March 27, 2009

STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER – 25 March 2009

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STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER No. 1087 25 March 2009 Email office@stopwar.org.uk Tel: 020 7801 2768 Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk

In this newsletter:

1) GET READY FOR A WEEK OF PROTEST

 2) SAT 28 MARCH: PUT PEOPLE FIRST DEMONSTRATION

 3) MON 30 MARCH: PUBLIC MEETING: MEET THE RESISTANCE

4) TUE 31 MARCH: STOP THE WAR PRESENTS LOWKEY

5) WED 1 APRIL: YES WE CAN DEMONSTRATION

6) THURS 2 APRIL, 11AM PROTEST AT THE EXCEL CENTRE

7) APR 3-5 NO TO NATO INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION

1) GET READY FOR A WEEK OF PROTEST

Stop the War’s main event at the G20 is the YES WE CAN demonstration which starts at the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square at 2.00pm on Wednesday 1 April. But we have a week of protest coming up at the G20 and NATO (details below). It is crucial we make sure the world’s leaders can’t escape the massive opposition to the wars they are waging.

For more information on any of these events please contact the Stop the War office on 020 7801 2768 on or check the website http://www.stopwar.org.uk

2) SAT 28 MARCH: PUT PEOPLE FIRST DEMONSTRATION

 Stop the War is encouraging its supporters to join this demonstration called by the TUC and NGO’s calling for Jobs and action on poverty and the environment. We will be forming an anti war/solidarity with Palestine contingent on the demo.

Look for the Jobs Not Bombs banner, meet at Temple Tube 10.30 am. http://www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk

3) MON 30 MARCH: PUBLIC MEETING: MEET THE RESISTANCE THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Come and hear elected representatives from the resistance in Palestine and Lebanon.

Speakers:

HUSSEIN EL-HAJJ HASSAN MP Lebanon’s Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary Bloc

HASAN KHREISHI Vice President of the Palestinian Legislative Council

JEREMY CORBYN MP Stop the War Coalition JOHN REES Vice President (Europe) Cairo Conference

DYAB ABOU JAHJAH International Co-Ordinator of the International Union of Parliamentarians For Palestine

SUKANT CHANDAN English Chair of IUPFP

Time: 7pm

Date: Monday 30th March

Place: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London (nearest tube, Euston or Euston Square)

Entrance £2

 4) TUE 31 MARCH: STOP THE WAR PRESENTS LOWKEY Tears to Laughter, a benefit and launch party for Lowkey’s new single and for the G20 protests.

Featuring Faith SFX and Shadia Mansour. 8pm, Vibe Bar, Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL 8pm.

Contact the Stop the War office on 020 7801 2768 to book your ticket.

5) WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL: YES WE CAN DEMONSTRATION

Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, End the Siege of Gaza, Make Jobs not Bombs, Abolish nukes, End Arms Sales to Israel.

Assemble 2pm US Embassy Grosvenor Square. The demonstration will start by handing in a message to Barack Obama at the US embassy. We will then march through central London at the moment the world leaders’ arrive and Obama meets Gordon Brown at Downing Street. 3.30

RALLY IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE. Speakers include Tony Benn, Arthur Scargill, Daud Abdullah from the Muslim Council of Britain, anti debt campaigner Susan George, and Keith Sonnet from UNISON. Performers include Palestinian singer Reem Kolanai and rapper Lowkey.

6) THURS 2 APRIL, 11AM PROTEST AT THE EXCEL CENTRE Details to be announced.

7) NO TO NATO INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION FRIDAY 3 APRIL:

6am Victoria Embankment.

Join the coach for Strasbourg No To NATO protests.

Book online at http://www.stopwar.org.uk or by phone on 020 7801 2768

SATURDAY 4 APRIL: NO to NATO

International Demonstration, Strasbourg SUNDAY 5 APRIL: Strasbourg Counter Conference

January 24, 2009

24 January 2009 – BBC/Gaza Rally. Tony Benn’s Speech outside the BBC

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Embargo: 1.30 pm, Saturday 24 January 2009

Press Release

THE RT HON TONY BENN SPEAKING AT A MEETING OUTSIDE THE BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE, PORTLAND PLACE, SAID THIS AFTERNOON [SAT JAN 24]:

“The decision of the BBC to refuse to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza, which has left aid agencies with a potential shortfall of millions of pounds in donations, is a betrayal of the obligation which it owes as a public service.

“The destruction in Gaza and the loss of the lives of over a thousand civilians and children, has shocked the world as Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, made clear, when he saw the devastation for himself.

“The human suffering that the people of Gaza has experienced over the last few weeks has appalled people who have seen it for themselves on their television screens.

“To deny the help that the aid agencies and the UN need at this moment in time is incomprehensible and it follows the bias in BBC reporting of this crisis, which has been widely criticised.

“I appeal to the Chairman of the BBC Trust to intervene to reverse this decision to save the lives of those who are now in acute danger of dying through a lack of food, fuel, water and medical supplies.

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Stop the War Coalition on behalf of the Coalition’s President, Tony Benn

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