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Growing points for peace

NHS not Trident

More than 40 Friends, including some from Quaker Meetings in the area, gathered in Bolton for our first meeting this year, on 4th March. Members were present from North Scotland, Derbyshire and nearly all Area Meetings between.

NFPB Update, February 2017

This is a first update from Northern Friends Peace Board for 2017. We intend to produce these updates at least four times during 2017, for Quakers Meetings in the North and other supporting and interested individuals and groups. Please get in touch if you wish to be added to our mailing list or to tell us of email or address changes.

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Recent and forthcoming meetings

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

International negotiations take place in 2017 on a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons.

Inspiring speakers, important challenges

NFPB members met in early October and late November, in Penrith and York respectively. Common themes linked the two meetings, with a number of people joining us to speak and to explore current issues and challenges. Facing a continued drift towards increased militarism and military spending, alongside a political environment that is become more polarised and fearful, in the UK and beyond, Friends have been in a sombre but determined mood.

NFPB meeting in York, 26/11

Northern Friends Peace Board members will soon be gathering at Friargate Meeting House in York on Saturday 26th November for their final meeting of the year. In the morning, Edinburgh Friend Janet Fenton will be speaking about the proposed nuclear weapons ban treaty, that was put in motion by the UN recently. Janet has been in New York working on this this autumn. Michael Elstub, of Settle Meeting, will be talking about the work of Veterans for Peace.

Quaker Approaches to Peace

This is Quaker week, and the following is the text of a new leaflet from us. It can be downloaded as a PDF from the link at the bottom and is available from our office – contact details on our home page

Peace, media and change

Darlington Meeting House was the venue for Northern Friends Peace Board’s conference on ‘Changing the Narrative for Peace – Critical role of the media’ on 24th September. Organised by the Board’s ‘Sustainable Security’ project group, the event was attended by around 40 participants, speakers and committee members. Local Quakers supported throughout the day with a warm welcome and hospitality.

Changing the narrative for peace - critical role of the media

Media conference graphic

Conference – Darlington 24th September

If the only tool you have is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail‘ – a quotation sometimes used when the possibility of going to war is in the air. It alludes to a wider issue of how we view security and how news sources and other other media outlets frame the discussion.

EU Referendum

Statement from Northern Friends Peace Board, meeting on 18th June at Central Edinburgh Meeting House

After the referendum, regardless of the outcome, there will be many people in the UK and elsewhere feeling hurt, angry and disappointed. The role of the media and many politicians in framing the debate has too often been very negative; passionate assertions have been presented as credible predictions, untruths have been used as if they were fact (in spite of frequent challenges), and fears and prejudices have been stoked up in support of competing agendas.

Resources and opportunities for action on Trident

nuclear bomb over Japan

With a decision on a successor to the UK Trident programme still in the offing, NFPB was pleased to have the opportunity host a special interest group event at Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) at the end of May.

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