Events

Monthly Meetings

GR_Victoria 2016_16Wednesday, September 27 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

Upcoming Events

A Bold Peace poster Sept 2017FREE PUBLIC FILM SCREENING: “A BOLD PEACE”
Wednesday, September 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road, Victoria
Free. All welcome. *Public signing of the UN Nuclear weapons ban treaty & Peace wave action – Join us!
In celebration of UN International Day of Peace, we are hosting a free public screening of the award-winning documentary “A Bold Peace”. The film presents Costa Rica’s inspiring path of demilitarization. Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. “A Bold Peace” was released in 2015 and challenges our thinking about war and peace. More information can be found here: http://aboldpeace.com/
The screening will be followed by a discussion about militarism in Canada and what we can do to build a culture of peace.
Currently, Canada is ranked 16th highest military spender in the world and spends $28 billion a year on the Department of National Defence. This summer, the federal government announced a new defence policy to increase military spending and the number of troops and to buy more fighter jets, armed drones and attack helicopters. Join in the discussion after the film with members of the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network (VIDPN).
Hosted by the Cadboro Bay United Church and co-sponsored by VIPDN, KAIROS, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Raging Grannies. We will also do a short action for the international Peace Wave that evening. All welcome!

Past Events

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered
HN Never AgainWednesday, August 9
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Rd., Esquimalt, Coast Salish

The Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network and the Physicians for Global Survival present Victoria’s annual commemoration of the horrors perpetrated by nuclear arms in Hiroshima and Nagasaki  72 years ago.

The Hon. Judith Guichon will be present and introduce special guest speaker RUDI HOENSON, a well-known Nagasaki survivor and local philanthropist, who will read his poem, “Atomic Lament”.

Mere weeks ago, on July 7, 122 countries adopted the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in New York, its goal a total worldwide elimination of  nuclear weapons. It is a profound demonstration of the increasing global discontent with the existence of nuclear weapons.

The Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration is a free family event featuring  lantern – making, all materials supplied, from 6:30-7:00; the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Art Exhibition; performances by the Nikkei Society-Furusato Dancers and the Getting Higher Choir; and culminating with the traditional release of lanterns as a prayer for peace.

For decades, the Victoria Raging Grannies have conducted the Hiroshima Commemoration and shared their irreverent wit and compassionate purpose with thousands. This year, they graciously passed the baton to the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network to carry their cause forward.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Down

jcdown@shaw.ca

Barbara Pollock

barbaramp60@gmail.com

“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
7 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.

ACTION: BAN THE BOMB!  NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS; NO MISSILE DEFENCE

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We had a great turnout for our Ban the Bomb event in July 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.

RESIST; 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 CCODay2017_02entre, 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)