Winnipeg Lanterns for Peace 2013

September 9, 2013

August 9, 2013: Winnipeggers held their annual commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Lanterns for Peace ceremony is sponsored, each August in Winnipeg, by the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Peace Alliance Winnipeg and Project Peacemakers.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Clint Curle of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Links

Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba
Project Peacemakers
Peace Alliance Winnipeg

Video Production
Paul S. Graham

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Winnipeggers oppose military intervention in Syria

September 9, 2013

Sept. 7, 2013: For the second time in a week, Winnipeggers rallied in solidarity with the people of Syria and in opposition to a US led attack. After a brief gathering on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature, the demonstrators took to the streets to hand out literature and talk with their fellow Winnipeggers.

Aug. 31, 2013: About 50 Winnipeggers rallied at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights Saturday afternoon to express their opposition to foreign military interventions in Syria. The rally, organized by Winnipeg Alternative Media, was one of many held on Saturday across Canada, and was part of an international campaign to prevent the Syrian crisis from escalating into a world war.

More information on this issue:

Peace Alliance Winnipeg


Video Production
Paul S. Graham


Winnipeg Peace Fesitval dedicated to Nick Ternette

July 18, 2013
August 6, 2011: Nick Ternette at Winnipeg’s Annual Lanterns for Peace ceremony marking the anniversaty of the 1945 US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo: Paul S. Graham

August 6, 2011: Nick Ternette at Winnipeg’s Annual Lanterns for Peace ceremony marking the anniversaty of the 1945 US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo: Paul S. Graham

For more than 30 years, Winnipeggers have come together, in June, to march for peace. In doing so, we strive to educate our neigbours about the the roots of war and to keep alive the message that peace and social justice are inextricably interwoven.

This year, we dedicated the festival to our longtime friend and comrade in the struggle for peace and justice, Nick Ternette. Politically active in many arenas, Nick worked for social justice until the end of his life, despite the health challenges that ultimately caused his death on March 3rd, 2013.

Featured speakers at this year’s event included political activist Emily Ternette, who provided a loving tribute to her departed husband, and David Barsamian, host of the weekly American political affairs program, Alternative Radio, which has been running for 27 years.

In addition to the speeches of Emily Ternette and David Barsamian, my video report includes a brief interview with Nick, held as we marched along during the 2012 Walk for Peace.

Links:

Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Project Peacemakers


Camera:
Paul S. Graham
Ken Harasym

Narration, Interview, Editing:
Paul S. Graham


Project Peacemakers celebrates International Peace Day

September 22, 2012

Sept. 21, 2012: Actors Gord Tanner, Sara Constible and Tricia Cooper (l-r) in performance at International Peace Day at the Free Press Cafe in Winnipeg. The evening was sponsored by Project Peacemakers. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Winnipeg’s Project Peacemakers marked International Peace Day 2012 with skits and musical performances at the Free Press Cafe. Performing sketches written by Geoff Hughes and Diane Cooper, actors Tricia Cooper, Sara Constible and Gord Tanner provided a comedic response to the Harper Government’s military spending policies in general and its decision to spend $28 million celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

With skillfully performed covers of songs by Pink Floyd, John Lennon and the Weavers, Tom Penner and Jill Cooper closed out the evening with ballads beloved by peace activists everywhere.

International Peace Day was established by the United Nations in 1981 and first celebrated in September 1982. Since then it has been observed in countries around the world.

Project Peacemakers is a church-based organization that has been active in Winnipeg since 1983. It conducts educational forums, and publishes  educational materials on such issues as child soldiers, war-affected children, and violent video games and toys.


Video Production: Paul S. Graham


Seeking Sustainablity in South Osborne

September 17, 2012

As oil consumption continues to outpace oil discovery and production, energy prices will continue to rise. Because every aspect of our food system, from production, to processing and transportation depends on oil, the prices on our global menu will continue to grow, and they will grow beyond the reach of most citizens.

Simply put, our existing globalized food system is not sustainable. The sooner we begin to make the transition to a more rational system the better.

While governments appear to be largely unaware of this looming threat, small groups of citizens have recognized the problem and are beginning to look for solutions.

One of these is the Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-op, located in Winnipeg, MB. In June 2012, WCTV joined a walking tour of projects the co-op has going in its neighbourhood.


Hold Hands Across the Land – Winnipeg #S17

September 14, 2012

Monday, September 17th at 5:00pm TUNE IN LIVE

September 17th is the day Parliament re-opens after summer recess and the 1st Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. People across Canada will unite in solidarity to stop Harper’s agenda and work together to create true democracy.

The event will start at 5:00 PM, gathering at the Manitoba Legislature. There will be a few short addresses, and then we will take to the streets. The ‘casserole’ will head to Portage Avenue, up to Main Street and then head over the Queen Elizabeth Parkway, ending at Shelley Glover’s constituency office.

Participants are encouraged to bring your pots and pans, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbours, work mates, house mates, class mates. Facebook event.

WINNIPEG LIVE STREAM LINK: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/winnipeg-community-tv

CROSS CANADA LIVE STREAMS: http://takecanadaback.net

note: USTREAM’s free service has let me down before. If I am unable to stream live I will shoot clips and upload them to Youtube on the go. If live stream doesn’t work for you please check my Youtube channel for updates http://www.youtube.com/user/kenvideoz/videos

Winnipeg CHALK 4 Peace 2012

August 26, 2012

Aug. 25, 2012: A message of peace from CHALK 4 Peace in Winnipeg’s Vimy Ridge Park. Photo: Paul S. Graham

The underlying premise of CHALK 4 Peace might best be summed up in a statement attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”

CHALK 4 Peace is an annual event that has spread to hundreds of communities world-wide since its inception in 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. The objectives, according to CHALK 4 Peace  are:

  • To promote the arts by coordinating assemblies of young artists of all ages to draw their vision of peace in public and private spaces with sidewalk chalk as a scheduled worldwide event;
  • To advocate for peace in a non-partisan manner such that all people may share their visions and messages of peace without regard to their nationality, ethnicity, or political beliefs;
  •  To encourage relationships between municipalities and artists so that communities around the world become united in supporting the expression of peace.

Winnipeggers celebrated their 6th annual CHALK 4 Peace on Saturday, raising funds for War Child Canada, and bringing sidewalk art, music, and laughter to Vimy Ridge Park.

Performers included Ras Tamils, the Flaming Trolleys and Lindsey White & Mitch Dorge.

Kisa MacIsaac, one of the organizers of the Winnipeg event, explains how this coming together of arts, music and people contributes to a more peaceful world.

You can find find CHALK 4 Peace Winnipeg on Facebook.


Video Production: Paul S. Graham