Peace Action Wellington has today started our campaign to stop this year’s weapons conference. We’ve issued a media statement condemning the Mayor’s support of the conference, and we’ve published a helpful guide What you need to know about weapons conference 2015
Each year, Wellington is host to 200 of the world’s largest weapons and arms manufacturers. Under the name ‘the Defence Industry Conference’ these companies come to town to meet and plan how to make money from war.
This year, the conference is being held at the TSB Arena on 17-18 November.
We would like to organise activities to get in the way of those who want to make a profit from killing and destruction. For that, we will need lots of people. The conference is headed to a bigger venue this year – one owned by the Wellington City Council. We don’t think there should be weapons conferences anywhere in the world, and it is particularly shameful that it is happening in the nuclear-free capital of nuclear-free New Zealand with a Mayor who is the Executive Leader of the international Mayors for Peace.
We believe that war profiteers must be confronted, and their activities stopped or impeded. One year, we deployed a ‘clown army’ that blockaded the entrances to Te Papa, where the conference was being held. This action stopped day one of the conference and caused Te Papa to cancel further bookings for the conference.
We are grassroots and community-based, and everyone with a passion for these issues is welcome to become involved.
We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at 17 Tory Street at 6pm. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 24 June. Get in touch or just come along. We hope to see you then.