Conference https://wri-irg.org/en en Reflections from Stopping the War Business https://wri-irg.org/en/reflections-from-Seoul <div data-history-node-id="25319" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 22 Dec 2015</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At the end of the <a href="/Stopping-the-War-Business-conference-report">Stopping the War Business international seminar</a>, three participants shared their reflections from the meeting. Here they are below.</p> <p><em>Tuuli Vuori</em></p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5bd65daa-d385-401f-b35d-40cff569331a" title="Tuuli taking action against the ADEX arms fair" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/22142931100_fb9d5ca24f_z.img_assist_custom-225x339.jpg?itok=XhSMvabn 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/22142931100_fb9d5ca24f_z.img_assist_custom-225x339.jpg?itok=XhSMvabn" alt="" title="Tuuli taking action against the ADEX arms fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> It's good to be in South Korea. I'm from a country which still maintains conscription and I've used half of my life working with issues related to conscientious objection. That is one reason why it feels so special to be in Seoul, as I've heard so much about the campaings that our South Korean friends have been doing here. <p>Anyway, war profiteering is not the strongest area of my knowledge so I've learned a lot during this seminar. Thanks for the really interesting keynote speakers as well as workshops!</p> <p>In this seminar we discussed about the consecuenses of war profiteering for the individual people. We also discussed about the vast and dark structures of the war profiteering. Sometimes these structures make me feel very small.</p> <!--break--> <p>But we have also talked about all the possibilities to take down war profiteers! On the first day of the seminar Tara Tabassi spoke about campaigning against Urban Shield and Sarah Reader and Sarah Waldron from Britain gave a workshop on campaigning against arms fairs. These are some of the moments that we can use as week spots to disturb war profiteering.</p> <p>One thing that really struck me during the seminar was the feeling of internationality. We, antimilitarist activists from many continents, had come togeher to share experiences of a struggle against war profiteering, to share inspiration and skills. And we did more that that: we shared connections and thoughts on how tho make the movement stronger by taking our campaigns to an even more international level.</p> <p>I was asked to tell what I'll take home from here. To conclude, the list is simple: I will take home a little bit wider understanding, ideas for common action, solidarity, and – once again – hope.</p> <p> </p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0.35cm;"><strong>Let’s be creative in our resistance and solidarity work</strong></p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0.35cm;"><em>Denma from World Without War</em></p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0.35cm;">South Korea has the world’s 10<sup>th</sup> biggest military expenditure and is the 9<sup>th</sup> biggest importer of weapons. World Without War have been thinking for a long time about how we can work effectively against the war business in a situation like Korea where the arms trade is one of the major industries. The international seminar on war profiteering was meaningful in that we could explore effective ways to challenge those businesses together. The seminar was participatory rather than just a panel discussion, which is to be lauded. Sometimes we became rather serious - and understandably so, when we realized just how big the war business is - but then again we managed a smile especially when we took to the floor with the protest dance from the campaign against the naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju Island. I learned many new things. I could understand more about the current situation on arms trade worldwide, who profit from wars, and the struggle all around the world against greed in its myriad forms.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0.35cm;">Jordi from Spain told us how capitalism and militarism help grow and feed off of each other. Lexys from Venezuela added an ‘environmental perspective’ to that. In Korea the military's needs always supersede and win out over environmental concerns. The new naval base on Jeju Island is a clear example of this. ‘Militarization of the police’ that Tara from the US presented was also very interesting. I was unaware of there being an exhibition for police equipment and their expo was uncannily similar to the military’s also. Andrew from South Africa who was unable to come to Korea because of ill health kindly agreed to have a Skype conference despite the terrible time difference. He pointed out that the arms trade is astonishingly under-regulated because it’s so secretive so susceptible to corruption with no political oversight or regulation. Therefore, it’s up to us to make changes.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0.35cm;">After the seminar, we prepared our action together to demonstrate our strong dissent to the arms dealers. We chanted and carried placards together at the JW Marriot hotel where merchants of death had their fancy dinner. We visited the ADEX exhibition to disturb their dirty business deals and met a lot of people who came to the exhibition to see the cool airshow during the public days. We were inspired by our fellow activists from around the world and the strength of international solidarity in action was on display for everyone to see. Our resistance was further strengthened and greatly developed as a result of the seminar and actions. I believe it’s not just me or the other Korean activists but also the international participants who were empowered by the seminar and actions we conducted together - we have much to learn from each other. It was a very successful and invigorating event and I hope we can all get together soon.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0.35cm;"> </p> <p><em>Krishnakant Chauhan</em></p> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2873" style="text-align: left;"> <p><em><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="238a01cc-657e-491d-9de8-bb2b757fcae0" title="Krishnakant protesting outside the ADEX arms fair" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/22341575501_a4c1612d5d_z.home.jpg?itok=Hyg3iU81 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/22341575501_a4c1612d5d_z.home.jpg?itok=Hyg3iU81" alt="" title="Krishnakant protesting outside the ADEX arms fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </em></p> <p><span>The two day WRI seminar on War Profiteering – Stopping the War Business: Talking tactics &amp; Linking methods was very insightful and important from the perspective of what we in India are working on. In India we have been resisting the Corporate-driven development and monopolization of Rights over Natural resources from Community ownership to corporate ownership.</span></p></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2879" style="text-align: left;"><span>The state, in order to facilitate the process, has always resorted to various way and means to suppress peoples' resistance. The state is making more sophisticated it's means and machinery to suppress the public will. The Police – law &amp; order machinery is the one which is being heavily armed in the name of increasing public security threats, but are mainly used to threaten the public. The sharing from Jordi Calvo was important because India is one of the leading importers of arms in recent times, and Lexys' stories were similar to what is happening in India in the Mineral rich areas, where private armies are armed by the state to suppress the voice of indigenious population.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2885" style="text-align: left;"><span>Also the experience of Tara Tabissi about special units in the name of counter terrorism, which is seen in India with the state slowly arming the police and in turn the police guns pointing towards resisting masses. The experience of Bahrain and their successful protest sets an encouraging example of campaigning.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2891" style="text-align: left;"><span>It is also notable that the state not only uses this argument of an Internal Security threat, but also is allocating huge funds for arms and artilleries citing external threats with neighboring nations. Thus instead of investing on improving relations with neighbors, the funds for public welfare are dried out in favor of security threats.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span>All the experience sharing of the war business that is entering in the public life is really eye-opening, seeing how the arms lobby is trying to pass through all </span><span>the borders to extend their profits.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2903" style="text-align: left;"><span>The campaigns clinic also gave an opportunity to share and reflect upon our own campaign in India, and know in depth about other campaigns.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2909" style="text-align: left;"><span>The WRI seminar was very useful that it helps relate to the struggles and unfolding trends in my own country. I would like thank all the speakers and WRI for wonderful organizing.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1449979995027_2924"><span>The ADEX protest was rejuvenating, the energy of the south Korean friends was contagious and effective.</span></div> <div> </div> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-event" hreflang="en">WRI event</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">WRI activists</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/444" hreflang="en">War starts here</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/63" hreflang="en">arms trade</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=25319&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="32iI2jHMqSYXL0479aUonf0plpvKahJ7pHV33mEUwsw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:45:20 +0000 HBrock 25319 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/reflections-from-Seoul#comments Stopping the War Business: report https://wri-irg.org/en/Stopping-the-War-Business-conference-report <div data-history-node-id="25357" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 18 Dec 2015</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><strong><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="133153af-8719-4bb5-8a4f-6ee250fc67e2" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/OCT%20intl%20seminar%20on%20war%20profiteering%20Final%202_1_WEB.home.jpg?itok=r6JBqVJf 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/OCT%20intl%20seminar%20on%20war%20profiteering%20Final%202_1_WEB.home.jpg?itok=r6JBqVJf" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </strong></h2> <h2><strong>Summary</strong></h2> <p>The Stopping the War Business seminar was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 16 and 17 October, 2015. It was co­hosted by World Without War and War Resisters' International. The seminar provided space for learning about effective tactics used to challenge war profiteers around the world, and forged relationships between campaigners that will inform and enable new campaigns from here onwards. Activists from 21 different countries took part, with 70 participants in total (30 internationals, and 40 Koreans).</p> <p><em>Quote from the evaluation: 'I came back with a big bag of knowledge and experiences from different regions that I would very much like to spread the information in my country'</em></p> <p>After the seminar, a nonviolence training and then action against the ADEX arms fair took place. The seminar and the actions were deliberately linked, in order to support local activists in their struggle against a local example of war profiteering, and to put the learnings and relationships built up during the seminar into action.</p> <!--break--> <h3><strong>Seminar:</strong> the programme</h3> <p>The seminar featured speakers from many different campaigns against war profiteering around the world. These included:</p> <p>• <strong>Arming East Asia: geopolitical perspectives</strong> ­ Wook­Sik Cheong (Peace Network, Republic of Korea)<br />• <strong>#StopTheShipment: How we stopped a shipment of tear gas from Korea to Bahrain</strong> Sarah Shehabi (Bahrain Watch, Britain)<br />• <strong>An introduction to the global arms trade</strong> ­ Andrew Feinstein (writer of 'The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade', Britain and South Africa)<br />• <strong>Police militarisation</strong> ­ Tara Tabassi (War Resisters League, USA)<br />• <strong>Extractive industries and militarisation</strong> ­ Lexys Rendón (Laboratorio de Paz, Venezuela)<br />• <strong>Who are the war profiteers, and why should we focus on them?</strong> Jordi Rufanges (Centro Delàs, Catalonia)<br />• <strong>Civilian companies that profit from war and occupation</strong> ­ Rosa Moiwend (PASIFIKA, West Papua)<br />• <strong>Gender and War Profiteering</strong> ­ Jasmin Nario Galace (Center for Peace Education­ Miriam College, Philippines)</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="310228d0-42a2-479d-9c4f-96678b23ee17" title="Rosa Moiwend speaking on the civilian companies that profit from war and occupation" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/DSCN3815.home.JPG?itok=3K-oEMH2 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/DSCN3815.home.JPG?itok=3K-oEMH2" alt="" title="Rosa Moiwend speaking on the civilian companies that profit from war and occupation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>The seminar was also heavily participatory, creating opportunities for skill­shares and<br />discussions of tactics.</p> <p>We had identified a need to develop greater understanding and practise of internationalism within struggles against war profiteers, alongside a need for greater cooperation between activists employing different tactics and skills against war profiteers. These workshops were amed at developing this cooperation.</p> <p>The workshops included:<br />• <strong>Repression of protests and militarisation </strong>­ - identifying riot contol weapons lead by The Omega Research Foundation, Britain<br />• <strong>Using direct action against war profiteers</strong> lead by Mohannad Darabee from the  International Solidarity Movement in Palestine, and Bokhee from the campaign against the US naval base on Jeju Island, Korea<br />• <strong>Researching war profiteers</strong> lead by Wendela de Vries of Stop Waffenhandel, the Netherlands<br />• <strong>Strategic campaigning</strong> lead by Sarah Waldron and Sarah Reader from Campaign Against Arms Trade, Britain<br />• <strong>Using legal mechanisms to challenge war profiteering: focusing on the South</strong> <strong>Sudan arms embargo</strong> lead by Moses Monday John of the Organization for Nonviolence and Development, South Sudan</p> <p>The seminar also gave space for 'campaigns clinics' when smaller groups gathered to discuss the work of a campaign represented at the seminar. The rest of the group had the opportunity to ask questions, offer insights, and develop creative and supportive criticism as to how the  work could be built on.</p> <p>These campaigns clinics focused on:<br />• <strong>'Hamushim' (Armed in Hebrew)</strong> – the campaign against the arms trade, from Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel<br />• <strong>Nonviolent organising and land rights</strong>, from the National Land Rights Forum, Nepal<br />• <strong>Aktion Aufschrei</strong>, a network of groups campaigning against arms exports in Germany<br />• <strong>The campaign against US military bases in South Korea</strong>, from the ANTHRAX campaign group<br />• the Mozda Collective: <strong>Fighting nuclear power in India</strong><br /></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="114f6e7f-3efc-42ae-8738-f41663d43f5b" title="Moses Monday John leading a workshop on promoting an arms embargo on South Sudan" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/SU2.home.JPG?itok=Y33EYWpi 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/SU2.home.JPG?itok=Y33EYWpi" alt="" title="Moses Monday John leading a workshop on promoting an arms embargo on South Sudan" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h2><strong>Seminar:</strong> successes, lessons learned and impacts</h2> <p><em>Quote from the evaluation: 'It made a huge difference to how linked in we feel with the international movement. Lots of tangible outcomes e.g. sharing information and campaigns over social media and email.'</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Beyond the formal sessions, there were great opportunities for networking and socialising informally, which forged relationships that will continue beyond the event. Such mutual understanding and solidarity is one of the foundation blocks of capacity­building. The final session of the conference included a discussion of follow ups to the seminar. It is clear that many 'bilateral' connections were made which will bear fruit in future, with individual groups campaigning with each other. More broadly, WRI's existing networks working on war profiteering will now be stregthened by this new input of people and energy: even those not able to attend this seminar, but already in contact with WRI and working on these issues, will be spurred on by the impacts of the meeting. For example, soon after the seminar, activists in Wellington, New Zealand, were taking action against the Wellington Defence Industry Conference. Although no one from that campaign was present at the seminar, many seminar participants took part in an online campaign against the Wellington conference, having found out about it through a participant who spread the word.<em><br /></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="23031faa-eded-46ad-9dcd-a533841a8a6e" title="Andrew Feinstein giving a presentation via Skype" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/AndrewFOnSkype.home.jpg?itok=Pv9-hd6T 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/AndrewFOnSkype.home.jpg?itok=Pv9-hd6T" alt="" title="Andrew Feinstein giving a presentation via Skype" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </em>An effort has been made to spread resources from the conference beyond those attending. All the plenary speakers from the seminar were recorded; these videos will be uploaded to the WRI website and made available for free to everyone. Additionally, the reader for the Andrew Feinstein giving a presentation via Skype conference (containing introductory article from the various speakers) will be used as an edition of WRI's magazine, <a href="/en/epublish/21/669">The Broken Rifle.</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">We also linked up activists on war profiteering with other local campaigns in Korea. Most significantly, this included work to support conscientious objectors (CO) and for CO rights to be respected in Korea. Five participants visited a CO in prison near Seoul (the prison term for COs in Korea is 18 months); on return home, many participants sent letters and postcards to imprisoned COs in Korea on 1st December (Prisoners for Peace day).</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Unfortunately one of the speakers, Andrew Feinstein, could not join us at the last minute due to ill health. However, happily we could arrange for his presentation to be given by Skype link. He was also able to take questions, and his details were shared with the group so that further<br />contact could be made.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Following feedback from the evaluation survey, in future we would make a more formal space for participants to share their work, in addition to the campaigns clinics. This might take a visual form (for example a noticeboard with photos on), or more whole­group introductory sessions in which every participants says one or two words to introduce their interests and expertise.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The evaluations indicated that this sharing did happen informally, and many participants could speak in plenary or workshop sessions, but it would be good to have a space that would ensure<br />that participants could have a chance to do this.<em><br /><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="413ee0b7-9043-4b48-a155-6aa95c19c47c" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/SU4.home.JPG?itok=adgOUHL9 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/SU4.home.JPG?itok=adgOUHL9" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Quotes from the evaluation:<br />I was asked to tell what I'll take home from here. To conclude, the list is simple: I will take home a little bit wider understanding, ideas for common action, solidarity, and – once again – hope.<br /></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>South Korea has the world’s 10th biggest military expenditure and is the 9th biggest importer of weapons...The international seminar on war profiteering was meaningful in that we could explore effective ways to challenge those businesses together. The seminar was participatory rather than just a panel discussion, which is to be lauded... I learned many new things. I could understand more about the current situation on arms trade worldwide, who profit from wars, and the struggle all around the world against greed in its myriad forms.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">In conclusion, we believe Stopping the War Business achieved it's stated purpose to:<br />• create a space for activists disrupting war profiteering using different tactics to meet and<br />learn from each other,<br />• give opportunities for activists from other parts of the world to learn more about war<br />profiteering in Asia, including the arms trade in Asia and it's global impact,<br />• give opportunities for South Korean activists and the South Korean public to learn<br />campaign strategies from activists who organised successful campaigns elsewhere in the world.</p> <h2 style="text-align: left;">Actions</h2> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0238cbba-d0be-486b-b823-d528124e46a3" title="Protest outside the arms dealers' welcome dinner" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/CRrIvzkUwAAFosG.jpg%3Alarge_0.home.jpeg?itok=x_WRKBjr 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/CRrIvzkUwAAFosG.jpg%3Alarge_0.home.jpeg?itok=x_WRKBjr" alt="" title="Protest outside the arms dealers' welcome dinner" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a7782b52-1767-43d9-a8c1-d11e1875d38a" title="Die­-in outside the arms dealers' welcome dinner" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/die-in.home.jpg?itok=rL1zSmTB 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/die-in.home.jpg?itok=rL1zSmTB" alt="" title="Die­-in outside the arms dealers' welcome dinner" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> The day after the seminar, participants undertook a training  and briefing day, led by World Without War's nonviolence trainers. On the day, we split into affinity groups, and planned the nonviolent direct actions we would take over the coming days to disrupt the ADEX arms fair. Several actions sprung from this training. <p>More than 40 activists joined our actions against the ADEX arms fair  welcome reception. Two actions took place simultaneously. One occurred outside the JW Marriott Hotel, the venue for welcome reception dinner. Activists gathered by the main entrance to the hotel. As the arms dealers and governments delegations arrived, the activists held out banners that said "arms dealers are not welcome here." Activists chanted “shame on you” as the shuttle bus for arms dealer approached. Activists also rapped, sung resistance songs and danced to Korean resistance songs. Later we held a die­-in.<br /><br />Alongside the public protest, some activists sneaked into the welcome reception venue in the hotel and surprised the arms dealers and government delegations with the banner and “blood money”.</p> <p>The activists, from Germany, Korea and West Papua, chanted “Stop arms trade” and ­after several minutes were forced from the premises by security.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3d7b48ed-98f2-4e87-92e6-dd4d8b530cc2" title="Inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/SU1.home.JPG?itok=OahPU8ny 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/SU1.home.JPG?itok=OahPU8ny" alt="" title="Inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> International and local activists also took action at the arms fair in the coming days. Some symbolic photo actions look place at the entrance to the fair, (see photos below).<br /><br />During the fair it self activists went to the Lockheed Martin stall. Some pretended to be arms dealers, holding money seemingly covered in blood and saying 'Your pain, my gain', while others stood in for the victims of the arms trade, holding signs saying '2000 people killed everyday by the arms sold here'. <h2><strong>Actions:</strong> reflections</h2> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7ebd6040-73f4-4c56-8710-804ca4ab2814" title="Tara from War Resisters League (USA) at the entrance to the ADEX arms fair" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/SU2lighter.home.jpg?itok=XM-CRgTc 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/SU2lighter.home.jpg?itok=XM-CRgTc" alt="" title="Tara from War Resisters League (USA) at the entrance to the ADEX arms fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Local activists have evaluated the actions, and concluded that a strong international presence was crucial to 'spreading our voice through public media'. The participation of international activists made the actions more media­friendly, with press coverage greatly increased on previous years, firstly due to the participation of activists from other countries, and secondly due to the great increase in numbers that their participation gave. <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9a33ff93-5a47-49b9-81d1-e79d548bbfbe" title="'Your pain, my gain' activists mock arms dealers with blood money at the Lockheed Martin stall" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/1620800_1183534604995209_2511130367477267484_n_0.home.jpg?itok=qzGiuGOE 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/1620800_1183534604995209_2511130367477267484_n_0.home.jpg?itok=qzGiuGOE" alt="" title="'Your pain, my gain' activists mock arms dealers with blood money at the Lockheed Martin stall" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Moreover, they felt that participation in the action was 'empowering for Korean activists, as well as international activists', to take future action against the arms trade together. Participants felt that were not alone in the fight against war profiteers, and had a chance to share creative ideas in preparing the action. Taking part in an action together cemented some of the connections made in the seminar in the days before. The action was also supported by international activists<br />not in Seoul, with word spread through the networks of participating activists. <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4589b6fa-df77-4583-a63d-0d3e57b88c04" title="The signs read '2000 people killed everyday by the arms sold here'" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/SU5.home.jpg?itok=HOpZtGVq 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/SU5.home.jpg?itok=HOpZtGVq" alt="" title="The signs read '2000 people killed everyday by the arms sold here'" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h2>Follow ups</h2> <p>World Without War, along with other local campaigners against ADEX, held an evaluation meeting with the groups and individuals involved in our action. They are planning to produce a campaign promotion video including videos and photos taken from our action, to help mobilise for the next ADEX fair in two years time.</p> <p>With the experience of the international action this year, they are thinking of ways to have a more united message in resisting the arms industry so that arms dealers travelling around the world could recognise our existence throughout the world.</p> <p>They are planning to respond to specific arms trade cases such as tear gas exports to repressive regimes. In doing so, they will liaise with organisations who participated in our ADEX action.</p> <p>Linking the seminar with an action was a deliberate attempt to a) increase capacity and solidarity with local campaigners in order to increase disruption and visibly strengthen opposition to ADEX b) develop relationships between participants, since taking part in an act of civil disobedience together strengthens relationships between people, building on the links made during the seminar and c) to fully utilise the presence of internationals – especially considering the ecological impact of international travel, WRI believes that meetings should be teamed with actions and other meetings wherever possible.</p> <h2>Thank you to everyone who took part</h2> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a6bab337-cfea-4b3c-ba75-d27a7175d789" title="Coverage in The Korea Times of the ADEX welcome dinner action" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/fFJM1O.home.jpg?itok=jbumsxc6 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/fFJM1O.home.jpg?itok=jbumsxc6" alt="" title="Coverage in The Korea Times of the ADEX welcome dinner action" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <ul> <li><strong>Find more photos from <a href="/node/25076">Stopping the War Business</a></strong></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/council" hreflang="en">Council</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-event" hreflang="en">WRI event</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">WRI activists</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">Civil disobedience/NVDA</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/63" hreflang="en">arms trade</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=25357&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="_HGujVAfde0gzvQq_EOf2tVhCcxuHEDbwjsCqCTD-sI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:06:39 +0000 HBrock 25357 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/Stopping-the-War-Business-conference-report#comments Stopping the War Business + actions against the ADEX arms fair https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/stopping-war-business-actions-against-adex-arms-fair <div data-history-node-id="25079" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 27 Oct 2015</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfd0e06f-5bc8-4cac-9aa5-55a5055890a1" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/CRrIvzkUwAAFosG.jpg%3Alarge.home.jpeg?itok=tiRw_n3B 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/CRrIvzkUwAAFosG.jpg%3Alarge.home.jpeg?itok=tiRw_n3B" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>Hosted by our Korean affiliate <a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/">World Without War</a>, this month in Seoul WRI held our Council meeting and co-hosted an international seminar '<a href="/wa-profiteering-seminar-held-in-Seoul">Stopping the War Business'</a>. Presentations from the seminar will be posted online (watch the first - Andrew Feinstein giving and introduction to the arms trade - <a href="https://vimeo.com/142784734">here</a>), and a special edition of <a href="/publications/war_profiteers">War Profiteers News</a> will follow. After the seminar, <strong>we took <a href="/stopADEX-action">action against the ADEX arms fair</a></strong>, disrupting the arms dealers' welcome dinner. At the Council meeting, <a href="/four-new-affiliates-2015">four new organisations</a> were accepted into membership of WRI as associates. See photos <a href="/node/25076">here</a>. </p><p><a href="/wa-profiteering-seminar-held-in-Seoul">Read more...</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/444" hreflang="en">War starts here</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=25079&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="p3QVbbClslc20A37zYTf92xu5I8vYKK1LzGi_oWxj6c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:36:16 +0000 HBrock 25079 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/stopping-war-business-actions-against-adex-arms-fair#comments #StopWarBiz: Two weeks to go! https://wri-irg.org/en/two-weeks-to-go <div data-history-node-id="24985" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 01 Oct 2015</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="133153af-8719-4bb5-8a4f-6ee250fc67e2" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/OCT%20intl%20seminar%20on%20war%20profiteering%20Final%202_1_WEB.home.jpg?itok=r6JBqVJf 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/OCT%20intl%20seminar%20on%20war%20profiteering%20Final%202_1_WEB.home.jpg?itok=r6JBqVJf" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><a href="/stopping-the-war-business-event">Stopping the War Business</a>, our international seminar on war profiteering, starts in Seoul in two weeks time!</p> <p>Disrupting war profiteering takes a whole range of activities, from research, lobbying and legal challenges to mobilisation, direct action and creative campaigning techniques. This seminar will provide a space for activists using a whole range of different methods to gather together, learn how a spectrum of tactics interlink and help each other to be more effective.</p> <p>The seminar is being jointly coordinated by <a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/">World Without War</a> in Korea and War Resisters' International.</p> <!--break--> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">To explore the connections between different methods, we'll use case study campaigns and themes from around the world, including: arms fair disruption from South Korea to Britain, Adu Dhabi to Czech Republic; extractive industries and militarisation; war profiteering and gender; 'civilian' companies that profit from war and occupation.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">The programme is shaping up. Speakers include Jasmine Galace (<a href="http://www.gnwp.org/">Global Network of Women Peacebuilders</a>, Philippines); Wook-Sik Cheong (Peace Network, Republic of Korea);Sarah Shehabi (<a href="https://bahrainwatch.org/">Bahrain Watch</a>, Britain); Andrew Feinstein (writer of '<a href="http://www.theshadowworldbook.com/">The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade</a>', Britain and South Africa); Tara Tabassi (National Organiser for <a href="https://www.warresisters.org/">War Resisters League</a>, USA); Lexys Rendón (<a href="http://laboratoriosdepaz.org/">Laboratorio de Paz</a>, Venezuela); Jordi Rufanges (<a href="http://www.centredelas.org/es/">Centro Delàs</a>, Catalonia) and Rosa Moiwend (West Papua).</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><strong>Plenary speeches will be recorded and published on the WRI website after the event!</strong></p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">We've also got great workshop options, including:</p> <ul> <li><em>Repression of protests and militarisation - identifying riot contol weapons</em> lead by <a href="http://www.omegaresearchfoundation.org/">The Omega Research Foundation </a>(download 'How to Identity Riot Control weapons' <a href="/sites/default/files/public_files/WEB-How_To_Identify_Riot_Control_Weapons.pdf">here</a>)</li> <li><em>Using direct action against war profiteers</em> lead by Mohannad Darabee from the <a href="http://palsolidarity.org/">International Solidarity Movement</a> in Palestine</li> <li><em>Researching war profiteers</em> lead by Wendela de Vries of <a href="http://www.stopwapenhandel.org/">Stop Waffenhandel</a></li> <li><em>Strategic and long-term campaigning</em> lead by Sarah Waldron and Sarah Reader from <a href="https://www.caat.org.uk/">Campaign Against Arms Trade</a></li> <li><em>Using legal mechanisms to challenge war profiteering: focusing on the South Sudan arms embargo</em> lead by Moses Monday John of the <a href="http://www.sonad.org/index.html">Organization for Nonviolence and Development</a></li> <li><em>Constructive programmes </em>lead by Hülya Üçpinar (<a href="http://www.nvrc-sarm.org/">Nonviolent Education and Research Centre</a>) and Subhash Kattel (HDNP, Nepal)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Campaigns clinics</strong></p> <p>One of the main aims of any WRI meeting is that participants are able to share their work, be inspired by hearing about the struggles of others, and get feedback and ideas for how to make their own campaigns more effective. As part of this <a href="/stopping-the-war-business-event">seminar</a>, we're offering participants the chance to run a 'campaigns clinic'. These sessions will be an opportunity to tell people about your campaign work and invite comments, feedback and reflections from the group on how they could be more effective.<br /> <br /> Confirmed campaigns clinics include on land reform movements in Nepal, the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, Aktion Aufschrei in Germany, and a Korean group acting against US bases.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">The seminar is preceeded by a <a href="/Council-2015">WRI Council meting</a>, and followed by a <a href="/node/24927">nonviolent direct action against the ADEX arms fair</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/council" hreflang="en">Council</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/169" hreflang="en">Korea, South</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24985&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="jYFz5NSLeXaPHYkPBHUiYK2GkK2PkpwxUI_0txIEhS8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:58:56 +0000 HBrock 24985 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/two-weeks-to-go#comments Stopping the War Business: International seminar against war profiteering in Seoul, South Korea, 16-17 October https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/stopping-war-business-international-seminar-against-war-profiteering-seoul-south-korea <div data-history-node-id="24652" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 17 Jun 2015</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="western"></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="645ee172-0d05-4dd3-ad15-d63da91423e4" title="ADEX action 2013" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/adex%20action.img_assist_custom-275x179.?itok=yBbjANLo 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/adex%20action.img_assist_custom-275x179.?itok=H-sQi_1h" alt="" title="ADEX action 2013" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> In October 2015 War Resisters' International and our South Korean affiliate World Without War will host an international seminar against war profiteering. This seminar will provide a space for activists using a whole range of different methods to gather together, learn how a spectrum of tactics interlink and help each other to be more effective. The seminar will coincide with a WRI council meeting, and will be followed by a nonviolent direct action against the ADEX arms fair, which will take place in Seoul and is the largest arms fair in the Asia region. For more information and the registration form, visit: <a href="/stopping-the-war-business">/stopping-the-war-business</a> <!--break--> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-event" hreflang="en">WRI event</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/council" hreflang="en">Council</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/169" hreflang="en">Korea, South</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">WRI activists</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/444" hreflang="en">War starts here</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/498" hreflang="en">Extractive industry</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/63" hreflang="en">arms trade</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24652&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Lny6OvwZEgZ_ZSiUqHv9ShKSYteTgqa2ghy5aLyc84s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:43:51 +0000 HBrock 24652 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/stopping-war-business-international-seminar-against-war-profiteering-seoul-south-korea#comments Stopping the War Business: 16 - 17 October: Seoul, Republic of Korea https://wri-irg.org/en/stopping-the-war-business <div data-history-node-id="24589" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 10 Jun 2015</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div align="left"> <div align="center"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span class="author-a-z88zz84z4fz83zoi8yz85zoz68zz77z72z81z">[an international seminar on war profiteering] </span></strong></h2> <div id="magicdomid48" align="center"><span style="color: #006600;"><big><big><big><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">Stopping the War Business</span></big></big></big></span></div> <div align="center"><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt"><strong>talking tactics and linking methods</strong></span></div> <div align="center"><br /> <span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt"></span><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">16 - 17 October 2015: Seoul, Republic of Korea</span></div> <p> </p></div> </div> <h2><a href="/stopping-the-war-business-registration">Please register here</a></h2> <div align="center"> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><span class="author-a-z88zz84z4fz83zoi8yz85zoz68zz77z72z81z"><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0f34301b-1c8c-4e02-b204-2119d95c96c4" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/poster%20web%20version_0.home.jpg?itok=H9L6KF9O 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/poster%20web%20version_0.home.jpg?itok=H9L6KF9O" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </span></strong>For antimilitarists, disrupting war profiteering means knocking out the economic pillars that make war inevitable. It goes far beyond the arms trade (although that is an important part of it), and includes all those who fund and profit from war and militarisation.</p> </div> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" align="left">Disrupting war profiteering takes a whole range of activities, from research, lobbying and legal challenges to mobilisation, direct action and creative campaigning techniques.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" align="left">This seminar will provide a space for activists using a whole range of different methods to gather together, learn how a spectrum of tactics interlink and help each other to be more effective. It'll answer questions like 'How can we make our direct action more strategic using research? 'How could a public campaign support our lobbying work?' 'What tools or methods can help my campaign be more effective?'</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" align="left">This international seminar <strong>Stopping the War Business</strong> will be held in Seoul, <span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">Republic of Korea</span>, 16-17th October. The seminar is jointly coordinated by <a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/">World Without War</a> in Korea and international antimilitarist network <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/">War Resisters' International</a>.</p> <!--break--> <p>To explore the connections between different methods, we'll use case study campaigns and themes from around the world, including:</p> <ul> <li><span style="background: transparent;">arms fair disruption from South Korea to Britain, Adu Dhabi to Czech Republic</span></li> <li><span style="background: transparent;">extractive industries and militarisation</span></li> <li><span style="background: transparent;">war profiteering and gender<br /> </span></li> <li><span style="background: transparent;">'civilian' companies that profit from war and occupation</span></li> </ul> <p></p><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <div alt="South Korean activists take action against the ADEX arms fair in 2013" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="645ee172-0d05-4dd3-ad15-d63da91423e4" data-langcode="en" title=""> <img alt="South Korean activists take action against the ADEX arms fair in 2013" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/adex%20action.img_assist_custom-275x179.?itok=H-sQi_1h" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/adex%20action.img_assist_custom-275x179.?itok=yBbjANLo 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>South Korean activists take action against the ADEX arms fair in 2013</figcaption> </figure> There will also be workshops on different methods, to explore their relevance in more depth, as well as 'campaigns clinics', where you can share your campaign and hear constructive feedback. <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="background: transparent;"></span><span style="background: transparent;">The seminar will follow a War Resisters' International Council meeting, which is open to observers. Directly after the seminar, there will be an opportunity to take part in a nonviolent direct action to disrupt the <a href="http://www.seouladex.com/eng/main.asp">ADEX arms fair</a>, with training available. Have a look at what happened at the 2013 arms fair for inspiration! <a href="/ADEX-2013">/ADEX-2013</a> </span></p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"> </p> <h3><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt"> Dates</span></h3> <ul> <li>13 (afternoon) - 15 October: War Resisters' International Council meeting</li> <li>16 - 17 October: Stopping the War Business - International Seminar</li> <li>18 October: Training for action</li> <li>19 October: Nonviolent direct action at the <a href="http://www.seouladex.com/eng/main.asp">ADEX arms fair</a></li> </ul> <h3><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">Prices</span></h3> <p>Registration fees, including food, accommodation, and contribution to translation:</p> <p>WRI Council Meeting, International Seminar, Training and Action (13-20 Oct), = £250.00</p> <p>WRI International Seminar, Training and Action (15-20 Oct),  = £200.00</p> <p>If you require accomodation on the night of the 12th, this will cost an additional £20.</p> <h3><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">Childcare</span></h3> <p><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">If you require childcare during the event, please get in touch via </span><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt"><a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org" class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated">info@wri-irg.org</a>.</span></p> <h2><a href="/stopping-the-war-business-registration">Please register here</a></h2> <p><span class="author-a-y1ilez75zz66znz88zz72zz88zz122zz76znz89zt">Please register your attendance by <strong>22nd July</strong>, and write to <a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org" class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated">info@wri-irg.org</a> with your questions!</span></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/council" hreflang="en">Council</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/169" hreflang="en">Korea, South</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/444" hreflang="en">War starts here</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24589&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="mXDzitmLWlpj6dIGd7nmQWOwAjM4TsTkWhGcGIX-xGM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:57:26 +0000 HBrock 24589 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/stopping-the-war-business#comments Arts and cultural programme at WRI International Conference in Cape Town https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2014/arts-and-cultural-programme-wri-international-conference-cape-town <div data-history-node-id="23940" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 27 Oct 2014</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><div class="embed-media embed-media--video-vimeo"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/110358550?app_id=122963" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="" title="http://player.vimeo.com/video/110358550"></iframe></div></p> <p>A look back at the arts and cultural programme of the WRI conference in Cape Town, July 2014. Film thanks to <a href="http://www.mutifilms.co.za/">Muti Films</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/triennial" hreflang="en">Triennial</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-event" hreflang="en">WRI event</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/230" hreflang="en">South Africa</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=23940&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="AMQhHXbZjL1bNwLOvsKp8w22ZOUo9h4gIUazd2lFuvs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 HBrock 23940 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2014/arts-and-cultural-programme-wri-international-conference-cape-town#comments 'Resistance' - WRI's logo as a broken AK-47 public art project in Cape Town https://wri-irg.org/en/resistance-art <div data-history-node-id="23825" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 10 Oct 2014</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c68d7da6-855e-407a-85fb-5d84cc656d67" title="The finished work from the air" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/10300021_1532859533618470_13061871725667196_n.home.jpg?itok=J3O4IVvI 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/10300021_1532859533618470_13061871725667196_n.home.jpg?itok=J3O4IVvI" alt="" title="The finished work from the air" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span class="userContent">Planned for the week of the <a href="/node/23558/">Small Actions, Big Movements</a> WRI conference, this installation in the middle of Cape Town's grand parade was delayed due to the inclement weather. Three months on, we're delighted to see it finally take shape! The broken AK-47 is covered in money, to highlight the corruption amongst those who profit from war.<br /> <br /> <em>Description from the artists</em><span class="text_exposed_show"><em>:</em> "Resistance" is a giant wheat paste public art installation; a world record spanning more than 100 meters. The image is of a broken AK -47. Resistance was born from a conversation between Ralph Ziman and (anti-arms activist) and Terry Crawford-Browne (one of the organisers of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference).<br /> <br /> Resistance was inspired by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/warresistersint" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=116749965016853">War Resisters' International</a> - an anti-war organization founded in the wake of the First World War. War Resisters has existed for almost a century and has branches all around the world. The logo has always been a rifle, broken in half by a pair of hands. </span></span></p> <p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show">Photos and footage thanks to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Resistance-Project/1528629520708138?fref=ts">Resistance project </a>and <a href="http://www.mutifilms.co.za/">MUTI films</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"></span></span></p> <!--break--><p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"></span></span></p> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/108580765" frameborder="0" height="350" width="425"></iframe><p></p> <p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dfcaba28-1533-4f49-9323-1fcdf1825d98" title="Ralph Ziman, South African conscientious objector, was the artist behind the project" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/1937500_1530983120472778_1586594380171976187_n.home.jpg?itok=xpV1M1hP 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/1937500_1530983120472778_1586594380171976187_n.home.jpg?itok=xpV1M1hP" alt="" title="Ralph Ziman, South African conscientious objector, was the artist behind the project" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </span></span></p> <p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c3053d6a-6aca-466f-9631-2a1ff5304f49" title="Work in progress" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/1503963_1530456250525465_3443727833395522699_n.home.jpg?itok=QTKa0eMU 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/1503963_1530456250525465_3443727833395522699_n.home.jpg?itok=QTKa0eMU" alt="" title="Work in progress" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span class="userContent"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b690c6ac-e2eb-47fb-83c8-26a7b9718b1c" title="Desmond Tutu visited and performed a Khoi San cleansing ceremony" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/10703772_1531957740375316_769215744327006788_n.home.jpg?itok=Dovrv7d8 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/10703772_1531957740375316_769215744327006788_n.home.jpg?itok=Dovrv7d8" alt="" title="Desmond Tutu visited and performed a Khoi San cleansing ceremony" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c497cd16-d45f-4276-8da4-9d79c77934ec" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/10509653_1529244203980003_8938942015011264556_n.home.jpg?itok=9AEIWqJp 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/10509653_1529244203980003_8938942015011264556_n.home.jpg?itok=9AEIWqJp" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/triennial" hreflang="en">Triennial</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/230" hreflang="en">South Africa</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=23825&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="hW4IkKdYJfJ4TY60nneJDO_CW4-a3oR8LZiM5h1bVd8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:16:24 +0000 HBrock 23825 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/resistance-art#comments Small Actions, Big Movements conference report https://wri-irg.org/en/Small-Actions-Big-Movements <div data-history-node-id="23558" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 05 Oct 2014</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a name="Stories" id="Stories"></a><strong><em>War Resisters' International held its first quadrennial <a href="/southafrica2014">International Conference</a> in Africa 4-8 July 2014, in Cape Town's City Hall. The conference we co-hosted by the <a href="http://ceasefire.org.za/site/">Ceasefire Campaign</a>.</em></strong></p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b0fcd7de-9d66-4bd7-bbb0-afbee2f21eb2" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/WRI%20logo%20new-5small.home.jpg?itok=2RJDuLqw 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/WRI%20logo%20new-5small.home.jpg?itok=T47__4xd" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>The meeting brought together 220 activists, researchers, and campaigners doing peace and nonviolence work from around the world for five days. Of the 220 participants, over half were African. The public conference followed meetings of the <a href="#ANPN">Pan-African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network</a> and the <a href="#WPP">Women Peacemakers Program</a>. Before and afterwards WRI's Council and Assembly meetings took place. The meeting will have impacts on WRI as a network for years to come.</p> <!--break--><h2><a name="Report" id="Report"></a>4-8 July: <a href="/southafrica2014">Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence</a> International Conference</h2> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e962780b-1407-4f92-a027-04c28bfd5a39" title="Desmond Tutu with Nozizwe Madlala Routledge. Photo: Andrew Dey" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Credit-AndrewDey-TutuClappingAndNoziSMALLER.img_assist_custom-298x447.jpg?itok=zBvEBV8O 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Credit-AndrewDey-TutuClappingAndNoziSMALLER.img_assist_custom-298x447.jpg?itok=zBvEBV8O" alt="" title="Desmond Tutu with Nozizwe Madlala Routledge. Photo: Andrew Dey" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>The conference opened with a joyous public event, a celebration of different forms of resistance. Young actors wrapped in bandages walked around the conference venue, making us mindful of the traumatic impacts of war. Burundian drummers and dancers led us into the auditorium of Cape Town City Hall, a building famous for hosting Nelson Mandela, as he made his first speech after being freed from gaol. An epically talented choir led us in songs in Zulu, Xhosa and English. Desmond Tutu joined us as a surprise. The hip hop band Dreamwolf offered lyricism (with cello accompaniment) that had the whole room buzzing. </p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Omar Barghouti (Co-founder of the <a href="http://www.bdsmovement.net/">Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel</a>), Sahar Vardi (of <a href="http://afsc.org/">American Friends Service Committee</a>, a woman conscientious objector and member of feminist group <a href="http://www.newprofile.org/english/">New Profile</a> in Israel) and Jenni Williams (of <a href="http://wozazimbabwe.org/">Women of Zimbabwe Arise</a>) gave inspirational and insightful speeches, and focused also on the lessons we can learn from the legacy of South African organising and international solidarity.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">The main conference began on Saturday 5th July. Each of the following days begun with planaries: the first featured two South African indigenous speakers, Bernedette Muthien and Zenzile Khoisan, who reflected on the forms of violence and indigenous people's reactions to it. The second day topic was on the issue of the continuum of nonviolence – beyond regime change. The dialogue was led by South African activist and academic, Janet Cherry and Ugandan scholar Yash Tandon. This day addressed the issue of the power but also limitation of civil resistance movements who focused primarily on regime change, and the need for long lasting change. The common message in this plenary was that a transformative society has to come from inside a society through a strong civil society. The third day was on nonviolence defence of livelihood and corporate militarism, with Lexys Rendón from Venezuela and Anand Mazgaonkar from India. Both focused on how corporations extracting natural resources go hand in hand with militarisation of local communities, and shared experience of nonviolence resistance from affected groups.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="70c22a12-af30-4e04-95fd-83a98e7f99dd" title="Opening plenary: Bernedette Muthien and Zenzile Khoisan with Javier Gárate. Photo: Matt Meyer" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/PlenaryMorning1.home.jpg?itok=1pRDdYfe 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/PlenaryMorning1.home.jpg?itok=1pRDdYfe" alt="" title="Opening plenary: Bernedette Muthien and Zenzile Khoisan with Javier Gárate. Photo: Matt Meyer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>On the final day of the conference, the plenary session was on peacebuilding. Speakers were Moses Monday of the <a href="http://www.sonad.org/">South Sudanese Organization for Nonviolence</a> and Development and Kesia Onam Akpene Yawo Birch of the <a href="http://www.wanep.org/wanep/">West African Network for Peacebuilding </a>(WANEP). They asked: what do we mean when we say African solutions to African problems? And looked at the different elements for successful peace-building work.</p> <p>Morning plenaries were also the time for more general reflections. This was carried out by a pair of different people each day reflecting on the outcomes of the previous days. It helped to recap what had happened so far as well as to stimulate critical thinking. We asked reflectors to have a special gender eye when sharing their thoughts. Each morning we also had 'Here is the news', where someone would share news stories from outside and inside the conference.</p> <h3>Developing ideas</h3> <p>Following the morning plenaries, theme groups worked each day of the conference with the same people working together to build on the previous days' learning. Thirteen theme groups started on day one of the conference, with six of them merging as the days went on.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5d5fb161-bbf2-494b-a40c-a6a2acf6b71f" title="Civil resistance theme group. Participants from Zimbabwe, Sweden, Palestine, South Africa, Norway, USA, WesternPhoto: Matt Meyer" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/CivilResistanceThemeGroup.home.jpg?itok=2V5e025g 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/CivilResistanceThemeGroup.home.jpg?itok=2V5e025g" alt="" title="Civil resistance theme group. Participants from Zimbabwe, Sweden, Palestine, South Africa, Norway, USA, WesternPhoto: Matt Meyer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>The theme groups included: Military alliances and military intervention; Daily violence (domestic violence, hate crimes, urban insecurity, etc...); Economic crises and militarism (including Campaigning against war profiteering); Countering the militarisation of youth; Dealing with the past; Nonviolent community struggles, which later merged with Resisting the War on Mother Earth, Reclaiming Our Home; Civil resistance and 'people power' movements: beyond regime change, which merged with Transnational Solidarity; Peacebuilding; Formal and non-formal education and nonviolence and Nonviolence Training. You can find reports from these theme groups <a href="/node/23484">here</a>.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a8d0fc30-d91c-4ee1-85a6-b27843576026" title="Countering the militarisation of youth theme group feedback. Where do you see the military active around you? Photo: Andrew Dey" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/CounteringTheMilitarisationEvaluationSMALLER.home.jpg?itok=EcWZJw0Y 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/CounteringTheMilitarisationEvaluationSMALLER.home.jpg?itok=EcWZJw0Y" alt="" title="Countering the militarisation of youth theme group feedback. Where do you see the military active around you? Photo: Andrew Dey" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">The topics of these groups were picked to represent the spectrum of the continuum of violence, and resistance to it: ranging from the everyday (Daily violence) to the international (Military alliances).</p> <p>Theme groups were the inspiration behind a number of suggestions for follow-up projects. For example, the Nonviolence Training theme group - as a direct response to outcomes to their sessions together - suggested that WRI should take on organising a nonviolence trainers' gathering focusing on how to integrate gender into nonviolence training. The civil resistance theme group was also a place were ideas for future plans emerged. This theme group had a diverse and rich participation, addressing some recent successes of civil resistance movements, why they were successful, but also on the need of these movements to work towards a deeper change, addressing issues of structural violence and social justice. The issue of how to work for regime and social change whilst living in exile was explored. This was brought up especially by activists in exile from Eritrea and Rwanda. From this came the idea of holding trainings with Eritrean and Rwandan activists on diaspora organising. WRI's network is well-placed to support this, as we can bring experiences of those who have worked in exile in the past – for example from South Africa.</p> <p>On the final day, time was given over for the theme groups to talk together and learn about their respective discussions. This took the form of a 'market place', as participants moved around the room and engaged in conversation with theme groups. Inventive ways of giving feedback were encouraged: the Countering the Militarisation of Youth theme group used theatre.</p> <h3 class="western"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">Workshop space</span></strong></h3> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Workshops – planned and spontaneous - followed in the afternoon. Workshops included a session on fear led by Eritrean Diaspora activists, several sessions on conscientious objection, and a hiphop workshop led by conference participants for young people in the nearby Manenberg township. That evening they came to share the results of their work in a concert.</p> <p>Highlights of these workshops included a workshop on how to deal with fear in activism, lead by a representative of the Eritrean Antimilitarist Initiative and the <a href="http://stopslaveryineritrea.com/">Campaign to End the Indefinite N</a><a href="http://stopslaveryineritrea.com/">ational Service Slavery in Eritrea</a> alongside a Chilean human rights defender, a 'taster' session to the Alternative to Violence Project, led by local South African trainers. Important workshops were also the ones looking at current conflicts such as Syria, the Ukraine and DRC with a nonviolence lens. Gender was a topic widely present at workshops, some looking at gender violence but also at the issue of gender dynamics inside our own groups. There was also an interactive workshop that was led by conference participant Jendog Lonewolf, leading 20 conference participants, but also 20 members of a local community group. It was entitled Hip Hop from Brooklyn to Cape Town. This workshop took place in the township of Mannenberg, and was run together with the local hip hop group Sounds of the South. The workshop produced some songs, which were performed that evening to the whole conference.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="35045326-2997-4f9c-90bd-2f24fd2efc5d" title="DreamWolf and Sounds of the South running a hiphop workshop in the Mannenberg township. Credit: Matt Meyer" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/DreamWolfSoundofSouthWorkshop.home.jpg?itok=7TD5mDsT 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/DreamWolfSoundofSouthWorkshop.home.jpg?itok=7TD5mDsT" alt="" title="DreamWolf and Sounds of the South running a hiphop workshop in the Mannenberg township. Credit: Matt Meyer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">On one afternoon we also said our own goodbye to our chair Howard Clark, who passed away suddenly last November. Howard was central to the planning of this conference, and its success is a testament to him: his contacts, his ideas and his determination - which also kept us going even after he was gone. After memorials in Madrid and London, this occasion was more informal, with WRI members sharing their memories of Howard spontaneously. His presence was felt all throughout the conference, through his partner Yolanda Juarros Barcenilla, children Ismael and Violeta, his countless friends, networks he created, and themes he worked on.</p> <p>The second edition of <a href="/pubs/NonviolenceHandbook">The Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</a> was launched during the conference, with speakers from Zimbabwe, USA, Nepal and Britain, all of whom contributed to this, the second edition of a handbook designed to help nonviolent campaigns with their strategy, training and group building. The London launch will take place in Housmans on 25 October 2014, from 6.30pm.</p> <h3 class="western">More than just workshops!</h3> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fd83f224-a9bc-4c1c-9fe5-a9da9becf371" title="Ghosts: War Resisters' International-inspired graffiti art as part of Ralph Ziman's Ghosts exhibition - a broken rifle covered in money" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Ghosts.home.jpg?itok=vJ8eXGpm 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Ghosts.home.jpg?itok=vJ8eXGpm" alt="" title="Ghosts: War Resisters' International-inspired graffiti art as part of Ralph Ziman's Ghosts exhibition - a broken rifle covered in money" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>Conferences like this need to be more than just workshops and theme groups. Social and cultural events bring people together on another level, and are vital for that networking and relationship-building that international networks thrive on. Such meetings provide the enthusiasm needed to keep you going in email and conference call contact for years to come. So often new cooperation, new initiatives and new alliances start from conversations in corridors and outside of the organised programme.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">The conference was a place for different forms of expression of nonviolence movements including the creative and theatrical. Throughout the conference, seven exhibitions ran<strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><strong>The Human Cost of India's Development:</strong></strong>photography by Priyanka Borpujari</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;"><strong>SMALL Actions BIG Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence</strong> – an arpillera (Chilean textiles) and other textile exhibition curated by Roberta Bacic</p> </li> <li><strong>The ECC25 Virtual Exhibition: </strong>To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the End Conscription Campaign (ECC) in South Africa</li> <li> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;"><strong>INNATE</strong> <strong>poster:</strong> series from Northern Ireland</p> </li> <li><strong>The Objectors</strong>: a photographic exhibition based on South African objectors to apartheid</li> <li> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;"><strong>Embrace Dignity</strong> photovoice exhibition</p> </li> <li> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;"><strong>Ghosts, Ralph Ziman</strong></p> </li> </ul> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;">The <em>arpilleras </em>exhibition held an ongoing 'drop in' workshop daily.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="983d277d-b945-4a81-8dc0-d017095acfae" title="Textiles workshop - learning about dealing with the past through textile art with Zimbabwean women artists. Photo: Matt Meyer" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Arpilleras3.home.jpg?itok=gAD9FkxF 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Arpilleras3.home.jpg?itok=gAD9FkxF" alt="" title="Textiles workshop - learning about dealing with the past through textile art with Zimbabwean women artists. Photo: Matt Meyer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>The<em> arpillera</em> exhibition in particular was extremely powerful. As well as displaying <em>arpilleras</em>, three Zimbabwean women created a Zimbabwean textile. In the afternoons, Roberta Bacic, the exhibition curator lead workshops on arpilleras as a form of resistance. This mindful creation is used by the women to creatively express their struggles – especially against forced displacement.</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66c19d5e-6069-44c8-9fca-593ecfdbf724" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/10442383_665183716864121_1163707479401010265_n.img_assist_custom-278x427.jpg?itok=-G86FtUl 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/10442383_665183716864121_1163707479401010265_n.img_assist_custom-278x427.jpg?itok=Ge_-8KLi" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>Four evenings during the conference were an opportunity for different kinds of learning and interaction. In addition to the opening night (see above), the second night (5 July) also took place in the City Hall's concert hall, and was open to the public. The event included jazz from The Bongani Boz and Sotshononda Jazz Quintet, poetry from Tanzanian poet Mama Charlotte O'Neal and testimony from the son of Dennis Brutus, a South African campaigner and environmentalist.</p> <p>Day three saw the showing of a film – <a href="https://streamingmoviesright.com/us/movie/miners-shot-down/"><em>Miners Shot Down</em></a> – about the Marikana massacre. It was followed by a Q&amp;A with film-makers. This was a key moment for participants understanding the contemporary situation in South Africa.</p> <p>On the final evening we held a concert of American and South African hip-hop artists, including the results of a workshop in Mannenberg township that afternoon.</p> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;">On the final afternoon, theme groups shared their learning, followed by speakers and acknowledgements. Anti-apartheid campaigner Ahmed Kathrada was scheduled to attend, but in the end was prevented by illness, so his representative Neesham Balton – and Chair of the <a href="http://kathradafoundation.org/">Ahmed Kathrada Foundation</a> – spoke in his stead. Newly-appointed Chair of WRI Christine Schweitzer then closed, looking at the particular challenges to come in the years ahead, and with a call for connections and networks formed at this conference to continue, in order to address them.</p> <p><object data="http://player.vimeo.com/video/110358550" height="358" type="video/quicktime" width="478"><param name="src" value="http://player.vimeo.com/video/110358550" /></object></p> <p>This video is a look back at the arts and cultural programme of the WRI conference, thanks to <a href="http://www.mutifilms.co.za/">Muti Films</a></p> <h2 class="western">Working together</h2> <p>The conference was the work of many people and many groups. It was a collaborative gathering, with the The African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network and <a href="https://www.womenpeacemakersprogram.org/">Women Peacemakers Program</a> working with WRI in the planning of a gathering which included the WRI International Conference, as well as their own meetings.</p> <p><a name="ANPN" id="ANPN"></a>The African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network meeting on the 1 July brought the network together, sharing their contexts and stories, and developing understanding of the shared problems they face. Most of the day was spent on learning from each other as to understand more about the people and organisations that form the network. Some initial discussions on network structure and goals and main activities took place.</p> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none;">On 4 July, a second meeting took place, which was facilitated by the <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/">International Center on Nonviolent Conflict </a>(ICNC). The day was dedicated to exploring the power and opportunities for civil resistance in Africa. The session enabled participants to learn from activists and scholars with huge experience in civil resistance and nonviolent action in Africa, including: MK Jack, a leader of the opposition to Apartheid; Janet Cherry, a member of the End Conscription Campaign in South Africa and scholar on civil resistance; Jenni Williams of Women of Zimbabwe Arise, as well as staff of ICNC who have a rich knowledge of civil resistance from around the world. Through more participatory activities the day also gave the opportunity for members of the network to look at how civil resistance works and its opportunities in the African continent. </p> <p>Over these meetings, the Network appointed two co-Chairs (South African Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge – previously a convener of the network, and South Sudanese activist Moses Monday).</p> <p>There is also a steering committee, which met several times throughout the International Conference (4-8 July).</p> <p></p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="683c373e-df3e-4fb1-9759-ce427f4d29b0" title="1 July: African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network. Credit: Christine Schweitzer" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/ANPNParticipants.home.jpg?itok=j9TUaAKc 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/ANPNParticipants.home.jpg?itok=j9TUaAKc" alt="" title="1 July: African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network. Credit: Christine Schweitzer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>At the conference, the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network chose to rename itself the <em>Pan</em>-African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network, in order to explicitly be seen as an All-African Network, encompassing diverse language, religious, cultural groups, and giving space for members from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and indeed those islands not technically part of an African state.</p> <h2><a name="WPP" id="WPP"></a>2-4 July: Women Peacemakers Program Global Consultation</h2> <p>This meeting took place in the same venue, and was designed to dove-tail with the WRI International Conference and Pan-African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network Meetings. Learning from the consultation fed into the International Conference, and over 20 members of the Pan-African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network attended.</p> <p align="LEFT" class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">A statement from the Women Peacemakers Program consultation to the conference was also read at the conference's opening, calling upon the conference to 'look at gender beyond a narrow focus on women and integrate an intersectional approach that gives space for realities of race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity; and masculinities perspectives on the women, peace, and security agenda by exploring links between nationalism and violent masculinities and militarism.'</p> <p>See the full statement here: <a href="/WPPstatement">/WPPstatement</a></p> <h2 class="western">WRI meetings</h2> <p style="text-align: left;">WRI appointed a new Chair at the conference. Christine Schweitzer was warmly endorsed by Howard Clark before his death last year, Christine now has the job of overseeing WRI through a transition of gathering in African networks, and being changed by them.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The WRI Assembly that took place after the conference also issued three statements:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/UkraineJuly2014">War Resisters' International statement on Ukraine</a> <ul> <li> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><a href="/Gaza">WRI statement on self-immolation in protest against Reinterpretation of articles 9 of Japanese constitution</a></p> </li> <li> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><a href="/Gaza">WRI statement on the present Israeli assault on Gaza</a></p> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3 class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Stories from the conference</h3> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Many people have written about the conference or shared online presentations that they gave at the conference. These include: <em><a href="http://canariasporlapaz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/pequenas-acciones-grandes-movimientos.html">Pequeñas Acciones, Grandes Movimientos. La Espiral de la Noviolencia</a></em>; <a href="http://www.lalitmauritius.org/viewnews.php?id=1636">The Danger to Africa, The Middle East and the World of the US Diego Garcia Military Base on Mauritian, Thus African, Land</a> (by Alain Ah-Vee); <em><a href="http://www.azionenonviolenta.it/small-actions-big-movements/">SMALL ACTIONS – BIG MOVEMENTS: il resoconto dell’incontro di luglio della WRI</a> </em>(by Franco Perna - English version <a href="/node/23720">here</a>);<a href="http://www.azionenonviolenta.it/small-actions-big-movements/"> </a><a href="http://peacenews.info/node/7770/african-gathering-war-resisters">An African gathering of war resisters</a> (by Hannah Brock) and <a href="http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/the-silent-power-of-boycotts-to-blockades/">The Silent Power of Boycotts and Blockades</a> (by <span class="postauthor">Kanya D'Almeida). </span>Find photos of the conference <a href="/node/23239">here</a>, and more videos <a href="/ImagesOfCapeTown">here</a>.</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Find pictures, footage, and more reflections about the conference <a href="/ImagesOfCapeTown">here.</a></p> <h3 class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Update: 17 October 2014</h3> <p><span class="userContent">Planned for the week of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference, the <a href="/resistance-art">Resistance</a> installation in the middle of Cape Town's grand parade was delayed due to the inclement weather. Three months on, we're delighted to see it finally take shape!</span></p> <p><span class="userContent"><em>Description from the artists</em></span><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show"><em>:</em> "Resistance" is a giant wheat paste public art installation; a world record spanning more than 100 meters. The image is of a broken AK -47. Resistance was born from a conversation between Ralph Ziman and (anti-arms activist) and Terry Crawford-Browne (one of the organisers of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference).</span></span></p> <p>Resistance was inspired by <a data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=116749965016853" href="https://www.facebook.com/warresistersint">War Resisters' International</a> - an anti-war organization founded in the wake of the First World War. War Resisters has existed for almost a century and has branches all around the world. The logo has always been a rifle, broken in half by a pair of hands.</p> <p><span class="userContent"><span class="text_exposed_show">See more photos here: <a href="/resistance-art">/resistance-art</a></span></span></p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">---------------------------</p> <p><oembed><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qemccU3OwBs">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qemccU3OwBs</a></oembed></p> <p> </p> <p><em><span class="userContent">Video of Mama Charlotte, performing in Cape Town City Hall, 5th July, at the <a data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=181222908639218" href="http://ecosocialisthorizons.com/">Ecosocialist Horizons</a> and War Resisters' International concert: Act Now Against Climate Catastrophe. </span>Watch more videos from evening <a href="http://ecosocialisthorizons.com/2014/07/video-from-cape-town-2014/">here</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-event" hreflang="en">WRI event</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/230" hreflang="en">South Africa</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/671" hreflang="en">PANPEN</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=23558&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="RqgAvH2Vl2gddOxrPutQ1utfq5Jigu5ZNOlhROIyB60"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 15:32:22 +0000 HBrock 23558 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/Small-Actions-Big-Movements#comments Small Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence - WRI International Conference, co-hosted by Ceasefire Campaign, Cape Town https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2014/small-actions-big-movements-continuum-nonviolence-wri-international-conference-co-hosted <div data-history-node-id="23478" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 14 Aug 2014</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h3><strong><strong><br /> <div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b0fcd7de-9d66-4bd7-bbb0-afbee2f21eb2" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/WRI%20logo%20new-5small.home.jpg?itok=2RJDuLqw 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/WRI%20logo%20new-5small.home.jpg?itok=T47__4xd" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>City Hall, </p></strong>Cape Town, South Africa</strong></h3> <ul> <li><a href="/ImagesOfCapeTown"><strong>Videos and photos from the conference</strong></a></li> <li><a href="/node/23492"><strong>Report Plenaries</strong></a></li> <li><a href="/node/23484"><strong>Report Theme Groups</strong></a></li> <li><a href="/ImagesOfCapeTown"><span><strong>Conference Reader</strong></span></a></li> <li><strong><a href="#Calendar">Calendar of events</a></strong></li> <li><a href="/PracticalInformation2014"><strong>Practical Information about the conference</strong></a></li> <li><strong><a href="/Programme2014" target="_blank">Conference programme</a></strong></li> <li><a href="/RelatedEvents" target="_blank"><strong>Info on related Events</strong></a></li> <li><a href="/node/23186"><strong>Exhibitions during the conference</strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Resources"><strong>Resources: prepare for the conference</strong></a></li> </ul> <p>This July, in an historic conference to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, War Resisters International (WRI) will be convening a conference on "<strong>Small Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence</strong>". While we recognize that at times our demonstrations and campaigns start small, they can have wide effects when we work together.</p> <p>From the historic struggle against apartheid, South Africans along with international supporters have gained the experience to speak on a range of global challenges. The post-apartheid problems of the country, however, also require a revival of civic struggle. WRI's venue for the July conference - the very City Hall where <strong>Nelson Mandela chose to address the world</strong> in his first hours after release from 27 years behind bars.</p> <p>This is planned to be a Pan-African meeting - not limited to participants from Africa, of course, but placing African movements and activists at its centre, both as organisers and as participants. Our main partner and co-host is the national, anti-militarist <a href="http://ceasefire.org.za/site/">Ceasefire Campaign</a>, being supported by <a href="http://embracedignity.org.za/" target="_blank">Embrace Dignity</a>, who work against the exploitation of women, especially those forced into sex-trafficking. The <a href="http://www.asc.org.za/" target="_blank">Action Support Centre</a> b<span>ased in Soweto and <span>the <a href="http://www.goedgedachtforum.co.za/">Goedgedacht Forum</a> are also playing a key roles</span>.</span></p> <p>Feminist movements have taught us that <strong>a "continuum of violence" exists</strong> between the battlefields of traditional war and often-silent wars at home in the guise of intimate partner violence and abuse - and all the agression and militarism that takes place in between.</p> <p>The conference theme of “continuum” has special relevance in our Africa context. With much creative local work being done on issues such as street violence, small arms, and the justice-based causes of war, we come together with continent-wide and global campaigners against multinational military alliances and resistance to active combat. Making these connections – between people and across campaigns - will be fruitful and valuable to all.</p> <p>We are delighted to be holding our conference alongside meetings of the <strong><a href="/AfricanNetwork2014">African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network</a></strong>, and the <strong>Women Peacemakers Program's</strong> <a href="https://www.womenpeacemakersprogram.org/events/start-wpp-global-consultation-on-gender-and-militarism/">Gender and Militarism Consultation</a>.</p> <h3><a></a></h3> <p><strong>Calendar of events</strong> </p><p><strong>1 and 4 July</strong>: <a href="/AfricanNetwork2014">African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network </a>Meetings</p> <p><strong>2-4 July</strong>: Women Peacemakers Program <a href="/RelatedEvents">Gender and Militarism Consultation</a></p> <p><strong>3 July (afternoon)</strong>: WRI Council meeting</p> <p><strong>4th July (morning)</strong>: WRI Assembly</p> <p><strong>4 - 8 July</strong>: from evening of 4 July, <em><strong><a href="/Programme2014" target="_blank">Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence International Conference</a><br /> </strong></em></p> <p><strong>8th July, evening: </strong> WRI Assembly</p> <p><strong>9 July</strong>: Excursion day</p> <p><strong>10 July</strong>: WRI Assembly</p> <p><strong>11 July (morning)</strong>: WRI Council meeting</p> <p>For more information about all events around the conference, visit <a href="/RelatedEvents" target="_blank">Related events</a></p> <p>-------------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <h2><strong><a></a>Resources</strong></h2> <ul> <li><a href="/epublish/21/574">The Broken Rifle, No 99</a> (<strong>Themes for Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence</strong>)</li> <li><a href="https://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/555">The Broken Rifle, No 98</a> (stories of <strong>African antimilitarism and nonviolent struggle</strong>)</li> <li><strong>Webinar recording: </strong><a href="/node/23158">Militarisation of youth and child soldiers</a> (led by Dereje Wordofa)</li> <li><strong>Webinar recording: </strong><a href="/node/23119">International Solidarity and Nonviolent Resistance</a> (led by Janet Cherry)</li> <li><strong>Webinar recording: </strong><a href="/node/23104">The Patriarchal War Against Women and Others</a> (led by <a href="/node/23049">Bernedette Muthien </a>for the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network)</li> <li><strong>Webinar recording</strong>: <a href="/node/22953" target="_blank">The case for bottom-up peacebuilding</a> (led by <span><span>Geoff Harris, for the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network</span></span>)</li> <li><strong>Webinar recording</strong>: <a href="/node/23026/">African Groundings: War Resisters International’s African Engagement </a>(led by Matt Meyer, for the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network)</li> </ul> <p>Please give to support WRI's network to attend this conference, through the <a href="/node/22957/">Howard Clark Solidarity Fund</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/triennial" hreflang="en">Triennial</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/council" hreflang="en">Council</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-event" hreflang="en">WRI event</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-network" hreflang="en">WRI network</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=23478&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="mUF4L-WygKBv5iUgD1ILMS2KGbOTP1JY8JXXGmA0eSk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:00:00 +0000 javier 23478 at https://wri-irg.org https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2014/small-actions-big-movements-continuum-nonviolence-wri-international-conference-co-hosted#comments