Dear Reader,

There was a lot of activity on the Coventry City of Peace website in June dealing with matters including Black Lives Matter, the injustice of the Post Office Horizon scandal, Coventry Peace Poem Competition and the armed forces. Find links to all these and more below.

The CovTeleCon has already hosted some very useful events and has the capacity to host more, so if you want to run a telemeeting to talk to friends, neighbours or colleagues, please visit our site https://covtelecon.uk/ to find out how.

And please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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Statement on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence

Statement by Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Since George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer in the US city of Minneapolis there have been protests across the world, including in Coventry.  Recent events have shown that there are deep structural fractures in the fabric of our society, …

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Key Events in US History Leading to Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is not new. It has been going on since before the United States was founded. To understand why it is so hard for attitudes to change in the US, it might help to understand its history. The following is a summary of some of the key events leading up to the current Black Lives Matter …

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My Name is Tani and I am an inspiration

Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi is a Nigerian-born chess player who lives in New York City, USA. He won the 2019 K-3 New York State chess championship at the age of eight, after playing the game for only a year, while living with his refugee family in a homeless shelter in Manhattan. His teacher Shawn Martinez is a chess enthusiast who introduced …

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Black Lives Matter Reading Suggestions

A list of books to read compiled by the Young Employees Group and the LGBT+ Network at Coventry City Council. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla White Fragility: …

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Trump Encourages Police Violence

Remarks by President Trump to Law Enforcement Officials July 28, 2017 Ronkonkoma, New York See also Washington Post article https://youtu.be/cJnG90TfMjU

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Scientific Evidence on Policing Race and Civil Unrest

The science publishing company Springer has created a website containing lists of books and articles dealing with various issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. The issues include Social Inequality & Systemic Racism Policing Race & Civil Unrest Gender Racism & Oppression Health Disparities Stories from Black women in research

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Coventry Society Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

Coventry Society issued the following statement on 8 June 2020 Following the recent tragic murder of George Floyd, Vincent Hammersley, Chair of the Coventry Society has issued the following public statement on behalf of the Coventry Society: “One of the stated aims of The Coventry Society is ‘to promote harmonious relations among the community of all races, beliefs and cultures …

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Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Statement on death of George Floyd

Around 1000 people gathered in Broadgate on Sunday, 7 June, in support of a Black Lives Matter protest following the killing of George Floyd by a policeman in Minneapolis, USA . Two days earlier, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe had spoken about his horror at the dreadful scenes which lead to the death of George Floyd during a police …

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Blue Coat student wins national anti-racism poem competition

Rosie Marshall, a student at the Blue Coat School in Coventry, has won a competition run by anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card. Rosie won the Year 7-9 Creative Writing category of the charity’s 2020 school competition. Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said that this competition has been “particularly timely”. More about the competition …

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Great Post Office Scandal

The Post Office scandal is probably Britain’s biggest ever miscarriage of justice. Hundreds of postmasters were jailed or financially ruined after a computer system said money was missing from their branches. Finally the Post Office admitted that its Horizon computer system can make mistakes. There evidence of a cover-up at the Post Office. The story has been investigated since 2010 …

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Help Subpostmasters Achieve Justice

Hundreds of Subpostmasters were victims of false accusations of theft by the Post Office. For over 10 years the Post Office knew their computer system was to blame for “missing” money but told lies and prosecuted Subpostmasters for theft. If they were unable to pay for the “missing” money they lost their business, their livelihoods, homes, health, many went to …

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House of Commons Debates Great Post Office Scandal June 2020

On 10 June the House of Commons debated the Post Office scandal. https://youtu.be/_4r5YH5kja0

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Why Me?

Why me? are the only national charity campaigning for all victims of crime to have access to Restorative Justice. Many people affected by crime feel sidelined by the criminal justice process. Restorative Justice gives them the chance to ask questions about the crime, explain the impact that it had on them, and have a say in how the harm can …

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Connecting for Good

Connecting for Good is a 3,000-strong movement for the people of Coventry organised by Grapevine. Their website says We’re sparking it off but it’s not ours. It’s yours. "We're connecting, rebuilding, and moving forward together, based on what we've experienced, how the world has changed and what we all need.” The movement is about: ​Creating ways to keep our connectedness …

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Coventry & Warwickshire Children's Peace Poem Competition

Coventry & Warwickshire Children's Peace Poem Competition

Welcome to Coventry & Warwickshire Children’s Peace Poem Competition. Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral, SACRE and the United Nations Association Coventry Branch invite children who live or go to school in Coventry or Warwickshire and who will be 16 or younger on 30 November to write a peace poem on this year’s theme or to create a picture/drawing/photograph on the …

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RESTORE relationships in schools

RESTORE relationships in schools

Peacemakers have put together some ideas and activities that teachers can use in circles - to help build relationships and explore the social and emotional impacts of pupils' experiences of lockdown. The activities are themed around the RESTORE framework: Recognition, Empathy, Safety, Trauma, Opportunity, Relationships, Engagement. A collective of organisations passionate about peace and restorative practices have put the framework …

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Armed Forces: A Force for Peace?

This article was first published on the United Nations Association Coventry Branch website. Can the armed forces be a force for peace? According to the Armed Forces Day website : “The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.” The …

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War School – Full length film

War School is a film about the battle for the hearts and minds of Britain’s children. The producers of the film describe it as follows: Set against the backdrop of Remembrance the controversial and challenging documentary reveals how, faced with unprecedented opposition to its wars, the British government is using a series of new and targeted strategies to promote support for the …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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UN75 TeleConversation July 2020

UN75 TeleConversation July 2020

Participate in UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. These teleconversations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month during 2020. Why #UN75? Tackling issues such as COVID-19, the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in …

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CommUNITY is not just for pandemics

Connecting for Good and Grapevine are organising an online event from 2:00 to 3:30 on 4 July to help shape a positive legacy for our communities as we ease out of lockdown. They say: As individuals, we’re all doing our best in the current strange situation. And we’re all coming together as one, like when we stand on our balconies …

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Informal Restorative Justice Forum 8 July

An informal catch up organised by Why Me for anyone who wants to chat about things restorative and non-restorative related. To join, email info@why-me.org with the name of the forum which you want to attend in the subject line.

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Lord Mayor’s Committee Meeting

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation will meet on 8 July by teleconference. If you wish to attend please contact covlmpc@gmail.com

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Remembering Srebrenica 2020

The theme of Remembering Srebrenica for the 25th anniversary on 11 July 2020 is ‘Every Action Matters’. https://youtu.be/UbO3HbEUNn4 Srebrenica has become a world symbol of the horrific consequences that can result from inaction. The collective failure of the international community to intervene and prevent the genocide has been acknowledged by the late Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United …

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Informal Restorative Justice Forum 17 July

An informal catch up organised by Why Me for anyone who wants to chat about things restorative and non-restorative related. To join, email info@why-me.org with the name of the forum which you want to attend in the subject line.

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UN75 TeleConversation August 2020

UN75 TeleConversation August 2020

Participate in UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. These teleconversations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month during 2020. Why #UN75? Tackling issues such as COVID-19, the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in …

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UN75 TeleConversation September 2020

UN75 TeleConversation September 2020

Participate in UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. These teleconversations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month during 2020. Why #UN75? Tackling issues such as COVID-19, the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in …

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Jai Jagat Global Peace March 2020

Jai Jagat is a campaign in September 2020 to promote Gandhi's message of non-violence. Its name means "the victory of the World" in Hindi. Their main aims are Eradicating Poverty Eliminating Social Exclusion Ameliorating the Climate Crisis Halting Conflict and Violence In 2020 they will be organising a "Global Peace March 2020" whose aim includes raising awareness of climate justice. …

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International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access …

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Coventry Peace Lecture 2020

Coventry Peace Lecture 2020

12 November will present a rare opportunity to hear the UK's ex Chief Scientific Adviser and Special Representative for Climate Change share his insight and wisdom. Some people claim that Covid19 is the world’s biggest threat since the end of World War II. It has galvanised governments into action because it is an immediate and obvious danger. But, within a …

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Ruined and Rebuilt

This classic book is on sale now in hardback or paperback and would make an ideal and unique gift. On the night of 14 November 1940, Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral, was one of four firefighters who climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary bombs that were landing not just on the Cathedral but starting …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.