and/or sponsor the conference. For more information, contact Marguerite Adelman firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFERENCE ISSUES: One of the hot topics in our area is the basing of the new F35s at the Burlington International Airport in the fall of 2019. The controversy surrounding the F35s has focused community attention, especially in South Burlington and Winooski which are in the direct flight plan of the planes, on the economic and environmental impact of militarism on daily life here in Vermont. Concerns about the F35s and increased militarism in Vermont have been taken to our local, state, and federal legislators, as well as to court. The Cities of Winooski and South Burlington joined a lawsuit with the Stop the F-35 Coalition regarding the U.S. Air Force’s environmental impact statement of F-35 fighter jets (http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com). The F35 issue encapsulates almost all of the issues of our conference from impact on the environment to economic cost to disarmament and war.
The April 22nd conference is aligned with Coalition goals, including disarmament and ending war, social and economic justice, and protection of the environment. Workshops will include an educational component, as well as a key focus on potential solutions. Topics that have been brainstormed include protecting the environment from the destructive consequence of militarism and war; connecting the dots between oil, corporations, and war; moving the money from war to peace; civilian unarmed peacekeeping; etc. The goal of this action-oriented conference is to come up with 4 actions/events that coalition members can agree to work on together.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: The April 22nd conference, to be held on Earth Day at Winooski High School in Winooski, Vermont, will bring together coalition members and interested Vermonters through workshops, panels, and actions that answer the conference’s key question: what it will take to build a world beyond war? A tentative conference schedule is below:
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM Registration, Coffee, Exhibits, and Networking
9:30 to 10:30 AM Keynote Presenter: David Swanson, A World Beyond War
10:45 to 11:45 AM` Workshop Sessions
11:45 to 12:45 PM Lunch, Exhibits, and Networking
12:45 to 1:45 PM Workshop Sessions
2:00 to 3:00 PM Workshop Sessions
3:15 to 4:30 PM Closing Session Presenter: Pat Hynes, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
David Swanson is Director of World Beyond War (worldbeyondwar.org/). His books include: War Is Never Just, War Is A Lie, War No More: The Case for Abolition, and When the World Outlawed War. He is the host of Talk Nation Radio. He has been a journalist, activist, organizer, educator, and agitator. Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011. Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He blogs at davidswanson.org and warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization rootsaction.org. Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter and contact him at david [AT] davidswanson.org.
Pat Hynes is the Director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (http://traprock.org/). She is a retired Professor of Urban Environmental Health and has worked for decades as an educator, researcher, writer and activist on issues of environmental justice, feminism, and the health effects of war. Her book, A Patch of Eden: America’s Inner-City Gardeners, documented the social and environmental justice capacity of the community gardening movement in inner cities of the United States. She is committed to building with others the Traprock Center as an informational and educational resource for activists, educators, and students. Pat has had several of her articles on war, militarism, peace, and related concerns published online: Hynes/MyTurn: Down the Same Rut: Don’t Bomb Syria!, When Veterans Speak Out about Truth of Iraq War, Vietnam: An Unfinished Debt, Reflections on Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan, Mothers Day for Peace – a Blessing, Federal Budgets Are Moral Documents, Beatitudes for Veterans Day, Local Budgets and War Spending: A Reflection for Tax Day, April 15, Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Where are the Women?, and War Weariness, Military Heft, and Peace Building, Mercenaries in the Marketplace of Violence .
To be determined…..
Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404
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