This is the first of what will be many Peace Congresses in the coming years where we work together to end militarism and violence, create an economy for people and the planet and secure a livable and just future. Don’t miss this historic gathering! Visit bit.ly/EndTheWars2018 for a list of participating organizations.
Saturday, November 10
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
201 4th St, SE in Washington, DC
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
We will begin with a panel discussion on the current environment, challenges to building a peace movement and opportunities for broadening and strengthening that movement. Confirmed speakers are:
Ajamu Baraka of Black Alliance for Peace, 2016 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate.
Angela Bibens of the Standing Rock Legal Collective.
Bernadette Ellorin of BAYAN USA.
Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign, 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate.
Eli Painted Crow of Turtle Women Rising.
Joe Lombardo of the United National Antiwar Coalition, Green Party of New York.
Netfa Freeman of the Institute for Policy Studies.
The remainder of the day will be a General Assembly where ALL participate in developing a strategy, goals and next steps. We will leave the Congress with Principles of Unity and commitments for action that we can bring home to our communities.
Register for the Peace Congress at bit.ly/EndTheWars2018. The assembly is free, but we ask you to donate if you are able. A suggested donation is $10 to cover breakfast and lunch.
After the Congress, there will be live music in McPherson Square, the site of OccupyDC. Veterans will hold that space all weekend as they demonstrate at the nearby Veteran’s Administration for more services.
On Sunday, November 11, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I, veterans and military families will lead a solemn march. They invite everyone to participate. They are calling for a return to recognizing Armistice Day, a time to reflect on the horrors of war and the priceless value of peace.
There will be more events on McPherson Square that day, starting with an interfaith service and ending with a barbecue.
All weekend long, Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing will be going on with live music, speakers and large art installations.
Please register for the weekend and spread the word. Our power is great. The wars won’t end themselves, it is up to us. We can and must end U.S. wars at home and abroad.