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Just Peace - Life Force

A robin sings outside. He is so full of life and so persistent that he begins a new musical phrases every 3 to 5 seconds and sometimes sings for hours at a time from the same perch. I believe that birds sing for three reasons: to attract mates, claim territory and to express joy. This robin sits on some tree or wire next to my building and sings his heart out at dawn, after breakfast, in the middle of the afternoon and in the evening. It is amazing.

Following an extraordinarily wet winter, the May vegetation looks very lush and full.

Just Peace - progress

I suppose a lot of writers have doubted and criticized the vision of "progress." I happen to have picked up a library book called "A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Write, one of the most eloquent among those doubters and critics.. By coincidence, I am currently watching a documentary on television featuring an interview with Ronald Wright, among others, and that film is entitled "Surviving Progress." This film was first aired in 2011. Following the fears put forward over the decades, this film shows that the doubts and criticisms are stronger because societies and the global socio-economic system has been carrying on and the problems of progress have gotten so big and dangerous that the survival of humanity and the planet is in dire straits.

Just Peace-Rebuild a movement

This is the copy of a draft article I just submitted to a local, progressive magazine.


JUST PEACE NOW!

    As April 22 approaches each year, I always recall the large peace marches in Vancouver. They were huge. Though lead by the opposition to nuclear weapons which demonstrated concerns about war and environment, there was nonetheless a united participation of various political concerns from the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist, to advocacy for certain international relations policies and structure or processes of cooperation, to appeals for safety and conservation.

Just Peace - Derrida

I recently read an interview with Derrida. It was published as, "Islam and the West--a conversation with Jacques Derrida" by the University of Chicago in 2008. Jacques Derrida was a French citizen with Jewish and Arab parents born in Algeria. He died a year after this interview by Mustafa Cherif, an Algeria-born Arab with French citizenship. The purpose of the interview was to ask the aging philosopher and social theorist about his views on the world situation, Muslim and Arab movements, and Algeria.

Just Peace - Just Peace Committee

A new Just Peace Committee has been created locally. We'll hold a forum as a launch in a Vancouver community center in early May.

Here is our description.


The Just Peace Committee is an anti-imperialist, anti-war committee that supports social justice and genuine and lasting peace.

Imperialism is the monopoly capitalist, global system ridden with conflicts owing to

(1)its deepening contradictions in the current stage of crisis,
(2)its aims of domination, exploitation and control,
(3)the extension of feudal and colonial relations with suppression of national liberation struggles, and

Just Peace -Bill C-59

From Ceasefire.ca, an article warning of Bill C-59, an attack on democracy in Canada in the guise of anti-terrorism. (April 6, 2018 blog)

Minister Goodale: Bill C-59 needs further amendments

Bill C-59 was supposed to fix the myriad problems created by its predecessor, the infamous  Bill C-51, now Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015.  Not so say civil society leaders Micheal Vonn and Tim McSorley:
Canadians were told that the new law would fix the old law. Instead, we got a bill that nominally addresses some concerns, but exploits the opportunity to introduce more radical new powers for national security agencies.

Just Peace-mass resistance to pipeline

There is a struggle in my residential area over the expansion of a petroleum pipeline and terminal facility. It is intense. Here is a report.

I produce a quarterly neighbourhood newsletter. I wrote this article for it last week, publishing it today.

PIPELINE CONFLICT INTENSIFIES
Kinder Morgan (KM) persists with its pipeline, berth and storage expansion, so opponents step up their activities. With the public already well-informed, civil disobedience and legal challenges are the strategies.

Over100 protesters have been detained so far, though few charges have been laid.

Just Peace - nuclear ban

Ceasefire.ca blog, March 23, 2018

The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons?

(A graphic states that there are already 57 signatories to the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.)

So begins a masterful article by Paul Meyer and Tom Sauer on how the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, aka the Ban Treaty, came about and its implications for bringing humanity closer to a world without nuclear weapons.

The ban treaty will forbid the development, production, testing, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, possession and stationing — as well as the use and threat of use — of nuclear weapons.

Just Peace -Spring anti-war actions(US)

Posting by United National Anti-War Coalition  -Spring anti-war actions in some cities of the USA.

End the Wars at Home and Abroad!
The time is now to return to the street to make our voices heard. Join us on April 14-15 for united,  nationally coordinated regional mobilizations to challenge the war makers and defend humanity. The future is in our hands.


​See list of actions below and more information on actions under list of action tab above

Regional Actions:

Washington, DC - April 14 at 12:00 p.

Just Peace -people's injunction

This is a novel idea in the conflict over an oil pipeline, storage and shipping expansion happening in British Columbia. It is a response to the US oil industry corporation after it had an injunction against protesters who have been on the streets outside its gates.

PEOPLE’S INJUNCTION March, 2018

RESIDENTS OF GREATER VANCOUVER
Vs
KINDER MORGAN, INC.

With this document, we residents of Burnaby and outlying areas, hereby notify Kinder Morgan, Inc., serve an injunction against its pipeline, berth and storage expansion in Canada’s Western region, particularly in and around Greater Vancouver.
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