Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Stop the War meetings: After the US Elections: A More Dangerous World?

Stop the War Coalition

Newsletter - 9 November 2016
Campaign against war this weekend

Donald Trump's election is "alarming for all who are concerned with peace and justice", as Chris Nineham's article observes. Trump appears to be more isolationist, focused on the xenophobic domestic agenda and less keen on escalating the tensions between US and Russia. But don't believe the hype: "His vow to 'destroy' ISIS and his fighting talk about Iran are proof that his isolationism is very much limited and calls into question his whole attitude towards the Middle East".

Trump has not expressed opposition to any of the wars which the US and its allies are currently engaged in. In fact, an unpredictable US President operating alongside the wider militarist establishment - which remains strongly committed to an imperialist foreign policy agenda - could result in much further conflict.

In this volatile context, the anti-war movement in the UK needs to capitalise on the increased prospects for a break from US politics. Our demand for an end to the disastrous UK collaboration with US foreign policy will require that the anti-war movement steps up its level of organisation.

Stop the War is therefore calling for a day of street action and campaigning this Saturday:

  • See the list of Stop the War groups here and get in touch with them
  • Download the petition here
  • Set up a public stall in your high street or campus next Saturday and send us the details
  • Invite a Stop the War speaker to your trade union, student union or campaign meeting
  • Phone our office to be put in touch with other activists in your area.

National Stop the War meeting in London:
After the US Elections: A More Dangerous World?

Arlington Conference Centre
Wednesday 23rd November | 6.30 pm
220 Arlington Road
London NW1 7HE

This meeting will discuss the foreign policy implications of the presidential elections and how the anti-war movement should respond.

Tariq Ali (writer and broadcaster)
Lindsey German (StWC convenor)
Kate Hudson (CND general secretary)

  Please invite your friends on Facebook and book here.

Upcoming Local Meetings and Events


Street stall & petitioning
12 Nov | Midday Onwards
Aberystwyth Town Centre

Talk at the TUC meeting The American Presidential Election Result and the Implication for the Anti-war Movement
Thursday 1 December | 7.30pm
Council House
Victoria Square
B1 1BB

Speaker: Murad Qureshi (StWC chair)

Saudi War Crimes in Yemen - Stop British Arm Supplies to Saudi Arabia
Sunday, 15th January | 2.30pm
St John's Church, St. John's Road, Sparkbrook

Speaker: Kim Sharif (Yemeni human rights' lawyer)

Bolton Stop the War AGM
Thursday 8th December | 7.30

Speaker (tbc): Daniel Jakopovich (writer and anti-war campaigner)

Further details tbc.

Guantanamo Prisoners: Hostages to the "War On Terror" Monday 14 November | 7.30pm
Brent Trades & Labour Hall
375 High Road, Willesden
With a speaker from the London Guantanamo Campaign

Crisis in the Middle East: Military Escalation & the New US President
Thursday 17 November | 7pm
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft,
Bristol BS1 3QY

Speaker: Ian Chamberlain (StWC national officer)

Anti-War Art Night
Friday 18 November | 7.30 - 9.30pm
St John's College

A night of anti-war poetry, music and performance.

Speaker: Daniel Jakopovich (writer and anti-war campaigner)

Lessons from Chilcot
Monday 28 November7-9pm
Saint Parish Centre
St Mary's Gate
S41 7TD

Speaker: Lindsey German (StWC convenor)

Crisis in the Middle East: Why We Oppose More Intervention
23 November | 7pm
Trades & Labour Club (room 9)

Speaker: Billy Hayes (StWC national officer)

Meeting on the escalation of the wars in the Middle East
1 February 2017

Further details tbc.

Leafleting and petitioning session
Saturday 12 November|12:30-2:30pm
Farmers Market
St Paul's Church
Stoke Newington High Street
N16 7UY
Contact: Ellen (079 859 493 12)

Leafleting and petitioning session
Saturday 12 November|2pm

Harrow on the Hill tube station
Contact: Shabbir (078 071 234 72)

Crisis in the Middle East: Why We Oppose More Intervention

28 November | 7pm
Harrow Baptist Church
College Road

Speaker: Andrew Murray (StWC national officer)

'The Hammer Blow' book talk
Jointly organised with Leeds CND
Tuesday 15 November |6.30pm
Leeds Civic Hall

Speaker: Andrea Needham (peace activist)

The Middle East & Arms Trade
Thursday 17 November|7.30pm
New Cross Learning
283-285 New Cross Rd
SE14 6AS

Speaker: Sami Ramadani (sociologist) and a speaker from the Campaign against Arms Trade (tbc)

The US Elections & The Crisis in the Middle East
1 December | 6.30pm
The Friends Meeting House
22 School Lane,
L1 3BT

Speaker: Billy Hayes (StWC national officer)

Crisis in the Middle East: Why We Oppose More Intervention
Saturday 19 November | 11-2.30pm
St. Peter's Community Centre

Speakers: Stephen Bell (StWC national officer), as well as anti-war campaigners David Paterson, Bill Brookman, John Brindley and Tony Cromby

Milton Keynes
Crisis in the Middle East: Why We Oppose More Intervention
1 December
Further details tbc.

North LondonLeafleting and petitioning session
Saturday 12 November|10-12
Nag's Head, Holloway Road
Contact: Orlando ( or Ian (

North London
Syria - Why More Bombs and Intervention Won't Help
Wednesday 30 November|8pm
Fire Station
Nag's Head, Holloway Road

Lindsey German (StWC convenor), Matt Willgress (StWC steering committee member)

Further details tbc.

OxfordThe US Election: Assessing the Damage
Wednesday 9 November | 7:30pm
The Mitre
(Junction of High Street & Turl Street, Oxford)

Further details tbc.

The War in the Middle East: Why More Bombing Won’t Help Syria
Thursday 1 December | 7pm
Sheffield Hallam University

Speakers: Paul Rogers (Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University), Piers Robinson (Professor of Politics and Journalism at the University of Sheffield), Andrew Murray (StWC national officer), Maz Saleem (anti-war and anti-racism campaigner)

The Crisis in Syria
Friday 25 November
Further details tbc.

Speaker: Jonathan Maunders (writer and anti-war campaigner)

Wandsworth Stop the War AGM
15 November | 6pm
160 Falcon Road
SW11 2LN

Speaker: Daniel Jakopovich (writer and anti-war campaigner)

West London
Crisis in the Middle East & the New US President
5 December I 7.30-9pm
St Mary's Church Hall
St Mary's Road
W5 5RR

Speakers: Chris Nineham (StWC vice chair) and Maz Saleem (anti-war and anti-racism campaigner)

War Beyond Control
Thursday 10 November | 7.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Friargate

Speaker: Paul Rogers (Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University)

Stop the War Christmas Fundraising Dinner
Wednesday 7th December, 8 till late
at Pasha, 301 Upper Street, London, N1 2TU

The evening will include a classic three-course Tukish meal with a glass of wine in an award-winning Islington restaurant. The night will feature music and a raffle, as well as several speeches, including by our special guest, Oscar-winning actor and patron of Stop the War Mark Rylance.

Tickets are £35 for members (places are limited), £40 standard and £50 solidarity.

Book your ticket now by phoning the office (within office hours) on 020 7561 4830 for a lovely night out and to support Stop the War's important campaigning work.

We'd also be happy for people to hold fundraising Christmas dinners and events for Stop the War locally, and can provide speakers.

Stop the War's Christmas Benefit Night 
Thursday 15 December, 8pm-2am
Junction Room
578 Kingsland Road
Dalston, London

With live music and DJs. £5 on the door. More details to follow.

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