1 December 2009 - Prisoners for Peace Day
Since its foundation in 1921, the work for prisoners for peace – imprisoned conscientious objectors and peace activists – has been a central part of the work of War Resisters' International.
1 December has been Prisoners for Peace Day since 1957. Take some time – not only on 1 December – Prisoners for Peace Day – to write letters to prisoners (see the included list).
Nonviolent Livelihood Struggle and Global Militarism: links & strategies
International Conference, Ahmedabad, India, January 2010
War Resisters' International is cooperating with Indian partner organisations for an international conference investigating the links between local nonviolent livelihood struggles and global militarism, including war profiteering. This participatory conference will bring together campaigners from all over the world to analyse the role of states and multinational corporations in depriving local communities of their sources of livelihood, and learning from the experience of nonviolent resistance at various levels – from the community to the global – and at various phases, from preventing displacement to planning for return.
On a broad level, the conference aims to raise awareness both of the range of threats that global militarism poses to local communities and of the possibilities for nonviolent resistance. On the international level, the conference aims to be a meeting place for those defending communities against globalised forces and those working against various elements of global militarism.
The conference will take place at Gujarat Vidyapith (University), which was founded by Mohandas Gandhi in 1920. It is co-organised by War Resisters' International, Gujarat Sarvodaya Mandal, and Sampoorna Kranti Vidyalaya ('Institute for Total Revolution').
The Conference will last from 22-25 January 2010, followed by a WRI Business and Council Meeting on 27-29 January. For more information on the conference contact the WRI office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.