GDAMS 2017: Events
Australia: Demonstrations and Activities
25th March 2017: Brisbane March
19th April 2017: GDAMS Canberra
22th April 2017: Sidney Demonstration, Town Hill Sq.
Canada: Voice of Women for Peace asl for a reduction in Canadian Military Spending
3rd March 2017
On 3rd March the members of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) wrote a letter to the minister of the defence department Harjit Sajjan, to protest the dangerous and destabilizing Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) overseas operations and to call for a reduction of military spending and a re-allocation to urgent social and environmental needs.
Germany: Easter Peace March
8th to 15th April 2017
Berlin, Potsdam, München, Stuttgart, Münster, Gronau, Jena, Lübeck, Chemnitzer, Braunschweig, Bielefeld, Bruchkoebel, etc.
India: Rural Development & Youth Training Institute
Four Workshops, Two Village Rallies and Group Meetings
Italy: Presentation of the 1st Italian report on Military Expenditures
15th February 2017
On the 15th of February the Observatory on Italian military expenditures presents to the Parliament its firs report on the Italian military expenditures. In this report there is also a focus by Pere Ortega of the Centre of Peace Studies J. M. Delás on Spanish military expenditure. For the year 2017 Italy has destined around € 23,3 million to the military expenditures, equal to over 64 million € a day. In comparison to 2016 a light increase is recorded. These are some of the data contained in the Report Milex 2017 on the Italian military expenditures. The expenditure grows instead for the weapons justified by struggle to the terrorism, to contrast the immigration and crime.
Kenya: Disarmament Congress 2017
18th to 20th April 2017
18th to 20th April
Nigeria: Three Schools
GCOMS Nigeria, hosted by TREES ON EARTH Development Foundation (member of IPB), will be engaging THREE SCHOOLS in 2017 GDAMS campaigns namely,
1) Magongo Community Secondary School- 18 April, 2017
2) Western Hall College- 24 April, 2017
3) Peculiar Future Academy- 28 April, 2017
1) Inter-House sport competitions.
2) Interviews with students/Public letures on GCOMS/GDAMS activities
3) Advocacy visit to the Mayor/Deputy Mayors of Ogori/Magongo Local Government Council,Kogi State.
4) Interview with the schools Principals.
5) Advocacy visit the Traditional Rulers in Ogori/Magongo Local Government Council.
UK: Taxes for Peace
24th of March 2017
GDAMS Supporter Conscience have a new date for their Taxes for Peace Bill, it is rescheduled for the 24th of March 2017! In preparation, they have a public meeting at Friends House, Euston Road on 27 February 7 – 9 pm.
UK: GCOMS event at Menwith Hill with CAAB
18th April 2017
Demonstration at Menwith Hill Main Gates on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 6pm.
Focus on the true costs of military spending.
UK: Hereford GDAMS event
22th of April 2017
Hereford Peace Council are organising an event in High Town, in the centre of Hereford. Contact person is Jenny Maxwell on 01547 540 748 or 07711 788 506
U.S.: Cleveland: Tax March
15th April 2017
Cleveland Tax March for People Peace and Planet
U.S.: Seattle: Tax Day Action
18th April 2017
Federal Building-915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington
Sponsor: Veterans For Peace
U.S.: New York City: Tax Day Protest
18th April 2017
290 Broadway at Duane Street, NYC
Organized by Grannies for Peace and the War Resisters League
Contact Nydia Leaf email@example.com or Ruth Benn firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S.: Cambridge: Friends Meeting
22th of April, 2017
Prospects for Democracy and Survival
Cambridge, Ma. Friends Meeting
For more information contact JGerson@afsc.org or 617-661-6130
GDAMS 2017, April 18th – 28th
Times change, and with them, our reactions to events. Here is the latest news about the Global Campaign on Military Spending:
1. The dates: This year’s Global Day/GDAMS will not in fact be a day but a fortnight! It will be held from April 18th – 28th. On the 24th, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) will publish the global military expenditure figures for 2016, together with its analysis of the trends. The 18th is Tax Day in the USA, a traditional moment in the calendar for civil society to challenge the uses put to public money. Those ‘Global Days’ offer our participants more scope to choose a suitable moment to organize events that fit local or national contexts. As usual, IPB will publish all events that are notified to us as being within the GDAMS framework.
2. The context: There are plenty new reasons to renovate our call for a cut on military spending. We are increasingly immersed in a world that is based on divisive rhetoric, hate speeches and xenophobic thinking that lead the world in a separation between good and evil and support the on-going military campaigns – and the increased budgets to support them. We are also facing a situation where the newly elected US president is signing amendments that increase the military budget and deny human rights; Europe is planning to fund research for military goods which the current proposal for a fully-fledged European Defence Research Programme (EDRP) amount to 3,5 billion EURO. Moreover the deterioration in China-US ties, with a particular emphasis on maritime security, makes the world even more dangerous. Nevertheless there are large sections of the population who have serious doubts about the wisdom of the policies of this time.
For all those reasons we urge our partners to reach out as widely as possible to other sectors of civil society, to draw in support for our message, and to help organise really effective GDAMS events.
3. The committee: We have re-convened the International Steering Committee that has worked successfully over the past few years in helping the IPB Secretariat with the coordination. The international campaign coordinator for this year will be the Centre Delas for Peace Studies in Barcelona.