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    Meetings are  held on the first Wednesday of the month (except August)  at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated,  at Friends’ Meeting House, Lechlade Road, Faringdon.

    Our meetings are usually open to the public. For  more details, please ring 01367  710308 or 241707 or 240808

       Also -  Please try and bring with you a gift for the Tombola      (especially alcohol)/ new or good second hand items/toiletries/ tins    of food, etc. etc.   and/or a Bottle for the Bottle Stall –anything in a bottle, from shampoo to champagne.

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(AFFA – Arura-Faringdon Friendship Association. )

    Diary dates for events involving FPG - March, 2017

     

    • Wed 3 May  Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Bjorn Watson ‘Henry Marten, Regicide
    • Henry Marten was a colourful character  who lived  in Shrivenham in the time of the Civil War in the 17c. Bjorn will argue that he had a great influence on the development of parliamentary democracy in England, and this  is  very relevant to today’s situation.

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    • Wed 7 Jun  Monthly Meeting. Speaker. Symon Hill from Peace Pledge Union. Subject TBA
    • Sat 1 Jul Grand Peace Fete.  Not too early to start thinking about it and collecting items for stalls!!   Bruce and Valerie Kent are looking forward to being our ‘Honoured Guests’!
    • Weds. 5th July  Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Paul Mobbs will speak about ‘RAF’ Croughton.(2017 Croughton march and rally will be Saturday 7th October.)

Diary dates for Regional and National Events

    • Thurs 2 Mar Cuban Ambassador to speak in Oxford. Also a film. 7.0pm. Contact Carol. 01235 811728
    • 2nd-5th March: Oxford Israeli Apartheid Week 2017. Different events in Oxford – see their Facebook page.
    •                         100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since the start of the Nakba, 50 years since the military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, and 10 years since the blockade of Gaza began.
    • Sat 4 Mar London Demonstration. ‘Defend the NHS’ People’s Assembly March for NHS and against Trident. 12 00, Tavistock Square, London. For more info information@cnduk.org  020 7700 2393
    • Tues. 7th March: Nick Gill at the Bell Inn, Faringdon Market Place, 8pm - 10. Jazz pianist who plays for us at the Fete. Also benefit concert for Oxford CND Sat. 16th Sept, Friends Meeting House, St. Giles, Oxford.
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    • Sat. 25th March: Unite for Europe National March to Parliament. Start 11 am. Park Lane, London
    • Sun 2nd April: ‘Palestine-The biggest Prison on Earth. A History of the Occupied Territories’ Talk by Ilan Pappe as part of Oxford Literary Festival. 2pm. Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre. £13.50.
    • Tues. 11th April  Film ‘Precarious Trajectories’, about migrants crossing the Mediterranean. With producer, Simon Parker. 7.30, Oxford Town Hall christopherjmanley@yahoo.co.uk 01295-259377, Chair, Global Justice, Oxford
    • Sat 18th/Sun 19th March: Fly Kites not Drones action by Voices for Creative Non-Violence www.vcnv.org.uk
    •                          (Also new paper from Chris Cole who has spoken to FPG about drones: British Drone
    •                          Operations against ISIS 2014-2016 https://dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/uk-armed-drone-operations-against-isis-in-iraq-and-syria-feb2017.pdf )

          • Sat 20 May Levellers’ Day, Burford. Organised by S.E. Region T.U.C.
          • Weds. 24th/25th May: NATO summit in Brussels.
    • The Nuclear Information Service (NIS) report – ‘Playing with Fire: nuclear weapons incidents and accidents in the United Kingdom’ has just been launched, presenting the accident record of the UK’s programme over its 65 year history. Also video of the West Dean nuclear warhead convoy accident. Full details www.nuclearinfo.org
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Reasons to be Cheerful.

    On 27th October 2016 ,the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to begin negotiations in 2017  to ban nuclear  weapons.

    This historic decision signals an end to two  decades of paralysis in multi -lateral nuclear disarmament efforts. 123 nations voted in favour, 38 against, 15 abstentions. The UK., Israel and US voted against !

    More info. ICAN-  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons. www.icanw.org

     

We may not win by protesting. But if we don’t protest we will lose. If we stand up to them there’s always a chance that we will win’. Hetty Bower. Hetty died recently at the age of  108  after a lifetime of protest. We met her last  year at the ‘April Fool’s Day’  protest at Aldermaston.

Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are going’. Chinese proverb

    Ed Vaizey MP can be contacted at vaizeye@parliament.uk   or  0207  219  6350

     Support Palestinians. Boycott Israeli goods. Avoid ‘Agrexco’ and ‘Carmel Agrexco’ labels. Buy ‘Zaytoun’ olive oil from ‘Mustard Seed’  in Faringdon.

     Morocco invaded Western Sahara in 1975, and is still in occupation, oppressing the Saharawi. Morocco has divided the country with a 1.500 km wall, protected by minefields and 120,000 soldiers. More info: www.wsahara.org.u

    In 1975 Morocco invaded Western Sahara, and is still in occupation, oppressing the Saharawi. The length of the wall that splits Western Sahara into two is 2500km . This wall is also the longest and most dangerous wall all over the world, dividing Saharaui families, it has more than 9 000 000 antipersonal mines spread all over it (300 meters both sides) -  according to the Pentagon. 120 000 thousand soldiers are vigilating it with tanks, heavy artillery, and the worst of all is that the world never hears about this anachronism. There is another wall of silence we absolutely need to break. More info: www.wsahara.org.uk

    Support Palestinians. Boycott Israeli goods. Avoid ‘Agrexco’ and ‘Carmel Agrexco’ labels. Buy ‘Zaytoun’ olive oil from ‘Mustard Seed’  in Faringdon.

    All meetings are at 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Lechlade Rd. (opposite former Duke of Wellington) unless stated otherwise. Further details, help with wheelchairs etc. phone 241707 or 710308

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