18 December 2008:
Day of action for the release of Israeli conscientious objectors
The Jewish-American group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has announced
a solidarity campaign with the Shministim, a group of Israeli high
school students who refuse to serve in the Israeli military because of
the occupation of Palestinian Territories. Historian Howard Zinn, a
member of JVP’s Advisory Board, asked tens of thousands of JVP
supporters to help secure thousands of letters to the ISraeli Minister
of Defense on behalf of the Shministim. The Shministim will hold a Day
of Action in Tel Aviv on December 18th to demand release of
conscientious objectors who have been imprisoned.
Jewish Voice for Peace set up a website especially for the campaign,
which also allows to send protest letters directly to the Israeli
Minister of Defence.
Free the Shministim! www.December18th.org
1-5 April 2009: No to war - No to NATO
NATO will meet on 3 and 4 April 2009 for it's 60th anniversary
summit in Strasbourg, France, and Baden Baden, Germany. Groups from all
over Europe are preparing protest actions from 1-5 April 2009, which
- Protest camps from 1-5 April 2009
- Days of action on 1-2 April 2009
- A counter-conference on 3 and 5 April 2009
- Activities in Baden Baden on 3 April 2009
- Mass blockades of the NATO summit in Strasbourg on 4 April 2009
- An international demonstration in Strasbourg on 4 April 2009.
War Resisters' International is part of the International Coordination
Committee preparing for these activities. An international call No to war - No to NATO was launched on 5 October 2008. More information will soon be available on the WRI website at /node/6104.