Six Workshops at Vigil for Nonviolence, Sat. Oct 6

Vigil for Nonviolence, Saturday, October 6

1 p.m. Parliament Hill

2 p.m. First United Church
(397 Kent St., at Florence St.) for a <VIGIL FOR NONVIOLENCE> with Speakers, Music, Discussion groups & workshops.

Following the speakers and music at First United Church, participants will be invited to attend any one of six simultaneous workshops and discussion groups. Here are the details. (There is no fee to attend any of these activities.)


America at War
(Michel Chossudovsky, Economics, Univ. of Ottawa)

Professor Chossudovsky, is an leading academic expert who has written numerous books and articles on U.S. foreign policy. He will address a variety of questions, including: Who is Ousmane bin Laden? What is the presumed evidence against bin Laden and what are his connections to the CIA's covert war against Afghanistan since the 1980s? What role has the U.S. played in sponsoring international terrorism? What is the hidden agenda behind the US-led "war against terrorism"?

Global Nonviolent Peace Force
(Pam Fitzgerald)

The Nonviolent Peace Force Canada was founded in May, 2000, to educate Canadians in the methods and skills of nonviolence as an alternative to war and violent conflict. Another goal is to help the global effort to create, train and operate an international nonviolent peace force to send to conflict areas worldwide.

Nonviolence in Action
(Matthew Behrens, Homes Not Bombs)

This workshop will focus on confronting injustice in ways which are confrontational, direct, nonviolent and transformative, three cornerstones of the Hmes not Bombs approach to direct action. This workshop is not staged in judgment of those who wish to go beyond such perameters, but rather to explore what has been an effective force for social change (and subsequent community building) in the campaigns to link poverty and militarism. Part of the discussion will focus on participants' creative ideas for confronting Canada's Ottawa-based home of space warfare research, DREO, at a nonviolent action November 9. (See back cover of this program.)

Organizing Opposition to the New Cold War
(Richard Sanders, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade)

The horrific events of September 11, have brought the world to the brink of war. As we face the imminent prospects of US-led military strikes against Afghanistan, and possibly other countries as well, we are also seeing the beginnings of a new Cold War. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together activists from a variety of organizations to brainstorm ideas and discuss possible courses of action. How do we best respond to: demands for Canadian participation in military campaigns, renewed pressure to increase public funding for the military and secret police (CSIS), a government crack down on civil liberties and legitimate dissent, new barriers for refugees and immigrants and an upsurge in racist assaults against visible minorities.

Solidarity with Vieques
(Moraima Rivera, visiting activist from Puerto Rico)

Moraima Rivera, is a farmer and activist who lives on a small Puerto Rican island called Vieques. She will show a brief video that outlines how the U.S. military, and other NATO forces, use Vieques as a testing ground for live ammunition, including depleted uranium weapons. The environmental and health effects have been devastating. She will also describe the widespread campaign of nonviolent resistance by the people Vieques. Thousands have been jailed for nonviolent protests against the bombing. It is important for people in Canada to learn about thhis struggle and to work in solidarity with the people of Vieques.

Theatre in Resistance
(Laurel Smith, Burning Passions Theatre, Toronto)

Theatre has a long tradition as a resistance tool, and today's protest movement continues on that tradition in ever more creative form. Theatre can not only enliven any protest event (who says protest can't be fun?) but can also serve to heighten communication to the general public on what the issues are through the use of symbol - both visual and verbal. Incorporating a theatrical component - be it spectacle, pageantry, clown, participatory audience interaction, enactment of scenes, etc. -- creates a context and a structure for communication of ideas in a way that simple preaching, lecturing or speechifying cannot accomplish. This workshop will explore ideas and give examples of how theatre can be used as a non-violent transformative tool for a just society.

Richard Sanders
Coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

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