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Sutton Solidarity Peace March

Saturday 1st July in Sutton saw a Solidarity Peace March demonstrating a united voice against all forms of extremism in Britain.

Religious, community and civic leaders gathered together at the bottom of the High Street and processed up to Trinity Square, where they were joined by more local residents and campaigners.

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At the square there were a number of short speeches from the Mayor Cllr. Jean Crossby, Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake, the leader of the council Ruth Dombey, Charles Mansell on behalf of the local Labour party and representatives of the various religious faiths in Sutton. Sutton & Cheam’s MP Mark Scully was away and sent a message expressing support.

The short ceremony ended with the laying of flowers at the Square by all the marchers.

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The Imam of the Ahmadiyya Mosque speaking at the end of the march – the Ahmadi’s slogan “Love for All, Hatred for None” inspired them to initiate the march.

(Reporting by Mike McLoughlin)

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Remembrance not celebration

Today, the 11 November, we seem to need a reminder of why we mark 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, and how the focus has shifted from Armistice Day to ‘Remembrance Sunday’.

The original spirit of marking Armistice Day was to remember those who had given their lives and to pledge to prevent such loss of life happening again – in remembrance, not ‘celebration’.

How many times have we heard veterans of both world wars saying that they do not want to be described as heroes, and rather that we should remember those who died when they survived.

The way this annual call for peace has been hijacked and transformed into a glorification of militarism is a disservice to those who deserve to respected and remembered.

It is well worth reading this report by Joe Glenton, written after Remembrance Day last year, that expresses this better than  I can.

Joe Glenton was a British soldier for six years, serving in Afghanistan, whose book Soldier Box was published in 2013. Follow him on Twitter at: @joejglenton

Posted by Mike Cooper.

Sutton Peace Symposium

The Sutton Peace Symposium is being held on Saturday 21st May 6.30pm, Thomas Wall Hall, Benhill Ave, Sutton SM1 4PD.

Peace Symposium’s purpose is to create awareness about many local, national and international issues, including extremism, prejudice, human rights abuse and wars. This Symposium is an opportunity to share views and focus on promoting a peaceful co-existence for all the diverse communities in Sutton.

For further details see their flyer here.

Go to their website – www.SuttonPeaceSymposium.org.uk

To register for the Symposium email – register@suttonpeacesymposium.org.uk

General Election Peace and Justice Question Time

On Friday 27 March Sutton for Peace and Justice will be holding a ‘General Election Peace and Justice Question Time’ at Friends House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA, doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30 start.

Come and hear representatives of the political parties standing in the general election in Sutton & Cheam and Carshalton & Wallington answer questions on the theme of peace and justice.

This event follows up on a similar question time held prior to the last general election. It will be run along the lines of the BBC Question Time programme and for the panel we have invited each party to send one candidate from either constituency. It is an opportunity to hear the views of candidates on issues of peace and justice that are often overlooked by mainstream political campaigning and hustings events.

Questions will focus on the topics covered at our previous question time and the issues that have been of most concern to our members and attendees at our events. We expect that they will cover issues such as:  inequality, trade justice, tax dodging, Palestine, Trident and the arms trade, human rights, civil liberties and the so-called war on terror, refugees and asylum seekers.

If you would like to ask a question at this event on the theme of peace and justice, please email your question to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk with ’Question’ in the subject. The organisers reserve the right to select, amend and composite questions.

Please reserve your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or by text message to 07740 594496.

There is no entry charge, donations will be taken on the night.

Films you might like to see

‘Long Walk To Freedom’, the 2013 film of Nelson Mandela’s story from freedom fighter, to political prisoner to President.

Being shown at Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DE.

On Saturday 27 September, at 3pm and at 7.30 pm.

Doors open half hour before show. Admission free, donations appreciated.

See www.carshalton-methodist.org.uk

 

Also on the same day…

‘Within the Eye of the Storm’,  an award-winning 2012 documentary film telling the parallel stories of Palestinian and Israeli fathers who both suffered the pain of bereavement when their daughters were killed in the conflict but who are working together to prevent the vicious cycle of retaliation.

Being screened by Universal Peace Federation at Haslemere Hall, Haslemere Road,  Thornton Heath CR7 7BE.

On Saturday 27 September, 2.30 to 5.30pm.

Reserve places by telephone to 020 8665 1005 or email to upf.southlondon@gmail.com

Within Eye of storm

 

MPs to be lobbied on Gaza

Members of Sutton for Peace and Justice will be taking part in the mass lobby of Parliament for Gaza on 9 September.

They will be joining with hundreds of others from across the country lobbying their MPs to show how much we care about the situation in Palestine.

The lobby is calling for:

  • An immediate and permanent lifting of the blockade on Gaza, allowing free movement of people, goods and humanitarian aid
  • An end to the arms trade, and all military-industrial collaboration, with Israel
  • Sanctions against Israel until they abide by international and human rights law

 

There will be a briefing session to prepare people for meeting their MP, at Westminster Cathedral Hall between 12 and 1.45.

This will be followed by the lobby of MPs at the House of Commons between 2 and 4 pm.

If your MP is Paul Burstow or Tom Brake and you are interested in joining the lobby please contact Saleh Mamon on salehmamon@yahoo.co.uk

The lobby is being organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and there is more information on their website.