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Peace News log archive: September 2017

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US author and Quaker activist tours UK

ImageUS author and Quaker activist George Lakey is touring the UK mainly to talk about his new book Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can too (about how mass nonviolent struggle won radical changes).
George is also the author of Toward a Living Revolution: A five-stage framework for creating radical social change

Wednesday 4 October
NOTTINGHAM NG1 5JD
Viking Economics. Hosted by Five Leaves Bookshop in association with Nottingham Quakers as part of national Quaker Week. £3, incl refreshments. 7pm–8.30pm. Friends Meeting House, 25 Clarendon St. Booking essential: fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com. www.tinyurl.com/GLakeyUK4Oct

Thursday 5 October
HUDDERSFIELD HD1 4TR
Huddersfield Quaker Peace Lecture: ‘A divided Britain: what can we learn from the Nordics?’ Hosted by Huddersfield Quakers. 7.30pm–9pm. Huddersfield Quaker Meeting House, Church St, Paddock. More info: 01484 664 290; www.tinyurl.com/GLakeyUK5Oct

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CND marked the opening of the nuclear ban treaty for signatures in New York with an event in Downing Street, central London.

On 20 September, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) handed in hundreds of letters from citizens across the United Kingdom at No 10 Downing St in London. The United Nations had started to accept signatures for the nuclear arms ban treaty earlier the same day.

'British democracy has happened this afternoon. The public have made their voice heard, and we hope that the prime minister will take notice,' said Kate Hudson, CND general secretary. 'There’s a big multi-signature petition to Mrs May getting her to take the ban treaty seriously.'

Prior to the delivery of the letters, CND read its own letter outside the gates of Downing Street. The campaign encouraged the prime minister to sign the treaty the 'start of a long struggle'. 'Nothing is going to happen instantaneously… this is the first step today,' said Hudson. The general secretary also discussed public opinion polls from British citizens have shown their desire for the prime minister to show support of the treaty. 'We have to do the best we can to translate that public sentiment into political top-level sentiment,' Hudson said.

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