‘Not in our name’ nationwide peace vigils tomorrow

4 Mar

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Not in our name: Nationwide peace vigils tomorrow
Military deployment to Iraq? Not in our name
At 5pm on Thursday, 5 March 2015

Peace Movement Aotearoa, 4 March 2015

Peace vigils calling for increased humanitarian assistance and diplomatic support for Middle East peace processes, and opposing the military deployment to Iraq, will be held around the country from Hokianga to Dunedin at 5pm tomorrow, Thursday 5 March, coordinated by Peace Movement Aotearoa. The details of each vigil are included below and available online at https://www.facebook.com/events/757364991025571 and http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iraq2015.htm – please share the links, thank you. The details of vigils in other towns and cities will be added to those pages when confirmed.

If there isn’t a vigil in your area, you are invited to gather friends and family at 5pm on 5 March, light a candle for peace, then make your support visible by taking a photo of yourself or your gathering holding the ‘Military deployment in Iraq? Not in our name’ message and posting it on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa The ‘Not in our name’ poster is available in colour at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nion-col.pdf and in black and white at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nion-b&w.pdf If you are not a Facebook member, please send your photo to Peace Movement Aotearoa email pma@xtra.co.nz with ‘Peace vigil photo’ in the subject line of your message and we will post it for you.

There is also the opportunity to add your name to the Open letter on military deployment to Iraq at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iraq-ol15.htm

* Peace vigils on Thursday, 5 March:

· Hokianga: peace vigil at  5pm at the Opononi boat ramp, please bring a candle and a prayer for peace; organised by Hokianga Catholic Workers.

· Auckland: peace vigil from 5pm to 6pm, Aotea Square near Queen Street; organised by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Tamaki Makaurau.

· Tauranga: silent peace vigil / protest from 5pm to 6pm, between Wharf Street and Hamilton Street on The Strand. Please bring your banners, placards etc and show your opposition to our government’s militarism; organised by Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand.

· Hamilton: peace vigil at 5pm outside the Hamilton City Council Central Library in Garden Place; organised by Hamilton Quakers.

· Raglan: peace vigil at 5pm vigil on Bow Street, between the palm trees opposite Trade Aid; organised by Raglan residents.

· Otaki: peace vigil at 5pm at the Otaki War Memorial, 6 Main Street, next to the Otaki theatre; organised by Kapiti Quakers and Otaki Catholic Workers. Peace vigils will be held here at 5pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month until further notice.

· Wellington: peace vigil from 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street, please gather in the area between the Cenotaph and parliament gate and bring a reflection to share as well as messages or symbols of peace to leave at parliament if you wish. Peace vigils will be held at the Centotaph at 5pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month until further notice, organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa.

· Takaka: peace vigil at 5pm on the Village Green; organised by Golden Bay Quakers.

· Nelson: peace vigil at 5pm on the Cathedral steps; organised by Nelson Quakers.

· Christchurch: silent peace vigil from 5pm to 6pm at the Bridge of Remembrance on Cashel Street (container shop side), if you bring a sign please make it a positive and peaceful one; organised by Christchurch Quakers.

· Dunedin: silent peace vigil at 5pm at the Peace Pole in the Otago museum reserve; organised by Dunedin Quakers.

For further information, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, email pma@xtra.co.nz

No NZ military deployment in Iraq
Open letter on military deployment to Iraq

Please scroll down this page for the text of the Open Letter and the list of signatories. If you would like to add your name to the list of signatories at the end of the letter, please email Peace Movement Aotearoa with the subject heading ‘Sign open letter on Iraq’, and provide your name (title if relevant), occupation or position and organisation, or name (title if relevant) and town or city, thank you.

To all Government Ministers and Members of Parliament,

We strongly oppose the commitment of any military support by the New Zealand government to the war in Iraq and Syria, and are appalled by the Prime Minister’s use of the Gallipoli anniversary as a mantle to cloak a new deployment of combat troops to the Middle East.

The situation in Iraq and Syria is the direct result of the tragic history of western military intervention in the region, in particular the 2003 US-led military invasion of Iraq and subsequent brutal eight-year long occupation. The further involvement of western armed forces in the Middle East, whether in a training or combat capacity, will do nothing but bring more violence, killing and hardship to the peoples there. Military trainers will add nothing of value to peace processes in the region.

We advocate for the self-determination of all people, in this case the people of Iraq and Syria. Any solution to this crisis must come from them, with diplomatic support from the international community. As the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq and others have stated, comprehensive solutions will only come about through an inclusive political process.

The Prime Minister’s assertion that the deployment of combat troops to Iraq is the price of membership in the exclusive Five Eyes “club” implicates New Zealand in atrocities and human rights violations committed by any of the states involved. This diminishes rather than enhances our security, and will make it more difficult to be an independent honest broker on the Security Council. Such a “club” is completely at odds with the government’s stated commitment to an international order based on respect for human rights.

If endless overseas military deployments are the price of membership of the Five Eyes “club”, which in any event is New Zealand’s most significant contribution to US and UK-led military interventions in other countries via the Waihopai Spy Base, then it is clearly not in our best interests and New Zealand must withdraw from it.

We call on the government to make a positive contribution to peace in Iraq and Syria:

by providing non-military humanitarian aid to intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations working in the region, and in particular we call for the resources currently earmarked for military deployment to be transferred instead to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other humanitarian assistance agencies; and
by increasing support for diplomatic processes to bring about comprehensive and long term solutions to the crises in Iraq and Syria.
Signed,

Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa
Professor Kevin Clements, Director, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
Helen Kingston and Virginia Stocker, Golden Bay Peace Group
Mike Treen, Global Peace and Justice Auckland
Murray Horton, Spokesperson, Anti-Bases Campaign
Kevin McBride, National Coordinator, Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand
Elizabeth Duke and Elizabeth Thompson, Yearly Meeting CoClerks, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Haahi Tuuhauwiri
Pauline McKay, National Director, Christian World Service
Celine Kearney, President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Aotearoa section
Chris Barfoot, Chair, Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust
Pania Lawsen, Hokianga Catholic Workers
Caroline Ongleo-Calub, Acting General Manager and Head of Peace Development, The Peace Foundation
Commander Robert Green RN (Ret’d) and Dr Kate Dewes, Co-Directors, Disarmament and Security Centre
Fr Peter Murnane, Waihopai Ploughshares
V. Jonathan Hartfield, Chairman, New Zealand Anglican Pacifist Fellowship
Jess Murray, Otaki Women’s Peace Group
Richard Northey, Chair, International Affairs and Disarmament Committee, The Peace Foundation
Dr. Teresia Teaiwa, Pacific Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Professor Jane Kelsey, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
Professor Dr. Klaus Bosselmann, Director, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
Professor Richard Jackson, Deputy Director, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
Associate Professor Annabel Cooper, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work, University of Otago
Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau, Pacific Islands Studies, Te Tumu (School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies), University of Otago
Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland
Dr Heather Devere, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
Professor Murray Rae, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago
Dr David V Williams, Professor of Law, University of Auckland
Dr Pala Molisa, School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington
Rosemary McBryde, Centre Administrator, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
Additional signatories
Nigel Smith, Head of School – Social Practice, Laidlaw College
Rev. Dr George Armstrong, Auckland
Rev’d Jenny Blood, Auckland
Dr Lynley Hood, writer, Dunedin
Veronica Maxey, Hamilton
Joan Garman, retired midwife, Wellington
Jeanette Fitzsimons, CNZM, Thames
Rev Jean Brookes, Anglican Priest and Community Worker, Auckland
Dr April K. Henderson, Pacific Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Rev. Dr. Janet Crawford, Auckland
Judith Robinson, Whanganui
Marjorie A. Smart, Christchurch
Judith Crimmins, Pax Christi Auckland
Barbara Mountier, retired, Kapiti Coast
Russell and Gillian Feist, Waikanae
Richard Keller, Wellington
Heather Denny, Auckland
Robert Tait, retired teacher, Invercargill
Alistair T J McKee, Otaki
Paul Elwell-Sutton, Haast
Rev. Michael Dymond, Snells Beach
Janice Anderson, Auckland
Professor Chris Marshall, Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
Paul Barber, Wellington
Michael McRee, Auckland
Leona Fay, Christchurch
Professor Margaret Bedggood, Auckland
Sr (Dr) Kathleen Rushton, Sisters of Mercy, Otautahi Christchurch
Professor Barbara Einhorn, Wellington
Canon Dr Paul Oestreicher, Wellington
Rachel Miranda Evans, Wellington
Roger Fowler QSM, Chair, Kia Ora Gaza Trust, Auckland
Maureen Vance, Independent Literacy Tutor/Trainer, Christchurch
Apurva Mahire Bast, Student, University of Auckland
Philippa Colgan, Auckland
Tui Summers, Tai Tapu, Christchurch
Mary Cavanagh, retired teacher, Christchurch
Angharad Summers, Student, Auckland
Mary Hamilton, retired teacher, Christchurch
Mary Leabeater, Career Practitioner, Wellington
Liz McGimpsey, Urban Vision
Bronwen Summers, Christchurch
Suzanne Loughlin, Auckland
Brian Bargh, Publishing Assistant, Wellington
Jan McWhirter, Christchurch
Allan Harvey, Otaki
Rachel McLachlan, Christchurch
Leon Hickey, Christchurch
Alastair Duncan, Trade Unionist, Wellington
Adrienne Lattimore, Christchurch
Yvonne Summers, Lawyer, Levin
Leslie Bravery, Editor, Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa New Zealand
Thelma Bracewell, Christchurch
Zachary Prestidge, Director of Maple Building Solutions Ltd, Wellington
Sadie Prestidge, Wife and Mother, Wellington
Phil McNeale, Auckland
Greg Rzesniowiecki, Public Advocate, Upper Hutt
Gary Russell, Justice of the Peace, Co-Chair UNANZ Northern Branch
Francis Simmonds, Catholic Worker community, Christchurch
Jim Consedine, Catholic Worker community, Christchurch
Catherine Amey, Librarian, Wellington
Karsten Schwardt, Birkdale, Auckland
Lou Murray, Waiotemarama
Catherine Land, Catholic Worker community, Hokianga
Joseph Land, Catholic Worker community, Hokianga
Joan Macdonald, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Tamaki Makaurau
Marissa Dowling, Shannon
Patrick Land, Shannon
Kiera Ellery, Catholic Worker community, Hokianga
Joan Havemann, Raglan
Professor Paul Havemann, Raglan
Barney Richards, Peace Council Aotearoa New Zealand
Rev Chris Sullivan, Catholic Permanent Deacon, Pakuranga, Auckland
Geoffrey Robinson, Port Charles
Jim Gladwin, Auckland
Ange Davidson, Community Development, Cheviot
Sr Mary Hepburn, Sisters of Mercy, Dunedin
Marion Hancock MNZM, Whitianga
Robyn White, Auckland
Elizabeth Joy Buckley Bargh, Wellington
Hugh Lusk, Auckland
Penny Griffith, Writer, Wellington
Dr Paul Sorrell, Trustee, Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust
Martyn Milligan, Jeweller, Golden Bay
Jeannie Murtagh, Media Researcher, Christchurch
Ralph Lawrence, Archibald Baxter Trust supporter, Dunedin
Jane Catherine Severn, Christchurch
Sandra Ware, Retired, Nelson
Janet Salas, Waiheke Island
Anthony Opie, Director, Semper Properties Ltd, Marahau
Reihana Robinson, Writer, Coromandel
Arthur Palmer, Auckland
Jack Woodward, Professor Emeritus, University of Auckland
Bishop Richard Randerson, Wellington
Mrs Jackie Randerson, Wellington
Hanne Sorensen, Mother, Waiheke Island
Raewyn Holloway, Retired, Auckland
Jane Briscoe, Waiheke Island
Sarah Gunn, Wellington
Maurice Vaughan, Counsellor, Matakanui
Jeph Mathias, Development Consultant
Rev Dorothy Brooker, TSSF, Napier
Hugh Steadman, Director, The Prenzel Distilling Company Ltd
Ms Carolyn McKenzie, Chair, Patients’ Rights Advocacy Waikato Inc
Ray Bruning, Retired, Christchurch
Kim Saffron, Self-employed Form Designer, Wellington
Donna Miles, Company Director, Ex Senior Mathematics Lecturer, Merivale, Christchurch
Alastair Miles, Company Director, Christchurch
Michelle Benson Registered Nurse, Auckland
Mr Cameron Sang, Lower Hutt
Jan Carter, Safety Medic, Wellington
Jo Sanderson, Auckland
Jason Tamihana-Bryce, Parent, Relief teacher (secondary), Gardener, Musician, Porirua
Jo Cameron, Tauranga
Elisabeth Nicholls, retired, Christchurch
M Gary Nicholls, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago – Christchurch
Judy Blakey PhD, Auckland
Celeste Donovan, Christchurch
Jack Byrne, Human Rights Consultant, Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland
Wendy Drummond, Teacher, Collingwood, Golden Bay
Rachel Rose, Whanganui
Cat Noakes-Duncan, Mum and member of Urban Vision, Naenae, Lower Hutt
Tom Noakes-Duncan, Father and member of Urban Vision, Research Assistant Chair in Restorative Justice, Victoria University

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