Stop the Arms Fair: info and action-planning day

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Saturday 8 November 2014
10:30 - 17:00

Friends House
173 Euston Road

Protesters sitting and lying in the road
Activists blocking an entrance to the DSEI 2013 arms fair

Every two years, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, DSEI has been held in London. Hundreds of arms companies and thousands of delegates come to do business and buy advanced weapons. These weapons are used to kill and oppress people around the world.

DSEI plans to return to London in Sept 2015: we want to make sure that these plans are resisted, both in the months leading up to the fair, and if it happens, during the fair itself.

Join us on Saturday 8th November in Room 1 at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ to join the campaign against DSEI 2015!

You will:

  • Find out about DSEI, one of the world’s largest arms fairs
  • Hear from solidarity groups about the effect of the arms trade and the weapons sold at DSEI on their countries and communities
  • Develop skills in creative action, direct action, and working in affinity / faith groups to disrupt and dismay the arms dealers and put to use in other campaigns too!
  • Find out how you can become involved in preparing for and resisting the arms fair

Last time the fair was met with daily direct action, including a blockade that shut down preparations for the fair for hours on end. This time we want to do even better!

Join the campaign to Stop the Arms Fair! See you on 8th November for a day of fun and interesting workshops and a chance to meet some great people to take action with to challenge the arms fair.

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Agenda for the day:

10.15 – Tea, coffee, snacks

10.30 – Welcome and introductions
How the day will work, our aims, find out who’s here

10.50 – Finding out about DSEI arms fair
Participatory workshop exploring the DSEI arms fair: Who buys? Who sells? And how it fuels the international arms trade.

11.30- Hear from Dr Saeed Shehabi about the impact of UK arms sales on the human rights situation and struggle for democracy in Bahrain.

11.50 – Break

12.00 – What have we achieved already? What can we learn from previous actions against the arms fair? What’s our vision for challenging the arms fair this year?
A participatory workshop exploring previous actions and our vision for challenging the arms fair this year.

1.00 – Lunch

1.45 – Sketching an action-plan to challenge DSEI in the run up to next September
Brainstorming & a timeline for effective action

3.00 – Break
(with option of taking part in an Activist Dance Workshop – more details coming soon!)

3.30 – Skills for taking action
Choose a workshop to develop useful skills for any campaigning you do. Find out about the chance to get involved in an action before long too!
* Direct action
* Creative props and placards

4.30 – 5pm –  Why taking action is so important
Why challenging the arms fair’s business can have an impact. Next steps reminder and final announcements