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Yemen – the war we must not ignore

Sutton for Peace and Justice invite you to a public meeting:

Yemen – the war we must not ignore

On Friday 25 October 2019, 7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00
at Friends House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA

With:
Wendy Horler – Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) London Group, experienced activist on arms dealers and the Middle East.
and
Paul Tippell – United Nations Association Yemen Campaign Coordinator and convenor of Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston Against the Arms Trade.

Come and hear from our expert speakers, join in the debate and learn more about the conflict and what can be done to bring it to an end.

The war in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
Tens of thousands have been killed, the majority of deaths being attributed to airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

75% of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance. Nearly half of all children are chronically malnourished and eighty five thousand children under 5 have starved to death. 3.1 million people have been displaced, over a million have contracted cholera and 14 million are on the cusp of famine.

The British arms trade, supported by UK government policies, fuels the fighting and facilitates airstrikes that are killing civilians including women and children.

Yemen – the war we try to ignore

A date for your diary.

Friday 25 October 2019, 7.30pm, at Friends House, Cedar Road, Sutton.

Sutton for Peace and Justice will be hosting a meeting on the tragedy of the war in in Yemen, how the arms trade fuels the fighting and the need for action to stop the killing.

Yemen faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with the conflict now in its fifth year.

75% of Yemenis are needing humanitarian assistance. Nearly half of all children are chronically malnourished and eighty five thousand children under 5 have starved to death already. 3.1 million have been displaced, over a million have contracted cholera and 14 million are on the cusp of famine.

The fighting and the airstrikes that are killing and displacing many civilians and increasing the risk of famine and disease are being facilitated by UK arms companies and the policies of the UK government.

Come and hear from our expert speakers on the tragedy of the war and what can be done to help end the conflict.

More details to follow.

S4P&J at the Environmental Fair

Sutton for Peace & Justice and Sutton 4 Sanctuary will be at the Environmental Fair in Carshalton Park on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019. Visit our stall K06 & K07 to speak to members and find out about us and the issues that we are campaigning on.

At our stall we will also be hosting ‘The Colloquium in Carshalton Park’ – a series of informal and open discussions on a range of peace and justice issues. Please come along and hear about these important issues, have your say and join the debate:

Refugees welcome here – at 11.30 and 14.30

Examining why people become refugees and making Sutton a community that welcomes refugees.  Presented by Sutton 4 Sanctuary.

Peace, not war – at 12.30 and 15.30

Working for peace and campaigning against the arms trade and armed drones. Presented by Sutton for Peace and Justice.

Plus information and discussions on a range of peace and justice issues including:

  • The plight of Palestinians today
  • The need for practical action to address the climate emergency
  • War and conflict across the world
  • The scourge of homelessness, poverty and debt.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from the latin ‘to talk together’; a seminar usually led by a different expert speaker at each meeting.

Hiroshima Day

Sutton for Peace and Justice gathered supporters and campaigners and local residents at Carshalton Ponds at dusk on  6th August to commemorate Hiroshima Day.

The victims of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945 and, three days later, on Nagasaki were remembered with readings, two minutes’ silence and floating petals on the pond, followed by a call to rid the world of  nuclear weapons.

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Hiroshima Day commemoration in Carshalton

6th August, Hiroshima Day, is an annual commemoration of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945 and, three days later, on Nagasaki.

Sutton for Peace & Justice will be joined by campaigners and local residents at Carshalton Ponds to remember the victims of those the events and to reaffirm our call that nuclear weapons should never be used again.

The commemoration will take place at dusk on Tuesday 6 August, with readings, a minute’s silence and floating petals on the pond.

Please join us at 7.45 at the War Memorial, Carshalton Ponds, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 2QJ.

(Short walk from Carshalton Station and Carshalton High Street.)

Peace, not war!

Sutton for Peace and Justice invite you to a public meeting:

Peace, not war!

Wednesday 10 July 2019, 7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00
Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA
We need to work for peace, not plan for war.

We have recently marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day and last year the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, and the key message from both was that we should remember the horrors of war to prevent their recurrence. Yet people continue to die in military conflict across the World as money is invested to develop new ways of killing.

Come and hear from our speakers and take part in the debate:

Chris Cole on drones, the war machine and killing by remote control. Chris is founder of Drone Wars UK, a small, UK-based, NGO working towards a long-term goal of an international ban on the use of armed drones.

Amy Todd on the history of women working for peace. Amy works as a public engagement officer for the Institute of Historical Research on the Layers of London project and is a member of WILPF.

There is no entry charge, donations will be taken.
Please confirm your attendance by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk
or by text message to 07740 594496.

 

Sutton Winter Shelter

In response to an increase in rough sleeping and homelessness in England, London and also in the borough of Sutton, Sutton Community Works are piloting a winter shelter for the homeless.

The aim is to help those who are rough sleeping or temporarily homeless with warm meal, a warm welcome, safe overnight accommodation in one of four participating church venues and signposting to relevant services.

The pilot is being run for 31 nights starting Friday 8th February and is aimed at those with low to medium needs and referrals are via Encompass and Spear.

The maximum capacity is 10 bed spaces [inflatable mattresses with sleeping bags]. However, the number of guests will most likely be 7 to 8 given it is a new project.

The 104 trained volunteers are primarily from churches in the borough, particularly those hosting with a venue. Funding from the GLA is providing a full time and part time post to run the pilot.

Looking ahead, Sutton Community Works may run a longer shelter next Winter or look at other ways of responding, informed by the pilot.

You can find out more about Sutton Community Works here.