World Refugee Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 June 2017 > Celebrate

20 June each year is United Nations World Refugee Day. In the UK, it is included in Refugee Week, 19-25 June. The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, just released new figures showing that 2016 was yet another record year for refugees. The UNHCR’s Global Trends Report announces that 65.6 million people were displaced in 2016, … Continue reading “World Refugee Day”

Juneteenth

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 15 June 2017 > Celebrate

June 19 is marked in Texas and 41 other states as the commemoration of the end of slavery. Another “independence day” that grew spontaneously out of an accidental date, and flourished thanks to former slaves.  On June 19, 1865, news of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas, … Continue reading “Juneteenth”

Prom Time

Posted by Speakeasy News > > Celebrate

Prom is an end-of-year tradition in North American schools, and a rite of passage for teenagers. It has spread across the Atlantic. Most British schools now organise some kind of end-of-school, prom-style dance. Proms started out as banquets for graduating university classes in the 19th century. Prom is short for “promenade”, the formal arrival of … Continue reading “Prom Time”

Celebrating Canada

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 03 June 2017 > Celebrate

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. July 1 marks the 150 years since Confederation, when the British colonies in modern day Canada joined to form the self-governing British Dominion of Canada. June and July are already months when Canadians take time to appreciate their country. This year, they will push the appreciation to another level. Canada … Continue reading “Celebrating Canada”

Saying Sorry

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 May 2017 > Celebrate

For more than 150 years, tens of thousands of Australian Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and communities. On 26 May, Australia recognises and commemorates this injustice on Sorry Day. Policies of “assimilating” indigenous children started early in the British colonial period in the nineteenth century. It accelerated and became more systematic from … Continue reading “Saying Sorry”

Fair Trade Celebrations

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 05 May 2017 > Celebrate

Fair Trade is in the air in May. The international “Celebrate Fairtrade” challenge runs from 12 to 14 May and is France is celebrating la Quinzaine du commerce équitable from 13 to 28 May. As it approaches its 30th anniversary, the Fairtrade movement is spreading fast, both in terms of sales to consumers, and the number of producers who … Continue reading “Fair Trade Celebrations”