August & September 2017 Events

Tues 1-28th Aug People Power: Fighting for Peace From conscientious objectors to peace camps and modern day marches, Fighting for Peace tells the stories of passionate people over the past one hundred years and the struggles they have endured for the anti-war cause at the Imperial War Museum.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/fighting-for-peace

Sun 6th Aug Hiroshima commemorations organised by Pax Christi @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in  Westminster Cathedral Piazza, Victoria, London SW1P.  LITURGY VIGIL

Every year we have a stall, vigil and time of prayer to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima.  Join us, help give out leaflets, talk with people about what is happening today to ban nuclear weapons, pray with us.  Prayer times at 11.30 and 3.30. Leaflet here http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/August_-peace-events.pdf        Contact the office if you would like to help us any way – all welcome.

Wed 9th Aug Nagasaki Commemorations @ Westminster Cathedral Piazza Organised by Pax Christi.  Every year we have a stall, vigil and time of prayer to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima.  Join us, help give out leaflets, talk with people about what is happening today to ban nuclear weapons, pray with us.  Prayer times at 11.30 and 3.30. Leaflet here http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/August_-peace-events.pdf.  Contact the office if you would like to help us any way – all welcome.

Wed 9th Aug Mark the anniversary of execution of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, martyr for peace. Resources on Pax Christi website http://paxchristi.org.uk/ Annual service @ 6.30 in the Crypt Chapel, Westminster Cathedral. Access from Ambrosden Avenue, through car park. Followed by the annual interfaith peace walk to Battersea Park.

Sat 12th Aug Romero Centenary Mass organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust at 12.30 pm in St Georges Cathedral, Southwark, SE1 7HY.  Principal Celebrabt Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia will give the homily. Refreshments to follow in the Amigo Hall All Welcome!

Fri 25-28th Aug Greenbelt Festival: Nr Kettering: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk, 0207 329 0038

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

Fri 1 Sep-4 Oct Creation Day and Creation Time: SEE National Justice and Peace website www.justice-and-peace.org.uk  and www.ctbi.org.uk for further details.  Organise your own parish event!

Some more events in September as part of the Stop the Arms Fair Week of Action

Events should take place at ExCeL Centre, ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL. Check the Stop the Arms Fair website for latest details. From their website:

“For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.

In 2015, hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action to stop the set up of the arms fair – the biggest-ever protests against DSEI. For six days we blocked entrances, disrupting the set-up of the fair.

With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and – with your help – we plan to shut it down for good!

This year the week of action has multiple actions planned on each day”

Mon 4th Sept Stop Arming Israel: During the world’s biggest arms fair, Israel and its arms companies will have a National Pavilion and boar about their field-tested weapons systems, which have been used to devastate Palestinian families and destroy their communities. Join a day of creative action in support of the campaign to stop arming Israel. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Tues 5th Sept No Faith in War: Faith groups of all kinds will come together for a day of worship and nonviolent action against the arms trade and war profiteering. From holding services in the road to bearing witness, they will be coming together to say ‘no faith in war!’ If you’re part of a faith group and want to take action then please get in touch. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Wed 6th Sept Anti-nuclear action: Nuclear weapons don’t make us safer: they threaten all our lives. Trident is estimated to cost the UK over £205 billion and is draining vital public resources away from the things in which we really need to invest: schools, hospitals and social services. On the Wednesday, join a day of creative direct action against nuclear weapons companies. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Thurs 7th Sept Solidarity Without Borders: The arms and security industry profits from a cycle of repression and violence which marks all our lives, from fuelling conflicts and state oppression with weapons to policing national borders and criminalising migrants and other vulnerable communities. But our resistance is powerful. Join us as we make links between the issues to build solidarity without their borders. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Fri 8th Sept Conference at the Gates: The military and the arms trade plan in increasingly significant role in universities and schools. As government funding is drained from universities, the arms trade and the military are moving in. On the Friday, academics, students and other will come together for a day of workshops and panel discussions exploring the militarisation of our education; and this will take place at the gates of one of the world’s largest arms fairs. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Sat 9th Sept Big Day of Action: The week of action at DSwill culminate in the Big Day of Action on Saturday, a colourful and powerful carnival of resistance, with music, art, drama and creative action to celebrate our movement. But we need you to make it as big as it can be. Come and celebrate a successful week of action, and help cause havoc for the arms fair’s organisers. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Sun 10th Sept War Resisters International: War Resisters International will hold a public event on international militarism and the arms trade, bringing activists from countries affected by the arms trade into dialogue with activists from exporting countries. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

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