Celebration set for ‘Debunk Debert' anniversary

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DEBERT - A celebration of the 30th anniversary of ‘Debunk Debert' is set for Halifax at the beginning of March.

‘Debunk Debert' was a women's day of peaceful protest held at the Debert military base on Feb. 29, 1984. The protest, against a NATO drill at the Debert bunker, was months in the making and the various actions mounted that day garnered national media attention.

The Museum of Natural History on Summer Street in Halifax is hosting the 30th anniversary event, which will begins at 7 p.m. on March 1 with a screening of the documentary "Debert Bunker: By Invitation Only," directed by Liz MacDougall.

The documentary, set outside the military base, features five women's peace groups gathered to call attention to a secretive Emergency Measures Organization practice run. The drill sent chosen officials, 329 men and 11 women, into a NATO operated underground bunker for protection during a hypothetical nuclear attack.

Each activist group points out, through street theatre or in ritualistic performances, the deadly irony of emergency drills that are no less than rehearsals for nuclear war.

The event will also feature four women making presentations on the topic of collective activism for peace and social justice.

Following presentations, MacDougall will host a brief discussion between presenters and the audience.

Organizations: NATO, Museum of Natural History, By Invitation Only Emergency Measures Organization

Geographic location: Halifax

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