Last July the first Swan Island Peace Convergence was held in Queenscliff to disrupt a local contribution to the war in Afghanistan. Over four days of blockades a group of about 50 people were able to disrupt the workings of this secretive military facility. Recent revelations of a secretive SAS squadron operating out of Swan Island have made this task all the more important.
So this year, on September 23-27 2012, we’ll be holding the second Swan Island Peace Convergence. Over four days of nonviolence training, cake stalls, and diverse nonviolent direct actions we will do what we can to disrupt our current warmaking and promote a robust culture of peace.
We’ve booked the Salt House, group accommodation which sleeps 38, and which is situated just 100m from the entrance to the military base.
I know that many of you may or may not be in a position to take part but would like to support the SIPC in some way. Right now we’re asking for donations to defray the cost of accommodation and food for people who may wish to participate. We don’t want cost to be a barrier to participation for people but can’t fund the whole thing ourselves! So if you’d like to support us in this way, you can either pledge an amount or transfer the money directly to:
Acc name : Swan Island Peace Convergence
BSB: 633 000
We’re currently putting together a budget so we know how much to charge people in order to cover costs. If you could let us know how much you’d like to pledge, or if you’d prefer to support anonymously, transfer the money within the next fortnight it will enable us to make this more affordable for people. Even if it’s just $5 or $10 or whatever, every little bit helps. And please pass this on to anyone you know who might be able to help out.
Many thanks for all you’re doing for peace and justice!