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
Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

Over 70 Coventry Residents Eager to Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

Over 70 people attended a meeting hosted by Coventry City Council and Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre to discuss how they could support Ukrainian refugees. The meeting provided the opportunity for residents to ask questions and hear about the support that would be offered through the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ Scheme. Praising the generosity and collective spirit of Coventry residents, Cabinet …

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Councillors unite to condemn invasion of Ukraine

The following motion was passed unanimously at a meeting of Coventry City Council. Coventry City Council condemns without reservation the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Government, led by President Putin. Our thoughts and solidarity are with the Ukrainian people. This war is a war brought about by Putin and is a war against democracy. Our thoughts are also with …

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Coventry Council Second Statement on Ukraine

Following a meeting with a delegation from the Coventry Branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Council Leader George Duggins, Deputy Leader Abdul Salam Khan and Deputy Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities Pervez Akhtar issued the following statement. On behalf of the City of Coventry, we repeat our condemnation of the actions of the Russian government and …

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Coventry City Council joins National Day of Action in support of refugees

This article first appeared on the Coventry City Council website on 21 March 2022. Coventry City Council is taking part in a day of national action with more than 400 organisations across the country in a show of support and solidary with refugees. At a critical time when the conflict in Ukraine has resulted in 2.5 million refugees and MPs …

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Coventry Peace Trail Appeal

Coventry Peace Trail Appeal

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation are appealing for £10,000 to help improve the signage for Coventry Peace Trail. After the devastating bombing of Coventry in 1940, the city has dedicated itself as a city of peace and reconciliation. Among the many activities it undertakes, Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation has organised an Inner City …

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Petition to Put Putin on Trial

A petition has been created on the Avaaz website, which aims to empower people from any country to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. A petition has been created addressed to World Leaders which reads: As citizens from across the world, we urgently call on you to hold …

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Professor Mike Hardy talks about peace and the Russian invasion of Ukraine - video

Professor Mike Hardy, Chair of the RISING Board and founder of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, talks from Coventry, the UK's only City of Peace and Reconciliation, about the need to look for positive peace and the humanity within. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7z5rxMhhb8

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CAIF's Second Statement on Ukraine

CAIF issued this statement on 10 March 2022. It follows the statement they made earlier. It has been two weeks since CAIF made its first statement on the situation in Ukraine, a period during which the shock and horror has been increasing on a daily, incremental basis. Given the way that the Russian invasion and attacks have escalated and the …

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The Nuclear Threat in the 21st Century

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, delivered this talk at a public meeting on 5 March 2022 organised by Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation. https://youtu.be/0ztWEGoiRzc

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Holy Mass & Memorial Service at Ukrainian Church

Coventry Ukrainian Catholic Church in Dawlish Drive, Coventry, held a Holy Mass & Memorial Service on Sunday 6 March at which the congregation united in prayers that will play their part in bringing to a speedy end the war in Ukraine waged by the aggressor, Russia, resulting in the unnecessary loss of innocent human lives, along with all of its …

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Peace Pledge Union condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine

Peace Pledge Union published this statement on 24 February 2022. The Peace Pledge Union condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. No excuses can serve to justify this murderous act of military aggression. Our thoughts are with people in Ukraine in the midst of this horror. The Peace Pledge Union stands in solidarity with peace activists in Russia who are challenging the actions of …

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Coventry Peace Orchard Connections bursaries available

Coventry Peace Orchard has launched a new eco arts programme called Orchard Connections. There are four £1000 bursaries available to create a public art installation in the Orchard. Creatives working with community groups are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to contact@normandy-day.co.uk. Applications to be submitted by 28th March 2022.

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Should Coventry's Twinning with Volgograd continue?

The BBC reports that the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, said he wanted Coventry's twinning with Volgograd in Russia to continue despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine that he hoped to use it to tell their "Russian friends" about "our horror at what is happening. "I don't think should end, but I think we need to use …

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Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal

Anna Dezyk and Iryna Terlecky are organising this fundraiser in aid of Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB). Millions of people in Ukraine are facing an imminent humanitarian crisis. They are in urgent need of medical supplies and relief as they face the prospect of renewed conflict. Please help them now. A further Russian invasion will be catastrophic for …

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UK Government's issues over welcoming Ukrainian refugees

As Ukraine's neighbouring countries welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees and other European Union prepare to accept them, the British government, still burning with the isolationism of Brexit, has failed to take any action to open its frontiers to them. The BBC reports that, although the UK has waived visa fees, and relaxed criteria, most Ukrainians still need a visa …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

If you know of other peace-related events please let us know.

Write to covlmpc@gmail.com

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Lord Mayor's Show to raise funds for Ukraine

On 11 April, Coventry Lord Mayor Councillor John McNicholas will host a charity fundraising concert for the people of Ukraine. The concert will be held at the Albany Theatre on 11 April, and will feature a wide variety of acts from across the city who have come together to raise funds for vital aid and support. Tickets are on sale at …

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Memorial for Penny Walker

Coventry Peace House will be holding a memorial for the extraordinary campaigner and peace activist Penny Walker at 3pm on Saturday 14th May. This will be a chance for those that knew Penny to share our memories, celebrate her life and take time together to share what she meant to us all. There will be food to share, memories, music, colour…

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Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2022

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation is pleased to announce that Roger Harrabin will deliver the Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture on 11 November. Roger was born in Coventry and attended Stivichall Primary School and King Henry VIII School. After studying English at Cambridge he returned to Coventry as a journalist at the Coventry Evening Telegraph. From there he …

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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.