Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Shut Down the Dalston Army Showroom - Protest on Sat 25 July

The deaths of eight soldiers in Afghanistan in as many days brings home the
urgency of our campaign to bring the troops home from Afghanistan and to
shut down the Army showroom in Dalston.

The media may try to ignore us or spin the figures. But the fact remains
that a majority of people in Britain want the troops in Afghanistan
withdrawn by the end of the year. They do not believe this is a 'good war'.
In reality Nato forces are protecting a corrupt regime under President
Karzai and an undemocratic bunch of drug-running warlords. It is a state
where the position of women is worse than it was under the Taliban.

The government claims that the war must go on to prevent terrorism on the
streets of Britain. But the longer the occupation continues the greater the
likelihood of terrorist outrages occurring.

If politicians really want to save the lives of soldiers (and the lives of
Afghan civilians, who are now dying at double last year's rate), they should
recognise that this is a pointless, unwinnable war and bring the troops home

And we must get the army showroom in Dalston shut down. Youth unemployment
is now at a sixteen year high. We don't want young people in Hackney being
conned by glitzy images into an army career, with the prospect of death,
injury or mental trauma as a result of the Afghan war.

Join the protest at 1.30pm on Saturday 25 July
at the Kingsland Shopping Centre, Dalston, opposite Dalston Kingsland

We shall be leafleting, petitioning and distributing postcards. Any help you
can give would be much appreciated.

Thursday, 16 July 2009


Is the next exciting i'd rather event

This is the second of an irregular series of events. The first, also held at London's Cross Kings (February 15th) was motivated by the outrageous assault by Israeli armed forces on Gaza. The event was extremely well received thanks to contributions from our brilliant line up of musicians: Low Key, Renu Hossain and Yaaba Funk. We successfully raised funds for Stop the War and Medical Aid for Palestinians.

About the cause...

This new campaign needs and deserves your support (and, yes, money!). Why? Please see below!

About Retaking our Liberties
For a mere £5 (plus optional donations) we guarantee you a real feast of goodies. The emphasis here is on guitars, lots of 'em! Sameh Moussa (acoustic Arabic/ Flemenco) Graham Larkbey and the Escape Committee (Bluesy/ Rocky) and the inimitable Barry 'the Fish' Melton (bringing us all that original 'electric music for the mind and the body' through his fiery, psychedelic blues!). Click on the flyer to find out more!

Why now...
We are focussing on a very important and alarming issue that has begun making the news with depressing regularity here in the UK: the increasing use of police violence as the State's chosen tactic, and forming part of a broader strategy, to drastically limit people's legitimate right to protest.

This has included the:

* Increasing use of stop and search, usually targetting particular ethnic minority communities despite there being little evidence of its effectiveness
* Use of oppressive terrorism legislation to hold protesters (for example the Gaza convoy members or, most often, climate change protesters) to disrupt organised opposition to particular government policies
* Recent events at the climate change protest when a protester was manhandled for asking an officer for their ID - see the Guardian front page (22/06/09)
* Filmed assaults on protesters, and non protesters, at the recent London G20 demonstrations
* Filmed tasering, kicking and punching of a man already on the ground in Nottingham only last week
* Shootings of unarmed individuals (Jean Charles De Menezes in Stockwell and Harry Stanley in Hackney) for which no one has yet been called to account
* Many unanswered questions regarding unexplained deaths in police custody, now numbered in the 100s, with, again, no one being charged in connection with any of them
* Intimidation (employing varying levels of violence) being regularly used to try and scare peaceful protesters off the streets, often coupled with aggressive surveillance and the use of filming in situations where it never used to occur
* Use of pre-planned and carefully rehearsed aggressive policing tactics (of which 'kettling' is but the latest) which are coming to represent a serious and sustained attack on the democratic legitimate right to protest.

Why support UCAPV...
We need a campaign to raise public awareness of both individual instances of the use of excessive force or violence by the police and the very real threat current methods of increasingly non consensual policing pose to all our civil rights. The United Campaign Against Police Violence is that campaign.

What we can do on Thursday, July 16th ...
Come and join Woodstock legend and the hippest Public Defender of all time Barry "the fish" Melton when he headlines an evening of entertainment that will deliver the musical event of the year as we make a start at....Retaking our Liberties

Remember the e-flyer is interactive - so download and click away!!!!!!!

irb... productions
The story of i’d rather

"I'd Rather be Dancing" is the title of a most moving and powerful song by Seattle-based political activist and singer/ songwriter Jim Page about the brutal murder of American human rights activist, Rachel Corrie, in March 2003 by the Israeli military. He used Rachel’s own words, written to her parents, for the song.

We borrowed Jim’s title and decided to adopt it for our umbrella group of artists, promoters and other activists who came together outraged by what was going on in Gaza and like so many others wanted to do something about it. We settled on a ‘don’t get mad get even’ approach, agreeing to work together ‘fund raising the roof’ in various guises and contexts. We now intend to promote different fundraising events so contributing to organisations that can actually effect change on the ground. Feel free to contact us if you’ve any thoughts and ideas for fundraising at Let's work together and be creative!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Stop the War protest on Monday 13 July at Downing Street, between 5pm and 7pm.

179 British soldiers have now died in Afghanistan... the same number as in Iraq.
Stop the War protest on Monday 13 July at Downing Street, between 5pm and 7pm.
Be there. Pass the message on.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Public meeting: The good war? Afghanistan in the media

Afghanistan has always been portrayed as the "good war" in contrast to the catastrophe in Iraq. But is it?A public meeting on Monday 13 July, hosted by Media Workers Against the War and Stop the War Coalition, will discuss this issue.

Speakers include prominent journalists Stephen Grey (investigative journalist embedded with British troops in Helmand), Guy Smallman (recently returned from Afghanistan) and Seamus Milne (columnist, the Guardian).

7pm, Mon 13 July, Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road NW1 2BJ, opposite Euston Station/tube.All welcome.

For further information telephone 020 7801 2768.
Hackney Stop The War

Protest: 6.15pm on Tuesday 14 July at the Petchey Academy Shacklewell Lane E8 2EY

The Army Presentation Team is holding an evening for invitees only at 6.15pm on Tuesday 14 July at the Petchey Academy Shacklewell Lane E8 2EY. This seems to be part of the attempt we have seen in respect of the Showroom in the Kingsland Shopping Centre to promote the Army but conceal the reality what is happening to soldiers and civilians in places like Afghanistan.

Hackney Stop the War will gather outside the Academy at 5.45pm to distribute material to those going to the meeting, urging the shut down of the Army Showroom in the Kingsland Shopping Centre, Dalston.
Please join us. Contact me for further details.

Gareth JenkinsSec.

Hackney Stop The War