IN THE run-up to next week's anti-war demonstration big meetings have been held in many parts of Britain.
- Bristol Stop the War Coalition organised a showing of the Not In My Name film on 11 September. Over 160 people turned up to hear Mike Marqusee introduce the discussion. This meant that a second showing had to be put on while Mike Marqusee spoke to the overflow crowd outside the cinema. Both the film and the discussion received an excellent response. One person said, 'It's great to come to an event like this on a day like today when you see George Bush and Tony Blair using the deaths on 11 September to build support for an attack on Iraq.' A Stop the War Coalition activist said, 'The film showing has been a great success. It is not just the numbers of people who have come. Everyone has taken leaflets and tickets away to build the demo on 28 September, and we've raised £377 to cover the cost of the coaches.'
- Around 40 people attended an anti-war public meeting in Plymouth last week. The meeting watched a video showing of Not In My Name and heard from a speaker who had recently returned from Palestine. Two school students suggested blocking roads as direct action against the war. Three coaches are planned for the 28 September demonstration in London so far. Also discussed was the 12 October national demonstration in Plymouth against Trident, Britain's nuclear weapon of mass destruction.
- Around 80 people came to an anti-war meeting in Southend last week, and 140 to one in Leeds.
- Brighton and Hove Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers and Sussex Action for Peace held a joint meeting last Wednesday. Beckey Shtasel said, 'We showed Not In My Name and The Hidden War, a video about the last Gulf War. 'Over 50 people came and packed the room out.'
- Around 120 people came to an anti-war meeting in Cupar, Fife, last week. Speakers included Labour MSP John McAllion.
- What is described as 'an uncompromising billboard campaign' is being launched by Promotions 4 Peace in association with the Stop the War Coalition. Posters will go up in Leeds, Bradford, and Birmingham from this week. They depict an Iraqi child in an appeal to the public to prevent more slaughter in a country ravaged by war and sanctions.
Thursday 19th September
Burnley: with George Galloway MP, Yvonne Ridley and John Rees, 7.30pm, Friendship Centre, Burnley Lane Baptist Church Hall, Colne Road.
Islington: with Lindsey German, Jeremy Corbyn and Not In My Name video, 7.30pm, Union Chapel, Compton Terrace (Highbury and Islington tube).
Twickenham: Not In My Name video with Chris Nineham, 7.30pm, Green Room, Etna Community Centre, 13 Rosslyn Street.
Friday 20th September
Bolton: with Asad Rehman, George Galloway and John Rees, 7.30pm, Central Library, Le Mons Crescent.
St Albans: with Kerry Pollard MP and others, 7.30pm, Trinity Church, Victoria St/Beaconsfield Rd.
Saturday 21st September
Bradford: with Lindsey German, Liz Davies and Shahedah Vawda, 3pm, Carlisle Business Centre, Carlisle Road.
Neath: 'Love Music-Hate War' gig, 8pm, Old Town Hall.
Sunday 22nd September
Barnsley: with George Galloway MP and others, 7pm, Cooper Art Gallery.
Ilford: Not In My Name video with Lindsey German, 2pm, Ilford Cinema near Overdraft pub, 300-310 Ilford High Road.
Monday 23rd September
Merseyside: with Arthur Scargill, Lindsey German, Bruce Kent, Felicity Arbuthnot and Bob Wareing MP, 7.30pm, Gladstone Hotel, Liverpool city centre (behind Lime Street station).