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Message from Greater Manchester Camapaign against the Bombing and Sanctions on Iraq We have been following the debates closely on the discussion list and regularly using information in our twice weekly vigils and petitionings. We have kept up petitoning and collecting twice weekly for the last twelve weeks and the Wednesday vigil will continue coming up to its twelve monthly mark soon. The Saturday petitoning/ awareness raising is going down to two Saturdays a month, 2nd and 4th, starting 11th December outside Tesco's on Market St, though we'll be missing out the 25th for obvious reasons and will be lobbying one of the local Mps Keith Bradley on the 8th January. Basil Landau is coming on Saturday, 4th December, to the Co-ordinators meeting in Cambridge whilst others of us will be holding a stall and workshop on Iraq at a Committee For Peace in the Balkans Conference in the Friends' Meeting House, Manchester. (If anyone has got succinct text for leaflets could you send me a copy?) Would it be possible to hold the next Co-ordinator's meeting in the North, somewhere like Bradford, Sheffield, Manchester or Liverpool as there are very active campaigns in all these cities? Can closer links be made with other organisations campaigning on iraqi issues? For example, advertising the findings and news of The Mariam Appeal, which while London based may prove useful links with Scotland through Galloway being an MP. After all, the Bust to Baghdad driven by Galloway was a big event in Egypt and other Magreb countireis as well as in Iraq. >From the 2nd of December the Bradford based Human Relief Foundation are sending an humanitarian and research delegation out to Iraq. In January , Dr Ramadhani from the team is scheduled to talk to a public meeting in Manchester, precise date and venue to be confirmed, possibly tying in with a projected talk by John Pilger on the subject of depleted uranium and its devastating effects in Iraq and the Balkans. Oldham National Union of Teachers (for whom I am the Publicity Officer and also International Liaison Officer) have passed a motion condemning the bombing of Iraq, supporting a public rally against this and the sanctions (held in Market St, Manchester, September 18th) and circulating the 'voices in the wilderness' petition to all Oldham schools. I am sure that association would support a school twinning project if anyone has any contacts or useful information for this. Are there any other ideas/ suggestions of futrue activities/ events/ links to help raise the profile of Iraq and the anti-sanctions and anti-bombing camapign? Finally, could someone please print this off and take to the meeting on December the 4th to circulate? Many thanks Jason Travis on behalf of Greater Manchester Coalition on Iraq -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full archive and list instructions are available from the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi