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#NOWAR2020: The 5th annual global convergence

When

Tuesday, 26th May 2020 to Sunday, 31st May 2020

Where

Ottawa, Canada

Protesters are converging on Ottawa this May 26-31 to say NO to CANSEC, Canada’s biggest annual weapons expo.

A week of activities includes activism workshops & trainings, panel presentations, art-making, film screenings, and nonviolent action at CANSEC, the arms fair.  Registration is now open for #NoWar2020!

They are bringing in nonviolence trainers, grassroots organizers, and activists from around the world to share strategies and tactics for taking on the weapons industry and disrupting the global arms trade. Te Ao Pritchard will share lessons learned from the successful campaign to shut down New Zealand’s weapons expo. Siana Bangura from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) UK will share her experience organizing against DSEI, one of the world’s largest arms fairs. Richard Sanders of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) will talk about the history of CANSEC, including his work organizing the first protest against the arms bazaar in Ottawa (then called ARMX) in 1989.

In addition to the conference focus on the global arms trade, along with the growing concern about weapons in space, #NoWar2020 puts the focus front and center on the connections between the war economy and climate change. Highlighting the themes of “demilitarize to decarbonize” and “weapons to windmills,” #NoWar2020 calls for divestment and disarmament, and the conversion to a peaceful, green, and just future. Featured speakers include CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin and World BEYOND War’s own David Swanson, plus Kathy Kelly, Tamara Lorincz, Susi Snyder, Yves Engler, Dave Webb, and Bruce Gagnon.

This conference is unique because they are organizing it in partnership with an amazing international team of individuals and organizations, including Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. View the full list of sponsors and endorsers — and, if you’re affiliated with an organization, add your group’s name too!

By situating their conference alongside the weapons expo, their international coalition is bringing global attention to Canada’s role in the arms trade and providing opportunities not just for education, but also for nonviolent direct action. And that’s why they’re pairing the conference with art-making workshops and nonviolence skills trainings to give participants the tools to put words into practice.

Join them in Ottawa to call for divestment, disarmament, and demilitarization – the redirection of resources to human and environmental needs and the decolonization of our cultures as we convert to a peaceful, green, and just future.