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The NW NJPN E Bulletin for September 2019 covers a wide range of issues both in the region and around the world including the Amazon fires, campaigns to divest from fossil fuels, halt the September DSEI Arms Fair, and promote the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Also featured are the End Hunger UK Week of Action and the World Week of Prayer for Palestine and Israel. A disturbing report reveals a rise in Child Poverty and we look at the ongoing damage caused by President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and gun violence in the US. Plus a packed diary of local and national events for the Autumn.
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As we look back on Refugee Week (17-23 June) the August edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin casts a spotlight on the immigration crisis on the US southern border leading with an article by the photo-journalist who captured the tragic image of a young father who drowned with his infant daughter as thy tried to cross over from Mexico. The current crisis, exacerbated by President Trump’s anti-immigration drive, is echoed in the less-publicised scandal of those who have died trying to find a better life in Europe. A hard-hitting opinion piece by Sarah Teather, Director Jesuit Refugee Service, looks at the hostility directed towards asylum seekers in detention in the UK, alongside a moving essay on refugees by a young Macclesfield parishioner which forms part of her GCSE coursework. Other topics include food poverty and a focus on the NW town of Oldham where a strong community spirit is turning the hardships in the area around. Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct is also featured with articles on Climate Change and Live Simply. The Vatican Document on Gender Equality is welcomed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Association of Catholic Women followed by a compassionate opinion editorial by a Dominican Sister who for the past 20 years has helped people in the transgender community in the US stay close to God and to the Catholic Church by giving space to listen to them. All this plus a letters page, summer reading recommendations and a packed diary of local and national events.
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Issued on the day of The Time is Now Lobby of Parliament, the July 2019 edition of the North West National Justice and Peace (NJPN) E Bulletin has a strong focus on Climate Change and environmental issues. Bruce Kent’s commitment to Justice and Peace is celebrated as he enters his 90th year and there are challenging opinion pieces from Mary Colwell (page 1-2) and Ellen Teague (page 7).
Current campaigns feature corporate tax avoidance, Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike in support of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran for more than 3 years, World Refugee Day, and 5 Weeks Too Long (re Universal Credit payments).
Campaign Against Arms Trade welcomes the Court of Appeal verdict overturning a 2017 High Court judgment allowing the UK to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveils a “well-being” budget to support vulnerable people and the 25th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark and the 40th since Traidcraft was launched are celebrated.
Pax Christi news, book reviews and a comprehensive diary add up to a 15-page bulletin.
Other topics include climate change, the Arms Trade and nuclear weapons, Conscientious Objectors’ Day, violence in Gaza and the 71st anniversary of the Nakba – the forced driving out of Palestinians from their homeland, slow progress for the cause for women deacons in the Catholic Church, plus support for victims of domestic violence and abuse and the launch of a new mental health text support service.
Local reports and a packed diary add up to 18 pages of articles with links to help readers explore in more depth.
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