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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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Friends lay down peace vigil

05 May 2011 | by Friend news | 0 comments

A monthly Quaker peace vigil in London’s Trafalgar Square will take place for the last time at noon on Saturday. The vigil has been held in the Square every month since 1 May 2004, when Friends in Forest Hill Meeting were moved to testify against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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United Nations Commission considers criminal justice reform

28 April 2011 | by Oliver Robertson | 0 comments

Quaker representatives to the UN Crime Commission: Kimmett Edgar, Nicholas McGeorge, Oliver Robertson and Marian Liebmann. | Photo courtesy Marian Liebmann.

Friends have addressed the United Nations on issues of criminal justice reform.  At the twentieth UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in Vienna earlier this month, Quaker representatives spoke to the assembled governments and professionals about the principles that should underlie the treatment of prisoners. Friends...

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Poverty Truth Commission

28 April 2011 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Poverty will be overcome only if people at the ‘sharp end’ are at the centre of policy-making. That’s the view of the Poverty Truth Commission, who insist that ‘charity reports and government strategies’ will not work unless people who experience poverty first hand are at the heart of the...

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Salisbury Quakers celebrate

28 April 2011 | by Friendweb | 0 comments

The Meeting House | Photo courtesy Salisbury Quakers.

Salisbury Quakers are celebrating the first anniversary of their new Meeting house in style. The building has just received a Salisbury Civic Society Conservation award in recognition of the excellence of the conversion and of the contribution the Meeting House is making to community life in the town.

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Will and Kate invited to support Equal Love Campaign

28 April 2011 | by Friendweb | 0 comments

The world’s most famous nearly-married couple received a thought-provoking and unusual gift on Monday, when supporters of same-sex marriage attempted to recruit them to their campaign.

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Scottish and Welsh elections

FREE 21 April 2011 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

The Scottish parliament building in Edinburgh. | Anjabeee/flickr CC.

Quakers in Scotland are calling on candidates in the upcoming Holyrood elections to put economic justice at the heart of their policies. South-East Scotland Area Meeting have produced a model letter for Friends to send to candidates about the impact of cuts and the gap between rich and poor.

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