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Issue 149: May 2007

Day of Reflection on Northern Ireland
The Day of Reflection website - www.dayofreflection.com - is now live. The website contains all the latest information regarding the forthcoming initial Day of Private Reflection on Thursday, 21st June 2007. It has full details on background, Healing Through Remembering, ideas for participation, resources, FAQs etc. We encourage you to visit the site, send us on details of how you plan to mark this initial Day of Private Reflection, post any comments and feedback about the initiative and forward the link to the website onto anyone else you think may be interested. Elaine Armstrong, Healing Through Remembering, Alexander House, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD, ph 028-9023-8844, e-mail elaine@healingthroughremembering.org web http://www.healingthroughremembering.org

Sustainable disarmament for sustainable development
Dr Tony Kemspter, who is an accomplished commentator and musician, and among many other positions a Vice President of the International Peace Bureau (IPB, http://www.ipb.org) is once again providing programme for and through INNATE. Programme includes the following, on the IPB theme of ‘Sustainable disarmament for sustainable development’ unless otherwise stated:

  • Tuesday 23rd May, pm, meeting International Peace Walkers;
  • Wednesday 23rd May, 11 am, main theme at Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE), Belfast, contact ISE for details (ph 9077 0061, e-mail poolea@tcd.ie);
  • Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30 pm, South Belfast Friends Meeting House (Quakers), 22 Marlborough Park North, Belfast, discussion on “Peacekeeping and conflict intervention in military and nonviolent traditions” with a veteran military peacekeeper and Tony Kemspter (contact INNATE for further details, co-hosted by Quaker Peace Committee) - Thursday 24th May 10 am, main theme with CADA (aid and development related bodies) in Belfast, contact INNATE for information;
  • Thursday evening, potluck supper at Kilcranny House, Coleraine, music and conversation with Tony Kempster (contact Kilcranny House, info@kilcrannyhouse.org. ph 028 7032 1816);
  • Friday 25th May, 2pm, Irish School of Ecumenics, Dublin, main theme, contact ISE for details (peacesec@tcd.ie or 01 2601144 ext 113)

Friends of the Earth Island Gathering
Friends of the Earth will be hosting its Island Gathering at the Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre in Mullaghbane, near Newry, on 19 and 20 May 2007. The theme of this year’s event will be climate change and the need for legislation to curb UK and Ireland CO2 emissions. Highlights include a keynote address by ecological architect and TV presenter Duncan Stewart, a panel discussion on the role of faith in environmentalism chaired by BBC Northern Ireland’s William Crawley, updates on current national campaigns in both the UK and Ireland from Friends of the Earth directors John Woods and Oisín Coghlan as well workshops and training sessions on how to campaign more effectively and lobby your local MP/TD. BBC Radio Ulster’s religion and ethics programme, Sunday Sequence, will be broadcast live from the Gathering on the morning of Sunday 20th May. Tickets cost €60/£40 for residential delegates and €30/£20 for non-residential. All meals will be provided. Places are limited so booking early is advised. Those interested in attending should contact Colette Stewart on 028 90233488 or email colette.stewart@foe.co.uk.

Interfaith Peace Walk: Towards a nuclear free future
On Sunday May 13th Footprints for Peace, an Australian grassroots peace group, will begin an 86 day Interfaith Peace Walk “towards a nuclear free future” from Dublin to London. The walk will follow a route along the East Coast of Ireland from Dublin to Belfast. Taking a ferry across to Scotland, the walk will continue up to Faslane Trident Nuclear Submarine Base, down to Sellafield in Cumbria before heading to Menwith Hill and Fylingdales (near Leeds) which is an American Spy Base. Finally the walk will continue to Aldermaston Nuclear Facility, before reaching London for the anniversary of Hiroshima on August 6th. Along the way the walk will work with local communities to raise public awareness about the suffering and coercion that communities and environment throughout the world face by the nuclear industry. This is an open walk, accessible for all and focused on creating a family atmosphere. We would like people to come and walk with us – for a single step, a whole day or a few weeks. If you cannot walk there are many ways you can support this walk. For more information please contact Marcus & Kerrie-Ann on 07881425531 (UK) / 0870687899 (Ireland) or ka@footprintsforpeace.net or http://www.footprintsforpeace.net (the info’s all there!)

Dublin public meeting, Wednesday 9th May at 8.30 pm in the Boardroom of Buswells hotel, Molesworth Street.

  • Peace Walk launch with Deputy Lord Mayor Aodhan O’Riordan and Proinnsias de Rossa MEP, Sunday 13th May 9.30 am at GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin – bring colour and creativity.
  • Stopover points are as follows (leaving the following morning at 9 am, except Dundalk and Belfast): Swords 13th May, Skerries 14th, Drogheda 15th. Ardee 16th, Dundalk 17th, Newry 19th, Banbridge 20th, Lisburn 21st, Belfast 22nd. Look out for local events (including civic receptions in Newry, Lisburn, Belfast) and music event at South Belfast Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 22 Marlborough Park North, at 7pm Tuesday 22nd.
  • Thursday 24th, 9 am, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, walk from City Hall, Belfast, 9 am, to Stormont. 7.30 pm Showing of docu-drama ‘Nuclear Secrets – Vanunu and the Bomb’ (benefit for Moredechai Vanunu, co-hosted Peace People) at Frederick Street Friends Meeting House, Belfast.

Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry, training
Advanced Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills (10 day course) OCN Level 3, Credits 9, starts on 18th May running through to late June, course fee £300 (need to have done appropriate intermediate course); Exploring Diversity: Facilitating Community Relations Work (10 day course), OCN Level 3, Credits 12, starts on 12th September running into mid-November, course fee £300. Further details: 028 - 71 369206, by email at info@peaceprg.co.uk or at 18/20 Bishop Street, L/Derry, BT48 6PW.

Religion and the Other
A Day of Reflection led by John D’Arcy May at Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin on Saturday 26th May 2007, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. We intensify the Problem of relating to the Other when the Other to be acknowledged, the Stranger to be welcomed, the Enemy to be reconciled, are religiously different from us. Why is this? What gives religion its power to exacerbate conflict, but also to transform it? This is Dublin Peace Committee’s third seminar. For more information: Sean McCrum, phone: 01 (00 353 1 from North) - 679 3279, email: smccrum@eircom.net

CAJ – Bill of rights
CAJ is busy as usual on a variety of fronts - equality, criminal justice and policing, but most especially on the Bill of Rights, where exciting new developments are underway. The Round Table Forum, promised in 2003 (sic!), has at last been established with Australian human rights expert Chris Sidoti as its independent chair. Composed half of politicians, and half of civil society representatives, the Forum will begin its work in coming weeks. It will want to build on earlier phases of the consultation, but is also being urged to engage with the many people who are unaware that there is even a debate underway! To assist in such work, CAJ has (re)issued a Bill of Rights information pack for use at local level. The pack is a stand-alone introduction to the debate, is very user-friendly and is free. For order form, see CAJ website or http://www.caj.org.uk CAJ, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2BR, ph 028 – 9096 1122.

Amnesty International NI – Protect the Human, stories
l3rd – 19th May: 12 Venues within the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast; Amnesty International are bringing the popular Protect the Human photo exhibition to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Well-known figures from the worlds of literature, music, film and sport have joined the world's first virtual demonstration to promote the values of Amnesty International. The exhibition will be showing in 12 venues through out the Cathedral Quarter and the public will be asked to follow the trail and fill out the action card so that they can receive Amnesty's monthly e-zine.

l10th May, 7.30pm, Unemployed Resource Centre, Donegall St, Belfast; Campaigners from Guatemala and Mexico tell their powerful stories about seeking justice for women who have been brutally murdered or assaulted in these two countries. Amnesty International, 397 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GP, ph 028 90 643000.

Trade unions and the Iraq war – Belfast
Anti War Ireland, Belfast are hosting a public meeting on 'Trade Unions and the Iraq War' at 7.30pm Thursday 17th May, Transport House, High Street, Belfast. Meeting held by Anti War Ireland, Belfast awibelfast@googlemail.com

New reps for Quaker House, Belfast
Anne Bennett has finished her period as representative with Quaker House, Belfast (farewell and thanks – Ed). Tim Foley and Olive Hobson have been appointed to the post as a job share, starting in June; Olive and Tim both live in Portadown and work part-time for Mediation Northern Ireland as associates. They wish to continue Anne’s work in addressing racism, sectarianism, dealing with the past and promoting reconciliation, and are keen to consult widely in order to focus the work and would be glad to hear from you. Quaker House, 40 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BA. ph 028- 90249293, e-mail. representative@quakerhousebelfast.org

Designing an all-inclusive democracy
“Designing an All-Inclusive Democracy - Consensual Voting Procedures for Use in Parliaments, Councils and Committees” is a new and comprehensive book edited by Peter Emerson to be published by Springer in June; the launch will be by Elizabeth Meehan in the Long Room at Stormont on 20th June. 188 pages, includes CD-Rom. € 74.95 or £ 57.50, ISBN-10: 3-540-33163-8, ISBN-13: 978-3-540-33163-6. Contact: De Borda Institute, 36 Ballysillan Road, Belfast BT14 7QQ, ph 028 9071 1795 http://www.deborda.org

Shared future: Ballymena…..in Navan
Meath Peace Group public talk: Monday 21st May at 8pm, Newgrange Hotel, Navan:
‘Towards a Shared Future: Ballymena’. Speakers: Jackie Patton (Community Relations Officer, Ballymena), Delia Close, Vice-chair, District Policing Partnership, Ballymena, and Ronnie Hassard (Principal of Ballymena Academy) This is the 3rd talk in our series on the ‘Shared Future’ policy; transcripts of previous talks available on http://www.meathpeacegroup.org; contact Julitta Clancy on 01 8259438 or email meathpeace@hotmail.com

Afri Famine Walk, Doolough-Louisburgh
The theme this year is Voices in the Wilderness: Erris… Fossil Fuels…Global Warming. Walk Leaders are Mark Garavan (spokesperson, Shell to Sea), Gary White Deer (painter, chanter, Irish-Choctaw Famine Link), Dr. Janie White Deer (educational administrator and consultant), John Hoban (muscician and artist) and children from Louisburgh National School. The walk goes from Doolough to Louisburgh, Co. Mayo beginning at 2pm on Saturday 26th May 2007, beginning at 2pm. Organised by Afri and Louisburgh Community Project. Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, ph 01 – 8827581/8827563, e-mail afri@iol.ie and website http://www.afri.ie

At Ease
'At Ease' - a small, voluntary, independent, London-based support line & advocacy link for young people and others in the Brish armed forces is holding an info workshop about their work with the possibility of supporting them in Northern Ireland. Gwyn Gwyntopher, experienced 'At Ease' advice & advocacy worker
Saturday 5th May 2pm in PeaceHouse/Fredheim, 224 Lisburn Rd, Belfast. All welcome; contact: Mark 0798 354 9472.

Peace Movements in the Cold War and Beyond
The Cold War Studies Centre (CWSC) at the London School of Economics (LSE) together with the Centre for the Study of Global Governance (LSE) and Free University of Amsterdam are requesting support for an international conference entitled ‘Peace Movements in the Cold War and Beyond’ taking place from 31st January to 2nd February 2008 at the LSE in London. The objective of this conference is to discuss and highlight the significance of peace movements during the Cold War era in order to draw conclusions for the analysis of contemporary socio-political reality and the evaluation and resolution of its conflicts and to encourage research and teaching on the history of peace movements. Further information here.

New presidents for Pax Christi International
Pax Christi International (PCI) has elected Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo and Marie Dennis as the new Presidents of Pax Christi International at their Annual General Assembly taking place 28th April 2007 in Antwerp, Belgium. Their 3 years mandate as co-presidents begins at the Triennial World Assembly of Pax Christi International, which will take place from 30 October to 4 November 2007 in Torhout/Bruges. The present International President, H.B. Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, will remain in office until then. See http://www.paxchristi.net

Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
A new document has been produced by ODIHR on guidelines for freedom of assembly (103 pages); the Institute for Conflict Research’s Neil Jarman was chair of the panel responsible for the drafting of the report, and Michael Hamilton (University of Ulster) was secretary. Published by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Al. Ujazdowskie 19, 00-557 Warsaw, Poland, http://www.osce.org/odihr and is available in pdf format. ICR, Unit 14 North City Business Centre, 2 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GG, ph 028 90 742 682, web http://www.conflictresearch.org.uk

Global Peacebuilders project and directory
The Global Peacebuilders project will bring together the sheer diversity of organisations and practitioners working in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and community relations around the world by putting together a large online and searchable database of organisations and their work profiles into one central site. Included will be
- Multi-lingual online database of organisations and practitioners working around peacebuilding, conflict transformation and peace and reconciliation across the world
- Publication of a unique best practice catalogue of examples and lessons learned in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and peace and reconciliation
- International conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, bringing together speakers, leaders, facilitators and researchers in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and peace and reconciliation from around the world.
If interested in joining in, contributing, or learning more, contact: Sarah Maitland, the Global Peacebuilders Project Coordinator on: 028 - 9031 5111, e-mail sarah@springboard-opps.org and web http://www.springboard-opps.org

Children in Crossfire – Belfast fundraiser
Friday 1st June from 8pm – 1 am sees Bap Kennedy, Peter PcLoughlin, John D’Arcy, Mike Gaston, Sarah Bell and Heather McIldowney, with DJ, Gary McIldowmey, at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Tickets £15 from Crescent Arts centre and Carlin Records, Newry; further info 07711643995.

Community festival of resistance to Shell
Rossport Solidarity Camp 3rd Summer Gathering takes place the June Bank Holiday weekend, 1-4th June; come and celebrate all the successes of the Shell to Sea campaign. Music, workshops, discussions & children's events. All welcome – but help neded to organise musics and bands, workshops, speakers and discussion, children’s events, and general help and clearing up. For more info ph 0857629614, see also http://struggle.ws/rsc/

Overland to Israel & Palestine
‘Small Steps’ is small group of people from the UK who are travelling to Israel and the Palestinian territories overland this summer (end of July) with the intention to learn about non-violence, the world, ourselves, what individuals can do to effect social change and life in both Israel and The Palestinian Territories. See http://www.small-steps.net or contact Small Steps at info@small-steps.net or by calling Dan Bevan +44 (0)7799 176061 or Jodie Turner +44 (0)7747 420396.


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