Monthly Archives: August 2014

NATO SUMMIT DEMONSTRATIONS – key events to support

NATO SUMMIT DEMONSTRATIONS
Week of Action (Saturday 30 August – Friday 5 September)
7 Days to Shake the World
A quick round-up of some of the key actions

SUNDAY 31 AUGUST
<<<Counter Summit in Cardiff. County Hall, Atlantic Wharf 10am – 5.30pm.>>>

Speakers from the global peace movements & sessions and workshops on NATO expansion, the drive to war and military spending; Ukraine and a new cold war; Afghanistan: the endless occupation; Women and War; Move the money: Disarmament for Development; Palestine; Middle East: Oil & Empire; The New Nuclear Arms Race; Militarisation & Science; Singing for Peace
Full timetable here:
http://cnduk.org/images/stories/Counter_Summit_Programme_1.pdf

<<<For Gaza: A Fundraiser>>>
The Full Moon, Womanby Street, Cardiff City Centre, CF10 1BR, Upstairs – the Moon Club.

5pm – 8pm – snacks, stalls etc.Music from 8pm
Performers include – Stu and Reb from Dirty Revolution (Ska-Punk-Reggae), Lynne Denman – unaccompanied Welsh singing, Salih Hassan (Palestinian Oud Player), Cosmo (Folk-punk), Novacoda (Dance), Flora Mackay (Acoustic), David Ambrose (Storytelling), Neta Hel (Poetry), Think Pretty (Acoustic), DJS – Love & Harmony Sounds,
Shahid (Salsa Buena), Dave Grooveslave
£5. All funds raised will go to purchase medical supplies and support for children in Gaza via Middle East Children’s Alliance. Please seehttps://www.mecaforpeace.org/

Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1451993351727210/

MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
<<<Newport Alternative Summit at Dolman Theatre, 10.00 – 5pm.>>>
Sessions on combating drones, militarisation of the EU, Iraq: War & Crisis, Nuclear weapon abolition, closing all military bases

Full timetable here:
http://cnduk.org/images/stories/Counter_Summit_Programme_1.pdf

TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
<<<Newport Alternative Summit continued>>>
Dolman Theatre. 11am – 4pm – Sessions on Gaza, Peaceful co-existence, Victims of NATO

WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
<<<Artists and Musicians against War.>>>
All day at the Tredegar Park Peace Camp

Including kite making, anti-facial-recognition-software makeup, placard making, banner making, self-defence workshops, Urban Circle workshops, Singing peace and protest workshop, Fly Kites not Drones, Revolution Rock with Birmingham band Living Field. Open mic throughout the day until 8pm for poets and musicians.

THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
<<<First day of NATO Summit. >>>

NEWPORT Mass Action and March on the Celtic Manor where world leaders meet to present messages. Gather at 12.00, Cenotaph, Clarence Place

CARDIFF No dinner of death! Protest World Leaders castle banquet to send a message from Wales and the world: Freedom for Palestine. No New Wars Cardiff Stop the War Coalition and Cardiff Trades Council are calling for people to gather assemble Queen Street Cardiff at 6pm (Details may change due to security on this day )

Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/572940132811020/

FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
Final day of NATO Summit.

Direct Actions. Street Theatre. Celebration party at the Pen and Wig in Newport from 6.00

<<<NEWPORT PEACE CAMP>>>
Accommodation

A peace camp will be located in Tredegar Park, Newport, from Friday 29th August. Basic facilities will be provided and the camp is recognised by the local council and police. Bring your own tents. The camp is asking for a donation of £2 per night per person.

Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1462249840701918/

MY FRACKING QUESTIONS website launched

Great new Fracking site, launched by the people behind the “We Need to Talk About Fracking” Tour that visited Swansea in June. Use it to heap pressure on the New Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock.

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Hello Andy

In June we invited a range of Government representatives to address the public’s questions at five Talk Fracking debates around the country. We were shocked that not one of them agreed to attend.

Since then the new Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, has offered fracking companies half of the UK for drilling, completely ignoring the public’s concerns.

But if enough of us stand together we can’t be ignored and so today we launch ‘My Fracking Questions’ – a website designed to make sure Mr Hancock answers your questions.

Question Mr Hancock in three simple steps:

  1. Visit MyFrackingQuestions.org
  2. Read the questions by clicking on the titles, then drag your top three into the circles above and click ‘Get some answers’
  3. Choose whether you want to send your fracking questions by email or Twitter and please feel free to add your own questions into the email.

It’s time to make our voices louder. You can forward this email to your friends or share the following link on your preferred social network: http://www.myfrackingquestions.org.

If enough of us demand real answers – answers based on fact, not spin – we will reveal the truth about fracking.

Thank you for your continued support,

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Last two days of the Long March on NATO

Begin forwarded message:

Hi folks,

PLEASE FORWARD this final invitation to the Long March on NATO to anyone who cares about way the world is going!

Just two more chances to be involved in the Long March:

Thursday 28th august: walk or cycle from Abergavenny to Cwmbran (10 miles). Meet at 10am Abergavenny Rail Station

Friday 29th August: Cwmbran to Newport (9 miles) Meet at The Arcade, Cwmbran 10.30am

or Friday 29th August: Cardiff to Newport (14 miles) Meet at the museum steps 10.30am

Or call 07510 911460 to join us later in the day.

War, austerity, unemployment, degradation of the environment – it is all part of the package deal that corporate capitalism has in store for us for years to come, unless a different vision of the future catches hold. The Long March takes that vision out there… see our aims at www.notoNATOwalk.org.uk

peace and solidarity,

marie

PS PLEASE FORWARD to all who may be within distance… thanks

NATO Week of Action

I have had a few requests for more details of what is going on when and where – this is the latest bulletin:

Begin forwarded message:

From: Cardiff Stop the War

Subject: NATO Week of Action

NATO SUMMIT DEMONSTRATIONS – No to NATO. No to Austerity. No New Wars. Stop Arming Israel
Week of Action (Saturday 30 August – Friday 5 September)

7 Days to Shake the World. A quick round-up of some of the key actions around the visit of 60 world leaders including Obama for the NATO Summit. As leaders, foreign and defence ministers prepare to come to Wales, this weekend Israel called up 10,000 reservists reportedly for another ground invasion of Gaza.
The week begins on Saturday with a national demonstration (including international delegations from Europe and America) assembling outside the Civic Centre at 1 pm in Newport. Note: Organisers of the week of action have been experiencing something of a ‘funding crisis’, so if you would like to make a donation to the cause, get in touch.

SATURDAY 30 AUGUST
<<<Eve of the Summit: Mass Demonstration and March>>>
March Assembles 1 pm, outside Civic Centre, Central Newport

Ends with a rally outside Westgate Square with speakers from the global anti-war movement.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/242628435926556/

Note: Cardiff Stop the War Coalition contingent will be meeting outside Newport Railway Station between 12 noon – 12.30 pm to form up the Free Palestine Bloc before moving on to join the main march. There are very frequent trains from Cardiff to Newport, the journey takes about 15 mins and a return costs around £5. Bus travel is also cheap, though there may be traffic delays.

Facebook event page for Free Palestine Bloc https://www.facebook.com/events/622061097912566/

SUNDAY 31 AUGUST
<<<Counter Summit in Cardiff. County Hall, Atlantic Wharf 10am – 5.30pm.>>>

Speakers from the global peace movements & sessions and workshops on NATO expansion, the drive to war and military spending; Ukraine and a new cold war; Afghanistan: the endless occupation; Women and War; Move the money: Disarmament for Development; Palestine; Middle East: Oil & Empire; The New Nuclear Arms Race; Militarisation & Science; Singing for Peace

Full timetable here:
http://cnduk.org/images/stories/Counter_Summit_Programme_1.pdf

<<<For Gaza: A Fundraiser>>>
The Full Moon, Womanby Street, Cardiff City Centre, CF10 1BR, Upstairs – the Moon Club.
5pm – 8pm – snacks, stalls etc.Music from 8pm. Admission £5

Performers include – Stu and Reb from Dirty Revolution (Ska-Punk-Reggae), Lynne Denman – unaccompanied Welsh singing, Salih Hassan (Palestinian Oud Player), Cosmo (Folk-punk), Novacoda (Dance), Flora Mackay (Acoustic), David Ambrose (Storytelling), Neta Hel (Poetry), Think Pretty (Acoustic), DJS – Love & Harmony Sounds, Shahid (Salsa Buena), Dave Grooveslave

£5 entry. All funds raised will go to purchase medical supplies and support for children in Gaza via Middle East Children’s Alliance. Please see https://www.mecaforpeace.org/

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451993351727210/

MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
<<<Newport Alternative Summit at Dolman Theatre, 10.00 – 5pm.>>>
Sessions on combating drones, militarisation of the EU, Iraq: War & Crisis, Nuclear weapon abolition, closing all military bases

Full timetable here:
http://cnduk.org/images/stories/Counter_Summit_Programme_1.pdf

TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
<<<Newport Alternative Summit continued>>>

Dolman Theatre. 11am – 4pm – Sessions on Gaza, Peaceful co-existence, Victims of NATO

WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
<<<Artists and Musicians against War.>>>

All day at the Tredegar Park Peace Camp
Including kite making, anti-facial-recognition-software makeup, placard making, banner making, self-defence workshops, Urban Circle workshops, Singing peace and protest workshop, Fly Kites not Drones, Revolution Rock with Birmingham band Living Field. Open mic throughout the day until 8pm for poets and musicians.

THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
<<<First day of NATO Summit. >>>

NEWPORT Mass Action and March on the Celtic Manor where world leaders meet to present messages. Gather at 12.00, Cenotaph, Clarence Place

CARDIFF No dinner of death! Protest World Leaders Castle banquet at 6pm to send a message from Wales and the world: Freedom for Palestine. No New Wars Cardiff Stop the War Coalition and Cardiff Trades Council are calling for people to gather assemble Queen Street Cardiff (Details may change due to security on this day )

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/572940132811020/

FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
Final day of NATO Summit.
Direct Actions. Street Theatre. Celebration party at the Pen and Wig in Newport from 6.00

<<<NEWPORT PEACE CAMP>>>
Accommodation
A peace camp will be located in Tredegar Park, Newport, from Friday 29th August for people who wish to stay in Newport for the week. Basic facilities will be provided and the camp is recognised by the local council and police. Bring your own tents The camp is asking for a donation of £2 per night per person.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462249840701918/

See you on the streets!!!

Adam Johannes
Secretary
Cardiff Stop the War Coalition
www.stopwar.org.uk

LONG MARCH ON NEWPORT passing through Bridgend

Sunday 24th:Starting from the Co-op in Pyle

Via the A48 near Laleston (just after an interesting encounter with South Wales Police – apparently a passing motorist thought we were being anti-social by carrying our banner over a motorway bridge and had called the Police to complain. Perhaps we should call the Police to complain about all the antisocial barricades being erected around Cardiff and Newport!)

End of the day outside the Tesco opposite the South Wales Police HQ – how daring was that!!
Left to right: Sheila from Cardiff, Maggie from Ystradgynlais, along with Bridgend Greens, Laurie, John and Andy.

We received plenty of supportive toots and waves, along with a handful of less supportive gestures, but we decided that there are a lot worse things we could be than what a couple of the gestures suggested – merchant bankers? We ended the day with some very positive feedback and some people expressing interest in getting more involved.

On which note, the walks continue. See the schedule here:
http://notonatowalk.org.uk/en/

We encountered a few people non-plussed at why we have issues with NATO, and for those people, or if you want a response for similar people, here is the nub of it: (click on it to enlarge)

Long Walk On Newport – leg into Bridgend on 24th August

Apologies for short notice!!

We are assembling at the Co-op between 10.00 and 10.30 on Sunday morning for a stroll into Bridgend.

I really no little more than that.

All welcome. My son is dropping me and Laurie Brophy off in Pyle so we have room for one or two more if you contact me.

Here’s hoping the weather holds!
Andy

No To NATO MINI PEACE FESTIVAL CALLED OFF BY VENUE AFTER POLICE GET INVOLVED!!!

On 14 Aug 2014, at 22:00, Andy Chyba wrote:

I was gutted to receive a phone call from the manager of the Three Horseshoes to say that the pubs owners had instructed him to cancel the Mini Peace Festival after the Police had contacted them to raise ‘concerns’ over the event. I have not got full details of what was said, but it appears they mentioned my name specifically and may have suggested that that as known political activist they may have to ‘monitor’ the event. This has evidently spooked the pub owners into not wanting to be involved at all.

I can only apologise to all the people, and performers in particular, that had so generously committed to supporting the event.

The Long March on Newport will still take place, but I cannot see me being able to put on much of a reception for them in Bridgend. Sorry, everybody.
(I am still able to offer accommodation to Maggie and Sheila as before).

I will post details of how to get involved with the Long March when I get them.

Andy Chyba