ACTION ALERT: Marking Hiroshima Day and 100 Years After WWI World Beyond War
August 6, 2014
We've arrived at another anniversary of the nuclear bombs, and 50 years since the Gulf of Tonkin incident didn't happen, and 100 years since the war to end all wars began not ending all wars. But among the signs that another way is possible: the US House has rejected any new presidential war on Iraq. Opinion around the world has shifted against war. We need funds for billboards and ads around the world to bring together those ready to work for an end to war.
Marking Hiroshima Day and
100 Years After WWI
World Beyond War
(August 6, 2014) -- We've arrived at another anniversary of the nuclear bombs, and 50 years since the Gulf of Tonkin incident didn't happen, and 100 years since the war to end all wars began not ending all wars. But among the signs that another way is possible: the US House has rejected any new presidential war on Iraq.
World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace. Check out our campaign to advertise war abolition around the world:
Opinion around the world has shifted against war. We need funds for billboards and ads around the world to bring together those ready to work for an end to war.
This fundraising and advertising campaign is step one in bringing together people and organizations around the world to work toward the complete elimination of war. This campaign itself will have a major impact, and we will maximize media coverage of our billboards, signs, and other ads.
Through this campaign, when fully funded, millions of people will become aware of exactly how popular and mainstream the idea of war abolition has become.
And many of those who become aware will also become organized to take useful steps in that direction when they sign our Declaration of Peace at WorldBeyondWar.org -- where, already, before any promotion, individuals and organizations of all kinds have signed from 58 countries and rising fast. We have begun working with those groups and individuals on abolition projects that advance the goal of the elimination of war.
We at World Beyond War, including the director David Swanson and the three interns who appear in the video with him, Taylor Henkel, Areeb Khan, and Nadia Kamoona, work to advance the idea of not just preventing any particular war but abolishing the entire institution. A longer (10 minute) video explaining what we work on is posted at WorldBeyondWar.org, and we welcome your participation wherever you are in the world!
We will be offering those who get involved a chance to vote on their favorite ads and billboards. We will be choosing designs and placement based on maximizing our reach in terms of cost-effectiveness, but also prominence and potential for free media coverage.
While public opinion has moved against war, we intend to seize this moment to crystallize that opinion into a movement that spreads awareness that war can be ended, that its ending is hugely popular, that war should be ended as it endangers rather than protects -- and harms rather than benefits -- and that there are steps we can and must take to move toward war’s reduction and abolition. We strive to replace a culture of war with one of peace in which nonviolent means of conflict resolution take the place of bloodshed.
War is not ending on its own. It is being confronted by popular resistance. But too often that resistance takes the form of denouncing one war as unacceptable (in contrast to theoretical good wars), or opposing a war because it leaves a military ill-prepared for other wars, or rejecting a weapon or a tactic as less proper than others, or opposing wasteful military spending in favor of greater efficiency (as if the entire enterprise were not an economic waste and a http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/2trillionmoral abomination). Our goal is to support steps away from war and to spread understanding of them as just that — steps in the direction of war’s elimination.
Peace is not free. We need your support if we are to reach all of those who would like to be with us or who can be persuaded to stand with us. We don't need the sort of funding that flows into the world's militaries each year, but we do need this campaign to be fully funded if we are to jump start this movement and give it real organizing structure. Please help however you can!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
The Insanity of Nuclear Weapons
2014 Events List:
Let us know about any event you're planning.
Resources with which to create an event.
• August 1-10: Portugal
• August 9: Washington DC: An Evening for a World Beyond War
• August 15-16: New York State, USA
• August 27: 86 Years Since Signing of the Kellogg Briand Pact related book , essay contest
• August 30 - September 5: Protest NATO in South Wales.
• September 21: International Day of Peace Let us know about any event .
• September 22: International Peace Day Celebration in Washington, D.C.
• September 26: The first UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
UNFOLD ZERO has established a platform for promoting actions and events to commemorate the day. In addition to the UN resolution establishing the day, it has been supported by resolution of the member parliaments of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (164 parliaments including most of those of the nuclear-armed States and their allies) and by resolution adopted by the US Conference of Mayors.
Septmber 26 is very close to the International Day of Peace on September 21. Thus, we encourage campaigners to consider linking the two and organising events in the week of Sep 21-26 that commemorate both.
• October 4: Global Day of Action Against Drones info.
• Work with Campaign Nonviolence and Global Movement for the Culture of Peace and Peace One Day and A Year Without War.
• Participate in People's Climate March in New York City, September 20-21. (See the Peace Appeal.)
• Let people know how war destroys the climate. (Flyer: PDF.)
• Begin marking 100 years since the Christmas Truce.
• Find great information on World War I at 100 on NoGlory.org
• Joyeux Noel: a film about the 1914 Christmas truce.
• Script for reenactment of Christmas Truce: PDF.
• Christmas Truce information and videos .
• If you're in the Northeast US or the U.K. you might be able to attend or even set up a production of The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth : Info in PDF.
• Also, schools can join a video streaming project between schools in different countries. This project was started by the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities: http://iapmc.org .