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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] dear all apologies for cross postings just a note to thank everyone who came to/ took part in Warzone Whitehall in any way. see below 2 press releases, final one from Monday and yesterday's one about court cases. See photos on our websites www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk, www.j-n-v.org, and also in ondymedia, www.indymedia.org.uk We had quite a lot of news coverage, photos of the event on the front page of the independent, on page 11 guardian and also a photo in the FT. The Independent was the only one which specifically mentioned voices in the wilderness in the photo caption and none of them write anything about the event really, just used the photos alongside the stuff about the Government's human rights report. 3 photos in the papers is a bit of a record for us! The action was also shown briefly on bbc news at 1pm, 6pm, and 10 pm monday and there was more substantial coverage on C4 News I don't know about radio news coverage after the event, please let us know if you heard any. Also q good pieces on the bbc website and on the press association website http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_720026.html?menu= we did one radio interview monday night on BBC Radio 5 Live late night Live Monday morning we had lots of interviews mill did 11 interviews with bbc local stations 0700 Humerside 0710 Asian network 0720 Merseyside 0730 Sheffield 0740 Hereford and Worcester 0750 WM 0800 Leics 0810 Northants 0820 Stoke 0830 0840 Leeds 0850 Somerset Gareth Evans did interviews with LBC and with BBC Wales andrea did an interview with bbc london which apparently wa sto go out monday am. We set up an interview with Hans von Sponeck on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast and they briefly mentioned the die in. Mark Thomas did an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live midday Various folk did interviews with BC World service and witrh the BBC TV . Did anyone seee or hear any of it, maybe on BBC News 24? Numerous things planned, check www.j-n-v.org for more info, but the next big nonviolent civil disobedience and protest Voices is helping organise is the whole weekend of January 18th-19th at Northwood, The British military HQ. It's on the tube, near the top of the Met Line. In the event of war happening then we hope lots of folk will hold NVDA around the country. Sit downs will start from the south side of Trafalgar Square, gathering at 7pm that evening if the war starts before 4pm, or 7pm the next evening if the war starts after 4pm. It probably will start after 4pm as the military like to start killing people in their beds. The Iraqis have said they will hand in their report on weapons of mass destruction and potential dual use items on saturday 7th december a day before the deadline, so look out for the news then. Sharpen your pencils to write to the papers.... It's expected they will say they have no weapons of mass destruction, just lots of ordinary planes, chemical factories etc. This could be the pretext the US will look for. Other anti war direct action: 12-13 december menwith hill women only, call 07930 235791. Transport arranged from london leaving 7.30 am on the 12th 14 december mass citizens weapons inspection USAF Fairford, Gloucester. B2 stealth bombers, B1 and B52s www.gwi.org.uk richard byrne voices in the wilderness UK Press Release 17:30 Voices in the Wilderness Call Voices 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992 35 arrests at whitehall anti war blockade. 35 anti war activists have been arrested for highway obstruction at 'Warzone Whitehall', a nonviolent die in against the war and sanctions on Iraq. The activists were among a crowd of 250, including comedian Mark Thomas and Euro MP Caroline Lucas, who gathered at whitehall place at 10.30 am and blocked part of whitehall from 11 am until 4pm. Some have now been released, bailed to appear at Bow Street magistrates this thursday 5th december 10 am. The remaining activists joined Brian Haw, who has been camped out on Parliament square for the past 18 months protesting against sanctions on Iraq. One activist Rosy Bremner twice gained access to the cabinet office. On one occasion she met Robin Cook MP and told him of her views on Iraq. Among those arrested was Voices in the Wilderness joint co ordinator Gabriel Carlyle, who visited Iraq in a sanctions breaking Voices in the Wilderness demonstartion in may 2002. Activists carried placards and banners reading "Iraqi Lives in the firing line- no war on Iraq.", "War kills the innocent. Don't attack Iraq.", and "1 in 11 countries bombed by the Pentagon.". While some women dressed in black wailed in mourning, a soundtrack played the sound of bombs and explosions the Iraqis will face . The action was good natured and peaceful. Mark Thomas said, "I hope other people who oppose the war will consider their positions and consider whether they should put their liberty on the line so the voices and principles of peace can be heard." Caroline Lucas said, "It's been a very effective action, representing the huge feeling against this war in Britain. We are making the case to Tony Blair as vividly as possible of the suffering he will inflict on the 22million people of Iraq. This war would be illegal and counterproductive. We have to use every non-violent measure available to register our protest" Richard Byrne, Voices spokesperson said, "This is just the start. 2000 people in the UK have signed a pledge (1) to engage in civil disobedience if this war starts. Life in Britain cannot go on as normal while the British Government supports war on Iraq." Call Voices 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992 firstname.lastname@example.org www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk (1)See (a) Pledge of Resistance -www.j-n-v.org, 1101 signatories for action pledge, 1387 for support Pledge (b) Scottish Pledge , http://www.banthebomb.org/peace/index.shtmlover 1000 people signed pledge for action Press release December 3rd 2002 Voices in the Wilderness UK 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992 Warzone Whitehall activists in court Thursday, Friday. Activists arrested at Warzone Whitehall, the non-violent "Die In" which made front page news on Tuesday (1) are due in court in London this Thursday and Friday. The activists were charged for highway obstruction and have their plea hearings this week in cases expected to go to trial early in 2003. The activists appearing will be: Thursday 5 December Bow street magistrates 10 am: Josephine Donagh from oxford Sylvia Boyes from yorkshire Olivia Agate from yorkshire Josh Robinson from Cambridge Nick Gill from Cambridge Lucy Lucy from Surrey Friday 6 December Bow Street magistrates 10am Genny Bove from Wrexham Andrea Needham from Hastings Becqke Oldham from Coventry Liz Yates from Maidstone Horseferry Road Magistrates 10 am. David Polden, from London Paul Greening from Oxford Richard Rippin from Cambridge When charged Andrea Needham, a nurse, said, "I am sickened and angry at Tony Blair's determination to attack Iraq, whatever the consequences for the Iraqi people. I cannot stand idly by without taking whatever action I can to impede it." Thursday's hearing is the start of a long process for this Government, the first of hundreds of cases which will be generated if Tony Blair backs George Bush in his vile war on Iraq. Over two thousand people in the UK have already pledged to engage in non-violent civil disobedience against the so called 'war on terrorism'. (2) Call Voices UK on 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992 email@example.com www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk Notes (1) Independent Tuesday (2) See (a) Pledge of Resistance -www.j-n-v.org, 1101 signatories for action pledge, 1387 for support Pledge (b) Scottish Pledge , http://www.banthebomb.org/peace/index.shtmlover 1000 people signed pledge for action _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk