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Monday, 28 March 2005 03:12
Vancouver Peace Forum at Risk - Contact City Council

PEJ News:
We need your help immediately.  The World Peace Forum 2006 is at risk! Email, fax and/or call Mayor Larry Campbell to tell him you expect that he and the full Vancouver City Council will support the World Peace Forum 2006 at the City Council Meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 9:30 am.  Plan to be there on March 31st to show your support for the World Peace Forum 2006 - Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver.  The entire Vancouver City Council voted in principle to support the World Peace Forum 2006 in 2004, now it at risk of being derailed by the city bureaucracy.  The B.C. Federation of Labour and the Vancouver and District Labour Council both support the Forum.

From: "Elsie Dean" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Van.Peace Forum at risk contact City Council
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 16:55:50 -0800
Dear Friends:

We need your help!  World Peace Forum 2006 At Risk!  Please circulate this
as broadly as possible.

On March 15, 2005 the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the City of
Vancouver Peace and Justice Committee and the World Peace Forum Society
delivered our solid proposal to convene the World Peace Forum 2006 in
Vancouver June 23 - 28, 2005 in conjunction with the City of Vancouver and
the World Urban Forum.  The full proposal, which we have been working on for
over the past year, runs 43 pages with 120 pages of appendices.  Background
documentation can be found on the Vancouver Peace and Justice website -
www.peaceandjustice.ca.  Despite the substantive work done in refining the
proposal in cooperation with the Mayor's office, the City Manager has issued
a report that will effectively kill the World Peace Forum 2006 if it is
adopted by Vancouver City Council.  Should that happen we believe that the
City will then attempt to simply convene a meeting of civic politicians and
bureaucrats from world cities in conjunction with the World Urban Forum,
thereby cutting out the WPF 2006, civil society and social movements
entirely.  We cannot let this happen.

The World Urban Forum, an UN conference, will conclude the day before the
start of the World Peace Forum 2006.  From the outset we have designed the
WPF 2006 to be complementary to the WUF.  The theme for the WPF 2006 "Cities
and Communities:  Working together to End War and Build a Peaceful, Just and
Sustainable World" has caught the imagination of people and organizations
around the world.  Significant global organizations have decided to hold
their meetings in Vancouver in June 2006 in order to dovetail with the work
of the World Peace Forum 2006: International Association of Peace Messenger
Cities,  Mayors For Peace,  the Joint Meeting of IAPMC & MFP, Canadian
Pugwash AGM, UN Association of Canada National Meeting, International
Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War General Meeting and the World
Federalist Movement Annual Conference.  The Dalai Lama has recently
contacted us indicating he wishes to participate in the World Peace Forum 2006.

Bringing civic governments together with civil society and social movements
internationally to strategize on peace and sustainability is an historic
first.  We hope it is not the last. Cities and local authorities, acting
with community support, can effectively contest global militarism and
curtail ballooning military budgets which starve local and regional
governments of the resources necessary to provide quality housing, health,
education and community services. The challenge is to coordinate the
networks of civic and social movements to work towards a peaceful, just and
sustainable world, city by city, expanding to nations and internationally.

We are asking the City to commit $150,000 towards the WPF 2006  $2.18 M
budget as well has host a joint meeting between the WUF, the WPF 2006, the
International Association of Peace Messenger Cities and Mayors for Peace.
The Simons Foundation committed $100,000 towards development of the World
Peace Forum 2006 proposal and is prepared to commit a further $350,000
contingent on Vancouver City support.   The City-contracted consultants,
upon which the City Manager's report is based, which is more balanced,
concluded that "the current Plan put forward by the JSC sets out requests of
the City that are manageable, and consistent with activities endorsed by
past Councils".  The report recommends the City 1) commit to organizing
civic leaders' meetings with final approval subject to further planning; 2)
formally endorse the World Peace Forum 2006; and 3) provide funding for WPF 2006.

We have a solid plan which will produce a successful World Peace Forum 2006.
We anticipate thousands of people from around the world will converge on
Vancouver to participate in the WPF 2006 and the above noted meetings.  The
organizational and legacy benefits to the world peace and sustainability
movements are enormous.  The economic benefits to Vancouver and surrounding
regions are significant.  This is an historic opportunity that simply cannot
be allowed to fail.

Here's how you can help!

Email or fax the Mayor Campbell and the City Councillors to tell them you
support the World Peace Forum 2006 request of the City today.  The email
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This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The Mayor's fax number is 604 873-7685.  The
City Councillor's fax number is 604 873-7750.  The City of Vancouver mailing
address is 453 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Y 1V4.  Please copy the
Joint Steering Committee by cc.ing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Phone and
speak to or leave a message with the Mayor and City Councillors. Their phone
numbers are:  Mayor Larry Campbell - 604 873-7621;  Fred Bass -

604 873-7750;  David Cadman  - 604 873-7244;  Jim Green - 604 873-7246;
Peter Ladner - 604 873-7421;  Raymond Louie - 604 873-7243;  Tim Louie - 604

873-7248;  Anne Roberts - 604 873-7249;  Tim Stevenson - 604 873-7247;  Sam
Sullivan - 604 873-7242;  Ellen Woodsworth - 604 873-7245. Come to the City
Council Meeting on Thursday, March 31st, 2005 at 9:30 am to show your
support for World Peace Forum 2006 and hold the Mayor and Councillors
responsible for their actions.  City Hall is on the 3rd Floor,

453 W. 12th Ave.(at Cambie), Vancouver. With your immediate support we are
hopeful that the World Peace Forum 2006 will be a resounding success and
will mark a milestone toward building a peaceful and sustainable world
within our lifetimes.

Sincerely,

The World Peace Forum Society

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