I have attached an example of a letter that can be used and adapted to send to MPs asking for action – click here: URGENT letter to MP Turkey_Kurds Oct2019.
Urgent action to stop further Turkish invasion of the Kurdish area in Syria; and to take back responsibility for British fighters with ISIS connections currently held captive by the Kurds in Syria. Continue reading “Turkey/Kurds in Syria/ISIS captives”
Malcolm Hunter has nominated me for the album challenge. Rules are that you have to nominate a different album that has influenced you every day for 10 days and also someone else every day, to take up the challenge. I’ll be doing that by private message so that no-one feels under a weighty and unwelcome obligation. Continue reading “10 days of challenge”
I have a mini tour in June
Friday 7 June: Folk at the Factory in Fleckney – folk music evening with a number of musicians, raising money for local Motor Neurone Disease charity and LOROS. 7.30pm -11pm
Sunday 16 June: The Tap, Queens Road as part of the Clarendon Park Arts festival – an acoustic event 5-9pm (starting at thr end of the street fair) and I am first of 5 ‘acts’.
Wednesday 26 June: music and fund raiser for Extinction Rebellion at Upstairs at the Western, 7.30 – 9.30pm.
Quaker faith in action: The American poet Mary Oliver died today, aged 83. Her words have carried a special power for many struggling to build a more equal, sustainable and just world. In that spirit we share her poem:
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. Continue reading “Wild Geese by Mary Oliver”
What a beautifully written and illustrated book. It carries strong messages about accepting who you are, and following your heart for every child, and every child should have a copy https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1999810465/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_ssE7BbQR5KZNH?fbclid=IwAR2hr_Sw3qynC5iFXq-hoK_w-XzC1yN2WWYggV_AGmEmZ-yNKWulzgZnyEI
Quakers call for bold national climate policy
Quakers in Britain and Friends World Committee for Consultation are today (8 October) bringing together faith leaders and representatives from the Buddhist, Brahma Kumaris, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Quaker communities for an interfaith celebration of sustainable living. They are meeting as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C delivers a sharp message that the world must act now to avoid climate catastrophe. Continue reading “Climate Justice – Love our Planet”
Steve Sweeney from ‘Morning Star’ and Gaylan Nazhad photographer of ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’ spoke inspiringly about their own experiences of reporting in difficult circumstances. We also heard about the work of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Many thanks too to Hannah James and Grace Petrie who added to the theme with their own songs.
Peoples Arts Collective ‘Rights of Passage’, 2 October 2018 at New Walk Museum 2018, taking inspiration from artwork in the Victorian Gallery and thinking about the celebration of significant anniversaries relating to the marking of advances in human rights. Photos below: Continue reading “PAC: Rights of Passage 2 Oct 2018”