● The international organization World Beyond War announces the Save Sinjajevina Association as the recipient of the War Abolisher of 2021 Award.
● An online presentation and acceptance event, with remarks from representatives the award recipients will take place on October 6, 2021, at 5 a.m. USA Pacific Time, 8 a.m. USA Eastern Time, 2 p.m. Central European Time, and 9 p.m. Japan Standard Time.
● The event is open to all publics and will include presentations of three awards, a musical performance by Ron Korb, and three breakout rooms in which participants can meet and talk with the award recipients. Participation is free. Register here for Zoom link.
● Save Sinjajevina has launched a new global petition to avoid military camp and create a national law to create a protected area at https://bit.ly/sinjajevina
Source: World BEYOND War.
World BEYOND War is a global nonviolent movement, founded in 2014, to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace. In 2021 World BEYOND War is announcing its first-ever annual War Abolisher Awards.
World BEYOND War intends its award to go to educators or activists intentionally and effectively advancing the cause of war abolition, accomplishing reductions in war-making, war preparations, or war culture. Between June 1 and July 31, World BEYOND War received hundreds of impressive nominations. The World BEYOND War Board, with assistance from its Advisory Board, made the selections.
Background of the Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina
Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina (Građanska inicijativa Sačuvajmo Sinjajevinu in Serbian) is a popular movement in Montenegro that has prevented the implementation of a planned NATO military training ground, blocking military expansion while protecting a natural environment, a culture, and a millenary sustainable way of life. Save Sinjajevina remains vigilant to the danger of ongoing efforts to impose a base on their treasured pasturelands.
Opposing military bases is very difficult, but absolutely crucial to abolishing war. Bases destroy indigenous people’s and local communities’ ways of life and healthier ways to make a living. Stopping the harm done by bases is central to the work of World Beyond War. The Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina is doing the educational and nonviolent activist work that is most needed, and with stunning success and influence. Save Sinjajevina is also making necessary connections between peace, environmental protection, and local community promotion, and between peace and democratic self-governance. If war is ever fully ended, it will be because of work like that being done by the Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina.
Taking part in the online event on October 6, 2021, will include a briefing of past, present and future outcomes and perspectives by representatives of the Save Sinjajevina Movement (Register here for Zoom link).