Picnic for Peace hosted by Auckland Peace Action
Start: Thursday, April 25, 2019•12:00 PM
End: Thursday, April 25, 2019• 1:00 PM
What: Picnic for Peace hosted by Auckland Peace Action
When: Thursday, April 25 at 12:00pm
Where: Auckland Domain Bandstand
Bring food to share for the picnic, as we listen to speakers, offer prayers, and discuss.
Auckland Peace Action invites you to join us for our third annual Picnic for Peace, an alternative ANZAC Day commemoration that opposes the glorification of war and calls for a just and lasting peace based on demilitarisation, decolonisation and justice. We will be meeting at Pukekawa (the Auckland Domain) for prayers, speakers and a picnic to coincide with the civic service at the cenotaph.
This year’s theme
for the Picnic for Peace concerns New Zealand’s continued military
involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. New Zealand has had a military
history of invasion and occupation in the Middle East from the First
World War onward. Contrary to popular mythology, New Zealand has served
the interests of empire and oppressed the people of the Middle East,
from our first occupations of Palestine and Egypt, to our assistance in
invading Iraq and Iran to access oil reserves, to our current
deployments that have lasted 15 years and 18 years respectively. In June
the future of our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan come up
for consideration by the government. In the spirit of justice, peace and
self-determination, we will make use of ANZAC day to call upon the
government to withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and allow
those countries that have been so wounded by us and our imperialist
policy to rebuild in peace.
We will meet at 12 PM on April the 25th by the Auckland Domain Bandstand. We encourage you to bring family and friends and bring food to share as we listen to speakers, pray and discuss.
Please message us if you would like an opportunity to speak.