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For people and communities in search of non-violent solutions to conflict, Partera offers trainings in conflict transformation and non-violent direct action. We pay particular attention to issues of identity—gender, religion, and the economic roots of violence.

LeeAnn McKenna

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LeeAnn is a trainer-facilitator, writer, occasional lecturer, musician, story-teller and a practitioner of yoga and meditation.  She has more than 25 years of experience working in conflict zones in Latin America, Asia, various regions of India, and Africa and the Middle East. LeeAnn was born and raised in southwestern part of the province of Ontario, Canada with family roots in Québec, Ireland and England.

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The War in Yemen & Why it Matters (for Canadians)

First published 11 April 2019 in prayer&politiks.org by Ken Sehested; used with permission The news was easy to miss… But the fact that […]

GOOD TROUBLE: Why we occupied and shut down the Foreign Affairs Building

This story is an old story, of a growing military budget in Canada, escalated during the Harper years and continuing with Trudeau. This story is one example of prioritising jobs at General Dynamics over the lives of human beings now living in the direst humanitarian disaster on the planet. And we have contributed to that.

Dateline: Ottawa, CANSEC 2016: These sorts of things take some planning: who has what experience that can be deployed in this situation? who is going out to the arms bazaar itself at the CFB airport? who is willing to risk this action? who of us is willing to be arrested?

While some of us were decoys with a plausible story to present at the front desk of the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa and documenters of the action—others came in behind us, a large banner folded inside a briefcase. They were greeted with suspicion and made as if to leave, making their way instead over to a waiting area in the Foreign Affairs lobby. They then unfurled our message: NO MORE ARMS DEALS—aimed at Canada’s deadly co-operation with Saudi Arabia in its destruction of Yemen and its people.

My role was to document, film the action and responses to it from and visitors alike. Still in my role, I ‘interviewed’ them loudly. amplifying the message. The minister was out of the country but his staff came to talk to them while the RCMP sorted out the complicitous; the curious asked questions. Requests to move the action outside were refused.

David Milne (left), of the three arrested, was given an additional ticket for ‘creating a disturbance’. He shouted, no doubt; he vented our rage. Then he wept. To read David’s testimony in court some months later, please go here.

Cooking fatigue: Pandemic Blues, American style

Our local paper has a weekly section devoted to cuisine—that’s the classy word for food—and often reviews the plentiful restaurant scene in this city that’s a magnet for tourism. This week’s focus was captioned “No more dishes: 13 family-style meals ready for takeout.” The third paragraph in the article begins, “Some local restaurants have responded to cooking fatigue with carryout family meals.”

“Cooking fatigue” is a new thing? A pandemic burden? An onerous affliction imposed by the ruthless virus? An encumbrance prompting urgent prayer-petitions for relief from Heaven itself? Is this one of the causes of the Capitol coup? (“We’re-sick-and-tired-of-Big-Government-requiring-us-to-cook-all-our-meals!”) The first featured food establishment mentioned in the article notes that the cost of a meal for two is a mere $39. A veritable steal!

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