The main activity of Quaker Equality Week will be vigils and putting posters outside Meeting Houses. For this kind of activity, the message needs to be simple – it is about economic inequality in the UK. The Quaker concern for equality is much broader than this, addressing the massive inequality between rich and poor countries, as well as issues such as same sex marriage. A huge reduction in economic inequality may be a precondition for tackling the problems of the environment and building a carbon neutral society, with zero growth, to ensure the survival and welfare of future generations. These are complex issues, which might be addressed by a talk or a discussion group, but for the purposes of the vigil, it is best to keep the message simple.
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Quaker Equality Week is a 9-day “week” running from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th March 2015. Quakers all over the country will display posters and have vigils and other activities to publicise our testimony to equality, with the theme of economic inequality in the UK. This will be striking, as people travelling will see the same posters on different buildings all over the country.
Quaker Equality Week is coordinated by Manchester & Warrington Area Quaker Meeting’s Social Justice Group. The photo below is from a vigil on the steps of Central Manchester Friends Meeting House.
EAST CHESHIRE HAVE DONE A BRILLIANT POSTER ABOUT TAX AVOIDANCE AND WELFARE UNDER/OVERCLAIMING. SEE BOTTOM OF “OTHER MATERIALS” PAGE
Wear several layers of warm clothes for your vigil.
Please tell Maya Williams about any events you are planning, as she is co-ordinating national publicity.
Quaker Equality was great – thanks to everyone. It was a really good boost to an ongoing campaign. There was outreach to the general public, to politicians and to the media. There was a variety of activities, and at least one meeting that had never held a vigil before, ventured into new territory. There were imaginative ideas like the Coventry Equality Garden. See this week’s Friend for pictures and details of some of the activities.
More than 80 meetings took part.