Peacestock: The 18th Annual Gathering for Peace: #Peacestock2020 — Theme: Where’s the Truth? A Free, Online Zooming Peace Gathering with Veterans For Peace on Saturday, July 18th from 1pm to 4pm CDT (GMT-5) featuring Norman Solomon and Andrew Bacevich, as well as David Swanson and other peace activists, along with inspiring music by Bill McGrath. Sign up here.
Strengthening Solidarity between Social Movements in Venezuela and the United States: A Virtual Meeting on Thursday, July 16, at 2 p.m. ET (GMT-4). Representatives of social movements in Venezuela and the United States will discuss current U.S. and allied interventions against Venezuela and concrete ways we can build greater solidarity to end U.S. imperialism. The four Embassy Protection Collective members who were arrested inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. last year will also speak on the call. The meeting will be conducted in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation. Sign up here.
War and Nuclear Weapons: Films and Discussions: Join us for this series of discussions of films! We recommend that you view each film ahead of time. Then you can join us for the live (virtual) discussions. Learn more here.
Hibakusha Remembrance Webinar: On Thursday August 6th at noon Pacific Daylight Time: attend, and invite your friends to attend, an online presentation by Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, Dr. Jonathan Down, and youth activist Magritte Gordaneer. In the hour-long session, with time for Q&A, these experts will address the bombings, the public health impact of nuclear war, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the state of international law and other matters to help us all make meaningful the vow: “Never Again.” RSVP.
Kateri Peace Conference: Bending the Arc: Striving for Peace, Justice in an Age of Endless War. August 21 at 7-9 p.m. ET (GMT-4) and August 22 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET (GMT-4). Via Zoom. Join Steve Breyman, John Amidon, Maureen Beillargeon Aumand, Medea Benjamin, Kristin Christman, Lawrence Davidson, Stephen Downs, James Jennings, Kathy Kelly, Jim Merkel, Ed Kinane, Nick Mottern, Rev. Felicia Parazaider, Bill Quigley, David Swanson, Ann Wright, and Chris Antal. The speakers are all authors of a new book of the same name as the conference. Reserve your tickets here.
We received an incredible response to our call for talent for the Global Skills Exchange which is officially set to launch next Monday, July 20th! We have some great donations, so keep an eye out for an upcoming email with details about how you can learn how to play the piano or saxophone, transform your life by working with a life coach, learn traditional German cooking, receive multiple therapeutic sessions, learn to knit, attend a virtual poetry event, learn to paint, become conversational in Kichwa, dance, take part in a War Tax Resistance 101 workshop, or learn the five elements as understood in traditional Chinese medicine . . . among many other incredible and fun opportunities that have been so generously donated—all of this while supporting WBW’s efforts to abolish war!
How does anyone become a peace activist? Write down how you did (in any language) and submit it to us for publication here. Read examples from David Swanson and Dave Lindorff. See also our numerous Volunteer Spotlights for inspiration (especially if you’re not a peace activist yet): Eleanor, Marilyn, Bob, Carolyn, Helen, Eliza, Marc Eliot Stein, Barry Sweeney, Rivera Sun, Heinrich Buecker, Al Mytty, Leah Bolger, John Pegg, Tim Pluta, Tracy Oakley, Liz Remmerswaal, Darienne Hetherman, Bill Geimer.
Find a public space that you care about, that’s beautiful or important to you, a shrine, a site of conscience, a place of engagement or of contemplation. Take your photo there with a message against war or for peace. Feel free to make use of this gear or to make your own. Post your photos to social media with the hashtag #worldbeyondwar or email them to us.
Find upcoming events on the events list and map here. Most of them are now online events that can be participated in from anywhere on earth.
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