Speech I made on behalf of the Just Peace Committee on the occasion of a rally to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was held at Seaforth Peace Park in Vancouver on August 6, 2018.
Welcome. Thank you for taking the time out to mark this
important anniversary and help build a united anti-war movement in Vancouver.
In BC, this is a holiday weekend full of celebrations, but it is a sad day in
Japan, a country still reeling from the shock of the atomic bombing of
Hiroshima 73 years ago—a day to mourn and continue to oppose the misuses of
nuclear technology and imperialist war.
I am having to adjust to a bump in my career, which has naturally put a monkey wrench into my finances . Due to a lack of enrollments, I am no longer employed by the English-as-a-foreign language program where I have been working since last November. This is a start-up program initiated by people running a tutoring service and investors. Management has traveled extensively and carried out an elaborate marketing strategy without attracting participants. Yesterday was my last day of work there. I leave in good standing.
As an organizer for the Just Peace Committee in Vancouver, BC, I am organizing a day to remember the atomic bombings on August 6 and 9 in 1945. Shocked not to find any word of other commemorations, I drew support and set about planning an event to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and oppose nuclear weapons, all militarization and military aggression. Here is the notice from the Facebook event "Remember Hiroshima". There is also a posting on the Committee's webspace, https://justpeace.
I made a loose 1-yr plan for 2018 but have been unclear as to how to carry through most of it until very recently. I have already reported that I have kept my pledge on the health, political, employment and social fronts, doing particularly well on the health and political decisions, though merely satisfactorily on the social and employment activities. I also made pledges about finances and transition to retirement, and this is where my vision was blurry. However, a review of my finances and a little impromptu research gave rise to an epiphany.
OF INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF PEOPLES’ STRUGGLES (ILPS)—CANADA, July 10, 2018
OUT OF NATO! JUST PEACE FOR THE PEOPLES EVERYWHERE!
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, of
which Canada is a member state, is holding a Summit of Allied Heads of State
and Government chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels
on July 11 and 12. Prime Minister Trudeau is attending. The ILPS-Canada opposes
this military alliance as it operates to defend the richest states and the
global ruling class, maintain the oppressive and exploiting global system,
deter peoples’ movements for liberation and just peace, and interfere in the
internal affairs of many countries, causing genocide, fratricide, crises and
Again working on maintaining a positive outlook, I make an inventory of the new experiences I have had over the past year. It is the anniversary of my moving into this apartment, so I review the past year. Here is a list of things I had not experienced before the past 12 months.
-having a balcony with the apartment
-my current job
-starting a Just Peace Committee locally
-starting this Just Peace blog
-joining a local ILPS committee of activists
-participating in a national assembly of activists in Canada
This blog continues to serve the propagation and practice of positive thinking. I still must pause and count my blessings in order to keep peace of mind. Positive thinking can help one find a more peaceful path by cultivating a more peaceful and satisfied soul.
I've been a bit bored lately. I live simply on a confined budget, which sometimes makes me feel confined. The fact that money owing to me is delayed makes me feel even more disgruntled.
When I stop and take stock of the good things about my life, though, I am reminded I have a lot to be thankful for and happy about.
Statement of Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights and its allies condemn the cancellation of the fifth round of peace talks between the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDFP) by Duterte and his cabinet, originally scheduled for June 28 to 30 in Oslo, Norway. This is the third time that Duterte has cancelled these talks seeking to address almost 50 years of civil war in the Philippines. Furthermore, this cancellation represents a lack of will by the US-Duterte regime to consider socio-economic reforms that would improve the lives of all people in the Philippines.
Health maintenance is necessary for a person to be an effective and productive citizen. It is necessary to be able to maximize one's potential while alive. It is necessary to take care of oneself well in order to help others, be active in the community and contribute to society.
I see comrades, family members, co-workers and friends who ignore common knowledge about health and nutrition and let their bodies deteriorate. I shake my head. Most people are aware that fresh fruit and vegetables are healthier than processed foods and that exercize optimizes the body's ability to fend off disease and run well for them.
This is the semi-annual check of my progress according to my own goals set at the start of the year. I am living up to them, generally, though my 5-year picture remains feint.
Health and fitness
I finally got a doctor to examine my problem knee. No treatment other than exercise is recommended. I therefore joined a local gym a month ago, and enlisted a personal trainer to work on specific exercises to strengthen my shoulder and knee joints. All the while, I have been taking a glucosamine compound daily, which is supposed to rebuild cartilage.