Thursday, November 10th, 2011
On 11 November 2011, the 93rd anniversary of the armistice of World War 1, a new movement to end human violence will be launched around the world.

'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' will be launched simultaneously in six countries: Australia, Germany, Ghana, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United States.

The Melbourne launch will take place at Collingwood Town Hall at 7pm on 11 November.

People who decide to join the movement will be asked to sign a pledge to take personal action to end the violence they inflict on themselves, others and the Earth.

The pledge is part of 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World'. The People's Charter identifies most of the major forms of violence that occur in the world, ranging from war to domestic violence and from environmental destruction to exploitation of the peoples of Africa, Asia and Central/South America.

The People's Charter also identifies the action that will need to be taken to end this violence and invites people to commit to taking this action.

At the Melbourne launch at Collingwood Town Hall, nine ordinary people will be speaking about why they are going to work to end human violence and what they are going to be doing differently from then on.

The speakers include a diverse range of people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds including a Palestinian, a Christian of Filipino heritage, a Sudanese Muslim, a Chinese pro-democracy activist, a Tibetan Buddhist and a woman of Jewish heritage. The panel of speakers will include a man who relies on a wheelchair to facilitate his mobility.

The launch will be opened with a 'Welcome to Country' presentation by Aunty Joy Murphy, a Wurundjeri elder, and will feature Anita McKone singing her original songs of nonviolence.

The organisers of the event - Anahata Giri, Anita McKone and Robert Burrowes - each have a deep commitment to nonviolence and are particularly looking forward to the night. 'We have a great bunch of people speaking, each with a deeply engaging personal story to tell. We hope that people will respond to this opportunity to finally take concerted worldwide action to end human violence', Robert said.

If people wish to make the pledge, they can do so on the night or they can sign online from home. The People's Charter website is at:

Further info: Robert Burrowes on [email protected] (he does not have a telephone)

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'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' organising group

The organising group for 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' is Robert Burrowes, Anita McKone and Anahata Giri.

Each of these individuals has a long-term commitment to working to end human violence.
Robert J. Burrowes
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