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sweatshop protest
SPEAK has campaigned against injustices in the garment industry since the beginning in 1998. It's People & Planet's Week of Action against sweatshops at the end of this month - how are you going to get involved?
People in West Papua send solidarity photo for the 'Arrest President SBY' campaign. Photo Credit: Free West Papua Campaign
SPEAKers in Edinburgh have been long-term supporters of the Free West Papua Campaign. Tom Kirby gives us an update of the UK's ongoing complicity in this oppression, and highlights a demo taking place in Edinburgh tonight:
This morning, a bunch of people gathered outside Church House to pray while the building was being used to house an arms conference. Chris went along and gives his thoughts and reflections...
SPEAK are looking for someone to join the NST! We're looking for a new administrator to help support the work of the Network Support Team. We need someone who's passionate about seeking justice, and has the skills to keep things running smoothly in our busy London office as we prepare for new campaigns, new events, and a new year of work with students around the country. Interested? Read on...
Remember the blue 'Dehumanising Destruction' Pray & Post card? After handing another batch into 10 Downing Street, the Ministry of Defence have given us a response.
In a world of endless clictivism, it can be so refreshing to get out onto the streets and make a noise for injustice in the public space. SPEAK London members have been busy this week participating in at least 3 stunts around arms, corporate responsibility and climate action. We review them here...
SPEAK are long-time supporters of Workshop, a project which provides a course of Christian learning to Churches and individuals who are keen to explore faith in a broad and practical way. Its founder, Noel Moules, has taken part in SPEAK events in the past, and has recently release a book: "Fingerprints of Fire, Footprints of Peace". Former SPEAK director Jo Frew reviews it here...
What with SPEAK week coming up at the beginning of November, London SPEAK are pulling together to hold a Cabaret of comedy and tunes, whilst raising essential funds for the SPEAK Network's great work in the process...
Every year, dedicated SPEAK members take a week in November to hit the streets and share their love of justice with the world, and raise money for SPEAK in the process. This year is no exception! Around the country, SPEAK groups will be out there, doing wild and exciting things that catch the imagination of the whole community...
Flower Model is only a month away - Join us to dream up the future of the network and have your say on SPEAK's campaigns.
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Drones Week of Action logo
There's a lot in the news about drones right now, and that should be no surprise because in the UK it is the Drones Week of Action! Organised by the Drones Campaign Network (of which SPEAK is a member), the Week of Action sees many events taking place around the country to highlight the UK's soaring involvement in this new form of military activity.
In recent months we've had some exciting developments in the world of SPEAK groups! Chris takes some time to explore the importance of praying and campaigning as a community and highlights some of the new ways people can get involved!
A tea-picker in Kerugoya, Kenya
The new SPEAK pray & post card is out today! It calls for justice in our food supply chains by asking Parliament that the upcoming Groceries Code Adjudicator has the power to fine from day one. What this would basically do is force our powerful UK supermarkets to treat their suppliers fairly - applying to both farmers here and abroad.
Yesterday, Chris Duncan did a one man march into Westminster to deliver a SPEAK pray & post petition to Number 10 Downing Street. The trip had an extra little surprise in store for him!
Persist in prayer and campaigning! [Luke 19:1-8]. The January 2011 Pray and Post card 'The EU's Raw Material Grab' called on the EU to "let poorer countries negotiate investment agreements in line with their social, economic and environmental needs".
Last weekend members of SPEAK Nottingham, along with some of the Network Support Team, met outside RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire to peacefully protest against plans for the base to become a control station for drones later this year.  Jesca, who has come from the Netherlands to volunteer with the NST for the summer, gives her account of this leg of the Bardic Bike Tour.
This year, we have been on a mission to Connect and Reconnect with as many people as possible, giving you an opportunity to contribute financially to the work of SPEAK. Over the years, we have seen a generation of young people and students find their voice, and we are more passionate than ever about empowering young Christians to speak out on issues of global justice. In order to carry out the work we are doing, we rely on regular giving. Please help SPEAK by committing to make a regular donation. Visit CharityGiving, or drop us an email to speak@speak.org.uk for more info. Do you already give financially, but think you could help us by sharing the vision of SPEAK, and encouraging others to support us? Then maybe you’d like to be a SPEAK Advocate. We’ll send you a whole host of resources to help you Connect and Reconnect with people you know and encourage them in prayer for SPEAK. Below, Matthew writes about the need for continued financial support behind our campaigns.
SPEAK are popping up all over place at festivals this year. You may already have spotted us at Soul Survivor, and we’re looking forward to Momentum, Greenbelt and Forum. We’ve met some fantastic people with a real passion for justice, and it’s been wonderful sharing the vision of SPEAK. If you see us, come and say hello – we love to meet friends of SPEAK.
Vocal Training is fast approaching, and plans are afoot for an exciting weekend of network-building, skill-swapping and preparing ourselves to campaign for justice in the campuses, churches and communities where we live.