2012

A blog from FALE, our sister network in Brazil.
Vocal Training 2012
Plans are afoot for Vocal Training, and we're looking forward to getting together and getting tooled up for the year ahead. Whether you're new to SPEAK or you've got a wealth of experiences and skills, we'd love to see you there.
The Rio+20 summit in June saw, arguably, the most significant meetings on sustainable development since the 1992 Earth Summit in the same city. SPEAK focuses on whether the outcomes of the summit are truly progressive enough in order to affect positive sustainable development. We also take a look at the biblical mandate for campaigning to protect the environment.
SPEAK are looking for volunteers to represent at Soul Survivor B and C! If you're passionate about the vision of SPEAK and would like to share it with young people, we'd love to hear from you...
On Thursday 14th June, Indonesian police gunned down Mako Tabuni, secretary-general of the KNPB (West Papua National Committee); triggering violent riots in Jayapura. Hannah Kitchen, a member of Edinburgh SPEAK group (long supporters of the Free West Papua Campaign) has written a short prayer for us to reflect on the chaos:
To coincide with the Rio +20, we are beginning SPEAK's first ever Bardic Bike tour this June - a crazy prophetic action on wheels, that will hopefully visit historic sites of protest around the UK and connect up to campaign and fundraise with local SPEAK groups along the way.
Last month, 25 people from across the Network gathered in Bethnal Green to discuss ideas, imagine new ones and pray, eat and hang out together...
As ever, SPEAK are representing at a whole bunch of festivals over the summer. As well as representing at Forum and Momentum, we're pulling out all the stops to make a big splash at Greenbelt.
A packed bus, somewhere in the Netherlands. A few days before Easter. I saw an advertising-pillar at the bus stop. It had an advertisement of a German supermarket on it and promised me and other bus-travelers the following: “luxury for everyone!”.
At the end of February, SPEAK's Day of Action 2012 featured a demonstration outside Shell's London Headquarters in Waterloo to draw attention to the company's so far unmet responsibility to clean up extensive oil pollution in the Niger Delta.