Last Tuesday (8 September) I and other members of the London Catholic Worker took part in a ‘No Faith in War’ day of action outside the Excel Centre, London. Faith groups Put Down the Sword, Pax Christi and Disarm Quakers were also coming together to disrupt the setting up of the DSEi, the world’s largest arms fair.
The starting point for any successful charitable initiative should always be an awareness of a need that is not currently being met and a clear idea of how it could be. First, make sure there isn’t already an organisation doing something similar. Setting up a charity is fairly easy but finding the funds required to sustain its mission can be more challenging.
A coalition of faith groups, including Put Down The Sword, Quakers, London Catholic Worker and Pax Christi have come together to call for the UK government to stop its support for arms fairs and arms sales to oppressive regimes.