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Peace Rally for Libya: November 24, 2011Sirte Libya devastation

CANADA wide

Time:

8:10 to 8:30 Pacific; 9:10 to 9:30 Mountain; 10:10 to 10:30 Central; 11:10 to 11:30 Eastern; 12:10 to 12:30 Atlantic; 12:40 to 13:00 Newfoundland & Labrador

Intention of November 24th 2011 Peace Rally:

To communicate to, and involve, as many Canadians as possible with the devotion of 20 minutes of their time to the people of Libya, and to the goal of ending Canada’s participation in NATO’s War on Terror.

Background:

The Canadian Government has announced a special day of celebration in Ottawa on Thursday November 24th, 2011 to honor the role of Canada’s military during NATO’s recent War in Libya.

Canada’s military played a leading role in NATO’s first war in Africa, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, the decimation of the country’s infrastructure and the overthrow of the Libyan government. Tens of thousands of Libyans have fled their country of origin or have been displaced as a result of this “humanitarian war”, while hundreds have been rounded up, detained, tortured or summarily executed by NATO’s newly installed regime.

Africa’s largest reserves of crude oil, formerly a source of wealth redistribution in Libya and in neighboring African countries, have been divvied up amongst a selection of multinational oil corporations loyal to the NATO agenda. Libya’s Central Bank and its hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has been plundered and dismantled, and a private banking cartel installed in its place to run the country’s finances. And the Canadian Government wants to celebrate this achievement!

Canadians in general are a loving and peaceful people, and previous to the Harper Government taking office in January 2006, Canada was chiefly recognized for its peacekeeping and nation building role in the world. Since 2006, the military arm of Canada has however been transformed from peacekeeping to waging war, training others for war and preparing for war. The Harper Government has not only involved Canada in multiple theatres of war, from Afghanistan to Libya, but is actively engaging in advanced military planning to bring war to two more countries and its peoples: namely Syria and Iran.

Tens of billions of dollars from Canada’s public coffers are being directed annually to finance NATO’s war machine and the military industrial-complex. The Canadian Government and the Canadian Mainstream Media played an active role in promoting the wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and continue to promote the pursuit of this agenda of NATO and the military industrial-complex.

On November 24th, 2011, the world calls on Canadians to rededicate themselves to their values of Peace and to return their country to its previous peacekeeper role by publicly or privately observing 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer.

Goal of November 24th Peace Rally:

1 – To mobilize as many Canadians as possible, and in as many Canadian communities as possible, to publicly observe 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer for the people of Libya and for Peace.

2 – To draw to the attention of as many Canadians as possible the matter of:

(a)The deaths, suffering and multiple injustices inflicted on the majority of Libyans and their African neighbors by this NATO-backed “humanitarian war” and the so-called “people’s revolution” financed and supported by NATO;

(b) The need of the world for the dismantling of NATO and other engines of hyper-militarism that will never solve the world’s problems but only exacerbate them; and

(c) The need to return to the values of truth, justice and peace for all on Planet Earth.

3 – To establish a template for future similar events either in response to government or corporate war-making and resource theft, or as positive stand-alone statements of sympathy and/or solidarity with peoples being robbed or attacked by military force and/or economic means, or in imminent danger of such attack.

More Info:

www.20minutesforpeace.org

Contacts:
Barrie Zwicker, Toronto Event Contact (bwz@rogers.com)
Daniel LeBlanc, Moncton Event Contact (info@20minutesforpeace.org)

 

 

A video montage featuring a parade of various military aircraft, accompanied by a live reading of Work for Peace, by the late, great, poet-bluesologist  Gil Scott-Heron.

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning the social and political issues of the time.  His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”

An excerpt from the article “An Evening with Gil Scott-Heron: There is Joy

in the Struggle” by Kevin Gosztola
http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/An-Evening-with-Gil-Scott-by-Kevin-Gosztola-100221-171.html

“You can’t teach the value of creative expression in school. You can’t tell someone they have to use their art or media for the greater good. But, you can envelope someone in events with people like Gil Scott-Heron who believe in what they do and show them an alternative to the art and media we consume on a regular basis that seems to be far removed from the
issues we experience and the lives we live every single day.

What Gil Scott-Heron shows is that people can find a voice in art (especially music). Movements need people like Gil Scott-Heron to open people’s minds so that people who are not creative, not humorous, or not artistic can then present people with some truths that might compel them to act.

Yes, we’ve got to work for peace. There ain’t gonna be no peace unless we go to work. But, peace isn’t just taking down the military or breaking up the monetary and the military. It isn’t just finding confidence in fighting for what some deem a lost cause, something unrealistic.

Peace is having soul. Peace is unleashing that soul in the company of others. And, peace is having the fortitude to push on and do what you believe needs to be done so that the next day you can have high spirits and maintain high hopes for a brighter day.”

Work for Peace!

RAW FOOTAGE OF THE ATTACK ON THE PAPUAN PEOPLE’S CONGRESS
by westpapuamedia
by Numbay Media — via our partners EngageMedia.org

This is raw footage of Wednesday’s attack by the Indonesian military and police on the Third Papuan People’s Congress in Jayapura. The footage shows people dancing, soldiers closing in, and gun shots. The video was shot by several observers. The last sequence was shot while the camera person was hiding from gunfire. Police have now confirmed that five people were killed in the attack – human rights groups say it was more.

 

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