Music Against War
(MAW) Wednesday, May 30,
Please join us at this musical, PEACE event to draw
CANSEC, Canada's largest weapons export bazaar, which will be taking place
in Ottawa (May 30-31). While many still fondly imagine that this country
stands for peace, Canada, spending $20 billion on the military this year, is
one of the world's top-ten weapons exporters.
JOIN US !!
Gathering at the Spider sculpture ("Mamman")
(380 Sussex, at St Patrick St)
Wed., May 30
Start to gather:
which begins at 5 pm,
will take us to a few nearby landmarks:
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia
The Royal Canadian Mint
The Peacekeeping Monument
Canada's largest war-industry bazaar, facilitates military sales to
dozens of foreign governments and the Canadian armed forces. About 80% of
Canada's annual multibillion-dollar weapons-export business goes to the
USA. Saudi Arabia is our second largest
recipient of weapons, including a recent deal for $15 billion in
weaponised, tank-like vehicles. CANSEC is organised by the Canadian
Association of Defence and Security Industries,
which represents about 800 military companies.
This year 250 companies will
display the tools of war at CANSEC, incuding subsidiaries of many of the
world's largest weapons makers.
See COAT data here. The
parent companies of some CANSEC exhibitors produce and maintain nuclear
Stopping at the
Royal Canadian Mint affords us the chance to say that
Canada's arms trade is a government-sanctioned license to print money. The
Peacekeeping Monument exemplifies our national mythology
that camouflages Canada's deep complicity in war.
The Ottawa peace
movement has a long tradition of opposing military trade shows. In 1989,
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) organised a campaign by
expose and oppose ARMX, then-Canada's largest
international arms bazaar.
Learn more. Our first
campaign led to Ottawa City Council's 20-year ban on hosting arms trade
shows on municipal property.
(ARMX was replaced by CANSEC and the struggle continues!)
Music Against War
is organised by:
to Oppose the Arms Trade
(Click here to join COAT's Facebook page)
Graduate Students Association - Carleton
Peace and Social Concerns (Quakers)
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Homes Not Bombs
Independent Jewish Voices Ottawa
Nadia Abu Zahra
(Professor, International Development & Global Studies,
University of Ottawa)
(ALBA Social Movements of Canada – Ottawa Section)
Pierre LeBlanc (Latin America Solidarity
activist, just returned from observing Venezuelan elections)
Susan McMaster (Former President, Canadian League of Poets)
Mike Palecek (National
Canadian Union of Postal
Workers - CUPW)
(Coordinator, Coalition to Oppose
the Arms Trade)
Colin Stuart (Peace and Social Concerns Cttee, Ottawa Quakers)
Dave Bleakney and Mike Palecek
(Guitarists in Residence, CUPW. Dave is 2nd National Vice-Pres., CUPW)
Nguyễn Anh Thư (Better known by her stage name, King Kimbit,
she is a spoken word artist/singer/instrumentalist)
Larissa Destosiers (Anishinaabe singer/song writer
from Couchiching First Nation and Fort Frances, northern Ontario)
Ottawa Raging Grannies (The wisecracking wit and elder wisdom of
these disarming dames needs no introduction!)
Rev. Peter Woods (Saxophonist, United Church minister and ARMX '89
COAT research on CANSEC and
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) investments:
CPP is now investing $1.3 Billion in 36 of the
World's Top-100 War Industries.
$559 million in
about 30 of these top, global weapons industries that will have Canadian
subsidiaries exhibiting at CANSEC.
The CPP is also investing $451 Million in
14 corporations that are complicit in nuclear-weapons production,
maintenance &/or management.
six of those top war industries
that will have eight Canadian subsidiaries
exhibiting at CANSEC.
Hope to see you on May 30!
Coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms
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