Are you disturbed by the nastiness and division of current politics?
Are you upset by the rise of racism?
On Friday January 20th, on the day of the inauguration of the new American president, people will be displaying banners on bridges in London and throughout the UK with varying versions of this message:
We will build
BRIDGES, NOT WALLS,
to a peaceful and just world
rid of oppression and hatred
In Bakewell, Derbyshire, my local Quaker meeting is organising a banner drop from the main pedestrian bridge across the Wye, in the centre of Bakewell from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. There will be no chanting: the banner drop will be peaceful. Everyone is welcome.
Our banner will say:
BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS
SPEAK PEACE, NOT HATRED
It will signify that:
We stand together in solidarity, and speak for peace not hatred
We resist the fascism spreading through the world
We will treat everyone equally and with respect
We welcome refugees
Please come and join us if you'd like to. If you live too far away, you can find details of other banner drops here.
|n.b. this is not the pedestrian bridge in Bakewell|
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges”
Martin Luther King:
“Let’s build bridges, not walls”
“We need bridges, not walls”