Cardinal to launch major conference on economic injustice

 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O,Connor will be launching a conference entitled: 'Fighting Economic Injustice' at Westminster Cathedral Hall from 10.30am -5pm on Wednesday, 19 November 2003. Sponsored by the Vincentian Millennium Partnership and the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust the conference aims to explore the principles and practice of fighting economic injustice. The distinguished line-up of speakers will include: Polly Toynbee of the Guardian, on 'fighting economic injustice through the media'; Professor Nicholas Sagovsky of Hope University, Liverpool, speaking about the Christian principles of fighting economic injustice; Lord Peston, Chairman of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee; Rodney Bickerstaffe, president of the National Pensioners Convention; Martin Barnes, director of the Child Poverty Action group; Sr Maureen Tinkler, who will speak about Vincentian Millennium Partnership; and the Rev Paul Nicolson who will describe the work of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust. Sue Middleton, Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at the University of Loughborough, will chair the conference. Artnick Publications will be creating a booklet from contributions made to the conference. The publisher wants the booklet "to sell to the general public and spark off a debate/interest, rather than just appeal to a limited and esoteric readership." The conference organisers will also seek contributions from church leaders, trade unionists and others. Rev Nicolson explained: "Our aim is to move the language of the debate about poverty from the obscurity of social exclusion to the reality of economic injustice in order to reach a much wider audience. We want to raise the profile of economic injustice locally, nationally and globally." Sr Maureen said: "This will be an ecumenical, interfaith event seeking common ground for the common good." For more informatin call Rev Paul Nicolson on: 020 83765455 and 0796 1177889.

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