Please note:This is not
a full issue of Nonviolent News but merely a supplement to
the June/July issue, No. 141. The next full issue will be
at the start of September.
Jury judgement justification
There has been great celebrating in the peace community and
elsewhere at the 25th July acquittal of the Catholic Worker/Pitstop
Ploughshares 5 in their third trial at Dublin's Four Courts.
Deirdre Clancy, Nuin Dunlop, Karen Fallon, Damien Moran and
Ciaron O'Reilly succeeded in their defence that they had reasonable
excuse in doing $2.5 million damage to a US warplane at Shannon
on 3rd February 2003 and therefore were innocent of the charge
of criminal damage; the unanimous jury decision came after
four hours of deliberation.
Anti-war activists will try to build on the momentum provided
by the trial verdict to demilitarise Shannon airport while
the US Embassy will have been consulting with the Irish government
on the ramifications of the case. Catholic Worker activists
will look with others at increased civil disobedience to push
for demilitarisation; if interested, or in supporting, you
can contact email@example.com
Donations towards existing expenses from the trial, and future
work on disarming Shannon, can be made to "Ploughshares
Defence Fund", 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7 or at
any Bank of Ireland branch, payable to "Ploughshares
Defence Fund", Account No. 80965573 Sort Code 900551.
and the extensive coverage on the Indymedia site at www.indymedia.ie
Peru at West Belfast
The photographic exhibition "Testimonies
of Courage and Pain" (on loan from the Peru Support
Group) depicts women affected by the political violence
in Peru (1980-2000), with a short testimony of their experiences,
and two boards with text giving information about the Truth
Commission in Peru, and the political context.. This is
accompanied by a Peru quilt (2 x 3 m), 'Yesterday and Today',
previously exhibited at the Truth Commission, depicting
life before and after the violence suffered, and an applique
by Guadalupe Ccallocunto made shortly before she was abducted
and killed. These will be launched on Wednesday 9th August
at 1 pm along with the Remembering Quilt of Relatives for
Justice which has now grown to 50 feet. The exhibition will
be open 11 - 5 until Friday 11th.
The film 'State of Fear' will be
shown at 2pm on Thursday 10th August at Culturlann, 216
Falls Road. This renowned documentary film juxtaposes the
spectacular beauty of Peru with the disturbing revelations
of that nation's Truth Commission detailing a 20-year reign
of terror. It's in English and Spanish with English subtitles.
[This information does not appear in the main West Belfast
Festival programme]. Regarding Peru programme, contact
Roberta Bacic at 028 -77750409.
- The European premiere of the new US documentary
film 'Sir No Sir!', about the GI movement to end the war in
Vietnam, takes place on Tuesday, August 8th at 1.30pm in the
West Belfast Sports and Social Club, 370 Falls Road.
Nagasaki event, Belfast
The Justice Not Terror Coalition (JNTC) are holding an event
on Wednesday 9th August, 12.30pm-2pm at the front of the City
Hall, Belfast to commemorate the 61th Anniversary of the bombings
of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. There will a minutes silence at
1pm in memory of the innocent men, women and children who
lost their lives in these bombings. The Peace People have
sent invites to all the Mayors in the North of Ireland to
come along and join in the one minute silence at 1pm, and
to join the Mayors for Peace campaign. Mairead Corrigan Maguire
will hand in a formal letter to the Lord Mayor of Belfast
requesting that he join the worldwide Mayors for Peace campaign
The aim of this event is 1) to call for the abolition of nuclear
weapons and other weapons of mass destruction 2) to call on
the US/UK to end the occupation of Iraq, 3) to call for a
just sustainable world peace for ourselves and future generations.
JNTC, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Kevin Cassidy at 028 - 4173 8997.
Remembering the conflict:
HTR taking submissions
Healing Through Remembering has an open call for ideas about
what form a living memorial museum to the conflict in and
about Northern Ireland should take; questions that might be
considered include who it is for, what it should be, whether
it should be something other than a building, its location,
and whether it should be temporary or permanent etc. Submissions
can be made in various forms and a touring exhibition will
be formed for late 2006 or early 2007 with a selection of
submissions. Art-based workshops are also taking place currently
to give further encouragement and assistance. The closing
date for submissions is 30th September. Information packs
are available from Emma McClintock, Healing Through Remembering,
Alexander House, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD, ph 028
- 9023 8844, e-mail email@example.com
survey and introduction, Republic
The Irish Peace Institute (IPC) is in the process of compiling
and editing an introduction to the basics of conflict resolution
for community & voluntary groups. The central aim of the
project is to design and develop a booklet that communicates
the core ideas of conflict resolution to a general audience
that has no previous background in the subject. IPC is currently
researching the experience and needs of the community &
voluntary sector in the Republic of Ireland in regard to Conflict
Resolution and has a survey it is requesting groups in the
sector to fill in. The Irish Peace Institute is a non-governmental
organisation committed to the just and peaceful transformation
of violent conflict by helping to identify and address the
root causes of violence through education, research and outreach.
Contact: Dr Matt Cannon, Irish Peace Institute, University
of Limerick, phone 061-202768, fax 061-202572, firstname.lastname@example.org
and web http://www.ul.ie/ipi
The skies of Lebanon
Statements from international organisations include the War
Resisters International (from their Council meeting in
Germany), (the Globalising Nonviolence conference daily newsletter
is also on the WRI site); and Pax Christi has submitted a
written intervention on the war in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza,
for the Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of
Human Rights (United Nations - 58th Session) which will take
place in Geneva, 7 - 25 August 2006, see http://www.paxchristi.net
Having a green summer
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