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Last stop for Ban Bus in Ottawa

The Canadian foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy welcoming campaigner Mette Eliseussen

(Ottawa, Canada: December 1,1997) At 12.30pm local time, the Ban Bus reached its final destination – the Conference Center in Ottawa, Canada where the ban treaty signing ceremony will be held from December 3-4. A media melee ensued with over 25 television crews, and numerous radio and print media assembled to record the arrival of the Ban Bus. Canada’s Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy and Belgium’s Foreign Minister Erik Derycke stopped by to congratulate the Ban Bus participants for their remarkable achievement – “You’ve all done one hell of a job!” said Axworthy after being sprayed with champagne by Mette Eliseussen.

The ‘raging grannies’ and members of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) braved cold wind to welcome the Ban Bus. The Ban Bus and Jody Williams, Coordinator of the ICBL, then proceeded into the Conference Center for a press conference moderated by Mary Wareham, Coordinator of the US Campaign to Ban Landmines. Valarie Warmington, chair of Mines Action Canada – the Canadian campaign to ban landmines, welcomed the Ban Bus on behalf of Canadian non-governmental organizations. Mette Eliseussen, John Rodsted and Michael hands spoke on their experiences and reflections of their10,000 kilometer road trip.

The most commonly asked question for us was: ‘Why isn’t the United States signing the ban treaty?”, said Eliseussen. “We only met one person who spoke against the treaty and a ban – that was General Larry Dodgen of the Pentagon”, said Michael Hands. “We wanted to show the reality of this issue for millions of people around the world”, said John Rodsted. “We wanted to show that the campaign will not go away after December – not while there is demining and mine victim assistance which must continue to deal with the problem on the ground.

Jody Williams predicted 121 nations would sign the treaty in Ottawa this week which is beyond her most optimistic predictions over a year ago. The real surprise of this campaign is this damn treaty”, said Williams when replying to a reporter’s question on the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize award to the ICBL.

The Ban Bus participants are taking a well-deserved rest now. They will return to their homes after Ottawa and then back to their work in mine contaminated countries. The Ban Bus participants want to thank all the thousands of Americans who showed their support for the venture over the past five weeks. The Ban Bus gave exactly 100 presentations. The Ban Bus wishes to thanks its principle sponsors: Handicap International, Save the Children USA, Norwegian People’s Aid, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the Landmines Project of Open Society Institute, the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church, UNICEF and the hundreds of people who have sent in donations or purchased ban bus t-shirts.

Bienvenue Au Canada Ban Bus — Montreal Welcomes

(Montreal, Canada: November 29, 1997) The Ban Bus arrived in Montreal to a warm welcome by the press and the public. Michael Hands started off a press conference at 12:3Opm with a demining demonstration outside in the snow before the participants moved inside for the formal session. Over 25 television, print and radio media covered the event http://ukviagras.com/ed/generic-cialis-uk/. Along with the Ban Bus speakers, the press
conference featured Paul Gagner of the United Nations, Jacques Saada, deputy of the Brossard-Laprairie and a member of the Canadian delegation to the Conference to Ban Landmines; Francine Baril, Canada-Cambodian Development Program; and Pierre Bourque, the Mayor of Montreal.

The Ban Bus held a public presentation on landmines later in the day. Many thanks go out to Stephen Drymer; Denis Chagnon of L’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale; Rejean Bertrand; ~rancine Baril; Pierre Bourque; Jacques Saada and all the supporters and campaigners who attended the Montreal events.

Thanksgiving Feast for Ban Bus in Pro-Ban Vermont

(Burlington, Vermont: November 27 & 28, 1997) While Americans sat down for the traditional Thanksgiving Day feast, the Ban Bus crew pushed on from Maine to Vermont in a six hour drive. A big Thanksgiving dinner was waiting for the Ban Bus in South Burlington, Vermont – a first Thanksgiving dinner for many of the Ban Bus campaigners.

On November 28, the ban bus crew started the day with press interviews with local television and print media at the Church Street Church. This was followed by a formal presentation. Bread and Puppet, a Vermont based street theater group, started the event with their show to call for a ban on landmines.

The Ban Bus thanked Senators Patrick J. Leahy and James M. Jeffords and Representative Bernard Sanders for supporting legislation banning antipersonnel landmines. The Ban Bus saluted Senator Leahy for his leadership role, both in the USA and internationally, on the landmine ban.

Warm Reception for Ban Bus in New Hampshire and Maine

(Portland, ME: November 26, 1997) The Ban Bus crew left Boston bright and early in the morning for a special stop in Portsmouth New Hampshire at the town square where they were greeted by State Senator Burt Cohen and a crowd of supporters. Senator Cohen announced at a news conference held with the Ban Bus that Unitrode, a Merrimack, New Hampshire-based corporation, has pledged that it will not “knowingly design, produce or sell” components of anti-personnel land mines. “All those who understand the devastation caused by land mines congratulate Unitrode on its pledge,” Senator Cohen said.

Unitrode was one of forty-one companies involved with producing and supplying land mine components, according to a study by the Human Rights Watch Arms Project. In a letter to Arnold Alpert of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire Office, Unitrode said: “Unitrode no longer produces any components which are, to our knowledge, used in land mines, nor have we sold the component in question during the past two years. We do not intend to knowingly design, produce or sell parts intended for such use in the future.” Unitrode joins seventeen other U.S. companies which have issued similar statements over the course of the past eighteen months.

After the brief presentations by the Ban Bus, Micheal Hands did a demining demontration. The Ban Bus received great press coverage on all the major local TV stations, and newspapers. The Ban Bus asked New Hampshire Senators (Senators Bob Smith and Judd Gregg) and Representatives (Representative Charles F. Bass and John E. Sununu) to support the Landmine Elimination Act banning antipersonnel landmines.

The Ban Bus then raced to Portland, Maine for a welcome at Monument Square on Congress Street. Despite very cold, (frigid!) and cloudy weather, the welcome we received from supporters warmed them. The Ban Bus spoke to local media before doing a presentation to the Maine Medical Center. The Ban Bus thanked Senators Olympia J, Snowe and Susan Collins and Representatives John Elias Baldacci and Thomas H. Allen for supporting legislation banning antipersonnel landmines. All Maine Senators and Representatives currently sponsor or cosponsor the Landmine Elimination Act.

Many thanks to the Maine Coalition to Ban Landmines and its member organizations: Maine Medical Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Women’s International Leaque for Peace and Freedom, Mid-Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Peace, Maine Council of Churches, and many special thanks to Wells Stately-Mays of Peace Action, Maine, and David Kuhns of Doctors without Borders. Many thanks to the event coordinators; Arnie Alperts, AFSC; Sean Donahue, Peace Action, Maine; Senator Burt Cohen; Steve Cruishank; and all the supporters that showed up at the
events.

Ban Bus Hits Bean Town

(Boston, MA: November 25, 1997) A great warm welcome to Marta Munguambe and Alberto Manhique of the Mozambique Campaign to Ban Landmines who joined the Ban Bus in Boston on route to Ottawa tomorrow. For their Massachusetts stop, the Ban Bus split into two teams with John Rodsted and Michael Hands stayed in Boston and Loung Ung, Marta, and Alberto travelling to Northampton.

The day in Boston began with an interview for the Boston Globe with Michael Hands. Hands and Rodsted then parked the Ban Bus in the center of Boston’s Copley Square Plaza Park where Hands did a demining demonstration and Rodsted set up his photo exhibit. At 4:OOpm an outdoor rally at the foot of the John Hancock Tower was opened by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Church bells of the Old South Church rang. Whit Larrabee of Massachusetts Peace Action read a Proclamation by Governor Paul Cellucci declaring November 25 Ban Landmines Day in the state of Massachusetts. Lisa Meade,
director of the Massachusetts office of Senator John Kerry offered support for the Ban Bus and urged President Clinton to sign the ban treaty. Other speakers included the Consul General of the Canadian Consulate in Boston, Mary Clancy, and the CEO of the American Red Cross of Mass. Bay as well as representatives from Physicians for Human Rights, Oxfam America, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

A candlelight vigil marched down Boylston Street to the Arlington Street Church, where an evening speakers’ forum took place. Distinguished actress and director Liv Ullmann opened the forum and was followed by Loung Ung (who drove to Boston from Northampton Ban Bus Activities), Anne Goldfeld of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, Len Rubenstein of Physicians for Human Rights, and Representative Jim McGovern. The evening ended with a meal of Cambodian and
Vietnamese food donated by area restaurants.

The Northampton activities began with a lunch sponsored by the Cambodian community of the Peace Pagoda in Leverett, MA. Campaigners leafleted at the Student Center of the University of Massachusetts Campus in Amherst, MA and then the Ban Bus proceeded to a rally held at the Unitarian Church in Northampton, MA.

The Ban Bus thanked Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy for supporting the Landmine Elimination Act and Massachutsetts Representatives William Delahunt, John Joseph Moakley, Jospeh Kennedy 11, Edward Markey, John Tierney, Martin Meehan, Barney Frank, James McGovern, Richard Neal and John Olver for their support for a ban ALL Massachusetts Senators and Representatives support legislation to ban antipersonnel landmines.

Thanks to the Boston Park Plaza owner Donald Saunders for providing free hotel rooms for the Ban Bus; Boston organizers Barbara Ayotte and Lara Quint of Physicians for Human Rights, Whit Larrabee and Jessica Sullivan of Mass. Peace Action; Susan Alberti and Anne Goldfeld of Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Northampton organizers included Glenn Ruga of Friends of Bosnia, and all our friends and supporters who kept us driving and motivated.

Landmines Awareness Day

U.S. Campaign To Ban Landmines Bus arrives in Boston’s Copley Square as churchbells ring

A cross-country bus tour of campaigners from the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines will stop in Boston’s Copley Square Plaza on November 25 to send a strong message to President Clinton to sign the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines next month in Ottawa. The United States and Cuba are the only countries in the Western Hemisphere that will not be signing th comprehensive treaty that calls for a total ban on production, sale, transfer, use, and stockpiling of antipersonnel landmines. The Canadian government expects over 120 nations in Ottawa to sign the treaty, including all NATO (except for Turkey) countries. The Ban Bus has been traveling throughout the United States since the beginning of October when it left from Berkeley, CA. At 4pm Mayor Tom Menino will greet the campaigners as bells from the Old South Church ring in honor of landmine victims.

All events in Boston are organized by Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights (a founding member of the steering committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. PHR will be present in Oslo, Norway next month to accept the Nobel Peace Prize with other members of the ICBL) and Massachusetts Peace Action along with the cooperation of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

Interactive Exhibits: Copley Square Plaza 2-4pm

Demining exhibition: Michael Hands, a professional deminer and mines awareness instructor working with Norwegian People’s Aid in Bosnia and Chechnya, will demonstrate the complex process of removing landmines.

Simulated minefield: PHR’s Tamara Morgan, a nurse who has treated landmine victims in Africa, will challenge Bostonians to walk across a simulated “minefield” to gain awareness of the challenge faced by thousands of people living in mine-affected countries such as Bosnia,
Angola, Mozambique and Cambodia

Giant shoe pyramid: A shoe pile, representing the 500 victims who
either their life or limbs in a week, has been a symbol used internationally by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Similar tributes have been built in the United States in front of the
Washington monument and in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. There are over 500 landmine victims every week. Every 22 minutes a person somewhere in the world steps on a mine.

Youth from Boston’s City Year will join the campaigners from the Ban Bus and local organizations to participate in the activities in the Copley Square Park.

Photo Exhibit: Arlington Street Church: 2-4pm
A photo exhibit of mine victims from Cambodia and Bosnia, by campaigner and photographer John Rodsted of Australia, will be on display at the Arlington Street Church from 2-4pm.

Rally to Ban Landmines: Copley Square Park: 4:00-5:30 pm
A rally will take place from 4-5:30pm in the Copley Square Plaza park. Church bells in the Old South Church will ring at 4:00pm in honor of landmine victims and Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino will greet the Ban Bus campaigners. A representative from Governor Paul Cellucci’s office will read a proclamation declaring November 25 “Ban Landmines Day” in the state of Massachusetts. Speakers scheduled to speak at the rally include: a representative from the office of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry; the Consul General of the Canadian Consulate of Boston, Mary Clancy; Patricia Deyton, CEO of the American Red Cross in Boston; Alan Gorrell, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Medical Society;. and representatives from Boston organizations that have worked on the campaign to ban landmines, including: Physicians for Human Rights, Massachusetts Peace Action, the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and Oxfam America.

Candlelight march: Boylston Street 5:30 pm
A silent candlelight procession, led by campaigners from the Ban Bus, for the 26,000 victims per year of landmines will march along Boylston Street from Copley Square Plaza to the Arlington Street Church from 5:30-6:00pm.

Evening speakers’ forum
An evening speakers forum from 6-8pm at the Arlington Street Church will be hosted by distinguished actress/director Liv Ullmann.

Loung Ung, a campaigner on the Ban Bus and a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, will discuss her experiences in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge and landmines. Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), of Worcester who nominated the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
for the Nobel Peace Prize and Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights, will speak about the U.S. position on landmines and the treaty, and Dr. Anne Goldfeld, a physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a board member of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, will speak about her experiences with landmines in Angola and Cambodia.

All events are open to the press and to the public.
Interviews can be arranged before the event by contacting
Barbara Ayotte at Physicians for Human Rights at 695-0041.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an organization of health professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens that utilizes the knowledge and skills of the medical and forensic sciences to investigate and prevent violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. PHR is a founding member of the steering committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines. The Boston-based organization will be present in
Oslo, Norway next month to accept its share of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its coordinator, Jody Williams. PHR has investigated the deadly legacy of landmines in Cambodia, Somalia, Mozambique, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, written many books and articles on the subject, and participated in the international ban treaty negotiations.

Article published by Carl Stieren, Landmine Abolition: “History being made as 155 countries expected in Ottawa”

Article published by Daily Bruin::
“International campaign to ban land mines begins”

Article published by ACAS:
“Action Alert: Ban Landmines”

Ban Bus Leaves Big Apple for Ivy League State

(New Haven & Hartford, CT November 24,1997) The Ban Bus was joined today by Loung Ung, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, who represented the US Campaign to Ban Landmines on the multinational Ban Bus. The team started the day in New Haven, CT at a press conference organized by the Connecticut Coalition to Abolish Landmines. At 1l am, all the church bells in New Haven rang in unison to send the Ban Bus on its way to Hartford where they were welcomed at another press conference at the Capital Building. Connecticut Governor Rowland’s Chief of Staff, Richard Bloomingthal presented the Ban Bus with a State of Connecticut Proclamation supporting a ban on landmines. State Senator Tony Hart also presented the Ban Bus with a Proclamation, and gave an eloquent speech in support of a landmine ban.

The Ban Bus thanked Senators Joseph Lieberman and Christopher Dodd for supporting the Landmine Elimination Act and Connecticut Representatives Nancy Johnson, James Maloney, Christopher Shays, Rosa DeLauro, Sam Gejdenson and Barbara Kennelley for their support. All Connecticut Senators and Representatives support legislation banning antipersonnel landmines.

Thanks go out to CT coalition to Abolish Landmines for organizing the events, especially Rob Forbes and Nathan Karnes. Special thanks to Representative Jessie Stratten, Governor John Rowland, Attorney General Sydney Hallbrook, Sen. Tony Hart, Senator Dodd’s office, Miles Rappaport, Bruce Blair, Bruce martin, and all the rest. Thank you!

Whirlwind New York Events For Ban Bus

(New York, NY, November 21, 1997) A whirlwind series of events in New York City saw the Ban Bus parked in a garage so that the campaigners could take full advantage of New York’s yellow cabs to zip from event to event. At the first stop of the day, Michael Hands and Stephen Goose, Human Rights Watch, debated David Appleton, U.S. Department of State, and Brigadier General Larry Dodgen, U.S. Department of Defense, at a Council on Foreign Relations breakfast hosted by the Center for Preventative Action and moderated by Barbara Crossette of the New York Times. The breakfast was titled: “The Campaign to Ban Landmines: Why is the US Reluctant?”

The International Campaign’s photographer John Rodsted got to shop at the famous B & H professional photography store while Michael Hands purchased flags representing the nations on the Ban Bus at the United Nations gift shop. The next event was a speaking engagement sponsored by Vernon Nichols, President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament. Then the ban bus crossed the street to the United Nations to participate in a press conference organized by the UN Correspondents Club at the UN Secretariat – speakers included Stephen Goose, HRW, and Robert Muller of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Last week a UN General Assembly resolution passed through the UNGA’s Disarmament Committee by a vote of 127 to 0 with 19 abstentions, including
the United States. Nations expected to sign the Ottawa ban treaty on December 3 and 4 now include: all of the Western Hemisphere except for the U.S. and Cuba, all of the European Union except for Finland, all of NATO except for the U.S. and Turkey, nearly all of Sub-Saharan Africa with probably 4 or 5 exceptions, most of the former Warsaw Pact nations including Hungary, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic, many nations of the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Japan, Malaysia and perhaps Indonesia. In total an estimated 120 nations will sign in Ottawa while 40 nations look on as observers
including the United States.

The Ban Bus spoke to students at Barnard College, Columbia University at an event organized by Hazel Tamano of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom before leaving to watch a debate at the Asia Society between Robert Muller, VVAF, and Brigadier General Dodgen from the Pentagon. The Asia Society event, organized by Andrew Thornley, was titled “Toward a Landmine Ban: Implications for the United States and Asia”. Dodgen, Muller, Goose and the ban bus then walked 6 blocks down to the residence of the Canadian representative to the United Nations. Ambassador Robert Fowler and Mary Fowler hosted the reception for the US Campaign to Ban Landmines to welcome the Ban Bus to New York City and to also award Steve Ransley with a United Nations medal for his contribution to the UN’s mine action efforts.
On Saturday, the Ban Bus spoke at the Good Shepherd Church where dancers of the Cambodian Buddhist Society Inc. performed having traveled from Maryland to join the ban bus. The next day, Mary Wareham spoke to a luncheon hosted by John Kim of the National Association of Korean Americans.

The Ban Bus would like to thank Alan Gross for his kind hospitality on Friday night. The next stop for the Ban Bus is New Haven and Hartford, CT on Monday November 24, where the contact person is Rob Forbes, Connecticut Coalition to Abolish Landmines, tel. 203-782-9101.

Ban Bus Turns 75 in Philadelphia

(Philadelphia, PA, November 20, 1997) After a farewell from DC filmed by a Japanese broadcasting team, the Ban Bus departed for Philadelphia, PA. The first 75th presentation by the Ban Bus was made to the local NPR radio station – WHYY with an hour long interview with local callers including Korean and Vietnam War veterans. The Ban Bus was welcomed at a rally at the City Hall in downtown Philadelphia where City Councilman Angel Ortiz presented a resolution which had just passed unanimously through the Council. The resolution urges the U.S. Congress to pass appropriate legislation to ban antipersonnel
landmines and urges the U.S. Government to participate in and accede to, the Ottawa Treaty. The event was covered by local newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and television stations including the local CBS and NBC affiliates.

The Ban Bus then viewed the Robert Capa exhibition – Capa, a famous war photographer, was killed in when he stepped on a landmine while working in the Vietnam War. After a lunch sponsored by the White Dog on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Ban Bus spoke at the University’s Law School. The last event of the day was a presentation at the American Friends Services Committee where the Ban Bus was given a poster from the people of Philadelphia calling for a ban on antipersonnel landmines. The Ban Bus then departed for New York City to avoid the morning traffic and make an early morning event.
The Ban Bus thanked Senator Arlen Specter for his support of the Landmine Elimination Act and also thanked Representatives Phil English, William J. Coyne, Jon D. Fox, Paul E. Kanjorski, John E resources. Peterson, Robert A. Borski, and Chaka Fatta for their support. The ban bus asked Senator Rick Santorum and Representatives Frank Mascara, William F. Goodling, Michael F. Doyle, George W. Gekas, Joseph R. Pitts, Paul McHale, John P. Murtha, Joseph M. McDade, Bud Shuster, James C. Greenwood, Curt Weldon, Tim Holden, Ron Klink, and Thomas M. Foglietta for their support.

The Ban Bus publicized local companies involved in the manufacture of components for antipersonnel landmines which refuse to renounce their involvement in the mine production business. The two local companies are: Action Manufacturing Company, tel. 2 1 5-739-6400 and Day & Zimmerman, tel. 2 15-299-8000.

The Ban Bus would like to thank Kate Green and David Gracie of the American Friends Services Committee, the Philadelphia Bar Association and its International Human Rights Committee, the Peace Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends, the Philadelphia chapter of Veterans for Peace, the local Peace Action chapter, Abolition 2000 and the many individuals and groups who turned out to show their support.

Ban Bus Washington DC events: November 17-19

November 17-21
Art Exhibition on Landmines
Very Special Arts Gallery, 1300 Connecticut Ave NW

From November 17-21, an exhibition on landmines will run at the Very Special Arts Gallery featuring photographs by Australian photographer John Rodsted, ceramic mines by U.S. artist Conrad Atkinson, wooden mines by U.S. artist Mark Salwasser, sculpture by U.S. artist Daniel Walsh, painting by Swedish artist Veronica Cornils-Berg and art work by children in mine-contaminated Afghanistan. Free and open to everyone.

Nov. 18,
Very Special Arts Gallery

7pm, Press conference featuring some of the artists, host William Kennedy-Smith of Physicians Against Landmines, Lucy Wong Hernandez of Disabled Peoples International and a representative of the US Campaign. Open to media only.

6pm

Reception at the gallery open to all campaigners.
Contact person: Beverley Wong, Tel. 703-2 76-8991

Nov. 19
12.30-2pm
National Press Club, Washington DC

Press Conference: Newsmaker luncheon featuring Ms. Jody Williams, Coordinator, International Campaign to Ban Landmines and co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Open to media only.

5-6.30pm
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave NW,
Auditorium entrance: 12th and H St.

Film screening of Small Targets: Landmines in Mozambique made by David Feingold for UNICEF in 1997. Also featuring a new 8 minute documentary on the Ottawa Process. Featuring two presenters from the Ban Bus. Free and open to everyone – please attend! ! ! Contact person: Joe Mettimano, US Committee for UNICEF, Tel. 202-296-4242

7-9pm
American University, School of International Service Lounge
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Presentation by Ban Bus participants deminer Michael Hands, mine awareness instructor Mette Eliseussen and US Campaigner Carl Nyberg along with a slide show and discussion. Free and open to everyone! Contact person: Shati Mokhtari, tel. 202-885-7519.

7.30pm-8.30pm
George Washington University, Room 103 in Funger Hall, Cnr G and 22nd Streets NW

Presentation by Ban Bus participants photographer John Rodsted, Cambodian-American Loung Ung and US Campaigner Mary Wareham along with a slide show and discussion. Free and open to everyone! Contactperson: Patti Bouch, tel. 202-228-0612.

The Ban Bus is a cross-country grassroots effort aimed at educating the American public on the impact of landmines and ways to alleviate this problem such as a total ban on antipersonnel mines, and increased resources for humanitarian demining and mine victim rehabilitation and assistance. The five week long Ban Bus Tour will end in Ottawa, Canada on December 1, where an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines will be signed by over 100 nations. The Ban Bus Tour is organized by the US Campaign to Ban Landmines, a nationwide coalition of over 250 non-governmental organizations, and one of 60 country campaigns making up the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Ban Bus Contactperson: Mary Wareham, VVAF, Coordinator, US Campaign to Ban Landmines.