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Issue 141: June/July 2006

Violent death as entertainment
21st September is UN World Peace Day. A campaign that "No Violent Death be used as Entertainment' on World Peace Day is a campaign focusing attention on the effects of violence as entertainment in the media and is looking for support.

"Children must be influenced by the 8,000 violent deaths they see in their entertainment programmes before going to secondary school. Is it unreasonable to ask TV stations to observe 21/9 each year as one day when they will exclude violent death from their entertainment programmes?" In 2005, BBC, RTE, UTV, Sky and TV3 all decided that they were unable to commit to showing no violent death for entertainment purposes on 21/9/05. TG4 was the only station transmitting on the island of Ireland that readily agreed to observe the day.

The campaign aims to use one high profile day in the year to focus attention on the effects of violence in the media; lobby each TV station not to show any Violent Death for Entertainment on this one day in the year; ask schools and colleges to devote Civics and Media classes on this day to consideration of the effects of violence in the media; to challenge the general public to consider their viewing decisions in the light of the information now available.
If you know any teachers or anybody working in TV, could you please bring this campaign to their attention. Also could you please turn off the TV, or switch channel on 21/9 if it shows violent death as part of an entertainment programme.
Further details on web site or from Terry Gillespie ph 057 8625173 (evenings) or email

Trial by jury jury jury
As reported in NN 140 and 135, the third trial of the Pit Stop Ploughshares/Catholic Worker Five begins at the Four Courts, Dublin on 5th July. Here is some solidarity information. On Wednesday 28th June a ‘Celebration of resistance’, a benefit gig for the Pit Stop Ploughshares takes place with music, tales and dance at Conways Pub, Parnell Street, Dublin from 8.30pm-late; the music includes Paul O'Toole and special guests including Donal O’Kelly (entrance by donation). The daily routine for each day of the trial starts 5th July; there will be an anti-war vigil from 8.30 am at The Spire in O'Connell Street each morning of the trial. Around 9.15 am (depending when the trial is slated to start that particular day) there will be a silent procession in single file carrying the names of the dead (Iraqi & U.S.) in memory of the dead to the Four Courts. There will be a circle at the Four Courts, some reflections and a briefing on the logistics for the day. It is hoped to sustain a vigil with Buddhist monks outside the Four Courts while the trial is in process...a roster will be created each morning. It is also hoped to find a nearby church or other facility where people can gather for coffee, food and reflection at the end of each day. The support campaign has issued a call for international solidarity vigils on 5th July at Irish embassies, consuls and sites of significance; Irish consuls and embassies can be found here and contact people for vigils are available in Britain, Australia and the USA.

Further details at Donations 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.

Glencree: Summer school, Conflict and Peacemaking Course
The Glencree Summer School 2006, incorporating the Annual Glencree Women’s Lecture is on “Dimensions of Conflict and Peace - Opportunities and Challenges”, from 25th – 27th August. The event will create the space for an informed dialogue around the complexities of conflict and will place particular emphasis on factors which are often significant elements of a peace process; speakers will represent a wide range of opinion both within Ireland, North and South, and internationally. Keynote speaker is Gregory Campbell, MP MLA of the DUP. Other contributors include former hunger striker Laurence McKeown, GAA President Seán Kelly, Rev. Brian Kennaway, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Liz McManus TD, Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI Paul Leighton, Leader of the Progressive Unionist Party, David Ervine MLA, Colin Parry of the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Trust in Warrington, Pat Carey TD of the British Irish Inter-parliamentary Body and Sr. Geraldine Smyth of the Irish School of Ecumenics. The Annual Glencree Women’s Lecture will be delivered by Journalist and
Broadcaster Karen Coleman, presenter of ‘The Wide Angle’ on Newstalk 106. The Summer School fee is €150 (€165 for twin bedded accommodation).

Meanwhile Glencree’s Conflict Resolution & Peacemaking Certificate Course takes place with three modules run back-to-back in 5 successive days from Wednesday 16th August to Sunday 20th August 20 (start time for each day is 9.30 am) and a Project Day will be arranged for about 4 weeks later. The cost is €500 including some meals and refreshments.
Further details on both the above at Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, Glencree, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, ph. 01 - 282 9711 and e-mail

Peace People 30th Anniversary: Service, nonviolence series
1) A Service of Celebration to mark the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Peace People in 1976 in Belfast by Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown will be held in Windsor Presbyterian Church, 222 Lisburn Road, Belfast, on Thursday, 7th September at 7.30pm. All welcome.

2) To mark the 30th Anniversary, the Peace People, in collaboration with the Irish School of Ecumenics, present a 5 week programme of inter-active of talks entitled ‘Journeying with Active Nonviolence’, in the Middleton Room, Wellington Park Hotel, 21 Malone Road, Belfast, commencing Thursday 28th September, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Programme concludes Thursday, 26th October. Chair of the Programme is Dr Johnston McMaster. This free course is open to all. Further info contact Kevin Cassidy, chair, Peace People, ph. 028 4173 8997, or e.mail

Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry: Autumn training
Courses available include: 1) Advanced Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills, OCN Level 3 (9 Credits). Running from
14th September 2006 (Thursday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm) and every Thursday thereafter until 16th November 2006. 2) Exploring Diversity: Facilitating Community Relations Work, OCN Level 3 (12 Credits) from Tuesday, 12th September and every Tuesday thereafter until Tuesday, 21st November 2006. Both taking place at Peace and Reconciliation Group, 18/20 Bishop Street, L'Derry BT48 6PW. Details from, ph 028-71369206.

Justice Not Terror Coalition: 7/7 and 9/8
The Justice Not Terror Coalition (JNTC) in Belfast is to remember the 56 dead and 700 injured in the London bombings of 7/7/2005 and to highlight that Downing Street has censored the Home Office report on 7/7; the fact that 4 bombers were inspired by UK foreign policy, and principally the decision to invade Iraq, was removed from the final report. 12.30-1.30pm, Friday 7th July, JNTC stall & leafletting in front of Tesco Metro, 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast. Also, JNTC to remember 61st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki on 9th August with a focus on nuclear proliferation and the £25bn tag for Trident upgrade. Both events in support of the Global Call to End the Occupation of Iraq. Next JNTC planning meeting: 7.30pm, 25th July at Peace House, 224 Lisburn Road, Belfast. Info: ph. 0773 781 9569

Healing Through Remembering: Storytelling
The “Storytelling as the Vehicle?” conference report was launched at the HTR offices in Belfast in June by Melanie Verwoerd, former South African ambassador to Ireland. The papers are “What is Storytelling?” by the HTR Storytelling sub group; “Rights of Memory” by Kevin Whelan, Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre in Dublin; and “Dialogue Towards a Culture of Peace” by Samson Munn, a founder of The Austrian Encounter, a project which brings children of Austrian Holocaust Survivors together with children of Austrian Nazi perpetrators. Healing Through Remembering, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT12 6HD, ph 028 – 9023 8844, e-mail and web

European Justice and Peace Commissions meet in Belfast
The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions of the Catholic Church, which brings together 28 national commissions from all over Europe, has an International Workshop on experiences from the peace process in Northern Ireland taking place 22nd - 24th September 2006 in Belfast. We hope to bring you further details in the September issue of NN. The Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs (see NN 131) is at Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co Kildare, e-mail, ph 01 – 5053016 and web

Environmental Protection Agency Campaign Steps Up A Gear
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland report that an Environmental Protection Agency has moved a step closer with the appointment of a team to conduct an inquiry into environmental regulation, the ‘Review of Environmental Governance’ to be chaired by Tom Burke. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland not to have an independent EPA; currently the job is done by Environment and Heritage Service (EHS), an agency within the Department of the Environment which has been heavily criticised because of its failure to tackle the degradation of the environment. The inquiry team will examine the current governance arrangements, draw on experience at home and abroad, and design a new system for managing and protecting Northern Ireland’s environment. Nine leading environmental organisations have campaigned to achieve an independent review. This coalition expects that the inquiry will be conducted in an open and transparent manner with maximum participation from stakeholders and the public. For more information on the Review, and how to get involved, go to FOE-NI, 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast, BT1 2FN ph 028 9023 3488, web

Friends of the Earth in the Republic are at 9 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, ph 01 6394652, e-mail: and web Current campaigns include nuclear power, and global warming.

Feasta on nuclear power, sustainability
Look no further. If you want an authoritative guide to nuclear power and why investing in it would be an expensive radioactive and red herring, then look to Feasta’s website at for their nuclear power briefing “Why nuclear power cannot be a major energy source” (written by David Fleming and co-produced with the New Economics Foundation). Paper copies are also available for an s a e and preferably a donation (it’s a 12-page booklet). Meanwhile Feasta’s course 'Understanding the Economics of Sustainability' will be run again this autumn at the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin. The course will take place on Tuesday evenings for ten weeks, from 26th September to 28th November &.30 – 9.00 pm every Tuesday). Further details on the website. The course fee is €150, or €120 concession. FEASTA: The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, 10A Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, ph 01 405 3615, fax: 01 405 4835, e-mail:

GM Free areas
GM-Free Ireland reports that Counties Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Kerry, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon and Westmeath now prohibit genetically modified (GM) seeds and crops, as do the local authorities of Bantry, Bray, Derry, Galway City, Navan, Newry, Mourne, and Clonakilty. Over 1,000 smaller local areas have also declared themselves to be GMO-free. It suggests you ask your Local Authority to pass a Motion to (a) prohibit the cultivation of GMO seeds, crops, trees, insects, crustaceans, fish, poultry and livestock in its area; (b) exclude Local Authority funding for the procurement of food containing GM ingredients in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, canteens etc.; and (c) prohibit the transportation, storage, or use of live GMO seeds (including rape seed approved for animal feed), as well as any GM crops, trees, insects, crustaceans, fish, poultry and livestock on its land, water, and airspace. See the (excellent) GM-Free Ireland website at Michael O'Callaghan, Chairman, Global Vision Consulting Ltd., Little Alders, Knockrath, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, ph. 0404 43 885, e-mail

ICJSA on Darfur
The Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs, a commission of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, has issued a 3-page statement on Darfur and the humanitarian disaster there, including a call for an urgent response from the Irish public and from the Irish government. The statement is available on the ICJSA website

Protest over British warship visit to Dublin
A demonstration/protest, organised by the IAWM/Irish Anti-War Movement, PANA/Peace And Neutrality Alliance and NGO Peace Alliance will take place on Thursday, 29th June at 6.00 pm against the UK Navy’s biggest supply ship HMS Ocean, on a so-called social visit to Dublin Port. Assembly from the Famine Memorial in the IFSC. Contact any of the three organising groups for further details.

Texans for Peace
The peace and anti-war movements in the USA does not often get much of a look in, either in the mass media there or here, but it is beavering away on many relevant issues. Just one small example of this work was brought to our attention by e-mail about Texans for Peace; see their website at for details.

The networking group of INNATE meets for a planning day in August, next regular Belfast meeting 25th September, details in September issue. Anyone interested welcome – please enquire


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