OVER 400 people packed into an organising meeting in central London on Tuesday of last week to launch the Stop the War Coalition. The meeting followed the 2,000-strong rally in central London the week before.
'The Stop the War Coalition has been formed to encourage and mobilise the largest possible movement against the war,' says the founding statement. 'Its aim is simple-to draw together everyone who wants to stop this madness, and to present the anti-war arguments which are squeezed out of the media.'
Among the sponsors of the coalition are MPs George Galloway, Tam Dalyell and Jeremy Corbyn, as well as figures such as Tariq Ali, Harold Pinter, Suresh Grover, Andrew Murray and many more.
To affiliate or for more information and leaflets for the 13 October demonstration contact Stop the War Coalition, PO Box 3739, London E5 8EJ, or phone 07951 235 915.
SCOTLAND: More than 50 activists attended the inaugural meeting of the Coalition For Justice Not War in Glasgow on Thursday of last week. Organisations represented ranged from religious groups such as the Quakers and the Iona Community to CND, Globalise Resistance, the Green Party and the Scottish Socialist Party.
Plans were made for a public meeting in Glasgow on 9 October with Tariq Ali and other speakers. A national Scottish demonstration will be held in Glasgow on 13 October. Around 350 people attended the coalition's rally in a rain-soaked George Square on Saturday.
WHITSTABLE: In an astonishing turnout, some 300 people joined an anti-war march through the small Kent coast town of Whitstable last Saturday. Many people joined the march when they saw it coming through the town, and motorists were hooting in support. The Whitstable march led to a meeting being called this week in nearby Canterbury to bring groups together into an anti-war coalition for east Kent.
BRISTOL: Some 300 people marched through Bristol against the war last Saturday. The demonstration came after a 160-strong meeting against the war two days before. People from the Peace Vigil also attended who have been holding vigils every night in the city centre since two days after the attacks in the US. These vigils have attracted 70-100 each day.
MANCHESTER: Over 350 people crammed into the Friends Meeting House in Manchester on Thursday of last week to join together in approving a Greater Manchester Declaration of Peace.
The meeting launched a Coalition to Stop the War-and to promote the alternative view of peace, justice and freedom across the world. Around 200 people also attended a peace vigil at the Manchester Peace Garden last Saturday.
EDINBURGH: Over 100 people attended a peace vigil in Edinburgh on Friday of last week.
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE: Around 100 people attended an anti-war meeting at the University of Central Lancashire last week.
SHEFFIELD: Around 240 people attended an anti-war rally in Sheffield last week.
BARNSLEY: Some 60 people packed into a public meeting called by Barnsley Against Star Wars.
YORK: Over 70 people packed into an anti-war meeting in York on Friday evening. US students opposed to the war were among the speakers.
TOWER HAMLETS: Around 80 people attended a launch meeting for Tower Hamlets Coalition Against War in the east London borough last week. The meeting heard from Jean Geldart, secretary of the local council workers' UNISON branch, on how a 150-strong union meeting had debated the war and overwhelmingly backed an anti-war statement. The local NUT teachers' union branch has also backed an anti-war motion.
NORTH LONDON: Over 150 people attended an anti-war meeting in Islington last week, and around 100 came to a Haringey meeting. Lecturers at Barnet College have formed an anti-war group.
NELSON: Over 50 people attended an anti-war meeting in Nelson in Lancashire last week.
SOUTHWARK: Around 200 people packed into a stop the war meeting in Southwark last Thursday. The RMT rail workers' union at Waterloo has voted to oppose the war.
ABERDEEN: Over 90 people packed into a meeting in Aberdeen last week to discuss the war. The meeting called a vigil for peace last Sunday, and despite the miserable weather 200 people joined that candlelit protest.
CAMDEN: A meeting of the General Management Committee of Camden Labour Party has voted unanimously to condemn plans to wage war on Afghanistan.
SOUTH WALES: Over 50 students from the United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales joined the peace protests in Brighton last Sunday. That followed a packed special meeting where speakers from countries including Palestine, Pakistan and the US spoke of their horror at the attacks in the US but also their total rejection of a military 'solution' to the crisis.
CIVIL SERVANTS: Workers in the civil service have relaunched Civil Servants Against the War. Lunchtime building meetings have already been held across central London and a rally is planned. Phone Danielle on 020 7701 7303 for more details.
MEDIA WORKERS: A rally is planned in London next week for Media Workers Against the War after the organisation was launched last week.