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To celebrate International Women’s Day Jubilee Debt Campaign Multifaith project invite you to attend a film night

 St Philip’s Cathedral Colmore Row  Birmingham.   B3 2QB

 Wednesday March 7th at 7pm  – 9.00pm

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” which features Muslim and Christian women working together in Liberia.

Speakers  The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle Dean of Birmingham and Lotifa Begum of Islamic Relief.

The event is free of charge but donations welcome


It is always encouraging to see publications covering our work.

Here is the latest article  from the summer edition of Islamic Relief magazine.

Islamic Relief is a member of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, a coalition of organisations that work towards the 100% cancellation of unpayable and unjust developing country debts.

In March, following extensive pressure from Jubilee Debt Campaign coalition, it was announced that the UK government would make permanent a landmark law to protect the poorest countries in the world from profiteering by so-called vulture funds. Vulture funds buy poor countries’ debt cheaply and sue the countries for repayment of the full value; in other words, they seek a high return on a relatively small investment, at the expense of the world’s poorest.

The law has already saved Liberia $40million and successfully kept vulture funds out of UK courts.

International support for the act has been expressed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana.

“We see this law as an important first step in putting the fight against poverty and inequality ahead of the excessive profits of a few greedy investors.”
Nick Dearden Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign.”

Pritpal kaur gives her views on how  campaigners are linking together across the city

Birmingham prides itself on being a global city with a local heart, and this last month FaithsAct has been promoting its work at two local events on global poverty.

Last month, the national multifaith Jubilee Debt Campaign Conference on ‘Global Poverty – Seeking Justice’ in Birmingham included speeches from the Rev Dr Joel Edwards, Director of Micah Challenge; Jehangir Malik, UK Director of Islamic Relief; Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha; and Nick Dearden, Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign.  Their messages were however, not ones of rhetoric.  They were calling people of faith, to join hands with those of other faiths, and to act against injustice in the world.

This month saw the Birmingham launch of the Global Poverty Project, with Elisha London, the UK manager of the project, gave an exciting presentation called ‘1.4 Billion Reasons’ aimed at raising awareness of global poverty issues.  But again, the conclusion was a pledge to action and commitment.  For example, were we going to buy more fair trade products?  Were we going to hold a fundraiser?  Were we going to mobilise our friends, families and faith communities?

FaithsAct was proud to stand in solidarity with these campaigns.  The aims of both projects resonated greatly with ours – in calling Faiths to Act.  We hope that people of faith, in the global city of Birmingham, will act locally from their hearts and get involved.

Pritpal Kaur,

Faiths Act Fellow

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