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Hi all, Below is an invitation to a launch meeting of Justice Not Vengeance (JNV) on Thurs 17 July in London, which I thought would be of interest to list members. Best wishes, Jonathan --- <www.justicenotvengeance.org> ARROW EVOLUTION: Building New Networks A Constructive and Cooperative Approach After enormous sacrifices, the anti-war movement suffered a significant defeat, and the people of Iraq paid the price in their thousands. And they are still paying the price. Now is not the time for mutual recrimination. We must learn from the past, but our focus must be on building a better movement for the future, a movement which will be stronger, more deeply-rooted, and better able to prevent future wars. We Shook Them To The Core On 12 March 2003, just a few days before the war in Iraq was due to begin, 'Mr Hoon's department [the Ministry of Defence] was frantically preparing contingency plans to "disconnect" British troops entirely from the military invasion of Iraq... "Wobbly Tuesday" was the lowest point of the crisis for Mr Blair.' (Sunday Telegraph, 16 Mar., p. 18) We were powerful enough to drive the Government into frantic contingency planning to desert the US at the last moment. We were able to affect the targeting of sites in Iraq - that narrowing of the range of civilian infrastructure targets saved many lives during the war and in its aftermath. (See ARROW Anti-War Briefing 42 Partial Victories.) + + + + + Justice Not Vengeance: A New Network We would like to invite you to the launch meeting of Justice Not Vengeance (JNV), a new initiative from two co-founders of ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War), David Polden and Milan Rai. The meeting is taking place on Thursday 17th July at the Quaker International Centre, 1-3 Byng Place, London WC1E 7JH, and is open to all. The aim of JNV is to create a network of anti-war groups of all denominations, to help them to communicate directly with one another, share ideas, information and campaigning materials and to foster democratic decision-making in the development of local and national campaigning strategies. Now is the time to consolidate, re-build and strengthen our groups. We need good, solid information; direct and forceful campaigns and clear, usable campaign materials. In the launch meeting we will be discussing what ingredients activists and groups would like to see in a new participatory anti-war network. We will be setting out our vision of how JNV can help in this process. Our Objectives The purpose of the JNV network is to empower activists and campaign groups. We aim to: > promote non-violent and non-military responses to international terrorism (including US state terrorism) and facilitate/support non-violent resistance within Britain to the 'war on terrorism' > continue to provide hard-hitting, anti-war and anti-repression briefings and other campaigning materials and resources > support local anti-war groups in Britain by enabling them to share ideas, information and campaigning materials directly and by providing them with a forum to democratically debate and decide on their strategy and tactics > support campaigners by organising regular gatherings in different parts of the country and by providing training in non-violent civil disobedience and other campaigning skills > organise acts of open, mass non-violent civil disobedience against the 'war on terrorism' > organise political and financial support for those prosecuted and/or imprisoned as a result of their involvement in nonviolent resistance > strengthen ties between the British anti-war movement and movements in Europe, the United States, and around the world. Membership & Affiliation Membership of JNV (for individuals) and affiliation (for groups) will be open to all who support our 7 core principles. There will be no fixed membership or affiliation fee. Membership or affiliation will entitle you to regular briefings and campaign alerts. Please use the membership form that will soon be available on our website <www.j-n-v.org>. JNV's 7 Core Principles for anti-war groups: 1) We condemn the terrorist atrocities committed on September 11th 2001. 2) We also condemn the idea of taking revenge for these deaths by military retaliation against Afghanistan, Iraq or any other countries. 3) We believe that the proper reaction to the September 11th atrocities is to proceed on the basis of international law, following the UN Charter, and working through the extradition law, to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice. 4) We believe that the right response to the problem of proliferation is to disarm all countries of all weapons of mass destruction, applying the same non-proliferation rules and inspection systems to all the countries of the world. 5) We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim communities in Britain, and demand an end to anti-Muslim attacks and prejudice. 6) We reject the erosion of civil liberties in the name of 'anti-terrorism', whether in Britain or elsewhere. We cannot defend freedom by destroying it. 7) As a network, we are committed to campaigning solely by non-violent means. Open Meetings We will hold monthly, open planning meetings in Central London. Please come along to our launch meeting on the evening of Thursday 17th July, to be held at the Quaker International Centre, 1-3 Byng Place, London WC1E 7JH. Click the link below for a map of the area, or paste the entire link into the address bar of your browser. http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?G2M?X=529722&Y=182130&A=Y&Z=1 We look forward to seeing you. Jesse Schust Jonathan Stevenson Milan Rai David Polden Antonio Fortin JNV <www.justicenotvengeance.org> _______________________________________________ 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