Peace and Justice
02/10/2019, 10:30 am - 9:00 pmat Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Selly Oak, Birmingham
This participatory event marks the start of the year-long Global Peace Walk from Delhi to Geneva, on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, with recollections of his visit to Woodbrooke in 1931.
The walk is Jai Jagat 2020 (loosely translated as One Planet All People), initiated by Ekta Parishad (translated as One Forum), with a track record of influencing government policy by walking, gathering and presenting evidence of injustices against landless people. Ekta Parishad and its leader, PV Rajagopal, has received numerous peace awards over the last 30 years, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
During the Launch there will be a web link to the walkers in Delhi who will be undertaking this extraordinary venture.
Discussions and debates will focus on the 4 themes of Jai Jagat 2020 – Eradicating Poverty; Removing Social Discrimination; Reversing Ecological Destruction; and Ending Conflict. Key-note speaker Diana Toynbee, Activist, Politician and Quaker and speakers from the Gandhi Foundation and Gandhi Peace Centre will be joined by representatives from a wide range of West Midlands groups all concerned with social justice, climate justice, and peace.
Delegates are invited to help shape the Jai Jagat 2020 programme in the UK, which includes developing networks through justice and peace walks, a range of activities and events to promote the main Jai Jagat 2020 walk. Members of Jai Jagat 2020 UK will join the walk between Lyon and Geneva in September 2020.
The Jai Jagat 2020 UK group was initiated by Quakers in Central England and elsewhere. Quakers and Christian Aid have actively supported Ekta Parishad over the years and have witnessed their campaigns of peaceful mass mobilisation.
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
1046 Bristol Road Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LJ