Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace

WE LOVE PEACE!

Posted by strattof on February 14, 2019

We love peace, but the Canadian government seems to prefer war. Since 2001, Canada has been endlessly at war!

AFGHANISTAN          October 2001—March 2014: 12+ years

LIBYA                          March 2011—October 2011: 7 months

IRAQ                           October 2014—ongoing

SYRIA                         March 2015—ongoing

UKRAINE                    September 2015—ongoing

LATVIA                       June 2017—ongoing

War is a disaster for everyone it touches! War is also very stupid!! When will Canada stop making war and start making peace in the world?

MAKING PEACE VIGIL WISHES YOU A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY & P E A C E I N 2019!

MORE WAR MAKING

  • 2017: Canada increased its war spending by 70% over the next 10 years.
  • 2017: Canada extended its military missions in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria until March 2019.
  • 2017: Canada was not one of the 122 countries that signed a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
  • 2018: Canada extended its commitment to the NATO battle group in Latvia to 2023.
  • 2018: Canada sent troops to Iraq to head up a NATO training mission.
  • 2018: Canada exported between $2 and $3 billion worth of military equipment.

WHY IS CANADA NOT WORKING FOR PEACE?

Why, instead of working for peace, has Canada chosen an ongoing seemingly never-ending involvement in war? There are three main reasons:

  1. Canada’s dependence on the US for its foreign policy.
  2. Canada’s membership in the US-led military alliance NATO.
  3. Profits for the Canadian arms industry.

WAR IS A DISASTER

War is a disaster for everyone it touches.

  • Soldiers are killed, maimed, traumatized.
  • Civilians in the war zone pay a tremendous price: death, injury, bereavement, displacement, trauma.
  • Citizens of countries engaged in war elsewhere also pay a price: Dead or injured loved ones. Money that could have been spent on education, affordable housing, and healthcare.

WAR IS STUPID

You see children fighting. What do you do?

  1. Encourage them to keep on fighting.
  2. Break up the fight and ask them to work out their differences in a non-violent manner.

WE WANT PEACE

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or under the holy name of liberty or democracy?—Mahatma Gandhi

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.—Albert Einstein 

Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their difference themselves instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder.—Harry Patch, World War I Veteran 

You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can’t bomb the world to peace.—Michael Franti 

May the noise of weapons cease! War always marks the failure of peace. It is always a defeat for humanity.—Pope Francis 

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.—US Major General Smedley Butler 

Violence begets more violence, war begets further wars, more enemies, and more suffering. War does not work, not even for the warriors.—Ursula Franklin 

All we are saying is give peace a chance.—John Lennon

TAKE ACTION FOR PEACE

CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS

  1. Let Prime Minister Trudeau know you want Canada to stop making war and to start making peace in the world. This would mean:
  • Withdrawing from the military missions in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Latvia.
  • Signing the treaty banning nuclear weapons.
  • Getting out of NATO.
  • Getting out of the arms industry.
  • Developing a foreign policy independent of the US.

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca or 613-992-4211

  1. Send the same message to Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan: sajjan@parl.gc.ca or 613-996-3100.

ENTER THE PEACE SYMBOL CONTEST

Create a peace symbol on any surface: for example, a sidewalk, a snowbank, a cake or cookies using icing.

Take a photo of your peace symbol and email it to makingpeace@sasktel.net You will, in return, receive a peace gift and become eligible to win a major peace prize.

The deadline is August 31, 2019.

MAKING PEACE VIGIL

EVERY THURSDAY–until PEACE breaks out

From 12 noon to 12:30 pm

On Scarth Street at 11th Avenue

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME

For further information, please contact: makingpeace@sasktel.net

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MPeaceVigil/

On the web: https://makingpeace.wordpress.com 

MAKING PEACE VIGIL February 14, 2019

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