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Peace News projects

As well as publishing a newspaper, Peace News runs events and projects and publishes books and pamphlets. Here are our current projects. Also see events and the webshop for currently available books and here for past projects.

The World Is My Country

Image“[We] will break before we bend … The world is my country” – Derby anti-war activist Alice Wheeldon, who was framed for plotting to murder the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, in a letter from prison, February 1917.

The First World War centenary (2014-2018) is accompanied by a tidal wave of events, exhibitions, TV series, books and commemorations. However, one key aspect of the War’s history is almost certain to receive little or no attention: the history and stories of the people and organisations that opposed the conflict.

Moreover, this history – of police raids and clandestine printing presses, disobedient soldiers and feminist peace initiatives, Maori princesses and striking German munitions workers – appears to be largely unknown even to contemporary activists.

As part of its First World War centenary project, The World is My Country, Peace News has produced a series of ten colour posters and eight poetry / song broadsheets, celebrating key figures and events from the First World War anti-war movement.

These posters features the distinctive graphic art of Emily Johns, and are accompanied by a 100-page booklet. See the webshop for details and to buy.

Get in touch to host a public event: promos@peacenews.info or 0207 278 3344. Go to The World Is My Country website.

Peace News Summer Camp

ImageThe Peace News Summer Camp started in 2009. It is a popular, participatory camp: a five-day, family-friendly event that attempts to embody many of the characteristics of the future society towards which we’re working – inclusive, democratic, participatory, renewably-powered and environmentally sustainable.

 An opportunity for a broad spectrum of people – activists, community organisers and other people working for and exploring radical social change – to come together and develop our intentions, priorities, knowledge, strategy, skills and networks in support of our different movements, be they anti-racist, environmental, global solidarity, anti-war, feminist, localisation, anti-cuts, counter-militarist, disability, LGBTQI, food sovereignty, radical health and other movements for transformation. 

See www.peacenewscamp.info for more info. Facebook page hereTwitter: @pnsummercamp

1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution

ImageThe Russian Revolution started in Petrograd in February 1917 with a mass nonviolent uprising of women protesting against the lack of break on International Women's Day (pictured), and continued through to the overthrow of the Provisional Government in October 1917 and the triumph of the Bolsheviks. The role of mass nonviolent action - in the streets, in the factories, on the railways, and in the barracks - in the making of the revolution has never been properly emphasised.

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See the footnotes.

"Open-heartedness, persuasion and nonviolent civil resistance were all critically important to the success of the [Russian revolution] throughout 1917. Mass nonviolent action was vital in overthrowing the tsar in February, in defending the fledgling democracy from military coup in August, and in toppling the right-wing Provisional Government in October ... The point of this essay is not to pretend that it was one long Gandhian Salt March. The goal here is to see the Russian Revolution more clearly, and to hold up to the light some aspects that have been forgotten or obscured. There are extraordinary, inspiring, surprising moments of nonviolence that can and should be celebrated by nonviolent revolutionaries."
Milan Rai, 1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution