Sustainable Security

Seeds of peace, witnessing against weapons

NFPB member Jette Howard in conversation with Mashuda Shaikh

We met on Saturday (28th Feb) at Carlton Hill meeting house in Leeds, this being the first of our members’ meetings of the year. In our worship, we remembered Geoffrey Carnall and Christine Davis who had died recently. Representatives came from North Scotland, Nottingham and all areas between. Other Friends from Leeds and the surrounding area also joined us.

Security for the common good: building the conditions of peace

Challenges

We are in this world together but the way we are living is not sustainable; it is unfair, unjust and environmentally destructive. Economic inequality, our use of the finite resources that feed our consumption, and our production of waste continues to grow. Our dependence upon fossil fuels that are driving dangerous climate change doesn’t diminish. Our world, as a result, is insecure.
Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few at the expense of people and planet, and the resulting inequalities fuel conflict.
The interests of those whose power comes from the control of diminishing resources are protected by ever-more costly military and other technology as a mistaken means to building security.
We are called to question the short-termist, market-led approaches that drive resource misuse, inequality, instability and conflict.
We believe that there is a moral imperative to change from a society driven by perceived wants and fears, and by financial profit, to one that recognises that all people have the same rights to security and that we must live in harmony with nature.

h3. An alternative way forward

To build peace our government must address the causes of war as well as promoting non-military responses to conflict.
We envisage and advocate a secure future that will benefit everyone on our planet. This should be based on understanding the real threats, how they can be dealt with, and tackling the causes of conflict and insecurity.

h3. We call on our government to recognise the changes that are needed and to work to create sustainable security for all …
  • By promoting positive and effective action, nationally and internationally, to achieve the reductions in carbon emissions needed to halt climate change.
  • By promoting greater equality in this country and internationally, recognising that* inequality and marginalisation* is damaging to society and to our relationship with others on this planet.
  • By committing to remove all nuclear weapons from this country and work to promote global nuclear disarmament.
  • By reducing the manufacture and export of armaments and instead take action to promote and invest in the use of those skills to produce socially and environmentally useful products.
  • By withdrawing from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an agreement that would put more power into the hands of major corporations and undermine parliamentary democracy.

    This leaflet has been produced by Northern Friends Peace Board, a Quaker committee that works to support ‘the active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth’. We cover the issues addressed here on our website and our Facebook and Twitter feed – see below for information.

    http://nfpb.org.uk
    http://twitter.com/nfpb1
    http://www.facebook.com/nfpb1





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Introduction to Common Cause: Open Workshop, York

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The workshop will provide a hands-on approach to exploring the importance of the values that underpin concern about many social and environmental issues.
York, 9am-4:30pm http://valuesandframes.org/event/open-workshop-york/

Quaker Equality Week

Saturday, March 7, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quaker Equality Week is a 9-day “week” running from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th March 2015. Quakers all over the country will display posters and have vigils and other activities to publicise our testimony to equality, with the theme of economic inequality in the UK. http://quakersforequality.webplus.net/index.html

Northern Friends Peace Board members' meeting

Saturday, November 28, 2015

in Lancaster. 10.45 – 16.15, (arrivals from 10.00am)
Contact us on [email protected] , for further details

Hexham Debates: Saturday 20th June ‘Ecocide, the Missing 5th Crime Against Peace’

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Polly Higgins, Barrister, and Lawyer for the Earth – 11am-12.30pm at:

St Mary’s Centre
St Mary’s RC Church
Hencotes
Hexham
NE46 2EB
https://hexhamdebates.wordpress.com/
hexhamdebates.wordpress.com

Speaking Up and Speaking Out

Friday, November 20, 2015 to Sunday, November 22, 2015

https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses.php?action=course&id=9759 – final part of a series of 3 linked weekends responding to and developing ideas within the 2015 Swarthmore Lecture given by Diana Francis, on ‘Faith, Peace and Power’ We will explore how we can best express to others our testimony to peace and commitment to the abolition of war. At https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/

Voices from the Ukraine and nurturing peaceful change

wall hanging at Newcastle Meeting House

At our final meeting of 2014, Northern Friends Peace Board members gathered at Newcastle upon Tyne Quaker Meeting House. A well attended meeting was joined by three young men from the Ukraine, who were all gaining experience in community work with children in the East end of Newcastle. They talked about some of the underlying causes of the protests that led to the continuing violent conflict in their home country, mentioning their own experiences of unemployment and corruption as well as participating in the demonstrations a year ago in Kiev.

Sustaining Activism - Never Easy!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Speaker: Lindis Percy, Peace activist since 1980 and co-founder of CAAB (Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases). —
Part of Quakers in York series of Peace Talks
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL 7.30 – 9.00pm

New posters available - and YMG news

Poster - 'There is Another Way'

We had our new posters printed in time to take a good supply to the Quaker ‘Yearly Meeting Gathering’ at the beginning of August and were pleased to see Friends liked them. The posters consist of three reproductions of earlier designs, which we hope will be useful for those wanting to mark the centenary of the First World War over the coming four years with a message of peace. The fourth is a new poster, reflecting our concerns for promoting peaceful approaches to the range of potential and actual conflicts in the world.

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