War Stops Here: Public Education Day on the Arms Trade

War Stops Here: Public Education Day on the Arms Trade


Sunday 10 September 2017    
10:30 - 16:30


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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War Resisters’ International are bringing activists from across the world to London, including from those countries where the repercussions of the weapons marketed at DSEI will be felt, to share their work resisting the arms trade. There will be talks and workshops on campaign strategy, nonviolent direct action, creative campaigning and using legal mechanisms to disrupt the flow of arms to conflict zones. This is a great chance to hear from antimilitarist activists from countries including South Sudan, Nepal, Germany, Turkey and South Korea.


We’re planning to hold the seminar in an outdoor location very close to the venue for DSEI (the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands) but we’ll have a back-up option too.

How do I take part?

The seminar is free to attend and there is no need to book, just turn up on the day. For more information, and for updates, visit our page and join the Facebook event. Get in touch at info(at)wri-irg*org.


10:30 Gathering and Welcome

11:00–12:00 Opening Plenary
Our opening session will focus on hearing from war resisters from around the world and first-hand accounts of the impact of the arms trade. We will be joined by activists from the USA, South Sudan, Germany, Israel, Turkey and South Korea among others.

12:00–1:00 Workshops

Through the afternoon we will run several smaller workshop spaces, focused on skilling up for resisting the arms trade or more thorough analysis on the causes of war and militarism. Confirmed workshops include:

  • War starts here: resisting arms fairs around the world
  • Police militarisation
  • Drones
  • Reconversion and alternatives to the arms industry
  • The Israeli arms industry
  • EU militarisation

1:00–2:00 Picnic Lunch (bring-and-share)

2:00–3:00 Workshops

3:00–4:00 Closing Plenary

We are happy to be hosting the seminar alongside our partners Campaign Against Arms Trade, Peace Pledge Union , Trident Ploughshares and Fellowship of Reconciliation.