Challenging Militarism

Avoiding Apocalypse: Alternatives to a war-based foreign policy

Monday, October 2, 2017

18:00–20:00 – Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD Manchester.
Facebook event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/247210055803338/?active_tab=about>OCT2
… part of a week of actions and events to mark the return of the Tory Party conference to Manchester, coordinated by People’s Assembly.

Keep Space for Peace Week 2017 Demonstration at Menwith Hill, Yorks

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

http://www.caab.org.uk/events/tue-10102017-1800/keep-space-peace-week-20... – 18:00 – 19:30
Arranged jointly by Menwith Hill Accounability Campaign with Yorkshire CND. Peaceful demonstration at the Main Gates of Menwith Hill drawing attention to the urgent need to return space to peace. Speakers, food and music. All are welcome to participate, sharing and learning about the difficult and complex consequences of militarising space.

From Militarisation to Peace

Friday, March 2, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018

Building a Diverse and Transformative Movement for Change

Quakers and European Politics

Friday, February 9, 2018 to Sunday, February 11, 2018

Speaking Out About Peace

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Tuesday, December 5, 2017

STOP THE ARMS FAIR - WEEK OF ACTION

Monday, September 4, 2017 to Monday, September 11, 2017

with the main focus of events being at the Excel Centre, Docklands, London, during the week of 4-11 September, there are also activities before and after, including Art the Arms Fair and vigils in other parts of the country. Full listing of related events

THE MEN SENT TO FRANCE

From The Tribunal 12th July 1917

This is a further update in a series of extracts from the No Conscription Fellowship’s journal, published in the UK between March 1916 and November 1918
_For other extracts go to:_http://nfpb.org.uk/tribunal

In reply to a question on July 5th, Mr. Macpherson stated in the House of Commons that Davies, Garland, Keighley, Middleton, and Price, the men sent to France at the beginning of the month, were “irregularly” sent abroad, and “should have been remanded for trial by court-martial in this country.” At the time of answering the question he had not managed to discover where these men actually were. The following letter was received by the parents of Davies when they wrote to the War Office to enquire of his whereabouts:

2nd July 1917.
Dear sir, – In reply to your letter of the 29th June regarding your son Joseph Davies, you may rest assured that if sentenced to imprisonment in France he will be returned to this country forthwith. I have not at the moment accurate information as to his whereabouts, but as soon as I am aware I will make a point of communicating the information to you.

It may be some reassurance to you to be informed that the current rumour that conscientious objectors are being spirited away to France with the object of their being shot is wholly untrue, and you need have no fear whatever in that regard. The last thing I desire is that men should be sent to France under improper conditions as it only entails their being brought back again and al loss of money to the public.
Yours faithfully.
(Signed) B. W. Childs,
Brig. General
Director of Personal Services
War Office,
Whitehall, S.W.

As we go to press we learn that all five men have been returned to England.

MESSAGE FROM CLIFFORD ALLEN TO THE FELLOWSHIP

From The Tribunal 14th Jun 1917

This is a further update in a series of extracts from the No Conscription Fellowship’s journal, published in the UK between March 1916 and November 1918
_For other extracts go to:-_http://nfpb.org.uk/tribunal

The Cells, No. 4 Parkhouse Camp, Salisbury Plain May 31st 1917

Dear comrades,

I have decided not to send a long written message to the Fellowship. Something more vital is wanted now. I have just read the Russian demand for an unequivocal statement by the Allies on the question of peace terms. It has thrilled me with a sense of the responsibility we C.O.’s share in the great movement towards liberty which is surging up in the life of almost every nation.

I am overjoyed by the thought that we have already contributed so much to the re-awakening of the spirit of freedom in our own country.

The next few months will, however, make an even heavier demand upon our courage and faith. All through the intricacies of our struggle we must avoid anything which might tarnish our own self-respect or our sense of corporate responsibility. Upon individual character and an ever-deepening belief that the strongest unity will come from the love of service depends the life of the Fellowship in the future.

The most living message I can send at this time when our hope is very near its first fulfilment is a copy of the letter I am to-day sending to the Prime Minister. The great task before each man is always to weigh the individual sense of duty with unwavering loyalty to the movement as a whole. In this there should be the most intimate confidence between the members of the Fellowship and the National Committee.

Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

NFPB member Janet Fenton, with Tim Wallis representing Quakers in Britain, were present in New York during the negotiations to agree a Treaty to prohibit Nuclear Weapons. On Friday 7th July 122 states agreed this treaty and our Friends were part of a multi-faith group that issued the following statement:

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Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons

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