Who are we ?
Member groups of CESAPI (Coalition
in Solidarity with the People of Iraq)
CESAPI is a coalition of organizations and individuals from greater
working to increase public awareness of the effects of the UN sanctions
the people of Iraq and to bring about an end to these sanctions. We now
occupation work to our efforts, and have changed our name from
"Campaign to End
Sanctions Against the People of Iraq)
- Arab Community Association of BC
- Hands Off Iraq
- Physicians for Global Survival (BC)
- Voice of Women (BC)
- Veterans Against Nuclear Arms
- St. Chiara Community
- Religous Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
The Coalition in Solidarity with the People of Iraq
(CESAPI) has been working on many events over the last few years,
March 2005 March for Peace
Vigils for Christian Peacemaker Team hostages.
February 2005 Federal Election campaign
Dec 2005 films The Oil Factor & Sir No Sir! at Cinematheque and VanCity theatre.
4 Nov 2005 street theatre ILLEGAL AND INHUMANE TREATMENT OF THE PRISONERS OF
"THE WAR ON TERROR"
Oct 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival
The Oil Factor and Aristide and the Endless Revolution
Sept 2005 Film 'Fallujah 2004'
A documentary by Toshikuni DOI that chronicles the death and
destruction within Fallujah caused by U.S. Forces in
April 2003 and April 2004.
Through eyewitness accounts, director Toshikuni DOI
exposes a side of the U.S. war in Iraq not seen in
June 2005 the OIL factor: Behind the War on Terror
three months in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the produces of this
documentary, Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, assess the results
of the U.S. attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan. They expose the
cost and examine the bigger geo-strategic picture of these invasions
may lead the world toward the next global conflict.
Wed May 4, Fri May 6 IRAQ - a
Presentation by Greg Rollins who has just returned from
5 months in Iraq with the Christian Peacemakers Team ([=>]www.cpt.org).
The slides depict life in Iraq today - the toll the occupation is
having on the people of Iraq, also under-cover images of the US seige
Thu Apr/28 Tariq Ali on Empire
and Resistance, from Vietnam to Iraq
Author and activist Tariq Ali will speak on movements
against Empire` from Vietnam to Iraq. The London-based Ali was a leader
of the movement against the war in Vietnam, and remains a prominent
figure in today's anti-war movement. Ali is the author of numerous
books, including the new collection of interviews Empire and
Resistance, Clash of Fundamentalisms and last year's Bush in Babylon.
Thu Apr/21 the OIL factor -
Behind the War on Terror
While the world is focused on terror, did you know that At the current
rate of production, North America and Western Europe will run out of
oil in 2010?
Friday April 8: Iraq
Veterans say “Bring the troops home now”
Friday, April 8, 7:00pm
Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre (515 west Hastings St.)
“It's unacceptable that more than 1200 Americans
have died and so many thousands of Iraqis have died in a place that
U.S. forces shouldn't be in the first place.”
26, spent 10 months in Iraq as a Sergeant with her National Guard unit.
She is a co-founder of Iraq
Veterans Against the War (IVAW.net). Hear her speak about the
situation in Iraq, the growing resistance within the US military, and
what you can do to help war resisters.
For more information: www.resisters.ca
Sites related to the issues:
Canadian Friends Service Committee www.cfsc.quaker.ca
Families Speak Out www.mfso.org
Travelling Soldier Online www.traveling-soldier.org
War Resisters in Canada www.library.ubc.ca/jones/amcan.html
Online articles on the issues:
US War Heroes of the Iraqi War
Let the war resisters stay
- Mar. 20, 2004: Rally on anniversary of bombing.
25,000 people marched from Peace Flame park, across the Burrard Bridge
to Sunset Beach, where they listened to Noam Chomsky. For other
March 20 events in Canada and around the world see [=>]
Canadian Peace Alliance
- Jan. 17, 2004 Rally for Maher Arar Public
- Sun. Nov. 23rd: Milan Rai
on "Regime Unchanged"
- Mon. Nov. 3, 2003: U.S., MIDDLE
EAST & EMPIRE : public forum with Phyllis Bennis.
A fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, in Washington D.C. and of
the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, Phyllis Bennis has been a
writer, analyst andactivist on Middle East issues for 25 years. To read
current articles by Phyllis Bennis go to [=>]
- Sat. Oct. 25, 2003: over a
thousand marched in good weather from Vancouver Art Gallery to Beatty
street Armouries to oppose the " Occupations of Iraq , Palestine, &
Afghanistan, and to bring Canadian troops home". Speakers included
Mordecai Briemberg, Hemsa Nosh and Gabor Mate, music by
Wickedhouseparty, street theatre by Artists Against War.
- Tue. Sep. 30, 2003:Vigil
for Mordechai Vanunu on the 17th anniversary of his kidnapping and
imprisonment. For more information about Vanunu, and to sign the
international petition calling for his release, visit www.nonviolence.org/vanunu
Endorsed by [=>] CanPalNet (Canada Palestine Support
Network) and CESAPI (Coalition to Support the People of Iraq).
- Sun. Sep. 28, 2003 A few thousand
rallied at Vancouver Art Gallery and marched along Robson street.
- July 14, 2003 An overflow audience
of around 400 attended talk on Iraq by Kathy Kelly, 3 time nominee for
the Nobel Peace Prize and co-founder of => Voices in
the Wilderness, and Bert Sacks of Seattle [=>]CommonDreams article on medecine to Iraq.
- April 12,2003 Thousands marched through
downtown Vancouver, organized by [=>] stopwar.ca . Speakers included Derek
Corrigan (mayor of Burnaby), Robert Bateman (artist), Reem Alnuweiri
(International Solidarity Movement).
- April 8, 2003 Tariq Ali spoke at St. Andrew
Wesley to 700 people, hosted by the Ad Hoc Tariq Ali Tour Committee
[=>] www.canpalnet.ca/events.html with help from CESAPI and
others. See "Tariq Ali: War and Empire - World Politics After Iraq"
at http://www.workingtv.com/tariqali.html .
- March 16, 2003. Candlelit vigils were held
in 6860 locations in 141 countries , including over 20 locations around
Vancouver. See pictures at [=>]www.moveon.org.
- March 15, 2003. About 20,000 people marched
through downtown Vancouver See video highlights of speeches by
Sunera Thobani and David Suzuki's at [=>]
- March 14, 2003. About a hundred people held a
positive 24-hour vigil in a mini-park near the US Consulate in
- February 15, 2003. About 25,000 people marched
through downtown Vancouver from Canada Place to Art Gallery,
joining their voices with 50 million around the world ( => www.UnitedForPeace.org
). See CBC.ca review of cross-canada actions.
- January 18, 2003. Twenty thousand people marched in
downtown Vancouver from Library Square to the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Videos available on http://vancouver.indymedia.org.
Canadian Peace Team members reported on their travel in Iraq at SFU
Harbour Centre: see www.globaljustice.ca for audio or video of
discussion with students in Baghdad.
- January 8, 2003. The CESAPI meeting Jan-08 endorsed
the "Cairo Declaration" of 2002-dec-18. See article by John Rees in Left Turn or go
directly to Cairo Declaration.
- December 31, 2001. Local Peace Team Members Vandas
and Ziemann returned from Baghdad greeted by participants Morgan and
MacInnes. See Voices in the Wilderness website iraqpeaceteam.org
on Peace Teams, and www.globaljustice.ca for audio or video of
discussion with students in Baghdad.
- November 21, 2002. Felicity Arbuthnot spoke at SFU
Harbour Centre on sanctions.
- November 17, 2002. As part of cross-Canada effort,
several thousand Vancouverites marched cheerfully in the rain to Sunset
Beach. See photos at vancouver.indymedia.org
- October 4, 2002. Scott Ritter spoke to 1100 people
while hundreds were turned away for lack of space.
Review Of The Meeting By Azad On Www.Vancouver.Indymedia.Org
RealAudio recording under CFRO Animal
Voices (57min. 7MB) under October 14 show.
Quicktime movie under http://globaljustice.ca/
(25 min. 46MB)
- August, 2002 antiwar rally and die-in to mark the
12th anniversary of the sanctions on Iraq and the 57th anniversary of
the A-bombing of Hiroshima.
- February, 2002 300 people attended protest at the
Orpheum when Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, was
- January, 2002 British MP George Galloway was the
guest at a March and Forum to mark the 11th anniversary of the Gulf
- 2001/2 CESAPI organized 3 Canada wide phone waves to
our Foreign Minister.
- November, 200l CESAPI hosted a forum with guest
speaker Hans von Sponeck, the second UN Coordinator in Iraq to resign
his position in the UN in protest against the sanctions. Approximately
- September, 2001 A cross-Canada caravan "To End
Sanctions on Iraq" was organized by CESAPI on behalf of the Candian
Network to End Sanctions on Iraq (CANESI). 31 cities hosted the
- 20 Jan 2001, held a memorial march to mark the 10th
anniversary of the Gulf War, using 200 coffins to symbolize the daily
death toll of children in Iraq.
- November, 2000 CESAPI members staged a 48 hour fast
on Remembrance Day outside of Hedy Fry's Office.
- March, 1999 six members of CESAPI went to Iraq to
witness the effects of sanctions. During the next year they made 40
slide presentations across Canada. Sept 2000, held a public forum with
Denis Halliday, former UN Assistant-Secretary General and UN
Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq who resigned in protest over the
sanctions. Over 1,000 people in attendance.
Contact CESAPI: email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or
call Irene 604 737 1299
- to join us in our work
- to be on our upcoming events mailing list
- or for more information
Updated 2004-jan-06 DL