MPACS Bulletin – September 15th – September 29th

September 15th – September 29th

MPACS Bulletin


Hello everyone! We hope that you all had a wonderful summer! We are all looking forward to seeing you back at school. Here are something’s to look out for in this up-coming week!



  • Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugee’s
  • Book launch: Working Centre’s Book
  • Book launch: Canada in Africa, 300 years of Aid and Exploitation (With Author Ives Engler!)
  • Peace Week
  • Film: Cinema Politica AYOTZINAPA, Chonicle of a State Crime
  • WPIRGs September Slam


  • ERS 475/675: Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental Studies Students


  • 2015 MEDA Convention in Richmond Virginia
  • Just War Theory Conference
  • CAFRMS 2016 Conference

For more information keep scrolling below! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


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Date: Tuesday September 15th @5:30
Where: Kitchener City Hall

Join us to make a stand for the rights of Refugees in Canada and around the world.
#proudtoprotectrefugees #WRwelcomesRefugees
Meeting at the town square in front of the City of Kitchener, please email if you need more information.
Organised by community organisations serving refugees and immigrants in Waterloo Region

The Working Centre’s Book launch – Transition to Common Work

Date: Thursday, September17th, 2015 @7:00 pm

Location: St. John’s Kitchen – Victoria St.N, Kitchener, ON

Free Admission and Refreshments provided

Contact Info: Jenny Adamthwaite For more about the working centre, See

Join us for the official release of the working Centre’s book, Transition to Common Work, written by Joe and Stephanie Mancini, founders of the working Centre. SJU alumni, Joe and Stephanie Mancini, will share stories on the growth of the Working Centre’s integrated community, focusing on how the virtures can reinvigorate cultural development.

The event will be hosted by Dr. Kathering Hergman, President of St. Jer
ome’s University and Dr. David Seljak

Canada in Africa Book Launch
September 18, 3PM

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Yves Engler, the author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, and other works that challenge the myth of Canadian benevolence, documents Canadian involvement in the
transatlantic slave trade, the “scramble for Africa” and European colonialism. The book reveals Ottawa’s
opposition to anticolonial struggles, its support for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup, and its role in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah


Saturday, September 19th to Saturday, September 26th
Location: Conrad Grebel University College

In celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21), Conrad Grebel University College is please to be organizing Peace Week – a week of events to acknowledge and raise awareness for peace related issues.

Film Screening: Resistencia – the fight for the Aguan Valley
Resistencia tells the story of campesinos in the Aguan Valley of Honduras and their response to the 2009 military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya on the eve of an election that would have included a vote on whether or not to re-write the constitution. One of the many groups that stood to gain from a democratically elected government and new constitution was the country’s hundreds of thousands of landless farmers, who planned to enshrine their right to soil in the new constitution.The film follows farmers of the fertile Aguan Valley, who responded to the coup by taking over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations under illegal control of the most powerful man in the country, Miguel Facussé. The farmers established co-ops on the land in the face of horrifically violent responses from Facussé and his paramilitary security guards. The film follows this story, and profiles some of the leaders who have resisted this violence and continued to fight for their right to land, safety, security and peace.Join us for a screening of the film followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Jesse Freeston, that will be led by PACS students.Watch the film trailer:

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Great Hall (1111), Conrad Grebel University College

Book Introduction and Coffee Break: Landmark Speeches on U.S. Pacifism by Susan Schultz Huxman
Join Susan and the Grebel community at a coffee break to celebrate her newest book, Landmark Speeches on U.S. Pacifism.
Panel: Making a Killing? Canada and the Global Arms Trade: How weapons exports may fuel human rights violations and armed conflict
This panel discussion, facilitated by Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, will be co-sponsored by the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement and St. Jerome’s University.

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Community Education Room (2202), Conrad Grebel University College

Play: This Will Lead to Dancing
Theatre of the Beat will present a new play about wholeness and belonging. Free registration required, with pay what you can donation at the door. After the show there will be a short presentation to Johnny Wideman, for the receipt of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Great Hall (1111), Conrad Grebel University College 

These events are all part of Conrad Grebel’s Peace Week. So see more details click this link

Cinema Politica – AYOTZINAPA, Chronicle of a state Crime

Wednesday, September 23 @7:00pm
46 King Street North, Uptown Waterloo


SYNOPSIS:  !Vivos se los llevaron, vivos los queremos!

“They took them alive, we want them back alive” (the chant in Spanish above) is the cry of the families, friends, and supporters of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, who were attacked and disappeared by police in the state of Guerrero, Mexico on September 26, 2014.

This is a story, testimonial, and documentary about the armed kidnappings and disappearances of 43 students, which exposes the involvement and complicity of the police and military authorities in the crime, as well as the role of the Mexican political and economic elite, who seem to be different sectors but in fact serve the same interests.


Tickets are available at the door only. Admission to Cinema Politica Waterloo screenings are by donation, with a sliding scale suggestion of $5-10, though everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

WPIRGs September Slam
Thursday Sept 24 @7:00 pm
Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall
University of Waterloo


It has become a WPIRG tradition to kick off a new academic year with a showcase event featuring rising artists whose creative work, critical lens on society and commitment to social change inspires us to roll up our sleeves again (or for the first time!) and get ready for another year of social and environmental justice organizing on campus and in the local community. This year’s event line up is sure to be no different. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of hip hop, poetry and performance and, while you’re at it, get to know WPIRG and our community of campus and community activists.


Tickets are available at the door only. Admission to Cinema Politica Waterloo screenings are by donation, with a sliding scale suggestion of $5-10, though everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


ERS 475/675: Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental Studies Students

If you wish to enroll:
Undergrad Students: Contact Patti Bester – during Winter enrollment period in October
Graduate Students: Contact Amanda Taves – during Winter enrollment period in October
This unique course, co-taught with Traditional Knowledge Holder/Elder Peter Schuler from the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation, will provide students in the Faculty of Environment and across campus an introduction to First Nations issues in Canada and to Traditional Knowledge and Practice.  The course introduces students to academic literature that documents historic and current Indigenous issues in Canada as well as decolonizing and critical Indigenous methodologies but more importantly, the course gives students the opportunity to learn directly from a Traditional Knowledge Holder in both classroom and experiential contexts.



Lancaster, Pa.   –  MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) looks forward to welcoming our network of supporters to the 2015 MEDA Convention in Richmond, Va., Nov 5-8. David Greene, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, will headline the annual event, which will take place at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

The convention, a long-time symbol of the excitement of our world-changing organization, will also feature James Loewen, author of the American Book Award-winning Lies my teacher told me. Full and half-day tours will take advantage of Richmond’s rich culture and history, including trips to Colonial Williamsburg, a service trip to a Richmond foodbank, and a tour of Richmond International Raceway.

“The Richmond Convention promises to be a time of networking, inspiration, and fun while offering our supporters a unique opportunity to engage with our international work,” says Dave Warren, MEDA’s chief engagement officer.

Sessions at this year’s convention include an afternoon of TED-style MEDAnext Talks, reports from the field by our innovative project staff and cutting-edge commentaries on the intersection of faith and work in today’s world. The convention will also offer time for networking, reconnecting and reflecting on MEDA’s mission and values.

“We’re quite pleased with the opportunities available to us in Richmond. Attendees can look forward to excellent restaurants, amazing history and a stunning convention space at the Omni,” says Carol Eby-Good, manager of association engagement. “From the music to the atmosphere to the programming, this is going to be a great convention.” Registration for this year’s convention, Growing Business, Building Community, is available online at, with early bird rates available until Oct. 8.

For more information contact:

Ethan Eshbach:

Linda Whitmore:


The Theory of Just War Behind the Jurisprudential Defense of Military Action

Keynote Speaker: Professor Michael Walzer, the author of “Just and Unjust Wars” (1977),Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

On 5th July 1415 the participants of the Council of Constance – a historically pivotal gathering of the ruling and clerical elite of contemporary Europe – were provided with the first of a series of legal writings concerning a momentous dispute between the Kingdom of Poland and the Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem (the Teutonic Knights). The case centered around the legitimacy of military attacks undertaken by the State of the Teutonic Order on the region of Samogitia (northwestern part of today’s Lithuania), whose inhabitants were the last ethnic group in Europe to resist conversion to Christianity. Arguing for the Polish side was Paul Vladimiri (Paweł Włodkowic), rector of the Academy of Kraków, who, following the most prominent theological and legal thinkers of the time, defended the rights of pagans to have their own states, safe from the attacks of Christians, provided they themselves refrained from attacking their Christian neighbours. Based on the idea of mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence between different political communities, Paul Vladimiri’s argumentation has gone down in history as one of the prototype versions of the theory of just war. 600 years after its original presentation, some fundamental issues raised during the medieval dispute are still of utmost urgency:

What type of rationale legitimizes the use of force against an autonomous political community?

What are the preconditions of a morally/legally justified military intervention undertaken on the territory of an independent state?

Which international institution possesses the entitlement to authorize the enforcement of universally recognized standards of execution of political power, e.g. respect for basic human rights?

Are there any moral/legal constraints on the membership in alliances aimed at eliminating specific threats to world peace?

To what extent are individual people responsible for the aggressive policy of (morally deplorable use of force by) their state leaders?

Answers to these and many other questions related to the idea of just war will be discussed during a conference held at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland, on 13-14 October 2015.  Accepted papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume on the conference theme.

Registration procedure must be completed by September 15, 2015 by paying the conference fee of 100 EURO (or 115 USD; for details, see the Practical Information tab). The conference fee does not cover accommodation.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Adam Cebula, PhD Przemysław Gawron, PhD Magdalena Płotka, PhD

October 2015.  Accepted papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume on the conference theme.

Registration procedure must be completed by September 15, 2015 by paying the conference fee of 100 EURO (or 115 USD; for details, see the Practical Information tab). The conference fee does not cover accommodation. 

Freedom of Movement:9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

May 12 -14, 2016 Winnipeg, MB Our responsibility to Refugees and Immigrants in Addressing Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Development in Response to Armed Conflict, Persecution and displacement

The Call for Papers is available at

Hosted by Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College A college of Canadian Mennonite University Affiliated with The University of Winnipeg

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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