US Diplomat Quits in Protest of war on Afghanistan saying, “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”
Florence Ntakarutimana, a peace worker from Burundi, will speak about “Healing and Rebuilding Our Community” on Sunday, November 1st at Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St (corner of Church & Charlotte), Fredericton, 7:30 pm. She will repeat this presentation on the campus of Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB on November 4th, time and place to be announced. Refreshments will follow both talks. On Friday, October 30th, Ms. Ntakarutimana will be involved in two events taking place on the St. Thomas University Campus: “Ripples Moving Outward: the legacy of love in action” will be a gathering of interested members of the UNB/STU community and the public held at 4:30 in room 202 of Brian Mulroney Hall to mark progress in the social action projects that John McKendy supported in his life. The second October 30th event is the screening of a new feature documentary describing the work of Ms. Ntakarutimana and her colleagues by Kenyan-American filmmaker Patrick Mureithi titled “Icyizere: hope” at at 1:30 PM at Ted Daigle Auditorium at St. Thomas University, in Fredericton. Admission is free.
Florence is the Programs Manager of Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC) in Burundi, a country healing after twelve years of civil war, which killed 3% of the population. She will speak about grassroots efforts in her community to move towards a peaceful future in which desires for revenge are turned into reconciliation. How can another greater round of violence be avoided, and how can reconciliation be applied locally to personal and neighbourhood relationships in New Brunswick? Ms. Ntakarutimana was an associate of the late Dr. John McKendy, formerly of St. Thomas University, during his sojourns in Africa in 2007 and 2008. Read more »
Celebrating 517 years of indigenous resistance to invasion and colonisation Venezuela marked Indigenous Resistance Day on Monday with a street march through the capital, Caracas, the granting of title deeds to indigenous communities, and a special session of the National Assembly.
Iraq War Resister supporters confront Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto — October 16, 2009
Last June, Honduran soldiers removed their President from power.
Farmers and teachers resisting Canadian-owned gold mines are being killed in Guatemala.
How is Canada responding? How is Canada responsible?
A public talk and discussion with Francois Guindon
7:00pm, Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St.
Francois Guindon is a Canadian solidarity activist based in San Marcos, Guatemala – the region where Canadian-owned Goldcorp is operating. He was in Honduras during the coup and its aftermath. He reported on the coup for Rights Action.
Co-hosted by: Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, the Woolastook Presbytery Outreach Committee, Fredericton Peace Coalition and the NB Public Interest Research Group.
For more info: info [at] frederictonpeace.org
On Sunday, September 27, 2009, Mynor Padilla, head of security for HudBay/CGN’s Fenix project, killed Adolfo Ich, a teacher, as he attempted to protect children from the security force’s indiscriminant shooting which left another community member paraplegic and at least four more wounded.
More than two years after they posed as protestors at a demonstration against the North American Leaders’ Summit in Montebello, three Quebec police officers were found to have “failed to respect the authority of the law by inciting persons to violence.”
While Martinez had already planned to attend the career fair and show his opposition to CSIS, he says that hearing about Abdelrazik’s experiences encouraged him to take a strong stand in support of Abdelrazik’s quest for justice. He sent a letter to the Student Union indicating his displeasure with its choice to welcome CSIS and urged the Student Union to reconsider.
Phase II Roundtable sessions document on the Poverty Reduction Initiative needs to be made public.
Twenty-four (24) organizations have signed an open letter asking the Premier Shawn Graham to release publicly the Options Report that has been drafted by participants at the Roundtables.