I hope this email finds you well.
This month we, like many, have been deeply concerned about the use of force by police and the government's attempt to limit the freedoms to protest. Quakers in Britain joined over 150 faith bodies
, charities and trade unions objecting to a Bill being rushed through parliament which will hand police draconian powers to decide where, when and how citizens are allowed to protest. We've also heard many concerns about the effect the Bill may have upon those from already marginalised communities.
Exploring the importance of protest rights to Quakers, Oliver Robertson writes
"A key part of Quaker faith is putting that faith into action, trying to change the world using nonviolent methods".
Finally, I want say thank you to Suki for everything she did and for carrying this newsletter so well. We at QSPW wish her well on her next adventure. I have very much enjoyed reading what she put together each month and I look forward to carrying on in her footsteps.
I also want to introduce myself, I'm Philip Wood, I've been working for Quaker Peace and Social Witness for a few years now. Many of you may already know me from the Sanctuary Everywhere programme but I've also been lucky enough to be able to support a number of QPSW areas of work, from the UK peaceworker scheme to supporting Quakers taking action on climate justice.