The steering group of CND, FoR, Northern Friends Peace Board, Pax Christi and Quakers has first planning meeting last week. To line-up with the international work we have decided to have Global Days of Action on Military Spending, from 20 April to 23 April. We hope that this will give people more space for events, actions, services. More will be posted as we develop materials
1024 votes were cast on 18 April as GDAMS was celebrated around England and Scotland.
Education & Health came top with 1406, then Climate Change with 1194, International Development 1033 then Arms and military intervention with 199
See the Pie Chart of results
News is still coming in of GDAMS events. Hundreds of our postcards were given out, hundreds voted in our ballot.
Here you can see photographs of some events.
Great film from MEDACT here
So far we know that stalls, leafleting, campaigning took place in : Liverpool Dorchester, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, Keighley
London x 3, Coventry, Edinburgh, Oxford, Abingdon, Kingston, Menwith Hill, Wimbourne, Worthing, Nailsworth, Huddersfield, Swanwick (QPSW conf).
In Edinburgh they made strong connections to the Arms Trade. In Abingdon they displayed a Wind Turbine.
In Coventry the ‘Binned Trident’. In Dorset they shared ‘have a heart’ biscuits while inviting people to Vote for a Safer World. At Menwith they greeted workers entering the RAF base for work that morning. In London Pax Christi engaged with families and travellers outside Kings Cross station. MEDACT carried out the vote at St Thomas’ Hospital. Friends House Cafe in Euston hosted a Vote for Peace Stall for two days.
We have produced a Postcard for you to download and use on stalls, events leading up to and on 18 April. Can also be printed as an A5 leaflet.
The United Kingdom is the sixth highest military spender in the world with an annual budget of £45 billion announced in summer 2015. For the Global Day of Action 2016, we are asking people around the country how they would use that money to make the world safer. Vote now
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