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G8 Alternatives Summit | Respect | Movement events | Make Poverty History | Socialist Film Club | Summer Festivals | Al Asria folk dance

G8 Alternatives Summit — Edinburgh — Ideas to change the world

Friday 1 July
17.30Opening RallyRose Gentle (Military Families against the War), Dennis Brutus (South African poet), Haidi Giuliani (mother of Carlo, who was murdered by the police at Genoa), Bill Speirs (Scottish TUC), Mark Ruskell (Green MSP), Trevor Ngwane (South African Anti-Privatisation forum), Eamonn McCann (Irish activist and author).
Co-chairs: Colin Fox MSP and Gill Hubbard
Queens Hall
Sunday 3 July
10.00Resisting Imperialism, resisting warRose Gentle, Sami Ramadani, Fausto Bertinotti, Lindsey German, Hisham Ghenayem, George Galloway.
Chair: Gill Hubbard
Usher Hall
Just say 'non'! Fighting corporate globalisation and privatisationAlex Callinicos, Meena Raman, Dita Sari, Bob Crow, Juan Carlos Galvis. Chair: Mike ArnottQueens Hall
13.30Africa — can Blair and Brown deliver? Charles Abugre, Trevor Ngwane, Zackie Achmat, Caroline Sande-Mukulira, John McAllion.
Chair: Twimuke Mushaka
Usher Hall
How do we get climate justice? Ken Wiwa, Mark Lynas, Tatiana Roe, Alice Cutler, George Monbiot.
Chair: Eurig Scandrett
Queens Hall
Racism, asylum and immigrationRobina Qureshi, Salma Yaqoob, Pia Oberol, Bianca Jagger, Mohammed Asif.
Chair: Mark Brown
George Square Theatre
16.45Aid, trade, debt — making poverty historySusan George, Chris Nineham, Walden Bello, Maren Karlitsky, Greg Wilpert, Bob Crow.
Chair: Rosie Kane
Usher Hall
The attack on civil liberties and the war on terrorAamer Anwar, Patrick Harvey, Willy Madisha, Craig Murray.
Chair: Rosemarie McIlwhan
Queens Hall
Desperately seeking WMDs — militarism and nuclearismKate Hudson, Scott Ritter, Tommy Sheridan, Caroline Lucas, Bruce Kent.
Chair: Women in Black
George Square Theatre
20.00Closing Rally — Visions of a better worldFrances Curran, Vittorio Agneletto, Caroline Lucas, Venezuelan government representative, George Galloway.
Chair: David Miller
Usher Hall
Up to sixteen workshops will take place during each session on subjects including:
  • Imperialism and Resistance in the Middle East
  • Think Globally, Act Locally
  • Criminalising Young People
  • Latin America Forum
  • International Action on Climate Change

Plus music and cultural events

For more information phone 0131 220 6259 or go to

£10 waged/£5 unwaged. Tickets available from the Usher Hall box office 0131 228 1155


Contact Respect with any queries. Phone 020 8980 3507, go to, or e-mail

Acton & EalingAn evening of food and politics
For more information call Matt on 07916 269 178
Wed 27 July, 7.30pmL’Oriental Lebanese Restaurant, Churchfield Road
BristolOur challenge to New Labour
With George Galloway, Lindsey German, Malik Ahmad Khan (former chair of Roman Road Mosque), Steve Norman (Bristol Daycare Centres Campaign), Chantelle Cushine (13 year old Jamaican threatened with deportation).
Tickets £2/£1 concs
Wed 6 July, 7pmEmpire and Commonwealth Museum, Clocktower Yard, Templemeads, BS1 6QH
CamdenWinning is only the beginning
With Cllr Oliur Rahman and Alan Walter (Defend Council Housing, pc)
Tue 5 July, 7.30pmSomers Town Community Centre (near British Library),
150 Ossulston Street, NW1.
WembleyHey Tony, leave our kids alone!
With Cllr Oliur Rahman and Matt Foot (solicitor and Asbo Concern, personal capacity)
Wed 13 July, 7.30pmPark Lane Primary School

Movement events

LondonSchool Students Against the War walkout and rally against the G8Wed 6 July, assemble 12 noon, rally 4.30pmParliament Square, Westminster
EdinburghMilitary Families Against the War
With Rose Gentle (MFAW) and Judy Linehan (Military Families Speak Out, US)
Mon 4 July, 5.30pmSt Augustine’s Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge

Make Poverty History

LiverpoolWhere now after the G8 protests?Thu 14 July, 7pmFriends House, Paradise Street, L3

Socialist Film Club

London Metropolis (1927)Fri 16 September, 7pmChadwick Lecture Theatre,
Main building, University College London,
Gower Street
(tube: Warren Street/ Euston Square)
Fritz Lang's Metropolis powerfully evokes a class ridden society of the future. The workers' live and labour underground while their rulers cavort in the palaces that tower above them. When the workers' anger finally erupts into action, their oppressors seek a strategy to divert it.
£5/£3. Advance tickets from Bookmarks,
1 Bloomsbury Street WC1 (020 7637 1848)
Organised by the SWP

Summer Festivals

London Rise — make a stand against racism Sat 16 July, 12noon–8.30pm Burgess Park, London SE5
With acts including Lemar, Mitchell Brothers, Kano, Horace Andy, Eska, Raghav, and many, many more
A free music festival celebrating London's diversity and opposing racism (formerly the Respect festival)
Tolpuddle Tolpuddle Festival 2005 Fri 15 July–Sun 17 July Tolpuddle, Dorset
Annual music, drama and politics festival.
Friday: Graham Moore and some of the best roots musicians around.
Saturday: workshops on Organising Migrant Workers and Unions in the Firing Line. Worker's Playtime Cabaret with The Muddy Funksters.
Sunday: procession, guest speakers, music including Hank Wangford and The Lost Cowboys and Billy Bragg
For more information contact South West TUC. Phone 0117 947 0521 or e-mail

Al Asria folk dance

Al Asria folk dance troupe, from the Jabalia Refugee Camp, on their first tour outside Gaza. Postponed twice — November 2004 and February 2005 — after borders were closed and Palestinians were prevented from travelling. Tour organised by Yorkshire Palestine Cultural Exchange

YorkWed 6 July, 7.30pm,Temple Hall, St John College, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31
Tickets £7.50/£5
Credit card bookings 01904 621 756
For more details contact Monica, e-mail

BakewellFri 8 July, 7.30pmMedway Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Tickets £6/£3
Phone Jude on 01629 815 469
BirminghamSat 9 July, 7pm,Ladywood ARC, Darnley Road, Ladywood
Tickets £7/£4 from Midlands Palestinian Community Association, PO Box 11986, Birmingham B31 2ZL
Cheques payable to MPCA.

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