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National Day of Action to Ban Nuclear Weapons: 17 June 2017

The first week of UN negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons brought 132 nations together to discuss the spirit and content of the ban. Campaigners from around the world converged in New York to advocate for active participation and an effective treaty. The negotiating conference will continue from 15 June to July 7, with the aim of concluding the new ban treaty.

Civil society action on nuclear disarmament worldwide has a renewed focus. More than 70 years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the international community is on the threshold of outlawing nuclear weapons. As a campaign, we know that we have the power to influence our governments and help shape history.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is leading a Women’s March to Ban the Bomb on Saturday, June 17, in New York. WILPF has invited civil society worldwide to respond and organise solidarity actions on the same day.

Click to read a how-to guide on organising a solidarity march or rally.

Objectives

The National Day of Action will celebrate and draw media attention to the ban negotiations. It is an opportunity to stand against Australia’s boycott of this historic process and to display the diversity and high level of public support for a ban nationwide.

We must continue to pressure the Australian Government to support a ban and demonstrate that there is political risk in boycotting the negotiations.

Australia has signed on to treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions. Australia must now support a ban on the most catastrophic weapon ever invented.

Events

+ Sydney

Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!

Saturday 17th June from 12pm-3pm

2-12 Macquarie St, Parramatta

In Sydney, we’re celebrating the ban treaty negotiations and protesting the Australian government’s boycott of this breakthrough in disarmament efforts. We’ll begin at the office of Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne, and march over the Parramatta River to finish with a picnic in Prince Alfred Square.

Featuring:

  • Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon
  • Dr Helen Caldicott
  • Rose Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu woman from South Australia
  • Mich-Elle Myers, Maritime Union of Australia
  • Margot Pearson, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Gem Romuld, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
  • Asian Women at Work Drumming Group

This March is women-led and inclusive of all genders, ages, sexualities, cultures and faiths. It is intended to build upon movements at the forefront of the resistance to weapons and war.

Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Download and print the poster.

Contact Gem at gem@icanw.org or Margot at wilpf.nsw@wilpf.org.au

+ Melbourne

Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!

Saturday 17th June at 1pm

State Library, on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets.

Women-led but inclusive of all.

Join us for a rally and march against Australia’s boycott of historic UN negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons.

Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Contact: Jessica Lawson at jessicashanae@gmail.com

+ Canberra

Ban the Bomb… finally!

Saturday 17th June from 12pm-1pm

Rally at Garema Place, Canberra

Speakers:

  • Alex White, Unions ACT
  • Barbara O’Dwyer, WILPF Australia
  • Angela Chen Chen and Byron Knight, ANU students
  • George Browning, former Anglican Bishop for Canberra and Goulburn
  • Sue Wareham, ICAN Australia

Contact: Angela Chen at angela.chen@anu.edu.au

+ Perth

US bases tour

Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June

Join us on a whirlwind tour of the US bases close to Perth. We’ll leave on a Friday head towards Geraldton and come back on Sunday evening.

We’ll be camping in State Parks so bring a swag or a tent.

$80 per person (includes food and fuel and no frills) – spaces are limited so book in fast!

For more info or to book your spot e-mail mia.peppper@ccwa.org.au

+ Brisbane

Global Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!

Saturday 17th June at 12pm-3pm

Queens Park, corner of George St and Elizabeth St, Brisbane

This year, more than 130 nations are ending the decades-long disarmament deadlock and negotiating a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The new ban will set a new global standard, placing nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions.

The Australian Government is boycotting this historic negotiating conference; choosing instead to side with the bomb and those who wield these weapons of mass destruction.

JOIN US ON THE STREETS TO DEMAND A GOOD TREATY!

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and our coalition are hitting the streets around the world to celebrate and also demand a good treaty that prohibits these weapons of mass destruction once and for all!

The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative; inclusive of all genders, sexualities, races, ages, faiths, backgrounds and political affiliations.

IN BRISBANE, the campaign is led by WILPF, Just Peace, Friends of the Earth and Believing Women for a Culture of Peace.

Details on speakers and performers coming soon.

Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Contact: communications@wilpf.org.au

+ Hobart

Ban the Bomb Vigil

Saturday 17th June from 11am-12pm

Parliament House Gardens, 11 Morrison St, Hobart.

A one-hour vigil. Bring your banners, families and friends to show our government you want an end to the threat of nuclear war.

Across the world people will be marching on 17 June to show their concern for the current situation concerning the failure of some nations, America in particular and Australia to work toward banning nuclear weapons; in spite of over 130 other nations in the UN working towards this result.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Tasmanian Branch is holding a vigil, and we ask you to join with us for the hour.

Contact: communications@wilpf.org.au

Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

+ Darwin

Saturday 17th June

Banner drop to protest Australia’s boycott of the ban treaty negotiations!

To help organise and get involved, contact Justin at justin@darwin.email

Endorsed by:

  • Amnesty International Australia
  • Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Australian Manufacturing Worker’s Union
  • Believing Women for a Culture of Peace
  • Brigidine Sisters Kildara Centre
  • Campaign for International Cooperation and Disarmament
  • Council for Peace with Justice
  • Communist Party of Australia
  • Earthsong
  • Edmund Rice Centre
  • Friends of the Earth Australia
  • Hiroshima Day Committee (Sydney)
  • Hunter Peace Group
  • Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
  • Just Peace Queensland
  • Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney branch
  • Marrickville Peace Group
  • Medical Association for Prevention of War
  • Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office
  • Missionary Sisters of Service
  • Oxfam Australia
  • People for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Quaker Peace and Legislation Committee
  • Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition
  • Union of Australian Women
  • Unions ACT
  • Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly
  • Uranium Free NSW
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Australia

If your organisation would like to endorse the National Day of Action, email gem@icanw.org

Ideas

  • Organise a women’s march to ban the bomb
  • Contact journalists and encourage them to report on the National Day of Action and the ban negotiations
  • Write an opinion piece or letter to the editor for your local media outlet
  • Invite parliamentarians to speak publicly on their support for a ban
  • Ask national celebrities to speak out
  • Hold a “breakfast not bombs” outside your MP’s office
  • Conduct a “die-in” in a very public place
  • Organise a concert, dinner or film screening fundraiser
  • Dismantle a nuclear bomb piñata

These are some ideas to inspire action; the possibilities are endless. If you’d like to organise something or get involved in plans already underway, contact gem@icanw.org

Let’s make a united call for a ban on June 17!

 


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