I have had a few requests for more details of what is going on when and where – this is the latest bulletin:
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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:
<<<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:
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>>>
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!!!
Cardiff Stop the War Coalition