Afghanistan's only non-violent peace centre reaches one year / Campaign Non-Violence / #Let it Shine!
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Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

Newsletter August 2015

Greetings from New Mexico where we have just participated in the 'Campaign Nonviolence' conference in Santa Fe, as well as attending peace vigils for the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We were lucky enough to join a 250 strong march along Trinity Avenue in Los Alamos, the site of the 'Manhatten Project'- where the atomic was researched and developed during the second world war.

We are also happy to share the latest video from our friends in Kabul who are celebrating the one year anniversary of the
Borderfree Peace Centre- the only centre for non-violence in Afghanistan. Despite the recent spate of attacks in Kabul our young friends continue to celebrate the culture of peace they have created and maintained within their centre. Many of the street kids who are currently on their project attended the event.

Let it Shine! Voices peace walk will be setting off on the 17th August from Madison, Wisconsin, focusing on the execution of black and brown people without trial, whether this be domestically with police brutality, or abroad with the use of armed drones, assassinating anyone deemed a 'threat'. #LetItShine! #BlackLivesMatter

Kabul Borderfree Peace Centre Reaches One Year
A short heart warming video celebrating the one year anniversary of the Borderfree Peace Centre in Kabul- so proud of our young friends in the Afghan Peace Volunteers.
The 'Campaign Nonviolence' conference was a getting together of activists and peace groups from across the US to energise and encourage solidarity activism, especially around the 21st September- world peace day. Speeches were delivered by legendary activists including Rev James Lawson, Medea Benjamin and our very own Kathy Kelly- watch all the livestream talks. 
Moving speeches were also given by local Native American activists, who explained how land taken from their tribe is now contaminated with radioactive waste. And how Los Alamos, the town where the atomic bomb was made, is considered sacred land where the spirits of their ancestors originated. Rev James Lawson pledge solidarity with Native American tribes and stated that the civil rights movement must include and start with recognising the injustices inflicted on the original inhabitants of the land.
Erica Chenoweth delivered a keynote speech on why civil resistance works, and how, in cited case studies, non-violent movements tend to trump armed resistance. 
Watch Erica Chenoweth explain why non-violent campaigns are more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
A weekend in New Mexico: from Los Alamos - remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki, to Espanola- remembering Victor Villalpando
On Hiroshima day over 250 activists sat in silence for 30 minutes opposite the laboratories in Los Alamos, remembering the 70,000 people who were killed instantly. #RememberHiroshima
On the anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, we attended a vigil for Victor Villalpando, an unarmed 16 year of Hispanic shot and killed by police last year in Espanola. #BlackLivesMatter
The weekend ended with a remembrance ceremony for Nagasaki day, 39,000 people were killed instantly. Approximately 139,000 people where killed in the 2 attacks. #RememberNagasaki
VCNV Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans will be speaking at the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Centre on the 13th August, and you can also catch Maya at the Greenbelt Festival on the 28th-30th August.
VCNV continues to be part of the campaign to #StopElbit by challenging a draconian injunction taken out by the factory to stop protest within 250m of their building.
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