Online Raising Peace Festival – 16th to 26th September 2021

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You’re invited to join ‘Raising Peace’ – an festival of over 30 organisations devoted to the pursuit of PEACE.

View the calendar of events here.
Register and book your tickets for events here.
All events are free.

The Raising Peace Festival will be held online from 16 – 26 September 2021 as part of the world-wide observance of the International Day of Peace on September 21. Each year on this day, the United Nations calls for 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

The impulse for peace within the Australian community has a long history and remains strong. But global peace feels increasingly threatened by climate change, the pandemic, militarisation, marginalisation and escalating local conflicts. Rather than standing for peace, some of our leaders seem to be eager to beat the drums of war. Raising Peace is a way to raise the profile of peace and to revive it as a topic of conversation, at a time when this is becoming an urgent need. Continue reading Online Raising Peace Festival – 16th to 26th September 2021

IPAN petition calling for a Royal Commission into the Australia-US alliance

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) believes that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan needs to mark a turning point in Australian foreign policy.

The generation-long war has led to:

  • 41 Australian soldiers killed
  • 261 Australian soldiers wounded
  • Over 500 soldiers committing suicide
  • Over $9 billion in wasted public funds
  • Over 47,000 innocent people from Afghanistan killed (at a conservative estimate)
  • Millions of people from Afghanistan displaced

Travesty on this scale cannot happen again and can only be prevented by reassessing the Australia-US military alliance.   

We need your help – sign the petition calling for a Royal Commission into the Australia-US alliance. Continue reading IPAN petition calling for a Royal Commission into the Australia-US alliance

76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 6th and 9th August 2021

Hiroshima’s Genbaku Dome

On the 6th and 9th of August, community groups around the world will commemorate the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In 1945, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (6th August) and Nagasaki (9th August). Over the following two to four months, the effects of the atomic bombings killed between 90,000 and 146,000 people in Hiroshima and between 39,000 and 80,000 people in Nagasaki. Roughly half of these deaths occurred within 24 hours of these bombings. For months afterwards, large numbers of people continued to die from the effects of burns, radiation sickness, and injuries, compounded by illness and malnutrition. Most of the victims were civilians. Continue reading 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 6th and 9th August 2021

NAIDOC Week 2021

NAIDOC Week 2021 will be held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week. Its acronym has now become the name of the week itself.

This year’s theme – Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. It entails formal recognition that Indigenous people have been dispossessed and the implementation of specific programs designed to redress the grave social and economic disadvantage that has followed this dispossession. Continue reading NAIDOC Week 2021

Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution

Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on 27 April 2021.

The 213-page report A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution describes how the Israeli government systematically privileges Jewish Israelis while repressing Palestinians, most severely in the occupied territory. Continue reading Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution