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Number 172: 1st September 2009

Why Violence? Liftoff

The Why Violence? Campaign for Violence Reduction website is now online at - “Our vision is that everybody in Ireland should live without fear of emotional or physical violence.” Why Violence? Week, from International Day of Peace, on 21st September, to International day of Nonviolence, on 2nd October, has a listing of events which will be taking place including a film screening, exhibitions, a conference, etc. Contact by emailing: or the postal address is: Why Violence? The Campaign for Violence Reduction, c/o Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. You can sign up to receive an e-mail newsletter.

Violence in Irish Society conference

ICJSA, the Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs (of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference) is organising a conference on their report “Violence in Irish Society: Towards an Ecology of Peace”, at Mater Dei Institute, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, on Friday 25th September from 2.00 to 5.30 pm, with various prominent speakers. Contact Lorna Pegley, e-mail and Tel: 01 505 3012. See also

VSI show ‘The day after peace’

Voluntary Service International will be screening ‘The Day After Peace’ on Monday, 21st September in the Irish Aid Volunteering Centre in Dublin. ‘The Day After Peace’ is a film made by Jeremy Gilley. It charts a 10-year journey to establish an annual Peace Day on the 21st of September. In this documentary Jeremy Gilley travels around the world raising awareness of the official day of ceasefire and nonviolence. Even after this ‘Peace Day’ is adopted by the UN, the struggle is not over. The ceasefire is rarely adhered to, resulting in an outcry of cynicism. ‘The Day after Peace’ is a moving testament to the power of an individual and the perseverance of the human spirit. More details on the film from If interested please contact VSI office - Tel: 01-8551011,

War, NATO and the Lisbon Treaty

An international peace conference taking place on Saturday 5th September from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm at the Park Inn, Shannon Airport, Co Clare. Organised by PANA (Peace and Neutrality Alliance, and Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM, Speakers include Richard Boyd Barrett, Harry van Bommel, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Reiner Braun, John Feffer, Joe Higgins MEP, Ed Horgan, George Katrabelias, Mary Lou McDonald, Patricia McKenna, Tobias Pfluger, and Christophe Ventura. Fee is €25, unwaged free. For more details see web addresses above or phone PANA on 01 2351512 or IAWM on 01 8727912.

White poppies for a culture of peace

Once again as we come into autumn and the ‘remembrance season’, white poppies are available from the Peace Pledge Union – “It is a symbol of grief for everyone who has been harmed by war but, more importantly, it is a symbol of determination to work to abolish war.” Also available are a variety of other resources, printed and electronic, to do with remembrance and working against war. White poppies are £3.50 for 5 plus postage and packing, £15 for 25. See or for ordering. PPU, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT, Tel: (020) 74249444.

CAJ on tasers

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) produces a monthly newsletter, Just News. In the July/August edition of the newsletter, we discuss our position on Taser weapons, stating that we do not support the deployment of Taser in any circumstances. This weapon has, however, already been deployed in Northern Ireland, and as such, we suggest guidelines and advice which should be adhered to when using Taser weaponry. CAJ was in Geneva when the British government was reviewed by the UN Committee on its commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; we report our findings and discuss our concern at the lack of any NI officials present at the examination. Other items covered include issues facing community policing, the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) and the Single Equality Bill. Just News is available for free download from our website – CAJ is a membership organisation; for full details on membership rates and how to get involved, please contact: CAJ Ltd, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2BR, Tel: (028) - 9096 1122, e-mail

The legacy of Gandhi on International Day of Nonviolence

This is a talk by Tony Kempster taking place at the ISE/Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim Road

Belfast BT15 4EG at 6pm on Thursday 1st October. Contact ISE or INNATE, the co-sponsors, for details. Tel: ISE (028) 9077 0087, e-mail or INNATE contacts as on this newssheet.

MII Annual Conference: A Time to Mediate: Applications in Practice

The 2009 MII/Mediators’ Institute of Ireland Annual Conference will take place in St Helens Radisson Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin on 14th and 15th November. Its theme, ‘A Time to Mediate: Applications in Practice’ will be reflected throughout a series of workshops presented by national and international experts. Those providing input in one way or another include Peter Adler, Kaye Ronayne, Mary Condell, Eimear Hayden, Julie McAuliffe, Delma Sweeney, Colm Nagle, Joe Kelly, David Richbell, Treasa Kenny, Anna Doyle. Sue Corbett, Laurie Randall, Niamh Cunningham and Paddy O’Connor. The early bird rate is €260 for members and €325 for non-members. See or contact The Mediators' Institute of Ireland, Montana House, Whitechurch, Dublin 16, Tel: 01 - 284 7121, e-mail

Pathways towards (re)balancing our sustainability…

‘Pathways towards (re)balancing our sustainability equation” is an Open Space event organised by the 7th Generation Project and Corrymeela from Friday 9th Sunday 11th October at the Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle. “Irrespective of the decisions made in Copenhagen……transformational change grows from the bottom up…..Everyone has a part to play.” Cost £99 standard accommodation, £89 budget, limited number of bursaries. Contact Matt at Corrymeela Ballycastle for bookings and info; e-mail and Tel: (028) 20761726 or 079 68362152.

Green Living Fair @ Castle Espie

The Green Living Fair will take place at Castle Espie, near Comber in Co Down on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Further details from website

Tools for Solidarity; Happy 25th Birthday

Tools for Solidarity in Belfast – which collects, refurbishes and ships out old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines to skilled tradespeople in Africa, is having a celebration of 25 years work in the period from Thursday 24th September 2009 to Saturday 26th September. The festivities will include a Pub Quiz on the Thursday evening, a Workshop Open Day and a Big Benefit Gig on the Friday, and on Saturday a Scavenger Hunt. Contact TFS e-mail or Tel: (028) 90747473 ,or write or visit Tools for Solidarity, Unit 1B1, Edenderry Industrial Estate, 326 Crumlin Rd, Belfast BT14 7EE. Open Mon - Fri, 9.30am to 5pm and 1st Sunday afternoon of every month. You can also visit the TFS blog at

Brian Kennedy for Peace Day, Belfast

The Peace Day Campaign presents a concert with Brian Kennedy, plus support, to raise awareness of the UN International Day of Peace, on Monday 21st September at 8pm in the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Tickets £22.50. See

Electing a GNU

In all the recent talk of a Government of National Unity (GNU) few have suggested how such a cabinet might be (s)elected, either now, or more likely (if at all), after a new Dáil has been chosen in a general election. The de Borda Institute is sponsoring a consensus experiment in electing a government of national unity (GNU) using the matrix vote at 18.30 on Wednesday, 7th October, until 21.00, in the offices of TASC, 13-17 Dawson Street Dublin 2, Tel: 01 - 616 9050. Contact Tel: (028) 90711795. See for programme; those inputting including Prof Elizabeth Meehan, Peter Emerson, Phil Kearney, John Baker, Harry Magee, and Nuala Ahern.

World March for Peace and Nonviolence

The World March for Peace and Non-violence project was started by World Without Wars and Violence, an initiative of the Humanist movement. The march will leave Wellington, New Zealand, this October the 2nd and arrives in Punta de Vacas, Argentina, on the 2nd January, 2010. It stands for the eradication of nuclear weapons, withdrawal from occupied territories, the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons, a signing of non-aggression treaties, and enunciation by governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts. The actual World March doesn't come as far as Ireland, nor the UK or Iceland but the idea is that all the other countries develop their own peace and non-violence activities and also to unite the existing ones. The World March is open to any organisations, individuals, groups or projects to join the symbolic march, and develop new initiatives, or join in with the existing ones. Please endorse the World March via e-mail or online at also see the calendar of coming events to join in. Please see the list of endorsements and initiatives from all around the world at Contact number: 085-1261287 (Krisztina Dragoman). E-mail:

Kilkenny event; On Tuesday 22nd September at 8.30 pm at Billy Byrne’s Pub, Upper John Street, Kilkenny there will be a film screening of “Soldiers of Peace”, a film from Australian director Tim Wise; stories from 14 countries around the world, narrated by Michael Douglas, tickets cost €8.

Dóchas urges cutting the cuts

Dóchas, the Irish association of development NGOs, is running a campaign against the aid cuts by the Irish Government (21.8%) and urging people to take action today by contacting their TDs so there are no further cuts and the government honours its commitment to meet 0.7% GNI (Gross National Income) by 2012. See and their online newssheet ‘Wednesday News’. Dóchas, 12 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.

DDCI campaigning for a just debt policy

Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) has a Clean Up Global Finance campaign asking people to call on their TDs for a new Irish debt policy which supports:

-         Greatly expanded debt cancellation, free from conditions, for all Southern countries that need it

-         Recognition by Ireland, the EU, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund of the co-responsibility of lenders in the creation of unjust debts

-         The establishment of debt audits in the Global South

-         The establishment of an international taskforce on tackling historic, illegitimate debts

-         Recognition of the climate debt owed to countries of the Global south and the need for green based support (not loans) to Southern countries to cope with climate change.

Petition forms are available from DDCI.

Meanwhile DDCI’s work is at risk due to cuts in the Irish aid budget, and it is facing a loss of up to 60% of its income. It is therefore having a major fundraising drive to try to secure its future. Donations can be sent to the office. Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Unit F5, Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7. Tel: 01 6174835, e-mail and website

Nonviolent Livelihood Struggle & Global Militarism: Links & Strategies

War Resisters' International (WRI) is cooperating with Indian partner organisations – Gujarat Sarvodaya Mandal, Sampoorna Kranti Vidyalaya, Gujarat Vidyapith – for an international conference investigating the links between local nonviolent livelihood struggles and global militarism, including war profiteering. It will take place in Ahmedabad, India, January 22nd - 25th 2010. This participatory conference will bring together campaigners from all over the world to analyse the role of states and multinational corporations in depriving local communities of their sources of livelihood, and learning from the experience of nonviolent resistance at various levels. Please contact the WRI office at if you want more information on the conference. War Resisters' International, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, Tel: 020-7278 4040, web

Climate Camp Ireland

300 people took part in nine days of workshops, during the Climate Camp in Co Offaly, 15th to 22nd August, and there was very considerable media coverage, e.g. over 30 radio interviews. Two turf/peat burning stations were closed down for a period by direct action. For details see

Meanwhile the next Climate Camp All-Ireland Gathering will take place 26th -27th September in Dublin (see newsletters on the website for further details).

Transcend Peace University courses

You are invited to join TPU courses offered in Semester 2/2009 comprising 22 online courses, including the leading course on Peaceful Conflict Transformation and a variety of others on peace, nonviolence, conflict etc. Courses begin on 21st September and applications are received until 14th September; courses run for 12 weeks and fees are €400 in OECD countries (otherwise €200). For more information and for registrations, please visit the website: or write to or phone +43 3355 20726 or +43 664 875 2693.

INNATE networking group meets next on 16th September at 7pm in Corrymeela House, 8 Upper Crescent, Belfast. All welcome.


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