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SOME FORTHCOMING ANTI-WAR / PEACE EVENTS [A] Inaugural meeting of the DSEi NVDA working group: Thursday 10th July [B] Cluster Bomb Action in Parliament Square: Friday 11th July [C] Inaugural meeting of the Justice Not Vengeance Network: Thursday 17th July [D] Demonstrate at the Fairford Air Tattoo: Saturday 19th July [E] Disarm DSEi Public Meeting: Saturday 26th July [F] Coulport Disarmament Camp (Trident Ploughshares): 2nd - 15th August [G] Reclaim the Bases Summer Camp: 22nd - 25th August [H] Lakenheath Demonstration and Trespass Day: 5th - 6th October ****************************************** [A] INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE DSEi NVDA (Nonviolent Direct Action) WORKING GROUP Thursday 10th July, London. Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) is Europe's largest arms fair. It will be taking place between 9th - 12th September. A wide variety of different groups are organising protests around This initial meeting of the NVDA working group will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 July @ London Action Resource Centre. Address: 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES. Nearest tubes are Aldgate East or Whitechapel. We may not continue to use this venue but its a good one for the first-time experience anyway. PLEASE network this far and wide to groups who might be interested in participating in NVDA actions @ DSEi. Everyone's invited!! ****************************************** [B] CLUSTER BOMB ACTION IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE Tell the UK Government: Clear up your deadly litter. Day of action in London, Friday 11th July. There are more than ten thousand unexploded cluster bomblets in Iraq. One cluster bomb drops around 200 bomblets over a wide area, many of which (at least 5 %) do not explode on impact. These litter streets and towns in Iraq, and detonate easily often when children scavenge for the valuable metal encasing the bomb. They were used in the 1991 Gulf War, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. These weapons are indiscriminate, and cause horrific civilian casualties. Millions of people are at risk. Join us in London on the 11th July to campaign (non-violently) against the use of cluster bombs by coalition forces, and to show the British Government that we expect them to clear up their deadly litter ASAP, and to agree never to use such weapons again. Meet at 10 am in Parliament Square. - cover Whitehall and the surrounding area with paper cluster bombs, - balloon 'cluster bomb' release at midday outside the Houses of Parliament, - followed by a demonstration outside Parliament. For more information, contact Kathryn Amos. Mobile: 07803 161723, landline phone (answer phone) 01603 493091, or email email@example.com. If you're planning to take part, we'd love to hear from you to get an idea of numbers. Please let us know! Please spread the word... Further reading: The cluster bombs that litter Iraq: www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,968182,00.html www.clearup.org Human Rights Watch: www.hrw.org ************************************************* [C] JUSTICE NOT VENGEANCE: A NEW NETWORK Thursday 17th July 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> *********************************************** [D] DEMONSTRATE AT THE FAIRFORD AIR TATTOO : SAT 19th JULY Related Link: http://www.fairfordpeacewatch.com Official RIAT Website: http://www.airtattoo.intheuk.com/ Participants are also encouraged to plan their own actions & demonstrations. DATE: Sat 19th July. TIME: 12.00noon Onwards. MEET: Fairford High St. (On the junction of Mill Lane & Park St.) NOTE: This is a *Disorganised Demo*. Each group should aim to provide it's own team of Legal Observers, if they so desire. For advice on legal support visit: http://www.activistslegalproject.org.uk/legalsupport.htm "The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) will take place from 15th-20th July. This event provides western military powers with the chance to flaunt their power, & an opportunity for arms companies to advertise their wares. This year the B52 bombers, that were used for the 'Shock & Awe' bombing of Iraq, will be returning to Fairford, this time to 'entertain' the British people, along with the notorious B2 Stealth Bomber, & many others. Fairford has become the hub of the US military machine, it's therefore vital we expose & oppose the militarisation of Fairford before the next US/UK war of aggression is decided upon. People must understand, these weapons of mass destruction are responsible for the death & maiming of 10's of thousands of people around the world, & that this mass slaughter has not stopped, & will never stop until we say no." 2) DIRECTIONS TO FAIRFORD For extensive advice on transport & directions visit the RIAT website: http://www.airtattoo.intheuk.com/ DIRECTIONS: Fairford is 6 miles east of Cirencester, 10 miles north of Swindon & 20 miles west of Oxford. Fairford is on the A417 going east to west. Or along the A361 going north to south, turning onto the A417 at Lechlade village. The A417 runs straight through Fairford Village. USAF Fairford is 20 minutes walk from Fairford, along Horcott Rd. PARKING: Is easiest in Mill Lane/Park Street. There's a free car park at the top of Fairford village High Street just north of the church. ROAD DIRECTIONS BELOW: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?X=410000&Y=200000&scale=200000 FOR A MAP OF FAIRFORD VILLAGE: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?X=415000&Y=201000&scale=10000 MAP OF THE BASE BELOW: http://www.cynatech.demon.co.uk/images/USAF%20Fairford%20map%20b.jpg ********************************************************** [E] DISARM DSEi PUBLIC MEETING 26th July, 2pm. University of London Union, Malet St, WC1 Nearest tubes: Goodge St or Russell Square DSEi (Defence, Systems & Equipment International) is the largest European arms fair. It will be taking place in London's Docklands between 6-12 September. At the last fair in 2001 there were 664 exhibitors and delegates were invited from 68 different countries to buy guns, bombs, military planes, small arms, mines and tanks. SHUT DOWN DSEi A week of protest and resistance is planned including a unity march, counter conference, vigils, NVDA and a day of direct action blockades. COME TO THE PUBLIC MEETING Find out what's being organised, contribute your ideas, share your thoughts, join a working group. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: DISARM DSEi, c/o 11 Goodwin St, N4 3HQ 07817 652 029, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dsei.org Discussion list: DSEi2003email@example.com DISARM DSEi has over 30 supporting groups, see www.dsei.org for further details. ****************************************** [F] COULPORT DISARMAMENT CAMP 2nd - 15th August The camp is sited in Peaton Wood, Coulport, on the shores of Loch Long just half a mile from the Trident warhead depot, and a few miles from Faslane naval base, home to Britain's Trident nuclear weapon submarines. The Coulport camp is the longest running and biggest TP camp and in recent years it has had participants from Japan, the USA and from all over Europe. The site provides comfortable camping space for many people. You will need your own tent and sleeping bag but communal vegan food is provided on a donation basis. During the camp we will be carrying out many disarmament actions at the Trident bases, commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days, and holding workshops on nonviolence and other campaign issues. Ideally you will be able to come for the whole camp but you will be very welcome even if you can only manage some of the time. During the camp last year activists swam onto and painted a Trident submarine, cut their way into the Coulport base, blockaded the gates of both bases and took part in a number of vigils and commemoration events. There were 55 arrests. Recently the British Ministry of defence admitted that they had spent almost £500K "protecting" the Trident bases on the Clyde from protesters and repairing damage caused by them -so it is clear we are having an impact! There are lots of disarmament opportunities at these bases, even during the camp when the MOD police know we are around. Join the email list for planning the Coulport camp by sending a blank message to: firstname.lastname@example.org Post messages to: email@example.com LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN COME! For more information before the camp call 0845 45 88 366 (from outside UK ++441259753815) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number at the camp: 08 45 45 88 369 (active from 1st August) ****************************************** [G] RECLAIM THE BASES SUMMER CAMP 22 - 25 August. 22-25 August at Bluebell wood AWE Aldermaston, near reading D10 proudly presents Reclaim The Bases summer camp : skill sharing, training, workshops & tips on NVDA, anti-militarism, military bases and legal issues with a focus on practical actions. More information at http://www.reclaimthebases.org.uk or 07887585721 ******************************************* [H] LAKENHEATH DEMONSTRATION AND TRESPASS DAY 5th - 6th October Demonstrate 12noon-4.00pm, Sun 5th Oct Trespass: 6.00am to midnight Mon 6th 2003 Lakenheath in Suffolk is the primary U.S. tactical airbase in Europe. It has about 30 nuclear weapons deployed there (although the authorities refuse to deny or confirm their existence). Apart from those at Faslane, these are the only nuclear weapons in Britain and they are totally under U.S. control, as is the whole base. The Lakenheath nuclear weapons form part of NATO's arsenal - and NATO has a first strike policy. We believe that some of these nuclear weapons were flown out to Diego Garcia during the build up to the war on Iraq. Certainly Lakenheath aircraft played an active part in the bombing of Iraq which took place over the previous 10 years. THE DEMONSTRATION will be part of "Keep Space for Peace" week. It is intended to draw attention to the fact that the Lakenheath nuclear weapons are currently used to threaten non-nuclear states in the same way as America's weapons in space will if star wars becomes reality. Bring banners, drums, instruments and most importantly yourselves and your friends. (If you are coming to the trespass, this will be a wonderful opportunity to look around the base beforehand) For further information on demo or trespass write to: LAG, Forge Bungalow, The Street, Shotesham, Norwich, NR15 1YL or ring Zina: 0116 247 0121 or e-mail: email@example.com THE TRESPASS IS PART OF the International Citizens' Inspection of nuclear bases in Europe. We hope people will come in pre-formed affinity groups and spend the day trying to get into Lakenheath Airbase to sit (or chain themselves, or dance, or play music, or play badminton) on the runway; hang banners or peace cranes; do citizens inspections; chain themselves to aircraft; plant seeds etc. to prevent aircraft from landing and taking off that day. Since the base and police are bound to know that something is planned for the day, we think autonomous groups will be more effective and successful than if everyone acts together. We hope that affinity groups will make a plan in advance, deciding how and where they intend to get into the base so they have the appropriate tools with them and know what they want to do once they are in. Also that they will provide their own transport, driver (could this person help with pickups from police stations later in the day?) and observers on the day. Lakenheath Action Group will provide - Meeting space, accommodation and food for Sunday and Monday nights - A briefing and nonviolence training on Sunday night - Legal support on Monday and Tuesday including picking people up from police stations when they are released - Press work on the day - Information about USAF Lakenheath We are asking groups and individuals to agree to the following groundrules: 1. to be open and accountable for their actions on the day 2. to be sincere and respectful towards people they meet 3. not to engage in physical violence or verbal abuse towards any individual 4. not to carry any weapons 5. not to commit criminal damage except what is needed to get on base 6. not to bring, use or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs (other than for medical purposes) on the day. Please be aware that people going on base may be handled roughly. Since the war Lakenheath (along with Mildenhall, Fairford and Molesworth) has been guarded by the U.S. National Guard (the U.S. equivalent of the Territorial Army here). Prior to that there had been something along the lines of an unwritten agreement that US military personnel would not touch peace protestors. Since they have arrived this seems to have changed. Protestors on base at Mildenhall have been rugby tackled, sat on and had their arms wrenched behind their backs by U.S. personnel even when they have already been sitting on the ground in a completely nonthreatening way. No one has been badly hurt but bruises do seem likely. PLEASE TELL L.A.G. BY 26th SEPTEMBER IF YOU/A GROUP INTEND TO TAKE PART IN THE TRESPASS (Ring Zina on 0116 247 0121) _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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