conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR, works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.
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Due to the Bill not enjoying enough support in Parliament, it has sadly been withdrawn from the Parliamentary agenda. Rest assured Conscience will continue to fight for a Bill to be passed in Parliament at a later time. It took 350 years for conscientious objectors to win the right to reject war. We are not going to quit now.
We realise this setback might be disappointing, but this campaign has already had a substantial impact on Parliament. We have:
● Recruited several newly elected MPs into support our campaign including several new MPs, such as Ruth Cadbury MP, Liz Saville-Roberts MP and Michelle Thomson MP.
● Raised the issue in Parliament so that every MP understands why people need conscientious objection to military taxation.
● Secured national coverage for the campaign including coverage in the Guardian.
● Secured the endorsement of Oscar award winning actor Sir Mark Rylance.
● Raised the awareness of peacebuilding and why it matters.
But this is not the time to be disappointed. This is the time for action. We want to shout our support for a foreign policy that rejects violence and focuses on development and diplomacy as peaceful means of conflict resolution.
We want you to start local campaign groups so that Conscience can campaign in communities in every region and nation of the United Kingdom. The question is: are you ready to take our campaign to where you live?
Conscience will provide resources in the autumn of this year for people to start local community groups. We want you to be a part of that. If you would like to volunteer to start campaign in your area get in contact today at Campaign@ConscienceOnline.org.uk
BAFTA and Oscar award winning Actor Sir Mark Rylance put together a video detailing his ‘statement of conscience’ and his reasons for being a conscientious […]
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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights produces a report on conscientious objection to military service every four years. The report […]
Here at Conscience, we want to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
This is why Conscience is looking to attend the International Peace Bureau (IPB) World Congress 2016 in Berlin, taking place from 30 September – 3 October, but it’s going to cost us £1,500 to attend so we need your help!
The aim of the congress is to bring the issue of military spending into the public domain and strengthen the global community of activism.
Our attendance to this congress is essential and will mean that we can:
- Train – to learn how to be better achieve social change from the best peacebuilding organisations in the world.
- Teach – to share our parliamentary knowledge with others.
- Network – to build relationships across the peace sector.
- Co-ordinate – to unite with other peace tax campaigners and be more effective in our campaigning.