Posted: February 23, 2017 in Call to Action, For your information

Thanks to the 10,000 of you who signed our petition, and all of you who urged in other ways, the People’s Climate March, which is planned for April 29 in Washington, D.C. and other locations, has added peace to its goals.

Making the connections between war and the environment, as between war and so many other things, is part of World Beyond War’s central mission. That’s what we have done on this occasion, as on others when we’ve successfully expanded a multi-issue movement to include peace.

The People’s Climate March now says: “On April 29th, we will march for our families. We will march for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for our communities, the people we love, and for peace.”

To our knowledge, a number of the major organizations sponsoring the march have never come out for peace before. We welcome this progress. Now it’s up to us to join in!

Please sign on to participate in D.C. or locally at https://peoplesclimate.org

And please urge organizations to sign on as partners on the same site.

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We’re organizing a week (a bit more in fact) of events and actions around the globe between March 27 and April 6 this year. It’s not too soon to start planning, and we can help.

March 27 is the opening of a UN meeting on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. April 4 is 50 years since Martin Luther King’s speech against war, and April 6 is 100 years since the United States entered the first world war. This week is also the start of an anti-nuclear campaign in Germany, and leads into the Keeping Space for Peace conference.

We’re planning big events with fantastic speakers in New York, Washington, and San Francisco, and will have all those details on our website very soon. We want to help you plan great events where you are.

Here are some new resources for events that we hope will be helpful:
Check out the speakers in our speakers bureau. You may want to invite one or more of them to speak — in person or via live or recorded video. We can make something work!

Numerous successful events have already been held that have screened some of our recently recorded videos, such as these:

We can also work with you to help prepare you to make a World Beyond War presentation yourself! Are you or would you like to be a public speaker? Contact us for assistance!

Speaking about ending war can be quite easy, informative, and entertaining if you use one of these power point or prezi slide presentations:

How an event can build a movement:
Use flyers, sign-up cards, sign-up sheets. You can let every person at your event sign the peace pledge and indicate how they’d like to be involved. You can use your sign-up sheets to build your local email list and to build World Beyond War’s — Just type the info in on the peace pledge page or into a spread sheet that you email to WBW, or photograph the sheets and email us that, or mail hardcopies to World Beyond War, PO Box 1484, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA.

How an event can raise funds for your local group and/or World Beyond War:
Wear sky blue scarves and bracelets. Contact WBW here about getting a supply of scarves and/or buttons and/org books to use for raising funds for WBW. And collect donations.

You can also buy a supply of shirts, stickers, cups, etc. and resell them at cost or for profit.

Here’s a sign you can modify and use that offers people buttons, scarves, and books for various levels of donations.

Here’s a form for keeping track of people who need to have free books mailed to them by WBW.

Here are receipts for people who make donations to WBW and request a receipt.

Get in touch with WBW and we’ll help you plan your event.

*****To find or create a World Beyond War chapter where you are, click here.

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