Festival of Resistance (Day 6 – Week of Action, Stop the Arms Fair 2019)


Saturday 7 September 2019    
10:00 - 22:00


ExCeL Centre (East & West Entrances)
Eastern Entrance & Western Entrance, ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway,, London, E16 1XL
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Bearded campaigner dances his keffiyeh or scarf flying from his head while other campaigners watch
A space to bring our struggles together, to dance, and to learn.

Why Take Action?

1 in 25 people in Newham are homeless. Instead of providing public housing, investing in public healthcare, and protecting workers rights, the government prefers to support an industry of death. One of the world’s largest arms fairs, DSEI, is returning to our doorstep (at the ExCel) and we’ll be there to resist!

State officials from all over the world will be welcomed to shop for weapons, technologies and equipment used to repress, kill and torture. Instead of fighting rising inequality, the government is welcoming and promoting terror.

This is where those who profit from war and repression do business. This is where we can stop them. This is where we will shut it down. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fi3Z22K3KI)

In the face of such grave injustice, we will bring joyful resistance. Saturday 7th September will be a space to bring our struggles together, to dance, and to learn. We’ll be shedding light on issues of local democracy and international solidarity.

What’s Happening?

Alongside performances, fun activities for children and youth, and lots of yummy food, there will be workshops, panels, and opportunities to learn about specific topics (like renters rights), to learning how to investigate a dodgy-looking company and organise collectively.

Join us in the evening for dinner and an outdoor film screening of Nae Pasaran: a film showcasing the powerful solidarity between workers in Scotland with the people of Chile under Pinochet in the 1970s. We’ll end the night with an amazing panel discussing how we can learn from this powerful resistance and solidarity in our fight against the arms trade today. (Fb event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/684588018653710/)

We won’t allow DSEI to happen on our doorstep. This is where war starts, and this is where we’ll stop it.

Important Information

Hosted by London Renters Union, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Stop the Arms Fair.

More information may be found on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/860766320976582/

Information on accessibility and welfare and know your rights.

If you’d like to take part in organising the day please drop us a message on Facebook.

It is crucial that everyone joining the day of action adheres to the Stop the Arms Fair safer spaces policy: https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/safer-spaces-policy/.

Please also have a look at the Campaign Against Arms Trade action guidelines: https://www.caat.org.uk/about/action-guidelines.

Details of the programme will also be announced soon.

Part of Stop the Arms Fair week of action at London’s Docklands, 2nd-8th September, 2019. Find out more about the full week of action and other vigils and events (running 2nd-13th Sept) at https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/join-in/

War starts here – let’s stop it here. #StopDSEI