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Ideas For Action

Issue 107

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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Box 236, Snowdon Post Office
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Tel: 842-1473

AIMS
To provide a network and resources for Canadian groups concerned about the implications of nuclear power.
To demand a national public debate on Canada’s energy needs, and the establishment of a moratorium on the licensing and export of new nuclear facilities until the results of such a debate are made known.

To provide educational material to the general public on the subject of nuclear technology while advocating the use of conservation measures and renewable energy sources.

METHODS
Printing and distribution documentation and general information on nuclear reactor safety; nuclear waste disposal; uranium exploration, mining, refining and export; the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons; energy economics/labour, medical implications of nuclear technology; alternative energy and conservation; nuclear weapons proliferation.

Interventions at government hearings and presentations to inquiries across Canada Co-operation with member and non-member organizations on publications and events dealing with a variety of social issues relating to energy, the environment, labour, and weapons proliferation.

SUCCESSES
Comprehensive resource centre in Montreal available to activists, groups, the media, students, and the general public.

Existence of numerous local groups across Canada in areas affected by nuclear development uranium mining and refining. nuclear reactors: waste disposal. Assistance to these groups in the form of speakers, technical research, and printed material.

Frequent and increasingly thorough coverage by all media due to regular contact and the provision of information and resources.

FAILURES
Less than frequent communication with member groups and individuals. Insufficient French language documentation.

FUTURE PLANS
To research the potential military Implications of Canadian nuclear exports.
To research more thoroughly the economic and legal aspects of nuclear power development in Canada.
To focus on uranium mining as a key issue.

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International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Flolstraede 10,
Dk-1171
Copenhagen k.
Denmark

AIMS
To create international understanding. knowledge and concern about the indigenous peoples situation.

To influence political and economic powers nationally and internationally in order to:
— prevent physical and cultural extermination
— fight racism
— secure political, economic and social rights
— establish and secure indigenous peoples traditional rights and support their struggle for self- determination.

METHODS
From indigenous peoples themselves and from investigators, who have lived in relevant territories, we collect information, which is published in the ZWGIA documents and Newsletter series.

We also give financial support to projects and other activities undertaken by indigenous peoples own organizations.

SUCCESSES
Through our 13 years of existence it has gradually become more difficult to exterminate indigenous peoples without strong reactions from the outside world. During recent years we have seen a rising consciousness among the public.

Many new indigenous organizations have been created and are now in contact with each other exchanging experiences.

FAILURES
Cultural extermination is still a very serious problem and is difficult to fight. Due to lack of resources we have not been able to focus and build a contact-network in Asia and Africa, such as we have in other parts of the world. Most European governments are still ignoring the situation of indigenous peoples, although they have been fully informed and lobbied throughout the years.

FUTURE PLANS
Generally we will try getting more information from Asia and Africa and continue the pressure on governments and organizations.

HELP NEEDED
More subscribers so our publications and more informants.

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Overseas Development Committee

Overseas Development Committee
P.O. Box 5113
Wellington. New Zealand
Tel: Wellington 757-56 1

AIMS
To make isolated, under-populated, still-comfortable New Zealand more aware of the issues of international development.

To press for positive action on these issues.

To do this work with as many development agencies as possible. In 1981, 18 agencies were affiliated so ODC and we worked with many others.

METHODS
Our style is courteous, our methods reason and persuasion— even when the effort to be polite nearly kills us.

Development education is pursued through a monthly newsletter on major issues and new thinking abroad, publication of a Development Directory, and media contributions so she development debate.

Political lobbying. involvement in the formation of policies, and the initiation of meetings and conferences.

SUCCESSES
In the pressing of political parties to make definite commitments on development issues.

The publication of material which has been used and re-used by groups throughout the country.

The initiating of national conferences in 1974 and 1978. These were successful in clarifying some complex issues, putting development groups in touch with each other and promoting useful activity.

FAILURES
In not creating a truly national network. This is due partly to our voluntary status and the lack of full-time or paid staff.

In not getting through to the very powerful producer boards and business firms involved in development projects abroad. But we’re working on them.

FUTURE PLANS
To have contacts capable of speaking on development issues in every centre.

To keep encouraging the development agencies to work together, not only on new or once-off projects, but in more basic and everyday needs.

To keep lobbying until New Zealand’s development record improves.

HELP NEEDED
From groups around the country who share our continuing concerns about poverty, racism. trade and aid for development, and the need for an adequate response.

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