Mar 042013
 

WomenSayNoToWar
Come along to add your voice to the call of women around the world who are saying NO to war and YES to peace

Wellington, Thursday, 7 March: join us from 5.30pm to 6pm, at the NZ armed forces HQ, corner Aitken and Mulgrave Streets

Auckland, Friday, 8 March: join us from 5.30pm to 6pm, at the Army HQ, 204 to 234 Great North Road

The theme this year is alternatives to military spending, eg, ~ welfare not warfare ~ education not militarisation ~ Please wear black if you can, and bring black streamers / ribbons / wool, photos, messages, cardboard or paper peace doves to decorate the military HQ, something to make a noise with – pot and spoon, drum, your voice – during the time of anger, flowers or candles to leave there during the time of mourning, and a poem or reading to share during the time of reflection …. and your own banner or placard if you wish. All women and children welcome.

The poster for Women Say NO to War 2013 is attached and available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iwd13.pdf Organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, for more information please contact email pma@xtra.co.nz or wilpf@xtra.co.nz or go to http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iwd13.htm
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Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 15 April 2013

Last year global military expenditure was $1.738 trillion (US$) – on average, more than $4,761,000,000 (US$) every day. By way of contrast, an average of more than 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from mainly preventable causes – lack of access to adequate food, clean water and basic medicines. This is one of the prices paid, the collateral damage that is seldom talked about, for maintaining armed forces in a state of combat readiness around the world.

If you would like to be involved in the 2013 Global Day of Action in Aotearoa New Zealand, or would like your organisation listed as a supporter of the Global Day of Action and of the urgent need to change spending priorities away from funding armed forces towards meeting human needs (the list of supporting organisations is at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/gdams-supp.htm ), please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email pma@xtra.co.nz with ‘GDAMS 2013 support’ in the subject line of your message.

Links to more information

* The GDAMS 2013 Aotearoa New Zealand event page is at http://www.facebook.com/events/382710081820597

* Peace Movement Aotearoa’s latest comment on the NZ government’s prioritising of military spending over social spending is at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=454139961300045&l=166560be6f

* Information on the Global Day of Action in Aotearoa New Zealand since the first in 2011 is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/gdams.htm

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