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Exploring Antimilitarist Roots: Insights from the Conference

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We were delighted to recently attend Antimilitarist Roots, an international conference organised by War Resisters’ International, in London.

The event brought peace activists from across the globe together to discuss the future of grassroots campaigning and responding to militarism.

The conference was a unique opportunity to network with antimilitarists from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Indeed, it was a pleasure to meet so many dedicated peace activists, learn about peace campaigning in their countries and share insights and understanding.

A variety of interesting speakers addressed the conference, including Chief Namoks of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Evyatar Moshe Rubin, a member of the Mersavot political disobedience network in Israel and Olga Karach from Belarus. Each speaker spoke passionately about their experiences and inspired many with their stories of resistance.

Fittingly, the event was held at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, in London. Just walking through the building, its walls adorned with mementos of historic peace campaigns and tributes to iconic peace activists, it was impossible not to be galvanised for the conference itself.

We ran a Conscience stall for the duration of the conference, sharing our materials and engaging international peace activists with our specific mission. We even encouraged participants to embrace their artistic skills, contributing to a colourful tapestry illustrating what peace means to them. It proved a unique way to break down barriers and start conversations.

We intend to keep in touch with all the contacts we made at the event, as we continue to network with international peace activists and foster links with other peace organisations. While the individual situations in different countries can vary greatly, as activists we are united by a desire for a more peaceful world.

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