AROUND 100 people attended the Stop the War Coalition activists' conference in central London last Sunday. Activists from 25 local Stop the War Coalition groups discussed continuing to organise against the so called 'war on terror' and the US's plans for an attack on Iraq.
Workshops included the new imperialism, Palestine, India and Pakistan, publicity and media, and organising a local Stop the War Coalition group. The coalition has organised a week of action for 15-22 July and a national demonstration in London on Saturday 28 September to continue to oppose Bush and Blair's war.
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AROUND 100 people joined an angry protest last Sunday called by the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees. The protest was held outside Dungavel detention centre as part of Refugee Action Week.
The Scottish TUC demanded that the Scottish Executive closes down Dungavel detention centre. Campaigners left determined to intensify the pressure on politicians, and on the trade union leaders to organise a national demonstration in Scotland led by the Scottish TUC.
DOREEN LAWRENCE, the mother of Stephen Lawrence, the black teenager murdered by racists, addressed the forum on beating racism called by the Hackney organisation Unite! last week. Diane Abbott MP and other key speakers addressed the Tuesday evening forum. It was attended by over 170 people.
Hackney is the only local council to be served with two non-discrimination notices by the Commission for Racial Equality.
AS NEWS broke that Britain is secretly developing illegal weapons of mass destruction at Aldermaston nuclear armaments plant, campaigners set up a peace camp outside the site. Over the weekend peace activists blockaded the road and entered the plant, which is near Reading.