World Peace Forum Society

The World Peace Forum Society was established to organize the World Peace Forum in Vancouver in June of 2006. As a result of the success of the forum the members of the society voted in the winter of 2007 to continue working to create spaces and events where activists, academics and artists committed to promoting peace, social justice and sustainability could get together to discuss and plan.

In September of 2007 the World Peace Forum organized Peace Without Borders at Peace Arch Park on the Canadian-U.S. border. This was a unique opportunity for peace and social justice activists from the two countries to meet. Among other things it produced the first joint statement by the BC Federation of Labour and the Washington State Labor Council, calling for an end to the wars against the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan.

In November of 2008 a Teach-In- 'Ninety Years After The War To End All Wars'- held on the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War was held at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver. Several hundred participants attended more than 30 plenaries and workshops over three days. Topics ranged from Canada's 'peacekeeping' activities in Haiti to the BC labour movements anti-war activities during World War I, from presentations on 'Oil, Blood Money and Empire' to a keynote address by Tariq Ali to a special presentation of 'My Name Is Rachel Corrie' by Neworld Theatre. Many of the presentations are available on the World Peace Forum web site - www.worldpeaceforumbc.ca click on videos.

The World Peace Forum has decided to organize another Teach On in November of 2009. Tentatively titled '1929-1939- From Crash to Catastrophe', it will look at key events between the onset of the world wide economic crisis in October of 1929 until the beginning of World War II in September of 1939. This period, rich in historic lessons for today's activists, will be explored through plenary sessions, workshops and artistic exhibits and performances. There will also be presentations and discussions that draw on what peace and social and economic justice activists are doing today as we are confronted by another world economic crisis and new wars, including the war against the earth.

The board of the World Peace Forum wants to discuss with as many people as possible how to make the next Teach In useful and relevant to activists today. We want to strike a balance between presentations that teach the lessons of the decade between 1929 and 1939. The way Canadian and other workers fought back against the attempt to make them pay for the crisis, the campaigns in solidarity with the Spanish, Chinese and Ethiopian workers and peasants, the rise of fascism and the struggle against it and the unprecedented growth of socially and politically committed art are all subjects we think may have a place on the agenda next fall. Wal-Mart, Exxon, Mobil, Boeing...: how corporate agendas fuel the American war machine and influence/determine US foreign policy, The Power of the Lobby: influential lobbying groups in Canada and the US and how the Peace Movement can organize to lobby an anti-war agenda and Pakistan, Iran and the Obama Administration: will there be change we can believe in? Given the Roosevelt aura that surrounds Obama, the latter has a certain resonance with the hopes the New Deal engendered in the thirties.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US

The best Teach In will be the one with as many contributions to its form and content as possible. Over one hundred people signed up as being interested in future events at Peace Without Borders and an equal number at the 2008 Teach In. This is an opportunity to help make the next event as good as it can be.

Anyone who wants to be a member of the World Peace Forum Society and who agrees with its basic ideas, expressed in The Vancouver Declaration- available on our web site- is welcome to come, join the society and participate in creating the next Teach In and other society activities. We want to build as representative and diverse an organization as the movement against war, social injustice, economic inequality and environmental degradation

Gary Cristall, Mable Elmore, Mehran Ramsey, Ingo Schmidt, Rachel Tutte, Elsie Dean, Chris Shelton, Mahmood Rowshandeli, Jasmin Ramsey, Matt Smith, Nadia Podmoroff

WE WANT YOU TO BRING YOUR IDEAS TO THE AGM.

The best Teach In will be the one with as many contributions to its form and content as possible. Over one hundred people signed up as being interested in future events at Peace Without Borders and an equal number at the 2008 Teach In. This is an opportunity to help make the next event as good as it can be.

The format of the meeting on Wednesday February 25th will be to accomplish the business we need to meet our obligations as a non profit society as quickly as possible. There will be a report from the outgoing board of directors on what we have accomplished since the last AGM almost a year ago and election of a new board. The bulk of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the 2009 Teach In and how to make it as effective and useful as possible.

Anyone who wants to be a member of the World Peace Forum Society and who agrees with its basic ideas, expressed in The Vancouver Declaration- available on our web site- is welcome to come, join the society and participate in creating the next Teach In and other society activities. We want to build as representative and diverse an organization as the movement against war, social injustice, economic inequality and environmental degradation.