Here you can find a selection of photos from GDAMS 2018 actions and events. Please, send us your photos (email@example.com) and we will include them here!:
Berlin, April 14: selfie of the parlamentarian Kathrin Vogler
Conference on Peace and Security in Asia and Europe: Quang Ninh, April 14-16
Portland, Maine, April 14
Cambridge, MA, April 14: Joseph Gerson speaking
Peace Boat Selfie, April 16
Penny Poll, April 14
People protesting during Cambridge event, April 14
Poem lecture and Street dance in Tondo, Manila, Philippines. Read the whole poem here!
Poem lecture in Tondo, Manila, Philippines
24 April, Madrid: Meetings with Spanish Deputies at the Spanish Parliament
Yaoundé-Montée, Cameroun: Elaboration and dissimination of a national declaration on military spending in Cameroon. Participation on the GDAMS 2018 selfie campaign. Download and read the NDH declaration here!
Mural action in Manila, Philippines: To reclaim people’s wealth
April 19: Santa Lucia, Canary Islands, Spain: Event on “Stop violences from the System”, XXVIII joint event with African and Latin-America peoples. Organized by AAMOC Canarias.
April 17: New York City: Vigil and leafleting outside the IRS office, 290 Broadway. Download the collage in a pdf document!
April 14-17: The Maine War Tax Resistance (WTR) Resource Center has begun its annual war tax day actions around the state. For more information, go to http://mainewtr.nwtrcc.org – Download the collage in a pdf document!
April 25, Brussels, Belgium: Session at the European Parliament: Wednesday April 25 starting at 11am: Jordi from Centro Delas with Escola de Pau presented their 2 reports analysing the 2015 EU arms exports to countries in conflicts and to countries mired in tension. The COARM chair Caroline Cliff and the Belgian research group GRIP also took part in this exchange of views
April 16, Athens, Greece: Panel at the “Union of the Lowers” in Athens with speakers: a lawyer, an economist, and Panos Trigazis from PADOP
April 19, Byron, Greece: Meeting in the City Hall of the Municipality of Byron. Karen Hallows from Peace Boat spoke. More information (in Greek) available here: http://ippnwgr.blogspot.gr/2018/04/blog-post_19.html
April 19, Brisbane, Australia: Now with $140 million being spent raining down missiles onto Syria illegally, we protested this waste at a small rally (30-45 minutes) next to King George Square. Download the media release!
April 14, Leeds, UK: NHS not Trident Block on Leeds March for the NHS. Our mock-Trident trailer pushed through the streets of Leeds again as part of the NHS not Trident block of the regional ‘March for the NHS’. On April 14 at 11:30am in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery.
April 19-22, Arras, France: On the occasion of its 2018 Annual General Meeting, which took place in Arras (France) from 19-22 April, Pax Christi International has contributed to the GDAMS social media campaign.
May 3, Schenectady, New York, US: Women Against War is holding a billboard on GDAMS. Read here for more information!
April 17, Seattle, Washington: Tax Day Action in Seattle, at the Federal Building, from 11am – 1pm – Organized by Veterans For Peace, Chapter 92.
April 15, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, US: Members of Seacoast Peace Response and Occupy New Hampshire Seacoast braved Sunday’s cold to conduct their annual war tax Penny Poll in Market Square
Peace Boat in Vietnam: Cut military spending, fund human needs
April 21, Sydney: Action at Bus Station near Central Railway. We performed the MIMOD awards which stands for Most Improved Merchant of Death. Look at the pdf document with photos, and watch the video: https://youtu.be/jYAju33fiJs
April 24, Women in Black in Medellin, Colombia: Last Tuesday, April 24, 2018 there was a concentration/action of Women in Black in the Parque Berrío de Medellín from 5 to 7 p.m. against war and violence in general.
Concentration/action of Women in Black in the Parque Berrío de Medellín from 5 to 7 p.m. against war and violence. In this sit-in we had a banner against military expenses.
West Yorkshire Campaign Against the Arms Trade presented the prize-winning film Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. The film “reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.” – Read the Report by Colin Archer (WYCAAT) here!
Kota, India: Three workshops, six village Rallies and several village meetings have been organized in connection with GDAMS 2018, “Cut Military Spending – Fund Human Needs”. Organized by: Rural Development & Youth Training Institute, Dadabari, Kota (RAJASTHAN). Look at the pdf document with photos, and download it! – Contact: JAMBU KUMAR JAIN, Convener
May 2, Albany, NY: Two Billboards Outside Albany, New York. 3% of U.S. Military Spending Could End Starvation on Earth is the message on 2 Albany area billboards for the month of May – put up by Women Against War.
May 2nd, Germany: Selfie from activists from the Center of Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP). https://twitter.com/feministfp
Other selfies from activists from the Center of Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP). https://twitter.com/feministfp
April 29, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, England: During the Day of Dance, organised by Yorkshire CND and held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, we held a GDAMS stall. Read the report of this event by Dave Webb and Dr. Chris Butler, here!
April 18, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: A call was issued during the AGM of Conscience Canada to the Canadian government, that recently sold a new consignement of arms to Saudi Arabia, to reallocate military spending to urgent social and environmental needs: http://www.consciencecanada.ca/?p=1180
May 1st, Madrid: Action from Women in Black and Madrid Anti-Militarists Assembly. With a video on Tax Objection (in Spanish) “La tribu de la Objeción Fiscal”: Watch it!
May 2: Alternativa Antimilitarista, MOC Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: Move military funds to health, education and human needs.
April 14, Lleida, Spain: Make Peace, not War: Action by the Lleida coordination group of NGOs and other solidarity movements.
May 2, Philippines: Selfies from Stop the War Coalition.
May 2nd, New Zealand: Action by the World War One Centenary Peace Project – Challenging militarism and building peace, Aotearoa New Zealand. Look at more selfies here!
April 27, Medellín, Colombia: Latin American Youth Congress for Peace. This Congress assumed the rol of pre-conference towards the World Congress “TRANSFORM” of the International Peace Bureau Youth Network, to be held in Berlin, September, 2019. Read the declaration here!
May 1st, Beirut, Lebanon: The UPP Peace Civil Corps in Lebanon would move 10% of global military expenditure to: education and nuclear disarmament, a reduction of social inequality, policies respecting refugees´ dignity, freedom of choices of oppressed people, and freedom for people, the environment and animals.
May 2nd, Halifax, Nova Scotia: Canada: Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace, a chapter of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, produced a video to support GDAMs, claiming to stop the Wars and to stop the Warming. Watch the video!
April 26, Tønsberg, Norway: GDAMS action at a library in Tønsberg. Fresh data on World Military Expenditure, and world arms flow was presented by Odilia Häussler Melbøe in the Norwegian Peace Association. The presentation was followed by an active dialogue with all the attending and a common GDAMS selfie action took place, arriving on the consensus of the importance of youth in peace work.
May 2nd, Oslo, Norway: A Norwegian GDAMS Report on World Military Expenditure and world arms flow: As all previous years since 2011, the Norwegian Peace Association has produced a GDAMS report. Also this year a report based on the SIPRI data and IISS data, on the World Military Expenditure and the world arms flow in 2017 was written and launched – Read it here (in Norwegian) and in this webpage
May 2nd, Kongsberg, Norway: Selfie campaign and preparation of a GDAMS action at a café in Kongsberg (held on May 4th). Fresh data on World Military Expenditure, SIPRI numbers and world arms flow, also seen in relation to the Kongsberg Group in the city that are working with defense and aerospace. The presentation was done by Alexander Harang, peace researcher and former President of the Norwegian Peace Association.
May 3rd, Albany (NY), US: About 20 members of WAW and supporters, gathered to hold signs on both sides of the highway, bringing attention to the billboard that commuters would see for the next month. Read the article by Priscilla Fairbank on the Women Against War website with plenty of photos and selfies!
May 2nd, Yaoundé, Cameroun: Publication of the NDH-Cameroon final Report on GDAMS 2018. Coordinated by Cyrille Rolande Bechon, with the participation of Barbara Defo, Mbakob Murielle and Ruibarros Foadieng. The 2018 selfie campaign was marked by the active participation of Cameroonian citizens, who seized the opportunity to speak about public policies and their situation. These citizens participation made the campaign more attractive and dynamic. Download and read the full report here!
April 14, Monterrey, Mexico: Closing of the Days of Peace Conference – Education for Peace in Times of Catastrophe, Technological Institute of Monterrey. Watch the invited talk of Prof. Irene Comins (in Spanish).
April 22, Brussels: Rally in Brussels Against Fighter Aircraft. Symbolic action “Not to fighter planes!”. Organized by Vrede VZW.
April 17, Asuncion, Paraguay: The Peace and Justice Service Paraguay (Serpaj) adheres to GDAMS. On April 17, Serpaj issued a declaration against military expenditure in Paraguay and in favour of redirecting military funds to the real threats that endanger Paraguay: poverty, poor distribution of wealth and lack of social policies for the most vulnerable sectors. Read the declaration (in Spanish and in English) here. For more information, visit the Serpaj webpage.