John Calvi, the founding convener of The Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT!) will offer a one hour talk on the work of Quakers to end American policy and practice of torture. Known and respected for his gifts to help people heal, John has been working with those surviving traumatic experience since 1982. A certified massage therapist, John began this work with women survivors of sexual abuse and has since worked with inmates, tortured refugees, ritual abuse survivors, and addicts among others.
While the worst stories and details will be avoided, this is an adult presentation and not meant for children. It is free and open to all in an accessible and LGBTQ+ friendly space – Toronto Monthly Meeting, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, 7 PM, Friday March 27, 2015.
International law expert Paul Joffe and Jennifer Preston, CFSC’s Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator, will be speaking at Trent University on Tuesday, Feb. 10th at 7:30 PM, Bagnani Hall. This is a free talk open to all and will be followed by a reception.
Download the poster for more details and to see other talks in the lecture series, including long-time CFSC partner Ellen Gabriel’s on Feb. 24th!
CFSC has worked with partners at the War Resisters Support Campaign for more than a decade in support of the rights of conscientious objectors to the Iraq war. You can learn more about their situations and why Canada should let them stay in this blog post and in the most recent issue of Quaker Concern (PDF).
It’s easy to take action to tell the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander and your MP that you support the war resisters! Use this form and send a letter.
Three times a year CFSC publishes Quaker Concern, an 8 page newsletter available in digital and hard copy with stories from our work.
In addition to short news and updates, in this issue you’ll find articles about:
- some of our grassroots work with Indigenous partners,
- using art to challenge our thinking about justice,
- peace work being undertaken by Peterborough Monthly Meeting, and
- The uncertain situations faced by Conscientious Objectors to the Iraq war (you can help by taking part in Let Them Stay week January 25th-31st)
Read the Winter 2015 issue of Quaker Concern (PDF).