WILPF Monterey County Branch screens “A Bold Peace”Published on November, 59 2017
By Judy Karas, Chair WILPF Monterey Co. Branch
WILPF Monterey Country Branch is screening “A Bold Peace: Costa Rica's path of demilitarization,” on Sunday November 11, 2-4pm, at the Monterey Public Library (open to the public).
The film details the events, starting almost 70 years ago, when Costa Rica abolished its army and committed itself to fostering a peaceful society. In 1948, Costa Rica dismantled its military establishment and intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, the financial savings was invested in their people, creating strong public institutions including public higher education and universal health care. In short, Costa Ricans created a society committed to peace, solidarity, and international law.
The program is cosponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center. This event is the second in a 3-part mini-series presented by WILPF and the MPJC with the theme, “Positive Futures: How the World Might Live.”
Scheduled in conjunction with Veterans Day observances, this event beckons people to begin to think differently about war and peace.