Statement • 20 October 2016 •
Indigenous Peoples and allies participating in the Manilakbayan 2016 March of National Minorities were run over by a police vehicle, hosed down with water cannon, and beaten with truncheons as protestors. 50 people were injured and hospitalized. Twenty-nine were arrested and detained, including former Peace for Life staff Lyn Angelica Pano. The protesters were demanding an end to the presence of US troops in the country, supporting the call for an independent foreign policy of President Rodrigo Duterte. They also denounced the Philippine military’s continued occupation of their ancestral lands to give way...
News • 7 October 2016 •
People Over Profits (POP) is a new global anti-free trade, anti-TNC network has been formed to unite peoples movements and NGOs across the globe to stop FTAs and corporate plunder. The network promote and support peoples' resistance around the world against FTAs and other forms of neoliberal corporate attacks by sharing analyses, information and coordinating actions at the national, regional, and global levels.
Below is the network's sign-on statement:
The world’s people have long been subject to ever-worsening poverty and injustice – from the erosion of labor protection measures across the globe, the continued privatization of key...
Palestine Solidarity • 6 October 2016 •
Sept 29, 2016, Manila — The multi-media room was filled with young faces eager to learn more about the journey to freedom, democracy, justice and peace of their Palestinian sisters and brothers.
The Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ Center for Human Rights and Gender Studies successfully held a forum titled “Occupation 101: Understanding the Palestinian Struggle for National Liberation, Democracy, Justice, and Peace.” The initiative formed part of the Institute for Social Sciences and Development (ISSD) and Center for Human Rights and Gender Studies’ discussion series on the themes of human rights,...
News • 6 October 2016 •
In Pursuit of a Just and Lasting Peace, An Ecumenical Forum on the GRP-NDFP Peace Talks,September 13, 2016 | Diocese of Cubao, Lantana Street, Cubao, Quezon CityBy: Rev. Fr. Rex RB. Reyes, Jr.General Secretary, NCCPCo-Moderator, Peace for Life
Before I state the reasons we are here, let me share briefly the engagement of the different organizations responsible for this gathering: the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Pilgrims for Peace and the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP).
The NCCP’s engagement in the peace process, involving the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and...
News • 14 June 2016 •
The Orlando massacre: the church responds
The following statement was released Monday morning by the Open and Affirming Coalition and the National Officers of the United Church of Christ. Later today, we'll email suggestions for actions ONA congregations can take in response to this tragedy. Please post your own responses, prayers, and action ideas on the Coalition's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ucc.coalition.
We ask your prayers for John Vertigan, Conference Minister of the UCC's Florida Conference, and for ONA churches in Florida as they stand with the LGBTQ community in Orlando and throughout the state. Pray also for...
News • 27 April 2016 •
March-May 2016 issue of Peace for Life e-newsletter Voices for Peace is out! Click on the image to download your copy.
In this issue, Peace for Life General Secretary Omega Bula discusses the perils faced by Indigenous Peoples amid militarised globalisation. Ranjan Solomon of the Palestine Solidarity team delves deep into the implications of terror attack in Brussels and how certain powers, including the military-industrial complex, exploits fear and hatred for profit. David Wildman, co-founder of Peace for Life reiterates the need to reiterate people's right to free speech in the context of efforts by governments...
PfL Statement • 16 April 2016 •
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Statement on Palestinian Prisoners Day17 April 2016
Peace for Life, a global faith-based peace and justice movement, unites with the peoples of Palestine and all peoples of the world in solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian national liberation in commemorating April 17 as Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. We reiterate our demand to an end to Israel’s systematic and gross violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and call on Israeli authorities to respect international human rights and humanitarian laws and related protocols on the rights of prisoners.
The number of Palestinian...
PfL Statement • 30 March 2016 •
Peace for Life, a global interfaith peace and justice movement mobilising the power of spirituality for the struggle against the Empire, strongly condemns the recent deadly terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan perpetrated by religious fundamentalist groups. We mourn for the innocent lives lost, including children, and sympathise with their families and friends.
On March 27, a suicide bomber from the local franchise of the Taliban group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar attacked the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park were Christians, mostly children, were celebrating Easter. The death toll from the attack reached 70, as per the latest reports. At least 300 others were...
Events • 9 February 2016 •
As of today, Agape will accept scholarship applications for the 2016 international adults camps. The application deadline is March 1st, 2016.
Everyone who is interested in the theme of a camp and who is willing to be involved in it’s community life is able to take part in it. These are the basic things that are needed in order to have meaningful meetings with each other and a real exchange of ideas. At the beginning of its history, Agape was mainly attended by Protestants. However, very soon Catholics and non-believers began to take part in the...
News • 3 February 2016 •
Voices for Peace, Peace for Life's, monthly newsletter is out. Download an e-copy of the January-February issue here.
In "New Struggles, Renewed Commitment," Peace for Life's General Secretary Omega Chilufya Bula presents the challenges and struggles confronting the people and the churches in 2016. She reiterates the need to build on the accomplishments and breakthroughs that the PfL accomplished in 2015 and to reaffirm our commitment to resist militarised globalisation amid escalating crisis of the empire.
An update on the interfaith solidarity for peace and justice in Pakistan convened in November 2015 establishes the case for dialogue...