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Issue 142: 4th September 2006

Derry: Raytheon computers crash
On 9th August, at the height of the war in Lebanon, 9 Derry Anti-War Coalition (DAWC) activists occupied Raytheon’s Branch Road premises for almost 8 hours and during that time computers and files were thrown out of the windows, and the main frame computer disabled. One fascinating and horrifying report available from DAWC outlines what was happening in Lebanon and Israel during this time; Raytheon is a supplier of a variety of missiles, and other military material, used by Israel in the war on Lebanon. Initial bail conditions for those arrested and charged, inter alia, with £350,000 criminal damage, were very harsh and while subsequently revised, the 9 face a possible trial under Diplock (non-jury) courts set up for ‘terrorist’ offences. The defendants’ argument is that to resist war crimes is not a crime. Contact or websites (being set up) and You can sign an online petition of support. For info also see
- See Editorial in this issue

Shannon warport/Pitstop Ploughshares after their acquittal
25th July saw the 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 are working to build on the momentum provided by the trial verdict to demilitarise Shannon airport; if interested in being involved in nonviolent resistance there, or in supporting it, you can contact For further details, or to make donations see under ‘Support’, on website http://www.peaceontrial See also the extensive coverage on the Indymedia site at
[Previous news on this appeared in August supplement]

- Anti-War Ireland (AWI, see below) are organising meetings in Dublin and Belfast including Ciaron O’Reilly and Deirdre Clancy of Pitstop Ploughshares as speakers in
- Dublin, ATGWU Hall, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Thursday 7th September at 7.30 pm
- Belfast, Jury’s Inn, Great Victoria Street, Tuesday 12th September at 8.00 pm.
- Derry There will be a separately organised meeting in Derry on 11th September with Ciaron O’Reilly and Deirdre Clancy and member of the Raytheon 9; see http://www.blackshamrock for details.

Anti-War Ireland
Anti-War Ireland (AWI) is an 'individual membership' based anti-war group that currently is active in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Cobh. It formed in response to the Bush administration's so-called "war on terror" and campaigns actively against Irish complicity with the US war machine. AWI is a broad-based, non-party organisation that argues that the anti-war movement must be willing to deploy a diversity of tactics from marches, mass rallies and pickets to civil disobedience and direct action. In terms of its political outlook, AWI does not take the view that my enemy's enemy is necessarily my friend; for example, while utterly opposed to US threats against Iran, AWI is also fully aware of the brutal nature of the current Iranian regime and supports the Iranian people, rather than the government, against US imperialism. The group is particularly committed to campaigning for the expulsion of the US war machine from Shannon airport. Membership of Anti-War Ireland is €10 per annum (waged) or €5 (unwaged/student/low waged). Email: Website:

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

Journeying with active nonviolence
This is a five week course run by the Peace People and the Irish School of Ecumenics and taking place in Belfast. Meetings will be Thursdays 28th September – 26th October in the Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast and sessions will be chaired by Dr Johnston McMaster. Sessions are as follows: 28th September, Dr Eamonn Phoenix on Physical force traditions and state violence; 5th October, Prof Christine Kinealy on The Irish story of nonviolence; 12th October, Dr Johnston McMaster and Dr Cathy Higgins on Jesus’ nonviolence; 19th October, various speakers on Nonviolence in the great faith and humanist traditions; 26th October, Mairead Corrgan Maguire on Beyond violence in Ireland – Building communities of nonviolence, living nonviolently. Queries can be made to Karen Nicholson, Irish School of Ecumenics ph 028 9077 5010 or Kevin Cassidy, Peace People ph 028 4173 8997.

‘30 Years of Peace Making’ - Peace People 30th Anniversary
The Celebration takes place on Friday, 6th October 2006 , 7.30pm - 8.30pm in Windsor Presbyterian Church, 224 Lisburn Road, Belfast. There will be refreshments afterwards in Peace House which is next door to the Church. Old and new members of the Peace People movement are very welcome, and please bring along your friends and family. Please RSVP by Friday 29th September to Peace House, 224 Lisburn Road, Belfast or e-mail to have an idea of numbers.

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, e-mail: and web

Poppy the question
White poppies are a brilliant way at Remembrance (or other times) to indicate remembering of those who have died in wars and opposition to current and future war. The Peace Pledge Union supplies white poppies in varying quantities as well as other resources, printed materials and CDs, for those (including teachers) wanting to explore the issues. Within the UK postage area you can purchase a 10-poppy pack at £8 including postage or 100 for £42, as well as smaller quantities. PPU, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT, ph 0870 770 7944, e-mail or visit where you can order online. Leaflet enclosed for most receiving the paper edition of Nonviolent News

The Irish churches and peace education
This is the title of a report giving an “Overview and evaluation of the scope and quality of peace education in Northern Ireland and the Border counties” and specifically on the work of the Churches’ Peace Education Programme since 1978. Written by Gerard McCann and Ciara Davey from St Mary’s and Stranmillis University Colleges it is a wide-ranging review of 60 pages, A4, to be launched on 11th September. Churches’ Peace Education Programme, 48 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AZ, phone 028 – 90663145, e-mail

The Study of Peace at Saor-Ollscoil Na hÉireann
The Study of Peace course starts again in October in the Saor-Ollscoil Na hÉireann (Free University of Ireland, based in Dublin) and is celebrating its 20th year in operation. Much has changed in the Peace Studies area over that period; the Cold War is nearly a forgotten memory, the fall of the Iron Curtain is still hard to imagine and, as one historian put it, 'One hundred years of violence would not have brought about the type of social and political changes that non-violence created in Europe over that 2-3 year period'. Unfortunately many new phobias has been created in the western mind to justify our structures of violence.

Saor-Ollscoil was lucky recently to host a visit of group of dynamic volunteers who did Trojan work on the building, this group were from the Ark Community based in Southern France. This community is a movement of groups based on the work of Lanza del Vasto and Gandhi and they do really live the message in amazing ways. This is a sign of hope for the future. Contact Saor-Ollscoil; e-mail or web

Mediation Northern Ireland training courses
Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) has the following open access courses coming up (some bursaries available):
- Handling Life’s Conflict (includes conflict styles and alternatives), 21st and 28th October, Belfast venue, fee £220; - Group Mediation Skills (OCN accreditation), for experienced mediators, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th September and 5th and 6th October, Craigavon, fee £835;
- Foundation training in Mediation (OCN accreditation), 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November, Belfast venue, fee £770;
- Handling aggression, suitable for those interfacing with the public, 6th December, Cookstown, £175 per person.
For further details and a booking form, please contact Maire or Joanna at Mediation Northern Ireland at 83 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1HP. Telephone: 028 9043 8614 or e-mail:

Honour for John Morrow…..and the meaning of ‘Corrymeela’?
John Morrow, former leader of the Corrymeela Community, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster in the summer in recognition for his work in community relations and inter-faith relations (Council for Christians and Jews). Terry O’Keefe in his citation explored the origin of ‘Corrymeela’; "Corrymeela is both a living community and, of course, a place. It is the name of the original property purchased in 1965 and the name is often translated from the original Irish as 'the hill of sweetness' - apt, you might think, for such a centre of reconciliation. But there is another and more probable translation. The name comes from a neighbouring town land, Corrymellagh, in the parish of Culfeightrin. Culfeightrin means in Irish 'the corner of the strangers' and, I am told, Corrymellagh means 'the lumpy crossing place'. Perhaps we might consider this etymology even more apt: a place where different groups, strangers to each other, are offered the opportunity to cross over into another space. And the crossing is 'lumpy', not easy, full of obstacles and pitfalls. The name Corrymeela was used in a poem by Moira O'Neill, published in the early 20th century and adapted in the 1930s for the house which was built at that time. It seems likely that O'Neill derived the name from Corrymellagh town land in the southeast of the parish of Culfeightrin". Corrymeela Community, 8 Upper Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NT, e-mail

Get Rossport Solidarity Camp ready for the winter…
In order to prepare for winter Rossport Solidarity Camp are holding a building week from the 18th – 24th of September. We are looking for volunteers to come to the camp for the week or a few days to help us with building and general winter preparations. Because of the exposed location of the camp and the extreme weather conditions enjoyed by Erris in winter we need to secure and insulate our structures, build an indoor kitchen, take down the marquee and secure and upgrade other bits and pieces. The work we hope to undertake depends on our ability to collect materials. We hope to get most materials free and are constantly gathering materials in the area but we still need more. In addition to building we will still be engaged in our usual activities including picketing the Bellanaboy terminal, maintenance, cooking etc. For more details contact Aron at 087 2895036.

Cork Alliance Against War website
Cork Alliance Against War, which is campaigning to end Ireland’s involvement in war in the Middle East, has a newly established and well presented website at

FEASTA courses on sustainability, Dublin
The Cultivate Centre for Sustainable Living and Learning will be hosting two FEASTA courses this autumn:
- “Joined Up Thinking and Sustainability”, Wednesday nights from the 13th September – 18th October, €65.00 Members €55.00. This is a 6 week course designed by FEASTA to explore the root causes of unsustainability: how our society and economy fails to think about and plan for its own long-term health and survival. The course fosters joined-up thinking in considering how to tackle the problems and frame potential solutions.
- “Understanding the Economics of Sustainable Development”, a part time course by FEASTA: The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability in association with Cultivate and supported by Trócaire. Tuesday Nights from the 26th September to the 31st October. This series is designed to take as a 6 week course or as individual lectures. FEASTA/ Cultivate Members plus concessions €60 for course or €12 per lecture, Non Members €80 for course or €15 per lecture.
See for more details. Cultivate - Sustainable Living & Learning Centre, Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, and ph 01 - 6746396


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