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Anonymous — June 1984

Peace Activist: Mr./Ms., as our Member of Parliament, I was shocked to learn that you have not been actively working on the issue of disarmament and development.

Member of Parliament: Quite to the contrary, I came out in support of Trudeau’s proposal.

Peace Activist: Which proposal was that, the peace initiative, or the decision to test the cruise missile?

Member of Parliament: Both of course!

Peace Activist: Oh.

Absurd? Yes. Uncommon? No. Therefore, this month’s suggestion is to write your member of parliament, asking him/her to come out in support of the four objectives of the Peace Petition Caravan Campaign, and letting them know in “no uncertain terms” that whether they endorse, and work towards the objectives of the PPCC, will playa large part in determining whether you will vote for him/her in the next federal election.

No postage is required in writing to your Member of Parliament, and letters should be addressed to the House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., K1 A OA6. .

If you don’t know the name of your MP, please call your local Canada Service Bureau, except in Prince Edward Island, where you should call Island Inquiries.

The NLWC would like to welcome three new groups: Ashton Creek- Kingfisher Nuclear Disarmament Committee, Ploughshares Brantford, and Search for Alternatives to War. If your group is interested in becoming part of the NLWC, please write and let me know that your group endorses the concept and is willing to encourage peace activists in your community to write letters. Also, please send suggestions of individuals you would like to see targeted for letters.

Finally, as you sit down to write your letter this month, remember that peace activists from 46 groups, from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Denman Island, British Columbia, will be writing to their member of parliament. Together we can make a difference! “

Happy letter writing, Doug Mohr
301-103 Church St.
Kitchener, Ont. N2G 2S3

P.S. Remember: Thinking about it doesn’t change anything. Please, put something in the mail.

To date, the following groups have endorsed the letter-writing campaign. We hope to be able to add the name of your group to the list.

Arts for Peace; Ashton Creek. Kingfisher Nuclear Disarmament Committee; Brampton and area Peace Council; Chatham. Kent Association for Peace and Disarmament; Community Forum for Shared Responsibility; Cruise Missile Conversion Project; East End Peace Action; East York Peace Committee; Educators for Nuclear Disarmament; Guelph Disarmament Group; Hamilton Disarmament Coalition; Inter-Church Disarmament Project; Killarney Nuclear Disarmament Group; Lakeshore Committee for Disarmament; Lawyers Alliance for Judicial Action on Nuclear Disarmament; Manitoba Peace Council; Mount Arrowsmith Disarmament Coalition; Niagara Disarmament Coalition; North York Action for Disarmament; Operation Dismantle; Parkdale for Peace; Peace Education Network; Peace Resource Center; Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament; Ploughshares – Brantford; Ploughshares – London; Ploughshares St. John’s; Ploughshares-Saskatoon; Ploughshares-Sudbury; Ploughshares Waterloo Region; Port Alberni Nuclear Disarmament Coalition; Psychologists for Social Responsibility (Toronto); Psychologists for Social Responsibility (Waterloo); Safe Mosquito Abatement Committee; Search for Alternatives to War; Slocan Citizens for Peace; Spadina Peace Group; Status of Women (Newfoundland); Thunder Bay Coalition for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament; Toronto Disarmament Network; Toronto Quakers Peace and Social Action Committee; Trinity Peace Association; United Jewish People’s Order; Vernon World Disarmament Coalition; Voice of Women; Waterloo Region Peace Network; and the Winnipeg Co-ordinatlng Committee for Disarmament.