No Faith in War (Day 2 – Week of Action, Stop the Arms Fair 2019)

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Tuesday 3 September 2019
09:00 - 19:00

ExCeL Centre, Eastern Entrance
Royal Albert Way
London
E16 1RH

 

Activists bearing a sign saying No Faith in War block a truck going into DSEI
Join us for a day of prayer and action to Stop the Arms Fair!

Why Take Action?

Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Quaker, Sikh, yogis, people of all faiths and none will gather to call for an end to the DSEI arms fair and all profiting from war.

We will use our faith traditions, practices and rituals to express our sorrow and horror at the arms fair, standing in solidarity with each other and those affected by weapons sales. We will stand against the opponents of peace using our prayers, words and action with a day of non-violent protest.

In the afternoon we will take part in a creative action to share our hope for peace, surrounding the ourselves and the weapons of war in love – using our own arms for peace!

Different groups are leading different parts of the day so check out the schedule below for more info. If you’ve never been before, look out for the welcome tent and come along!

What’s happening?

All-Faith Creative Actions

From 11.00am: Building a wall of words against the arms fair using our sacred texts (bring a placard if you can!)

From 3.00pm: Using our own arms for love! Surrounding ourselves and the arms fair with healing love, hope & prayers (inc prayer flag making)

 

Processions and prayers led  by different faith groups

09:00-10:00

Quaker Meeting for Worship

09:00 – 10:00

Battersea Peace Pagoda procession from the Gandhi Chaplin Memorial Garden (E16 1PY)

09:15-10:00
Gathering at Anglican Church of Ascension (E16 3HJ) for liturgy and procession to East GAte

10:00-11:00
Gathering at St Anne’s Catholic Church (E16 3DR) for procession to East Gate

10:00-11:00
Wake Up London – Plum Village – Peace Walk Buddhist meditation, location tbc

11:00
BIG COLLECTIVE ACTION – building a wall against the arms fair with our placards and holy words

13:00-13:30
Muslim and communal prayers

13:30
Shared Lunch (Hare Krishna vegan lunch)

14:00-15:00
Quaker meeting for worship

15:00
BIG COLLECTIVE ACTION – prayer flag making (from 2pm) and surrounding the arms fair with love!

15:00
Sufi dancing

16:41
Muslim and communal prayers

18:30-19:30
Quaker epilogue

19:00
Wreath laying in remembrance of victims of war

Further Information

Hosted by No Faith in War 2019, Christians Against the Arms Fair, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Stop the Arms Fair.

More information may be found on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2359593814126040/

Information on accessibility and welfare and know your rights.

Please review the Stop the Arms Fair safer spaces policy: https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/safer-spaces-policy/.

Please also have a look at the Campaign Against Arms Trade action guidelines: https://www.caat.org.uk/about/action-guidelines.

Part of the Stop the Arms Fair week of action at London’s Docklands 2nd-8th September, 2019. Find out more about the full week of action and other vigils and events (running 2nd-13th Sept) at https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/join-in/

War starts here – let’s stop it here. #StopDSEI