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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/
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.
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.
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:-
If you can’t make this workshop we’re hoping to book more in the future so stay in touch: email@example.com
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
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.
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!