Friends take action for Black Lives Matter 

Clun Valley Quakers hold a short demonstration

Bridgend Quakers displayed banners in English and Welsh outside their Meeting house. | Photo: courtesy of Bridgend Meeting

Clun Valley Quakers held a short demonstration at the centuries-old ‘African’s Grave’ in Bishops Castle churchyard last week in support of Black Lives Matter. In their statement on 11 June, Friends said they condemned ‘the systemic racism that has led to the deaths of George Floyd and so many black people at the hands of the police in the US and here in Britain’. It said it was ‘humbled by the huge contribution to our country that BAME [Black, Asian and minority ethnic] people have made as health workers, carers, delivery drivers and service workers during the pandemic’.

The statement also called on the government to ‘urgently produce a transformational plan with clear actions to address the inequalities faced by BAME people’.
Bridgend Quakers also made their voices heard on racial justice by displaying banners in English and Welsh outside their Meeting house. Local Quaker David Harries said: ‘As the Friend who ordered the banners commented: “As we erected them passing cars pumped their horns and waved.” Our processes are not always slow!’

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