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Friends in 1,500-strong protest at British Museum

FREE 20 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Activists at the British Museum. | Ron Fassbender.

Quakers were among 1,500 people who took part in a mass creative protest on Saturday 8 February. The protest was part of a fifty-one-hour occupation against BP sponsorship at the British Museum this month. The three-day mass ‘creative takeover’ of the museum started on 7 February when a giant BP-branded Trojan Horse arrived...

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JRF poverty report

20 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The risk of poverty has risen for workers in families with children, according to the Quaker-founded Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

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End Bahrain complicity, says Roots

20 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker group Roots of Resistance (RoR) stepped up its campaign against the University of Huddersfield this month calling for the institution to end ‘its complicity’ with the Bahraini regime, which has been condemned for torture and human rights abuses.

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‘Modern slavery is all around’

20 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Modern slavery is all around, a Richmond Quaker told nineteen Friends last month at a London Quakers gathering. Rebecca Baumgartner, a civil servant whose work for the last four years has focused on tackling slavery, spoke at Kingston Meeting House on 30 January as part of an event called Free Me.

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Florence Meeting celebrates first birthday

FREE 20 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers in Florence celebrated their first birthday this month, at the same time as a local magazine published a feature about them.

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Bolton Friend’s film in LGBT+ festival

20 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A Quaker from Bolton Meeting will have her film about ‘coming out’ as a gay teenager shown at the Museum of Liverpool this week. Nan to the Rescue by Rosie Adamson-Clark and directed by Mel Plumley tells the story ‘of a teenage girl coming out in the 1980s in a...

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Bayard Rustin pardoned in redress for LGBTQ charges

FREE 13 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Bayard Rustin, 1963. | Via Wikimedia Commons.

The Quaker civil rights leader Bayard Rustin has been pardoned for his 1953 conviction under laws targeting LGBTQ people as part of an overhaul of historic gay convictions in the USA.

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Central England Quakers forms new climate group

13 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Central England Quakers (CEQ) has discerned that its low carbon work should now continue as CEQ Climate Emergency Action (CEQ CEA) with subgroups and co-clerks. The decision was made at a recent Area Meeting, which followed two special meetings of the former CEQ Low Carbon Commitment Forum. The second was...

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QGSDC gathering

13 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Members of the Quaker Gender and Sexual Diversity Community (QGSDC) gathered at Westminster Meeting House this month to hear talks from Britain Yearly Meeting staff ten years after Yearly Meeting committed to campaign for equal marriage. Co-clerk Yvonne Wood told the Friend that the event ‘Quaker Work for Inclusion’ on 1...

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QHA winter shelter in second year

FREE 13 February 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quaker Homeless Action (QHA) has reported a busy season for the second year of its London winter shelter. The centre in a church in Gospel Oak in north London opened a year ago in partnership with the Simon Community.

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