Sing for Peace Annual Benefit Concert
Tickets 10, Children 12 and under Free
phone 204 775 8178 for tickets.
Gordon Bell Choir
St. John's Ravenscourt Ensemble
Manohar Performance Arts of Canada
Vocal Ascent Choir
*Global Justice Film Festival: Creating the World We Want
November 1st and 2nd 2013
University of Winnipeg
For a complete list of films, trailers, schedule click here
*Lanterns for PeaceCommemorating Hiroshima August 6, 1945and Nagasaki August 8, 1945 Organized by Project Peacemakers, Peace Alliance Winnipeg and theJapanese Cultural Association of Manitoba
* The Peace Festival and Walk was held at Vimy Ridge Park on June 15, 2013. We made windsocks and pinwheels for peace at 11am at the crafts tent. Children and adults were welcome. Program started at noon with guest speaker, David Barsamian, followed by the Peace Walk with the Flaming Trolleys. 1:30pm there was free samosas, cookies, drinks and entertainment in the park for all participants. Thanks to Art City participants, Artwell, CKUW 95.9 Mud and Water and Global Research News Hour, Council of Canadians-Winnipeg Chapter, Green Action Centre, Institute for International Women's Rights-Manitoba, Islam Alive, Kairos -Local Region, Mondragon, Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Stop Harper, The Solidarity Committee for Ethiopian Political Prisoners, UfCW Training Centre, all the performers and speakers, volunteers, and everyone who contributed to the success of the festival and walk.
*see pictures on Facebook Annual Eco-Friendly Peace Dinner: Guest Speaker: James B. Wilson from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba Joan Melanson Award will be presented to Esther Epp-Thiessen June 6th 2013
* Sing For Peace with the Heartland Choir on Saturday March 16th 2013 Location: Carol Shields Auditorium in the Millennium Library, Graham Avenue & Donald Street The Idle No Movement has changed this country. It has shaken the political establishment and challenged Canadians to look at Canada with a new vision. Project Peacemakers and Peace Alliance Winnipeg have organized a panel in conjunction with activists from the movement to discuss what Idle No More means to all of us. Panelists include: Michael Champagne Jerry Daniels Jo Seenie Redsky Chickadee Richard Belinda Vandenbrook Leah Gazan 30th Anniversary Party and Book Launch for Project Peacemakers! February 16th 2013 Our Book entitled "Project Peacemakers: 30 years of making a difference" is available by calling the office at 204-775-8178 Cost $10.00 FUNDRAISING APPEAL: A Letter from Bev Ridd: Dear Friends, It is an honour and privilege to once again write the annual funding appeal for Project Peacemakers. I have just spent two days assisting with our annual Toy Store Inspection. We have been doing this inspection for 12 years. Each year volunteers visit stores that sell toys to find out what percentage of their items encourage violent play. We have a formula to follow, and a rating system that rewards stores that have very few of those items for sale. We release our findings to the media as a means of informing parents, and all who will be buying toys for children this Christmas season, to consider the choices they are making when choosing their gifts. Many studies show that the toys children play with influence the way they interact with others and solve conflicts. Our hope is that people will see that there are many stores that offer a wide selection of interesting toys that promote peaceful play. We are always surprised and pleased that we get so much media coverage (even beyond Manitoba) for this action. I think it shows that even a small organization like ours can make a difference. Project Peacemakers was started thirty years ago by a small group of people who were inspired by one person: the Australian Pediatrician, Dr. Helen Caldicott. Dr. Caldicott was touring the world speaking about the dangers of nuclear war. It was the height of the Cold War and times were tense. We were church attendees from various denominations and all realized that our churches were not active in pursuing peace and disarmament. We decided to pool our resources and work together to form an organization to educate ourselves and others about this situation, and to support efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons that were (and still do) threaten the very existence of our world. And so The Nuclear Disarmament Project (later called Project Peacemakers) was formed. The commitment and voice of that one person has inspired our commitment to peace for the past thirty years. We will be remembering many of our programs and actions on February 16th when we celebrate our Thirtieth Anniversary. None of these activities can happen without the continued financial support from members and friends of Project Peacemakers. We hope we can count on your generosity. One person can make a difference. To donate please make cheques payable to Project Peacemakers (not Project Ploughshares) 745 Westminster Ave. R3G 1A5. Check our website to donate online. Dr. Caldicott is still passionately speaking and writing about the danger to the viability of our planet from the use of nuclear power and weapons. Here is a quote from an interview she gave to Marianne Schnall, on September 5, 2012, answering the question: “What can we do?” “....inform yourselves. Read all my books. Question. Let the data sink in and then get up off your couches to save the planet for your children.” Let us take up the challenge and work together for the “peace-full” world we wish for all humankind. Shalom Bev Ridd, Finance Chair Annual Toy Store Inspection: Looking for Non_Violent Toys and Games Eleven Winnipeg stores were visited in November, as volunteers from Project Peacemakers examined the shelves for violent or non-violent toys, games, books and videos. We looked for weapons (historical and modern); looked for the message communicated on packaging; checked the location of toys and games on both the shelves and on displays and we checked to see if video sections were following the Manitoba ranking and age appropriate rules. Overall, in our 12th year of inspections, we see that stores are improving in promoting more peaceful and less violent toys and games. Generally the smaller independent stores tend to avoid violent items while larger chain stores, whose stock is often shipped from head office, are more likely to carry the more war-like items. At times, the issue is with the manufacturers, and we encourage parents, grandparents, consumers, to contact any major companies (eg: Lego, Playmobil or Nerf) and comment on some of their products. ____________________________________________________ Project Peacemakers will be giving "Certificates of Merit" to all stores that we ranked "Excellent." Children's Museum Humbolt's Legacy McNally-Robinson Scholar's Choice 10,000 Villages Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop Excellent means that we found less than 1% of items that promote overly aggressive or violent play. _____________________________________________ We also Commend as very good places to shop: A Child's Place, Kite and Kaboodle Toad Hall Commendable stores have a very high percentage of great choices but shoppers need to watch when they make choices, especially if they are looking at Playmobil or Lego. _______________________________________________ Toy'sR Us was rated as acceptable and we were happy to note their improvement in ranking from last year and the positive changes they have made to their displays. _________________________________________________ Wal Mart (Polo Park) was rated as unacceptable, mainly because their video section did not carry the Manitoba Government ESRB ranking for videos and their staff was not trained in use of the rankings. Global Justice Film Festival November 02 and 03, 2012 Celebrating Our 10th Year films from the Traveling World Community Film Festival Friday Night 7pm: "I Am" - a film by Tom Shadyac, the director of 'Bruce Almighty' and 'Ace Ventura' and the 'Nutty Professor. www.globaljusticefilmfestival.ca International Day of Peace Friday September 21st 2012 A Celebration of International Peace Day with an evening of skits and song The topic is the War of 1812 and the $28 million of government money being spent to "celebrate" it. (Is that more than what was spent on the original war?) You are invited to suggest how you would rather the money be spent. You are invited to join and/or promote a facebook campaign to comment on the $28 million. If you can't make the event, check back to our LINKS page to see the video or catch it on facebook. The Japanese Canadian Citizens Association, Peace Alliance Winnipeg and Project Peacemakers, are the organizers for the Annual Hiroshima - Nagasaki Lantern Memorial Service. The Lanterns for Peace is a public vigil (held in many places worldwide) in which people of all backgrounds reflect on the tragedy of the nuclear bombing of Japan and the continuous threat of nuclear war today. This year is the 67th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons on humanity. Please join us to hear speakers, music and also make a traditional Japanese lantern painted with your messages of peace. These will then be lit by candles and sent to float in the pond. It really is a beautiful event. Held August 6th 2012 7pm to 10:pm MOVIE AND PANEL DISCUSSION of an award-winning video and a panel discussion that includes director Amy Miller. “Myths for Profit” challenges the popular conception that Canada is a global good guy by reviewing our dismal record in international development, national defence policy and peacekeeping. Experts interviewed in the video include: Justin Poduk–Znet editor, Prof. of Environment & Culture, York U. Scott Taylor–publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine, author. Sherene Razack–Prof. of Sociology, U of T, author Michael Mandel–Prof of International Law, York U, Lawyers Against War, author Richard Sanders–editor of Press for Conversion, COAT Igor Todorovich–economic analyst, journalist Slobodanka Borojevich–plaintiff in lawsuit against Canadian gov’t over bombing of former Yugloslavia Steve Staples–Rideau Institute, ceasefire.ca Jesse Griffiths–aid policy analyst Patricia Adams–Probe International André Geneaux–banker, Canadian member of EBRD Karen Keenan–aid watchdog, Halifax Initiative Sakura Saunders–Corpwatch Richard Viellete–CIDA The Panel Amy Miller (participating via Skype): Amy Miller is a media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal. She directed the featurette documentary ‘Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role In Industries of War and Peace’ which was screened thoroughly across Canada and at festivals including the Milano Film Festival, RIDM and won the Peoples Choice award at the Bay Street Film Festival. Her first short ‘Outside of Europe’ won second place for the CBC-RCI’s Migr@tion Award. She has worked extensively with The Dominion and The Media Co-op as both a writer and editor. She continues to focus on developing critical documentaries for transformative social change. Dennis Lewycky: Dennis is the Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, with extensive experience in community development in several countries including Belize, Botswana, Colombia, Tanzania, Israel, various Caribbean islands, Pakistan and Uganda. Roger Annis: Roger chairs the Canada-Haiti Action Network and has decades of experience in international solidarity work. More information on Myths for Profit: http://wideopenexposure.com/myths-for-profit