Bristol Against the Arms Trade presents Skills Not Bombs!
Sunday 16th Feb (that’s this Sunday!). 11am- 4pm
The Arc, Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2HG
A day of skills and learning in the centre of Bristol. There will be a mixture of workshops and speakers on the following:
-NATO summit in Newport this September
-Direct Action and Planning Creative Actions
We’ve got guests from Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Stop NATO Cymru and Drone Wars UK.
It’s going to be a great day of sharing information and skills on effectively campaign and taking action against the arms trade and militarisation.
That evening we’ll be heading down to Kebele Co-op in Easton for some food at the bargain price of £2.50 followed by an open mic.
The BBC’s Panorama reports that in 2009 Comic Relief had £630,000 invested in shares in weapons firm BAE Systems. Comic Relief will not confirm how its money has been invested since 2009.
Sarah Waldron, a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade, said:
“It is unacceptable for Comic Relief to have invested millions of pounds in a company which profits from insecurity and human rights abuse. BAE’s weapons have been used against men, women and children around the world.
“There is no excuse for these investments, which are in direct contradiction to Comic Relief’s stated aims. The arms trade creates and exacerbates poverty and fuels conflict.
“Comic Relief needs to start being transparent about its investments. It owes it to its supporters to use all of their money for good.”
Companies attending today’s ‘Defence, Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportation’ Event were greeted this morning by queues trailing back along the A4174 as protesters blocked the UWE North Entrance. One gate was eventually locked and attendees forced to use other entrances. Later as they approached the building attendees were accompanied to the door of UWE’s Exhibition and Conference Centre by protesters just letting them know who would be attending the event; the likes of Raytheon (cluster bombs in Iraq, missiles in Gaza), Babcock (nuclear submarines), Chemring (teargas used in the Arab Spring) and our good friends BAE Systems. Crowds of protesters gathered at the entrance to ensure that UWE were suitably embarrassed to be holding the event and that those entering were told they weren’t welcome on the campus or in our city. Some UWE students peacefully enter arms conference and staged a die-in. They were threatened with arrest for trespassing on their own university. The protest continued around campus letting students know what was being held at their space and banners held at each entrance. Arms dealers and the likes of these companies will be greeted by the same response at future events at UWE.
Petition to stop UWE’s investment and support of the arms industry:
DEMO AGAINST THE DPRTE CONFERENCE @ FRENCHAY CAMPUS UWE
This Wednesday (20th) ‘the UK’s leading Defence Procurement Event‘ is coming to town and will be held at the Exhibition and Conference centre at UWE. Attendees of the conference include the likes of Raytheon (delivery of cluster bombs, products found in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine), Chemring (tear gas used in the Arab Spring), Babcock (nuclear specialists) and our all time favourite BAE Systems.
We will be holding a non violent protest outside the event as delegates arrive to show they are not welcome. We will be meeting at 8am at the North Entrance to Frenchay Campus of UWE and will then move over to the exhibition centre. A map of UWE can be found here:
Please bring along pots and pans, drums, whistles and anything else to make as much NOISE as possible. Also bring banners and dress up warm!
Please spread the word too
Just over a year after the down the drones protest at the Bristol International Drones conference there is to be a national ground the drones demonstration at RAF waddington in Lincoln. The Bristol Drone conference cancelled their event this year saying that there was not enough International interest. Maybe it was something to do with the large and loud protest they had to contend with.
Last year the Bristol Drone conference claimed they were meeting to discuss civilian drones this year they are aiming to exibit at the worlds largest arms fair DSEI their website states . . .
As there will be no full Bristol International Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems Conference in 2013, Bristol Unmanned Systems Conference has been in discussions with Clarion Events about the possibilities of staging a Technology Showcase Workshop from Academia at this year’s DSEI Show in London from 9 – 13 September.