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Webinars: Voices of Conscientious Objection

Delve into a captivating series of webinars featuring the wisdom of experts from various fields, including peacebuilding, conflict prevention, non-military security, and related topics. Expanding our audience is vital in nurturing a movement for change.

Below, you'll find comprehensive information on each of the webinars conducted to date, along with direct links to their corresponding videos. Explore these enlightening discussions and be part of our journey towards a more peaceful world.

Episode 1 – Conscientious Objection Then & Now

 

Symon Hill from the Peace Pledge Union delivers a captivating talk about three remarkable individuals who bravely stood up against war. Explore the compelling stories of:

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Episode 1 – Conscientious Objection Then & Now
Episode 2 – Conscientious Objection during WW1

In our second episode, Professor Lois provides an enlightening overview of conscientious objection during World War I on a national scale.

David then takes us on a journey into the heart of Dorset, sharing his extensive research on conscientious objectors in the region during the First World War.

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Episode 2 – Conscientious Objection during WW1

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Episode 3 – Conscientious Objection during WW2

In this episode, we have the privilege of hearing Donald's firsthand account of his experiences as a conscientious objector during World War II.

Ann then provides a captivating overview and shares insights from her in-depth research, including interviews with individuals who were conscientious objectors during World War II.

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Episode 3 – Conscientious Objection during WW2
Episode 4 – Conscientious Objection in Conscription – International

Our first international webinar. Gina Chappa delivers a joint talk with Murat Kanatli on, ‘Conscientious Objection in Cyprus’. 

Natalia works for ‘The Right to Refuse to Kill’ programme for War Resisters’ International (WRI) in Colombia.  Natalia sheds light on WRI's mission and its efforts in supporting conscientious objection worldwide.

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Episode 4 – Conscientious Objection in Conscription – International
Episode 5 – Exploring the History of Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation

In this episode, we delve into the historical roots of conscientious objection to military taxation. Robin (Conscience Peace Tax International and Peace Tax Seven) provides an in-depth historical overview.

Mary Lou (Religious Society of Friends) highlights the significant role Quakers have played in the movement. Monica, a member of Conscience, shares campaign insights

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Episode 5 – Exploring the History of COMT
Episode 6 – How do Reconciliation & Peacebuilding Work?

In this inspiring episode, we had the privilege of hosting Jo, founder of Building Bridges For Peace, as our guest speaker.

Jo shared her remarkable journey, one that has touched the lives of people across the globe, particularly those residing in conflict-ridden areas. We explore her profound story and its far-reaching impact on the quest for peace and reconciliation worldwide.

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Episode 6 – How do Reconciliation & Peacebuilding Work?
Episode 7 – How do we Transform the Military?

Transforming our military and fossil fuel-based industrial production to non-military, socially and ecologically useful production. 

Sam from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), talk about The Lucas Plan, conversion of industrial production, and a response to the climate change.

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Episode 7 – How do we Transform the Military?
Episode 8 – Why we need non-military security

In this enlightening episode, Professor Paul delivers a compelling talk titled 'Why we need non-military security.' Divided into two engaging parts, he dissects the aftermath of failed wars and emerging security challenges.

 

Explore the compelling alternative to conventional military strategies.

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Episode 8 – Why we need non-military security

Next webinar coming soon. So stay tuned!

​In the meantime, you can watch the highlights from our series of webinars.

A brief description of our series

With these webinars, we hoped we explore challenges, identify best practices and share lessons learned on how we can protect the rights of conscientious objectors. 

These webinars aimed to provide a glimpse of the personal and professional side of stories and experiences of conscientious objectors. The first four webinars in the series are concerned with conscientious objection to military conscription in the past and in the present. 

We then consider conscientious objection to paying the military proportion of our taxes i.e. conscientious objection to financial conscription. We learn about the history of war tax resistance and peace tax campaigns and go on to consider key aspects of trying to bring about legislative change in the UK so that the right to conscientiously object to financial conscription is recognised.

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