Fredericton Peace Coalition Statement
The Fredericton Peace Coalition was born out of an urgency to address the current reality of a world hurting from war, violence, inequity, and injustice.
During the attacks on Lebanon and Palestine in the summer of 2006, various groups and individuals came together in two public demonstrations at Fredericton City Hall to condemn the attacks and demand that the Canadian government work towards a ceasefire and an end to its complicity in the crisis. The Fredericton Peace Coalition was hence founded on September 11, 2006 with a goal to coordinate and communicate amongst our local peace and social justice groups as well as to organize our own events and projects as a coalition.
We want to pull the roots of militarism and violence, and create the conditions that are needed to propagate peace. We recognize that unrestrained corporate power is waging war on democratic participation, public accountability and transparency. We want to create a space where discussion, debate and engagement are welcomed. We want to help stop Canadian government-supported misadventures abroad. We are committed to achieving peace through peaceful means.
We oppose the military industrial complex, the war economy and the war mentality of our governments. We oppose the expanding network of military bases around the world and military recruitment that tends to target youth in economically marginalized communities. We support internationalism and want international law strengthened and enforced. We support constructive dialogue as a means to peacefully resolving disputes.
Our coalition and members are currently working on a myriad of issues including Canada’s military involvement in Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Haiti and Iraq. We oppose missile defence and nuclear arms proliferation. We are working on stopping Canada’s role in resource conflicts and on opposing Canada’s assault on the rights of indigenous peoples both inside and outside the borders of Canada from Grassy Narrows to Guatemala, Colombia to the Congo, Kanaky to Kashipur. We monitor and intervene on policies of defence, foreign affairs and international trade. We support war resisters who are consciously refusing to participate in war.
Our groups employ and appreciate a diversity of tactics including but not limited to: Sharing experiences and resources to carry out coordinated actions with local, national and global peace and justice movements; public education and awareness through public talks, media interviews, opinion pieces, news stories, maintaining a website, creating and distributing flyers and setting up displays; direct action including non-violent protest and civil disobedience; and lobbying and strategizing around political agendas including meetings and submissions to government departments.
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice -New Brunswick Chapter
Fredericton Palestine Solidarity
Fredericton Quakers, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Jews for a Just Peace – Fredericton
Students Aware of the World (SAW)
Union of Graduate Student Workers (UGSW),
Direct Chartered Local 60550 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada
Veterans Against Nuclear Arms
Women in Black - Fredericton