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Issue 141 extra: August 2006

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 jubilation
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 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. See and the extensive coverage on the Indymedia site at

Peru at West Belfast Festival

  1. 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.
  2. 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 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

Conflict resolution 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, and web

The skies of Lebanon are burning
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

Having a green summer
If you're looking for green opportunities this summer, go no further than Sustainable Ireland's Network Bulletin and click on 'View the Latest Network eBulletin' (you can also subscribe to the e-bulletin free).

Centre for Global Education
And if you want to check out news from the Centre for Global Education in Belfast, go to their website at and you can subscribe, for free, to their e-bulletin.


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