Saltley Gate Peace Group

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Saltley Gate Peace Group

The Saltley Gate Peace Group, is an inner city interfaith organisation based in Birmingham, England.

Background[edit]

The Saltley Gate Peace Group (SGPG) was initially formed as a joint Christian/Muslim peace initiative in response to the threat of war in Iraq as a part of the growing peace movement in Britain following 9/11.

The group played an active role supporting the Stop the War Coalition in the city and encouraged local activism through a united faith-based front.

It continues to participate in the anti-war establishment along with its other work.

Community[edit]

The SGPG has since become more community based, working with various authorities to ensure a better quality of public service for residents in the more deprived areas of Birmingham.

The organisation also takes a tough stance on vandalism, racism and crime and encourages inter-religious dialogue. It works closely with Birmingham Citizens and the Birmingham Quaker-Muslim Peace and Social Justice Group.

Campaigns[edit]

Amongst its causes has been working with faith leaders to prevent the promotion of glorification of terrorism amongst younger Muslims in the inner city.

In 2005, the SGPG also called on the West Midlands Police to ban the flying of Pakistani flags in the city during the festival of Eid to prevent racial tensions. This followed a similar ban enforced in London[1].

In January 2007, the group publicly supported the city's Green Lane Mosque against accusations of extremism, made in the Channel 4 documentary Undercover Mosque.

Founders[edit]

The Saltley Gate Peace Group was founded by Methodist minister Simon Topping and community activist Adam Yosef in 2003.

The organisation is currently based at the Saltley Methodist Church in the West Midlands and is supported by Reverend Chris Shannahan, founder of youth programme Yeast in the City.

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