Challenging militarism

These are some of the current issues that we have been addressing, and /or that our members are active on.
As well as the links below, our Peace Round-up gives pointers to other sources.

Nuclear weapons

Militarisation

  • The presence and involvement of armed forces in schools, and in other places and activities that are particularly aimed at children and young people is very problematic.
  • Quakers are active with others in raising awareness of the policies and practice behind the growth in militarisation and seek to act and to support those taking action on these concerns.
  • Some relevant links: Forces Watch, Quakers in Britain, Peace Pledge Union, Veterans for Peace UK, War Resisters International.

Arms trade

NFPB members are active in national and local campaigns. In particular, during 2019 a number joined with other Friends in taking action and witnessing at the DSEI arms fair in early September that year and again in September 2021, coordinated and supported by Quaker Roots.

In June 2020, Quakers from across Europe had planned be witnessing at the Eurosatory arms fair near Paris. See Stop Fuelling War. The arms fair was cancelled due to Covid-19. Read more here.

For information and resources about the arms trade and about local and national campaigning activities visit In Campaign Against Arms Trade

Military spending

We are actively involved in developing and promoting the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) in the UK, an international initiative of the International Peace Bureau and other groups.

The campaign encourages action particularly during April each year.

Read this recent briefing on UK military spending (February 2021)

Arms Conversion/Defence Diversification

We are part of a network that promotes arms conversion /defence diversification in different settings. See, for example:

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