Stop the Arms Fair week of action

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Monday 4 September 2017 - Monday 11 September 2017
All day

ExCeL Centre
ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway,
E16 1XL

Week of Action to Stop the Set-up: 4-11 September 2017 #StopDSEI

For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.

In 2015, hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action to stop the set up of the arms fair – the biggest-ever protests against DSEI. For six days we blocked entrances, disrupting the set-up of the fair.

With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and – with your help – we plan to shut it down for good!

This year the week of action has multiple actions planned on each day.

Here are some of the actions already planned:

Monday 4th September: Stop Arming Israel

During the world’s biggest arms fair, Israel and its arms companies will have a National Pavilion and boar about their field-tested weapons systems, which have been used to devastate Palestinian families and destroy their communities. Join a day of creative action in support of the campaign to stop arming Israel.

Tuesday 5th September: No Faith in War

Faith groups of all kinds will come together for a day of worship and nonviolent action against the arms trade and war profiteering. From holding services in the road to bearing witness, they will be coming together to say ‘no faith in war!’ If you’re part of a faith group and want to take action then please get in touch.

Wednesday 6th September: Anti-nuclear action

Nuclear weapons don’t make us safer: they threaten all our lives. Trident is estimated to cost the UK over £205 billion and is draining vital public resources away from the things in which we really need to invest: schools, hospitals and social services. On the Wednesday, join a day of creative direct action against nuclear weapons companies.

Thursday 7th September: Solidarity Without Borders

The arms and security industry profits from a cycle of repression and violence which marks all our lives, from fuelling conflicts and state oppression with weapons to policing national borders and criminalising migrants and other vulnerable communities. But our resistance is powerful. Join us as we make links between the issues to build solidarity without their borders.

Friday 8th September: Conference at the Gates

The military and the arms trade plan in increasingly significant role in universities and schools. As government funding is drained from universities, the arms trade and the military are moving in. On the Friday, academics, students and other will come together for a day of workshops and panel discussions exploring the militarisation of our education; and this will take place at the gates of one of the world’s largest arms fairs.

Saturday 9th September: Big Day of Action

The week of action will culminate in the Big Day of Action on Saturday, a colourful and powerful carnival of resistance, with music, art, drama and creative action to celebrate our movement. But we need you to make it as big as it can be. Come and celebrate a successful week of action, and help cause havoc for the arms fair’s organisers.

Sunday 10th September: War Resisters International

War Resisters International will hold a public event on international militarism and the arms trade, bringing activists from countries affected by the arms trade into dialogue with activists from exporting countries.

War, repression and injustice start here. Let’s stop them here.

Want to get involved before September? See our events page for more ways you can get stuck in!