All-day Antiwar, Anti-Occupation Conference
The Century of War, Occupation and Resistance.
Building the Antiwar Movement, Why there is no other option"
It was a wet and dreary day on March 20th, 2005, one day after
hundreds of people had taken to the streets of Vancouver in
protest of the 2nd anniversary of the war on Iraq. Despite
the weather, however, Mobilization Against War and Occupation
(MAWO) was still in action. At a conference entitled: “The 21st
Century: The Century of War, Occupation and Resistance. Building
the Antiwar Movement, Why there is no other option”
over 80 people came to discuss the current state of war and occupation
and our tasks and perspectives for effective resistance.
conference was opened by a slide presentation on war and
destruction in the past 3 years across the globe. Following
that, Vancouver city Councillor, Tim Louis spoke on “Iraq, 2
years After: Where are we?” Tim opened the conference with a
talk that covered the state of war in Iraq and where we are,
as people who oppose war and are fighting for change.
member of Youth 3rd World Alliance and the editorial board of
the Fire This Time Newspaper then spoke on the main theme of the
conference. Ivan outlined the character of the 21st century,
globally, as a century of war, occupation and resistance. He
spoke on the global division between imperialist nations and
oppressed nations, the response of oppressed people and the
development of an antiwar, anti-occupation, anti-imperialist
movement globally. A discussion followed that dug more deeply
into the questions that Ivan opened up.
A new Cuban-made film
“Septiembres y Mas” opened the next section of the program.
The film exposed the US use of terrorism against Cuba and its
long legacy of criminal attacks. The next presentation, on Haiti
by Roger Annis continued on the line of intervention and illegal
assaults on oppressed nations by imperialist powers. Roger is a
founding member of Haiti Solidarity BC and a socialist and union
activist for over 30 years. He explained the coup in Haiti and
the essential demand for sovereignty and a return of the elected
government of Aristide.
Shannon Bundock, co-chair and founding
member of Mobilization Against War and Occupation, gave the
final presentation of the day. Shannon spoke on “Building the
Antiwar Movement: Why there is no other option”. She talked
about the development of the antiwar movement over the past
two years and the lessons that this experience has given us.
Throughout the final discussion, the tasks and perspectives of
the antiwar movement were discussed and debated; many people in
attendance spoke on the issues.
Mike Krebs of Fire This Time and
MAWO concluded the conference with a summary. He wrapped up by
outlining the presentations and discussion that happened
throughout the day and conclusions that were broadly generated.
The conference was day two of a weekend of antiwar activity.
The participation and high level of political discussion was a
good indication of the deepening awareness that exists during
this stage of the antiwar movement.
Through meetings such as
these, we have the invaluable opportunity to discuss our
strategies, our plans, the state of the world and how we can
contribute to a decisive defeat of war, occupation, destruction
and imperialism. STOP THE US WAR MACHINE! US/UK OUT OF IRAQ!
End the Occupations of Afghanistan, Palestine, Haiti and
Indigenous Nations in Canada!