It's time to stand up for peace

By Darrell Rankin

A massive campaign is under way to display peace signs across Canada as a symbol of opposition to a new war against Iraq. The campaign, facilitated by the Canadian Peace Alliance, will also inform and mobilize the Canadian public.

Peace groups are calling on all peace-supporting organizations and individuals to act immediately, according to an emergency action plan presented to more than 200 delegates at the Escalating Peace Conference held on Saltspring Island, B.C. Oct. 6.

The emergency resolution notes that public opinion is being misled to support aggression against Iraq, since it is "critically influential in determining government policy and action with regards to war."

Starting immediately, people are asked to display the peace symbol on car windows, posters, pumpkin carvings, fences, flags, faces, clothing, and etc.

Since Oct. 26 has been designated by U.S. orgaqnizations as a day of action against war, special actions will be held across Canada, including on Parliament Hill, where people will form a giant peace symbol.

Rallies and demonstrations will also be held Nov. 16-17 across Canada, the first anniversary of the Day of Action Against War.

The Escalating Peace Conference hosted the conventions of three groups -- the CPA, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Voice of Women for Peace.

The CPA also agreed to engage member groups in a renewal process to strengthen the coalition over the next year. WILPF elected a cross-Canada steering committee, bringing several branches together for the first time. The VOW, Saltspring Island branch, played a major role in hosting the conference.