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We had a great turnout for our Ban the Bomb event yesterday in front of the legislature in Victoria, BC. We formed a human peace symbol and we had the Raging Grannies and the Circle Dancers for Peace perform. It was a sister action in solidarity with the big Women’s March to Ban Nuclear Weapons that was held in New York yesterday and in support of the historic UN negotiations that are taking place right now for a new treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, the nuclear weapons possessing countries are boycotting the talks along with some NATO members like shamefully Canada. Yet across the country, there were solidarity actions that took place in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Charlottetown. Rallies were also held around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Nigeria, Australia, Japan and the Philippines. Thirty-five years ago, in 1982, in New York there were a million people who marched against nuclear weapons in New York City. We will continue to march and to resist until all these terrible weapons of mass destruction are abolished. We want a nuclear weapons free world!

See all the pictures from our Ban the Bomb event on our Facebook page. A special thanks to Pénélope Angelin for creating our beautiful banner, to the Raging Grannies and the Circle Dancers for Peace for performing, and to Saul Arbess of the Canadian Peace Initiative for speaking. Global News and CKNW coverage here.

Read VIPDN members Dr. Jonathon Down and Dr. Neil Finnie’s excellent opinion piece entitled “It’s time for the world to ban the bomb” published in The Times-Colonist on June 17.

Monthly Meetings

Wednesday, June 28 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria.

Wednesday, July 26 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria.

All are welcome to attend our group meetings to help us plan for peace, disarmament, nonviolence and social justice. Representatives from the Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Peace Coalition, Peace One Day, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and more! All welcome to join us to create a culture of peace in our city, country and world. For more information about our meetings, please contact vipdn.org@gmail.com

Current Events

“Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars”
by William (Bill) Geimer

canada-wars-209x300Saturday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
People’s Co-Op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Friday, July 21 from 11 P.M.—1 p.m.
Main Branch Victoria Public Library
735 Broughton St., Victoria

As a veteran of the US 82nd Airborne Division and through his work as a lawyer and law professor emeritus, Bill presents a compelling case that Canada can end its fealty to powerful patrons like the UK and the US and instead make a more valuable contribution to international relations. Bill is a member of VIPDN. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

 

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI REMEMBERED

HN Never AgainWednesday, August 9
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Rd., Esquimalt
The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan will be held at Esquimalt Gorge Park (off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway). We join in the global call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.