This 2 minute video gives you a bit of the atmosphere and inspiration of the DSEI Arms Fair blockading event.
The Fair begins next Tuesday, and we were part of a rolling programme of groups blocking the setting of the Fair: this evening at our debriefing meeting we learned that Sadiq Khan condemns the Arms Fair, and intends to prevent it happening in London again. But we don’t know if he has that power.
Alan was arrested at 3 30, because he was so incensed by one of the police trying to break up the second Meeting for Worship half way through. Arresting people at worship is evidently illegal. He was kept standing outside the police station in Plumstead for 4 hours , as there was such a queue of arrestees, but then got a seat during the booking process. Four hours later he phoned me to say where he was, and he was given a cell, loo, mattress and his book back. By midnight he got back to the hotel, after useful legal assistance. The sergeant heard his statement, and then switched off his tape recorder, and expressed his agreement that the government’s actions are illegal.
It’s been a moving and exhausting week
Virginia(Member of the Oxford Meeting)
Hope you can watch this great video of yesterday’s action!
The online version of the September 2019 edition is now available:
Forthcoming talk Friday 13th Sept. 7pm. 43 St Giles Oxford: Mey Hasbrook, of Kalamazoo Friends Meeting USA, will be joining us for our next Friday with Friends on 13th September. Her Meeting has given her a travelling minute and she will engage with us in considering ‘How to Nourish Right Relationships Through Spiritual Roots, Bridging Care of the Earth with that of Human Communities. Mey’s websites are http://femestiza.com, and Facebook http://facebook.com/sinkdownriseup.
Oxford and Swindon Area Meeting Quakers will join in a week of action against the Arms Trade. We’ll be at ‘No Faith in War’ Day, Tuesday 3rd September, outside the ExCel centre in London. Join us! For more information contact Sue Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
The Online version of the May 2019 edition is now available:
We are now pleased to publish Quaker belief in action: conscientious objectors in the First and Second World Wars edited by Sue Smith and Marieke Faber Clarke. Paper versions of this booklet are now available from the office and the leaflet racks at 43 St Giles.