Bristol Stop The War Coalition | 08.10.2007 15:03
[Covering South & South West, Wales & West Midlands]
NOTE : Environmental Events Are Included In This Edition.
PURPOSE : This regional newsletter is sent out twice yearly to the South & South West, Wales & West Midlands. Its purpose is to provide a snapshot of active groups & contacts across those regions, in the belief that making links between groups & individuals is vital for effective campaigning & action.
OVER 100 EVENTS & ITEMS!
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CONTENTS CODE : ~ Regional Level Events… + National / International Events
01) + Iraq Study : 1,220,580 Murdered Since Invasion
02) ~+ Pledge Against An Attack On Iran + Cluster Bombs
03) + World Against War Conference + Related : 1st Dec
04) ~+ Unsafe Nuclear Application @ AWE Burghfield
05) ~+ AWE Aldermaston Blockade + Related : 12th Nov
06) + Global Poll Shows UK Want Nuclear Free World
07) ~ MORE Bristol & Bath Events
08) ~ MORE South & South West Events
09) ~ MORE Wales & West Midlands Events
10) ~+ MORE National / International Events
GROUP DESCRIPTION : This newsletter is produced by Bristol Stop-The-War Coalition to publicise events & activities in opposition to the so-called 'war on terror'. We are composed of groups & individuals with a wide variety of political & religious views. We are politically non-aligned, but we are also committed to oppose any racist backlash. Bristol STW is not a 'membership' organisation. Any one or group opposed to the 'war on terror' can consider themselves part of Bristol STW, or can continue to be publicised by us while choosing to organise independently of the Coalition. We don't claim (or seek) a monopoly over anti-war sentiment & activity in the city & recognise that many groups & individuals have their own ways of opposing the 'war on terror'. We are also dependent on individual donations for our funding, so if you are able to make a donation please send a cheque or postal order, payable to: Bristol Stop The War Coalition. Post: BSTWC c/o 23 Monmouth Rd, Bristol BS7 8LF. Or you can email us privately : firstname.lastname@example.org
EDITORIAL : OVER 1 MILLION DEAD! ‘STUFF HAPPENS’
Jeremy Clarke of Bristol-Stop-The-War writes: “Today the banned Stop The War demonstration took place in central London (8th October), calling for all British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq now - a demand supported by well over half the population & large sections of the army. To further its own agenda the government is quick to support demonstrations overseas, but hypocritically bans them at home.
Gordon Brown has spent the last 3 months attempting to distance himself from Tony Blair’s adventures in Iraq while staying within the limits of what the USA will let him do. The result is that 5000 British soldiers are camped out at Basra airport waiting until George Bush lets them leave. Deeply unpopular with Iraqis & recognising that their mission had ended in failure, the British army wanted to leave its base in central Basra in April but the U.S wouldn’t let them. Between April & September, when they did finally move to the airport, nearly 30 soldiers were killed purely to provide cover for Bush’s failed policy.
Despite all the speculation there will not now be a general election in November, no doubt one issue that Gordon Brown took into account was the deep unpopularity of the occupation of Iraq with voters. At the last election MPs who had backed the invasion in 2003 lost many votes & the government’s majority slumped. Whenever the election is called, the Stop The War Coalition will ensure that candidates have to answer the questions they would rather avoid about the occupations of Iraq & Afghanistan, & the threats to attack Iran.
In Iraq reports suggest the death toll since the invasion has risen to over a million (see below) & resistance to the occupation continues despite Bush’s ‘surge’. As Donald Rumsfeld once famously said ‘Stuff happens’. The US government is still trying to force the Iraqi government to pass a law handing over control of oil reserves to multi-national companies. Bristol Stop The War hope to organise a meeting with the ‘Hands Off Iraqi Oil’ campaign in November –. See Section 10e for their National Tour.” Link: http://www.HandsOffIraqiOil.org
‘Private Contractor’ = Mercenary: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2984818.ece
Brown Should Listen To Generals: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,2182297,00.html
Threats To Iran Must Be Resisted: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2184077,00.html
Six Years In Afghanistan - Why?: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article3033321.ece
01) IRAQ STUDY : 1,220,580 MURDERED SINCE INVASION
Links: http://www.opinion.co.uk/Newsroom_details.aspx?NewsId=78 & http://188.8.131.52/munqeth
“In the week in which General Patraeus reported back to US Congress on the impact the ‘surge’ is having in Iraq, a new poll revealed that more than 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the invasion took place in 2003. Previous estimates, most noticeably the Lancet in Oct 2006, suggested almost half this number (654,965 deaths). These findings come from a poll released today by Opinion Business Research (ORB), the British polling agency that has been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005. Interviews conducted August 12th – 19th 2007. ORB is a full member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
A representative sample of 1,499 adults aged 18+ answered the following question: Q) How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003 (ie: as a result of violence rather than a natural death)? None 78%, One 16%, Two 5%, Three 1%, Four or more 0.002%. Given that from the 2005 census there are a total of 4,050,597 households this data suggests 1,220,580 deaths since the invasion. Calculating the margin of error we believe the range is a minimum of 733,158 to a maximum of 1,446,063
Detailed analysis indicates almost one in two households in Baghdad have lost a family member, significantly higher than in any other area of the country. The governorates of Diyala (42%) & Ninewa (35%) were next. The poll also questioned surviving relatives on the method in which their loved ones were killed. It reveals that 48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident & 6% from another blast/ordnance. This is significant because more often that not it is car bombs & aerial bombardments that make the news – with gunshots rarely in the headlines.
As well as a murder rate that now exceeds the Rwanda genocide from 1994 (800,000 murdered), not only have more than one million been injured but our poll calculates that of the millions of Iraqis that have fled their neighbourhoods, 52% have moved within Iraq, but 48% have crossed its borders, with Syria taking the bulk of refugees. For those left in Iraq, although 81% may describe the availability of basic groceries such as bread & fresh vegetables as ‘very/fairly good’, more than one in two (54%) consider them to be ‘expensive’.”
02) PLEDGE AGAINST ATTACK ON IRAN + CLUSTER BOMBS
2a) THE PLEDGE: We the undersigned call on the government to actively oppose plans for an attack on Iran. We believe that any attack on Iran would be a disaster for the ordinary people of that country & would massively increase instability across the Middle East & beyond. In the event of escalation towards an attack we pledge to join a national campaign of action & civil disobedience, including city & town centre sitdowns, work stoppages & college & school walkouts. We also pledge on the day of any attack to join lunchtime protests & walkouts in workplaces, schools & colleges & mobilise for local protests in towns & cities across the country.
"Blair accused ‘the Iranian regime’ of ‘backing, financing, arming & supporting terrorism in Iraq.’ He offered no evidence, the MoD has none. This is the same Goebbels-like refrain which brought epic bloodletting to Iraq. Bush & Blair spent 4 years preparing an onslaught that is about oil, rather than non-existent nuclear weapons."
Direct Action: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/directactionagainstwar & http://www.memory-hole.blog.co.uk
2b) CLUSTER BOMBS CAUSE CARNAGE: SIGN THE PETITION: In the week beginning 20 August, 3 people in Lebanon were killed by cluster bombs left over from the Israeli attack in 2006. 3 people were injured. The weapon is designed to scatter hundreds of small bombs across a 50 metre area. It has been condemned by many organisations, including the Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions to which Britain is a signatory, as a cause of 'unacceptable harm to civilians'. Britain's position? Des Browne, Defence Secretary, described the M85 & similar weapons as 'legitimate wepons with significant military value'. Sign the petition to demand an end to the production & stock-piling of M85 Cluster bomb munitions. Civilians constitute 98% of cluster bomb casualties. See: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=294&Itemid=1
2c) INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON CLUSTER BLOBS: 5th November
Links & Events: http://www.landmineaction.org & http://www.stopclusterbombs.org
03) WORLD AGAINST WAR CONFERENCE + RELATED : 1st December
3a) WORLD AGAINST WAR CONFERENCE : Sat 1st December. The Stop the War Coalition will be holding an international peace conference in London. We expect peace & anti war groups from South America, the Middle East, USA, South Asia, Canada & Europe. The conference will discuss the occupation of Iraq & Afghanistan & opposition to any attack on Iran. It will also look at the broader struggle against war & for independence against all the threats of the US administration. Representatives have been invited from Iraq, Palestine, Venezuala & Pakistan amongst others. We have also invited Polish & Czech organisations who are opposing the Bush 'Missile Defence' plan. Westminster Central Hall. Booking forms will be available soon.
For info or to reserve a place from Bristol email: email@example.com
To reserve your place elsewhere in U.K, call National STW: 020 7278 6694 http://www.stopwar.org.uk
3b) RHYTHMS OF PEACE CONCERT: The night before is a tremendous line-up of actors, musicians, writers & campaigners. Book on above website. Fri 30th Nov, 7pm, St. James Church, Piccadily, London.
3c) NEW BOOK ‘WAR WITH NO END’: http://tinyurl.com/2eafxl Published in November by Verso with STWC & United for Peace & Justice (USA). Some of the finest writers, explores the impact of this ‘long war’ throughout the world, the curtailment of civil liberties & manipulation of public opinion.
3d) ‘WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA’ CONFERENCE: London - Sat 13th Oct, 10am-5pm, Room V111, Vernon Sq, Building of SOAS, WC1. Part of Black History Month. STWC conference: ‘War on Terror, Occupation of Iraq & Afghanistan, & Proxy Wars in Africa.’ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3e) STOP THE WAR NATIONAL CONFERENCE: London - Sat 27th Oct, Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ. Open to those affiliated to STWC. Individuals are welcome to join, entitling them to attend the conference. Contact: 020 72786694 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk
04) UNSAFE NUCLEAR APPLICATION @ AWE BURGHFIELD
Link: http://www.aldermaston.net/campaigns/tng/alerts/198 “The MoD have submitted a planning application for a new facility at AWE Burghfield (part of AWE Aldermaston) where warheads for the current Trident missiles system are assembled. The facility is for manufacturing the non-nuclear components of a warhead. An article published in New Scientist (19/09/07) reveals Burghfield has been struggling to remedy more than 300 safety defects. It has only been allowed to remain open because the Ministry of Defence says the work is vital.”
SAFETY RISKS: *Risk 1 - radiation: HM Inspectors have been consulted on this application, which suggests there is a radiation risk. *Risk 2 - explosion: The Land Contamination Statement states contamination has been found, & there is a ‘high’ risk of explosion during excavation. *Risk 3 - contamination: the redundant buildings may have contaminated the ground, & both surface & groundwater is at risk. *Risk 4 - radioactive waste. No indication is given in the application about the storage on site of low-level radioactive waste materials from redundant buildings & excavated materials.*Risk 5 – flooding: in light of the recent floods what precautions have been taken in planning drainage, as mercury - has contaminated the groundwater in the past.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: “Please write to the Planning Officer (details below). Your objections should be on ‘planning’ grounds (visual appearance of building, environmental impact, traffic management etc). While legal, moral & safety grounds are not grounds for objection, they have been noted previously. We are asking everyone to call for a public inquiry, on the grounds that sufficient detailed information about the serious risks to health & safety involved in the preparation of the site for construction has not been provided.”
PLEASE WRITE TO: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (Quoting Application Number: 07/01686/COMIND). Clive Inwards, Senior Planning Officer. Council Offices, Market St, Newbury RG14 5LD. Tel: 01635 519111 Fax: 01635 519408. Expiry for Standard Consultation: 09/11/07.
Further Details: http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=07/01686/COMIND
05) AWE ALDERMASTON BLOCKADE + RELATED : 12th November
5a) AWE ALDERMASTON BLOCKADE: http://www.blockthebuilders.org.uk Mon 12th Nov (near Reading). "A major blockade of the Aldermaston nuclear weapons factory. Work on the Orion laser - a key facility for the future of Britain's WMD project - is well underway. The AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) is reported to be developing a new nuclear warhead. The device, designated the High Surety Warhead is understood to be underdevelopment in conjunction with the US who want modernised ‘failsafe’ nuclear firepower for its submarine-launched Trident missiles. Overnight accommodation available Sunday. This is a day of non-violent direct action. Legal support on the day. Info pack on website. Call 07807 522454.
5b) ALDERMASTON WOMEN’S PEACE CAMP: 12th - 14th Oct & 9th - 11th Nov. “Established in 1985, the camp remains a symbol of resistance. We are currently campaigning against new developments at Aldermaston, which will allow the UK government to build a new generation of nuclear weapons. Aldermaston has many unpleasant features, including ‘toxic spots’ (from dumpings/accidents), chemical contamination of parts of the site, & a large store of radioactive waste. The next camp will be Fri 12 - Sun 14 Oct. We are camping opposite on the verge opposite our normal site at Dingly Dell after our escapade with the byelaws. November camp (Fri 9 - Sun 11 Nov) will include a silent ‘Remember & Resist’ vigil at 11am on Sun 11 Nov at Main Gate. Please join us, & please wear black if you can.” Contact: AWPC, 157 Lyndhurst Rd, Worthing, W Sussex BN11, UK. M: 07969 739 812 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.aldermaston.net
5c) RELATED NEWS: http://www.faslane365.org “At least 171 people were arrested for taking non-violent direct action at the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons submarines, Faslane, Scotland. The 1st October ‘Big Blockade’ was the culmination of the year-long ‘Faslane 365’ series of protests.”
06) GLOBAL POLL SHOWS UK WANT NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
Links: http://www.cnduk.org/pages/press/070919.htm & http://www.icanw.org “Global poll shows UK public wants nuclear-free world, not new weapons: A new global poll, comparing opinion in Britain, France, Italy, Germany, the US & Israel provides compelling new evidence of a public demand for the government to push for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Only 0.9% of Britons say the government's goal should be the development of new nuclear weapons. Earlier this year the Government opted to go ahead with the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile submarines. The poll, ‘Global Public Opinion on Nuclear Weapons’, produced by The Simons Foundation of Vancouver, Canada, questioned 1,000 people in each country.
Other findings include: *Over 90% support for eliminating (50.9%) or reducing (39.7%) global nuclear stockpiles. *A huge majority (73.4%) believing nuclear weapons make the world more dangerous. *85% support for a global ban on nuclear weapons. *Over 80% supporting a ban on weapons being placed in space.
Kate Hudson, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said ‘When less than 1% of the public think the goal of British nuclear weapons policy should be the development of new bombs, it is absurd for the Government to replace Trident whilst dismissing calls for negotiations on the draft Nuclear Weapons Convention lodged at the UN. The government, again, is woefully out of step with British public opinion. CND, along with a growing number of states, wants to see serious work on this treaty which would place nuclear weapons - alongside biological & chemical weapons - banned by international law.’ CND is part of ICAN (the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons), launched by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which calls for such a convention.”
07) MORE BRISTOL & BATH EVENTS
a) ~ In The Event Of An Attack On Iran : Bristol
b) ~ Anti-War Related Events : Bristol & Bath : October
c) ~ Global Justice & Rights Related Events : Bristol : Oct - Nov
d) ~ Climate & Environment Related Events : Bristol : October
e) ~ Community & Rights Related : Bristol & Bath : Oct - Nov
f) ~ Africa & Latin America Film Festivals : Bristol : Oct - Dec
ALSO: See Section 10e for National Speaker Tours which may be in your area.
PLUS: See Section 8a for a Cluster Bombs speaker available in the South West.
7a) IN THE EVENT OF AN ATTACK ON IRAN : Bristol -In the event of an attack being launched against Iran, Bristol Stop The War Coalition calls on everyone to join the Bristol Peace Vigil on the Centre, opposite the Hippodrome (St. Augustines Parade) on the day they hear of the attack. The Vigil takes place daily from 5.30pm-6.30pm on Mon - Fri & 3pm-4pm on Sat. Email: email@example.com
7b) ANTI-WAR RELATED EVENTS : Bristol & Bath : OCTOBER
7bi) BRISTOL COMPUTERS FOR PALESTINE: “IT Equipment For Palestine - Appeal. A group will be travelling out for the olive harvest this Oct, this is an opportunity donate directly to students. Email via website. Post:. Box 110, 82 Colston St, Bristol BS1 5BB. http://www.bristolcomputers4palestine.co.uk
7bii) RED PILL RENDEZVOUS: Every Monday, 8pm, The Ram on Park St, Bristol. “911 Truth Bristol hold regular presentations. The group exists to reveal facts about 11th Sept 2001. We aim to prevent further state sponsored terrorism through spreadihng info & initiating legal proceedings.” http://www.911truthbristol.com
7biii) PARTY FOR PALESTINE: Fri 12th Oct, 8pm til late, Plough, Kilburn St, Easton, Bristol. £4/£3. “Raising funds for: Women For Life - a grassroots organisation in the West Bank working to empower women in order to become self-sufficient & to resist the occupation.” Related: http://www.aswatgroup.org
7biv) MARTIN BELL ON TONY BLAIR: http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk Tue 23rd Oct, 6-7pm, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol £5/3.50. Tel: 0117 927 5100. “Broadcaster & independent MP, Martin Bell attacks the government of Tony Blair for unnecessary intervention overseas. Have things changed with Gordon Brown?”
7bv) AFGHANISTAN – THE NEXT IRAQ?: Wed 24th Oct. 7.30 pm, Friends Meeting House, York St, Bath BA1 1NG. Speaker from Voices in the Wilderness. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links: http://www.bathstopwar.org.uk & http://www.voices.netuxo.co.uk/index.html
7bvi) BRISTOL CAAT DAYSCHOOL: Sat 27th Oct. 9.30am-5pm, 34 Tyndall's Park Rd, Clifton, Bristol. CAAT (Campaign Action Arms Trade). See Sections 10b & 10d of this newsletter for more National CAAT events & background. http://www.bristolcaat.org.uk/Dayschool2007.html
7c) GLOBAL JUSTICE & RIGHTS RELATED EVENTS : Bristol : OCT - NOV
7ci) SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL: http://www.survival-international.org Tue 9th Oct. 7:30pm. D'vine, 30 Clare St., Bristol BS1 1YH. “Survival works with tribal & indigenous peoples around the world to help them defend their lives, protect their lands & determine their own futures. FFI contact: 0798 030 4480.
7cii) MEAL FOR MOZAMBIQUE: Fri 12th Oct. 7.30pm, Colston Primary School , 18 Cotham Grove, Cotham, Bristol. The evening will include entertainment from Celso Paco, a Mozambican musician & storyteller. Tickets are £15 from Dave Spurgeon on (0117) 9025009 or email@example.com
7ciii) GEORGE ALAGAIH ON FAIRTRADE: http://www.bristolfairtradenetwork.org.uk Fri 9th Nov. 5pm- 7pm St Stephens Church, off Corn St, Bristol. 'Fairtrade Helping to break the bonds of modern day Slavery'. Free. Tel: (0117) 9224916 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7civ) WDM CAMPAIGNER CONVENTION: Sat 24th Nov. St Werburgh’s Centre, 43 Horley Rd, Bristol, BS2 9TJ, 10.30am-4.30pm. Tel: 0800 328 2153. WDM (World Development Movement). “Nearly half of the world's population live on less than £1.40 a day. We research & promote alternatives, working alongside people in the developing world. http://www.wdm.org.uk/news/events/onlinebooking/conventions.htm
7d) CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT RELATED EVENTS : Bristol : OCTOBER
7di) TRANSITION CITY BRISTOL: http://www.transitionbristol.org 7pm, Wed 10th Oct, Barton Hill Settlement, Ducie Rd, Bristol BS5. “The Transition Towns initiative engages communities in alternatives to fossil fuel-led lifestyles.With the challenges of peak oil & climate change it makes sense to start planning.”
7dii) BRISTOL SCHUMACHER LECTURES: “Crisis & Opportunity”. Sat 13th Oct. 10am-5pm, Council House, College Green, Bristol. “Economic globalisation has expanded everywhere to the detriment of local democratic self-determination. Local ecosystems, economies & communities have been gravely undermined.” email@example.com Purchase online: http://www.schumacher.org.uk/bsl07.htm Tel: 0117 9031081
7diii) CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL JUSTICE: Thu 18th Oct. Bristol Broadmead Baptist church, Lower Union St. BS1. 6pm, Speakers: George Monbiot, Andrew Simms - New Economics Foundation, Kate Raworth - Oxfam. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Link: http://www.agoraspace.org
7div) BLACKOUT BRISTOL: http://www.blackoutbristol.com Wed 31st Oct. “Friends of the Earth will be asking for the lights to go out on Oct 31st, following the success of the event on April 4th. Friends of the Earth are also inviting nominations for the environmentally worst offending businesses & buildings of Bristol.”
7e) COMMUNITY & RIGHTS RELATED : Bristol & Bath : OCT - NOV
7ei) THE ‘BATH BOMB’ NEWSHEET: http://www.myspace.com/bathbomb “Bath Bomb is a new monthly(ish) news sheet keeping you informed of local news, scandal & rioting! It's free/donation. If you have a story or tip off, word limits are 250 words, submissions by last day of each month.”
7eii) CO-COUNSELLING COURSE: Starting 10th Oct. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0117 9256740. “Co-counselling is a tool for freeing ourselves & others from the hurtful effects of oppression. It's useful for activists - helps prevent burnout! I have been teaching it for 25 years. If interested give me a ring.”
7eiii) PRISONER SUPPORT BENEFIT: http://www.geocities.com/bristol_abc Fri 19th Oct. £5 on door, 8pm, The Junction, 51 Stokes Croft, Bristol. Anarchist Black Cross Benefit. Punk. “We aim to support prisoners who are wrongly imprisoned or who have carried out political/direct action/self-defence activity.”
7eiv) LAUNCH OF COMMUNITY CAFÉ: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07824 878904. Thu 1st Nov. Café Midnimo, 163 Ashley Rd, Bristol BS6 5NX. “Fun-filled food activities, bicycle powered smoothie making, food & growing workshops, nutritional advice, free food, live music, face painting & films.”
7f) AFRICA & LATIN AMERICA FILM FESTIVALS : Bristol : OCT - DEC
7fi) AFRIKA EYE FILM FESTIVAL: Email: email@example.com Tel: 0117 924 6129. 19th Oct - 2nd Nov. “An even bigger Afrika Eye for Abolition 200. An exciting & varied programme of films from an African perspective are teamed with outstanding linked events at venues across Bristol.” Programme on the website. Links: http://www.afrikaeye.btik.com & http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/film.php?id=175
7fii) BRISTOL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk 5th - 9th Dec. Keep an eye on the Arnofini website for the programme. “Featuring a vibrant selection of films by distinguished Latin American directors including Cannes Award winning 'XXY'. A unique glimpse into Latin American life & culture.”
08) MORE SOUTH & SOUTH WEST EVENTS
a) ~ Anti-War Related Events : South West : Oct - Nov
b) ~ Anti-War Related Events : South : October
c) ~ Political Festivals & Appeals : South & South West : October
d) ~ Brighton Cowley Club Events : South : October
e) ~ Climate & Environment Related : South & South West : October
f) ~ South West Media Expansion - Publish Your News!
ALSO: See the Reading International Festival for more events - http://www.ridf.org.uk
PLUS: See Section 10e for National Speaker Tours which may be in your area.
8a) ANTI_WAR RELATED EVENTS : South West : OCT – NOV
8ai) SPEAKER AVAILABLE IN SOUTH WEST: Rae Mcgrath will be in the Southwest the week Oct 22nd - 28th. International Spokesperson on Cluster Munitions (See Section 2 for more on Cluster Bombs). Tel: INT+44 (0)16973 23705. Mobile: +44 (0)79660 30123. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8aii) BAN CLUSTER BOMBS: Somerset - Tue 23rd Oct, 7:30pm, Minster Rooms, Ilminster. South Somerset Peace Group. Speaker: Mines expert Rae McGrath, founder of MAG (Mines Advisory Group). £2. Tel: 01460 67368 or 01460 62608 Heronho@aol.com See Section 2 for more on cluster bombs.
8aiii) QUAKERS ON VIOLENT CONFLICT: Devon - Sun 28th, 1pm, Friends Meeting House, Tavistock. “Alison Prout will talk at 1pm after a shared lunch, about Quaker work on climate change, poverty & violent conflict. If you are not a member & would like to come please ring: 01822 810606.” http://www.quaker.org.uk
8aiv) LATIN AMERICA DISCUSSION: Devon - Tue 6th Nov, 7:30pm, Friends Meeting House, Tavistock. email@example.com TPAG (Tavistock Peace Action Group). “Martin Mowforth will be having an informal discussion on ‘The 'pink tide' of anti-neoliberalism - Developments in Nicaragua & Honduras.”
8b) ANTI-WAR RELATED EVENTS : South : OCTOBER
8bi) FREEDOM - A RIGHT UNDER THREAT: Brighton - Sat 13th Oct, 2pm-6pm, Ship St. “Round Table on right to protest led by Juliet McBride member of Nukewatch & Aldermaston Womens Peace campaign. Music, Poetry Readings, Stalls. Email: Ann.firstname.lastname@example.org Link: http://www.nukewatch.org.uk
8bii) THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA: Brighton - Tue 23rd Oct, 7:30pm-9:00pm, Brighthelm Centre, North Rd. Hands Off Forum. Charlie Kimber. “The USA, EU, & China are involved in a struggle to control African resources. The USA is building military bases across Africa.” http://brightonactivist.net/node/577
8biii) AFGHANISTAN – BRITAIN’S OTHER WAR: St. Albans - Wed 24th Oct, 7:30pm. Trinity Church, Corner of Victoria St. Stop The War Public Meeting. Jonathan Neale & Mohammed Arif. Tel: 0777 5656983.
8biv) CAAT GREAT SOUTH RUN: Portsmouth - Sun 28th Oct. Support CAAT's team in the Great South Run by sponsoring them. CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade). See Sections 10b & 10d for more National CAAT events. Links: http://www.bmycharity.com/caatgreatsouthrun & http://www.caat.org.uk
8c) POLITICAL FESTIVALS & APPEALS : South & South West : OCTOBER
8ci) BIG GREEN GATHERING FINANCIAL APPEAL: http://www.big-green-gathering.com “Licence conditions imposed by Mendip District Council & Avon & Somerset Police added £120k to the costs of this year's event. The Big Green Gathering will have to declare itself bankrupt unless we can raise £100k.”
8cii) READING INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: Fri 13th - Tue 31st Oct. Below are a few selected events. “The Festival highlights, promotes & celebrates international activities, links & solidarity in Reading. This year we commemorate the 200 centenary of the Abolition of Slavery.” Full Programme: http://www.ridf.org.uk
8ciii) CLUSTER BOMBS DEMO: Reading - Sat 27th Oct. Shoes Wanted! Reading Soroptimist group are building a pyramid of shoes in the centre to draw attention to the damage done by cluster munitions. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0118 9873623 or 0782 1690337. See Section 2 for more on Cluster Bombs.
8civ) CHANGE YOURSELF, CHANGE THE WORLD: Reading - Sat 27th Oct, 10.30am-5.15pm, Friends Meeting House, 2 Church St, RG1 2SB. Reading Peace Works & Turning the Tide. A one day workshop on active nonviolence & community building.” Tel: 020 76631064. firstname.lastname@example.org
8cv) SHOULD U.K TROOPS WITHDRAW FROM IRAQ?: Reading - Wed 31st Oct, 7:30pm, RISC, 35-39 London St, RG1 4PS. Reading Peace Works. “We will present the case for the immediate withdraw & talk about our work. Donations to Medical Aid for Iraqi Children.” Email: email@example.com
8d) BRIGHTON COWLEY CLUB EVENTS: South : OCT – NOV
8di) COWLEY CLUB PROFILE: http://www.cowleyclub.org.uk 12 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JA. Tel.: 01273 696104. Below is a small selection of events. "The Cowley Club is a co-operative. The Social Club is a a private members club, running the bar in the evenings. If you want to come for a drink, you need to join.”
8dii) ‘TARA TARA TARA’: Wed 10th Oct, 7pm, “New documentary about recent direct action protests in Ireland. Free. The biggest anti-road direct action protest ever in Ireland at the Hill of Tara.”
8diii) SMASH EDO BENEFIT GIG: Thu 11th Oct, 7:30pm. Punk/Ska. “EDO MBM are a US-based arms multinational They have contracts with the UK Ministry of 'Defence'.” http://www.smashedo.org.uk
8div) ‘NO SWEAT’ FILM & TALK: Wed 24th Oct, 7pm. Free. “No Sweat campaign against sweatshop labour across the world. Sweatshop labour is global capitalism stripped bare.” http://www.nosweat.org.uk
8e) CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT RELATED : South & South West : OCTOBER
8ei) LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF NUCLEAR POWER: Stroud - Tue 9th Oct, 7pm, Old Town Hall, The Shambles. Free. “John Large, a top nuclear scientist will look at the safety of Oldbury nuclear power station. The 39yr old plant, 16 miles from Stroud, has seen repeated shut-downs.” http://www.glosgreenparty.org.uk
8eii) A CHANGING WORLD: Cheltenham - Tue 9th Oct, 4-5pm. Talk by Tony Juniper at CheltenhamTown Hall. Environmental threats to the planet & what individuals can do. Box: 01242 227979. http://www.foe.co.uk
8eiii) DEMO AGAINST ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND: Truro - Mon 15th Oct, 12noon, Outside Royal Bank of Scotland, Green St. RBS, major backer of the aviation industry. See Section 10g for more background to this event. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Link: http://www.risingtide.org.uk
8eiv) CAMP TO STOP AIRPORT EXPANSION: Gloucestershire - 20th & 21st Oct, Staverton Airport. “At a location close to the airport. 20th: Learn about global warming & what you can do about it. Workshops. - 21st: Peaceful protest against impacts on noise & environment.” http://www.myspace.com/campofhope
8ev) HALLOWEEN CRITICAL MASS: Brighton - Fri 26 Oct, 6pm Meet on the Level, Ship St. Halloween theme. “A fun, healthy, sustainable alternative to petrol transport.” http://criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/Brighton
8f) SOUTH WEST MEDIA EXPANSION: Publish Your News! “Bristol Indymedia Now Accepts News From: Bristol - Somerset - Gloucestershire - Wiltshire - Bath - Dorset - Devon - Cornwall / Kernow. Please pass this information to others across the South West. Bristol Indymedia is a volunteer maintained newswire, enabling you to post your news directly, & within moments, onto the internet.” http://bristol.indymedia.org
09) MORE WALES & WEST MIDLANDS EVENTS
a) ~ Anti-War Related Events : West Midlands : Oct - Dec
b) ~ Anti-War Related Events : Wales : October
c) ~ Anti-War Related Events : Wales : November
d) ~ Climate & Environment Events : West Midlands : Oct - Jan
e) ~ Global Justice & Rights Related Events : Wales : Oct - Nov
ALSO: See Section 10g for the November National Climate Gathering in Oxford.
PLUS: See Section 10e for National Speaker Tours which may be in your area.
9a) ANTI-WAR RELATED EVENTS : West Midlands : OCT – DEC
9ai) STOP DEPORTING CAMEROONIANS!: Solihull - Tue 9th Oct, 12-2pm, UK Immigration Service, Sandford House, 41 Homer Rd, B91 3RJ. UK Cameroon Support Network (CSN). http://www.ncadc.org.uk
9aii) ACTION AGAINST DETENTION PROFITEERS: Oxford - Thu 11th Oct, 7pm OARC (room 1) East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd. “A new local, direct action campaign against those capitalising on immigration control.” Email: email@example.com Related: http://www.closecampsfield.org.uk
9aiii) BOLTCROPPERS IN BEIT UMMAR: Oxford - Thu 18th Oct, 7-9pm - East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd. “Short films on grassroots resistance to the occupation of Palestine, as well as militarism more generally. An Israeli activist currently in the UK will be hosting the event.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
9aiv) LATIN AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Birmingham - Sat 20th Oct, 9.45am-5pm, Midlands Art Centre, B12 9QH. UNISON, Venezuela Solidarity, Venezuela Information Centre, Bolivia Solidarity, Birmingham Cuba Solidarity, The Nest Trust, Music for Hope, Midlands TUC. To book: email@example.com
9av) FUNDRAISER FOR PEACE TAX SEVEN: Oxford - Sat 8th Dec, 7.30pm, Holywell Music Room. Music by Schubert, Telemann, Messiaen, & more. “We are 7 UK Citizens who are going to the European Court of Human Rights to claim the right for conscientious objectors to have the military part of their taxes diverted to a peace fund.” http://www.peacetaxseven.com Tel: 01380 812294 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
9b) ANTI-WAR RELATED EVENTS : Wales : OCTOBER
9bi) ISRAEL/PALESTINE - HOW CAN THERE BE PEACE?: Cardiff - Thu 11th Oct, 7pm, Wallace Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University. Cardiff RESPECT. “Public Meeting to explore the struggle for peace & justice in the Middle East.” Link: http://www.cardiffrespect.blogspot.com
9bii) THE WAR ON DEMOCRACY: Mold - Thu 11th Oct, 8pm, Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Box office: 0845 330 3565 “John Pilger's film, with discussion. It explores the historic relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror". http://www.johnpilger.com
9biii) ‘NO BORDERS’ PICKETS: Cardiff - Tue 9th Oct & Thu 11th Oct, 11am, Border & Immigration Agency, 31-33 Newport Rd, CF24 0A. South Wales No Borders Group. “Asylum seekers are forced to attend this centre to sign documents & receive a service described as ‘horrific’.” http://noborderswales.wordpress.com
9biv) ‘NO BORDERS’ BENEFIT: Cardiff - Tue 23rd Oct, 7pm. PAD Social Centre, 118 Clifton St, Cardiff. Films from Virtual Migrant & shorts from the No Borders camp. http://thepad.wordpress.com
9bv) CYMRU-CUBA 25yrs OF SOLIDARITY: Mold - Sat 20th Oct, 1pm-Midnight, Clwyd Theatr Cymru. 1pm-6pm, Free. Speakers, exhibitions, stalls. 6:30pm, Film: ‘Pushing The Tide’. 8pm-Midnight, Red Hot Salsa (£12/£7 unwaged). Info & salsa tickets, David Jones: 01745 813402. http://www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk
9c) ANTI-WAR RELATED EVENTS : Wales : NOVEMBER
See Section 10e for National Speaker & Theatre Tours which may be in your area.
9ci) CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY: Bangor - Sat 10th Nov, 2-5pm, Lecture Room 4, Main Arts Building, Bangor University. Tel: Linda Rogers 01248 490 715. Public meeting organised by Peace & Progress: Speakers iclude: Moazzam Begg, previously detained in Guantanamo Bay. http://www.peaceandprogress.org
9d) CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT EVENTS : West Midlands : OCT – JAN
9di) COIN & CLIMATEXCHANGE AUTUMN SERIES: Oxford - COIN (Climate Outreach & Information Network) & Oxfordshire ClimateXChange proudly present their autumn Speaker Series (see below). “COIN works directly with individuals and households. Our focus is action-centred. We educate & inform people on the impacts and challenges of climate change” Links: http://coinet.org.uk & http://climatex.org
9dii) CLIMATE CHANGE CONDENSED: Oxford - Wed 10th Oct, 5pm-8pm, Old Library, above Vaults & Garden Organic Café, Radcliffe Sq. £5 advance £10 on day. Email: email@example.com
9diii) CARBON DETOX GUIDE: Oxford - Wed 24th Oct, 7pm, Wesley Memorial Church. £3/£2. “George Marshall launches his book 'Carbon Detox: your step-by-step guide to getting real about climate change'.
9div) CLIMATE CHANGE - A GLOBAL INJUSTICE: Oxford - Wed 7th Nov, 8pm, Wesley Memorial Church. £5/£3. George Monbiot A look at the development & poverty aspects of climate change.
9dv) GROWING LOCAL IN A CHANGING CLIMATE: Oxford - Thu 22th Nov, 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, Free. An event in association with the Oxford Allotment Federation.
9dvi) ECOHOUSE OPEN DAY: Oxford - An Oxfordshire Ecohouse Open Day on the weekend of the 24th & 25th of November, so check our website for further details or see: http://www.ecovation.org.uk
9dvii) PLANNING FOR LIFE AFTER OIL: Oxford - Thu 29th Nov, 7pm, Friends Meeting House. £3/£2. Rob Hopkins find out how to inspire and plan energy descent in your town.
9dviii) TRANSITION CITY OXFORD: Jan 2008. http://www.transitiontowns.org Transition City Oxford will be holding a meeting to get the ball rolling in the local area . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
9e) GLOBAL JUSTICE & RIGHTS RELATED EVENTS : Wales : OCT – NOV
9eii) QUAKERS – AN INVITATION: Swansea - Mondays in Oct & Nov, Quaker Meeting House, Page St. Email: email@example.com Tel: 07769 779991. “Quakers have a strong commitment to peace & social action Activists. Every Monday in Oct & Nov we will be holding free informal evenings. 7-9pm, refreshments from 6.30 & at the end. There will be no pressure to commit yourself.” http://www.swanseaquakers.org
9eii) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISER: Pembrokeshire - Sat 13th Oct, 8-11.30pm, Rhos-y-Gilwen Mansion, Cilgerran. http://www.bepj.org.uk “Bro Emlyn - for Peace & Justice are supporting Amnesty in Protect the Human Week. £10 advance Tel: 01559 370991.” See Section 10f for more about the week.
9eiii) ‘GAGGED’ BENEFIT GIGS: Newport - 3 benefit gigs at Le Pub, 1 Caxton Placeon the 3rd, 13th, & 16th Nov. “Gagged! is the free South Wales Anarchist Newsletter, with an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-war, anti-statist agenda, concerned with social change.” http://www.gaggedanarchist.tk
10) MORE NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
a) + Anti-War Related Protests : October
b) + Anti-War Related Protests : November
c) + Anti-War Related Conferences : October
d) + Anti-War Related Conferences : Nov - March
e) ~+ Anti-War Related Speaking Tours : Oct - Nov
f) + Global Justice & Rights Related Events : October
g) ~+ Climate & Environment Related Events : Oct - Dec
h) + 5th Anniversary Of Iraq War : ‘Close Nato!’ : March 2008
10a) ANTI-WAR RELATED PROTESTS : OCTOBER
10ai) STUDENT TRAPPED IN GAZA: “Khaled Mudallal is a Palestinian student at the University of Bradford. He is trapped in Gaza due to restrictions imposed by Israel. Khaled returned to his home town in June with the intention of staying a few days. He has a British residence permit until Nov 2010. According to Israeli human rights organisation Gisha, he is one of several hundred Palestinians prevented from leaving Gaza.” Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/letkhaledstudy Link: http://www.letkhaledstudy.co.uk
10aii) CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTI-TERROR POWERS: Oct - Nov, National Month of Action. “The government is planning more 'anti-terrorism' measures. Reinforcing a trend beginning with the Terrorism Act 2000, whose definition criminalised normal political activities. Followed by more in 2001, 5 & 6. These laws normalise detention without trial, such as control orders, whereby the accused never see evidence against them. This trend towards a police state can be stopped by collectively reclaiming rights” Campaign Against Criminalising Communities. http://www.campacc.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7586 5892
10aiii) ‘DRUM THEM OUT’ MENWITH HILL: North Yorkshire - Sat 13th Oct, 12-4pm, main entrance of Menwith Hill Spy Base. Honey Drummers, food, speakers. Also, Every Tue, 6-8 pm outside main entrance. “The UK government has given the US permission to use Menwith for its ‘missile defence’ system. With “CAAB is a grounded in a deep concern & opposition to WMD & nuclear weapons in particular - specifically the proposed US Missile Defense systems in the UK & abroad.” http://www.caab.org.uk Tel: 01423 884076
10aiv) LONDON CONTROL BAE PROTEST: “The Saudi royal family will visit the UK between 30th Oct & 1st Nov. CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade) & The Corner House will stage a peaceful protest in central London to call for the reopening of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) corruption inquiry into BAE Systems arms deals with Saudi Arabia” (see below). More on website soon: http://www.caat.org.uk
10b) ANTI-WAR RELATED PROTESTS : NOVEMBER
10bi) CONTROL BAE CAMPAIGN: Nov. National Month of Action. “CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade) Nov month of action on the Control BAE campaign. We will provide ideas, support & resources. Since the Government dropped the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) inquiry into BAE Systems deals with Saudi Arabia, CAAT has been working on a judicial challenge. The £10 billion Eurofighter deal is more important than Saudi Arabia's record on human rights is unacceptable.” Email: email@example.com Link: http://www.caat.org.uk
10bii) CAMPAIGN TO BREAK SIEGE ON GAZA: Nov 2007 - May 2008. “Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMPH) is organizing an International Campaign to Break the Siege on Gaza. The campaign will include local & international experts to discuss humanitarian, health, environmental, social, cultural, & political repercussions of the siege. GCMHP will also organize regular visits to Gaza to be hosted in Palestinian homes to get first hand information of the Palestinian reality.” http://www.gcmhp.net
10biii) MASS LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT ON PALESTINE: London - Wed 28th Nov, 2-6pm, Westminster. The Enough! coalition & Christian Aid. “Join us in calling on your MP to take action on these points: *End the economic & political isolation of Gaza. *Insist Israel complies with international law & ends expansion of settlements on occupied Palestine. *Respect the International Court of Justice opinion regarding the illegal wall in the West Bank & Jerusalem. *Recoginse those elected democratically by the Palestinian people & help to reconcile the differences between Fatah & Hamas.” http://www.enoughoccupation.org.uk
10biv) CHAGOS ISLANDS AWARENESS TRIP: Feb 2008. “Members of UK Chagos Support Association will be sailing to the Chagos Islands from Malaysia. In the 60s, the British & US Governments colluded in a crime. The inhabitants of the Chagos Islands (Indian Ocean) were removed by force & trickery by the British & dumped in Mauritius, & with the US, turned Diego Garcia into a bomber airbase. British Courts have ruled 3 times this was illegal, & Chagossians must be allowed return home. The Government, by appealing the latest ruling to the House of Lords, continues to break the law.” http://www.chagossupport.org.uk
10c) ANTI-WAR RELATED CONFERENCES : OCTOBER
10ci) MERSEYSIDE STWC TRADE UNION CONFERENCE: Sat 13th Oct, 10.45am-3.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool Centre. “Be inspired by Val Salmon’s report of her 6 strong delegation delivering 2 desperatedly needed fire appliances to iraq. Learn about the experience of Iraq Trade Unionists struggling for their rights. Discuss what we can do to put an end to the war, & bring the troops home now. Book tickets or crèche by Email firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 07968581336 Tel: 07845930610.
10cii) INTERNATIONAL PALESTINE CONFERENCE: London - Sat 13th Oct, 9.30am-5.30pm, SOAS's 2nd Campus, Vernon Sq, Penton Rise WC1X 9EL. Organised by SOAS Palestine Society (School of Oriental & African Studies). Free. Keynote address & launch by John Pilger. “Every year we strive to bring together a variety of scholars & activists to map out past, present, & future aspects of the injustice exercised on Palestine & the Palestinians.” To reserve, please email: palsoc@soas. ac.uk Link: http://www.palestinesociety.org
10ciii) CALLED TO BE PEACEMAKERS CONFERENCE: Derbyshire - 26th - 28th Oct. Hollowford Centre. “The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s residential weekend conference offers a unique opportunity to learn what conflict transformation is. Exploring the steps to conflict transformation in a personal & international context. For 18 to 30(ish) who want to meet others who share their concern for peace & conflict issues. Places are £45. Tel: 01865 748 796 Email: Martha@for.org.uk See: http://tinyurl.com/2kmnya
10civ) PLIGHT OF IRAQI PEOPLE UNDER OCCUPATION: London – Sat 27th Oct, 10:30am-4pm, United Reformed Church, Buck St, Camden NW1 8NJ. Organised by Solidarity for an Independent & Unified Iraq. “Over a million violent Iraqi deaths since 2003. More due to breakdown of hospitals, water pollution & depleted uranium. Over a 1,000 professionals, academics, journalists, & medics murdered. 4.5 million displaced Iraqis, half abroad. 30,000 Iraqi detainees at any one time by the US forces.” Email: email@example.com Tel: 00447989861380 Link: http://solidarityiraq.blogspot.com
10d) ANTI-WAR RELATED CONFERENCES : NOVEMBER
10di) COMBATING PRO-WAR MEDIA BIAS: London - Sat 17th Nov, 2pm-6pm, London School of Economics. £10/£7. But Online: http://mwaw.net/conference "The First Casualty? War, Truth & the Media Today." Organised by Media Workers Against the War. With Andrew Gilligan, Moazzam Begg, Phillip Knightley & others. "Well-regarded academic media studies suggest an overwhelming pro-war bias. The drums of a new war, this time Iran, are beating. Will we allow the media to be used to sex up the Iranian ‘threat’?”
10dii) CAAT NATIONAL GATHERING: London - Sat 24th Nov, 10am-6pm, South Camden Community College, Charrington St NW1 1RG. CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade). “Open to anyone. The focus will be on CAAT's ongoing work to end government support for the arms trade. CAAT is calling for the Serious Fraud Office to reopen the investigation into BAE Systems & Saudi arms deals.” Free, includes vegetarian lunch. To book: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 7281 02907 Link: http://www.caat.org.uk
10e) ANTI-WAR RELATED SPEAKER & THEATRE TOURS : OCT – NOV
10ei) THEY GET FREE MOBILES… DON’T THEY?: Oct - 7th Nov. “Banner Theatre is touring its new theatre production, ‘They get free mobiles... don't they?’ This live multimedia show, combining music, song, video, film & theatre, speaks for Britain's newest arrivals as they dodge borders, bullets & bureaucracy in their quest for safety & security from war-torn lands in Africa & the Middle East. It tells the human stories of people, & cuts through the myths, lies & prejudice.” National Tour Details: http://www.bannertheatre.co.uk
10eii) CONTROL BAE PUBLIC MEETINGS: 1st - 29th Nov. “Speakers from CAAT & The Corner House will tour the UK during Nov to coincide with the Control BAE month of action. Free. “Come along to find out more about campaign to get the Saudi-BAE corruption inquiry reopened. Campaign Against Arms Trade was set up in 1974 by a number of organisations concerned about the growth in the arms trade following the Middle East war of 1973.” National Tour Details: http://www.caat.org.uk/events/november_tour.php
10eiii) KATHY KELLY SPEAKING TOUR: 13 - 17th Nov. “Kathy recently returned from 4months living with Iraqi refugees in Jordan & Syria, is co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness US, which sent sanctions breaking delegations to Iraq in the 90s & early 2000s, is co-ordinator of Voices for Creative Non-violence, & visited Iraq 26 times since 91, & lived in Baghdad during the 2003 ‘Shock & Awe’ invasion.” Invite Kathy to speak, Email: email@example.com Tel: 0845 4582564. http://www.vcnv.org & http://vitw.org
10eiv) ‘HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL’ SPEAKING TOUR: 14th - 28th Nov. “In Sept, Iraqi civil society scored a major victory against the occupation’s oil privatisation agenda, when Iraq's Parliament failed to pass a draft oil law. The law - written in secret under intense pressure from US/UK governments, IMF, & Big Oil - would have allowed multinational companies such as BP, Shell & Exxon to develop Iraq's oilfields, under contracts up to 30yrs.But, Iraq's oil ministry is now saying it hopes to sign contracts with foreign firms, law or no law.” Invite a speaker, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0845 458 2564 Link: http://www.HandsOffIraqiOil.org
10f) GLOBAL JUSTICE & RIGHTS RELATED EVENTS : OCTOBER
10fi) PROTECT THE HUMAN WEEK: 13th - 19th Oct. “Join thousands of others protect human rights everywhere. Protect the Human week is part of Amnesty's drive to get a million people in the UK standing up for humanity by 2011. Parties are the perfect excuse to get people together in the name of human rights. The money you raise at your party will contribute directly to Amnesty's vital work. We work across the world to achieve change for people experiencing violations of their human rights.” http://www.amnesty.org.uk
10fii) GLOBAL DEBT WEEK: 14th - 21st Oct. “Anti-poverty campaigners around the world are taking part in a global week of action against debt. Highlighting the scandal of unpayable & illegitimate poor country debt, ahead of the annual meetings of the World Bank & IMF in Washington DC. Jubilee Debt Campaign is joining with campaigns in over 30 other countries which was called for in a joint declaration at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, in Jan.” http://www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk & http://wsf2007.org
10fiii) WHITE BAND DAY: Wed 17th Oct. "(Global Call to Action against Poverty) GCAP's global mobilisation on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. More than a billion people are trapped in a abject poverty. 70% of them are women. We face an AIDS & Malaria emergency, with 40 million people infected. 104 million children are denied access to school & 860 million adults cannot read or write.” Links: http://www.whiteband.org & http://www.standagainstpoverty.org & http://www.millenniumcampaign.org
10fiv) ONE WORLD WEEK: 21st - 28th Oct. “OWW has an international reputation for providing the space for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning & use it to challenge inequality, discrimination & degradation, locally & globally. One World Week has events all the year round, but the week includes United Nations Day on 24th Oct. When we understand each other's perspectives, our lives can be transformed & enriched.” http://www.oneworldweek.org
10g) CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT RELATED EVENTS : OCT – DEC
10gi) DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RSB: Mon 15th Oct. National Day of Action against Royal Bank of Scotland. “RBS, Major backer of the aviation industry, key funder of the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline tearing up the Welsh countryside - National Grid are building a high-pressure gas pipeline through the South of Wales. The 30 oil & gas finance deals RBS signed between 2001 & 06 locked us into 655 million tonnes of emissions over the next 15yrs, more than the UK's entire annual emissions.” http://www.risingtide.org.uk
10gii) CLIMATE CAMP GATHERING: Oxford - 3rd & 4th Nov. 11-6pm & 10-5pm, East Oxford Community Centre “National Climate Camp Gathering. The Climate Camp has 4 key aims: education, direct action, sustainable living, & building a social movement to collectively tackle climate change & build a better world. Regional meetings have been happening up & down the country, and in Oxford we will meet to collectively share all our ideas for taking our aims further.” http://www.climatecamp.org.uk
10giii) SMALL WORLD BIG CHALLENGE: Scotland - Sat 10th Nov, 11am-3:45pm, Vertigo, Strathclyde University Union, 90 John St, Glasgow G1 1JH. (World Development Movement) “WDM Scotland's annual conference. This year's theme is ‘The Personal & the Political’ - how should big problems like climate change be tackled: by individual consumers to steer the market towards global responsibility, or by collective action to bring about change?” Free. To book visit the website or Tel: 0131 4543802. http://www.wdmscotland.org.uk
10giv) NATIONAL CLIMATE PROTEST: London - Sat 8th Dec. 10am, Cycle Protest assembles at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Main March: 12noon Assemble Millbank. 2.30pm Rally at US embassy. (Bush is still undermining co-ordinated international action). Join people around the world to demand world leaders take the urgent action we need to prevent catastrophic destabilisation of global climate. One of many demos on climate taking place around the world, midway through the UN Climate Talks in Bali.” http://www.campaigncc.org
10h) 5th ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR ‘CLOSE NATO’: Belgium - 22nd - 24th March 2008
NATO GAME OVER: 22nd March 2008. “The 5th anniversary of the Iraq war is a moment to make resistance against military globalisation visible again. Through NATO, Europe is involved in the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. European states train military forces for NATO & the US maintains bases in Europe for military interventions worldwide. NATO nuclear weapons are still deployed in Europe. 'NATO - Game Over' is not an ordinary demo, neither is it a game. It is a nonviolent & resolute attempt to close NATO. Interested?” SEMINAR: 23-24th March: Seminar ‘Military globalisation & nonviolent resistance in Europe’. The seminar brings together groups from European countries to share knowledge. Organised by Bombspotting, & War Resisters International Europe.” Contact: email@example.com Link: http://www.bombspotting.be
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