Who are we?

Stop the Arms Fair, formed in January 2011, is a network of groups and individuals campaigning to put a stop to arms fairs in the UK, and in particular DSEI – the largest arms fair in the world.

We say: no more bloody arms fairs in London or anywhere.

Groups who have supported the campaign and taken action include:

  • Boycott Israel Network is a coalition of groups and individuals working for boycotts, divestment and sanctions from apartheid Israel . [website]
  • BAAT is a non-hierarchical group of activists in the Bristol area who share a belief in the necessity of direct action to oppose militarism and the arms industry. BAAT aims to challenge the military/ industrial complex in all its forms, and to raise awareness of the arms industry. [website]
  • CAAT is a UK organisation that works to end the international arms trade. CAAT’s priorities are to stop harmful arms exports and procurements, to end government support for arms exports, and to promote progressive demilitarisation within arms-producing countries. [website]
  • Christianity Uncut is an informal network of Christians campaigning against the UK government’s cuts agenda and the wider injustices of capitalism. [website]
  • The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is the biggest union for the communications industry in the UK. [website]
  • conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR is a campaigning organisation which works to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war. [website]
  • Disarm DSEI is a network set up to confront, resist and shut down the DSEI arms fair. Disarm DSEI is a banner under which activists can organise resistance and take direct action against the arms fair, its organisers and the companies that exhibit weapons there. [website]
  • ELAAF is an organisation of East London residents that campaigns for the cancellation of all future arms fairs with a view to stopping the arms trade, and helps to raise awareness among the general population of the occurrence and nature of arms fairs. [website]
  • The Fellowship of Reconciliation is an international, spiritually-based movement of people who, from the basis of a belief in the power of love and truth to create justice and restore community, commit themselves to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of personal, social, economic and political transformation.[website]
  • The GreenAcre Project is a community-based campaign to establish a nature reserve in Finchley. [website]
  • HSG is a group of local people who want to get rid of the current system which places profit and power before people’s real needs. We support and participate in local campaigns, spread ideas and help create effective opposition to the powers that be. [website]
  • This local branch of CAAT raises awareness and peacefully protests against the many arms industry organisations and events in London. London CAAT is an active group that carries out many actions in the city, including walking tours of local arms companies, and protests outside events related to DSEI. [website]
  • London CW is a community of the international radical Christian Catholic Worker movement. The community is Catholic, ecumenical, pacifist, communitarian and anarchist. London CW focuses resistance on the “war on terror”, British nuclear weapons and the arms trade. [website]
  • The London Guantánamo Campaign has been campaigning since 2006 for the return of all British residents from the Guantánamo Bay prison camp, the release of all prisoners, the closure of this prison and other similar prisons and an end to the practice of extraordinary rendition. [website]
  • PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from many communities across Britain, and increasingly throughout the world. PSC represents people in Britain from all faiths and political parties, who have come together to work for peace and justice for the Palestinian people. [website]
  • Pax Christi, Peace of Christ, is a gospel-based lay-inspired, peacemaking movement. [website]
  • Peace Pledge Union is the oldest secular pacifist group in UK and distributor of the White Poppy. It works to challenge militarism, promote nonviolence and educate for peace. [website]
  • Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) helps Quakers in Britain to live out their faith in the world. It runs peacebuilding projects overseas, campaigns on behalf of Quakers, and provides resources to enable local Quakers to take action.[website]
  • Smash EDO is a Brighton-based grassroots campaign against EDO MBM/ITT – a company that makes bomb racks, release clips and arming mechanisms for warplanes and drones. Smash EDO activists have carried out numerous direct actions and demonstrations against EDO’s Brighton arms factory. [website]
  • SPEAK is a Christian network connecting together young adults and students to campaign and pray about issues of global injustice. SPEAK seeks to bring about changes that will counteract the damage done by the arms trade, and empower those who work for peace. [website]
  • Stop the War Coalition aims to stop the “War on Terror” declared by the United States and its allies. Stop the War has organised massive demonstrations against the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and campaigns against the military occupations of those countries. [website]
  • SCM is a student-led community passionate about faith and justice, which envisions Christianity as inclusive, aware, radical and challenging. [website]
  • Sussex Stop Arming Israel exposes arms companies in Sussex that are complicit in Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. [website]
  • Trident Ploughshares is a part of the international nuclear disarmament movement. Over 200 Trident Ploughshares activists have pledged to disarm the UK Trident nuclear weapons system in a non-violent, open, peaceful, safe and fully accountable manner. [website]
  • Tower Hamlets CND
  • Uniting for Peace exists to encourage and support local and international efforts to foster lasting peace in conflict zones worldwide. [website]
  • The Veggies vegan catering campaign serves tasty food and drinks to refresh and sustain the demonstrators at DSEI. [website]
  • War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation. War on Want campaigns for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice. [website]

We are seeking to build an even larger network of groups and individuals to send out a loud and clear message to the government and Clarion Events that inviting representatives of repressive regimes and their armed forces to hob-nob and do dodgy deals at DSEI and similar arms bazaars with representatives from the UK government and unscrupulous arms companies from around the world IS NOT OK.

If you would like to get involved with the network as a group or individual, or come along to the planning meetings, please get in touch.