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West Midlands workshop: How will you Stop the Arms Fair?

Join activists from across the West Midlands on Tuesday 25 August for an interactive workshop to find out more about the DSEI arms fair,  and link up with others interested in taking action against it. Whether you’re new to campaigning or an experienced activist, there are lots of ways to get involved!
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#StopArmsToSaudi campaign launches at Liverpool Pride

Liverpool Young Greens, in collaboration with CAAT and Liverpool Amnesty International, will be marching together at Liverpool Pride on Saturday 1st August 2015. James Crawley explains why he’ll be taking to the streets to join the Pride march with an anti-arms trade message.

Liverpool young greens make placards ahead of the Liverpool Pride march

The theme for this year’s Liverpool Pride is #LoveIsNoCrime. Yet Saudi Arabia, the UK’s biggest arms export market, criminalises love in the most brutal fashion, imprisoning, lashing and executing LGBTIQ peoples, often by way of stoning and beheading. Read more »

Arming All Sides event in Derby

Last week I was in Derby to talk about CAAT’s Arming all Sides project with the Derby People’s History Group (DPHG). I’m a big fan of local history societies with a radical edge and DPH has done some impressive work, especially towards the rehabilitation of Alice Wheeldon. Born in Derby, Alice, a feminist and socialist, was sent to jail in 1917 on the weak evidence given by an undercover MI5 agent (who had been planted in her house) for plotting to kill Lloyd George.

Alice-Wheeldon

Alice Wheeldon

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Toldpuddle Festival report

Toldpuddle festival banner

Every summer, thousands of people flock to the small village of Tolpuddle to celebrate trade unionism and the town’s six famous martyrs. Over the years, the festival has become something of a rallying point for trade unionists and labour activists across the country, and CAAT was here this year with a stall in the martyrs’ marquee to promote our Arms to Renewables campaign.

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20 Years of Edinburgh CAAT

As Edinburgh CAAT group celebrates it’s 20th birthday, long-term group member David Turner reflects on 20 years of campaigning against the arms trade in Scotland.

In 1995 a group of Campaign Against Arms Trade supporters came together for an inaugural meeting, and the Edinburgh CAAT group was formed- the first CAAT group in Scotland.

Edinburgh CAAT group in action

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Stop the Arms Fair: Conference at the Gates

Stop the Arms Fair: Conference at the Gates
A Workshop on Militarism, Resistance and Academic Praxis

Where: ExCeL Centre, East London, E16 1XL
When: Thursday 10th September 2015

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This September arms dealers from around the world will congregate in London’s ExCeL Centre for the DSEI arms fair. As one of the world’s largest arms fairs, DSEI brings together over 1,500 arms companies and military delegations from over 100 countries.

On display will be everything from crowd control equipment to machine guns, tanks, drones and even battleships. It’s a crucial event in the business of the international arms trade, and the deals done here play a major role in reinforcing Western militarism, fueling conflict, repressing dissent and strengthening authoritarian regimes across the world.

The Stop the Arms Fair coalition have called a week of action at the venue to disrupt the setup of the arms fair. On Thursday 10th September, the protests will focus on the relationship between militarism and education. As part of this day, there will be an open air academic workshop at the gates of the ExCeL Centre. Read more »

Why we are marching against cuts

publicity for end austerity now demo

Hundreds of thousands of people will be marching together at the June 20th People’s Assembly national demo against austerity – and CAAT will be there. Here’s three reasons why:

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Keep BAE Systems out of schools

Should arms companies like BAE Systems be involved in educating children?

Should arms companies like BAE Systems be involved in educating children?

The idea of Europe’s biggest arms company running a school may seems like something out of an Orwellian nightmare. However, it may be about to happen in Barrow, Cumbria, where BAE Systems is on the verge of taking over the faltering Furness Academy.

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Gallery and museum workers vote to oppose arms trade and oil sponsorship

Banner saying "Art for People not Profit"

The last week has seen a significant victory for our campaign to get the arms trade out of public institutions. On Monday 18th May, the Public and Commercial Sector Union (PCS), which represents 5,000 workers in public galleries and museums across the UK, passed two motions at their annual conference in Brighton rejecting the arms trade and oil sponsorship of the cultural sector. Read more »

The election is over – what next?

Cartoon saying "Now What?!!"

The outcome of the General Election and the daunting prospect of continued austerity and increased cuts to public services has no doubt left many campaigners feeling deflated. There is no way around it- the next five years will be challenging and difficult.

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