We are excited to announce Veterans For Peace's first Online Convention! We know that many of us will miss being able to greet each other in person but we also know that each and every one of us wants to make sure all of our members are safe and healthy.
The theme of this year's convention is "Human Rights over Nuclear Might". Since our founding, Veterans For Peace has had it in our goals "to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons" and the week will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion of all time at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, which occurred on July 16, 1945).
While we are so disappointed to not connect with everyone in person, we also see the amazing opportunity this presents for our organization. We see this as an opportunity to broaden our audience to many folks who have been unable to join us in person and to expand the possibilities of who may be able to participate and present for our workshops.
Everyone in New Mexico has been amazingly generous and allowed us to rebook everything for 2021, so we will not miss out on the opportunity to gather in New Mexico next year!
We are busy making plans on an amazing array of workshops and plenaries and even creative ways to incorporate some social times. This year's convention will highlight work being done to address nuclear weapons as well as nuclear colonialism and broader topics such as what decolonizing the peace movement looks like and highlight some of the amazing work being done within Veterans For Peace.
We will be updating the website in the coming months with more information, which will include options on how to learn and navigate the convention technology. We will be doing our best to make sure that everyone who wants to participate will be able to have the technological support needed. Stay tuned for more details!
2020 Online Convention Committee
P.S. We also are very interested in expanding our volunteer tech team! So if you (or you know a member) who has some technical skills, video skills or even is someone who learns new technology easily and social media skills and would like to help, please email email@example.com