A Submission by Mairead Maguire and Cindy Sheehan

Campaigns, Press Releases
We are two women and mothers – one Irish and the one American – who have experienced the loss of children in our families to the senseless violence of war. We hope that none of you will experience such pain. However, we know that our experience is hardly unique, and we have formed advocacy groups to end the violence and hold the leaders, militaries and paramilitaries of our societies accountable for robbing us of our loved ones. Among those who know the sadness are thousands of Palestinian and Israeli mothers, many of whom we have met in person. We have made common cause with them to end the grief, which is why we both support nonviolent solutions to a conflict that has taken their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and…
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Give Palestinian Non-violent Resistance a Chance

Israel/Palestine, Press Releases
We are two women and mothers – one Irish and the one American – who have experienced the loss of children in our families to the senseless violence of war. We hope that none of you will experience such pain. However, we know that our experience is hardly unique, and we have formed advocacy groups to end the violence and hold the leaders, militaries and paramilitaries of our societies accountable for robbing us of our loved ones. Among those who know the sadness are thousands of Palestinian and Israeli mothers, many of whom we have met in person. We have made common cause with them to end the grief, which is why we both support nonviolent solutions to a conflict that has taken their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and…
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Nobel Peace Laureate Calls For Ceasefire and Nonviolent Solution to the Conflict in Syria

Press Releases
“It is with the greatest sadness that the world witnesses the tremendous ongoing suffering and death of so many people in Syria. We convey our deepest sympathy to all those who have lost loved ones and/or been injured in the nightmare being experienced by the Syrian people. “In order to end this suffering we call upon President Assad and all opposition groups that are using violence to end all hostilities, call an immediate ceasefire, and enter an unconditional, all-inclusive dialogue and negotiations to solve the economic, social and political problems. Also to implement political reforms thereby respecting the voices of the Syrian people for political change. “Violence by the Syrian military forces will not solve the crisis but only cause more bloodshed and death putting at risk the lives of…
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Trident Ploughshares Founder Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Syria
Angie Zelter nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize The Scottish Parliament congratulates Angie Zelter, founder member of the anti-nuclear weapons campaign group, Trident Ploughshares, on being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Mairead McGuire, who won the award in 1976, and notes Ms Zelter's 30 years of peace activism, which is seen as inspirational and empowering in Scotland and around the world and which included, in 1999, being acquitted of damage to a Trident research barge in Loch Goil on the basis of what is considered the illegality of the UK's nuclear weapons under international law.
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RAUS International Conference In Bonn For A Self – Determined Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Campaigns, Training
Mairead Maguire and Ann Paterson attend RAUS International Conference In Bonn -Decemeber 2011. In December Mairead and I attended the RAUS international conference in Bonn for a self -determined Afghanistan. The conference brought together some amazing people who got together and looked at how best to support the people of Afghanistan. Mairead opened the conference with a speech that called for a world without war, she said the people of Afghanistan had suffered enough and they had a right to self determation, Mairead also called that NATO should be disbanded. We were priviliged to listen to a young women from Afghanistan,Malali Joya she is the youngest member of parliament, and to hear about the work she is doing trying to get the voices of women heard,this was inspring as we…
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