Across Canada, activists have been coming together to organize online, and now protesters are back to hitting the streets to demand an end to war. The connections made in the last two and a half years of antiwar organizing during the pandemic remain, one of which has been to unite over 45 peace and antiwar groups under the Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network (https://peaceandjusticenetwork.ca), which Vancouver-based Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) is a part of.
U.S./Saudi Hands off Yemen
The connections and cooperation between antiwar groups have crossed time zones and borders. One event that brought together international participants was the August 8th online Yemen School Bus Bombing Vigil & Panel, organized in the U.S. by Action Corps. Mobilization Against War & Occupation joined to support and amplify this important event, which marked four years since Saudi Arabia bombed a school bus in Yemen, brutally killing 40 children with a 500 lb, laser-guided, U.S.-made Lockheed Martin bomb. Speakers and participants demanded that the U.S. end its support for the devastating Saudi-led illegal and unjustified war on the people of Yemen, which the U.S. government is backing with weapons, and financial, political and technical support.
Israel, Stop Killing Palestinians
Going from online to on the ground, on August 11, the Palestinian Youth Movement Vancouver held an action in downtown Vancouver’s busy Waterfront Station. The protest was in response to the recent genocidal Israeli bombing attacks across Gaza, which killed over 44 Palestinian people and injured countless more. Activists and supporters of Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) joined protesters to hold protest signs, Palestinian flags and keffiyehs high and to demand an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine now!
MAWO continues to organize online and on the streets, with groups and communities across Vancouver, Canada and internationally! MAWO is an initial endorser for the call to action from U.S.-based United National Antiwar Coalition from October 15-22, demanding NO to U.S. Wars! Stop Washington’s war moves toward Russia and China! Stop endless wars: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Palestine, everywhere! Stay tuned for the Vancouver action for the days of action at www.mawovancouver.org
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