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Friday, 13 February 2009

Stop the War Coalition Scotland Conference

Stop the War Coalition (Scotland) Conference

With an great line up of speakers this is a great opportunity to share experiences of struggle and organise for the future.

Date:  21st February 2009

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: Charles Wilson Building, Glasgow University, corner of University Avenue and Gibson Street.

Get your ticket here: www.glasgowstopwar.express.ts.com

Food available in the venue.

Registration is from 9.30am

Five sessions:

Free Palestine – end the siege of Gaza

War and Occupation: Afghanistan, Africa, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine …

Nukes and Nato: 60 years of Nato is enough.  Will Obama deliver change?

As the wave of student occupations spread - Where next for the student movement?

War at Home and Resistance: Islamophobia, Civil Liberties, Military Families …

The line up of international speakers already include – Walter Wolfgang (Labour NEC), Ghada Karmi (Palestinian campaigner), Kate Hudson (British CND, Chair), Aamer Anwar(human rights lawyer), Pauline McNeill (Labour MSP), Sandra White (SNP MSP), Bill Kidd (SNP MSP), Neil Mackay (journalist), Jackson Culinane (UNITE union), Hossam el-Hamalawy (Egyptian journalist), Osama Saeed (Scottish Islamic Foundation), Rose Gentle (Military Families Against War), Eamonn McCann (Raytheon Nine), Mohammad Asif (Scottish Afghan Society), Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition convenor), Ivona Novomestska (Czech bases campaign), Dave Moxham (STUC), Alan McKinnon (SCND), Kenny Ross (Scottish Regional Secretary FBU), Mujahid Islam and others to be confirmed.

Tickets also available from Stop the War members:

ABERDEEN 07505 006 170 - Bus leaves Aberdeen city centre at 7:00am - to book a place call this number.

DUNDEE 0782 805 586 Bus leaves Discovery Point, Dundee at 8:00am - to book a place call this number.

EDINBURGH 07773 423 051

FIFE 07806 332 345

GLASGOW 07869 306 483

You can get your ticket online now by going to www.glasgowstopwar.express.ts.com

We would ask for a donation of £5.00 to help us with speakers travel costs, venue hire and publicity costs.  If you would like to donate more please do so – there are donation options up to £25.00.

Sponsor someone to attend.

In the unfortunate case that you cannot attend on the day please do consider helping someone else to attend. You can do this by  clicking on same link as above  www.glasgowstopwar.express.ts.com and giving a donation of £6.00.

Spread the word – if you would like to get some flyers or posters for this event please email scotlandstopwar@hotmail.co.uk or glasgowstopwar@gmail.com

Monday, 9 February 2009

Glasgow University Occupy in Solidarity with Gaza

Glasgow University Occupy in Solidarity with Gaza

Students begin the 23rd university occupation in Britain in the past 3 weeks

At 2pm this afternoon over 50 students at the University of Glasgow went into occupation to protest against the current siege of Gaza, in solidarity with the Palestinians, and against the involvement of arms manufacturers at our university. After weeks of campaigning, we presented the Principal with a set of demands (following at the end of this press release) and petitions signed by over one thousand  Glasgow University students and staff in support of the people of Gaza.  Following an unsatisfactory response from the Principal Sir Muir Russell we have decided to occupy the Computing Science building at the university. The university has proven funding and investment links to BAE systems and other arms manufacturers who supply weapons to the state of Israel. The Computing Science department is one of the departments with major links to BAE systems. This action is taking place against the background of a wave of successful occupations around Britain.

We demand:

The severing of links between the university and arms manufacturers, such as BAE Systems.

An official university statement condemning the Israeli army’s atrocities in Gaza.

A boycott of all Israeli produce on campus, such as Eden Springs water.  

Donations of academic resources to help rebuild Gaza’s battered schools and universities.

A day of fundraising across campus in support of the DEC appeal.

A commitment to fund scholarships for Palestinian students.

 

We, the students, will remain in occupation indefinitely until our demands are met.

Contacts:

glasgowunioccupation@gmail.com

glasgowunioccupation.blogspot.com

David Lynch: 07838661699

Raymie Kiernan: 07920403766

Eileen Boyle : 07884345731