CALL FOR CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: "Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?"
Sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 AM to 4:30 PM
Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404

Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition invites you to submit a proposal for our April 22, 2017 conference entitled, Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? The newly formed coalition, includes the following peace and social justice groups: Burlington Vermont Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Peace & Justice Center, Veterans for Peace, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, Save Our Skies VT, Vermont Action for Peace, Stop the F35s Coalition, the Caroline Fund. The purpose of the conference and coalition is to revitalize the Vermont peace movement and focus on the financial, social, and environmental costs of war and militarism in our state. All interested groups are invited to join the coalition and/or sponsor the conference. For more information, contact Robin Lloyd at 802-862-4929 or email her at robinlloyd8@gmail.com.

The April 22nd conference, to be held on Earth Day, will bring together coalition members and interested Vermonters through workshops, panels, and actions that answer the conference’s key question: what it will take to build a world beyond war? A renowned keynote speaker will kick-off the day, focusing on the financial, social, and environmental costs of war and militarism. Nine, hour-long workshops/panels will be presented on a variety of topics, including both education and solutions.

The final session of the day will bring everyone together to develop joint actions/activities that our coalition—Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War--can engage in together after the conference is over. All coalition members will have information and recruitment tables at the conference.

One of the hot topics in our area is the basing of the new F35s at the Burlington International Airport in the fall of 2019. The controversy surrounding the F35s has focused community attention, especially in South Burlington and Winooski which are in the direct flight plan of the planes, on the economic and environmental impact of militarism on daily life here in Vermont. Concerns about the F35s and increased militarism in Vermont have been taken to our local, state, and federal legislators, as well as to court. The Cities of Winooski and South Burlington joined a lawsuit with the Stop the F-35 Coalition regarding the U.S. Air Force's environmental impact statement of F-35 fighter jets (http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com). The F35 issue encapsulates almost all of the issues of our conference from impact on the environment to economic cost to disarmament and war.

The April 22nd conference is aligned with Coalition goals, including disarmament and ending war, social and economic justice, and protection of the environment. Workshops will include an educational component, as well as a key focus on potential solutions. Topics that have been brainstormed include protecting the environment from the destructive consequence of militarism and war; connecting the dots between oil, corporations, and war; moving the money from war to peace; civilian unarmed peacekeeping; etc. While we hope to be able to offer some honorariums and reimbursement for travel expenses, we are uncertain at this time as we are applying for additional grants and support.

Proposal Submission Timeline

Submission process opens: January 23, 2017
Submission process closes: February 28, 2017 deadline for submitting
Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 15, 2017
Conference presentation date: April 22, 2017

Proposals can be sent to: Peace & Justice Center; 60 Lake Street, 1C; Burlington, VT 05401; or program@pjcvt.org
Questions can be answered by: Kyle Silliman-Smith at 802-863-2345 or kyle@pjcvt.org

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