#NoWar2021 Schedule

World BEYOND War’s #NoWar2021 conference is going virtual! Save the date for June 4-6, 2021.
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#NoWar2021 is a unique event that brings together a global grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations around the topic of CANSEC and the global arms trade. 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. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and pressure from our coalition, CANSEC 2020-2021 has been postponed to 2022. But that doesn’t mean our work is over. We’re demanding the permanent cancellation of CANSEC and 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 pandemic and a green new deal that includes a just transition for arms industry workers. #NoWar2021 will bring together key international allies to not only assist Canadian efforts to permanently #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, digital storytelling, nonviolent civil resistance, and more.

Friday, June 4, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)

14:00-15:00: Get on Hopin early to test your technology and explore the platform before the online conference starts

15:00-15:45: Networking, Virtual Expo Booths, & Live Music

15:45-16:45: Land Acknowledgement with Shannon Chief, Welcome Address with Rachel Small, Vanessa Lanteigne, Brent Patterson, Dave Webb, and Richard Sanders, followed by Group Action

16:45-17:45: Opening Panel: From Weapons Fairs to War Zones: Unraveling the War Machine with Bianca Mugyenyi and Daniel Selwyn. Moderator: David Swanson.

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 with Phill Gittins
    • Building Peace with Iran: Learn about the impact of sanctions and engage in a discussion about how to ease tensions and build peace with Iran. Moderator: Foad Izadi.
    • Young Peacebuilders in Action: What role can youth play in the promotion of peace and security? How can young peacebuilders empower each other with the skills necessary to make meaningful change? Join us for an interactive discussion where you will learn how youth can be at the forefront of peace advocacy and listen to peace stories from some members of the WBW Youth Network! Moderators: Chiara Anfuso, Angelo Cardona, and Tareq Layka.
    • 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 military base contamination. This discussion will include analysis of the full lifecycle of weapons and war, from extracting the materials to operating weaponry. We’ll close by sharing strategies for resistance and demilitarization. Moderators: Brent Patterson and Tamara Lorincz.
    • 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, Lincoln Rice, and Robin Brookes.
    • Departments and Infrastructures for Peace: A conversation looking at ways to create ministries, departments, and other national infrastructures for peace, in order to implement a culture of peace and nonviolence globally. Moderators: Liz Remmerswaal and Saul Arbess.
    • 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. Moderators: Bruce Gagnon, Dave Webb, and Mary Beth Sullivan.
    • Antiwar Veterans Meetup: A meetup for veterans turned anti-war activists. Friends and allies are also welcome to join this discussion! Moderators: Leah Bolger, Bill Geimer, and Bruce Moncur.
    • China Is Not Our Enemy Campaign. Moderator: Jodie Evans.
    • No to NATO. Moderators: Barry Sweeney and Ann Wright.

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: Carley Towne, Susi Snyder & David Swanson.
    • Shutting Down Weapons Expos with Siana Bangura, Zelda Grimshaw, and Te Ao Pritchard
    • How to Shut Down a Military Base: Save Sinjajevina: How a movement took on the military, and won a first crucial battle to dismantle a military ground! Montenegro joined NATO in 2017 and in 2018 rumors started to appear that the grasslands of Sinjajevina mountain, the biggest mountain pasture in the Balkans and the second largest in Europe, a unique landscape of immense natural and cultural value, part of the Tara River Canyon Biosphere Reserve, was going to be converted into a military training ground for Montenegro and NATO allies unconcerned about the immeasurable damage that this would bring upon its people and ecosystems. About 250 pastoralist families pass their summers rearing their animals in these highlands and more than 1.000 people have their livelihoods depend on it, while over 22,000 people live all year around it. In September 2019 the military ground was officially inaugurated while pastoralists were still in the area and in late 2020, a coalition of national environmental and human rights activists, pastoralists, and international NGOs organized a global and local resistance to a new military training exercise planned for October 2020. The movement that led its defence camped in the heart of the grasslands and the military training ground at almost 2,000m just before the military entered and worked as human shields to prevent new bombings and shootings. They resisted for more than 50 days in freezing conditions until the new minister of the Defence announced that the new training would be cancelled in the area for the time being while awaiting an alternative solution. In our session we will explain the details of how this success was achieved and our plans for the future. Workshop Facilitators: Pablo Domínguez, Milan Sekulovic, and Petar Glomazic

14:00-15:00: Trainings

    • Media Training 101 – Be Heard: Strategies for Traditional Media and Digital Storytelling: We can’t win the world we want if we can’t tell compelling stories and have them be heard. Join Katie Perfitt, National Organizer with 350.org, to learn about how we can win against our opponents in the battle of the story. In this session you’ll learn how to create a storytelling plan for your campaign or action, including tactics to get traditional media to work for you, and also how you can harness digital tools and social media to tell your story yourself! Participants can expect an interactive workshop and practical examples and case studies from Katie’s work in the Climate Justice movement. Workshop Facilitator: Katie Perfitt.
    • Nonviolent Direct Action Training: Why do we engage in direct action? How can I plan an action? In this workshop, Christian Peacemaker Teams brings an Introduction to direct action planning and preparedness. Topics to be covered will include: direct action tactics, action roles, preparing for possible arrest, and how the landscape of preparing for direct action changes based on your location. Workshop Facilitators: Mohammed Salah Mahdi and Julie Brown.
    • Corporate Research for Taking Action Against Wars and Militarism: An introduction to undertaking corporate research collectively to inform our strategizing on private companies that are profiting from military interventions, the global arms trade, and the militarization of police forces. What information do we need in order to strategize about a corporation, where might we find it, and how do we make sense of it in order to inform our campaigns and organizing, locally and beyond? Workshop Facilitator: Jen Moore.

15:15-16:15: Panel: Star Wars: 21st Century Missile Defence with Lynda Williams, Dave Webb & Bruce Gagnon. Moderator: Mary Beth Sullivan. The push to move the arms race into space is accelerating dramatically. The US is pulling out of arms control treaties and refusing to negotiate a total ban on weapons in space at the United Nations. At the same time the Pentagon is provocatively encircling Russia and China with ‘Missile Defense’ systems (the shield) that is a key element in first-strike attack planning. The nuclear industry also views space as a new market for their deadly product with planned nuclear mining colonies, nuclear reactors on rockets to Mars and nuclear reactors to power space-based weapons systems. Learn more about the work of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space as we organize to Keep Space for Peace.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)

14:15-15:00: Networking & Virtual Expo Booths

15:00-16:30: Panel: The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade with Bruce Moncur, Kathy Kelly and Kelsey Gallagher. Moderator: Mary-Wynne Ashford.

16:45-18:00: Panel: Insights of the Pandemic: The Urgent Need for Conversion to a Peace Economy with Sam Gindin, Taylor Barnes and Sam Perlo-Freeman. Moderator: Simon Black.

18:00-19:00: Networking, Virtual Expo Booths, and Attendee-Created Sessions
Here’s a short guide on how to create a session during this portion of the event.

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.