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Quakers lead musical protest against HSBC

FREE 12 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Shortly after AGM began, a flash mob of singers interrupted HSBC chairman Mark Tucker’s speech by singing a revised version of Abba hit ‘Money, Money, Money' | Friends at HSBC, courtesy Julia Bush

A Bristol Friend led a peaceful protest against the bank HSBC demanding that it stop fossil fuel investment. Quaker Jo Flanagan took part in the musical protest targeting the institute’s annual general meeting (AGM) on 29 April. Quaker Julia Bush told the Friend: ‘HSBC is the world’s sixth biggest...

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Friends pledge $500,000 in slavery reparations

FREE 12 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A US Quaker Meeting has said that it plans to give $500,000 as reparations to black neighbours over the next decade.

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Quakers work to house more refugees

12 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers have been asked if they can sponsor a seventeen-year-old boy from Ukraine. A trusteee of the Friend, Peter Kennedy from Aberdeen Meeting, put out the call in the Edinburgh Quaker newsletter Terrace Talk. He said: ‘I have been asked by a friend of mine, Debra Storr, to see if...

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Quakers discuss plans for George Fox’s 400th birthday

12 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends came together last month to share ideas on how Quakers can celebrate George Fox’s 400th birthday in 2024. The co-founder of Quakerism was born in July 1624 in Drayton-in-the-Clay in Leicestershire.

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Friends rally for ethical investment

12 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers have said that the government is trying to silence the ethical investment movement with a controversial ‘anti-boycott bill’.

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William Penn room renamed after Benjamin Lay

FREE 05 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

'In later life, appalled by what he saw as a degraded society and economy, he lived self-sufficiently in a cave in Pennsylvania.' | Benjamin Lay painted by William Williams in 1750

The William Penn room at Friends House is to be renamed after abolitionist Benjamin Lay. The new name was suggested by staff of the Quiet Company, which manages Friends House, after it was decided last year that it was not appropriate to commemorate William Penn any longer.

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Quakers ‘devastated’ by final police bill vote

FREE 05 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has said it is ‘devastated’ that the House of Lords has voted through the final measures of the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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Friends condemn plans to send refugees to Rwanda

05 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers have slammed government plans to send refugees to Rwanda. The proposals have also been heavily criticised by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who called them ‘ungodly’.

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BYM appoints new deputy recording clerk

05 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has appointed Siobhán Haire to be its new deputy recording clerk.

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Mount School defends hosting army recruiter

05 May 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Mount School has spoken out over criticisms that it invited army staff to talk during the school’s careers week. Some Quakers have expressed disquiet over the invitation, particularly as the school was made a Quaker Recognised Body in 2019.

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