Justice & Peace Scotland

 

 

Striving for Social Justice.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

 

 

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Image: Glasgow Arms Fair

Activist Brian Quail offers a personal reflection on the recent arms fair in Glasgow and his involvement in a nuclear weapons protest in London.
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Image: £110,000 grant to aid response effort for eviction-threatened asylum seekers


Scottish Housing News are reporting that the Scottish Government have responded to the threat of asylum seekers in Glasgow facing homelessness and ‎destitution with emergency funding which will allow charities to provide support until their legal options have been exhausted.   Read More...

Image: The Political Dimension of Faith is Indispensable” - Bishop Baez of Nicaragua

Auxiliary Bishop, Silvio Jose Baez of Managua, Nicaragua speaks out about the violence the people of Nicaragua are being subjected to at the hands of President Ortega's regime.   Read More...

Image: Call for help from housing associations as Glasgow Night Shelter seeks temporary accommodation

A night shelter in Glasgow which provides safety and warmth overnight for approximately 25 destitute men seeking asylum and non-EU migrants who have no recourse to public funds has issued a call for help as it will no longer have a premises to operate from after the end of August.  Scottish Housing News reports.     Read More...

Image: Discerning the crisis for our common home

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released a short video which summarizes objectives and outcomes of the International Conference "Saving our common home and the future of life on Earth", held in the Vatican , 5-6 July 2018, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si'

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Image: Refugee Photographic Exhibition to visit all eight Scottish Dioceses New dates added for August and September

Justice and Peace Scotland and Sciaf have worked together to bring this exhibtion of refugee photographs and stories to every diocese in Scotland.   Archbishop Tartaglia launched the exhibition in St Andrews Cathedral, Clyde Street in Glasgow on World Refugee Day, 20th June 2018.   Read More...

Image: Dangers of a Hostile Environment

Sarah Teather, former MP and Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK since January 2016, made a passionate presentation about the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at the recent Justice and Peace England & Wales conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfJOPCsoZPU&list=PL5UUtVasGFc86xfJa4vp-uhh6jSE3bhq5&index=5 ). Justice & Peace Scotland’s vice chair, Marian Pallister, was there and reflects on the dangers of a ‘hostile environment’.   Read More...

Image: Catholic Church Leaders Speak Out On Planned Evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow

Archbishop Tartaglia, Bishop Nolan and the Glasgow Justice and Peace Commission speak out against the planned imminent eviction 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow.   Read More...

Image: How the hostile environment crept into UK schools, hospitals and homes

Few people who do not see the daily workings of the government’s immigration policy have any idea how doctors, teachers and even landlords have effectively been made to patrol a border within.  Report in the Guardian.   Read More...

Image: Destitution, Discrimination and Distrust

The 'Web of the Hostile Environment' is a new report published by the Joint Public Issues Team in conjunction with the Baptist Church, The Church of Scotland, The Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.   Read More...



Last updated: 10 August 2018


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This week, as we have been remembering the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 73 years ago and reflecting on the 175,000 lives lost, it seems even more chillilng that only recently, Glasgow hosted the UDT Arms Fair.  This week in our blog activist Brian Quail offers a personal reflection on the recent arms fair in Glasgow and his involvement in a nuclear weapons protest in London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campaign of the Month

Every month, Justice and Peace Scotland highlights a campaign on which you can take action

August 2018 Campaign:   UK: STOP HELPING SECRET, DEADLY DRONE STRIKES

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/uk-stop-helping-deadly-and-secret-us-drone-strikes

 

Further campaigns are listed on our Get Involved page. Click here to Get Involved!

Important Resources


Image: Oxfam Report - Uprooted Climate Change Displacement




Image: Divest your church: new resources

Does your church have investments in fossil fuel companies? Ever thought about moving your money somewhere that builds the world you want to live in? A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further details

  



Image: Terrorist Attack in London

Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website



Image: New US Administration

The Sisters of St Joseph of Boston have put together a prayer calendar for the first 100 days of the new administration.

The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. 

Download the calendar here.



Image: Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have said in a new report. The report, entitled Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, has found that more than a quarter of all trafficked children and over 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing at least once in the year to September 2015, while 207 have not been found.

 

Read the Report