By World BEYOND War, May 31, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of CANSEC, World BEYOND War held our 5th annual global conference virtually over the course of 3 days, instead of in Ottawa, Canada, as had been originally planned. We covered a range of topics, from the efficacy of nonviolence, to the pathway for economic conversion away from a war economy. The video recordings are available for free viewing below.

In the meantime, CANSEC – North America’s largest weapons expo – has already announced its June 2021 dates in Ottawa, so we’re gearing up for a week of education and action for our #NoWar2021 Conference from June 1-6, 2021. Register to join us in-person in 2021 to protest CANSEC and demand a peaceful, green, and just future!

Day 1 of World BEYOND War’s #NoWar2020 Virtual Conference! Mary-Wynne Ashford led an online workshop on “Nonviolence Strategies – 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War.”

Day 2 of World BEYOND War’s #NoWar2020 virtual conference! We heard 2 back-to-back panel presentations. First, Te Ao Pritchard, Siana Bangura, Richard Sanders, and Colin Stuart spoke about organizing strategies for how to shut down a weapons expo and protest the international arms trade. Then Tamara Lorincz, Brent Patterson, and Simon Black spoke about conversion from a war to peace economy, and how we need to demilitarize in order to decarbonize.

Day 3: #NoWar2020: Anti-War Activists Open Mic Session: We heard live music from the Ottawa Raging Grannies and Sandy Greenberg, along with reports from World BEYOND War chapter coordinators and music, poetry, stories of activism, and more from participants from around the world.

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