World March for Peace and Nonviolence

World March for Peace and Nonviolence

May 27, 2009 11:44 ET

Give Peace Another Chance : World March for Peace and Nonviolence Takes Yoko's Bed-In Around the World

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 27, 2009) - In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed-In, the organizing committee of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence is organizing the launching of Bed-In activities throughout the world. The announcement will take place on Thursday May 28 at 1:30 at the Musuem of Fine Arts in Montreal.

Anne Farrell, coordinator committee organizer, will also be presenting the World March for peace and non-violence at the Canadian Peace Research and Education 2009 Conference and Annual meeting at the Carleton University in Ottawa on May 28.

At the Musuem of Fine Arts in Montreal event, the organizing committee, will reveal the World March activities that will take place in Canada and Quebec this fall. On this special occasion, important people from the cultural, social and political fields will be on hand talk about their involment with Peace and Nonviolence:

Mary Deros - Montreal city councillor and member of the executive committee for social and community development,

Manon Barbeau - director and producer of WapiKoni, also at the NFB (National Film Board),

Richard Vachon, director of "Jeunesse Uni" youth centre and promoter of the Violence-Free Zone,

Martin Neufeld, "Monsieur Calin" - the Canadian candidate to join the travelling team of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence,

Michel Benoit - member of In Pax, organizers of of the 2009 Montreal Bed-In.

Several prominent Canadians such as: David Suzuki, "The Nature of Things", Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, Bryan Adams, Patrick Watson, former CBC chair, have also endorsed the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, but cannot attend.

The World March will start in Wellington, New Zeland, on October 2, 2009, the birthday of Gandhi and the UN-declared "International Day of Nonviolence". The March will end in the Andes, in Punta de Vacas, Argentina, on January 2, 2010. During these 90 days, the March will travell through more than 90 countries and 100 cities, over six continents.

The objectives of the World March are to help create a new social consciousness which rejects all forms of violence, and to denounce the dangerous dead-end world situation we are living in, in the midst of a renewed nuclear arms race.

This is the first World March to travel the globe asking for the end of wars, nuclear disarmament, and the elimination of all forms of violence. Already hundreds of thousands of endorsers - including numerous internationally renowned personalities and hundreds of NGOs throughout the world - are backing these proposals.

The Proposals of World March for Peace and Nonviolence are:

- nuclear disarmament at a global level,

- the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from all occupied territories,

- the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons,

- the signing of non-aggression treaties between countries,

- the rejection by governments of the use of war as a means of solving conflicts.

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