War is Not Essential: Take Action to Tell Canada to #StopArmingSaudi
The first ever national Day of Action to stop the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia took place on June 11, 2020. Hundreds of people came together from across Canada – both virtually and in-person – to show their support for an immediate end to the Saudi arms deal and to raise this issue yet again with the government. The coalition that came together to make this important day a reality is broad and includes human rights activists, arms control advocates, labour groups, and feminist and humanitarian organizations.
If you missed it, you can watch the recording of the virtual protest here>>
Our work can't stop there. There are more ways for you to take action and share your concerns with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne, asking them to #StopArmingSaudi.
1. Take Action Now
Sign the petitions from organizations in our coalition:
2. Lobby the Government
Engage with your Member of Parliament on the Saudi arms deal using our toolkit >>
3. Take part in further vigils and webinars
People for Peace London plan to continue gathering at General Dynamics Land Systems and elsewhere in London and to continue building public awareness to press for conversion of war industries to peaceful production.
4. Take Action on Twitter
Send a message to @FP_Champagne and @JustinTrudeau on Twitter with the hashtag #StopArmingSaudi.
Here are some sample messages on the many reasons to #StopArmingSaudi:
It’s been less than one year since #Canada ratified the Arms Trade Treaty, but it's commitments to international law, human rights, and international peace and security won’t be credible until @FP_Champagne and @JustinTrudeau #StopArmingSaudi
— AmnestyCanada (@AmnestyNow) June 29, 2020
Yemen is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Only a ceasefire will allow Yemen to respond to its #COVID19 outbreak and provide lifesaving services to people in need. @FP_Champagne and @JustinTrudeau: #StopArmingSaudi! pic.twitter.com/FK3WnOPzGV
— Oxfam Canada (@oxfamcanada) June 26, 2020
#Canada says it promotes #feminist policies but continues to profit from its sale of weapons—which are the tools of violence and repression. The #Saudi arms deal is incompatible with a feminist foreign policy. Call on @FP_Champagne and @JustinTrudeau to #StopArmingSaudi #cdnpoli
— Reaching Critical Will (@RCW_) June 26, 2020
Canada must #StopArmingSaudi.
But ending arms exports doesn’t have to mean the loss of good jobs. The time has come for public investment in a rapid transition to peaceful green jobs that protect workers and their communities – and the rest of the. #ArmsConversionNow
— Labour Against the Arms Trade (@LAATCanada) June 26, 2020