World BEYOND War hosts free educational webinars accessible to the public. Our webinar series is an opportunity for us to answer questions about our work, and engage in live dialogue with our members and partners around the world. Our webinars are recorded and can be re-watched at any time.
Webinars from 2021:
What Is a World BEYOND War Chapter and How Do You Form One? World BEYOND War’s Organizing Director Greta Zarro introduces WBW’s mission and campaigns, and walks through what a WBW chapter is. This is from April 2, 2021.
Info Session: Peace Education + Action for Impact Project: World BEYOND War is excited to announce the Peace Education and Action for Impact project, a cross-cultural, intergenerational project conceived and developed in collaboration with the Rotary Action Group for Peace. This discussion was on March 26, 2021.
Agent Orange, Lasting Legacy of the Vietnam War: Sixty years ago, the United States used approximately 19 million gallons of 15 different herbicides, including 13 million gallons of Agent Orange, over southern Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Between 2.1 and 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed during the spraying and many more continue to be exposed through the environment. Agent Orange exposure continues to negatively affect the lives of men and women in Vietnam and in the United States. Agent Orange exposure is associated with cancers, immune deficiencies, reproductive illnesses and severe birth defects in Vietnamese, American, and Vietnamese-Americans directly exposed as well as their children and grandchildren. In this powerful panel on March 25, 2021, Hoan Thi Tran and Heather Bowser share their personal stories. Jonathan Moore discusses the U.S. legal cases around Agent Orange, and Tricia Euvrard talks about the current lawsuit in France. Susan Schnall talks about the broad health effects of Agent Orange, and Paul Cox briefly discusses the legislation on Agent Orange that U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee will soon introduce. This webinar was inspired by the documentary The People Vs Agent Orange. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, here’s the link to the film website.
Leah Bolger on the U.S. Overseas Military Base Empire: Presentation by Leah Bolger, President of the Board, World BEYOND War and retired U.S. Naval officer. Leah presented on the social, environmental, and economic impact of U.S. bases and how to close them. Sponsored by the CNY Beyond War and Militarism Committee and World BEYOND War on March 9, 2021.
The Arrest of Meng Wanzhou & the New Cold War on China: Hearings in the extradition trial of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei, resumed on March 1, 2021. Her arrest was a colossal blunder by the Trudeau Government, motivated by Trump’s political, economic, and security ambitions to create a new cold war with China. We held a panel on the same day featuring panelists who discussed the alarming rise of Sinophobia and anti-Chinese rhetoric in Canada and the likelihood that Huawei will be illegally banned from participation in Canada’s 5G network. Speakers included:
—Radhika Desai – Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba. She is also serving a third term as President of the Society for Socialist Studies.
—William Ging Wee Dere – Documentary filmmaker and author of “Being Chinese in Canada, The Struggle for Identity, Redress and Belonging” winner of the 2020 Blue Metropolis/Conseil des arts de Montréal Diversity Prize. Anti-imperialist organizer and a leading activist in the movement for redress of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.
—Justin Podur – Author of several books including America’s Wars on Democracy in Rwanda and the DR Congo, Siegebreakers, and Haiti’s New Dictatorship. He writes for the Independent Media Institute’s Globetrotter project and runs a podcast called the Anti-Empire Project. He is an Associate Professor at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.
—John Ross – Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University, Beijing; economic advisor to former Mayor Ken Livingstone of London, UK.
This event included simultaneous translation in French and Mandarin. This event was organized by the Cross-Canada Campaign to FREE MENG WANZHOU. Canada Files was the official media sponsor.
Fasting for Justice: Fasts and hunger strikes are a time-honored form of political resistance and non-violent protest. Watch our webinar from February 27, 2021, to learn more about this powerful tool for justice from those who have used it to campaign against violence, and for prisoner justice, climate action, and demilitarization. We also announced an upcoming fast in April 2021 to oppose Canada’s planned purchase of 88 bomber planes and shared information on how you can get involved. Speakers included:
—Kathy Kelly – American peace activist, pacifist and author, three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize
—Souheil Benslimane – Abolitionist, prisoner and migrant justice organizer, Coordinator of the Jail Accountability and Information Line (JAIL) hotline, member of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) and the Ottawa Sanctuary Network (OSN)
—Lyn Adamson – lifelong activist, co-founder of ClimateFast, National Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
—Matthew Behrens – writer and social justice advocate, coordinator of the Homes not Bombs non-violent direct action network
This event was hosted by World BEYOND War, Voice of Women for Peace, Pax Christi Toronto, the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and ClimateFast.
A Valentine for People and Planet: A Valentine’s Day event organized on February 14, 2021, by Grannies for Peace, a project of the Albany, NY based network, Women Against War (www.WomenAgainstWar.org), with filmmaker Cynthia Lazaroff! On Valentine’s Day, we Grannies have for years vigilled, weaving our concern about many peace and justice issues into a tapestry of love. This year, because of the coronavirus, we gather with Grannies’ friends and allies on Zoom for a program focused on the threat of nuclear weapons and the need for changed US nuclear policy, especially in light of the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We see a wonderful 40 minute CODEPINK video interview of Cynthia Lazaroff, a film maker working on nuclear weapons issues – and then Cynthia joins us for a short follow-up presentation, with a chance for us to pose comments and questions. We close with Cynthia’s 5 minute video, Mourning Armageddon. With many years of Valentine’s Day vigiling for a foreign policy based on love, Grannies for Peace calls on grannies and allies to learn and act on this existential challenge.
Bahrain 10 Years After: A webinar from February 12, 2021. 10 years after the Bahraini government violently cracked down on mass pro-democracy protests in February 2011, the country remains riven by levels of unrest, political crisis, and human rights violations. Bahrainis continue to protest and demonstrate almost nightly, continuing their calls for greater political and economic freedoms as well as greater respect for human, civil, and political rights. The government continues to meet these demonstrations with force and violence, arresting dissidents and critics, and filling jails with peaceful protesters. These moves by the government have not led to sustainable peace, but have helped fuel dissatisfaction among many. After four years of the Trump administration’s total disregard for human rights in U.S. policy toward Bahrain, this panel discusses what steps Congress and Biden’s administration should take to address the ongoing crisis in Bahrain. The panel addresses the efforts to release political prisoners and end the culture of impunity in the country. In addition, the panel addresses ways to pressure the Biden administration to end U.S. military support for the Bahraini government. Panelists: Husain Abdulla, Ali Mushaima, Medea Benjamin, and Barbara Wien
Moderator: David Swanson
A World BEYOND War? Conversations on alternatives: Part 5 with Ed Horgan: The 5th out of 5 in the Irish Chapter’s Wednesday webinar series. This week’s conversation with Edward Horgan, from February 11, 2021, reflected on the assumption that militaries are the most appropriate peacekeepers. When we think of militaries, we mostly think of war. The fact that militaries are also almost exclusively used as peacekeepers is something we should take time to question. We talk to Ed Horgan, a former Irish/United Nations peacekeeper, about the drawbacks (or possible advantages) of using militaries as peacekeepers and potential alternatives.
No Illegal Israeli Military Recruiting: On February 3rd 2021, World BEYOND War moderated a webinar hosted by a coalition of 50+ organizations to oppose illegal Israeli military recruitment in Canada. Speakers included Rabbi David Mivasair, attorney John Philpot, Aseel al Bajeh of Al-Haq Palestine, and Ruba Ghazal, member of the National Assemblée du Québec. The webinar was part of a campaign launched in the fall with a formal complaint and a public letter signed by Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Ken Loach, former MP Jim Manly, as well as poet El Jones and author Yann Martel, and many others asking Justice Minister David Lametti to investigate recruitment taking place in Canada for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). More on the #NoCanadians4IDF campaign and how to get involved here.
Conversations on alternatives: Part 4: This is the 4th webinar in the World BEYOND War Irish chapter’s webinar series. This week’s conversation with Suad Aldarra and Yaser Alashqar looks at militarism and human displacement. The human cost of war, persecution and environmental devastation are evident today in the forced displacement of more than 70 million people. The response to this has been militarised borders and a climate of fear and hostility rather than of solidarity and generosity. In this session Suad Aldarra from Syria and Yaser Alashqar from Palestine talk about their experiences and perspectives on forced migration and how a focus on human security can make a real difference.
Yemen Online Day of Action & Chapter Meetup, Hosted by WBW Upper Midwest Chapter: The Upper Midwest Chapter of World BEYOND War hosted an online webinar in solidarity with the Global Day of Action on January 25, 2021 to say No to War on Yemen! We heard from Tarek Alkadri, who was born and raised in Yemen and came to the U.S. in 1990. He is the founder and Board Chair of PureHands.org, a nonprofit organization providing material aid to the people of Yemen. Tarek described what’s happening in Yemen and what we can do to stop the war and suffering. Then, we divided up into discussion groups to meet others in the Midwest area, discuss our interests, and brainstorm how we can take action as a chapter to advance peace locally, nationally, and internationally.
Conversations on Alternatives: Part 3 with Dave Donnellan: This week’s conversation was the 3rd of the World BEYOND War Irish chapter’s weekly Wednesday webinar series. We spoke on January 27, 2021, with Dublin-based filmmaker Dave Donnellan on war’s environmental impact.
The Threat of Nuclear Weapons with Noam Chomsky: On January 22, 2021, the day the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into effect, we were honoured to sponsor an event hosted by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute – The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty featuring Noam Chomsky. This hour-long video includes a talk by world-renowned intellectual Professor Noam Chomsky marking this momentous day in the struggle to abolish nuclear weapons, and a discussion prompted by live audience questions. Organizer: The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute. Co-sponsors: The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition (Toronto), PeaceQuest, Science for Peace, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), World BEYOND War. Media Sponsor: Canadian Dimension.
Divest-Reinvest: Towards a Local Peace Economy: From January 24, 2021: Grassroots-led divestment campaigns are springing up all over the world. There’s a reason why divestment is trending, and that’s because it’s a winning organizing tactic. Divestment gives direct agency to individuals and communities to cut ties to destructive industries. Change can be affected on a grassroots level, by individuals (switching banks and divesting retirement funds), by institutions (divesting universities, workplaces, & religious organizations, among others) and by communities (divesting municipal & state public pension funds). In this panel, three leading organizers present case studies of successful & diverse divestment models, including fossil fuel and weapons divestment. Beyond divestment, we explore how divestment must be paired with reinvestment strategies that advance a just transition from a war economy to a local peace economy. Moderator: Greta Zarro, Organizing Director, World BEYOND War; West Edmeston, NY, USA. Panelists: David Swanson (Co-Founder & Executive Director, World BEYOND War; Charlottesville, VA, USA); Susi Snyder (Coordinator for Don’t Bank on the Bomb; Utrecht, The Netherlands); Kelly Curry (CODEPINK Local Peace Economy Organizer; Oakland, CA, USA). This event was part of the 2021 virtual World Social Forum.
Conversations on alternatives: Part 2 with Clare Daly: This week’s conversation, on January 20, 2021, was the 2nd of the World BEYOND War Irish chapter’s weekly Wednesday webinar series. We spoke with Irish independent socialist politician Clare Daly. Clare was a member of Dail Eireann, the Irish Parliament for nine years and in 2019 was elected to the European Parliament where she sits with the United Left–Nordic Green Left. In this session we delve into the effects of the Military Industrial Complex on our elected officials and policies made in our name.
The Overseas Military Base Empire with Leah Bolger: World BEYOND War Board President Leah Bolger is a retired U.S. Naval officer and was stationed in four foreign countries. During this webinar, from January 23, 2021, she presents on the social, environmental, and economic impact of U.S. bases and how to close them. Sponsored by World BEYOND War-Central Florida.
The Man Who Saved the World: Discussion. The Man Who Saved the World is a powerful documentary film about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces and his role in preventing the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust. On January 16, 2021, we discussed the film in the lead-up to January 22, 2021 the historic day when nuclear weapons become illegal when the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons comes into force. We heard from World BEYOND War Board Member Alice Slater, who has dedicated her life to banning the bomb. Alice gave a historic perspective on the nuclear abolition movement and how we got to where we are today with the passage of the ban treaty. In addition to her work with World BEYOND War, Alice is an attorney and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a board member of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, and on the Advisory Board of Nuclear Ban-US.
A World BEYOND War? Conversations on alternatives: Part 1 with Denis Halliday. The first in a series of 5 weekly Wednesday webinars hosted by the Irish Chapter of World BEYOND War on January 13, 2021. This week’s conversation explored Ireland, the United Nations and the Security Council with Denis Halliday. For the fourth time in our history, starting on 1 January 2021, Ireland will have a seat on the UN Security Council. But what does that mean for Ireland, for the world? We talk to former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and arch critic of the UN Security Council, Dubliner Denis Halliday.