All Quakers, on The Green Party's manifesto states that it would close down the government's arms sales activities and end all subsidies and support for the UK arms industry's exporting of weapons and systems that fuel conflicts, violence and suffering across the world. The Conservative Party argue for increased stop-and-search measures. When scanning the manifestos, some key words stand out: invest in policing, community-based policing, restorative justice, increase/decrease stop-and-search, tougher sentencing, education and training service, effective alternatives, more/less prison places, eliminate institutional biases, underlying issues of crime. The Srebrenica Genocide was the worst mass murder in Europe since World War II. General election 2019: Quaker analysis of criminal justice in party manifestos. Here, Teresa Parker reviews policies around crime, prison and policing. I attended the Labour Party Conference this week with senior representatives of our … The Quaker Socialist Society provides fellowship and a forum for people who believe that political affairs are an essential part of Quaker life. Sign up to our A Labour Party worthy of the name would have enforced its international policy by opposing the Versailles Treaty, by vigorously repudiating indemnities, and by compelling the British imperialists to exert a restraining influence upon At the moment, there is a clear disproportionate targeting of BAME communities by the criminal justice system. Portrait in Grey: A short history of the Quakers. The criminal justice system as it stands is completely broken. Marigold Bentley reflects on the failures and the work for peace that ensued. The Conservative Party promises that existing and new officers will be given more resources, such as Tasers and body cams. The Conservative Party promises 10,000 more prison places. Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) is an organisation formed in 2017 for Jewish members of the UK Labour Party. The emphasis on punishment and dehumanisation fuels the circle of violence and crime. All parties promise changes to the prison system. Quakers work to end the arms trade because a peaceful society is incompatible with the trade in the machinery of death and destruction. Ada Salter (née Brown; 20 July 1866 – 4 December 1942) was an English social reformer, environmentalist, pacifist and Quaker, President of the Women's Labour League and President of the National Gardens Guild. But which party says what? He became Chairman of the Labour Party in 1964. Most unprogrammed Quakers are left wing, and BYM Advices and Queries 33 fits that beautifully. Catherine Elizabeth West (born 14 September 1966) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. Teresa Parker supports Quaker work on issues relating to crime, community and justice in Britain. A Labour ‘Party’ This month we have a delegation of church leaders attending each of the four biggest party conferences, alongside The Salvation Army and Quakers in Britain. This is the first time we have helped organised a Quaker Meeting during a party conference, and if it goes well it opens the possibility of organising others with other parties. This blog is about our visit to Labour conference. regular newsletter. Punshon, John. A History of the Quaker Movement in Africa. Organisers of a talk by the suspended Labour MP had secured a … More of the same will not bring transformative change. For the first time, Labour gives this issue some of the attention it deserves, promising to end financial support for fossil fuel projects overseas and to support international efforts to compensate countries hit by climate-related disasters – as Quakers in Britain called for last week. The current system of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that largely replaced the previous tariff system has proved to… Learn more about Quaker work on criminal justice. Petersfield Ward Labour Party, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Philip John Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-Baker, PC (1 November 1889 – 8 October 1982), born Philip John Baker, was a British politician, diplomat, academic, amateur athlete, and renowned campaigner for disarmament. The UK prison system strips individuals of their humanity, which often leads to the perpetuation of violence. The current system, based on punishment and de-humanisation, rather than transformation, does not stop re-offending and does not create a peaceful society. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hornsey and Wood Green in May 2015.Assumed office 1758. You need to login to read subscriber-only content and/or comment on articles. All this century, Quakers in Britain have supported trans people. With Brexit dominating the political agenda, and conflict rife within parties, our identity as a group brought together by faith makes us a distinctive presence at the conferences. Rasmussen, Ane Marie Bak. The Conservatives believe that punishment works, and they highlight tougher prison and community sentences. However, for most, there is a lack of detail as to how exactly this increased police presence will work in partnership with the local communities. The Labour Party sacked three junior shadow ministers for breaking the party whip in voting against the bill. Ms Walker is under investigation by the Labour Party for comments she made in September about Holocaust Memorial Day. In 1944, Noel-Baker took charge of the British preparatory work for the United Nations. The Liberal Democrat Party, Labour Party and Green Party promise an increase in training, education and work opportunities to those in prison and continues support once released from prison. Other parties view punishment alongside the need for alternatives, such as restorative justice and a focus on 'harm-reduction'. Lack of support leaves the individual vulnerable to violence, and then the cycle repeats itself. 1761. And since each party promises that its plan will reduce crime and build a more peaceful society, what do they propose, and do their pledges reflect Quaker concerns? (Quaker Home Service, 1984). The Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Liberal Democrat Part and SNP all acknowledge institutional biases against minorities and pledge to eliminate such biases. The Quaker Socialist Society believes in ethical socialism in the tradition of the ILP. The Democratic Labour Party believes in a fair and equitable trade system that gives the greatest benefit to Australian manufacturers and farmers. In the 1690s, the thinker John Bellers, elaborated a Quaker reform of society that was distinctly ’socialist’ (though that word was not used till 1827). Labour and the Tories are both products of the establishment and had Corbyn not been elected a leader of the labour party, the difference between Tories and labour is non-existent. The media frequently claim Williamson has said Labour had been ‘too apologetic about antisemitism’, but video evidence showed he was referring to the party’s response to unfounded complaints. Want to stay in touch? Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania, 1680–1726 (1968). Quaker Socialist Society. 2.1K likes. Quakers cancel Chris Williamson Brighton event as Jewish groups planned protest. Curious about what it's like to be a Quaker chaplain? If this will be your first time at a Quaker Meeting, you might find the below video helpful, made by QuakerSpeak – a project of Friends Journal in the USA. Everybody is welcome. The world holds enough for everybody's need, but not for everybody's greed… Gandhi. A growing number of Quakers in the American colonies opposed slavery. Pennsylvanian Quakers tightened their rules with respect to slavery, making it an act of misconduct to engage in slave trading. After dropping Chris Williamson event, Quakers 'take time to reflect' on hosting speakers accused of antisemitism Group says Jew-hate 'contravenes our … Close. He helped to draft the Charter of the UN and was a member of the British delegation in 1946. The Conservatives make no specific statement regarding the institutional bias again BAME communities, but focus on its promise to 'protect people from physical attack or harassment'. We are not politically partisan. Both the Leveller leader John Lilburne and Gerald Winstanley of the Diggers later became Quakers. The desire to serve, within a reconciled, harmonious society. I work with children and young people in a Quaker setting... Volunteering at children and young people's events, Sharing the costs: Opening access to Yearly Meeting 2019. Click to read about our visits to the Lib Dem and Conservative conferences. Michael Langford Longthorpe The Quaker Socialist Society and Brighton Quakers extend a welcome all visitors to and residents of the Brighton area on 22 September. As a result, Quakers have long seen the need for reform to the UK criminal justice system. The Quaker Socialist Society and Brighton Quakers extend a welcome all visitors to and residents of the Brighton area on 22 September. Peterborough PE3 9NZ, Video: Heaven on Earth (Salter Seminar 2020), Quaker Socialist Society submission to the Book of Discipline Revision Group. Using the Quaker values of Equality, Peace, Truth and Simplicity. Given their pledge to 'tackle unauthorised traveller camps' in order to 'protect our communities', there is room for doubt about what this means for travellers. Whether you are attending Labour Party Conference or not, you are invited to join us in stillness in a Meeting for Worship at 10.30am on Sunday morning at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF, followed by refreshments. In the lead-up to the 12 December 2019 general election, tackling crime features prominently in all of the main parties' manifestos (Conservative, Green, Liberal Democrat, Labour, Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party). Are Quaker concerns reflected in the general election 2019 manifestos? Quakers will be there, talking to MPs, peers and others as part of a joint delegation with the Baptists Union, the Methodist Church, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church. Prisons cannot simply be places were those who have harmed are forgotten and ignored. The focus must be on treatment, rather than punishment. The controversial figure was removed as vice-chair of … The Labour Party and Liberal Democrat Party want to reduce sentences for nonviolent crimes – which would then result in a lower prison population (SNP does not comment on prison places in its manifesto). Ruth Margaret Cadbury (born 14 May 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Brentford and Isleworth since gaining the seat from the Conservative Party at the 2015 general election. The Green Party call for the complete replacement of the Prevent Programme, while Labour promises to 'review the Prevent Programme to assess both effectiveness and potential to alienate communities'. Prisons serve a necessary purpose for specific cases – to protect the public from those who have harmed and are at risk of harming again – but prisons alone are not the solution. If the police do not have the full support of the local community, then a greater police presence has the potential to increase violence rather than foster nonviolence. Labour Party members should sign the founding statement and pledges to support trans rights. The Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Liberal Democrat Part and SNP all acknowledge institutional biases against minorities and pledge to eliminate such biases. Through a national network of Quakers taking action on migrant justice, Quakers in Britain have been campaigning to end the government's 'hostile environment' and all it entails: immigration detention, destitution and deportation Politics Individual Quakers have been and are involved in political processes, sometimes as politicians, and more often as citizens. In order to nurture a more loving and caring society, radical approaches to crime are urgently needed. Ann Pfeiffer shares how the support of Friends will help more Quakers in Britain take part in our annual gathering. Meanwhile, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru want to reduce the prison population. Other parties take a more cautious approach, with the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats both calling for proportionate stop-and-search measures. There needs to be a greater focus on transformative justice for the harm that has already happened, and an intense focus on challenging the pre-existing conditions that lead to crime. From exploring worship with university students to dealing with difficult moments in a hospital, Marleen Schepers spoke to two Quaker chaplains to find out more. The Labour Party promises more training for police officers. The second venue to cancel Williamson’s booking was the (Quaker) Friends Meeting House in the south coast town – but the Quakers have now confirmed that their decision was also triggered … 63 Apsley Way The Green Party call for the complete replacement of the Prevent Programme, while Labour promises to 'review the Prevent Programme to assess both effectiveness and potential to alienate communities'. Friends are also involved collectively, through a variety of agencies, including QUNO at the UN, QCEA in Europe, and national committees such as the Friends Committee on National Legislation in the US (FCNL). 339 likes. The latest news from your Petersfield Ward councillors, and from Cambridge City Council. I am relieved at the election of Mr Biden, and on Saturday I was not in Those who are returning to everyday life after prison need to be supported. As Quakers, we are guided to create a more peaceful, equal, just, empathetic and loving world. The' Quakers had always held that resistance was sinful, and so they adhered to an absolute peace, under all circumstances, suffering violence to themselves, their families, and their country rather than offer any resistance or serve All parties are promising an increase in the number of police officers, each with its own twist. Our vision is to lead and transform information management, guarantee the survival of today's information for tomorrow and bring history to life for everyone. An example of a policy that can harm community relations is stop-and-search. All parties claim to deliver a plan that delivers a peaceful world. Whether you are attending Labour Party Conference or not, you are invited to join us in stillness in a Meeting for Worship at 10.30am on Sunday morning at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF, followed by refreshments. For Quakers that means deciding which plan contains the most love, equality, empathy, humanity and hope. 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