Arms trade

Ex-Sheffield SPEAK Prez and current Regional Support Worker Chris shares his experiences of his first few years with the group.
We at Speak are encouraging people to take a week of action for Peace in September. Here is our suggested plan - are you with us??
In an interview with the Guardian Rowan Williams speaks honestly and movingly about his support for arms trade activists. Read his quotes below...
I encourage anyone who is passionate about something in the world to have a chat with their local MP, as they may surprise you.
Five Christians were arrested for gluing themselves together to block one of the entrances to the DSEi arms fair last week. In so doing, they have drawn a lot of attention to the role of the UK in the global arms trade, the state that facilitates the proliferation of weapons for private profit, and what it means to be a peacemaker.
A SPEAK banner from the protests against the DSEi arms fair in 2011
Remember the blue 'Dehumanising Destruction' drones Pray & post card? Well the recent increase in media and parliamentary attention towards drones are the fruit of SPEAK's campaign for greater transparency in this area, so a reason to be thankful! Yet our work is for from over, as Fellowship of Reconciliation's Jessica Dalton-Cheetham explains for us here...
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...
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.
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!
After decades of indifference, it seems strange that the West should now so suddenly develop a conscience concerning the welfare of Libyan civilians. Libyans have long suffered the tyranny of Gadaffi’s dictatorship, well-armed as it is by companies based in the ‘developed’ world. So why is it only now that those arms sales licenses have been cancelled?