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Number 125: 9th December 2004

Mary Kelly gets 2 year suspended sentence for Shannon action
Mary Kelly was sentenced on 1st December to a two year sentence suspended for 4 years on the criminal damage charge (see NN124), and a further one year suspended sentence for entering Shannon warport, oops we mean airport, illegally. See (click on 'Trial 3' which has an update to sentencing) and editorial in e-mail and web editions of Nonviolent News.

Grave matter for Raytheon
On 19th November, Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign (FEIC) carried out the digging of a symbolic grave at Raytheon, Derry. During the protest, large numbers of white ribbons and flowers were tied to the railings which run along the perimeter of the Raytheon plant. The protest closed with a candlelit vigil, as the grave was closed and a large stone marker, with the words, 'Fallujah 2004' was left to mark the grave. Flowers and candles were left in an act of solidarity with the people of Fallujah. By Sunday, every single ribbon, flower and candle had been removed by Raytheon. The grave marker was taken away four times over the weekend and subsequently broken in two. It's clear that Raytheon in Derry are unnerved by the protest and threatened by white ribbons, flowers and candles. The people who make Tomahawk Cruise missiles are unable to countenance the sight of simple symbols of peace: that is the power of this protest. Next vigil; Friday 10th December at 5pm. FEIC, e-mail or phone 078 - 0326890.

Healing Through Remembering look for researchers, consultants
The Healing Through Remembering (HTR) Report (June 2002) considered how best to 'remember the conflict in and about Northern Ireland, so as to help people individually and collectively contribute to the healing of the wounds of society'. The Report outlined a number of key recommendations, i.e a Network of commemoration projects, a Day of Reflection, Storytelling, Acknowledgement and a Living Memorial Museum.

HTR is now addressing the recommendations of the report. For each recommendation this involves inclusive debate and discussion, as well as research of local and international examples. In order to facilitate the discussion meetings and carry out the research HTR is compiling a database of researchers and facilitators. Details of research projects or facilitation contracts will then be circulated to those on the database, as appropriate, in order to appoint for these contracts as they arise. Healing Through Remembering is a limited company with charitable status.

If you would be interested in being on this database please request an application form and return it to: Kate Turner, Healing Through Remembering, Alexander House, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HD, e-mail and website

Conflicting diversity of courses with PRG in Derry
The following two courses will be offered by the Peace and Reconciliation Group in early 2005:

1) Exploring Diversity: Facilitating Community Relations Work (OCN Level 3) on the dates January 17th, 24th, and 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, and March 7th, 14th, and 21st . Times: 10 am- 4 pm. Course Fee: £300 for workers in statutory agencies, £250 for workers in community/voluntary groups, and £125 for unwaged.

2) Advanced Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills (OCN Level 3) is happening on February 15th and 16th, March 15th and 16th, April 12th and 13th, May 10th and 11th, and May 31st and June 1st. Times: 10 am - 4pm. Course Fee: £300 for workers in statutory agencies, £250 for workers in community/voluntary groups, and £125 for unwaged.

The venue for both of these courses will be at the office of the Peace and Reconciliation Group. For further information, we can be contacted by phone at 028 - 71369206, by email at or at 18/20 Bishop St, L'Derry BT48 6PW. See also the website at

Afri's Féile Bríde 2005
2005 marks Afri's 30th anniversary and the theme of the Féile Bríde conference will be 'celebrating solidarity'; it takes place on Saturday 29th January 29th at the usual venue in Kildare town (St Joseph's Academy). There will be a Ceili in Lumville House on evening of 29th - speakers and music yet to be confirmed. Further details from Afri at 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, phone 01 - 8827581 / 8827563, e-mail and website Afri's annual newsletter, Peacemaker, gives a round up of Afri's activities and related campaigns over the last year.

CAJ - Enquiring minds dealing with enquiries legislation
A big issue on the civil liberties front is proposed UK legislation currently being placed before the Westminster parliament dramatically closing down opportunities for public enquiries, motivated by the Finucane case; CAJ/Committee on the Administration of Justice and other groups are working hard on the issue (contact for further information). The November issue of Just News bulletin gives a run down on 'CAJ plans ahead'. Subs to CAJ are waged £20, unwaged £5, international £25 (including Just News monthly). CAJ, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2BR, ph 028 - 9096 1122, website

INCORE minds the gap
Mind the Gap - Research Impacting Policy; funded by Joseph Rowntree, this project has resulted in a 40+ page report looking at the barriers between an effective researcher/academic - policymaker relationship. Based on a series of interviews with academics and policymakers in Ireland, the UK and across Europe, the report looks at policymakers' views on research and academic work in peace and conflict related issues, as well as outlining some pointers on how best peace and conflict-related work can be made more accessible to policymakers, and in turn can have influence on policymaking.

LILP - Local International Learning Project; From December 5th - 8th , INCORE's LILP and Intercomm - a north Belfast community development group, have been hosting a delegation from the Middle East. The group have been holding discussions with academics, policy-makers and practitioners on establishing a "Belfast-Jerusalem" peace-building project.

Further details from INCORE, Magee Campus, Aberfoyle House, Northland road, Derry/Londonderry BT48 7JA, phone 028 - 7137 5510, e-mail and web

Get the diary
There is only one diary for the well-equipped peace/environmental/ human rights/composite activist and that is Housmans Peace Diary. With an annually revised directory of almost 2,000 national and international organisations in 150 countries it means you will never be stuck for that address no one else has (whether it's the Dhammayietra Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Cambodia or that address just down the road). It's in pocket format with a week to two pages, and additional features. 2005 is the 52nd edition. UK£7.95 including postage and packing anywhere in the world, and discounts apply on 5 copies or more (20% on 5 = £6.36 each, further discounts on 10 or more). Orders can be paid by credit card, UK£ cheque or giro transfer; payable to Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, England, ph. 020 7837 4473, e-mail You can also order online via the Peace News website at

Peace News re-vamps
The British-based magazine Peace News is currently undergoing a relaunch as a monthly tabloid replacing the most recent format which has been quarterly. February sees the launch of the new newsprint tabloid and it will retain international coverage though have more of a bias towards British-specific campaigns and issues (it will effectively incorporate the concerns previously covered by Nonviolent Action which is ceasing production). Rates are £10 (£20 supporting sub) in the UK postal band and €25 in the Euro zone, other rates available. Peace News, 5 Caledonian Road, London NI 9DY, or do it online at

EAPPI - monitor in Palestine and Israel
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel is a Christian churches project which is managed in Britain and Ireland by Quaker Peace and Social Witness (and worldwide by the World Council of Churches). It recruits volunteers to accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their nonviolent actions and concerted advocacy to end the occupation - so it offers protection, monitoring and reporting violations, engaging in public policy advocacy etc. Accompaniers typically go out for a few months at a time. EAPPI would be particularly interested in applications from people with monitoring experience in Northern Ireland (or other similar experience); you need to be aged 23 - 25 years minimum (see website for further details). EAPPI, QPSW, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ, phone 020 - 7663 1144, e-mail and websites and

IVS-NI on the web
International Voluntary Service in Northern Ireland has a new website; visit IVS works to promote mutual understanding and international solidarity by providing opportunities for volunteering that aid the development of a society based on equality and justice IVS-NI, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB, phone 028 90238147, e-mail for the coordinator, for the administrator.

In the Republic the SCI (Service Civil International) section is Voluntary Service International, 30 Mountjoy Square, phone 01 - 855 1011, e-mail and web

ARAN animals rights vigil at Dáil
To mark world animal rights day, Animal Rights Action Network will hold a vigil at the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin from 6.00 - 7.30 pm on Friday 10th December, taking a stand against cruelty to animals. ARAN, PO Box 722, Kildare, phone 087 - 6275579, e-mail

Conscience and Consequence
So what's it like to do time for the cause? In this case the cause is opposition to the torture, gross violation of human rights, and outright militarism and terror taught at Fort Benning US Army School of the Americas. This book is based on Clare Hanrahan's six month's as a political prisoner in Alderson Federal Prison, the oldest and largest U.S. women's prison and chronicles her stay, the system and abuse there, and the peaceful protest that led to her imprisonment. This very readable book, both deeply personal and political, is reviewed on her website: and you can also read an excerpt from the first chapter (oh, and the website is worth visiting just for its counter giving the $ cost of the US war in Iraq). Clare Hanrahan, Conscience & Consequence: A Prison Memoir, ISBN 0-9758846-1-1; $18.00 + shipping outside USA, 225 pages, paperback.

Scottish nonviolence
There may not be much time left to book, but there is a 4-day weekend intensive course on Nonviolence - from theory to practice organised by the Scottish Centre for Nonviolence in Dunblane happening at the end of January. This is designed for busy, committed people and means you could travel. Using challenging case studies and role plays this intensive course brings together the moral, philosophical and historical background to nonviolence with practical action in the real world. It takes place from Friday 28th January - Monday 31st January 2005, cost £500 including food and accommodation. Contact Liz Law a s a p (payment meant to be made by 13th December) at 01786 - 824730. Scottish Centre for Nonviolence, The Annexe, Kirk Street, Dunblane FK15 0AJ, e-mail and website

Belfast networking group of INNATE meets the following dates; Mondays 13th December, 17th January, 15th February, at 7.30 pm in 7 University Avenue, Belfast. Anyone interested welcome, come and plan the future, queries to 90 64 71 06.

There will be no January edition (though there could be an e-mail supplement if enough news comes in by 6th January). Meanwhile, we wish all our readers a preposterous new year.

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