April 10 and 11th, 2021
The No Fighter Jets Coalition announces a
Fast to Stop the Jets on April 10 and 11th.
Learn more and get involved here.
The Canadian government is quietly planning to purchase new warplanes for a sticker price of $19 billion and a total cost of at least $76 billion.
This new generation of fighter jets will be designed to do the same thing the last batch did – carry bombs and missiles that kill civilians (disproportionately children), destroy critical infrastructure that leaves millions without safe drinking water or electricity, and run environmentally costly training drills. This time they’ll have the added–and terrifying–capacity to carry nuclear weapons. These jets have nothing to do with ensuring security for Canada (according to a former Deputy Minister of Defence) and make a mockery of aspirations of Canada having a “feminist foreign policy” and being a global peacekeeper.
Across Canada on April 10 and 11 public fasts and vigils will honour those who have been killed by Canadian war planes and reject Canada’s plans to buy 88 new bomber jets.
On April 10-11, take a stand against these warplanes by joining a (safe, socially-distanced) public fast or vigil where you live, or fasting in your home in connection with individuals around the world who are fasting in their locations in solidarity. Sign up here to receive all of the information you will need to join in.
Here’s how it will work:
- Register here with your plans to fast, and/or to join or host a public action: nofighterjets.ca/fast
- Fast, meditate, pray, light a candle or join a vigil to express your opposition to the new fighter jets. Take a photo and share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact your Member of Parliament and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell them that you do NOT want your tax dollars spent to buy fighter jets. Call the PM at: 613-992-4211 (you can leave a voice message) or email him: email@example.com or use this online letter tool.
- Share your message or photo on social media and use the hashtag: #NoNewFighterJets
April 10 will also mark the beginning of the 10th anniversary of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending: GDAMS 2021. Our fast will join this global effort to reduce spending on war.
Canada does not need to buy fighter jets, and 2021 is our critical opportunity to stop this purchase before it happens.
April 10 to May 9, 2021
The 10th edition of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)
will take place from April 10 to May 9, 2021.
From GDAMS’ April 2020 Statement:
The military could not and will not stop this pandemic.
We need fewer soldiers, jets, tanks and aircraft carriers and more doctors, ambulances and hospitals.
It’s time to move the military budget to human needs.
Reallocating defense budgets would help finance a much needed transition toward more peaceful, just, and sustainable societies and economies.
June 4 to 6, 2021
World Beyond War’s international conference –
#NoWar2021 – is going virtual this year
from June 4-6. Join in on-line.
Panels, discussion groups, workshops, and trainings will cover a range of topics, such as: how to shut down a weapons expo, weapons in space, the global arms trade, war’s environmental footprint, divestment, digital storytelling, nonviolent civil resistance, and more.
Campaign web page: https://nowar2021.worldbeyondwar.org/
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/229099201896686