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Anti-nuclear campaigners have condemned plans to host a thanksgiving service for Britain’s nuclear weapons system at Westminster Abbey.
Pax Christi, Christian CND and other campaigners will gather from 1130 close to Westminster Abbey to protest the event.
Protest location is outside Barclay’s Bank on Victoria Street. Witness begins at 12pm.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “It’s morally repugnant that a service of thanksgiving for Britain’s nuclear weapons system is due to be held at Westminster Abbey. This sends out a terrible message to the world about our country. It says that here in Britain we celebrate weapons – in a place of worship – that can kill millions of people.
The 15th May 2019 is the 71st anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe). We commemorate the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 400 Palestinian towns and villages to make way for the State of Israel.
Pax Christi members and friends will gather from 1145 outside Coventry Cathedral for a silent Vigil
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Annual event supported by Pax Christi, Peace Pledge Union, Quakers, Conscience, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, War Resisters International and others.
Witness of COs presented through readings, poems and song. Information
Come and join in a Brighton event remembering Barbara Eggleston. Be there for what is hoped will be the first annual lecture in her memory. Share in ideas for future campaigning plans. Click here for More information
DSEI will be fast approaching by the 8th June, so we will gather together at St Hilda’s East Community Centre in London to pin down our plans and get more people involved. More info on the CAAT website
On June 26th there will be a mass lobby for action on climate change. Climate change is already fuelling armed conflict. As Pope Francis reminds us, ‘I wish to mention another threat to peace which arises from the greedy exploitation of environmental resources.’ Thousands of people will come together to send a message to politicians: End the UK’s contribution to climate change and pass ambitious laws that create a healthier environment for nature and people. More information here
This talk has been highlighted by members of Pax Christi Italy. Meet Luigi Ciotti founder of “Libera Contro le Mafie“, an organisation that promotes the use of land and assets seized from the Mafia to set up local food cooperatives, anti-drug projects and community centres, as well as seeking to provide employment for those sidelined by organised crime.
In this talk with Davide Palmisano, the founder of Libera will explain his 25-year long fight against organised crime through community empowerment and social entrepreneurship.
The conference will examine the theme of militarism and the environment. The morning sessions concentrate on how war and preparation for war accelerate climate change. In
the afternoon, the focus is on the abolition of war, drawing on past initiatives. “The elephant in the kitchen when it comes to Climate Change is clearly the world’s military. The world spends something like 2 trillion US dollars a year on its military. At
least half of that vast sum goes on military production with a massive CO2 output. The military are both a major cause of climate change and hence, of the conflicts which result
from the movement of peoples as deserts spread.” Bruce Kent, President of MAW, Vice President of CND
“If we’re going to win on climate we have to make sure we are counting carbon
completely, not exempting different things like military emissions because it is politically
inconvenient to count them. The atmosphere certainly counts the carbon from the
military, therefore we must as well.” Stephen Kretzmann, Director, Oil Change
“…if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or
white. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a
civilization or we don’t. We have to change.” Greta Thunberg, Climate activist
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