60 world leaders, including Barack Obama, meet in the UK for the NATO Summit on 4-5 September to plan their war on the world. From 30 August protesters will flock to South Wales for international actions including a national demonstration, counter summit, and week-long peace camp. Stop the War and CND have organised NO TO NATO – NO NEW WARS protests from 30 August to 5 September. See the timetable of action and events below.
Boris KagarlitskyRussia • Joseph GersonUSA • Medea BenjaminCode Pink USA • Margaretta D’ArcyIreland • Jeremy Corbyn MP • Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition.
Sessions and workshops: • NATO expansion • The drive to war and military spending • Ukraine and a new cold war • Afghanistan – the endless occupation • Women and War • Move the money • Disarmament for Development • Palestine • Middle East: Oil & Empire • The New Nuclear Arms Race • Militarisation & Science • Singing for Peace. Full timetable here…
Post-Counter Summit Social: A Fundraiser for Gaza
The Full Moon, Womanby Street, Cardiff City Centre, CF10 1BR, Upstairs – the Moon Club.
5pm – 8pm – snacks, stalls etc.Music from 8pm. Admission £5
Performers include: Stu and Reb from Dirty Revolution (Ska-Punk-Reggae), Lynne Denman (unaccompanied Welsh singing), Salih Hassan (Palestinian Oud Player), Cosmo (Folk-punk), Novacoda (Dance), Flora Mackay (Acoustic), David Ambrose (Storytelling), Neta Hel (Poetry), Think Pretty (Acoustic), DJS – Love & Harmony Sounds, Shahid (Salsa Buena), Dave Grooveslave
All funds raised will go to Middle East Children’s Alliance. More details…
Monday 1 September: Newport Alternative Summit
Newport Dolman Theatre, Emlyn Square, Newport NP20 1HY, 10.00 – 5 pm. Topics: Drones • Women and War • Iraq • Afghanistan • Ukraine • Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty
Tuesday 2 September
Newport Alternative Summit continued
Dolman Theatre. 11am – 4pm – Sessions on Gaza • Peaceful co-existence • Victims of NATO
Wednesday 3 September
Artists and Musicians against War. All day at the Tredegar Park Peace Camp
• Kite making • anti-facial-recognition-software makeup • placard making • banner making • self-defence workshops • Urban Circle workshops • Singing peace and protest workshop • Fly Kites not Drones
Revolution Rock with Birmingham band Living Field. Open mic throughout the day until 8pm for poets and musicians.
Thursday 4 September
First day of NATO Summit.
Newport Mass Action and March on the Celtic Manor where world leaders meet to present messages. Gather at 12.00, Cenotaph, Clarence Place
Cardiff No dinner of death. Protest World Leaders Castle banquet at 6pm to send a message from Wales and the world: Freedom for Palestine. No New Wars. Cardiff Stop the War Coalition and Cardiff Trades Council are calling for people to gather assemble Queen Street Cardiff (Details may change due to security on this day )
Final day of NATO Summit.
Direct Actions. Street Theatre. Celebration party at the Pen and Wig in Newport from 6.00
Newport Peace Camp
A peace camp will be located in Tredegar Park, Newport, from Friday 29th August for people who wish to stay in Newport for the week. Basic facilities will be provided and the camp is recognised by the local council and police. Bring your own tents. The camp is asking for a donation of £2 per night per person. More details…
Wales could see its biggest protests in a generation as 60 world leaders meet at the Celtic Manor in Newport for the NATO summit on 4-5 September to plan their war on the world.
Previous summits in Chicago and Strasbourg saw thousands protest war, austerity and global inequality. From 30 August people will flock to South Wales for international actions including a weekend march and Counter Summit, week-long peace camp, and protests on the summit’s opening day.NATO expansion has created a dangerous crisis in Ukraine which threatens a regional war.
NATO’s nuclear armed alliance binds Europe to US foreign policy, a foreign policy post-Iraq increasingly unpopular around the world. It is also the military alliance currently occupying Afghanistan.
War is the enemy of the poor. At this year’s summit the US will be pressuring Western powers to increase their already huge military budgets at a time when poverty and inequality are soaring.The world’s 85 richest people have as much as poorest 3.5 billion. Money into war is money out of our communities.
In the UK, 500,000 people had to resort to food banks last year. None of the cuts would be necessary if the sums Britain spends on its military and armaments were invested in social need instead of the war machine.
This autumn the powerful will make their voices heard at the NATO summit. We must make sure that the voice of the millions around the world who need peace and justice is also heard.