People’s Summit Against War and Militarism

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 15:00 - Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 15:05

The anti-war coalition Collectif Échec à la guerre is organizing a People’s Summit Against War and Militarism on November 19 -21, 2010, and invites civil society organizations in Québec, as well as citizens concerned about these issues, to begin working on preparing the Summit now.

It is still too early to have a definitive idea of the Summit programme, but it could include the following:

  • A few keynote sessions on topics related to the issues already raised;
  • A plenary session at which the list of individuals and groups who ratify the Common Declaration would be announced;
  • Analytical or organizational activities: workshops, talks or panels on general topics such as: * meaning and significance of a feminist perspective of opposition to war and militarism; * is a country without a standing army an alternative? * meaning and significance of an ecological perspective of opposition to war and militarism; * the struggle against military recruiting and research in Québec’s education system; * unions, jobs and military industries: the issue of conversion.

More specific programming will be announced a few months before the Summit.


The Summit’s Objectives

The purpose of the Summit is to strengthen the movement against war and militarism in Québec by deepening its reflection, clarifying its demands and consolidating its unity in action. It is urgent to do so. As the war of occupation in Afghanistan runs into more and more resistance and is now spilling over into Pakistan, the voices in favour of extending Canada’s military intervention in the region are already starting to be heard.

The main topics will be:

  • NATO, the military arm of the US empire in the world
  • The UN Security Council and its trampling of international law
  • The militaristic shift in Canada’s foreign policy, military spending and the arms trade
  • Women and war: against the use of women’s rights to justify war

Other documents from various sources will also be available on the Collectif’s web site with a view to stimulating thought and analysis in preparation for the Summit.

Click here to visit the official website of the summit.