No to Nuclear Weapons: No to the Arms Fair

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 need to invest: schools, hospitals and social services. We are spending billions to kill millions. The arms companies that profit from nuclear weapons and drain our resources away from us plan to be present at the arms fair. Join Trident Ploughshares and regional CND groups on Wednesday 6th September to stop military equipment from being moved into the arms fair during the set-up and for fun, family-friendly activities including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

As well as nonviolent direct action, there will be a lot to get involved with including demonstrating, creative stunts, media work and general support. Just let us know what you are up for.

There will be accommodation available in East London (bring a sleeping bag) with the opportunity to attend training and form affinity groups and transport is being arranged from the North of England. Please get in touch if you are likely to need accommodation or to book your place on a bus down from the North (or if you are interested in helping book a coach from elsewhere).

If you’d like to get involved, please fill out this quick survey, join our Facebook event or get in touch at nonuclearday@riseup.net. Join us for a nonviolent direct action training session in Manchester on Thursday 10th August or Glasgow on Saturday 12th August or just turn up on the day! Use the Royal Victoria Docklands Light Railway station for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and the Prince Regent Docklands Light Railway Station for other anti-nuclear actions at the East Gate of the ExCel Centre, where we will be joined by Arms to Renewables.

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A crowd of activists hold a banner in front of the Excel centre. It says When only 0.2% of jobs in the UK are related to arms exports #stopDSEI

Manchester activists plan to disrupt weapons sales at DSEI, the world’s biggest arms fair

8 August 2017
Military delegations from around the world will head to London for Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) – the world’s biggest arms fair – on the 12-15 September. Many of these delegations will be from countries with abominable human rights records. At DSEI, they will meet weapons industry salespeople who will have filled the ExCeL...
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Activist due to appear in court for Lockheed Martin protest

18 November 2015
An activist is due to appear in court on Tuesday 24 November for an action at Lockheed Martin’s London offices during the DSEI arms fair. There will be a solidarity presence outside the court from 9am Where: Westminster Magistrates Court, 181 Marylebone Road NW1 5BR When: Tuesday 24 November, 9am

A year of protest against the arms trade

20 December 2013
When tackling the systems that perpetuate conflict, repression and inequality, change doesn’t come quickly, so it’s important to remind ourselves of our achievements along the way. 2013 was a brilliant year for anti-arms trade activism: Arms trade networking events were challenged wherever they took place; a wide range of groups took part in an amazing...
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On Trial: Defendants group statement

11 November 2013
We will defend our right to challenge the arms trade! A group of activists (mainly women) were charged after taking part in the ‘Occupy v the Arms Fair’ day of action on 8 September, which was part of the week of action against the DSEI Arms Fair at the Excel Centre, London. Our intention was...

Everything you ever wanted to know about the arms fair

7 September 2013
Over the past few months, we’ve collected some gems on our blog. Naturally, we didn’t want you to miss out, so see below for a categorised list of posts to whet your lips before the arms fair starts… Intersections with other struggles Palestine: The UK’s dirty secrets: Palestine and the arms trade // Israel’s booming...
Infographic: Military spending is twice the total cuts to the NHS.

Who pays for high military spending?

20 August 2013
We need to make explicit the choices our politicians are making: They are choosing to protect military spending from the cuts and to keep the UK’s spending on weapons the fourth highest in the world, while subjecting public services to vast cuts.
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Nuclear weapon makers at the arms fair

9 August 2013
Sara Medi Jones, CND Campaigns Officer writes about the companies at the arms fair which are pushing for the UK to renew its nuclear weapons system: Weapons companies are due to descend on London in September for the world’s largest arms fair. This ‘fair’, a pleasant sounding term for what really is a market for...