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CEO of major Arms Company QinetiQ to speak at Bristol City Hall

29 September, 2014
 

Last year we had UWE’s “Distinguished Address Series” promoting Boeing, this year’s Defence Company of the Year is QinetiQ. The CEO of this Arms Company will be speaking to uwe students at City Hall 18:00hrs 9th October.

Check out QinetiQ.com for their delightful defence and security products…
http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=16015
We want to show uwe they can’t promote their arm’s games in our council house and show students attending the talk what QinetiQ are really all about.
Join us and the grim reaper outside City Hall,
9th October, 5.30pm.

Ground the Drones! Bristol Week of Action 4th-11th October

29 September, 2014

Drone warfare combines perpetual surveillance with arbitrary lethal attack, targeting some of the poorest communities on earth. Take action next week.

For events diary see http://childvictimsofwar.org.uk/ground-the-drones-week-4-11th-october/

We kicked them out of Bristol, now let’s show them they’re not welcome in Cardiff!

29 September, 2014
DPRTE arms fair, Cardiff
8th October 2014
Protest from 8.30am
Remember last year when we caused a fuss at the DPRTE arms fair held at UWE? Well this year they’ve moved the event to Cardiff (we like to think thanks to us) and we’ll be there to show them they ain’t welcome there either.
Exhibitors include:
-BAE Systems, the world’s 3rd largest arms producer with a very special relationship with the UK government & Saudi dictatorship. BAE also supplies Israel to wage war on the Palestinans.
-Airbus, previously EADS will also make an appearance, the 2nd largest arms producer in Europe. Markets include authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kazakhstan
The Defence Procurement Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2014 conference will see politicians, academics, Ministry of Defence and arms manufacturers meet. We need to be there too to say that money into war is money out of our communities and show solidarity with the victims of their arms
The event website: www.dprte.co.uk
Join us to protest outside the event!
Facebook: No Arms Fair of Death! – Protest & “Die-in”
 
Details:
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Mary Ann Street, CF10 2EQ
(Very close to Cardiff Central Station)
Wednesday 8th October.
From 8.30am (when the delegates will be arriving).
Contact us for details of trains together. We’re also hopefully receiving a grant to pay for train travel from Bristol. Get in touch! bristolagainstarmstrade@gmail.com

Protest the NATO Summit

10 June, 2014

Wales could see its biggest protests in a generation as 60 world leaders meet at the Celtic Manor in Newport for the NATO summit on 4th -5th September to plan their war on the world. Previous summits in Chicago and Strassbourg saw thousands protest war, austerity and global inequality.

From August 30th people will flock to South Wales for international actions including a weekend march and Counter Summit, week-long peace camp, and protests on the summit’s opening day.

NATO is the nuclear-armed military alliance binding Europe to US foreign policy, a foreign policy post-Iraq increasingly unpopular around the world. It is also the military alliance currently occupying Afghanistan.

War is the enemy of the poor. The world’s 85 richest people have as much as poorest 3.5 billion. The annual sum needed to end world hunger is $30 billion while the US Military’s budget is $530 billion per year.

Money into war is money out of our communities. In the UK, 500,000 people had to resort to food banks last year. While public services are slashed, one day of war in Afghanistan could fund 100,000 nurses.

This autumn the powerful will  make their voices heard at the NATO summit. We must make sure that the voice of the millions around the world who need peace and justice is also heard.

http://www.nonatonewport.org/about

Legal Observer Workshop

31 March, 2014

The DPRTE event last November saw police brutality and surveillance against students on their own campus. This sparked us to set up this workshop for people across Bristol to gain the skills needed in legal observing.

Legal Observer Workshop
Sunday 6th April, 12-6pm
Kebele,
Robertson Road
Bring lunch to share.

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The workshop’s main aims will be:

1) A practical introduction to Legal Observing

2) An outline of Legal Support and Media coordination

3) Discussion on setting-up a local Legal Observer Network

4) Preparation for GDAMS Global Day of Action on Military Spending on Monday 14th April 2014 see http://demilitarize.org/ & http://demilitarize.org.uk/ and other future events in the Bristol area plus NATO at Newport in September

As a background it might be useful to familiarise yourself with some of these links:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_observer

http://greenandblackcross.org/

http://www.activistslegalproject.org.uk/Guide%20for%20Legal%20Observers1.pdf

 

If you can’t make this workshop we’re hoping to book more in the future so stay in touch: bristolagainstarmstrade@gmail.com

Activists Blockade NATO Conference

17 March, 2014
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Anti-militarist activists today blockaded a NATO conference at a stately home in the Sussex countryside. Meanwhile, banners were hung off road bridges close to the venue to greet delegates as they arrived at Wiston House in Steyning.

Protesters succeeded in blocking the front entrance for more than an hour, leading to chaotic scenes on the A283, as cars queued to get into the estate.

- See more at: http://smashedo.org.uk

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Fly Kites Not Drones

17 March, 2014
kites not drones
Saturday 22nd March,
Castle Park, 12-2pm
Kite flying, children’s area, info on drones and entertainment.
Join us in a weekend of solidarity happening across the UK with Afghans who celebrate New Year on the 21st March, and who face uncertainty and the probable escalation in conflict during the renegotiation of the international presence within Afghanistan.
Kite flying has become synonymous with Afghanistan as a well loved pursuit which was banned under the Taliban, now Afghans are more used to the presence of UK and US armed and surveillance drones flying overhead. In the last 5 years there have been 547 UK drone strikes on Afghanistan, which is now the “drone capital” of the world.
We are encouraging concerned citizens, peace groups and those from the Muslim and Afghan community to fly kites in solidarity with Afghans who now have to live under the mental pressure and physical destruction which British and American drones now inflict upon Afghanistan…
‘Fly Kites Not Drones’ Action Saturday 22nd March | 12-2pm | Castle Park
Join us for this creative mass kite flying action in solidarity with Afghans during their New Year and to demonstrate our opposition to drone warfare. Learn about Britain’s armed drones being used in Afghanistan and the effects on children.
There’ll be kites to fly, a children’s area to make kites and messages for children in Afghanistan, plus music and fire eating entertainment!
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