Please note this is a short supplement with mainly time-limited information, not a full issue (the next one will appear at the start of February 2009)
Derry; DAWC Blockade of Raytheon on Friday 9th January
Derry Anti War Coalition has called a mass blockade of Raytheon in Derry for Friday 9th January. We intend to let no one into the building to start any work. It will, of course, be a peaceful, non-violent protest. We need lots of people there at 7am before the first workers arrive but, for those who cannot make it that early, it would be great if you could come down at 9 or 10 to let others away for a hot cuppa and a warm-up. We need to let Raytheon know that the people of Derry do not want Merchants of Death in our midst. The jury at the trial of the Raytheon 9 accepted that Raytheon's Derry plant was linked to the rest of the company's international operations, and therefore contributing to the war crimes being carried out by the Israeli's in Lebanon in Summer 2006. Today, those war crimes are being surpassed by the barbarity we see being perpetrated by the Israelis in the Gaza Strip, as 42 people, many children, died when an Israeli rocket hit a UN school. Unfortunately, Raytheon remains in Derry, contributing to those war crimes. Anyone needing more information, email email@example.com or phone 07521527208.
Dublin; Candles for the dead in Gaza and Israel, 9th January
Amnesty, Trócaire & Christian Aid invite people to light a candle for the dead in Gaza and Israel at the Grafton Street entrance to St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, at 6.00pm on Friday 9th January. Members of the public will be asked to light over 600 candles, one for each of the people who have been killed in the Gaza conflict, by a coalition of Irish human rights and humanitarian organisations, including members of different organisations along with; Colm O’Gorman – Executive Director, Amnesty International, Eoin Murray – Campaigns Co-ordinator, Trócaire and Dr David McNair – Policy & Advocacy Officer, Christian Aid.
“This is not about being pro Palestine or pro Israel,” said Amnesty International Executive Director Colm O’Gorman. “Human rights abuses on both sides need to be condemned. This is an opportunity for members of the public to participate in a non-partisan call for an end to violence that has left 600 people dead on both sides of the border.”
For further information please contact: Justin Moran, Communications Co-ordinator, Amnesty International, ph 01 863 8300, or 085 814 8986, website http://www.amnesty.ie
Belfast and Dublin Gaza marches, 10th January
Belfast: Gaza Protest March, Saturday 10th January, assembling at 12.30 p.m. at Arts College Square to march to City Hall. Banners welcome. Organised jointly by IPSC/Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Trade Union Friends of Palestine.
Dublin: Gaza Solidarity Protest, Central Bank 1pm, Saturday 10th January, with march to Israeli Embassy, organised by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Followed by public meeting at 4 pm at Mount Herbert Hotel, Herbert Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4. See also http://www.ipsc.ie
Numerous events marking the bombing and invasion of Gaza have been taking place around the country – keep your eyes open locally or there is always the possibility of doing it yourself, with a little help from your friends.
Afri Féile Bríde Gathering - Seeds of Change, Seeds of Hope This begins at 1.30pm on Sunday February 8th 2009 at Derby House Hotel, Kildare Town. Speakers include former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday and Frida Berrigan, niece of well known US Jesuit, Daniel Berrigan. The conference will also include a celebration of the work of the Irish Seed Savers Association. Please note that conference takes place on a Sunday this year. Further details in the next issue of Nonviolent News. Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and phone 01- 8827581.
Peace People Open Space: The Nature of Peace
Please join us for discussion, sharing, debate and ideas about peace in Northern Ireland today at Community Arts Forum, 15 Church Street, Belfast from 10 am – 5pm, on Saturday 24th January 2009. RSVP as soon as possible. Food and refreshments provided; cost per person £5.The Charter for a World Without Violence was completed by a group of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2007. The Peace People have been doing work inspired by the charter since, including the campaign for a Minister for Peace in the Northern Ireland Executive. We would like to take a breath and find out what the charter means to people, and how it applies to Northern Ireland. We will be using Open Space Technology to facilitate the workshop. The principles of Open Space are: Whoever comes are the right people -
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened - Whenever it starts is the right time
- When it’s over, it’s over. RSVP/further info by phone (Tuesday and Friday mornings) to 028 – 90663465 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
7 years of Guantanamo, Dublin events 11th January
1) Marking the seventh anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, volunteers will wear orange jumpsuits and pose in some of the ‘stress positions’ used to torture detainees, and members of the public will have the opportunity to sign petitions calling on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to help end renditions and close Guantánamo Bay. Organised by Amnesty International, this event will take place at the Daniel O’Connell statue, O’Connell Street, Dublin at 12:00pm on Sunday 11th January 2009, For facts and figures, analysis and stories related to the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, check out the online media resource centre.
For further information please contact: Justin Moran, Communications Co-ordinator, Amnesty International, ph 01 863 8300, 085 814 8986, http://www.amnesty.ie
2) Sunday January 11th 2pm - 4pm, for the 7th Anniversary of Guantanamo Torture Chamber,
a vigil will take place outside U.S. Embassy, Dublin (42 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4) to "Shut Down Guantanamo, End Torture, Renditions/Kidnapping". More info on Dublin vigil Ph. Ciaron 087 918 4552. Check this link out for background, resources and ideas to Shut Down Guantanamo;
Belfast film screening: “The Judge and the General”
Tuesday 20th January 2009 at Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim Road, Belfast, the screening is from 5.00 – 6.30 pm and discussion 6.30 – 7.30 pm. The discussion will be led by Dr Cath Collins of Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, and Roberta Bacic, former researcher for Chile’s National Corporation of Reparation and Reconciliation – the ‘General’ in the film title is Pinochet. Hosted by the Irish School of Ecumenics in partnership with INNATE. All are welcome, but since places are limited please reply to Caroline Clarke, Irish School of Ecumenics, Tel: 028 9077 0087, email email@example.com.