Welcome to MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East
We call upon people in the North East - from Tees to Tweed - to join us in demanding that our government, and indeed the governments of the world, should act to alleviate poverty for the world's poorer countries by:
Latest planned events and activities
Journey to Justice (Breaking the Chains of Global Debt)
Please join us. Booking is urgent - see details here.
Drop the Debt Fast
Here in the NE, we have our own rolling programme to cover all 36 countries, and suggest that supporters in each Parliamentary constituency take one (or two) examples, details here.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop John Sentamu, the former President of Tanzania, Newcastle University's Vice-Chancellor and Lord Carey of Clifton join up with North East campaigners for Regional Fast Day. Tutu praises campaigners efforts as "fantastic".
WE INVITE PEOPLE OF DECENCY AND COMPASSION, OF ALL FAITHS AND NONE, TO JOIN THE FAST ON FRIDAY 16TH MAY. [For different ways to 'fast', see below.]
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR PARTICIPATION, and get more information
Jubilee Debt Campaign's 'Drop the Debt Fast' continues to gain momentum as the tenth anniversary of the human chain in Birmingham gets closer. Make Poverty History NE, one of the country's leading campaigning groups and a member of the Debt Campaign, is calling for region-wide support for the Fast on Friday 16th May, the exact anniversary date.
"We decided to seek participation and endorsement from leaders both inside and outside the Region and have been delighted at the generosity of the response", says Dr David Golding, Development Coordinator of MPH-NE. "Desmond Tutu replied saying that 'I commend you on the tremendous effort you and your supporters continue to put into the Jubilee Debt Campaign. It is fantastic and I am deeply appreciative.'
"Mrs Margaret Sentamu, the Archbishop of York's wife, said 'This is the least I can do to help identify with the voiceless millions in Africa and the world over today.' Newcastle's Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Arnold, said 'I am delighted to participate and support such a worthy cause'. Lord and Lady Carey wrote 'This is something that warms our hearts and, of course, we are keen to support it'.
A list of leaders who have expressed their support is given below - almost all will be 'fasting' in one way or another on 16th.
NOTE 1. What do we mean by 'fasting'? Not eating (drinking water is fine!) is a strict definition, but if someone has medical or other reasons not to do this, they can give up something else for the duration of the fast, like drinks other than water, or television. The purpose is to show solidarity with people in the global South and to make time to take action on debt.
NOTE 2. Those attending the 'Journey to Justice' event in Birmingham on Sunday 18th May will see a video message from Archbishop Tutu, in which he says "We have long called for the cancellation of crippling debt. Ten years ago in Birmingham you forged a powerful link in the chain of action for change. It was a significant step on the journey to justice. But it is a journey that we must continue together."
NOTE 3. Benjamin Mkapa addressed the Annual Conference of Jubilee Debt Campaign in 2005 when President of Tanzania. In his speech he said "I have come, first, to thank you all personally, and on behalf of our people, for what the Jubilee movement worldwide has done to ensure that poor countries like mine do not have to choose between the life of a child-dying of a preventable disease - and the servicing of an external debt that, ultimately, is not payable anyway... frankly, it is a scandal that we are forced to choose between basic health and education for our people and repaying historical debt."
Great North Run 2008 - do join us as a runner
Up and coming Christian Aid events
Click here for a full list of current, future and past events.
Occasional papers / articles for thought and debate
MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East in the press....
And a letter from Downing Street, July 2006. In this letter the prime minister encourages campaigners to "...keep up the pressure...". We agree as, although there has been progress, there is still plenty to achieve to Make Poverty History.
MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East has the following aims and objectives:
The full constitution of MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East can be found here.