Join Vets For Peace New York City Chapter for a program on US-Australian Military Exercises:
Talisman Sabre-21 US-Australia Military Exercises –
Prominent IPAN & US Peace Movement Activists Ann Wright, Annette Brownlie, Robin Taubenfeld, Dr. Margaret Beavis, and Dr Vince Scappatura will discuss the joint biennial Australia-US Talisman Sabre military exercises (TS-21), which are scheduled for late June thru July 31, 2021.
There have been regular protests against the exercises by peace activists and environmental groups since 2007. IPAN is a network of Australian organizations who aim to build public dialogue and pressure for change to a truly independent and peaceful foreign policy. www.ipan.org.au
New York City Veterans For Peace
Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 pm EDT
Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defense Forces and the U.S. military. This is a field training exercise incorporating logistic activities, amphibious landings, ground force maneuvers, urban operations, air combat and maritime operations. The exercise will include participation from New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, and the UK, with around 17,000 personnel. Guest speakers will explain the significance and dangers of these “games”–to the environment, to humans, to the world.
Annette Brownlie is a founding member of the Brisbane-based community Peace organization Just Peace Qld and the chair of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). IPAN was formed in response to the decision to host foreign military forces on Australian soil. The original handful of member groups has grown to include more than 40 organizations and many more individuals.
Dr. Margaret Beavis, co-convenor of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Australia, is a Melbourne GP and secretary of the Medical Association for Prevention of War. Her interests include climate change and the creeping militarization of Australia. She is also co-chair of the Australian Management Committee of ICAN and was in Norway when ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.
Robin Taubenfeld is a mother, activist, teacher, media maker/artist, community worker and a peace and nuclear-free campaigner with Friends of the Earth. As an American, Robin feels a responsibility to challenge U.S. military expansion. As a migrant to Australia, she also aims to support the first peoples’ struggles through her work. She became involved in the Australian anti-uranium movement when the Mirrar people of Kakadu called for support to stop a second uranium mine on their land. Robin works to link peace, social justice and environmental issues and has organized protests at the biannual Talisman Sabre exercises in Queensland.
Vince Scappatura teaches Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. His research interests include Australian and American foreign policies, the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, and Middle East politics. He is a member of IPAN and a supporter of ICAN.
Col. Ann Wright served 29 years in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves, including 16 years as a U.S. diplomat. She retired in 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq, and has been a prominent peace activist ever since, working with Veterans For Peace, CODEPINK Women for Peace, and U.S. Boats to Gaza, among other organizations. She has visited U.S. military bases in Japan and Okinawa to speak against war.
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