Abolish War !

Vancouver Save Article 9: its fundraising dinner event

Friday, February 29, 2008 No-host bar 6-7 PM Dinner 7 PM

Pink Pearl Restaurant 1132 E. Hastings St. Vancouver

Jonathan ManthorpeThe Vancouver Sun

International Affairs columnist

as the Keynote speaker on:

The Shifting Patterns Of Power & Influence In Asia:

How They May Affect Japan’s “Normal Country” Debate

Other presenters:


Takeo Yamashiro
, Shakuhachi music for peace


Ellen Woodsworth
, “Peace constitution” for the world


Eiichiro Ochiai
, Current debate on “the peace constitution” in Japan

Article 9 of Japanese Constitution:
“Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and
order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of
the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling
international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea
and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be
maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be
recognized.” 

Vancouver Save Article 9 (VSA9):
The VSA9 was established in May, 2005 with the purpose, together with
several thousand such organizations in Japan, of making contributions
to the movement to stop the Japanese government from changing Article
9. The VSA9 attempts to persuade people of many nations to adopt such
an article in their constitutions. Currently having over 160 members
-Canadians, Japanese, and other nationals. VSA9 is carrying out various
campaigns – collecting signatures for a petition to the Japanese
government, and sending peace messages to the world.


Jonathan Manthorpe:

Mr. Manthorpe has been The Vancouver Sun’s International Affairs
columnist since 1998 and a foreign correspondent for 30 years. He was
posted in Africa and Europe. He was a political correspondent for the
Globe and Mail and then a daily columnist for the Toronto Star. He grew
up in Toronto and trained as a journalist in Britain.

He came to Vancouver in 1998 after five years as the Southam News Asia
correspondent based in Hong Kong from where he travelled and wrote on
events throughout East, Southeast and South Asia.
He has won the Mitchener Award for journalism and several international
prizes for his writing. In 2003 Mr. Manthorpe was appointed a member of
the Canada Japan Forum which advised two prime ministers on bilateral
relations. He is an external director of the McRae Institute at
Capilano College. 

Tickets: $55 per ticket; $500 per table of 10; Student ticket @$30 available if reserved before February 15

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For more information, contact: ☎ 778-855-5344 or 604-875-1921

RSVP by Feb. 23, 2008

This
is a fundraiser for Article 9 World Peace Conference to be held in
Japan in May ’08, and for other activities to broaden the movement. 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITHCanadian Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (CWILPF);

Peace Philosophy Centre; Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’

Human Right Committee (GVJCCAHRC); Vancouver International Centre for

Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A); Asian Studies Department, Langara College;

Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, Liu Institute for

Global Issues, University of British Columbia; Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War;
BC ALPHA.

 

Abolish War: COPE Co-Chair Ellen Woodsworth speaks at Save Article 9 fundraising dinner.