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Dear friends

As 2023 begins, there has been a lot of drum-beating recently about the supposed inevitability of a war with China. But this is not the only perspective on the present situation! Raising Peace members the Marrickville Peace Group and Independent and Peaceful Australia Network are hosting an event at Marrickville Town Hall (and on live stream) this Sunday: 

Can war be avoided or will our peace be shattered?

Hosted by Mary Kostakidis, the forum will feature a diverse and distinguished panel: Prof Bob CarrSenator David ShoebridgeDr Alison Broinowski and from the US, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

Sunday 19 March, 4.30 PM, Marrickville Town Hall

Come in person or watch online at the Marrickville Peace Group’s Facebook page.

Raising Peace will also share a recording of the event on our website

We meet on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. In 2003, before the War in Iraq began, millions of people marched in protest. Despite this, the invasion went ahead, because of lies told by the two chief war protagonists: the USA and the UK. Those lies destroyed trust in political leadership and redefine the meaning of citizen responsibility. 

Lies succeeded in dragging us into the Iraq invasion. Is that pattern being repeated? Are we being led into a new war (against China) by new lies? 

Since 2003, a continual process of military expansion, preparing the nation for war, has taken place. Respected defence strategist, Hugh White, has suggested that Australia is sleepwalking into a war with China. 

As citizens, we, the people, need to wake up and act! Political leadership must be challenged. It is our responsibility is to ensure that war is avoided. 

War creates terrible suffering, the loss of countless lives, the waste of untold resources. International co-operation, so urgently needed in the face of the climate crisis, becomes impossible. The costs of war are far too high, while the benefits of PEACE are immeasurable. 

It is up to us to steer the nation in the direction of peace! 

During March 2023 three reports to parliament, of vital concern, will be released: 

The Defence Strategic Review, 
The Report on War Powers Reform, and 
The Report of the Submarine Task Force and AUKUS agreement (due 18 months after September, 2021). 

We have a collective responsibility, a duty, even, to counter the lies. We must get Australia off the path that leads to war. This is a job for every body!

Join an international team working on SCI’s Strategic Plan

Dear Friends,

This is a reminder that we are looking for people to join the SPDT.  As you know our current Strategic Plan is finishing this year so time to start developing the next one.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be directly involved in the strategic direction of SCI for the next for years.  The IEC is asking for interested people to join the strategic Plan.  We encourage people from all continents to apply.

In short

Description of Tasks:Evaluate the 2020-23 Strategic plan based on the Plan of Action of the past four years. Develop a new Strategic Plan for 2024-27  partly based on the results of the PoA, feedback from the Vision Seminars in 2022 and feedback  from branches.Timeline and commitmentThe SPDT will hold various online meetings to discuss the impact of the current SP and how to develop the next SP over the next months with the aim of having a new SP draft by June/July 2023.  A final meeting will be held in Antwerp at the IS premises to finalise the final draft of the new SP in June 2023We estimate that your time commitment will be attending and participating in the online meetings and some prep time before and after the meetings about 4 to 5 hours per week up to June/July.The IC and IS will take care of the logistics of organising the meetings and collating and disseminating documents.How to Apply: Please send your motivation letter to Inge at coordinator@sci.ngo indicating your experience in strategic planning and anything which may be relevant.Deadline of Applications: Thursday 2nd February

More information can be found here .

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Warm wishes,Inge

Inge Saris (she/her) 

International Coordinator 

SCI International Secretariat 
Antwerp – Belgium 
Office : +32 (0)3 226 57 27 

www.sci.ngo

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