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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] [A] Stop the Killing: emergency demo. in London this Friday [B] 'Fat Cat Tour' rehearsal this Saturday: volunteers needed! [C] Protest Allawi invite to Labour Party Conference [D] Forthcoming Iraq-related events around the country ******************************* [A] STOP THE KILLING - END THE OCCUPATION The Stop the War Coalition, CND and the Muslim Association of Britain have called an emergency demo. for this Friday (20 August) to protest the ongoing repression and killing in Iraq (see [D] below). Currently, there are mixed signals coming out of Iraq regarding the current military escalation. First it was reported that Iraq's defense minister had given 'militiamen in the holy city of Najaf hours to surrender ... warning that troops were preparing for a major assault to "teach them a lesson they will never forget"'(Reuters, 18 August). Then there were reports that Moqtada al-Sadr had agreed to some sort of deal, though the fighting in Najaf has apparently continued. Meanwhile the Chicago Tribune reported that 'a potentially more explosive battle [than that in Najaf] began Tuesday on the streets of Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City slum' as '[a] U.S. Army battalion moved into the district of at least 2.5 million people late in the afternoon to fight Sadr's al-Mahdi Army in its stronghold' (18 August). Voices urges all those who can: - to support this Friday's demo. (see [D] below) - to organise local demos of their own - and to keep in touch with Voices and other groups re. future protests. A series of new placards, using images from Fallujah, Sadr City and Najaf are available to download in PDF form at http://www.voices.netuxo.co.uk/emergency%20protest.htm#placards. ***************************** [B] FAT CAT TOUR REHEARSAL: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The 'Iraq War Fat Cat Tour' - a street theatre tour of British war profiteers (or would-be war profiteers!) with offices in Central London - will be taking place on 4 September (see [D] below). If you would like to take part in the street theatre on the day, please e-mail email@example.com. It would also be great if you could make this Saturday's (21 August) rehearsal, which will be taking place from 1.30pm at the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street (nearest tube Aldgate East). **************************** [C] PROTEST ALLAWI INVITE TO LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE. 'Tony Blair plans to invite [Iraq's unelected Prime Minister] Iyad Allawi to address the annual conference of his governing Labour party next month' (AFP, 15 August). 'The Sunday Times revealed that if Allawi accepts, it is expected that he would speak either during a foreign policy debate or at the close of the five-day conference in Brighton,' which takes place between 26-30 September. Allawi is a former Ba'athist thug who helped Saddam get into power, conducted a bombing campaign in Baghdad in the mid-90s, and was recently reported by one of Australia's top journalists to have shot dead six prisoners in police custody. He is also a former agent of MI6 and the CIA. A brief profile of Allawi can be found on page 2 of the current Voices newsletter (see http://www.voices.netuxo.co.uk/library/voicesaug04.pdf) Allawi's visit is an opportunity for the anti-war movement to mobilise against the continuing war against the people of Iraq. Please ask any national anti-war/peace organisations you are connected with to hold/coordinate an anti-war protest at the conference. ************************************** [D] FORTHCOMING EVENTS [NB: If you know if an Iraq-related event that isn't listed here please send us the details so that we can add the details to our web-site and include in future mailings.] 20 AUGUST, LONDON. STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN NAJAF - TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ! Picket at 10 Downing Street, Friday 20th August. 5pm - 7pm. Called by the Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain. See www.stopwar.org.uk 21 AUGUST, LONDON. REHEARSAL FOR THE IRAQ WAR FAT CAT TOUR (see Sep. 4 below). London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, E1 (nearest tube Aldgate East), from 1.30pm All welcome! 26 AUGUST, LONDON. FILM SCREENING OF 'AFGHAN MASSACRE: THE CONVOY OF DEATH' together with some short anti-war films. Organised by Indymedia Cinema. 9pm, The Other Cinema, 11 Rupert Street, London W1 (nearest tubes: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Sq.) Tel: 020 7437 0757. £6.50/£4.50 cons/unwaged. Afghan Massacre tells the story of how thousands of Taleban prisoners who surrendered to the US military were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison where many suffocated to death en route. The bodies of the dead and some who survived were then buried in a mass grave at nearby Dasht Leile. US special forces were closely involved and in charge at the time. Were they involved in a war crime? 27-30 AUGUST, ALDERMASTON. RECLAIM THE BASES SUMMER CAMP. Bluebell Wood AWE Aldermaston, near Reading . Skill sharing, training, workshops & tips on NVDA, anti-militarism, military bases and legal issues with a focus on practical actions. www.reclaimthebases.org.uk 29 AUGUST - 2 SEPTEMBER, BRIGHTON: SMASH EDO, PROTEST CAMP. Protest camp against local arms dealers EDO MBM, who make release mechanisms which attach and release bombs on F16s, Hawks and Tornados. EDO has publicly admitted that their products have been used in Iraq’. Actions taken already include shutting the factory down for a day with a road block and rooftop occupation (http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/05/291990.html). The camp will start with NVDA wokshops and daily protests through the rest of the week. Bring tents and other camping gear. Support to those from outside Brighton will be given by local activists. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 29 AUGUST, BATH. CARNIVAL FOR PEACE organised by the Peacenik Pirates collective at Abbey Courtyard in the city centre from midday in solidarity with the Say No To Bush (and other white-washed dictators the world over) actions happening in New York that day. Highlights: lots of folk in pirate get-up commandeering the city for the afternoon; free cake hand-outs - courtesy of our Guerilla Bakers, Movers and Shakers; a massive game of street Twister. tel. 07837 784715, e-mail: email@example.com 30 AUGUST, HAVANT. PEACE PICNIC organised by Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition. From 11.30am onwards. Meet outside main entrance Havant Railway Station, for a short walk to Lockheed Martin weapons plant. Bring music, banners, rainbow flags, fun things and something to eat and drink. 31 AUGUST - 23 OCTOBER, LONDON. EMBEDDED. Raucous, high voltage satire that follows the journalists 'embedded' with the US military in Iraq. Written by Tim Robbins. Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL. Ticket prices range from £25 to £5. To book either call the Box Office on 020 8237 1111, or book online at http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk 1 SEPTEMBER, FARINGDON. Talk with Voices speaker. Organised by the Faringdon Peace Group. Contact 01367 242 559 for details. 4 SEPTEMBER, CENTRAL LONDON. THE IRAQ WAR FAT CAT TOUR: EXPOSING THE BRITISH COMPANIES MAKING KILLING IN IRAQ. Street theatre tour. Fat Cat masks provided - audience participation optional! Meet outside the Shell Centre, SE1 7NA (near Waterloo station) at 12 noon. Supported by the D10 group, Iraq Occupation Focus, the London Hotel & Catering Branch of the GMB Union, No Sweat, Rhythms of Resistance, Surrey CodePink & Voices UK. See http://www.voices.netuxo.co.uk/corporate.html#fatcat 9 SEPTEMBER, LONDON. TRIAL OF ACTIVIST JOHN JORDAN, arrested at a protest outside the ‘Iraq Procurement 2004: Meet the Buyers’ conference in April. 2pm, Highbury Magistrates Court. Support welcome. 11 SEPTEMBER, BURY ST EDMUNDS. 9/11 ANNIVERSARY STREET STALL. Street stall to coincide with anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centre, calling for Tony Blair's resignation & and end to the occupation of Iraq. 8.30am - 4pm, Bury St Edmunds market place. Organised by Suffolk4Peace (http://www.suffolk4peace.org/) 11 SEPTEMBER, MOLD. 9/11 AND THE NEW IMPERIALISM - EXPLORING THE ALTERNATIVES. Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 1pm - 6pm. Organised by Cymru Cuba. Contact David Jones 01745 813402 or firstname.lastname@example.org 13 SEPTEMBER, YEOVIL. DEMO. OUTSIDE WESTLAND HELICOPTERS. Vigil and street theatre to remind local people of the human and environmental cost of the arms trade and to call for a peaceful economy in the town. The street theatre will include the simulation of the aftermath of a helicopter gunship attack on an Iraqi town. Meet at 8am at the main entrance to Westland, off Lysander Road, Yeovil (just past B&Q car park). Contact 0845 456 1321, 01935 863349, or email@example.com 14 SEPTEMBER, LONDON: MONTHLY ORGANISING MEETING OF IRAQ OCCUPATION FOCUS. 7:15 pm, SOAS, Thorneyhough Street, central London, Room G50. Guest speaker: Justin Alexander of Jubilee Iraq (anti-debt campaign) who has just returned from Iraq. See www.iraqoccupationfocus.org.uk 26 SEPTEMBER, BRIGHTON: MEETING ON THE FRINGE OF THE LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE. Organised by Labour Against the War (http://www.labouragainstthewar.org.uk/). 7.30pm - 9pm. Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. Speakers: Alan Simpson MP, Tony Benn, Dr Glen Rangwala (the academic who exposed the 'dodgy dossier') and Jo Wilding (former Voices delegate, recently returned from Iraq). 1-3 OCTOBER, NOTTINGHAM. RISING TIDE CLIMATE CHANGE NETWORK GATHERING. SUMAC centre, Nottingham. £15-£35 (includes food & crashpad accommodation, creche available on request). Workshops include the science of climate change, oil, war and climate change, NVDA and media skills. Contact Rising Tide at firstname.lastname@example.org 14-17 OCTOBER, LONDON: EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM. Proposed workshops include ‘Stopping the next war: an action strategy for the peace movement’, ‘Oil Corporations and Iraq’ (Rising Tide, voices and Platform) and ‘Solidarity With the Iraqi Labour Movement.’ See www.fse-esf.org. 14-15 OCTOBER, LONDON: FAIRFORD COACH ACTION APPEAL AT THE HIGH COURT. Appeal against the February 2004 Judicial Review decision that the police were right to turn a coach-load of activists away from a demo. at USAF Fairford during the invasion of Iraq. More info. at http://www.fairfordcoachaction.org.uk/events/index.html 30 OCTOBER, NORWICH. EAPEACE 2ND CONFERENCE. Organised by the East Anglian Peace Network. Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich. Contact email@example.com or tel. 01603 613 798. 1-7 NOVEMBER, AROUND THE COUNTRY. SEVEN DAYS FOR IRAQ. Week of Fundraising Events to fund and equip a rehabilitation centre for children in Falluja. Organised by Stop the War in conjunction with CND and Child Victims of War. The week will include a reading of the names of those who lost their lives in Iraq since the US and UK led invasion on the night of the US election (2nd November) somewhere in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square and a candlelit vigil outside Downing Street. STW is encouraging groups across the UK to stage their own events and hold similar readings on 2 Nov. Contact 020 7053 2153. www.stopwar.org.uk 12-22 NOVEMBER: JUSTICE FOR IRAQ'S DETAINEES. A Speaking Tour by Peggy Gish, co-ordinator of the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Iraq Project. See http://www.voices.netuxo.co.uk/detainees.html 23-24 NOVEMBER: PUT THE PRIVATISATION OF IRAQ ON TRIAL. Trial of two anti-war activists charged with 'aggravated trespass' at the Shell-sponsored business conference 'Iraq Procurement 2004: meet the buyers'. Postponed from July. 10am, Highbury Magistrates Court. Supporters welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 DECEMBER, CENTRAL LONDON: DAY CONFERENCE ON THE OCCUPATION. Organised by Iraq Occupation Focus. Participants include Tariq Ali, US Military Families Speak Out, plus speakers from Iraq. Workshops on educational and campaigning themes. See www.iraqoccupationfocus.org.uk --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.737 / Virus Database: 491 - Release Date: 11/08/2004 _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk