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No Faith in War: 5th September
An enormous arms fair is coming back to London this September, and hundreds of people will bear witness against it. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) plans to run from 12-15 September at the ExCeL Centre in East London.
DSEi is one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, where representatives from all over the world will come to buy and well weapons. Many of the buyers are from countries on human rights blacklists, and instruments of torture are frequently found in brochures and catalogues on display. DSEi shamelessly promotes death and destruction. As Christians, we are called to resist the evil and idol of military force.
The preceding week, starting on Monday 4th when the event will be setting up, groups will be running events and activities to highlight the massive arms fair going on under people’s noses – and some will try to disrupt setup and prevent the arms fair going ahead.
There are events going on all week, so check out the list of events and get down to East London if you can.
On 5th September, FoR members joined with people of all faiths for a day of nonviolent witness, to say that we have no faith in war.
Sunday 10th September: Our friends at War Resisters International ran a public education day, “War Stops Here”. We’re delighted to have supported the event, along with Campaign Against Arms Trade, Peace Pledge Union and Trident Ploughshares.
There was a candle-lit vigil on 11th September, the night before DSEi opens. People of all faiths and none came.
Disarm Church House
Church House Westminster is a conference centre whose profits go to the Church of England. This year, yet again, they hosted an event sponsored by arms dealers including Lockheed Martin. Thousands of people think they shouldn’t. Call or tweet them @churchhouseconf to ask them why they host arms-funded events. Find out more and take action
Twitter feed at #DisarmChurchHouse
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FoR promotes active nonviolence and love as the means to transform unjust political, economic and social structures. We are an ecumenical Christian organisation campaigning against war and its preparation. In our 101 years, we’ve racked up 6 Nobel Peace Prize winners!