Dancing to Disarm! Activists come together for a night of live music, DJs and dancing.

Over 22-23 July, CAAT organised a full weekend of workshops, speakers, training and performance to build resistance to the arms trade. On the Saturday evening, over 260 people attended Dance To Disarm: a night of live music, DJs and spoken word to raise funds for CAAT and build solidarity through music. Below, long-time CAAT supporter Alastair Binnie-Lubbock gives his reflections on the evening. 

Logic on stage wearing a Justice4Grenfell t-shirt
Logic on stage wearing a #Justice4Grenfell t-shirt and calling for people powered change

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Dancing To Disarm: in conversation with Awate

On July 22 & 23 you can join CAAT in London for It Starts Here, a weekend of speakers, workshops and training ready to challenge the DSEI arms fair in September. On the evening of 22 July,  Dance To Disarm will bring together spoken word, live music and DJ sets, to raise funds for CAAT’s work and celebrate our resistance to the arms fair.

Awate is a rapper, producer and activist who grew up on the Maiden Lane Estate in North London. A resident at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse venue, he has toured worldwide with Lowkey and gained vocal support from some huge names, including Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Idris Elba and Pharaohe Monche. Awate will be bringing his blend of soulful and politically conscious hip-hop to move and inspire us at Dance To Disarm: his music powerfully tackles subjects like identity, history, racism and pride over a forward thinking blend of soulful and psychedelic beats.

CAAT’s Tom Barns caught up with Awate to talk about why he opposes the arms trade and why he is looking forward to playing at our Dance To Disarm event this summer.

An photo of rapper Awate performing with the 'Dance To Disarm' logo overlaid
Awate – Photo: Jake Lewis – Design: Matt Bonner

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David’s Great North Run

UPDATE: David will be undertaking the Great North Run again this year for CAAT. By sponsoring him you can help us to challenge the arms trade.

This summer one of our supporters, David Watson, pounded the pavements to raise some funds for a grateful CAAT , this is his story.

David finishes his run!
David finishes his run!

This time last year, I had never run more than 5 kilometres at my local park, so it’s fair to say that when I put my name in the ballot for the Great North Run (21 km), I was aiming to stretch my levels of endurance further than ever before. Despite having dodgy knees, I had to believe I could do it.

When I secured my place, I knew I had an ideal opportunity to raise funds for CAAT, but after only a fortnight I was within £150 of my £500 target, so I doubled it to £1000.

The Great North Run is hard because so much of it is uphill, so I decided to do a couple of easier half marathons as part of my training, starting with the Southend Half Marathon in June. A sweltering hot day saw me complete my first halfer with my knees intact in just under two hours. Continue reading “David’s Great North Run”

Salt water, wheels and a sprint – my mission to end the arms trade

Rebecca with her toddler Ivy on her bike trailer - getting in practice for the Sprint Triathlon.
Rebecca with her toddler Ivy on her bike trailer – getting in practice for the Sprint Triathlon.

It’s true. I care more about peace and fair food than I do about my own fitness or figure.

I am utterly in awe of people that run…swim… cycle… simply for the joy of it. What is THAT about?! When I do something ludicrous, it has to be oddly attached to some sort of cause.

And why is one of those causes Campaign Against Arms Trade – CAAT? Well, sorry to the marvellous team who do wonderful publicity, but my boyfriend has just hit on the best way of describing CAAT’s aims… Continue reading “Salt water, wheels and a sprint – my mission to end the arms trade”

The loneliness of the half marathon runner

Ready to run; Kat does her own half-marathon.
Ready to run; Kat does her own half-marathon.

In the new year, I signed up for the East London Half Marathon, to be held on 14 April.  It was 13.2 miles; the farthest I’ve ever run. I started volunteering in the office of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) when the DSEI arms fair came to East London in 2011, so with the arms dealers returning this autumn and some exciting plans afoot to disrupt the 2013 DSEI arms fair, it seemed appropriate to be raising money and running in the East End.

I was very excited, and spent most of February and March running around Hackney in thermal running tights, and enthusiastically describing new knee stretches I’d learnt to my friends in the pub. (They were not impressed.)

In my head, I was a running super hero, an athlete, and destined for sporting greatness. Or at the very least, destined for a souvenir T-shirt. Continue reading “The loneliness of the half marathon runner”

CAAT’s “Alternative Nobel Prize”

The Right Livelihood Award logo
The Right Livelihood Award logo
The Right Livelihood Award is also known as “The Alternative Nobel Prize”

Last week, on Thursday 27 September, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) was awarded one of the four Right Livelihood Awards for 2012 for our “innovative and effective campaigning against the arms trade”.

Needless to say we were overjoyed about receiving the award, both for the international public recognition that it creates and the substantial cash award of 50,000 euros that comes with it. While CAAT staff had known of the award for over a week we had to stay silent as the announcement was under strict embargo. So it was a relief for us all when the Right Livelihood Awards were officially announced and we could tell the world.

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Kat’s duathalon challenge for CAAT

Kat on mountain
Climb every mountain – Kat trains for her first duathlon

Kat Hobbs explains why she is running, cycling and running again on 9 September.

I’ve been a CAAT supporter for several years, and have volunteered in the CAAT offices where I saw first hand the wonderful work that CAAT’s staff are doing.

This is my fourth year fundraising for CAAT, and to add an extra challenge I’ve made a bet with Henry McLaughlin, CAAT’s fundraiser, that if we can beat last year’s fundraising total of £750 then in 2013 I will run my first ever marathon for CAAT. It’s going to be a challenge – please support CAAT and sponsor me!

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Riding the El Cid route to raise funds for CAAT

Kate Byrne with the statue of El Cid
Kate Byrne hugging El Cid

What a fantastic route, what amazing things we saw and what gruelling hills we climbed! Nine friends set off on 26 May to pedal part of the Camino Del Cid, a route which we planned to take us from Bilbao on the Northern coast of Spain to Valencia in the south, a distance of 587 miles.

Burgos is the starting point of the Camino, and so we dutifully posed with a huge statue of El Cid before pedalling off for our first day. This brought us to St Domingo De Silos, just in time to hear the monks singing perfect Gregorian chant in the cathedral. It was a surreal contrast after spending a sweaty day on the bikes. Continue reading “Riding the El Cid route to raise funds for CAAT”

Through the Payne barrier on the Great South Run

“Wow, I did it” says Debbie Payne after she finishes the Great South Run.

These shoes were made for running

What makes it even more special is that Debbie was running on 24 October to raise funds for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and now she has posted her account on the blogsite of Norfolk CAAT. Read all about it and be inspired.

CAAT is keen to hear of others who are willing to run, hop and skip to raise funds. And if you want to take that ultimate jump of a lifetime, why not sign up for skydiving. If you want to learn more, contact fundraising(at)caat*org*uk