Safe & Sound?

Traditionally we see security as safety from threats. Fear can make us favour short-term solutions that take away the immediate threat, but don’t solve the underlying problems.

If we see security as ‘freedom to live’, rather than ‘avoiding threats’, could it help us to take a long-term approach that creates a just and peaceful world for all of us?

Could we reimagine security as a form of freedom?  Freedom to live together in a collaborative society.

The Rethink Security network identifies these problems with our current model of security:

  • It’s disconnected from people’s daily needs and concerns;
  • It justifies arms sales to corrupt and repressive regimes;
  • It overlooks problems such as inequality and climate change;
  • It relies on heavy weaponry and military interventions;
  • It allows excessive surveillance, and stigmatises minority groups

Is there another way? Rethink Security suggests a new model of security based on these principles:

  • Meeting people’s basic, daily needs;
  • Protecting human rights & the rule of law ;
  • Tackling problems such as inequality and climate breakdown;
  • Improving gender and racial equality and promoting inclusion);
  • Supporting peacebuilding, diplomacy and international cooperation.

Pop into Peace Hub, throughout November & December 2019 to:

  • Find out more
  • Read stories of individuals and groups putting these ideas into practice
  • Sign a letter to support Amazonian Women working for security for women & girls; indigenous people; and the climate
  • See the beautiful Peace Poppy Mosaics

Latest Posts on ‘Safe & Sound’

Take action: Patricia’s Story- Photo by Caroline Bennett, Amazon Watch. Our current theme Safe & Sound is all about rethinking security. Patricia Gualinga and the Mujeres Amazonicas are standing up for a peaceful and just idea of security – read their story and find out how you can take action: Patricia Gualinga is an indigenous leader of the Kichwa […]
Join in: Rethinking Security- We’re pleased to announce that our theme from now until Christmas is: Safe & Sound – how can we create security for everyone? Traditionally we see security as safety from threats. Fear can make us favour short-term solutions that take away the immediate threat, but don’t solve the underlying problems. If we see security as […]
White Poppies Available at the Hub- We’re pleased to announce that white poppies are on sale at the Hub (suggested donation £1) in the run-up to Armistice Day & Rememberance Sunday.  Pop in to get yours! But what are white poppies, and why do people wear them? This video, made by one of our volunteers Jacob, explains: White poppies are produced […]
Arms Trade: lots of ways to take action- There’s a week to go before protests against the DSEI arms fair in London. One of the largest arms fairs in the world, ‘Defence & Security Equipment International’ will feature exhibitors selling weapons from machine guns to tanks. A whole range of buyers will also be there – including Saudi Arabia, who have been invited […]
Loujain’s Story: an update- As part of our theme Stop Arming Repression, we’re looking at the impact of UK weapons sold to Saudi Arabia. As well as fuelling the war in Yemen, the UK has sold equipment to the Saudi security services, who are repressing their own population. Over recent years we’ve highlighted the personal story of Saudi human […]
Where are British Weapons Used?- Our theme Brummies for Peace is all about putting human rights before the profits of the arms trade.  The UK government claims that it carefully screens applications to sell weapons around the world, to make sure that they won’t be used for repression, human rights abuses or targeting civilians. Yet the UK’s biggest customer for […]
You, Me & Those who came Before- Refugee week is here! The theme for 2019 is you, me & those who came before.  It’s an invitation to explore the lives of refugees (and those who have welcomed them) throughout the generations. People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in Birmingham for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions […]
Paying to be Stuck in Limbo?- Join us to take action against unfair fees! People who have their asylum claim accepted are recognised as refugees, and have the right to live and work in the UK. After living here for 10 years they can apply for full citizenship, but this comes at a high cost – over £1000 per person. Some […]
Keep Taking Action for Economic Equality- Our theme Think Global, Act Local, Get Equal is coming to an end, but there are still plenty of ways to take action: If you haven’t had the chance to sign one of our action cards on ‘make your money work for good‘, you can still pop into Peace Hub and find out more until […]
Update on Recent Themes- A quick update on three of our recent themes: Our Shared Environment, Grub’s Up and Taking a Stand. Resisting Fracking In January & February this year, you took action against fracking, supporting Friends of the Earth’s petition to let local communities have a say over possible fracking in their area. At the same time, an […]

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