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NETWORK EVENTS MAY 2019

QUOTE FOR THE MONTH

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Invitation to the IFMK May 2019 Meeting

A screening of the film

“The Imam and The Pastor”

showing paths of reconcilliation between two communities in Nigeria which are directly parallel to our needs of reconcilliation today.

Date & Venue:

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 7:30 to 9:30

Christ the Vine Community Church,

Jonathans, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes MK6 5EG

Teas and refreshments will be served at the end of the evening.

ipeace charity

A classical concert in aid of the ipeace charity by Friends in Tune.

Featuring Claire Tocknell violin and Mary Cotes Piano

Programme to include:

Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody Shore: Lord of the Rings Massanet: Meditation

Part: Spiegel im Spiegel Tiersen: La Valse d'Amélie

Saturday 4th May 2019

Doors 7pm. Concert 7:30pm. Licensed bar. £9 (low income £7) The Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge MK6 3EB

Contact/info/bookings: peace_marcus@yahoo.co.uk 07967 819514

MILTON KEYNES PEACE AND JUSTICE NETWORK

Dear Members and friends

I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Milton Keynes Peace and Justice Network, on Thursday 9th May 2019, in the Small Hall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, MK9 2ES.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 7.00pm, and the AGM will start at 7.30pm prompt.

At the conclusion of the AGM we will hold a Bring and Share social with music and song.

Reports will cover activities over the last year, finances and election of committee for 2019.

The AGM is meeting when the world is on the brink of a climate catastrophe, a situation made even more alarming with the continual wars around the globe.

We would urge people of peace and goodwill to consider joining the committee.

Names must be submitted to the Chair, with proposer and seconder, 7 days before the meeting.

If you would like to discuss being a committee member, please call 01908 222398.

NOTE: Although all are welcome to the meeting, only those who have paid a subscription for 2019 are eligible to vote. (Membership forms can be downloaded from the website.)

AGENDA

Welcome and apologies for absence.

Approval of Minutes of the AGM of 10th May 2018.

Matters arising from the minutes.

Chair’s report.

Finance report.

Nominations and election of committee for 2019.

Any Other Business - please submit items to the Chair, prior to the meeting.

Bring and Share social

With best wishes

John Pinkerton

Chair, Milton Keynes Peace and Justice Network

MKP&JN, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES www.mkpeaceandjustice.org.uk

Northants PSC Event - May 9th

On Thursday May 9th Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes two internationally known speakers to the County.

Israeli Jeff Halper, the former Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and Nobel Prize nominee, will be speaking on:

"One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine - It's time".

Palestinian Hishan Sharabati is a human rights defender from the organisation Hebron Defense Committee. He will be speaking on:

"Hebron - A Microcosm of the Occupation".

There will be an opportunity to meet them at a public meeting at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House,Wellington St, Northampton NN1 3AS.

PSC News - National Demo for Palestine

Dear Friend,

It's now less than a month until the National Demo for Palestine - we need your help to make this demo huge and show that the people of Palestine are not alone.

Hear from Lowkey and others on why they will be joining the demo on May 11th:

Click on the image to watch the video!

Join the Facebook event

There will be coaches coming to the demo from all over the country - so make sure to book your transport now! We've created a webpage on transport infowhich we will keep updating over the coming days and weeks - check it out and share with friends to make sure they book theirs too!

Find out about transport

We now have just under 4 weeks to make this demo massive. This means we need every single PSC member to do whatever they can to mobilise. Here are 4 things you can do to help:

JOIN and SHARE the Facebook event

INVITE all your friends to the Facebook event

TWEET about the demo - here is an example you can use:

“In the face of unprecedented attacks on their rights, the Palestinian people need our solidarity more than ever. Join the NATIONAL DEMO FOR #PALESTINE in London on May 11th. Get involved, spread the word: https://bit.ly/2SQr3x8 #ExistResistReturn #FreePalestine”

HAND OUT FLYERS about the demo in your community, at local events and on street stalls. You can find an A5 flyer design on our website here.

Together, we can get thousands out on the streets on May 11th to show that the Palestinian people are not alone, and to send a clear message to the UK government that Israel must be held to account for its actions.

Citizens:mk

WEAVING TRUST BETWEEN LEAVE AND REMAIN, Thursday 16th May

With the European elections approaching, and strong feelings about Brexit in the air, Citizens:mk wants to promote dialogue and trust between people who have opposing views. We are organising a special ‘Weaving Trust’ event at Cornerstone 5.30-7pm on Thursday 16th May, one week before the European Election.

We want individuals from Citizens:mk member organisations to bring to the event one person who voted opposite to the way they did in the 2016 EU Referendum. This event is open only to people who are accompanied by someone who voted the other way, and both labelled accordingly.

At the event, participants will be asked to take up positions in two circles of facing chairs around the cloisters - Leave facing Remain voters - and have a series of short conversations about their current thoughts and feelings about living in MK today.

Network for Peace

5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DY

Tel: 07794 036602

Email: mail@networkforpeace.org.uk

Web: www.networkforpeace.org.uk

Join us on Twitter @claire_nfp and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NetworkforPeaceUK/

2 May

GUILDFORD and HORSHAM. Peace Party candidates expect to be standing in the Borough/District Council elections in Guildford and Horsham. Assistance with delivering literature always welcome in the two weeks beforehand. Contact John Morris on 0772 096 5577, on Twitter @PeacePartyUK or through the Party's Facebook Page.

3 May

LONDON. "National Service of Thanksgiving" organised by the Ministry of Defence as part of the 50th anniversary of the UK's nuclear weapons being constantly on patrol at sea. CND and Christian CND, and others, will be gathering outside the service while it takes place for an alternative view. 10 - 12. 020 7700 2393, 020 7700 4200(Christian CND) #NoThanks4Nukes https://www.facebook.com/events/2388759927822564/

4 May

LONDON. Musical Protest and petition: No More Arms Fairs at ExCel. ELAAF Musical Protests aim to raise awareness of the arms trade and campaigns for the cancellation of all arms fair at ExCeL or anywhere else. 2.30pm-5.30pm. Outside ExCeL. From Custom House DLR Station, follow the signs to ExCeL. We will be at the end of the ExCeL walkway, on the left, near the glass doors. In the event this location is unavailable, we will be at the Prince Regent pedestrian entrance. Wheelchair accessible, lift from platform level to walkway website www.elaaf.org or email elaaf@hotmail.co.uk

9 May

LONDON. BAE AGM. https://www.caat.org.uk/events

10 – 12 May

MONMOUTHSHIRE. Radical Routes Spring gathering. Radical Routes is a network of housing co-ops, workers' co-ops, land projects, social centres and other collectively-controlled groups. Quarterly gatherings are for members to make decisions (including on loans) and for new people to learn about the network. There is crashpad accommodation. Food (vegan) is about £18 for the weekend. Stepping Stones, Highbury Farm. NP25 4LX More info: www.radicalroutes.org.uk

11 May

LEYTONSTONE. Drawing the Line Somewhere. With David Lucas. Children’s author and illustrator David talks about boundaries in art, life, politics and religion. 7.30pm. Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ. Org by News from Nowhere Club. Contact: 0208 555 5248. Free, donations welcome. Please bring a veggie buffet item if you can. Wheelchair accessible.

LONDON. 'Exist! Resist! Return!' National demonstration for Palestine. Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al- Aqsa, Muslim Association of Britain. Supported by: Unite the Union, PCS, UNISON, RMT, ASLEF, Amos Trust, CND. Assemble 12noon. Portland Place. March to Whitehall. More info from PSC: 020 7700 6192. Facebook event: www.tinyurl.com/peacenews3228

15 May

UK/WORLDWIDE. International Conscientious Objector’s Day. Events will be held around the world in support of conscientious objectors currently in prison and in remembrance of the conscientious objectors of the past. 1pm event in Tavistock Square, London (note change of time). Speakers etc tba. https://www.ppu.org.uk/events

LONDON SW1Y 4LR. Expose Lockheed Martin`s deadly work - from AWE Aldermaston/Burghfield to Yemen. Call on UK government to stop its support for global arms companies and sign the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Banners, bells, leaflets, songs. Meet outside Lockheed Martin UK`s HQ, Cunard House, 15 Lr. Regent St; 3-5.00pm. All welcome. Org. by Trident Ploughshares Muriel Lesters affinity group, More info: Ann- 01268 767138.

17 May – 24 November

MANCHESTER. Yemen: Inside a Crisis. The first major UK exhibition to address the on-going conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Open 10am to 5pm every day. Imperial War Museum North Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1TZ. http://tinyurl.com/yythtfac

18 May

LONDON. Secularism 2019: Reclaiming Religious Freedom. Also presenting the Secularist of the Year 2019 award at the conference. Members: £25, Non-members: £50, Students: £10. 9 – 5. The Tower Hotel in London, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD. https://www.secularism.org.uk/secularism-2019.html

LONDON. Pax Christi Annual Gathering. A day of celebration and learning about the work of Pax Christi over the past year. This year the AGM will include the Pax Christi Peace Award ceremony. 10:30 am – 4:00 pm Maria Fidelis School, Drummond Crescent, London NW1 1LY. paxchristi.org.uk

19 May

OXFORD. 'Two Minutes to Midnight'. Hosted Robert Twycross, Holy Trinity Social Justice Working Group, speakers from the congregation, Liz Owen, arrested at Faslane, Jeremy Herklotts, Interned Singapore by Japanese, Lorna Hicks, Peace Pledge Union & White Poppies, Chris McCloud Oxford CND. 6 - 7.14pm. Holy Trinity Church, 46 Quarry Rd, Oxford OX3 8NU. Information Stall. Nibbles & cold drinks provided.

25 May

LONDON. Musical Protest and petition: No More Arms Fairs at ExCel. See 4 May.

31 May

LONDON. Atonement in Politics; Perspectives from Mahatma Gandhi. Annual Gandhi Foundation lecture, this year by Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna. 6.30 – 8pm. The Nehru Centre 8 South Audley Street. W1K 1HF. Guests are requested to make a donation to offset the Foundation's expenses at https://gandhifoundation.org/ http://tinyurl.com/yydrc9zy

Everywhere, Palestinians are resisting this regime. But we cannot do it alone. We're not asking for charity, we're asking for solidarity." - Omar Barghuoti

Dear Friend,

With less than 2 weeks to go until the National Demo for Palestine - we need your help getting the message out as far and wide as possible.

Hear a special message from Omar Barghouti, who was recently banned from entering the US because of his BDS activism, about why our solidarity is so crucial and why we need to march in London on May 11th:

Click on the image to hear Omar's special message!

Join the Facebook event

There are a number of coaches travelling to London from all over the county - and there’s still time to buy tickets! Find out more info here and share with others in your area.

Find out about transport

We are also looking for volunteers to help us run the demo on May 11th. Please email us via campaigns@palestinecampaign.org if you would like to be a steward on the day!

Join the social media day of action!

TOMORROW, Monday 29th April, we are coordinating a social media day of action aimed at creating a big online buzz around the national demo! We need as many people as possible to tweet and post on Facebook about the demo and share the graphic below:

In these posts, please link to the Facebook event (bit.ly/2SQr3x8) so that we can use this an opportunity to build numbers! Please also use the demo hashtag#ExistResistReturn in your posts. We are aiming for posts to go out from 12pm onwards!

We have also created a profile “frame” from the PSC Facebook account which will go live on Monday morning - please add this to your profile pictures on Facebook and link to the demo Facebook event (bit.ly/2SQr3x8) in the description!

Please do also use the graphic above to post on Facebook as well as Twitter! Here are some example tweets/posts you could use:

The people of #Palestine need our solidarity now more than ever. #Israel must be held to account for its violations of international law & human rights! Join me at the NATIONAL DEMO FOR PALESTINE in London on May 11th! bit.ly/2SQr3x8 #ExistResistReturn #FreePalestine

March with us on May 11th against racism and apartheid, and for freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people! JOIN THE NATIONAL DEMO FOR PALESTINE: bit.ly/2SQr3x8 #ExistResistReturn #FreePalestine

The rights of the Palestinian people are under unprecedented attack from Netanyahu, Trump & allies. We must answer their call for solidarity! March with us for #Palestine in London on May 11th: bit.ly/2SQr3x8 #ExistResistReturn #FreePalestine

On May 11th we march through London to show that the Palestinian people are not alone, and to demand that the UK government takes action to hold Israel to account for its crimes. JOIN US: bit.ly/2SQr3x8 #ExistResistReturn #FreePalestine

With your help, we can create an unmissable social media buzz for the demo, so please get involved online tomorrow!

And, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to join, share, and invite all of your friends to the Facebook event!

Together, we can get thousands out on the streets on May 11th to show that the Palestinian people are not alone, and to send a clear message to the UK government that Israel must be held to account for its actions.



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