Charities in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, came together last Saturday to celebrate and promote the Make Poverty History campaign. The fun day was run by Oxfam, Save the Children, the town’s Fairtrade group, Christian Aid and a number of other local charities and church groups.
A variety of events took place at Westbury Gardens during the day, including maypole and community dancing, street theatre and drumming.
Two up-and-coming young girl bands took to the stage to headline the event, part of a national day of action.
Elsewhere in the town in the local churches and the library, among other places, there were displays on issues such as poverty and war, trade justice and climate change — so people could follow the trail and learn about the campaign.
It was a great day. We thoroughly leafleted the town as well. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a person in Bradford on Avon who didn’t know all about the Make Poverty History campaign.
We held a really well attended organisers meeting in Bristol on Wednesday of last week to plan for the Make Poverty History events over the next month.
Local artist Jacky Puzey has put together an exhibition called “Postcolonial Dreamcoats”, which focuses on trade routes, food and fabric. The exhibition is on until 18 May, at St Nicholas Markets.
We also plan to hold a Make Poverty History day on 15 May.
The campaign has brought together lots of different groups in Bristol, including the local churches and various charities. We hope to get many people to Scotland in July as we can.
The campaign has brought together several groups from within the university, including People and Planet, Star (Student Action for Refugees), Stop Aids and Amnesty International.
We organised a week of action and events from 2 to 6 May to coincide with the general election and demonstrate that students are not all politically apathetic.
Our main aim was to raise awareness regarding the issues of world poverty on campus, and to bring more students into action.
We held a hunger banquet at Castle Leazes. The meal represented the disparities in distribution of wealth and food throughout the world.
On the Tuesday before the election we held a hustings which all of the prospective candidates attended — with the exception of the Conservatives.
All the candidates were asked to explain how their party would help Make Poverty History.
Finally, on Wednesday of last week, we held a Make Poverty History day.
There were loads of different stalls including educational displays regarding many different social justice issues.
All of the events were really well attended, and loads of people have signed up to go to Scotland in July for the Make Poverty History rally.
Make Poverty History organised a great day of events on Parker’s Piece on Saturday of last week.
The day was focused around teaching people more about the Make Poverty History campaign — with stalls from the groups involved including Oxfam, Christian Aid and the World Development Movement.
There were also live local bands, football, rugby and frisbee tournaments and a magician. The day was really well attended and lots of people signed up for more information.
Saturday 2 July
Make Poverty History demo,Edinburgh
Sunday 3 July
G8 Alternatives counter summit, Edinburgh
Monday 4 July
CND blockade Faslane nuclear submarine base
Tuesday 5 July
Protest at asylum seekers prison, Dungavel
Wednesday 6 July
Another World is Possible protest at the G8 summit, Gleneagles
Leaving London on the morning of Friday 1 July and returning on Thursday 7 July. Tickets £55/£45. Phone 020 7053 2071
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