Dear Reader,

In this issue you can find recent peace-related news and forthcoming events in and around Coventry.

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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Racism in Israel

By Philip Brown. Why do some people fail to learn from their own bitter experience? Having suffered racism at the hands of Nazi Germany, racism now exists on the part of some Israeli Jews against Muslim Arabs in Israel. This is reflected in institutional policies, personal attitudes, the media, education, immigration rights, housing, social life and legal policies, as described …

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Global Peace Index 2021

The 15th edition of the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) report, the world's leading measure of global peacefulness, has just been published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. It reveals that the average level of global peacefulness deteriorated for the ninth time in twelve years in 2020. Overall, 87 countries improved in peacefulness, whilst 73 deteriorated. Improvements in peace were more …

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PCC needs Youth Commissioners

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, invites young people aged between 13 and 18 to apply to stand for election to become one of the Youth Commissioners on the new Youth Commission. They will be elected by their peers in Coventry or wherever they live in the West Midlands. Youth Commissioners will: Lead on the Police & …

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The Life of a Great Peacemaker Penny Walker

Extraordinary campaigner and activist Penny Walker passed away on 25 May 2021 in Leicester aged 70. She spent her long life fighting for social justice and human rights. She was born in 1950 and from an early age wanted to "help people". She decided she needed to experience life to understand what this meant. At 17 ran away to Gretna …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition 2021

Young people aged 25 or under are invited to submit an essay to International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition before 31 October. This contest is an amazing opportunity for young people to express their ideas, harness their creativity, learn more through research, improve on their writing skills, gain exposure to the world through publication online and in print (for the …

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Coventry Hiroshima Day 2021

The Commemoration will be held in the nave Coventry Cathedral from 17:30 to 19:30 on Friday 6 August 2021. 17:30 Cathedral music played on the Norwegian Organ by Tony Edwards 18:00 - 19:00 In the presence of a representative of the embassy of Japan, Coventry Lord Mayor and members of the Coventry Japanese community. Welcome by Manjit Kaur and Lord …

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Coventry Peace Festival 2021

Coventry Peace Festival is an annual celebration of the city's place as the UK's only city of Peace and Reconciliation. It will take place during the first two weeks of November. The programme is currently being planned. If you have ideas for an event you would like to organise, please contact Zoe Walmsley, Senior Events Officer, Coventry City Council at …

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2021

Leadership for Peace is required to respond to the big global challenges which we face. This will be explored in RISING Global Peace Forum 10-12 November 2021. More details to follow. Meanwhile, here is a video of Sir Ciaran Devane, the new Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, talking about leadership. He …

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Coventry Dresden Friendship Festival 2021

Coventry-Dresden Arts Exchange, Coventry Association for International Friendship have been working with others to develop a Friendship Festival during Coventry Peace Festival in November 2021. See the poster below for details.

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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.