The Fellowship of Reconciliation, a group of Christian Peacemakers which traces its witness for peace and justice back more than 100 years, is concerned about recent news regarding the renewal of the UK’s nuclear warheads. Chair Richard Bickle said: “This policy shows real contempt for the promises made by the UK government when it signed […]
Steph Neville, an FoR member living in Birmingham, reports on her experiences resisting the arms trade this month. On Tuesday 8th September, the second anniversary of Pope Francis’ denunciation of the evils of the arms trade, Christians gathered outside the ExCeL centre in London as it prepared to host the world’s largest arms fair. Travelling
A former Conservative Foreign secretary has just become the Chairman of a right-wing military think tank. William Hague was welcomed into the post at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) earlier today. Peace activist have frequently said that “foreign policy” all too often means “war”, but this takes the biscuit in terms of career progression. RUSI
Event info from the RUSI airpower conference vigil on 9th July. There are very good reports of it at the bottom of the page. For press release click here. So Church House conference centre is at it again: yet another arms-sponsored event. A venue in Westminster owned by the church and raising revenue for
The vigil outside the RUSI Land Warfare conference today was a success, hoorah! Eight Christians turned out for a vigil in protest against Church House (owned by the CofE) hosting a military conference funded by arms dealers. We were asked to move a few times (including a warning about calling the police), but the
RUSI, the military think tank, have a history of organising arms-sponsored conferences in Church House, a conference centre which raises money for the Church of England and under the care of the Archbish. The CofE’s investment policy rules out arms manufacturers, so we’re baffled as to why they’re happy to host a conference sponsored by
Apologies for all the TLAs. Yesterday, peace activists swamped the AGM of the UK’s biggest arms manufacturers. It was glorious. This is the one day a year when members of the public can put their concerns to BAE Systems and attempt to work out just how they can do what they do. Many peace activists
When FoR signed a document backing nonviolent direct action at DSEi this year, we didn’t intend to sit by and let others do the legwork. Campaign Against Arms Trade did a fantastic job of resourcing and mobilising people, creating a framework of events on which other organisations built. Click here to see us all in action.