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Committee for Equality and Social Action supports HSA members to participate in World Peace Forum

The World Peace Forum will be a major international gathering for individuals and organizations to come together, network and demonstrate to the world a growing international commitment to peace, justice and sustainability.

An important component of this event is the Labour Peace Forum June 25 and 26.  This will be an important opportunity for the international labour movement to meet to discuss and debate a collective position on the issues of war and peace and their effects on working families.

The Forum will take place from 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 until 5 p.m. Monday June 26 at UBC.  The first session on Sunday will examine the economic benefits to workers of a peace based sustainable economy rather than a war economy, and will be followed by a social in the evening.  Monday morning the group US Labour Against the War will outline recent successes in anti-war organizing at the local level and the lessons to be learned from that experience.  Monday afternoon delegates will strategize about concrete steps that can be taken at the local level, within unions and working with local communities and municipal governments to implement a peace program.

HSA will be providing financial support to members who are interested in attending the Labour Peace Forum, after delegates to HSAs 35th Annual Convention passed a resolution to support and promote participation in the World Peace Forum.

Funding is available for registration, childcare, transportation, meals, and up to one days wage loss, associated with attendance at the conference.

Interested members should complete the application form and return it to the HSA Office (Attention: Cathy Magee).  Mail, fax or e-mail your application as soon as possible, but by May 24 at the latest.  HSA will contact applicants to advise them if their application has been accepted.

A draft Labour Peace Forum agenda is attached.  Additional information is available at www.worldpeaceforum.ca.

Deadline for Applications: Monday, May 24, 2006

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