Friday 15th January 2010 to Sunday 17th January
Peace News Winter Gathering
15th January 2010
New Decade, New StrugglesPublic Meeting - Friday 15th - 7pm at Sumac Centre
Peace News Winter Gathering at The Sumac Centre, ending in an action!
The gathering will be followed by mass nonviolent direct action against the arms trade, organised by the participants, on Monday 18 January (arrestable and non-arrestable roles available).
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Peace News Winter Gathering at Sumac, Nottingham
Fri 15th to Sun 17th January 2010
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=1442
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Organised by Peace News in conjunction with Nottingham Students Peace Movement and Notts Anti-Militarism, the 2010 Winter Gathering seeks the participation and support of activist groups both inside and outside Nottingham.
If your group supports the ideas behind the Peace News Winter Gathering (see below for details) then please let us know so that you can be listed as a sponsor. E-mail promos^at^peacenews.info or call 0845 458 2564.
If your group is able to make a donation towards the cost of the Gathering, we would be very grateful (cheques payable to “Peace News Ltd”, please). Send to: Peace News, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX.
BACKGROUND ON THE GATHERING
Peace News Winter Gathering brings together people from across the broad spectrum of the British peace movement for a long weekend of exploration, celebration and empowerment. A small self-governed society run by democratic meetings, the Winter Gathering is a tiny example of the kind of world we are trying to bring about. We will be learning from other movements, struggling with challenging issues, and creating greater cohesion and solidarity in a segmented peace movement.
Workshops will be reflective (learning from recent activist initiatives in Gaza, Copenhagen and Calais), strategic (for example, developing plans to counter the war in Afghanistan) and practical (planning for actions in Nottingham itself, and at Aldermaston the following month). Decades of activist experience will be represented, along with fresh faces and new blood.
The Gathering will be followed on Monday 18 January by a mass nonviolent direct action against the arms trade requested by and organised by participants in the Gathering (not under the control or direction of Peace News).
Peace News Winter Gathering 2010 has developed out of Peace News Summer Camp 2009, which created a real sense of liberation for participants. The Gathering is a space of mutual respect in which activists from different groups and movements, who hold diverse views on fundamental issues, can share experiences, information and insights – and can learn more about each other.
From Notts Anti-Militarism
The venerable anti-militarist magazine Peace News will be holding a Winter Gathering in Nottingham 15-17 January 2010. Activists from around the country will be coming to Nottingham to take part in workshops and discussions to build the peace movement. After the Gathering there will be an anti-arms-trade action in Nottingham.
The Winter Gathering will take place at venues in Forest Fields. Some crash-space has been arranged, but the organisers need to find more places to accommodate visiting activists, especially those who may require more comfort, peace or privacy than the communal crash-space can provide.
If you can help out, by putting people up on the nights of the 15th, 16th and 17th of January, please reply to this message. Let us know where your place is, how many people you could accommodate, and what type of beds, e.g room with double bed or living room sofa or floorspace.
Contact via http://nottsantimilitarism.wordpress.com/contact/
The gathering will run from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.
- Radical climate change activism after Copenhagen
- Report back from the Gaza Freedom March (www.gazafreedommarch.org)
- Building for the February blockade at Aldermaston ( http://blockawe.blogspot.com/)
- Workshops with Seeds for Change (www.seedsforchange.org.uk)
- No Borders: Where next after Calais?
- George Farebrother on law, peace and applying pressure
- Afghanistan: Strategies to end the war
- Anti-war art
The full schedule for the weekend will be available shortly.
HOW TO BOOK
If members of your group would like to attend, please book as soon as possible.
The cost is £10 - £40 per person for the weekend and £4 - £6 per day for vegan food from the wonderful Veggies).
You can book by sending a cheque (payable to 'Peace News') to:
Peace News Winter Gathering, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DY.
Alternatively, you can book on-line at http://tinyurl.com/ye9o4r5.
More at http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2009/11/441551.html
THE ACTION ON THE MONDAY (18 JANUARY)
A nonviolent action against a local arms trade company will take place at
10am on the Monday (18 January). Phone 07929 123 314 on the day for location
if you have not attended the planning meeting on Sunday.
A map of local arms companies is available here:
0207 278 3344 (in advance)
07980 748 555 / 07846 584 897 (on the weekend)
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On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Centre becomes the Forest Fields Social Club (FFCS a.k.a Sumac Bar) from 7.30. The FFSC is a members club, but membership is easy and guests are welcome. For gigs and fundraising benefits, guests can pay at the door and members are invited to make a donation.
Accessible entrance at back door at 73 Beech Avenue . Full directions: http://www.veggies.org.uk/sumac/map.html
Postcode: NG7 6HX . Mapping websites: http://maps.google.co.uk . http://www.streetmap.co.uk . http://www.multimap.com (photo)
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