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Peace and Democracy Conference at the Democracy Convention, August 2-6, 2017, Minneapolis

Democracy Convention is a multi-issue convention seeking to build a more unified movement. World Beyond War is organizing the Peace and Democracy Conference portion of it, which will run along with 9 other conferences August 2-6, 2017.

Endorsed by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.
And Women Against Military Madness.

Register here.

This agenda is a work in progress:

August 2, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Do People Want Peace? The State of Public Opinion, the Peace Movement, and Governance.
Leah Bolger, Norman Solomon, Kathy Kelly.
Moderator: David Swanson

August 2, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Peace Media.
Maya Schenwar, Bob Koehler, Michael Albert.
Moderator: Mary Dean

August 3, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Peace Culture and Peace Celebrations: Outgrowing Nationalism, Materialism, Machismo, and Exceptionalism.
Suzanne Al-Kayali, Steve McKeown, Larry Johnson and student(s).
Moderator: Kathy Kelly

August 3, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: The Case for War Abolition. Why We Can and Must End Our Greatest Crime.
David Swanson, Medea Benjamin.
Moderator: Pat Elder

August 3, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Replacing War Systems with Peace Systems.
Kent Shifferd, Tony Jenkins, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Marna Anderson.
Moderator: Tony Jenkins

August 3, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Peacenvironmentalism. One movement, Indivisible.
George Martin, Kent Shifferd.
Moderator: Ellen Thomas

August 3, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Overcoming Racism, Militarism, and the Militarized Police
Monique Salhab, Jamani Montague, Nekima Levy-Pounds.
Moderator: Bob Fantina

August 3, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Hole in the Ground, Dramatic Reading.
Tim “Brother Timothy” Frantzich.
Moderator: Coleen Rowley

August 4, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Divestment from Weapons Dealers.
David Smith, Tom Bottolene, Pepperwolf.
Moderator: Mary Dean

August 4, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Counter-Recruitment: Lack of Rights Within the U.S. Military
Pat Elder, Bob Fantina, Dick Foley.
Moderator: Leah Bolger

August 4, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Building Local Power for Peace.
Mary Dean, Betsy Barnum, Sam Koplinka-Loehr.
Moderator: David Swanson

August 4, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Building Alliances Across Borders.
Ann Wright plus live Skype to Afghanistan, plus recorded videos from abroad.
Moderator: Pat Elder

August 4, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Nonviolence Training.
Trainers: Mary Dean, Kathy Kelly.

August 5, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., off-site: Flyering and talking about Frank Kellogg on Kellogg Blvd, and at nearby farmers’ market in St. Paul.

August 5, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Acting Through Local Governments.
Michael Lynn, Roxane Assaf, David Swanson.
Moderator: Tony Jenkins

August 5, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Ending the Nuclear Nightmare.
Marie Braun, Ellen Thomas, Bonnie Urfer.
Moderator: Bob Fantina

August 5, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Peace Education.
Tony Jenkins, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Amy C. Finnegan.
Moderator: Tony Jenkins

August 5, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Law vs. War and Global Governance Beyond Nations.
David Swanson, Ben Manski, _______.
Moderator: Leah Bolger

August 5, 6:00 p.m., off-site, Commemorative Tea Ceremony at Lyndale Park Peace Garden (4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55419; across from the Rose Garden near Lake Harriet). A meditative beginning to the August atomic bombing commemoration events. The ceremony, led by Yukimakai Tea Study Group, involves the tea master and assistant brewing and serving special matcha green tea to two selected guests. It is a very quiet ceremony. Everyone sits on blankets or lawn chairs (bring your own). The ceremony itself lasts less than a half hour. We begin with meditative music, this year on the violin. The event is free and open to the public. It takes place near the Peace Garden Bridge at the same time that people in Hiroshima are gathering at their peace park.

August 6, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., off site, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration at Peace Garden at Lake Harriet (see above)This remembrance of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has taken place at the Peace Garden since 1985. It climaxes with a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m. when the Hiroshima bomb was dropped. It begins with singing, welcome, telling the story of Sadako and the 1000 cranes, Veterans for Peace ring bells, and guest speaker, David Swanson this year. Our theme this year is disarmament, building on the UN resolution. After the moment of silence, everyone receives a paper crane to put on a tree. This year we will also have a ‘haiku walk’ where people can walk from station to station and read haiku about war and peace. The program begins at the Spirit of Peace sculpture in the Peace Garden and proceeds to the Peace Garden Bridge. These events are sponsored by the Minneapolis St. Paul Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee which offers these events to the community to encourage reflection on the past and hope for the future through action in the present. It calls for the total abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world as one measure of ensuring a just and lasting peace. There is also a Nagasaki Commemoration event on August 8 in the evening in St. Paul.

August 6, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Drafting a Charter.
Moderators: Leah Bolger, Larry Johnson.

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