Milton Keynes Peace and Justice Network
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NETWORK EVENTS OCTOBER 2019
QUOTE FOR THE MONTH
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu
Festival of Creative Urban Living
26th September – 13th October 2019
What is a Festival of Creative Urban Living?
Midsummer Boulevard in CMK will play host to the first ever ‘A Festival of Creative Living’ this autumn! It will bring together artists, architects, designers and urban planners, thinkers and creatives to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances and more!
The programme itself will take place in a temporary campus of remarkable and playful buildings and structures and you will find more information about each element here.
The Festival will explore the idea of ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’ with an urban environment.
Visitors will be able to enjoy and experience central MK in an entirely different way and think about what it might become and look like in the future!
Whilst the Festival campus will occupy the centre of the city’s infamous grid road, raumlabor have developed two other creative projects, with the sole aim of getting visitors out and about in MK, whilst also inviting residents to experience and visit different parts of the city.
To get involved and find out how to take part – drop us a line at email@example.com
diverse communities taking action together for a thriving, more inclusive and fairer MK
School Pupils Training, 1st Oct
Adult leaders and supporters are invited to join part of the One-Day Training for School Pupil Councillors on 1st October, 1.15-2.45pm, at Church of Christ the Cornerstone. Your role will be to introduce yourself briefly, then listen to the pupils' ideas for campaign action to tackle waste in the city centre. They will have spent the morning researching the issues in and around the shopping centre. Adult leaders from different member institutions will be asked to comment on the pupils' campaign ideas and give formal approval on behalf of other members. (Click herefor story of last year's School Pupils' Training Day.) If you are interested to participate, please contact Organiser Tom Bulman, tel 07962 838685.
Is there an impending financial crash in China? What would the impact be around the world?
Join us for a rare chance to hear Walden Bello speak in the UK. In conversation with James Meadway
Thursday 3 October, 7pm-9pm
London, free event
Book Your Ticket
Walden Bello has been a leading figure of progressive movements in the Global South for over 20 years. He has taken on the WTO, was a co-founder of Focus on the Global South, and has consistently shone a light on the economic system that is at the root of our current crises - climate, inequality, unjust trade and financialisation. His new book Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash traces the recent history of financial crises to today's gathering storm.
James Meadway is a former advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Previously, he was the Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation and is currently writing a book on an economy for the many. James has recently written on China and finance and will be discussing Walden’s new book as well as how we can build a stronger international progressive movement for the new economy.
This event is for anyone who wants to understand how the current dominant economic system based on globalised finance underpins the multiple crises we are facing in climate, trade and beyond, and how we can and must join up with wider global movements to challenge it.
Invitation to the InterfaithMK Monthly Meeting
Thursday October 3rd, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Venue:
All Saints’ Church, Pitcher Lane, Loughton, Milton Keynes MK5 8AS
A fascinating illustrated lecture on the topic of the Bicentenaries of the Birth of Baha’u’llah (1817/2017) and of the Birth of the Bab (1819/2019)
By Mrs. Wendi Momen
Wendi Momen is a member of the Bahá’í Faith living in Bedfordshire. She has been serving as a member of the Bahá’í national governing body for a number of years and is very active in the promotion of gender equality and social justice. She also serves as a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the M.B.E. for her work on gender equality and empowerment of women.
Teas and refreshments will be served at the end of the evening.
Saturday 5th October - march & rally USAF Croughton - Please support
The new U.S. ‘Space Force’ is part of the militarisation of space. This will need ground stations like USAF Croughton, where the U.S. is planning to spend £200m to turn the base into one of its’ largest international intelligence hubs, building the new Joint intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC). This major U.S. communication and intelligence base supports space communications, data links, military drone information, bomber guidance, missile defence, diplomatic communications, and command and control war fighting functions. It will be a key link in the ‘chain’ controlling US surveillance, armed drone and special forces operations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Please support this march and rally.
Bring a carload and park at the start of the march.
Book your place on the minibus from central Oxford and Oxford rail station.
Food and toilet at main gate and speakers on this important issue – Keep Space for Peace.
Stop the War Coalition October 7th
Drawing the Links Between War and Climate Change
Stopping wars is essential for stopping climate change as Elaine Graham-Leigh argues on our website. This Friday, Stop the War will be supporting the climate strike of school students and trade unionists. It's set to be a huge day of nationwide action - don't miss out!
We are also supporting the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests over climate change which take place in London early in October. We are doing this as part of XR Peace, which aims to bring together different peace and anti war organisations in this action, and which wants to draw the links between war and climate change.
The peace blockade will be part of the bigger movement and we will have speakers, celebrities, entertainment. Bring banners, placards and other material to decorate the space.
We would like to ask all of you to help in any way that you can by:
Getting to central London on Oct 7th from 10am, if possible, with an old chair, sofa, table, carpet to the Blockade that will be on The Embankment near the MoD.
If relevant volunteer to help with various tasks including legal observers, photographers, stewards. Send offers of help to firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Facebook, Twitter and other social media publicity and use it to gain publicity and support for the event. Share links to our website about the details.
Encourage other Stop the War supporters to sign up with central and to specify they want to support the Blockade.
Consider being part of an affinity group for the action, which can be briefed in advance.
Make and bring appropriate climate related banners, placards, posters to hang and decorate the occupied road.
Given the increasing awareness of the dangers of climate change, it is important that we show solidarity with this protest.
Fri, 18 October 2019
17:00 – 18:00 BST
900 Midsummer Boulevard
Finding Happiness in Difficult Times
by Tibet House
A distinguished Tibetan Buddhist scholar and also a former English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama from 1989-2005, Venerable Geshe Lhakdor, who now heads the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives - perhaps the most important institution in exile dedicated to preservation and dissemination of Tibetan culture - will explain the concepts behind finding happiness in this fast-changing and difficult times of the modern era. Through his talk, Ven Lhakdor will draw the contrast between unconditional love and 'business love', and help lead the listeners on the right path to long-lasting happiness.
Ven Lhakdor will also try to answer some questions from the audience members within the short time available for this event.
Register via Eventbrite
The Open University
30 October, 12:00-14:00, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
International Health Worker Migration and Recruitment: global governance, politics and policy (part of the Open University International Development Seminar Series)
30 October, 12:00-14:00, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
This lunchtime seminar will hear from Nicola Yeates, Professor of Social Policy, on her latest work. Read more and register…
Network for Peace
5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DY
Tel: 07794 036602
Join us on Twitter @claire_nfp and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NetworkforPeaceUK/
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RAF CROUGHTON. Keep Space for Peace demo. RAF Croughton, Brackley, NN13 5XP. For any enquiries, contact email@example.com https://www.oxfordcnd.org.uk/
5 – 6 October
LIMERICK, Ireland. No War 2019: Pathways to Peace. World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war. Includes a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality. https://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2019/
SKIPTON “Chances for Peace in the 2020s: from Climate Crisis to Peaceful Planet”. Professor Paul Rogers, Bradford University Peace Studies Dept., 10th Annual Lecture in the series of public talks put on by Grassington and District Peace Group with Skipton Quakers. 7.30pm in the Judi Dench Drama Studio at Skipton Girls High School, Gargrave Road, Skipton BD23 1QL. Contact for enquiries 01756 770346 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Hargreaves)
13 – 20 October
UK. Week of Prayer for World Peace. Materials can be ordered from: 126 Manor Green Rd, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8LN email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.weekofprayerforworldpeace.com
WORLDWIDE. United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/
24 – 30 October
WORLDWIDE. UN Disarmament Week. The annual observance of Disarmament Week begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek/
BRENTWOOD. Christian CND Conference and AGM, Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Road, CM15 8AT. More information soon. 020 7700 4200 email@example.com http://christiancnd.org.uk/
LONDON. UN, Great Powers and WORLD PEACE. Speakers: Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament. Ken Loach, Director and Filmmaker (TBC). Sir Mark Rylance, Actor, Director and Playwright (TBC). Geoffrey Robertson, Human Rights Lawyer (TBC). Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace. 6 – 8pm. Attlee's Suite, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament Street, Westminster SW1A 2JR. Free Admission -Donations Welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org| www.unitingforpeace.com
THE REAL TRADE WAR
STOPPING THE PLUNDER OF PEOPLE AND PLANET
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