Maya’s peace walk
A packed Friends’ Meeting House was the venue for a talk by local activist Maya Evans in a meeting jointly organised by the Hastings and District Interfaith Forum and Hastings Against War. The St Leonards resident spoke about her experiences of working alongside people of faith in various countries: Christians in America, Muslims in Afghanistan and Buddhists opposing US bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa. John Enefer writes.
Maya, a long-term peace activist/advocate and campaigner, commented that she had been lucky to meet so many remarkable people during her work in foreign countries, most recently in the US, where she participated in a 150-mile walk which aimed to highlight the mass incarceration of black people within the US prison system.
‘It’s important to make connections within your local communities”, said Maya. “Grassroots action is the key to changing the world. I’ve heard lots of heartwarming stories about people helping refugees. It was good to meet with people and share those stories.”
Hastings and District Interfaith Forum is a local organisation which seeks to promote awareness of different religious faiths and to foster understanding across religious boundaries.
Hastings Against War is a local peace group active in opposing war and the arms trade for over a decade. It meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Friends’ Meeting House, South Terrace, Hastings.
More info about Hastings Interfaith Forum.
And Hastings Against War.
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