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Workshop on populism

A workshop with a focus on populism was facilitated by NFPB members for Westmorland Regional Meeting at the end of April. Although the term is used in a variety of ways, populism has in some ways become a shorthand term for some of the less desirable aspects of civic and political life, both in the UK and further afield.

UK General Election 2017 - peace concerns

voting for peace

Our society and our planet need politics that will enable people to live sustainably, with respect for differences and diversity, promoting human rights for all. These are some of the foundations for peace. We offer these comments during the period leading up to 2017 general election, as pointers and prompts for conversations with candidates and others, and in considering how you might use your vote.

We have listed a number of links connected with each of the areas of concern, and the following might also be useful:

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

CO day ceremony in Manchester

This annual event was marked on 15th May with ceremonies in different parts of the UK, including in the North, vigils in Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool. At the Manchester event, the following poem was read by poet Steven Waling. Steven is a Manchester Quaker and also works one day week in the NFPB office. The poem has been informed and inspired partly by First World War CO Tribunal accounts, as well as by more recent events.

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NFPB calls for de-escalation in relation to North Korea

Northern Friends Peace Board’s trustees met today and agreed to send the following to Theresa May, Prime Minister, and to Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary. The same will also be sent to leaders of the main opposition parties.
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Friday 28th April 2017

Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is “stepping up across the globe: the 5th largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year” How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?

Progress towards nuclear weapons ban treaty

Last week, NFPB member Janet Fenton was present as part of the civil society presence in New York during the UN discussions towards a nuclear weapons ban treaty, along with QPSW’s Tim Wallis. Janet’s report and reflections can be read here whilst Tim’s account can be read here .

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.

Download this as a PDF

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.

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