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cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

GMB backs the protests

Members of the GMB union meeting at their national conference in Gateshead this week voted unanimously to back protests at the G8 summit.

Delegate Henry Rajch told the conference, “We should welcome Bob Geldof’s call for schoolchildren to walk out of school and workers to walk out of work. We must add our voice.”

Another delegate, Calne Waterson, said the G8 countries were spending “billions on warfare” while ignoring poverty, which she described as the “biggest weapon of mass destruction”.

A film with a radical message

A 15 minute film on the G8 made by Camcorder Guerillas, a film collective based in Glasgow, has become a big hit ahead of the summit of world leaders in Gleneagles, Scotland.

The film, Why Close the G8?, uses animation and interviews to explain how the G8 is driving Africa further into poverty.

The original run of 500 copies sold out as it became popular with schools and colleges. Now The Big Issue has said it will distribute 30,000 copies around Scotland.

Beth Armstrong, one of the film’s directors, told Socialist Worker, “The popularity of the film has exceeded our wildest dreams.

“The film’s central message is a call to protest against the G8 summit of world leaders at Gleneagles in July.”

The 15 minute DVD costs £3, but Camcorder Guerillas are asking for donations to help cover costs. You can order your copy by post from Camcorder Guerillas, c/o GMAC, 34 Albion St, Glasgow, G1 1LH. Phone 0141 553 2551 or go to

Socialist Review covers the issues

June’s Socialist Review magazine is essential reading in the run-up to the G8 summit.

A special report tackles the key debates for activists who want to fight against Third World poverty:

  • Mark Curtis, writer and former director of the World Development Movement, exposes New Labour’s

    neo-liberal agenda for the global South.

  • Chris Harman, editor of International Socialism, explains why free trade offers no solution.
  • Tim Webb, author of The Armour Plated Ostrich, writes on nuclear proliferation.
  • Patrick Bond, a writer and activist from South Africa, explains what needs to be done to end African poverty.

To order copies, phone 020 7538 3308 or go to

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Sat 11 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1955
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