Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?

Building A World Beyond War:  What Will It Take?
Sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition
Funded by a Mercy Peace Initiative Grant and awaiting replies from others
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
Winooski School District, 60 Normand Street, Winooski, VT  05404

Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition:
This new coalition is sponsoring an April 22, 2017 conference entitled, Building A World Beyond War:  What Will It Take?  The newly-formed coalition, includes the following peace and social justice groups: Burlington Vermont Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Peace & Justice Center, Veterans for Peace, Save Our Skies VT/Stop the F35s Coalition, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, Vermont Action for Peace, the Caroline Fund, and potentially others!  The purpose of the conference and coalition is to revitalize the Vermont peace movement and focus on the financial, social, and environmental costs of war and militarism in our state.  All interested groups are invited to join the coalition and/or sponsor the conference.  For more information, contact Robin Lloyd at 802-862-4929 or email her at robinlloyd8@gmail.com.

CONFERENCE ISSUES:
One of the hot topics in our area is the basing of the new F35s at the Burlington International Airport in the fall of 2019. The controversy surrounding the F35s has focused community attention, especially in South Burlington and Winooski which are in the direct flight plan of the planes, on the economic and environmental impact of militarism on daily life here in Vermont. Concerns about the F35s and increased militarism in Vermont have been taken to our local, state, and federal legislators, as well as to court. The Cities of Winooski and South Burlington joined a lawsuit with the Stop the F-35 Coalition regarding the U.S. Air Force’s environmental impact statement of F-35 fighter jets (http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com). The F35 issue encapsulates almost all of the issues of our conference from impact on the environment to economic cost to disarmament and war.

The April 22nd conference is aligned with Coalition goals, including disarmament and ending war, social and economic justice, and protection of the environment.  Workshops will include an educational component, as well as a key focus on potential solutions.  Topics that have been brainstormed include protecting the environment from the destructive consequence of militarism and war; connecting the dots between oil, corporations, and war; moving the money from war to peace; civilian unarmed peacekeeping; etc.  The goal of this action-oriented conference is to come up with 4 actions/events that coalition members can agree to work on together.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:
The April 22nd conference, to be held on Earth Day at Winooski High School in Winooski, Vermont, will bring together coalition members and interested Vermonters through workshops, panels, and actions that answer the conference’s key question: what it will take to build a world beyond war?  A tentative conference schedule is below:

9:00 to 9:30 AM         Registration, Coffee, Exhibits, and Networking
9:30 to 10:30 AM       Keynote Presenter:  David Swanson, A World Beyond War
10:45 to 11:45 AM`    Workshop Sessions
11:45 to 12:45 PM       Lunch, Exhibits, and Networking
12:45 to 1:45 PM        Workshop Sessions
2:00 to 3:00 PM        Workshop Sessions
3:15 to 4:30 PM         Closing Session Presenter:  Pat Hynes, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

SPEAKERS:
David Swanson
is Director of World Beyond War (worldbeyondwar.org/). His books include: War Is Never Just, War Is A Lie, War No More: The Case for Abolition, and When the World Outlawed War.  He is the host of Talk Nation Radio. He has been a journalist, activist, organizer, educator, and agitator.  Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011.  Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He blogs at davidswanson.org and warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization rootsaction.org.  Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter and contact him at david@davidswanson.org .

Pat Hynes is the Director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (http://traprock.org/).  She is a retired Professor of Urban Environmental Health and has worked for decades as an educator, researcher, writer and activist on issues of environmental justice, feminism, and the health effects of war. Her book, A Patch of Eden: America’s Inner-City Gardeners, documented the social and environmental justice capacity of the community gardening movement in inner cities of the United States. She is committed to building with others the Traprock Center as an informational and educational resource for activists, educators, and students. Pat has had several of her articles on war, militarism, peace, and related concerns published online: Hynes/MyTurn: Down the Same Rut: Don’t Bomb Syria!, When Veterans Speak Out about Truth of Iraq War, Vietnam: An Unfinished Debt, Reflections on Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan, Mothers Day for Peace – a Blessing, Federal Budgets Are Moral Documents, Beatitudes for Veterans Day, Local Budgets and War Spending: A Reflection for Tax Day, April 15, Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Where are the Women?, and War Weariness, Military Heft, and Peace Building, Mercenaries in the Marketplace of Violence .

WORKSHOPS:
To be determined. Please click here to apply to be a presenter.

Proposal Submission Timeline:
Deadline for submitting: February 28, 2017
Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 15, 2017
Conference presentation date: April 22, 2017

REGISTRATION:
Google form coming soon

DIRECTIONS:
Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT  05404
https://www.google.com/maps/place/60+Normand+St,+Winooski,+VT+05404/@44.5007422,-73.1826307,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cca709d6af45d5d:0xfe54d234f701e307!8m2!3d44.5007422!4d-73.180442

FOOD:
To be determined

 

COALITION MEMBERS AND SPONSORS:

Peace & Justice Center
The Peace & Justice Center is a Vermont-based non-profit, membership organization. Our mission is to create a just and peaceful world. To this end, we work on the interconnected issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism and community organizing.

WILPF Burlington Chapter
WILPF was founded in 1915 during WWI, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence. The Burlington VT Branch of WILPF has been active for 30+ years. We serve all Vermonters, working to create the political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all. Our Branch meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington. Meetings are free and open to all.

Veterans for Peace
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all war.

Vermont Action for Peace
VTAFP will work as a catalyst to bring together the various groups in Vermont working on elements of a peace economy and help them create a compelling narrative depicting the benefits to communities, families and individuals of working collaboratively for a future that works for everyone, promotes peace, and preserves the natural world.

Stop the F35s Coalition
Our mission is to stop the basing of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at the Vermont Air National Guard Station located at the Burlington, Vermont International Airport. We oppose the basing in order to protect the over 6,000 people living around the airport from the dangers associated with its basing. Some of these include negative health impacts on children and adults, cognitive impairment in children, reduction in property values, classification of thousands of affordable homes as being unsuitable for residential use, disproportional negative impacts to minorities and people with low incomes, and risk of loss of life from crashes.

Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center
The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community.

The Caroline Fund
The Caroline Baird Crichfield Fund for Women in Need shall assist women in emergencies to create independent, safe, healthy and creative lives.

MORE INFORMATION:
Contact program@pjcvt.org or 802-863-2345 x6

For more information on how to join the coalition please contact Robin Lloyd at robinlloyd8@gmail.com

For more information on how to get involved as a sponsor please contact Marguerite Adelman at madel51353@aol.com