Download the GDAMS 2017 final report here.
List of actions per countries:
Argentina (1)Argentina: Rosario: Selfie by Mujeres de Negro
Women in Black ask to move military budget to ensure public education, ensure complete health care for women who are victims of violence, and public works to ensure the access to basic services.
Australia (5)Australia: Brisbane March
25th March 2017: Brisbane March
Almost 200 people marched through Brisbane on March 25 as part of the March in March mobilisation.Australia: Demonstration at Sidney
22th April 2017: Sidney Demonstration, Town Hill Sq.: Move the money to social welfare.Australia: Move the money in Melbourne
The congregation of the Melbourne Unitarian Church and guests came together on April 23rd at the invitation of the Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament (CICD) to hold aloft signs saying ‘Move the Money project –If I had $67 billion I would spend it on HOUSING, REFUGEES,EDUCATION and HEALTH.Australia: Speakers, music and more in Camberra
Garema Place, Camberra: Speakers, music and more
Working for an independent Australian foreign policy, a cessation of our current disastrous wars, and diverting greater resources from war and its preparation, to much needed social services like health, housing, climate change, education, NDIS, domestic violence mitigation, childcare, indigenous wellbeing and other urgent social needs.
Have a look at the flyer!Australia: Street Presence in Perth
Wesley Uniting Church corner, Perth, Western Australia
Global Day of Action Against Military Spending
Street presence during the busy lunch hour, with all those banners on display. The street presence was preceded by a coffee house briefing on foreign affairs issues from the Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam.
As well as handing out a flyer, we were also asking people how they would prefer to spend the $67billion which is currently in our defence budget for F35 jet fighter and submarines. We got some interesting answers, which we will forward to our foreign Minister. A few people said they totally approved of that spending, but most realised that such huge expenditures on items which suit the U.S. military agenda, and which do not even contribute to the defence of Australia, could be much more usefully spent on things like health, education sheltering homeless people, being kinder to refugees, ensuring that we have a good public transport system and so on.
Link to Photos (Photography: Desire Mallet): look at them here!
Organised by People for Nuclear Disarmament – part of the Independent Peaceful Australia Network
Bangladesh (1)Bangladesh: Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament
On April 7th, Parlamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) spoke about this to 350 university students and representatives of youth organisations at a forum on nuclear disarmament and sustainable development at Dhaka University.
Cameroon (1)Cameroon, Yaoundé: A Statement on military spending in Cameroon
18th April 2017
A Statement on military spending in Cameroon will be produced and shared.
Photo of the selfie campaign:
Contact: Cyrille Rolande, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme Cameroun
Canada (4)Canada: Hallifax: Arts & Culture, Environment, Health and Education, Military, Peace, and Women & Children
April 28th, 2017 Halifax
At Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road
Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW)
At the Halifax event, the public was given the opportunity to identify their priorities for taxpayer spending, by placing 25 cent quarters (supplied by NSVOW) in jars labeled: Arts & Culture, Environment, Health and Education, Military, Peace, and Women & Children.
Read more…Canada: Toronto: Women, children and war
April 28th, 2017
Organized by Science for Peace and Voice of Women, Gretchen Roedde was a guest speaker at this event for the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending.
More info here.Canada: Victoria: GDAMS vigil action
April 26th, 2017.Canada: Voice of Women for Peace asl for a reduction in Canadian Military Spending at Victoria
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.
Chile (1)Chile: Actions from Serpaj
April 24th to 28th, 2017
Serpaj Chile will do actions and pression on the gevernament to reduce the military spending.
Denmark (1)Denmark: Public Arrangement on Esbjerg
April 21st, 2017
Esbjerg Peace Movement will have a public arrangement on Friday, April 21st at the central square in Esbjerg.
We will hand out flyers and ask people to choose between using taxpayers money to
1)upgrading of the danish military defence or
2)upgrading of danish welfare,
by placing a vote into to different measure containers representing the two different options.
There will be peace flags with peace written in different launguages
You can get chitchat and a cup of coffee/tea and a small bisquit in the cold weather with the never stopping west wind!!
Finland (2)Finland, Helsinki: Press Seminar on Military Expenditure
Peace Union of Finland and Committee of 100 organize a Press Seminar on Military Expenditure. Speakers: Tarja Cronberg and Timo Mielonen. Cronberg is a chairperson of Peace Union of Finland and a Distinguished Associate Fellow with SIPRI. Mielonen is a chairperson of Committee of 100.
More information: www.rauhanliitto.fi or email@example.comFinland: Helsinki: Bikes Not Bombs Fest
Helsinki: 29 April at 14:00–23:00 Rauhanasema Veturitori 3, 00520 Helsinki Bikes Not Bombs Fest!
Organized by war resisters finland. Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto AKL
Germany (1)Germany: Press Conference in Berlin
24th April 2017
Berlin: Press conference held on 24 April, as a contribution to GDAMS
Greece (3)Greece, Athens: Social versus Military Costs
‘Social vs. Military Costs’
In the context of the international campaign ‘Poetry Against Arms’ http://www.poetry-against-arms.world/ and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (http://archive.demilitarize.org/), we conducted the action ‘Social vs. Military Costs’, in front of the Greek Parliament, organized by:
-World without Wars and Violence (http://www.kosmosxorispolemous.gr/)
-Association of Conscientious Objectives (http: //www.antirrisies.gr/),
-Voluntary Civil Service Hellas (http://sci.gr/)
-feminist collective The Purple (http://tomov.gr/).
With a central demand to reduce military spending and increase social spending, we wore white masks emphasizing that we are not invisible, we opened up gigantic ‘There are no money’, we planted flowers in military helmets with the painted sign of peace and play poems.Greece, Meeting at Ancient Olympia
Meeting in the municipality of Ancient Olympia on April 29, with the presence of vice minister of Education and local authorities.Greece: PADOP Declaration on the occasion of GDAMS 2017
23th April 2017
Greece Day of Action 2017
Athens, 8pm GMT+03
Press conference on the occasion of GDAMS 2017.
India (4)India: Four Village Rallies at Kota
April 18 to 20th, 2017
Four Village Rallies
Village Women Rally at Kota – India
Women rally on Global Military Expenditure 2017 and our drinking water and health problems. The goal is to pressure to our MP, MLA and elected Leaders to attention our government in this regard.
Yes, we need drinking water, schools for children and not Military Expenditure
We need seeds for agriculture and irrigation facilities for agriculture and not Weapons.
We have to mobilize and put the pressure to our elected leaders to reduce our Military Expanses and to use this money for our development activities .
Rural women participated in GDAMS 2017 Rallies
Jambu Kumar Jain – Convener
Organized by RDYTI, the Rural Development and Youth Training InstituteIndia: Rural Development & Youth Training Institute: Village Meetings
April 18 to 20th, 2017
Village Meetings at Kota – India
Discussion in a village meeting about future plans on the Global days of action on Military Spending. Discussion with village Leaders on global military expenditure and our drinking water and health problems issue. The objective is to pressure our MP, MLA and elected Leaders to focus their attention to these problems.
Jambu Kumar Jain – Convener
Organized by RDYTI, the Rural Development and Youth Training InstituteIndia: Two Rural Youth Rallies at Kota
The rallies took place in the Mandar-Gar and Jaspura villages in the Kota District, Rajastha. About 175 rural youths, farmers, women, and girls and boys actively participated in the campaign. All the participants made a vow that they will not tolerate armed violence or the misuse of guns in their communities.India: Two Workshops at Kota
April 18 to 20th, 2017
On 18th , 19th and 20th April 2017, Two workshops have been organized in connection on the Global Days of action on Military Spending (GDAMS)-2017. Three Budget experts, had also actively participated in our workshop and village rallies.We had discussed in detail about our Military Spending expenses on – Huge Forces, Missiles, Aircraft, Guns etc, Whereas, our Poverty alleviation activities expenses ( Millennium Development Goals etc.) are very low . And therefore, there is no need to heavy expenditure on Military Spending expenses in our country, India.
Our all taxes are going on Military expenses, Weapons, Warfare preparation, instead of to solve the drinking water, Health and food problems, Literacy etc., So we are living in very bad condition and we should put the pressure to our Government through Members of Parliament – MP, MLA and elected leaders, that they must deduct (reduce) the Budget of Military Spending and this money should be used in Community Development activities – MDG activities. Energy Crises, Creating of new jobs for youths or tackling poverty and climate change problems and other social issues. Priorities must be fixing in connection of our National Agenda or Development agenda.
Our GDAMS –Campaign and workshop news have also published in News papers as well as broadcast in local TV and Radio and due to this efforts, a very good environment have become formed in our region and discussion is continue in educated people , Youths and activist. On Military Spending –GDAMS-2017.
Our all activities will be continuing in whole week from 18th April to 27th April 2017.
We have also action plan for whole one year 2017-activities on this issue through our Social activist and well wishers and local NGOs in Rural areas.
Contact: Jambu Kumar Jain, Convener, Rural Development & Youth Training Institute, 1 K 22 Dadabari , Kota 324009 , Rajasthan – India
Iraq (1)Iraq: Baghdad
On May 1st Iraqi Social Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative-ICSSI asked to move the military spending to employment policies based on rights and not on profits.
And the Iraqi Social Forum activists from Baghdad have many more proposals.
Israel (1)Israel, Tel Aviv, Technion campus: Letters to the Technion
Letters to the Technion: Stop Teaching Arms Trading
Organized by Hamushim, Coalition of Women for Peace
Hamushim activists delivered to the Technion hundreds of letters petitioning against their arms trading course “Defense Strategy for International Markets”.
The letters read:
“Israeli military industries fuel conflicts around the world, and their products are key to almost all mass killers, dictators and those involved in genocides today. The industry’s success is in fact based on a marketing system marketing its success in asymmetrical warfare against the Palestinian civilian population, at the expense of the Israeli taxes, the environment, and civil society. Do not cave in to militarism in the academy, do not reopen the arms export course!” (The Technion, Israel’s leading academic institution, now offers this course for arms exporters and defense industry executives, designed to teach them how to form a strategy for defense exports for international markets, to upgrade their knowledge and expertise specifically regarding the international arms trade. After demonstrating at the Tel Aviv campus where the course takes place, today the activists delivered to the Technion this creative act of resistance against the course, on behalf of the hundreds who signed the letter.)
Italy (4)Italy: Pisa: Italian activists ask for more and better jobs and for civil peace corps.
The NGO Un Ponte Per asks to move the money to more and better jobs and to fund the civil peace corps.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.Italy: Rete Italiana per il disarmo
The Rete Italiana per il Disarmo is promoting the Selfiecampaign and it is sharing the Infographs with all its partners.Italy: Verona
The Italian Nonviolent Movement participates at the Selficampaign2017 during the GDAMS2017
Japan (1)Japan: Peace Boat
April 12th to July 25th, 2017
Peace Boat’s 94th Global Voyage for Peace will depart from Yokohama, Japan on April 12 and will return on July 25, 2017, taking a northern route around the globe. Participants will learn about the history of modern Europe and the diverse cultures that constitute it. The voyage will also visit the ports of Porto, Rouen and St. Georges for the first time and return to favourite destinations in the Americas, such as Corinto, Nicaragua and Acajutla, El Salvador.
Event onboard Peace Boat at Sea:
On April 26, a session was held with participants of Peace Boat’s 94th Global Voyage as the ship was at sea, during which SIPRI’s newly released 2016 data on global military spending where presented and discussed, in the context of the level of spending for education and social welfare, as well as current needs for responses to famine, conflict resolution, environment preservation and other global concerns.
To express their surprise and outrage at the current level of global military expenditures, participants held creative activities, including turning paper bombs into what they believed money should be allocated to. They also took selfies expressing their own ideas on “If I had $1.67 trillion, I would move the money to …” A group photo with the GDAMS banner was taken, in solidarity with the events taking place around the world. Find out more…
Kazakhstan (1)Kazakhstan: Statement on global military spending
Kazakhstan renewed its call for a cut in global military spending on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) in an April 24 statement published by the country’s Foreign Ministry.
Kenya (2)Kenya: Disarmament Congress 2017
19th April 2017 from 08h00 to 16h00
Ufungamano House, Nairobi, Kenya
The Congress shall be graced by Prof Manas Chatterji from School of Management, Bingamton University, USA. Prof Manas will make presentations on Conflict Management, Peace Economics an Peace Science and Military Expenditure, Development and Concomitant Issues. There will be also presentations of the discussions from previous GDAMS, and further Discussions on the same. Expected participation of Delegates from Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi and remote participation from Netherlands and East Africa. Representatives of Refugees from Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan will also attend. The final conclusions of GDAMS 2017 and the disarmament Congress will published into a bulletin that will be Circulated. – Contact: David Calleb Otieno: firstname.lastname@example.orgKenya: Meeting on Spending – (Download the Poster of the meeting)
11 April 2017 from 08h00 to 13h00
Ufungamano House, Nairobi
As usual since 2011, the Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya (CCI Kenya) a member of this International Peace Bureau and host of the Global Campaign on Military Spending Africa (GCOMS Africa), in conjunction Bunge la Mwananchi, the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya and the Kenyan Peasants League shall be making the Global Day of Action on Military Spending 2017 (GDAMS 2017) on 11 April 2017 at Ufungamano House in Nairobi. From 08h00 to 13h00 there shall be a meeting where Military Spending for select African countries shall be released. There shall also be discussions on the Security Interactions and Power Relations in the East and Horn of Africa, the Human Cost of uncontrolled proliferation of Small Arms in the Horn of Africa, the African Regional Security Complex, Economics of Security Regimens in Africa and the Impact of Regional Conflicts on Women, Children, Disabled and the aged. The event will be attended by representatives of Refugees from Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan. A statement will be developed based on the discussions presented during the Disarmament Congress. Remote Skype participation is expected from Netherlands, Kampala Uganda and Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania. Contact: David Calleb Otieno: email@example.com
Korea (1)Korea: GDAMS 2017
April 18th, 2017
The GDAMS preparatory committee of Korea (PSPD & World Without War) will issue a Joint Statement and will also translate IPB’s material into Korean. Contact: Sooyoung Hwang: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand (4)New Zealand: A second Forum in Wellington
April 28th: A second Forum was held on April 28th, the last day of GDAMS this year.
Room 3, St Andrew’s Conference Centre, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
A lunchtime forum on government spending priorities – join us for a discussion on social spending, with Paul Barber, Policy Advisor, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, vs military spending, with Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa. ~ BYO lunch, tea / coffee available.
Organized by Peace Movement AotearoaNew Zealand: Declaration of Aotearoa on the occasion of GDAMS 2017
April 5th to 18th, 2017
New Zealand Global Days of Action on Military Spending. Find out more…
April 24: Declaration on the occasion of the new SIPRI’s data release by Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign on Military Spending.
Read more hereNew Zealand: Forum in Wellington
On April 17th: The Forum was well attended
See more on: https://www.facebook.com/events/431770400501676New Zealand: Lower Hutt: Waiwhetu Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting
On April 18th, the first Waiwhetu Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting this year was helded on the first day of the 2017 Global Day of Action on Military Spending fortnight of activities, with a presentation by Edwina Hughes, Coordinator of Peace Movement Aotearoa (which coordinates the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign on Military Spending).
The pervasive costs and consequences of militarisation in times of peace are often overlooked when compared with the attention given to the tragedy of armed conflict and war. Edwina ‘s presentation provided an overview of those costs and consequences – globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand – in relation to social justice, the environment, climate change, attitudes towards violence as a means of resolving conflict, and the increasing level of militarisation of children and their education here. The presentation concluded with a brief outline of the outcomes of the nationwide consultation with peace and faith groups to develop responses to the World War One centenary which led to the World War One Centenary Peace Project, and some of the peace events that will be held in the Hutt / Wellington region during April.
Find out more here.
Nigeria (2)Nigeria: Selfie Campaign
Selfies from Nigeria Trees on Earth GDAMS activities:Nigeria: Three Schools
GCOMS Nigeria, hosted by TREES ON EARTH Development Foundation (member of IPB), has engaged 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.
Norway (3)Norway, Tromsø: GDAMS lecture at Tromsø University
GDAMS lecture at Tromsø University by Fredrik Heldal, Director of the Norwegian Peace Association. In cooperation with Center for Peace Studies at Tromsø University.Norway: GDAMS Meeting at Kongsberg Town Hall
18:00pm: GDAMS Meeting at Kongsberg Town Hall. Fresh data on world military expenditures will be presented by Alexander Harang, President of the Norwegian Peace Association. The Art Project Annex will also present its work. We will have an open debate on Norway´s military expenditure, and the current political climate for further armaments.Norway: Grandmothers for Peace Action in Oslo
Grandmothers for Peace Action, disseminating GDAMS flyers in front of the Parliament. Click on this image to get a high-res version of the flyers:
Paraguay (1)Paraguay: Video with the Serpaj GDAMS declaration
Philippines (1)Philippines: GDAMS Events 2017
18th of April 2017
– April 18 – Street play production in an urban community setting with youth and students culminating the event with jamming with alternative artists. A VTR will be produced. It will be used by other groups during focus group discussions in other communities and schools during the GDAMS days.
– Two public actions in the Mindanao area: in a farming community of women and with urban youth and students group.
– Photo streaming and selfies by young people with their own version of messages on military spending
– Media blast during the GDAMS days.
Contact: Corazon Valdes: email@example.com
Singapore (1)Singapore: Collect selfies on the Japan Peace Boat
We will collect selfies on the Japan Peace Boat in Singapore in April 21-22
Spain (8)Spain, Barcelona: Colin Archer conference on Military Spending
25th April, 2017
7 pm, La Fede, Tapies 1-3, 08001 Barcelona
Conference with Colin Archer: Militarized States. What can we do from a Global Justice perspective?
Organized by LaFede.cat (Catalan Federation of Organizations for Global Justice). With the cooperation of Delàs Center for Peace Studies, Novact, Fundipau, Unipau, Justícia & Pau and Escola Cultura de Pau.Spain, Barcelona: selfie campaign
April 18 to April 25thSpain, Bilbao, Barakaldo, Getxo: Bike March
Spain, Bilbao, Barakaldo, Getxo: Bizi Marxta against military industry
Bike March, starting at 11am from the Palacio Foral Bizkaia “Diputacion” to go to the Arms Factory Precicast PCB in Barakaldo. Ending at Getxo, at the entrance of Sener, a company involved in arms production.
This is the 10th Bike March against Military Spending and Military Industry.
The initiative is promoted and organized by several anti-militarist organizations together with ecologists and internationalist solidarity groups in Bizkaia.Spain, Donosti: Conference on Military Spending
Conference of Pere Ortega on Military Spending and the Business of War
Organized by SETEMSpain, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Peace News on the radio
9pm, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Peace News on the radio
Listen the podcast at this link!
Discussion on Military Spending during a “slow coffee”, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.Spain, Madrid: Statement on Military Spending
The statement claims for the right of World’s people to live in peace and for the necessary and immediate changes in immigration policies that now sentence to death millions of people who simply try to scape from war, persecution and hunger.Spain, Navarra: The Navarra Parliament against Military Spending and Weapon Investments
4th April, 2017
The Parliament of Navarra approved a Statement against Military Spending and Weapon Investements.Spain, Vitoria: Conference on Military Spending
Conference of Pere Ortega on Military Spending and the Business of War
Organized by SETEM
Sri Lanka (1)Sri Lanka, Colombo
Fund peace and reconciliation, not the military!
On April 27, as Peace Boat called to Sri Lanka, a delegation of A-bomb survivors travelling as part of the “Peace Boat Hibakusha Project – Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World” visited the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation and held an exchange with youth from the organisation Sri Lanka Unites on the themes of reconciliation, justice, forgiveness, and inter-ethnic/inter-faith understanding at various levels of society. As part of a joint exercise on the kind of future they want and the transformative role they can plan, the group made clear that the level of global military spending does not reflect their priority of achieving peace and reconciliation.
Switzerland (1)Switzerland, Bern: Letter to the UN representatives
On the occasion of the first day of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending 2017 (GDAMS), three organisations (Basel Peace Office, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and UNFOLD ZERO) sent a letter to the UN representatives of governments participating in the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (ban treaty), calling on them to support the proposal that the ban treaty include a prohibition on financing nuclear weapons. This would include a ban on investing in corporations that manufacture nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. The letter notes that ‘Most of the global nuclear weapons budget of $100 billion goes to about a dozen powerful corporations, all of which spend lavish amounts of money lobbying to keep the nuclear arms race going. If the nuclear prohibition treaty includes a ban on investing in these corporations, it could put a big dent in their lobbying power, and give support to legislators and civil society in nuclear-armed States who are trying to cut nuclear weapons budgets.’
USA (21)U.S., Walnut Creek, San Francisco Bay area: distribution of flyers
17th April, 2017
6:30 am – 8:00 am PDT
Members and friends of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center distributed flyers at all of the Contra Costa County BART stations.
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, StateU.S.: Bangor: Earth Day Celebration
22th of April, 2017
11am to 2pm, Earth Day CelebrationU.S.: Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY : Tax Day Rally
18th April 2017
Tax Day Rally on Tuesday, April 18 from 8:30 AM till 12 noon at the Fort Hamilton Post Office, 88th St. & 5th Ave., Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY
Organized by Peace Action Bay Ridge
Find out more…U.S.: Beach at Santa Monica pier: A cemetery on the sand
Sunday, April 16, 2017
At 2:30 PM
Beach north of the Santa Monica Pier, Site of the Veterans for Peace Project called “Arlington West” – a cemetery on the sand.
You will see a sea of white crosses just to the right (north) of the pier, in the sand, with several tables and exhibits set up by Veterans for Peace detailing the costs of war. Our group, the Southern California War Tax Resistance, will have our own table there, with full support of VFP.
We will gather at 2:30 PM and at 3 PM will host a public event of war tax redistribution to give out checks of resisted war taxes to local groups supporting peace and justice. We’ll have lots of information on where your taxes are going now, and ideas on where you might rather spend them.U.S.: Bellingham, Washington : Day of Action on Military Spending
18th April 2017 from 5 to 6pm.
Where is Your Money Going? Day of Action on Military Spending
Lottie and Grand Avenue in Bellingham, WA.
Event hosted by the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 111.U.S.: Buffalo, NY: Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center – Special Rev Dr King edition (Read more)
April 4th, 2017U.S.: Cambridge, Ma. : Tax Day 2017 Mobilization
Saturday, April 15th at 1pm
Cambridge Common, Ma.
About 3,000 people attended the demo and Tax Rally in Cambridge Common, emceed by State Representative Mike Connollly.
Link to the pictures flickr stream. Look at them!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 617-661-6130U.S.: Cleveland: Tax March
15th April 2017
Cleveland Tax March for People Peace and Planet
Soaked marchers deal with rain and wind as the walk south on East 9th Street during the tax-day protest in downtown Cleveland on April 15th, 2017U.S.: Duluth, Minnesota: Rally and March
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Noon at the Federal Building in Duluth. MN, USA
Theme: Local Needs Matter.
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 80, and Grandmothers for Peace Twin PortsU.S.: Maine: Multiple Actions on Military Spending (Read more)
4 to 11th April, 2017
UMaine, Orono, Hope Fest: April 8, 11am-3pm, Includes workshop on WTR. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
Waterville Castonguay Square: April 8, Noon-5pm. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
UMaine, Machias: April 4 and April 11, 11am-2pm. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource CenterU.S.: Maine: Action on Military Spending (Read more)
March 31st, 2017
Bar Harbor College of the Atlantic Cafeteria
At breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource CenterU.S.: Maine: Multiple Actions on Military Spending (Read more)
15th April, 2017
Bangor: April 15, 2am to 4pm. Resist War Action, Federal Building in Bangor, Me. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
Belfast Food Coop: April 15, 11am to 5pm (may continue longer). Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
Bethel Post Office: April 15, 10am to 12:30pm, Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
Blue Hill Food Coop: April 15, Noon-2pm. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
Rome – Youth Activism Gathering: April 15, Weekend. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource CenterU.S.: Maine: Multiple Actions on Military Spending (Read more)
17th April, 2017
Brunswick Post Office: April 17, organized by PeaceWorks
Damariscotta Post Office: April 17 and 18, 11pm-4pm, sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource CenterU.S.: Maine: Multiple Actions on Military Spending (Read more)
18th April, 2017
Portland – Monument Square: April 18, 8am-5:30pm, Gathering with numerous organizations begins at noon. Organized by Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, PeaceWorks and PeaceAction
Damariscotta Post Office: April 17 and 18, 11pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
UMaine, Machias: April 18, 11am-2pm. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
UMaine, Orono, Memorial Union: April 18, 11am-2pm. Sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
UMaine, Farmington, Student Center: April 18, 10am-2pm, sponsored by the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource CenterU.S.: New York City: Tax Day Protest
U.S.: Northampton, MA: Pat*RIOT’s Day Rally
17th April, 2017
Join our Pat-RIOT’s day march, April 17th at 11am at Bridge St School.
We will Meet-up at 11:00am. Speak Up and Sing Out in front of First Churches (129 Main Street). 12:00 noon is the Anti-war Peace “Riot”.
Organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Western Massachusetts Program.U.S.: Oakland, CA: Public Participatory Readings of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Public participatory readings at 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm
Federal Building, 585 14th Street, Oakland, CA
April 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”. In it, Dr. King confronted the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism in the U.S., describing our government as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Fifty years later his analysis and call to action is as relevant now as it was then.
Sponsored by the National Council of Elders and Western States Legal Foundation, and Co-sponsored by Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Nafsi Ya Jamii, Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF-Bay Area Chapter), Tri-Valley CAREs, Women for Genuine Security, West County Toxics Coalition, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, East Bay Branch and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, San Francisco Branch.U.S.: Seattle: Tax Day Action
18th April 2017
Federal Building-915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington
Sponsor: Veterans For PeaceU.S.: Walpole, MA: Tax Day Rally – Redirect Military Spending to Fund Human Needs
Saturday April 15th, 2017 10:00 am, Walpole Common
Over 30 people gathered on the Walpole Common on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at a peace vigil standing in solidarity with the Global Campaign on Military Spending and the Tax Day 2017 Mobilization, calling for a reduction in military spending and a redirection of those funds to human services. Sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group, a 40 foot banner was held showing where the Federal discretionary budget is spent today based on the 2017 budget. The banner consisted of colored panels, each representing a budget category like military spending and education, with a length proportional to the size of each budget. The U.S. military spending is more than 50% of the Federal discretionary budget. It equals the combined military spending of the next eight countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, and India. The vigil was also calling for President Trump to release his tax returns and was opposing his proposed 2018 budget cuts to human services like housing, senior programs, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the EPA.
The Walpole Peace and Justice Group hold a Rally on April 15, joining with the Global Campaign on Military Spending and the Tax Day 2017 Mobilization in calling for our federal government to redirect military spending to fund human needs and to stop military interventions. We call for:
– President Trump to release his tax returns
– Stopping the new “big, big” tax cuts for corporations and the 1%
– Opposing President Trump’s “Death Budget” released on March 16
– Re-directing money from the Pentagon to families and climate protection
– Supporting the Peoples Budget in Congress
The Pentagon’s budget equals the combined total of the next eight largest military spenders, including China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, and India! We will have a 40 foot budget banner that shows where the Federal discretionary budget is spent today. We will also have a couple of brief speeches and will pass out an informational leaflet urging people to call our U.S. Senators and Representatives. We may also have some drummers!U.S.: Wilmington, Delaware: TaxDay vigil/demonstration
18th April 2017 from 12 noon to 1pm.
Tax Day Vigil and Demonstration
At the Wilmington, Delaware Post Office, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE 19801
Promoted by MoveOn.org
UK (5)UK: Calling for an End to Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Edinburgh
19th April, 2017
8:00am – 1:00pm
Calling for an End to Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Edinburgh
Scottish Parliament Edinburgh, EdinburghUK: 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 506UK: Taxes for Peace at Hendon
20th April 2017
At St Joseph’s School and site of Pax Christi office in Hendon London, staff and pupils of the school came along to cast their vote for a safer world. As well as showing curiosity about what was going on, 94 people took part in the vote and you can see the results in the photograph.
Morevover, GDAMS Supporter Conscience have a new date for their Taxes for Peace Bill: it was rescheduled for the 24th of March 2017! In preparation, they had a public meeting at Friends House, Euston Road on 27 February 7 – 9 pm.UK: Women in Black GDAMs vigil, London
19th of April 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Women in Black GDAMs vigil, London
Edith Cavell Statue, London
And, on 26th April, From 6 to 7 pm next to Edith Cavell statue – Women in Black asked citizens where they would move the military money.
Uruguay (1)Uruguay: Fair with children toy exchange actions
21th April, 2017
On April 21, the Peace Educators Movement will organize, together with the Cultural institution Space Mixtura, a Fair in the framework of the Days of Action Against Military Spending. The Fair will include an exchange of war toys by books, for the children.
Contact: Victor Brindisi, firstname.lastname@example.org