"It's really hard to stop 30,000 arms buyers from getting into the Excel centre, but it's really easy – and it feels amazing! – to stop a truck with a tank on from driving into the arms fair."
In this episode of Q:Witness we talk about the many ways that people can help build a peaceful society. We hear from Sam Walton who helped organise the headline-grabbing actions to try and stop the world's largest arms fair in London this September; Ellis Brooks joins us to share news and hopes around peace education in British schools; and we celebrate this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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Apologies if you were looking for this episode last Friday (13 Oct). We had a few technical hiccoughs and had to delay the release.
In the first episode of Q:Witness's new season, two campaigners discuss how they came to Quakerism through activism. In an intergenerational, wide-ranging conversation, Chris Venables and Jane Pearn speak of overcoming their own self-doubts around 'doing enough,' and the importance of doing what you can, when you can.
Listen to hear more about how ordinary people live their everyday lives according to Quaker values, and give strength to those who feel called to dedicate their lives to a cause.
Jane Pearn is a local and national organiser for the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), an anti-land-mine campaigner, and guides BYM's peace campaigning.
Chris Venables is the Engaging Young Adult Quakers Project Officer at Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM). He is also a sustainability campaigner, human rights observer, and former parliamentary assistant.
Two events coming up that maybe of interest:
- Quaker Activist Gathering, 14 Oct, London
- Sanctuary Everywhere: QCEA-QPSW conference, 1–3 Dec, Brussels
Britain Yearly Meeting works on Quaker concerns nationally and internationally. In Q:Witness, learn about the work and how you can get involved. From social action and peacebuilding to economic justice and sustainability, we bring you analysis of the issues and ways to take action. You'll hear both from staff and from Quakers taking action.
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