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Living wage campaign

19 May 2011 | by Friend Newsdesk | 1 comment | 1 comments

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) are among signatories of a joint letter urging FTSE 100 companies to support the campaign for a living wage.  The FairPensions organization has just launched ‘JustPay!’ – a campaign designed to increase awareness of the Living Wage and to campaign for a wider implementation of...

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Right to conscientious objection not respected

19 May 2011 | by Friend Newsdesk | 1 comment | 1 comments

A member of the royal navy who objects to the war in Afghanistan is facing imprisonment for ‘disobedience’. Michael Lyons will be court-martialed in Portsmouth on Friday 20 May.

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Government urged to reduce income inequality

19 May 2011 | by Friend Newsdesk | 0 comments

Over forty MPs from at least six parties have urged the government to promote policies that reduce income inequality.

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Reactions to the election results

FREE 12 May 2011 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

Friends have given contrasting reactions to last week’s election results. No Quakers, as far as the Friend understands, have been elected to the Scottish parliament or the Welsh or Northern Irish assemblies, although a number of Friends continue to serve as local councillors.

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BAE board challenged

12 May 2011 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

What happens when the arms industry comes face to face with its critics? There is one day every year when the representatives of a top arms manufacturer are legally obliged to listen to opponents facing them in the same room: the annual general meeting (AGM) of multinational arms firm BAE...

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China Convoy on the move

12 May 2011 | by Friend Newsdesk | 0 comments

Plans are under way to launch a website devoted to the relief work done by conscientious objectors on the ‘China Convoy’.

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Christian Aid Week supported

12 May 2011 | by Friend Newsdesk | 0 comments

Quakers throughout Britain are supporting Christian Aid Week (15-21 May) by raising funds and promoting campaigns on global poverty.

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Osama’s death prompts mixed reactions

05 May 2011 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

Faith groups and religious leaders have cautioned against celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Some have also been critical of the killing and warned that it is unlikely to make the world safer.

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Arresting times

FREE 05 May 2011 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Zombie bride | Photo courtesy Hannah Eiseman-Renyard.

Quakers are among those voicing concern over the widespread arrest of activists in the run-up to last week’s royal wedding. A number of Friends were affected by police action that saw dozens of people taken into custody before and during the event.

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Egyptian pacifist jailed

05 May 2011 | by Friend news | 1 comment | 1 comments

Peace and human rights campaigners have expressed dismay at the news that an Egyptian pacifist has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for ‘insulting the military’. Maikel Nabil Sanad was active in the recent Egyptian revolution and published an article criticising the armed forces’ role in the event (see ‘Conscientious...

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