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Roundup of 2011

At its AGM on 8 December, Sutton for Peace and Justice looked back over another busy year and started to plan ahead for 2012.

A roundup of our year is given below, and you can see our Annual report for 2011 by clicking here.

We are planning a range of activities for the coming year including public meetings, film shows and cultural events – more details will posted here throughout the year.

You would be very welcome to attend out events – and you can support our activities by making a donation or joining our group. Subscription costs £10 per calendar year, £5 unwaged, open to all who live, work or are educated in the Borough of Sutton and share our aims.

Write to Sutton for Peace and Justice, c/o 25 Orchard Road, Sutton SM1 2QA, cheques payable to Sutton for Peace and Justice or email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk. Please give your name, address and email.

Events and activities in 2011

15 April – Tamil New Year celebration with dancing, music and food, in partnership with Child Aid Lanka.

24 June – public meeting about the experiences of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, jointly with Refugee and Migrant  Network Sutton

8 July – screening of the film Budrus, the story of a Palestinian community’s resistance to occupation.

29 August – stall at Environmental Fair in Carshalton Park, jointly with Child Aid Lanka.

12 November – Deepavali – Festival of Lights – celebration with dancing, music and food, in partnership with Child Aid Lanka.

S4P&J members are active in a wide range of campaign and community groups, attending meetings and events, conferences and demonstrations and lobbying MPs. For example, S4P&J members took part in the successful Bin Veolia campaign between November 2010 and April 2011.

Monthly members’ meetings

Members’ meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 7.30pm, at Friends Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton.  The major part of each monthly meeting is normally a discussion of a selected topic, sometimes with an external speaker. This is followed by a discussion of current issues, activities that members have been involved in, and planning for future activities.

January:  Press freedom and access to information, Wikileaks, accuracy and ‘fairness’ of the media, followed by discussion of the Bin Veolia camaign.

February: Impact of China and Chinese foreign policy on the world, followed by discussion of the Bin Veolia campaign.

March: uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, protests in other North African and middle eastern countries, in particular Libya, and their possible implications.

April: UK immigration policy, plus planning for 24 May and follow up on recent discussions and campaigning.

May:  Companies and their effect on the environment.

June: the Millennium Development Goals – what progress is being made to tackle global poverty?

July: Islamophobia and the extreme right.

September: Dictatorship or democracy – What is best for world peace? Plus report back on the Environmental Fair.

October: Political prisoners and torture.

November: Part of the film ‘Debtocracy’ was shown followed by a discussion of issues it raised around debt.

December: Annual General Meeting – review of activities of the group during 2011 and discussion of possible activities for the coming year.  Mike Cooper was elected as chair for 2012, and Naomi Aruliah, Ali Bidgoli, Nancey Bonney, Tessa Cornell, David Murray, Mike McLoughlin and Doris Richards were appointed to the steering committee.

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