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Justice Mail Action 28th December 2014

Dear All Saints Justice Mail Friends,

The following is from Amnesty International.

The EU torture trade: Sale must end now

Struggling to keep a crowd in check with your ordinary truncheon? This spiked baton delivers maximum impact with virtually no effort! And thanks to loopholes in EU laws, you can trade in an array of gruesome torture equipment like this right here in Europe.

Call on the EU to fix the flaws that allow people to profit from torture.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/eu-torture-tools-trade-uk

Cheers
Mike Cross
All Saints Justice Mail

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Justice Mail Action 9th December 2014

Dear All Saints Justice Mail Friends,

Private military and security companies work for governments and corporations in war zones around the world, providing security, as well as taking part in reconstruction, direct combat surveillance and intelligence gathering. Such companies have a track record in profiting from war, and conflict. Yet, despite facing hundreds of accusations of human rights abuses in conflict situations around the world, they remain unaccountable and unregulated.

Use the War on Want link below to ask your MP to press the government to hold such companies to account.

http://www.waronwant.org/campaigns/corporations-and-conflict/private-armies/action/17469-take-action-now-to-end-the-impunity-of-private-security-contractors

 

Cheers
Mike Cross
All Saints Justice Mail

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Justice Mail Action 24th November 2014

Dear Justice Mail friends, 

It costs more to live if you are poor.  If you need to borrow money urgently, the banks may not help.  You may be forced to go to a loan shark.  The interest charges on credit cards may well be greater if you have no history of credit.  Your mortgage repayments are likely to demand a greater proportion of your income.  You may not be able to afford good quality food and will pay a health premium.  Even if you are in employment, your income may not cover your family living costs.

 Church Action on Poverty describes this situation as the ‘Poverty Premium’.  Will the incoming government in 2015 create policies to address this unjust discrimination against poor people?  To read CAP’s full report on the ‘Poverty Premium’, follow the link below, where you can also send a message to Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs.  Personalise your message by saying where you live and what your normal occupation is.  Describe why this issue matters to you. 

Call to end the ‘Poverty Premium’

 ‘Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.  Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy’ (Proverbs 31:8-9).

 Yours faithfully,

 John Hull, Queen’s College Justice Mail

 

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Justice Mail Action 10th November 2014

Dear Justice Mail Friends,

 Oxfam estimates that the 85 richest people on the planet now have wealth equal to that of half of all humanity.  The gulf between the tiny minority of very rich people and the growing poverty of the huge numbers of others is a global problem.  This disparity is not a natural occurrence but is the result of pressures and policies which can and must be reversed.

Oxfam is launching a worldwide reform movement entitled ‘Even It Up’.  Follow the link to watch a 3-minute video describing the campaign:

VIDEO:  The Rich and the Rest

Join the campaign by following the link below:

 Join ‘Even It Up’

 Cheers
Mike Cross
All Saints Justice Mail

 

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Justice Mail Action 22nd October 2014

Dear Justice Mail Friends,

 The following is from World Development Movement

 The government is sitting down with a big priority on their to-do list: The Plant Breeders Bill 2013. We know, it sounds harmless. But don’t let that fool you. All the most dangerous laws sound innocuous, until you see them in practice.

At the moment, small-scale farmers and food producers in Ghana can save seeds to plant again the following year or exchange seeds with each other. This means re-using and pooling resources. So far, so sensible.

But the Plant Breeders Bill will restrict this. Instead, small-scale farmers in Ghana will have to buy their seeds from big companies that lay claim to them every year, pushing many of them into debt and poverty. Worst of all, they could be criminalised if they do save or exchange seeds.

And shockingly,
the UK is supporting this law through aid programmes like the New Alliance.

 Use the link below to email your MP asking him to oppose this law.

 http://action.wdm.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1784&ea.campaign.id=32583&ea.tracking.id=bdfzn3cu&ea.url.id=301978

  

Cheers

Mike Cross

All Saints Justice Mail

 

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