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100 years conscientious objection

On Thursday, 28 January 2016, Patrick Harvie, member of the Scottish Parliament, Quakers in Scotland and the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, hosted a reception to mark the centenary of the Military Service Act at the Scottish Parliament. The evening …

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Update: It’s 2016 and Sexism Still Exists

By Sarah MacDonald and Zoe Cameron Worryingly, there seems to be an increase of men in the media recently who have not caught up to the rest of us in 2016, where men and women should be equal and partners. …

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Conscription & Conscientious Objection – Pt 1

Marking the centenary of conscription we offer this the first of a two part article on the centenary of conscription in Britain. On 27 January 1916 the Military Service Act received the Royal Assent and became law, though to its …

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Plowshares activist Sr Megan Rice Speaks to Packed House at New Peace & Justice Centre

On Friday 8 January US Plowshares activist Sister Megan Rice, spoke at the newly opened Peace & Justice Centre about being imprisoned for two years for a symbolic act of resistance at the facility where the US is making new …

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Sister Megan Rice – Transform Now Ploughshares Activist to Speak at New Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre

At the age of 82 Sister Megan Rice, a Catholic nun, along with two other Christian peace activists, caused “The biggest security breach in the history of the [USA’s] atomic complex” and shut down a nuclear weapons plant for two …

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Don’t Bank on the Bomb Campaign Launch Targets RBS and Scottish Parliament

A broadly based campaign focussing on the links between banks and financial institutions to companies involved in the manufacture of nuclear weapons was launched at a public meeting in Edinburgh on Monday 16 November. Wilbert van der Zeijden one of …

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Introducing Rebecca Willmott, Illustrator

It is our pleasure to welcome on board Rebecca Willmott, who is joining the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre team as an illustrator for the newsletter. Check out some of her work below and look out for more of her …

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South Korean CO Petition

Since June, 2015 the Peace and Justice Centre has been collecting signatures for a petition created by Amnesty International and championed by War Resisters International calling on the government of South Korea to stop imprisoning Conscientious Objectors (COs). We collected 368 …

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White Poppy Wreath

Following the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at the War Memorial outside City Chambers on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh on Sunday, 8 November members of the Scottish Peace Network laid a white poppy wreath amidst the many red poppy wreaths to …

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Increasing the Visibility of White Poppies in Scottish Parliament

THE GROUP OF FIVE independent and Scottish Green MSPs have backed the Quaker white poppy campaign ahead of Armistice Day remembrance for the millions who died in the first world war. read more