03/09/2019, 9:00 am - 6:30 pmat ExCel Centre, London
Roots of Resistance is a community of Friends building a creative, vibrant and radical Quaker response to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair.
“Refusal to fight with weapons is not surrender. We are not passive when threatened by the greedy, the cruel, the tyrant, the unjust. We will struggle to remove the causes of impasse and confrontation by every means of nonviolent resistance available.” – Quaker Faith & Practice 24.10
Taking place in east London every two years, DSEI is a huge trade show bringing together 1,500 arms companies with representatives from militaries from around the world. Some of the world’s largest companies market tanks, planes, drones, rifles, ammunition, surveillance technology, training and a huge array of other weapons.
Quakers have been involved in action against DSEI for many years. Roots of Resistance is planning to build an unprecedented Quaker presence at the 2019 fair, standing together against DSEI and the global arms trade. The focus for Roots of Resistance will be on the No Faith in War day of action on Tuesday 3rd September, with Meetings for Worship at 9am and 2pm, and protest singing at points throughout the day. People have been preparing a tapestry of mini-banners illustrating our belief in peace and opposition to the arms trade, which will be taken down to the protest.
There is also a briefing session at Friends House on Monday 2nd September 5-8pm (with an open preperation session from 1:30pm.)
Royal Victoria Dock London E16 1XL