Dear Reader,

Black Lives Matter and the effect of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable were the two main themes of the peace-related stories of July. This included some remarkable artwork by Miriam Monga, a student at Cardinal Newman Catholic School.

6 August 2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This year the event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Find links to all our recent stories and to forthcoming peace-related events 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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Free Art in Box from Coventry Peace Orchard

Normandy Day UK and Coventry Peace Orchard are happy to announce the launch of Your Peace Orchard 2020 – Art in a box, this is the first stage in our Art in the Orchard programme. They are only producing 75 boxes to mark the 75 years since the end of World War II. The box and its contents have been …

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Call for Urgent Action on Refugee Homelessness

The UK government is set to resume evictions of refugees housed in temporary accommodation. Hundreds of refugees now fear imminent homelessness, which is simply unacceptable. The Refugee Council is calling on the government to take urgent action to ensure safety for everyone with: A consistent Government approach to housing and public health that ends discrimination against refugees A realistic timetable …

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The Balfour Project

Mindful of centuries of European persecution of the Jewish people and the continuing plight of the Palestinian people The Balfour Project invites the government and people of the United Kingdom to : • learn what the Balfour Declaration and Palestine mean for both Jews and Arabs • acknowledge that whilst a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved, the promise to protect …

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Coventry Biennial and Black Lives Matter

On 10 June 2020, Coventry Biennial issued the following statement and useful links. This post hopes to make our position clear as an organisation that is anti-racist and to highlight some of the ways that we are committed to Black artists and Black people. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and are outraged at the inequality and injustice …

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Racism in British schools

Intisar Chowdhury became a national figure this year after the death of his father from coronavirus led to him questioning the health secretary, Matt Hancock, on live radio. After the death of George Floyd and the national conversation on racism, Chowdhury began focusing his activism on schools and issued a call on social media for examples of discrimination. The response he …

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Valley House

Since its beginnings in 1977, Valley House has grown from a single house to an entire organisation offering a range of accommodation and community based services for vulnerable people in and around Coventry. Services include supported accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and young parents. They have their own Community Wellbeing Team in partnership with Citizens Advice and Accelerate which helps to support their service users with a wide …

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Refugee Action Coronavirus Emergency Fund

When Refugee Action launched our Coronavirus Emergency Fund in March, they had no idea that their supporters would give more than £150,000 in three months, and no clue about the extent to which Covid-19 would so swiftly change life in the UK. Nobody could have predicted the precise effects of this pandemic. However, it was immediately clear to them that …

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Racism and Restorative Justice

On June 25th, Why me? held a restorative listening forum, giving people the opportunity to come together and share their experiences of racism from the police and criminal justice system. This is a particularly pressing issue following the death of George Floyd and the anti-racism protests which have occurred across the world. But these issues have been at the forefront …

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City of Culture and Black Lives Matter

On 8 June 2020, Coventry City of Culture Trust issued the following statement. The team at Coventry City of Culture Trust has been listening to the international, national, and local conversations around the murder of George Floyd and the global protests his death has sparked. As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting our Black colleagues, audiences, and artists, two …

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemorations

The 6th and the 9th of August (anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) are great opportunities to do some peace education. 2020 is especially significant as this year marks the 75th anniversaries. CND have produced an online exhibition, free to access and full of information on the bombings. Check the CND events page each year to find a …

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Mahamed Hashi

Councillor Dr. Mahamed Hashi is the Deputy Cabinet Member (Youth) for the London Borough of Lambeth. Mahamed is extremely well known for his community work and holds a number of prominent positions on community engagement boards across London. In April 2013 the South London Press awarded Mahamed the Our Heroes Award in recognition of his work, and he has also …

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Modern Racism: A matter of Perspective

This is part of a project created by Miriam Monga, a student at Cardinal Newman Catholic School. BLM Ballerina Here I decided to use the ballerina to put across my message of equality because ballet is such an inherently white dance as such I thought a black ballerina would be very poignant and striking. By Miriam Monga A Portrait of …

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Early Day Motion: Leave to Remain in UK

It is estimated there are around 1 million undocumented workers living in the UK. Because of COVID-19, many of them are now unable to work and, because they are undocumented, they cannot claim government benefits. They are therefore going without food. Moreover, because they often live in overcrowded conditions they are highly susceptible to COVID-19. Despite government assurances that the NHS …

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COVID-19 Country Statistics

There is a very useful summary of COVID-I9 statistics for all countries at https://covidbynumbers.com/ It is updated in real time and the list is searchable and also sortable by: Total Cases New Cases New Cases 10-D Avg Total Deaths New Deaths New Deaths 10-D Avg Total Recov. Active Cases Serious, Critical Total Cases Per 1M Pop Total Deaths Per 1M …

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Status Now Network

The Status Now Network is demanding that the UK and Irish governments act immediately so that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted Status Now, as in Leave to Remain. In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access healthcare, housing, food and the same …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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Hiroshima Commemoration in Coventry Cathedral

6 August 2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the event in Coventry Cathedral this year is limited, but it will be streamed live on the Cathedral Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/ The programme is as follows: 4:00pm Guests arrive and music is played on the Norwegian organ by …

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Online Commemoration of 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

An online event will be held on 8 August commemorating the anniversary of 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will celebrate all of the causes we make for peace. People are invited to submit creative pieces relating to peace. There will be a chance for group chat in the second half of the meeting. Send your …

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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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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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Geneva Peace Week 2020

Geneva Peace Week 2020 will be held from 2 to 6 November in Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2, 1202 Genève, Switzerland and online. In 2020 the theme of GPW is Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation. For more information visit https://www.genevapeaceweek.ch/gpw20 Geneva Peace Week (GPW) is a leading annual forum in the international peacebuilding calendar in which …

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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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City of Culture Programme to Begin in May 2021

On 3 July 2020, Coventry City of Culture Trust announced that it will officially commence its programme in May 2021. Co-created with national and local partners, and grassroots organisations across the city, the programme will include major international artistic events, world premieres and commissions across theatre, music, dance, literature, comedy and visual art. As Covid-19 continues to have a major …

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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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