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Trade Justice Movement Event

Friday, 15th April 2005

Trade Justice Movement Event

The opening event of the Trade Justice Movement's vigil last Friday night, which took place in the Abbey, included singers Ronan Keating and Beverley Knight, and actors Vanessa Redgrave and Pete Postlethwhaite.

No one can be unmoved by the plight of the starving peoples of the world. One approach to this enormous issue is through more equitable trading. And last week The Trade Justice Movement (a coalition of 60 British organizations) joined similar bodies in 80 countries in a week of Action for Trade Justice.

As clergy who work with national and international leaders and institutions and who live daily in this Abbey with all its history, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster was pleased to assist those taking a public stance to make poverty history.

The Dean of Westminster, Dr Wesley Carr, said:

I am very glad that this vigil is beginning here in the Abbey. Because we are Christian we can warmly welcome people of all faiths or none. We meet in our common humanity to alert people to the plight of our fellow men and women and even more point to one key way in which all can play a part. After all, we all shop!

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

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Valerie - Foundation Director

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