Quaker Roots

Refusal to fight with weapons is not surrender. We are not passive when threatened by the greedy, the cruel, the tyrant, the unjust. We will struggle to remove the causes of impasse and confrontation by every means of nonviolent resistance available.

Quaker faith & practice 24.10

Quaker Roots (previously “Roots of Resistance”) is a community of Friends building a creative, vibrant and radical Quaker response to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair.

The Human Cost of War: Voices from Palestine and Israel – on 11th January, we were privileged to hear directly from Mohammad Tamimi and Sahar Vardi, peace activists in Palestine and Israel, and Prof Anna Stavrianakis (UK) on the role of the global and UK arms trade in the Israel/Palestine conflict. A video of the event is now available.

Check out all our upcoming events to connect with others in our Roots community, learn more and spiritually prepare for witness.

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Thank you so much for all that you’ve done since we’ve been at DSEI.  Whether you joined the witness in person, or upheld us from afar, it has been wonderful to be with you in shining a light on the darkness of the arms trade, and building peace together as a community.

Resisting DSEI in previous years:

On Tuesday 3rd September 2019, hundreds of Quakers joined us to take action against the DSEI arms fair, one of the world’s largest trade shows for the defence industry. Find out what happened in our video here:

And a selection of photos from Quakers there on the day here: