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Peace News 2017 appeal

Dear friend,

Thank you so much for your support of Peace News. As another year draws to an end, it is clear that Britain and the world need a strong voice for peace and radical nonviolence, more than ever.

2017 highlights
Andrea Needham has continued to speak around the UK about her inspiring PN-published memoir (The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed a Warplane), which was also short-listed for this year’s Bread & Roses award for radical publishing. And Peace News also brought its own unique perspective to the centenary of the Russian Revolution, with the recent publication of Milan Rai’s new booklet 1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution.* If you haven't already bought a copies of these titles for someone's Christmas present, please do so now! (Books can be bought online or by phone on 020 7278 3344.)

PN also played an important role in the logistics for George Lakey’s recent UK speaking tour, which saw the veteran US peace campaigner and nonviolent revolutionary speaking in events across the UK, including in Norwich, Sheffield, Glasgow and Leeds.

And our ninth Peace News Summer Camp focussed on starting to open up difficult conversations about issues of class – both in our movements and in society at large. As one camper noted in their evaluation form: 'I shall think deeper about class! And go on campaigning locally and nationally specially on nuclear ban treaty.' A second wrote: 'It was very useful in terms of inspiration. I plan to reach out to my community at home and get involved in local and wider activism. Thank you Peace News! : ) '

1917: The Nonviolent Russian RevolutionAnd PN itself has continued to run a lot of content that you would have been unlikely to find elsewhere. Among other things we have published: the story of how migrant workers in Florida used strategic nonviolence to win a victory against US fast food giant Taco Bell; an in-depth account of the experiences of women working in UK co-ops; a unique analysis of The Guardian’s coverage of the ongoing war in Yemen; an essay-length review of ground-breaking labour organiser Jane McAlevey’s memoir, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell); an exploration of how our movements can help Jeremy Corbyn to stay radical if he’s elected; the first in our series of conversations with working-class peace activists; a look at so-called ‘deep canvassing’ techniques and how they can be used to combat prejudice in our communities; and on-the-spot reporting from the trial of disarmers Sam Walton and Dan Woodhouse (see the front page of our current issue).

And for 2018
Our Winter appeal this year is raising money to reach out to more activists, especially those isolated or spread out across the UK, or without local groups, by providing more access to inspiring information, skills and networks.

Your donation will help us bring people together to work for a nonviolent world. We are planning to hold a nonviolent resistance gathering to develop skills and confidence, supporting participants in becoming more powerful campaigners and strengthening the network of people committed to developing active nonviolence.

We also aim to raise enough money to offer travel and participation scholarships and a sliding scale for registration to make the gathering as inclusive as possible.

Other important work for next year includes redeveloping our website so make it as useful and user-friendly as possible and, of course, to continue with our day to day work of recording and supporting the grassroots movement for peace and social justice in the UK.

Please contribute generously to enable us to fund our nonviolence work for 2018.

Warm wishes,
from Claire, Emily, Emma, Gabriel, and Mil
the Peace News team

* Milan has already spoken at three events in London, and upcoming events are already in the pipeline in Crawley, Hastings, Abingdon and Brighton. Contact promos@peacenews.info or 0207 278 3344 if your group would be interested in hosting an event with him.

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