Nonviolence in Action online conference - 20th-28th November

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Join us for Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st century an online conference bringing together activists from across the international peace movement to learn, strategise and build solidarity.

The War Resisters’ International (WRI) network – and the whole international peace movement - finds itself at an important crossroads. Over the last hundred years we have been resisting war and its causes. In that time the nature of war has itself changed beyond all recognition, and our resistance has also changed, broadened and adapted. WRI works with many groups, organisations and individuals all over the world, supporting, connecting, learning, resisting. Nonviolence in Action will bring us together to reflect, learn and challenge one another to develop more effective strategies for taking nonviolent action against war and its causes.

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The event will run between two weekends. Plenaries will be delivered by a number of speakers sharing their experiences and ideas. Discussion spaces will be participatory discussion spaces (we have timed these to allow people from both hemisphere’s to join at sociable times) to reflect on the issues raised in the plenaries. Workshops will be on more specific themes, issues and causes.

The plenaries are public events open to anyone to attend, and will be held simultaneously in English and Spanish. Some of the other events are restricted to members of War Resisters' International and our member organisations. If you are not a member but would like to attend please email


Please note the times given are in UTC - you will need to check the times according to your own time zone.

Speakers are listed below.

  Saturday 20th November Sunday 21st November 22-26th Nov Saturday 27th November Sunday 28th November
2-4pm UTC Plenary: 100 years resisting war and its causes Plenary: Resisting militarism today Workshops Plenary: Sustaining our resistance Discussion space: What's next? A space to reflect on the future of the antimilitarist movement.

Saturday 20th November 

2-4pm UTC: Plenary 1 - 100 years of resisting war and its causes


  • Wolfgang Hertle
  • Joanne Sheehan
  • Roberta Bacic
  • Igor Steck

Sunday 21st November

2-4pm UTC: Plenary 2 - Resisting militarism today


  • Ray Acheson
  • Dr. Sam Perlo Freeman
  • Rosa Moiwend
  • Mamoun Abdallah

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th November - Workshops (tbc)

Saturday 27th November

2-4pm UTC: Plenary 3 – Sustaining our resistance


  • Stellan Vinthagen
  • Sarah Reader & Carrie Hou
  • Andrea Ixchíu

Sunday 28th November

2-4pm UTC: Discussion: What's next? A space to reflect on the future of the antimilitarist movement.


All of the events are free to attend, but organising large international events, even online, does incur costs - Zoom accounts, interpretation, etc. For those able we suggest a £10/$10/€10 donation towards the running costs of this event. If you feel able to donate to support this event, and WRI more generally, please click here.


Click the button below to register for the public plenaries. If you would like to join a discussion group but are not a member of a WRI affiliate, please email us at We will share details for workshops soon.

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All of the events will be in English. We hope to provide simultaneous Spanish/English interpretation for the plenary events, one discussion event, and some workshops if possible. For some plenaries we may be able to provide interpreters into other languages.

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