Justice and Peace Northwest Bulletin for July
July’s North West NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin covers a range of topics from climate change to financing the Covid crisis, a tribute to Martha White (US civil rights activist), an article on the thorny issue of women priests , resources and journal dates. There is also a demand for urgent action to pressure MPs through the ‘Reset the Debt’ campaign ahead of a July 8 parliamentary debate on poverty in Britain.
The work of the passionist eco-theologian Father Thomas Berry is highlighted. He was one of the first voices to awaken moral sensitivities to the environmental crisis and declared: “the fate of humans cannot be separated from the fate of the Earth”.
On asylum rights, a new report released by the Refugee Council reveals a staggering increase in the number of asylum seekers ordered to wait more than a year for even a first decision on their ability to stay in the UK. United. The report exposes the negative impact that asylum delays have on the mental health and well-being of those seeking safety in this country after fleeing war, terror, ongoing conflicts and persecution. He says it is common for Refugee Council staff to see people become more and more unstable as years of backlogs and the attendant uncertainty take their toll on their mental and physical health. In some cases, this has led to self-harm and thoughts of suicide.
Church Action on Poverty is part of the ‘Reset The Debt’ campaign, which has worked hard with MPs to get a debate on the impact of Covid-19 on household debt in Britain. MPs will have the opportunity to debate the issue on July 8. They will have the opportunity to seek a comprehensive roadmap to deleveraging those currently facing its legacy of long-term problems, recognize the scale of the problem, and recognize the particular suffering caused by Covid-related debt.
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is congratulated on being nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, along with its partner Mwatna for Human Rights, a grassroots organization working in Yemen. They were nominated for their work to stop the UK government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in particular the ongoing lawsuit to challenge the UK government’s decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia. who uses them in Yemen.
And there is a reminder that “2021: Moment of Truth” is the theme of the 2021 annual conference of the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN). The 43rd NJPN conference will take place July 23-25 in Derbyshire. Some places are still available for the in-person gathering and all are welcome. For more information see: www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference/ or call: 020 901 4864
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