Knives on our Streets

Prayer about the violence on our streets

Inspiration from Zechariah 8

"Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets... each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets."  (Zechariah 8:3-4)

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ISDS - The big threat to human rights hidden in our trade deals

You’ve might never have heard of ISDS, but this human rights threat could be inserted into every post-Brexit trade deal and is already a part of many exisiting UK trade deals.

However, let’s take a break from Brexit, just for a moment, and focus our attention onto three recent legal cases. Bear with me.


Cairo, EgyptCase 1: Egypt has developed rapidly in recent years, but despite this, much of its population lives in poverty and workers’ wages are very low. In response to this, the Egyptian government decides to increase the minimum wage. However, the increase angers a French multinational company called Veolia, because they employ low-skilled Egyptian workers and the policy will increase their wage bill. They therefore challenge the policy by taking the government of Egypt to an international court - something which Egypt is forced to cooperate with as part of their commitments to international law.

 

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See. Change. Let's do something that can't be ignored.

See. Change.

On 19 February 2018 Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the town of Dapchi, southern Yobe State in Nigeria. At the sound of gunshots, one of the girls, Leah Sharibu, ran towards the compound gate – not knowing that this was exactly where the Boko Haram fighters were waiting. Leah was bundled onto a truck and driven away.

Michelle Obama raises awareness of the Chibok schoolgirl's kidnapping in 2014 using the hastag # Bring Back Our Girls on the official FLOTUS Twitter account

The terrorist group Boko Haram was brought to many people's attention for the first time in 2014 when Michelle Obama and other celebrities used #BringBackOurGirls to raise awareness of another kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. Dapchi and Chibok are both situated in the north-east of Nigeria, bordering Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

 

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Tax Justice: A Growing Movement...

Paul Monaghan writes on the growing involvement and influence of Christians in the tax justice movement

At the Fair Tax Mark, we are delighted to be involved in the increasingly influential Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ).

Last year, we worked together on a number of events, including the first ever Tax Justice Sunday and outreach with Andrew Mitchell MP on the need for who owns companies to be public across both the UK and its overseas territories and crown dependencies.

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Light up the Darkness

Light up the darkness

Please ask the UK government to put pressure on the World Bank to increase its investment in decentralised renewable energy, such as solar power.

During 2018 Tearfund marked its 50th anniversary and in that ‘jubilee’ year we reflected on restoration of right relationships between God, people and creation. The ideas of jubilee, and indeed sabbath, are strongly concerned with conserving the environment and giving God’s creation time to rest.  Further, in Romans 8 Paul tells his readers that the freedom Christ brings is for creation as well as for humanity (vs 18-25).  As Christians we accept we’re part of creation, not separate from it, and that caring for it is part of what we are here to do.

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It Takes a World.

There are many things I love about the Christmas story. It is one of hope and peace. God’s incredible saving grace for every man, woman and child blows me away every year.

But one of the things I love most about the Christmas story, is the fact that Jesus, the Saviour of the world, came to us as one of the world’s most vulnerable children. In fact, the story of his arrival on earth shares many similarities with the children who we serve here at World Vision.

Children like Ngala – a young boy from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who fled his hometown at ten years old when the soldiers came and killed his father. He thought he was safe at his grandparents’, some 50km away, but he wasn’t.

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Surely not in my Church?

Surely not in my church?

‘I think many, like me, do not tell when they are experiencing abuse. I felt ashamed and I didn’t want people to know’ Female Survivor (aged 60-69)

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If we measure it we can end it

Emma Lewell-Buck MPIn November last year, I introduced a Bill into the Commons to end UK hunger. On 26th October this year MPs will have a real opportunity to take action on the growing numbers of people going hungry in our country by supporting the second reading of my Food Insecurity Bill.  This is the next stage needed to progress the Bill into law.

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Think things are bad at the moment? Time for the young person maybe!

Well – they seemed bad to me!   House prices at a level that I can’t even consider buying a house. An NHS that is not failing, but being failed.  An older generation who can appear out of touch with the needs of the young, content to enjoy their triple lock pensions and take us out of the EU with all the problems it may well cause in the future. Spiralling student loans, with a spiralling cost of living, and reduced career prospects through a ‘gig’ economy. Our environment increasingly compromised, often at the convenience of big business, to name but a few of the issues!  We all have a view on who is responsible and what the answers are. We certainly seem to live in a more polarised society now.

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Simple Acts

‘I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples’ - Mother Teresa

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