#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
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
  • 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!
  • 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, 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.

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 and Te Ao Pritchard
  • How to Shut Down a Military Base

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
  • Strategic Corporate Research Training with Jen Moore

15:15-16:15: Panel: Star Wars: 21st Century Missile Defence with Lynda Williams, Dave Webb & Bruce Gagnon. Moderator: Mary Beth Sullivan.

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.
16:45-18:00: Panel: Insights of the Pandemic: The Urgent Need for Conversion to a Peace Economy. Moderator: Simon Black.
18:00-19:00: Networking, Virtual Expo Booths, and Attendee-Created Sessions

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.