Christmas Campaign: December 2007

Santa Doesn't Like War Toys


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Click here for Code Pink: Say NO to War Toys




November 11th
Remembrance Day:

The ••••• Poppy Campaign
A Pledge to Work for Peace


Peace Pledge Union U.K.



The United Nations’ International Day of Peace:
September 21st

(watch this space--and our calendar page--for local event information for Sept. 21)

United Nations Resolutions

The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, was first inaugurated on the third Tuesday of September, 1982. Beginning on the 20th anniversary in 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate

"to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

The Assembly's resolution declared that the International Day of Peace

"will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace. May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace."

(Quotes excerpted from the United Nations General Assembly Resolution UN/A/RES/36/67)

The amended Resolution adopted in 2001 permanently fixed the date of the International Day of Peace to September 21.

The Assembly, reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace make in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict, (decided that) beginning with the fifty-seventh session, the Day should be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace.

The new Resolution added the call for the International Day of Peace to be a Global Ceasefire:

"Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day..."

(Quotes from the amending UN resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 which fixes the date of the International Day of Peace on 21 September and calls for a Global Ceasefire on that Day.)


Partners and Links:


Stop the Trafficking

Background:

Over the past decade, the scale and brutality of the human trafficking industry (contemporary slavery) has risen at an alarming rate. Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a blunt speech in 2002 stated that "little has changed for those caught up in this sordid trade. Attempts to deal with trafficking have, thus far, been largely ineffective...More people are being trafficked than ever before."

Anti-slavery International estimates that at least 23 million people are held as slaves. Based on extensive field research, UNICEF estimated (2003) that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. This form of exonomic exploitation holds its victims (mostly women and children) in the trade of prostitution (approximately 46% of contemporary slavery) as well as in the areas of domestic, agriculture, sweatshops, restaurants and hotels.

We ask YOU to be a part of "Stopping the Traffic." Together, let's make Canada and its citizens a role model for all nations in the fight to stop human trafficking.

For more information on the Stop the Trafficking Coalition, please contact: irenasoltys@hotmail.com


Mother's Day -- The true meaning

While recognizing mothers are important and to be celebrated, the origins of this day are not as what the media has us believe. Did you know that the origin of Mother's Day was as an anti war protest?The grieving of mothers during the American Civil War sparked mothers to advocate for peace. Read the original Mother's Day statement made by Julia Ward Howe in 1870.

Mother's Day Proclamation - Julia Ward Howe - 1870

After 135 years this message is still as vibrant and relevant as ever.

Below are some links to explore further to the following referenced material: Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women's suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother's Day, with her Mother's Day Proclamation.Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis (September 30, 1832 - May 9, 1905) was born in Culpeper, Virginia. Jarvis worked around what is now West Virginia to promote worker health and safety concerns. During the American Civil War she organized women to tend to the needs of the wounded of both sides. After the war she became active in the promotion of Mother's Day, a holiday at that time involved with the causes of pacifism and social activism. She organized meetings for mothers of soldiers on both sides of the late war.

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Hiroshima Commemoration:
62nd anniversary

August 6, 2007


Aftermath of Hiroshima Bombing

Hiroshima Appeal for Banning Depleted Uranium (DU) Weapons

Background:

Depleted uranium (DU) is a byproduct of the process in which fissionable uranium is used to manufacture nuclear bombs. DU, while less radioactive than natural uranium, remains radioactive for 4.5 billion years! Because it is such a highly dense metal--heavier than lead or steel--it is prized for its abilities to, not only penetrate military armour, but also to provide shielding from attack.

Upon impact, DU produces extremely fine uranium oxide dust that is both chemically toxic and radioactive. Easily spread by wind, it is inhaled and absorbed into the human body and absorbed by plants and animals--thus becoming part of the food chain. (Source: Iraq links cancers to uranium weapons: U.S. likely to use arms again in war: by Robert Collier, San Francisco Chronicle, January 13, 2003)

It is not just the soldiers who are impacted; civilians are being harmed by DU as well. The burden, in fact, falls most heavily on children; they are most susceptible to radiation. In war zones, children are often found playing with spent DU shell casings, thus suffering direct contamination with DU.

Action:

Join and Support the International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). The Coalition is working on a Draft Convention on the Prohibition against the Development, Production, Possession and Use of Uranium Weapons." They call on non governmental organizations, governments and interested individuals and groups to join them in this urgent effort.

For further information:


Depleted Uranium (DU): Killing us softly (and secretly)

What is it:?

DU is a highly radioactive waste product of the enrichment process; it has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

How is it being used?

It is used in bullets, missiles and bombs—also as armour plating for tanks. First used in the Persian Gulf War in Iraq, it has also been used in the Balkans and is being used in Afghanistan.

Why is it a problem?

When a DU weapon hits a hard target, it self sharpens and incinerates as it bores through the target. The DU oxidizes and aerosolizes into an, almost invisible, radioactive ”dust” that is easily inhaled by anyone in the vicinity. The DU “dust” is constantly re-circulated by normal human activity as well as winds and storms.

The long term consequences for human health and the contamination of the environment are of grave concern.

Suggested www sites to get you started: