Members of NJPN met together in front of All Soul’s Church, Langham Place, to join the demonstration in support of partners and allies who are campaigning against American policies on the environment, immigration, trade rules and weapons of mass destruction.
Members of partner organisations and allies making their voices heard at the demonstration included Pax Christi, Global Justice Now, CCND and members of Religious orders, parish groups and many other faith groups.
A number of the banners quoted words of Pope Francis, reminding us of our common humanity.
We are fortunate that we have the freedom to speak our minds and should use this hard won freedom to hold those in positions of authority to account for their actions, which have greater impact on those whose lives are blighted by poverty, violence and environmental catastrophes.
We must continue to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of these issues and make our voices heard in order to change the hearts and minds of those who claim to lead and speak for us.
As we meet together next weekend, speakers and workshop leaders at the NJPN conference, will be reminding us that one cannot thrive at the expense of the other and will explore the meaning of ‘home’ in the context of being a church of the poor, offering a welcome to all.