SGI Office for UN Affairs, Panel Discussion on Hope amidst the Time of Nuclear Dangers, Hayley Ramsay Jones of SGI with speakers

Panel Discussion on Hope amidst the Time of Nuclear Dangers

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

On 2 June 2018, Quakers UK held a panel discussion on the time of nuclear dangers at the Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House. SGI joined the panel discussion along with Ms. Ruth Cadbury, Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth; Dr. Rebecca Johnson, International Steering Group member of ICAN and Executive Director of Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy; and Ms. Susi Snyder, International Steering Group member of ICAN, Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager of Pax and Primary author of “Don’t Bank on the Bomb 2018,” who sent a video message. The panel was moderated by Josie Parkhouse, co-chair of Amplify, an international youth network for nuclear abolition.

Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI spoke about the importance of expanding intersectional solidarity, engaging with others and reaching out to even wider groups of people. She noted that peace and disarmament education is an important tool to look at the underlying causes of the current state of affairs, and that all forms of discrimination be it race, gender, homophobia and so on could also be addressed within a peace and disarmament education context.

Over 100 people attended the event, including those of different faith traditions such as Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, the Church of England, as well as the SGI. Representatives from the Humanist Association UK, Friends of Faith (interfaith group) and Brentford and Isleworth Council (Community Outreach department and Integrated Faith Traditions department) were also in attendance.