Conference at the Gates (Day 4 – Week of Action, Stop the Arms Fair 2019)

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Thursday 5 September 2019
10:00 - 18:30

ExCeL Centre, Eastern Entrance
Royal Albert Way
London
E16 1RH

Three campaigners present from a white board showing an event agenda, in an outdoor setting.
Working collectively to re-think and act on the militarisation and securitisation of the spaces that we occupy in society.

Why Take Action?

One of the world’s largest arms fairs, DSEI, is returning to London this September. We’re planning to shut it down!

This year at Conference at the Gates (CATG), we’re focusing on understanding and resisting DSEI collectively: we want this fight to be a collective one; we want the arms trade to be exposed for what it is – a system that upholds racist, colonial, patriarchal, oppressive systems whilst it demands various oppressions to continue.

Join us on Thursday 5th September we’re we’ll be working collectively to re-think and act on the militarisation and securitisation of the spaces that we occupy in society and the consequential impacts.

CATG this year will be focused on the arms trade specifically in the context of state violence, shedding light on the issue of race that has for far too long been ignored. It will be an opportunity to (un)/learn from + with community organisers, youth, students and academics – protesting whilst sharing knowledge & showcasing that knowledge and power are not exclusive to seminars at universities and the traditional academic bubble.

What’s Happening?

There’ll be workshops, panels, skill shares and creative activities. Here are the titles for some so far, but timings, speakers and details of programme are to be released soon:

  • Militarisation of the police & state violence
  • Decolonising Economics
  • Empire in Arms
  • Resisting racist, militarised and patriarchal entities
  • Resisting militarised borders in education
  • How to win on campus?
  • Precarity & the arms trade
  • How to investigate a company/university?
  • Zine-making
  • Decolonise, Divest, Disarm

Important Information

Hosted by Campaign Against Arms Trade Universities Network, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Stop the Arms Fair.

More information may be found on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/491352404773892/

Information on accessibility and welfare and know your rights.

It is crucial that everyone joining this day of action adheres to the Stop the Arms Fair safer spaces policy: https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/safer-spaces-policy/.

Please also have a look at the Campaign Against Arms Trade action guidelines: https://www.caat.org.uk/about/action-guidelines.

Part of Stop the Arms Fair week of action at London’s Docklands, 2nd-8th September, 2019. Find out more about the full week of action and other vigils and events (running 2nd-13th Sept) at https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/join-in/

War starts here – let’s stop it here. #StopDSEI