Osborne's talk of 'skivers' bears scant relation to the truth
The following is the full text of the letter to the Observer newspaper (9 December 2012), on the impact of the government's autumn budget statement, from charities, churches, trade unions and NGOs. Ekklesia fully endorses the sentiment and message of this letter.
The Robin Hood Tax, Malawi, and action to tackle AIDS
The Robin Hood Tax Campaign, to which Ekklesia is affiliated, works for the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax. It also examines the difference an FTT could make in relation to poverty, the environment and challenges like the AIDS pandemic.
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
Look out for live tweets from the 'Occupy the Issues' conference and seminar in Edinburgh today, beginning at 100.00am. These can be followed @simonbarrow on Twitter, using hashtags #occupy and #occupyissues.
In addition to recent radio interviews (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17466), Middle East specialist and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian has recorded two more podcasts in his ongoing series for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
The Gaza and Middle East crisis appeal, launched by our friends at Christian Aid in the light of the recent escalation of violence in the area, will help those most in need, working through partners to provide medical assistance and other essential services.
International lawyer and ecumenical consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is a valued Ekklesia associate and Middle East expert, has been interviewed by Civil TV about the latest challenges presented by the privately owned water company in Israel against the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which is under the care of three Christian traditions.
Spartacus launches new disability rights campaign on social media
The 'We are Spartacus' (http://wearespartacus.org.uk/) network promoting disabled people's views on welfare reform, is launching a major campaign today (Monday 12 November 2012), and aims to make a big social media splash from 8am onwards.