#NoWar2021 Schedule

World BEYOND War’s #NoWar2021 conference is going virtual! Save the date for June 4-6, 2021.
Early-bird tickets are now available!

#NoWar2021 is a unique event that brings together a global grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations around the topic of CANSEC and its global implications. As North America’s largest weapons expo, CANSEC typically brings together 12,000+ government and military officials and weapons industry reps from 55 countries to Ottawa each year. This year, CANSEC looks like it’s going online – and so are we! Join us at our online counter conference #NoWar2021 to put international pressure on CANSEC to end this massive glorification of war. But we’re also drawing attention to the fact that CANSEC is a symptom of a larger problem – Canada’s and the world’s complicity in the global arms trade and the institution of war.

Instead of pouring trillions into weaponry, the world must invest in a just recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and a green new deal that includes a just transition for arms industry workers. #NoWar2021 will bring together key allies to not only assist Canadian efforts to #CancelCANSEC but also to share expertise from similar campaigns worldwide in the global struggle for war abolition.

Panels, discussion groups, workshops, and trainings will cover a range of topics, such as: how to shut down a weapons expo, weapons in space, the global arms trade, war’s environmental footprint, divestment, creative activism, nonviolent civil resistance, and more.

Friday, June 4, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)
15:00-15:45: Networking, Virtual Expo Booths, & Live Music
15:45-16:45: Land Acknowledgement, Welcome Address, & Group Action
16:45-17:45: Opening Panel: From Weapons Fairs to War Zones: Unraveling the War Machine
17:45-18:45: Discussion Groups by Topic – Join a discussion group to learn more about these issues and meet others who are working on these campaigns!

  • Peace Education
  • War’s Ecological Impact: One of the most destructive of human behaviors, war is a leading contributor to the environmental crisis. We’ll examine the military’s carbon “bootprint” and strategies for demilitarization. This discussion will include analysis of the full lifecycle of weapons and war, from extracting the materials to operating machines and weaponry. Moderator: Brent Patterson.
  • War Tax Resistance: Tax resistance to paying for the military began hundreds of years ago and continues to this day. Let’s talk about the practicality and efficacy of refusing to pay for war. Moderator: Doug Hewitt-White.
  • Departments and Infrastructures for Peace
  • Weapons in Space and the Conversion of the MIC: Who cares about an arms race in space? Is it far away and in the future? Let’s talk about what is going on with Space Force and the need to transform the war machine.
  • Antiwar Veterans Meetup: A meetup for veterans turned anti-war activists. Friends and allies are also welcome to join this discussion!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)
12:00-12:45: Networking, Virtual Expo Booths & Live Music
12:45-13:45: Learning from Success Stories

  • Divestment Workshop: Money makes the world go around, and we all know the expression “follow the money” but how do we find the money trail, and what then? Join this workshop to learn tools and tactics to cut off the flow of money to the weapons industry. From research, to advocacy, to action, there are options for everyone. As a case study, David will share the success story of divesting Charlottesville, VA from both weapons and fossil fuels. Workshop Facilitators: Susi Snyder & David Swanson.
  • Shutting Down Weapons Expos
  • How to Shut Down a Military Base

14:00-15:00: Trainings

  • Media Training 101 – Be Heard: Strategies for Traditional Media and Digital Storytelling
  • Nonviolent Direct Action Training
  • Strategic Corporate Research Training

15:15-16:15: Panel: Star Wars: 21st Century Missile Defence

Sunday, June 6, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)
15:00-16:30: Panel: The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade
16:45-18:00: Panel: Insights of the Pandemic: The Urgent Need for Conversion to a Peace Economy

The COVID pandemic has forced us to rethink what global conferences look like and to re-imagine virtual spaces. It presents us with an opportunity to facilitate global exchange through the use of creative digital platforms. In spite of the pandemic, we can still organize, while at the same time saving money and reducing our carbon footprint by not flying around the world for international conferences.