Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade

Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (1989, Ottawa; coat.ncf.ca)

A Canadian network of individuals and organizations “that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX ’89, which was the country’s largest weapons bazaar and has since continued to expose and oppose Canada’s role in the international arms trade.

Its first campaign led to Ottawa City Council’s20-year ban on hosting arms trade shows on municipal property.  COAT has coordinated campaigns against war/air shows, war toys and Canada’s active participation, and hypocritical role, in various U.S-led wars.

Projects:

  • Organizing major conferences on human rights, conversion and weapons trade-related issues;
  • Non-Violent Play: Organizing opposition to war toys and violent games, and promoting cooperative children’s activities;
  • Opposing Military Trade Events;
  • Soliciting letters from NGOs in countries where Canada exports military equipment and distributing them in Canada;
  • Nuclear Weapons Conversion in Canada.

Publications:

  • Research Archive
  • HIGHLIGHT: Press for Conversion deals with the conversion of military industries and bases to civilian uses. Since the late 1990s, a recurring theme of the publication is to dispel the myth that Canada is a global force for peace, human rights and multiculturalism.

Note: It’s a small grassroots organization without discernable leadership or staff.

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