Marking International Conscientious Objectors Day we are organising a Vigil honouring Conscientious Objectors (COs) on 15 May by the National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh, where demonstrations against the First World War took place and in this month’s Peace & Justice News we focus on Conscientious Objection to wars.
In our Unsung Heroes column this month Brian Larkin, beautifully expresses the true definition of what constitutes a ‘hero’ arguing that the 16,000 British men that refused to kill during the First World War were real heroes for they portrayed “extraordinary bravery, firmness, and fortitude”.
Geoffrey Carnall and David Turner both recall personal experiences as World War 2 COs. Geoffrey by the way highlights the important role of Quakers in Britain in supporting the right to Conscientious Objection.
Our Reflection is taken from a powerful and disturbing letter by a CO to his wife sent upon his release from prison. The letter highlights the horrific reality and punishment COs often endured during the First World War.
News from Around the Movements this month includes an account of the experience by 21 year old Simeon Siroky, eldest of five siblings who together made the week long Spring Walk from Edinburgh to Faslane to call for nuclear disarmament.
Plus And don’t miss our latest writer Cameron Watt’s review of David Graeber’s book, ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’.
Countering government plans to celebrate an outdated and unhealthy militarist nationalism in Stirling on 28 June our next issue will be on the theme of UnArmed Forces. All Contributions welcome. Email by 10am 20 May to firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Logan