First meeting of the year

Happy New Year to all of our followers!

Syria Peace and Justice will hold its first group meeting of 2014 on Wednesday, 15th January, from 6.30 to 9.30pm at the the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street (corner of Parfett Street), Whitechapel, London E1 1ES
Map: http://tinyurl.com/k3qajlh.

The agenda for the meeting is likely to include the following:

– Reflection upon the group’s activities since it’s formation in October 2013, including the London Peace Pilgrimage for Syria in December;
– Report back from group delegation’s meeting with Turkish embassy representative just before Christmas;
– Discussion of how we might develop the group and its activities over the coming year;
– Firm up plans for a peace vigil or other action in London in the week of the ‘Geneva II’ Syria peace talks (22 Jan).

Any comments or additional suggestions are welcome.

In advance of the meeting, you might want to have a look at the two articles linked to below. The first laments the lack of solidarity from the US peace movement with Syrian civil society activists, which I think applies equally to us in the UK, while the second provides some additional context as regards civil society activists in Syria being persecuted by the government and al Qaeda-affiliated opposition groups alike. The authors of both articles are professional women of Syrian descent.

http://forusa.org/blogs/mohja-kahf/lack-us-peace-movement-solidarity-syrian-uprising-no-good-guys-excuse/12622

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hind-kabawat/two-evils-in-the-syrian-r_b_4532837.html

Please also be aware that there is currently an international ‘hunger strike’ taking place in solidarity with Moadamiya and other besieged Syrian towns, which I encourage you to participate in, whether for 24 hours or longer. The action is set to continue until 22nd January.

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/qusaihungerstrike

In peace,
Dan

Syria Peace & Justice – A London-based grassroots group working for peace, justice and human rights in Syria
https://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com
E-mail: syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com
Twitter: @syriapj

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