Events

Monthly Meetings

GR_Victoria 2016_16Wednesday, May 31 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria.

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

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.

Past Events

CODay2017_02RESIST; DON’T ENLIST! ACTION FOR INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS DAY

Friday, May 19 from 3:00-4:00 pm, Outside the Department of National Defence’s Military Recruitment Centre, 827 Fort St, Victoria.

Join us in marking the International Day for Conscientious Objection! Every year, 15th May marks International Conscientious Objectors day – a day to celebrate those who have and those who continue to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military systems. Operation Objection: Resist; Don’t Enlist! Demonstration is organized by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace More info: www.vowpeace.org  and see War Resisters International: https://www.wri-irg.org/en Endorsed by VIPDN.

THE VIMY TRAP, OR, HOW WE LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE GREAT WAR VANCOUVER BOOK LAUNCH CO-AUTHOR JAMIE SWIFT

Thursday, MVimy_launch_Vancouver_25apr17ay 11
7 :00 -8:30 pm
SFU-Vancouver (Harbour Centre)
515 West Hastings Street
Room 7000 (Earl & Jennie Lohn Policy Room, 7th floor)
Refreshments served

Jamie Swift, co-author of the new book The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, will be in Vancouver to discuss his new book. The Vimy Trap has been short-listed for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian history and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War and confronts our history of militarism. Swift is also the co-author of the book Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety (Between the Lines, 2012) and a co-founder of Peace Quest (http://peacequest.ca/). All welcome! Refreshments served. Books will be available for sale.

Co-sponsored by:
Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department of History, Simon Fraser University People’s Co-op Bookstore, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Canada Section, and the Vancouver Island Peace & Disarmament Network.

Facebook event. Poster.

PROVINCIAL PEACE AND DISARMAMENT SUMMIT 2017

a-bold-peacePremiere screening of the award-winning filmA Bold Peace
Friday, May 12
7:00-9:00 pm
David Strong Building, C118
University of Victoria

An inspiring documentary about Costa Rica’s path of demilitarization. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by representatives of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative and Nonviolence International. Free. All welcome. Facebook event.

Summit Conference: Speakers, Panels and Workshops
Saturday, May 13
10:00-5:30 pm
David Strong Building, C118
University of Victoria

This provincial summit aims to inspire action for a culture of peace and nonviolence and policies for disarmament.

Saturday summit program is Peace and Disarmament Symposium Program_FINAL.

Vimy Trap

Key note speaker: Jamie Swift, co-author of the new book The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, which has been short-listed for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian history and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, author Jamie Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War and confronts our history of militarism. Swift is also the co-author of the book Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety and a co-founder of Peace Quest.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, author Jamie Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War and challenges the myth that Canada came of age by warfighting.

Other featured speakers include former seaman Nicola Peffers author of Refuge in the Black Deck about military sexual violence and US Army veteran Bill Geimer author of Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars.

Themes: Canadian foreign policy and defence policy, nuclear disarmament, gender and militarism,  peace education and activism!

Co-sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies, the Social Environmental Alliance, Nonviolence International, Between the Lines Publishing and Level Ground.

Demilitarize Decarbonize

CLIMATE CHANGE, MILITARISM AND PEACE: MAKING THE LINKS
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00-9:00 p.m.
David Strong Building C118
University of Victoria
Speakers:
Kasia Tokarska, PhD Candidate Climate modelling and analysis Tamara Lorincz, Senior Researcher with the International Peace Bureau Dr. James Tully, Professor Emeritus of Political Science.
The Social Environmental Alliance is hosting a free, public panel on the crucial links between climate change, militarism and peace. Kasia Tokarska, PhD candidate, will provide an overview of the latest science on the climate change and her research on the impacts of burning all the untapped fossil-fuel resources. Tamara Lorincz, a senior researcher with the International Peace Bureau and a member of the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, will discuss her report “Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization” about the problem of military emissions and expenditures. Dr. Tully, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, will talk about the need for peace and nonviolence to achieve climate justice. All welcome.
This event is organized and supported by the Social Environmental Alliance, the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the UVic LEAP Club.
For more information: http://socialenvironmentalalliance.org/

FILM SCREENING: ‘THE COMING WAR ON CHINA’
Thursday, March 16 , 7:00 -9:00 p.m., 2017
BCGEU Building, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria
Organized by Victoria Friends of Cuba and co-sponsored by the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network. Social Justice Film Night on the 3rd Thursday Of Every Month!
John Pilger’s new film is his most urgent work to date and reveals what the news does not. The United States and China may well be on the road to war – and with a noose of US bases now encircling the world’s newest superpower, nuclear war is not only imaginable but a nightmarish prospect. ‘The Coming War on China’ is both a warning and an inspiring story of people’s resistance to war and the occupation of their countries. Filmed over two years across four potential flashpoints, ‘The Coming War’ returns Pilger to Asia, where his most renowned work has been set; like his landmark Cambodia Year Zero, this film breaks a silence. With eyewitness interviews and rare archive footage, it tells the secret history of an entire nation declared ‘experimental’ in the nuclear age.

MLK: A CALL TO CONSCIENCE
Film & Discussion about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Anti-War Views
Thursday, January 19, 2017
7:00 -9:00 p.m.
BCGEU Building, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria
A public screening by donation to mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. The documentary, “A Call to Conscience,” gives greater insight into Dr. King’s anti-war views and deconstructs his most important but least known speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” (50th anniversary of this critical speech). This powerful film puts Dr. King’s legacy into a contemporary context, particularly in light of the Standing Rock nonviolent protest, the Black Lives Matter movement and the resistance to the wars in the Middle East. The film includes rare archival footage and interviews. The screening will be followed by a discussion about nonviolent resistance, social justice and peace activism for Canadians in the era of global warming, poverty and the Trump presidency. Copies of Dr. King’s speech will be made available. By donation. All welcome! A must see!
Organized by the Victoria Friends of Cuba and co-sponsored by the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network (VIPDN).
Part of the Social Justice Film Nights (3rd Thursday of the month)