STOP THE WAR COALITION
No. 1118 18 October 2009
Tel: 020 7801 2768
WEAPONS OF MASS COMMUNICATION FOR 24 OCTOBER
Full details of the national Bring the Troops Home
demonstration on 24 October are now on our website (see
http://bit.ly/2pZlGD), including a map of the march route,
latest details of coaches from outside London (see
http://bit.ly/FGook), and details of keynote speakers at the
rally in Trafalgar Square.
Every day this week there are activities and events taking
place across the country to build support for the
demonstration. Virtually every corner of London is being
covered, with leafleting of tube stations, mosques, colleges,
shopping centres etc. For details and to get involved, see
There is a way we can all make a difference. The mainstream
media gives acres of coverage to the warmongers but does no
favours to the antiwar movement. We have to use our own
networks to publicise our events. And it works. If we all
commit ourselves to using the weapons of mass communication at
our disposal, we can make a real difference.
Emailing, texting, sending Twitter tweets, posting on Facebook
-- if we all use every communication means we have to spread
the word about the demonstration and urge everyone we contact
to do the same, we will reach a mass audience very quickly,
despite the vitual news blackout by the mainstream media.
Then no one will be able to say after 24 October that they
weren't on the demonstration because they didn't know about
The stakes couldn't be higher, with Gordon Brown having just
announced an increase in the number of British troops fighting
an unwinnable and pointless war -- and almost certain to send
even more when Obama announces his second troop "surge".
The latest poll shows that 68 percent of the British public
want all the troops brought home. The bigger the turnout on
Saturday, the more pressure we will put on all those MPs who
have closed their ears to the majority view of their
constituents. We're only a few months away from a general
election. We have to ensure that the war in Afghanistan is a
central issue. Saturday's demonstration will be the best
springboard to ensuring that happens.
* SEND THIS MESSAGE BY EMAIL, TEXT, FACEBOOK ETC:
Join the National Demonstration.
Bring the Troops Home from Afghanistan.
You can make a difference.
London: Saturday 24 October
Assemble Hyde Park 12 noon
March to Trafalgar Square
Full details here: http://bit.ly/2pZlGD
Please pass on this message to everyone you know.
* TWEET THIS ON TWITTER:
You can make a difference. Join the Troops Out of #Afghanistan
demo: London 24 October http://bit.ly/2pZlGD
WHY YOU NEED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK:
Last week dozens of bereaved relatives who lost loved ones in
the Iraq war gave evidence to the Iraq War Inquiry. The
committee was stunned when the relatives demanded -- with
almost complete unanimity -- that the illegality of the war
should be a central issue for the inquiry, and that Tony Blair
should be indicted for his war crimes.
Our demonstration on Saturday and our continuing campaign to
end the war in Afghanistan, are aimed to prevent any more
futile loss of life, by Afghans and soldiers alike. Please act
now to publicise the demonstration in every way you can. And
please join us on Saturday.