PSA: Canadian Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events (Updated)

by matttbastard

Via Canadian Peace Alliance:

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events

Please join one of the 12 Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemorations this week. The full events listings are available at: http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/HiroshimaDay.htm

BRANDON

The First Annual Japanese Lantern Ceremony for World Peace
Where: Keystone Centre YMCA Pool on 13th Street
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

CALGARY

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 7pm – 9pm
Calgary Area Outdoor Council, Large Room on 2nd floor
(wheelchair access to 2nd floor, 1111 Memorial Drive NW)

– We may watch movie with colour footage of the devastation.
– Speeches
– Lantern ceremony with glow in the dark non-flame, non-flammable
lanterns.

CASTLEGAR, BC

This year we gather on Zuckerberg Island, Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 pm to both commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki but also to listen to our minstrels of peace and hear from the Mayor of Hiroshima and other voices of reason in our troubled world.

Kootenay Region Branch of the        United Nations Association in Canada (KRUNA)

2600 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, B.C., V1N 2X6
250-365-7180

GRAND FORKS

Grand Forks City Park at 1 pm on Saturday, August 9th to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and mourn today’s victims from ‘Depleted Uranium’ radiological weapons, tanks, vests, bullets and bombs.

We urge you to join us on August 9th at 1 pm in City Park for speakers, entertainment and a Auction. The auction is to raise funds to support our work and encourage all to donate items and then make generous bids.

We thank all who have given of their time, energy and funds in the past and look forward to your continued participation at events and regular meetings in Selkirk College on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

For inquiries please phone Laura at 250-442-0430.

On behalf of the Boundary Peace Initiative: member of B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition, Canadian Peace Alliance, Uranium Free Kootenay Boundary, Uranium Free B.C., Abolition 2000, Lawyers Against the War, and an affiliate of Fellowship of Reconciliation.

HAMILTON

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Hamilton Spectator Auditorium, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton
Help Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Everywhere!

Presented by the Hamilton Chapter of Project Ploughshares, a national, ecumenical, non-profit organization; part of the Canadian Council of Churches working to transform a world of violence into a world of enduring peace and security.
Co-sponsored by Amnesty International Group No. 1 in Hamilton; Group No. 8 at McMaster University and Group No. 21 in Burlington; the Hamilton Mundialization Committee; Children’s International Learning Centre; United Nations Association in Canada; Gandhi Peace Festival; Physicians for Global Survival; Interfaith Council for Refugees and Human Rights; Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University; The Hamilton Culture of Peace Network.

Everyone is invited to this very important and informative presentation
For information call Leonor Sorger at 905-528-7988, Reverend Linda Nash 905 387-9783
Project Ploughshares: www.projectploughshares.ca

MIDLAND

Peaceworks Midland will hold a commemorative service at the Peace Garden in Penetanguishene at 5.30 on August 6. Bring some food for a picnic and be inspired by the Orillia Raging Grannies. There will be a hands on workshop on making origami cranes.

For further information contact peace_works@hotmail.com

NORTH BAY

The North Bay Peace Alliance will host an event commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The gathering will be held on the 63rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 on the steps of North Bay City Hall (McIntyre Street, between Wyld and Sherbourne Streets) between 8 and 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

For more information please call 497 0373.

OTTAWA

EVENT DETAILS (SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th):
6:30pm: meet at Friends House (91 A Fourth St in The Glebe) to decorate laterns
7:30pm: film screening and discussion @ Friends House on the threat posed by nuclear weapons
8:30pm: march to float and light the laterns (location to be announced shortly)

The Ottawa Peace Assembly

SASKATOON

Commemorate Hiroshima Day, Wednesday August 6 at Rotary Park Peace Pole, 12-1 pm

Program includes Mayor Don Atchison, Mayors for Peace • Reverend Hiraku Iwai • Jillian Cyca, Artist • John Crawford, Project Ploughshares

ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FOREVER

For more information, call (306) 384-4134

Building peace in our families, communities, and world. www.saskatoonpeace.tk

TORONTO

See Hiroshima Day Coalition for more information

The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition (THDC) cordially invites you to attend the unveiling of the powerful exhibition of photographs from the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Rotunda inside Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 5:30 pm.

The exhibit runs from August 6th -11th, 2008 in conjunction with the “Paths to Hope” Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square beginning at 6:30 pm.

To RSVP for the August 6th, 2008 unveiling of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibition at the Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, please contact Helen Chilas, National Coordinator of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, via email h-chilas@rogers.com or cell at 416-473-8238

Note: If you would like to reserve a table at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Annual Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony (August 9th at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square), please contact Dr. Barbara Birkett with Physicians for Global Survival at bbirkett@interlog.com.

VANCOUVER

HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL PEACE LANTERN CEREMONY

Mayor Derrick Corrigan reading of the Burnaby City proclamation,

Free family event with Music, Speakers and Floating Lanterns

Wednesday Aug 6 7:30 to 9:30 pm
South Pond, Central Park, Bby
Parking N. side of Imperial, just E. of Boundary Road

Related events: Powell Street Festival – Sat. Aug. 2nd & Sun. Aug. 3rd includes a showing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki exhibit panels, along with beautiful embroidered quilts, which show the wording of the Renunciation of War in Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution; now threatened with repeal.

Presented by Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Lanterns for Peace and Vancouver Save Article 9 – for info. call 604-325-8824, email lanterns@shaw.ca

Sponsored by: Veterans Against Nuclear Weapons
Endorsed by: STOPWAR.ca, World Peace Forum, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, & Peace and Philosophy Centre in Vancouver
Contact: David Laskey laskey8824-at-shaw.ca

WINNIPEG

Where: Memorial Park, Winnipeg
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

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PSA: Canadian Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events

by matttbastard

Via Canadian Peace Alliance:

There are 8 cities planning events for Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days this week. Please check the listings and join events calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide.

Any new event postings can be sent to cpa@web.ca to be posted on the website at http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/HiroshimaDay.htm

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Events

BRANDON

The First Annual Japanese Lantern Ceremony for World Peace
Where: Keystone Centre YMCA Pool on 13th Street
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

CALGARY

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 7pm – 9pm
Calgary Area Outdoor Council, Large Room on 2nd floor
(wheelchair access to 2nd floor, 1111 Memorial Drive NW)

– We may watch movie with colour footage of the devastation.
– Speeches
– Lantern ceremony with glow in the dark non-flame, non-flammable
lanterns.

CASTLEGAR, BC

This year we gather on Zuckerberg Island, Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 pm to both commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki but also to listen to our minstrels of peace and hear from the Mayor of Hiroshima and other voices of reason in our troubled world.

Kootenay Region Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada (KRUNA)

2600 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, B.C., V1N 2X6
250-365-7180

GRAND FORKS

Grand Forks City Park at 1 pm on Saturday, August 9th to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and mourn today’s victims from ‘Depleted Uranium’ radiological weapons, tanks, vests, bullets and bombs.

We urge you to join us on August 9th at 1 pm in City Park for speakers, entertainment and a Auction. The auction is to raise funds to support our work and encourage all to donate items and then make generous bids.

We thank all who have given of their time, energy and funds in the past and look forward to your continued participation at events and regular meetings in Selkirk College on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

For inquiries please phone Laura at 250-442-0430.

On behalf of the Boundary Peace Initiative: member of B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition, Canadian Peace Alliance, Uranium Free Kootenay Boundary, Uranium Free B.C., Abolition 2000, Lawyers Against the War, and an affiliate of Fellowship of Reconciliation.

OTTAWA

EVENT DETAILS (SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th):
6:30pm: meet at Friends House (91 A Fourth St in The Glebe) to decorate laterns
7:30pm: film screening and discussion @ Friends House on the threat posed by nuclear weapons
8:30pm: march to float and light the laterns (location to be announced shortly)

The Ottawa Peace Assembly

SASKATOON

Commemorate Hiroshima Day, Wednesday August 6 at Rotary Park Peace Pole, 12-1 pm

Program includes Mayor Don Atchison, Mayors for Peace • Reverend Hiraku Iwai • Jillian Cyca, Artist • John Crawford, Project Ploughshares

ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FOREVER

For more information, call (306) 384-4134

Building peace in our families, communities, and world. www.saskatoonpeace.tk

TORONTO

See Hiroshima Day Coalition for more information

The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition (THDC) cordially invites you to attend the unveiling of the powerful exhibition of photographs from the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Rotunda inside Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 5:30 pm.

The exhibit runs from August 6th -11th, 2008 in conjunction with the “Paths to Hope” Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square beginning at 6:30 pm.

To RSVP for the August 6th, 2008 unveiling of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibition at the Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, please contact Helen Chilas, National Coordinator of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, via email h-chilas@rogers.com or cell at 416-473-8238

Note: If you would like to reserve a table at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Annual Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony (August 9th at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square), please contact Dr. Barbara Birkett with Physicians for Global Survival at bbirkett@interlog.com.

WINNIPEG

Where: Memorial Park, Winnipeg
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM

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PSA: Re-instate Malalai Joya — May 21st Day of Action

by matttbastard

Via The Canadian Peace Alliance:

Reinstate Malalai Joya!

On May 21 there will be an international day of action in support of suspended Afghan MP Malalai Joya. Joya was suspended for speaking out about the record of human rights abuses by members of the warlord dominated Afghan Parliament.

The Canadian Peace Alliance is calling on members and supporters to organize events or to send letters demanding that that Joya be re-instated to the Afghan Parliament. We are also calling on the government of Canada to immediately call for her to be re-instated to the parliament to which she was duly elected.

The case of Malalai Joya speaks volumes about the nature of the new Afghan government, currently being supported by more than 2500 Canadian soldiers. She is a tireless defender of women’s rights and has organized a grassroots movement for peace and democracy in Afghanistan. That movement which can lay the foundation for real democratic development is being silenced by the Afghan state.

Please take the time to fax or e-mail a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier, the Afghan ambassador to Canada, Omar Samad, and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and demand that they re-instate Malalai Joya.

Step 1
Cut and paste the following e-mails into the address line: pm@pm.gc.ca , maxime.bernier@international.gc.cacontact@afghanemb-canada.net , president@afghanistangov.org

Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
pm@pm.gc.ca
Fax: 613-941-6900

Foreign Minister, Maxime Bernier:
maxime.bernier@international.gc.ca
Fax: (613) 996 3443

Afghan Ambassador Omar Samad:
contact@afghanemb-canada.net
Fax: 613-563-4962

Afghan President Hamid Karzai:
president@afghanistangov.org

Step 2
Include some background information in your letter or refer to the articles listed below.

Background Information:

Joya has been a thorn in the side of the NATO-supported government by being an outspoken critic of the human rights abuses of the warlords that dominate  the parliament of Afghanistan. In the elections of May 2005, more than 60 per cent of those elected to parliament were from known warlord groups, many of whom are responsible for war crimes committed during the civil war from 1992 to 1996. An international campaign to have the warlords held to account  failed when the parliament decided to offer immunity for all past war crimes.

Joya has been threatened and attacked for her stance. In 2006, President  Hamid Karzai cut her security funding, proving that women’s rights are not a concern for his government despite assertions to the contrary from the  Government of Canada.

In an interview with the Guardian, Joya said: “When I speak in parliament they threaten me. In May they beat me by throwing bottles of water at me and they shouted, ‘Take her and rape her.’ These men who are in power, never have they apologized for their crimes that they committed in the wars, and now, with the support of the US, they continue with their crimes in a different way. That is why there is no fundamental change in the situation of women.”

Even before her suspension, Malalai Joya faced censorship, abuse and constant threats including assassination attempts because she spoke the truth about the situation in her country. She denounced the overwhelming control of warlords, drug lords and war criminals in the Afghan government backed by the US and NATO. She spoke up for real democracy and women’s rights, for disarmament, for the warlords to be brought to justice, and for peace in her country. For this, she has been silenced, and the governments of the NATO countries currently occupying Afghanistan have maintained a shameful silence.

For more information on Malalai Joya: http://malalaijoya.com

Read the Human Rights Watch statement about Malalai Joya’s suspension
http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2007/05/23/afghan15995.htm

Recent Headlines:

‘Corruption eats away at Afghan government’
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080502.afghan03/BNStory/International/home

‘Ousted female Afghan lawmaker fighting to return to parliament
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/05/asia/AS-GEN-Afghan-Lawmaker-Ousted.php

‘Despite Taliban’s fall, Afghanistan faces familiar troubles’
http://www.projo.com/education/content/AFGHAN_SPEAKER_03-19-08_QG9E9TJ_v98.372f652.html

‘Canada should change its policy on Afghanistan’
http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2008/03/03/malalai-joya-canada-should-change-its-policy-on-afghanistan.html

Step 3
Send your e-mail or fax.

Step 4
Sign the on-line petition for Malalai Joya: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/ReinstateMalalaiJoya

Please take video and photos of your event and send them to Malalai Joya’s defense committee at mj[at]malalaijoya.com.

To have your May 21 action listed, email Friends of Malalai Joya – Canada at malalai.joya[at]yahoo.ca.

Please let us know about your efforts by cc’ing the Canadian Peace Alliance cpa@web.ca

Canadian Peace Alliance- www.acp-cpa.cacpa@web.ca – 416-588-5555

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