UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 26th June
This might be an opportunity for you to remind your Meeting or group, perhaps on the previous Sunday, about the on-going scourge that is torture and the damage it continues to do to so many in the world today. Perhaps you could highlight the work of Freedom from Torture which does so much good work to help rehabilitate survivors. (www.freedomfromtorture.org ).
The website for the Day www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday includes much useful information.
Cycle Against Torture 2019
There are still places for cyclists available on the Freedom from Torture Cycle Against Torture taking place in July 2019. This is happening in relays from Hastings to Edinburgh. There are also opportunities to help on the way and thus show Q-CAT support. Barbara Forbes, one of our Trustees will be helping to coordinate the three days in Birmingham but it would be good if Friends in the other stopping points could be involved and could help to promote Q-CAT. Although it is fund-raising for FFT, the organisers are also keen to include us! Website: https://edinburghfft.org/cycle2019/. Queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protest at the Arms Fair (Defence and Security Equipment International)
We ask Q-CAT supporters to consider being part of the Quaker witness in the protest against the Arms Fair and the attempt to get it stopped. The Fair is to be held from September 9th – 12th and in the run-up, while the Fair is being set up, Quaker activity, organised by Roots of Resistance (www.rootsofresistance.org.uk), will be concentrated on the previous Tuesday, September 3rd, with other faith groups. Their website has background information about the Arms Fair.
There will be meetings for worship, opportunities for individuals and groups to take non-violent direct action and for others to witness, uphold and support such action. It will be held in a manner which is safe, effective and rooted in our Quaker values. The previous day, Monday September 2nd there will be a briefing at Friends House from 1.3o for action preparation, making banners etc and from 5.30 to 8.30 for a full briefing, legal information and meeting for worship. You are encouraged to attend that if possible. London friends are organising accommodation on the Monday night for those from a distance. https://tinyurl.com/RoRAccomReq (if you need it)
https://tinyurl.com/RoRAccomOffer (if you can offer it)
Details of the time and place for the Tuesday gathering will be made available nearer the time.
UK must not sell tools for torture will be our particular Q-CAT slogan. A placard, or notice pinned on your clothes would give this message and help us to recognise each other.
Feeding the Darkness
We are delighted to promote our especially commissioned production of Feeding the Darkness, a 65 minute immersive performance that challenges ignorance and avoidance of the subject of torture.
Journeyman Theatre is now taking this production around the country following its premier at the yearly meeting of Quakers in Britain in May 2016. Find out more about on this on www.journeymentheatre.com
See also on this site Newsletter No 24 and article from the Friend 29th July 2016.
Q-CAT Workshop Quakers and Torture 10 Questions to get us thinking
This is available to be held at Quaker meetings and can be tailored to your requirements. If you are interested in this for your meeting please email email@example.com.