Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work. You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from across the country.
Friday 13 December, 6-8pm
On Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex: an evening with Angela Davis and Gina Dent
War on Want, School of Law at SOAS and the Russell Tribunal on Palestine are honoured to host Angela Davis and Gina Dent for a discussion on Justice for Palestine and the Stop G4S campaign. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear eminent feminist scholar-activists Angela Davis and Gina Dent in London, 13 December, discussing Palestine and the struggle for liberty in a world of growing militarisation, privatised repression and the proliferation of prisons. Chaired by Brenna Bhandar, Senior Lecturer, School of Law at SOAS and Frank Barat, Coordinator, Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Angela Davis is an activist, writer and scholar, known for her leadership in the Black civil rights movement and her pioneering work against the prison industrial complex. Gina Dent is Associate Professor in the Feminist Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a leading global advocate for human rights and prison abolition. Tickets will be available from 27 November at waronwant.org/AngelaDavis
Suggested donation £8
Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. More information at War on Want
Tuesday 10 December, 6.30-8.30pm
State Surveillance, Counter-Terror Powers and Global Securitisation Strategies
A public meeting to discuss methods state surveillance amid recent revelations of systematic breaches of privacy by the state, and its connection anti-terror operations, targeting of minority and immigrant communities, and global securitisation. Speakers: Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists (NUJ); Tony Bunyan, Director, Statewatch; Rob Evans, Guardian journalist and co-author with Paul Lewis of Undercover: the True Story of Britain’s Secret Police; Dr Nafeez Ahmed author, investigative journalist, international security scholar, environment writer for The Guardian; latest book, A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It. Matthew Ryder QC, representing David Miranda; Les Levidow, CAMPACC. Chair Kat Craig, Reprieve, Legal Director of the Abuses in Counter-Terrorism (ACT) and Vice-President of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (invited, tbc)
Venue: National Union of Journalists, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. Sponsored by Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), Statewatch, National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF), Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. For information contact: Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC). Estella Schmid e-mail: email@example.com Tel 020 7586 5892
Saturday 7 December, 9.15am-5pm
Latin America Adelante! Conference 2013
The Latin America ‘Adelante!’ Conference 2013 will feature over 50 contributors, with speakers from Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico plus politicians, trade unionists, Latin American experts and campaigners to include:Owen Jones, Robin Blackburn, Salma Yaqoob, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Ann Pettifor, Ernesto Laclau, Christine Blower (NUT), Darcus Howe, Doreen Massey (Open University), Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition), Chris Williamson MP, Alex Praca (International Trade Union Confederation), and H.E. Esther Armenteros. They will be sharing the latest developments in the region, and covering topics including:Cuba – building a better world under the eye of the empire; Celebrating Chavez’s legacy – defending Venezuela’s revolution; Latin America and African Liberation – 25th Anniversary of Cuito Carnavale; Chile 40 years on – Remembering the other 9/11
Venue: Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.Find out more and buy tickets here
Wednesday 4 December, 6.30pm
Race, Faith and World Peace
A major Uniting for Peace conference and The Economics of Killing book discussion. Chair: Lord Frank Judd (TBC) Confirmed Speakers: Rev. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths; Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace; Rev. Brian Cooper, Interfaith Secretary, Uniting for Peace; Moeen Yaseen, Founder, Global Vision 2000. Invited Speakers: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Diane Abbott, MP, Hackney North and Stoke Newington; Baroness Doreen Lawrence; Rushanara Ali, MP, Bethnal Green and Bow; Lord Bhikhu Parekh ;Trevor Phillips, Former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Venue: Hilton London Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Pl London WC1H 0HT. Organised by Uniting for Peace. To register email Vijay@vmpeace.org
Wednesday 4 December, 7pm
A Festive Seasonal Evening with Sinn Fein MPs
Three course meal and a glass of wine • live traditional music • special guests • prizes
Hosted by Sinn Féin MPs – Michelle Gildernew, Pat Doherty, Francie Molloy, Conor Murphy and Paul Maskey
Venue: Troia Restaurant, 3F Belvedere Road County Hall, London, SE1 7GQ. Tickets: £30 from: http://www.londonirishunity.com/social/.
Monday 2 December 2013, 6 – 8pm
US Foreign Policy and the Iranian Revolution: The Dynamics of Engagement and Strategic Alliance
Speaker: Dr Christian Emery, University of Plymouth
Dr Emery will discuss the main findings from his new book: ‘US Foreign Policy and the Iranian Revolution: the Cold War Dynamics of Engagement and Strategic Alliance’. He will show that, contrary to the claims of Iran’s leaders, US diplomats tried in good faith to build bridges with the new regime.
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. Free and open to all, arrive early to guarantee a seat.
Monday 2nd December, 6.45pm
The prospects for the Kurds with David McDowall
The aspirations of nearly 30 million Kurds, most of whom live in Turkey, Iraq and Iran, were denied at the end of the first world war when no Kurdish state was created. Instead the kurds were divided between successor states of the Ottoman and Qajar empires. Subsequently victims of genocidal policies in Turkey and Iraq, in Iran the Kurds did not fare much better with the widespread execution of Kurdish separatists after the Islamic revolution. But now political developments in the Middle East have created new opportunities for Kurdish autonomy. David McDowall is a specialist in Middle Eastern politics and history who has written the widely praised ‘A Modern History of the Kurds’ published by I.B. Tauris. He will talk about the long term story of the Kurds and possibilities for the present and the future.
Venue: Café Diplo, The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. Organised by Le Monde Diplomatique. Entrance: £3, tickets on the door. More here.
Friday 30 November, 10am-5pm
International Anti-War Conference
“In a historic setback for the organisers of the War on Terror, protest and public opinion helped stop a new war on Syria. But the West continues its interventions, creating failed states in an arc from Central Asia to West Africa. Next year the NATO conference is coming to Britain and the conference will launch protests in response. It will also discuss the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan which is likely to cause another crisis for the western powers. We need more effective anti war resistance internationally. This conference is a chance to analyse, build links and lay plans.”
Speakers include: Jeremy Scahill • Tariq Ali • Tony Benn • Jonathan Steele • Owen Jones • Diane Abbott MP • Manik Mukherjee • Lindsey German • Mitra Qayoom • Explo Nani-Kofi • Sami Ramadani • Edward Horgan • Joan Humphries • Seumas Milne • Jeremy Corbyn MP • Rachel Shabi • Chris Nineham • John Rees • Andrew Murray.
Venue: Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW. Tickets £15/£10 concessions. Call 0207561 4830 or visit Stop the War Coalition
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 7-8.30pm
Ralph Miliband and the Politics of Class Today
An event hosted by John McDonnell MP to coincide with the publication of the 50th volume of the Socialist Register. The Socialist Register was founded by Ralph Miliband and John Saville in 1964 as ‘an annual survey of movements and ideas’ from the standpoint of the independent new left. It is currently edited by Leo Panitch, Greg Albo and Vivek Chibber, assisted by an editorial collective of eminent scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Each volume is focused on a topical theme and characterized by the inclusion of relatively long, sustained analyses which cut across intellectual disciplines and geographical boundaries. John McDonnell MP (Chair), Colin Leys, Andrew Murray and Hilary Wainwright.
Venue: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London SW1 0AA. Register on Eventbrite
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 16.30 – 18.00
Iranian Foreign Policy after the Election of Hassan Rouhani
Speaker: Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Durham University
Exploring the context and background of President Rouhani’s election, Professor Ehteshami will question what drives President Rouhani’s worldview and what constitutes his foreign policy agenda. He will also explore what his election victory tells us about Iran and where it may be heading in the future. LSE Middle East Centre and LSE Kuwait Programme Event
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. Free and open to all, arrive early to guarantee a seat.
Tuesday 26 November, 7-9pm
Ghandi Foundation Peace Award 2013: Jeremy Corbyn MP
This year the Ghandi Foundation will present Jeremy Corbyn MP with the International Peace Award in recognition of his consistent efforts over a 30 year Parliamentary career to uphold the Gandhian values of social justice and non-violence. Besides being a popular and hard-working constituency MP he has made time to speak and write extensively in support of human rights at home and world-wide. His committed opposition to neocolonial wars and to nuclear weapons has repeatedly shown the lack of truth in the arguments of those who have opposed him.
Venue: The Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, SW1A 2LW. Please allow at least 15 minutes to go through security. The event is open to all but please email your attendance to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 23 November, 2.30-5.30pm
In quest of a fairer society: My life and politics
Stan Newens warmly invites you to the launch of his autobiography.
Venue: St. John’s Arts & Recreation Centre (ARC), St. John’s Walk, Off Market Street, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0AJ. All welcome, bring friends, acquaintances and relatives. Enquiries to: Stan Newens Tel: (01279) 420 108. E-Mail: email@example.com
Friday 22 November, 6.30-8pm
The Resilience of Civil Society Amidst the Syrian Civil War
Lina Sinjab will focus on the realities on the ground in Syria and the resilient civil society that is striving to continue amidst the civil war and the Islamic challenges. Lina Sinjab is the BBC’s Syria correspondent and relocated to London in June 2013. She has been reporting for the BBC since 2007 and closely covered the uprising in Syria since it started in March 2011, and continues to follow developments back home.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London. Organised by the LSE Middle East Centre.
Thursday 21 – Friday 22 November
Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding A Better Standard?
A one and a half day European Leadership Conference, organised by the United Peace Foundation (UPF), addressing issues such as “Inter-Religious Inclusion in Europe”, “Responsible Sourcing of Conflict Minerals”, “Women’s Leadership in Peace and Democracy”, “The Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees in Europe” and “Youth Human Rights & The Right to an Education”. UPF is a Partner with the UK Parliament Week and this conference will be one of a series of events within that week.
Venue: Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA. More information can be found here, including how to register and a draft programme. Contact Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK Office Tel: 02072620985 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Saturday 16 November, 4-6pm
The long road to peace and reconciliation in Turkey: Opportunities for genuine dialogue between Ankara and the Kurds
Speakers: Judge Essa Moosa, International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative, South Africa; Akif Wan, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) UK Representative. Chair: Birgul Yilmaz, PhD Candidate in Linguistics & Teaching Fellow, SOAS, Faculty of Languages and Cultures. The key speaker at this seminar will be Judge Essa Moosa, a distinguished human rights advocate from South Africa, who is making a brief visit to London and will bring his considerable experience of involvement in the successful anti-apartheid struggle to contribute towards a peaceful democratic resolution of the Kurdish question, in this case in Turkey. The international community, the EU, Washington and the UK in particular, given that Turkey is their close ally, have a moral duty to encourage the peace process between Ankara and the Kurds, including the participation of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, and to ensure that genuine negotiations are embarked upon and conducted in good faith on both sides. Moral duty inspired Archbishop Tutu to make the call for talks between the Turkish government and Kurdish leader and this has been supported by celebrated international political figures and Nobel Prize Laureates. Their call should provide a guide as to how to approach this vital international issue.
Venue: SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG, Room L67, Main Building. This event is free and open to all! For more information, contact SOAS Kurdish Society: Rosa Burc: e-mail email@example.com mobile 07423273555 or Peace in Kurdistan campaign: email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7586 5892 and Melanie Sirinathsingh Tel: 020 7272 7890
Wednesday 13 November
Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict
Hosted by Queen’s University Belfast Human Rights Centre, School of Law, this one day conference will tackle the questions about the causes of oppression of lawyers in conflict and post-conflict scenarios, and what protections can be provided. Featuring prominent speakers including:
Keynote Speaker: Richard Harvey (ICTY)
Basque Country: Iratxe Urizar (Basque Lawyer with Behatokia)
China: Dr Ting Xu (QUB) and Dr Wei Gong (Judge)
Columbia: Professor Sara Chandler (Columbian Caravana UK Lawyers)
Northern Ireland: Professor Kieran McEvoy (QUB)
Palestine: Andrea Becker (Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights UK)
Russia: Professor Philip Leach (Middlesex University London)
South Africa: Judge Essa Moosa (Judge)
Turkey: Deniz Arbet Nejbir (Kurdish Lawyer)
Venue: The Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Main Campus, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN
All details about the conference can be found on the dedicated website
Tuesday 12 November, 6.30pm
Annual General Meeting of Islington Peoples’ Rights
Both local MPs, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Emily Thorberry MP, will be in attendance, as well as local councillors. This event is taking place during an unprecedented period of welfare reforms. Islington People’s Rights is striving to ensure that vulnerable residents are able to access the specialist welfare benefits and debt advice that they need. There will be an opportunity after the speakers and formal parts of the meeting to mingle for refreshments and discussions with committee members, staff, partners and clients.
Venue: 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. Register by 5 November. Contact: email@example.com
Thursday 7 November, 6-8.30pm
The Real Agenda: Syria, Mali and DRC – terrorism or resource wars?
The Uniting for Peace Annual Conference, with speakers Lord Frank Judd, former Minister for International Development; Prof Jeremy Keenan, author; Kate Downy, Campaign Group DRC; Vijay Metha, chair, Uniting for Peace.
Venue: Room 4A, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. http://www.unitingforpeace.com/
Wednesday 6 November, 6.30pm
Airport stop and search: Know your rights!
67,000 people are stopped and searched at airports and ports in the UK by police officials by a power known as Schedule 7. This interactive workshop will inform you about what Schedule 7 is, what is allows officials to do, your rights if you are stopped, and how to complain about your treatment.
Venue: 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH. Organised by CagePrisoners and Rights Watch UK. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 November to guarantee a place
Monday 4 November, 7-9pm
Eyewitness account of the Syrian Revolution
Public meeting with Ewa Jasiewicz and Iman Murphy, with an additional speaker from Syria Non-Violence Movement to be confirmed. Ewa Jasiewicz travelled to the areas of Liberated Syria to find out how the revolution has managed to survive despite repression, massacres and aerial bombardment which have left 200,000 dead, 200,000 in detention and millions of refugees. Ewa recounts her experiences of the self-organisation, grassroots democracy, self-sacrifice and courage which continue to sustain the revolution, and hold the key to its victory. Iman Murphy is a representative of the charity Hand in Hand for Syria and will be talking about the on going relief effort to support refugees, schools and hospitals across Syria.
Venue: Vida Walsh Centre, 2B Saltoun Road, Brixton. All Welcome. This event is supported by Lambeth UNISON and Southwark Left Unity
Saturday 2 November, 1-5pm
Building Unity, Taking Power: Left Histories and Contemporary Practice
Speakers: John Riddell – editor of books on the international revolutionary movement from 1907 to 1923. Kate Hudson – author of The New European Left: a socialism for the twenty-first century? Hilary Wainwright – editor Red Pepper. Ed Rooksky – Oxford Left Unity and tutor in politics at Ruskin.
An event in two parts:
1. Protest, power, and the left: do we need an anticapitalist government?
2. How do we work together? Principles of activism; theory, history and practice.
Venue: Garden Halls, London University, 19-26 Cartwright Gardens WC1H 9EF
Saturday 2 November, 9-4pm
Class Conference 2013: Leading the debate
The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is pleased to announce its first national conference will be held this autumn. This large-scale conference aims to provide a unique opportunity to debate the policies we want to see implemented in 2015. The day will consist of two main sessions with a selection of plenaries in the morning and afternoon. In these sessions we will address the most important concerns of the day including economic alternatives, the welfare state, work and pay, the role of trade unions in society, young people, housing, equality, inequality, public services, the NHS, amongst many more. Speakers include:
Allyson Pollock, Ann Pettifor, Angela Eagle MP, Billy Hayes, Christine Blower, Claude Moraes MEP, Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Professor Doreen Massey, Duncan Weldon, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Emily Thornberry MP, Fiona Millar, Frances O’Grady, Ian Lavery MP, Jack Dromey MP, Cllr James Murray, John Hendy QC, Jon Trickett MP, Joy Johnson, Kate Bell, Professor Keith Ewing, Ken Livingstone, Kevin Maguire, Laura Pidcock, Len McCluskey, Lisa Nandy MP, Manuel Cortes, Professor Marjorie Mayo, Mark Serworka, Mehdi Hasan, Melissa Benn, Mick Whelan, Owen Jones, Prem Sikka, Shelly Asquith, Stefan Stern, Stewart Lansley, Lord Stewart Wood, Wilf Sullivan, Zoe Williams… and many more still to be announced. Find out more here
Venue: TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Saturday 2 November, 4-7pm
Mass Rally Against Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka
A mass rally calling on the Commonwealth to not hold its forthcoming Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, and to demand that the Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Charles boycott the summit if the meeting does go ahead in Sri Lanka. The Commonwealth should stand for human rights and democratic values – it shouldn’t reward Sri Lanka’s genocide and war crimes against the Tamil people.
Let us come together and prick the conscience of the Commonwealth Nations and the British Government!
Venue: Embankment Station, London
Sunday 27 October, 11-5.30pm
Defend The Right To Protest Conference 2013: Austerity, Injustice and the power of protest
DtRtP are bringing together activists who have fought the state, police racism, institutional violence and anti-union laws to discuss not only how we defend ourselves, but also how we start changing things for the better. It will look at how protest movements have confronted these attacks in the past and how we can organise in the future. We’ll also have practical workshops to inform people of their rights and suggest ways to run effective defence & justice campaigns. Speakers include: Trenton Oldfield victimised protester, Owen Jones, Susan Alexander mother of Azelle Rodney, Eamonn McCann civil rights campaigner, Alfie Meadows, Margaret Gordon Legal aid lawyer of the year, Nina Power, Hannah Dee Chair DtRtP, Alastair Morgan brother of Daniel Morgan, Amy Jowett injured anti-fascist protester, Carole Duggan, Dave Smith anti blacklisting campaign, John McDonnell MP, Fahim Alam director Riots Reframed, Matt Foot Campaigning Lawyer, Val Swain NETPOL, Janet Alder sister of Christopher Alder, Jelena Timotijevic UCU NEC, Marcia & Sam Rigg, Occupy Sussex defendant, Ken Fero director Injustice, Nadine El-Enany, Susannah Mengesha; Estelle Du Boulay NMP, Brian Richardson Lawyer, GBC, Rachel Harger plus activists from international struggles t.b.c.
Venue: ULU, Malet St, London WC1E 7HY (click here for map). Entry £3 unwaged / £6 waged / £10 Solidarity. More information here.
Saturday 26 October, 10am
North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Participants in the North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity will include:
Tony Benn; Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London; Owen Jones, writer & author;
Roger Lloyd-Pack, actor; Jeremy Corbyn MP; Lucy Anderson, recently selected Labour candidate for the European Parliament; Sabby Dhalu, Unite Against Fascism and One Society, Many Cultures; Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition; John Rees, National Peoples Assembly Against Austerity; Eileen Short, Defend Council Housing; Shirley Franklin, Defend the Whittingdon Hospital Coalition; Zita Holbourne, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts; Aaron Kiely, National Union of Students Black Students Officer; Peter Kavanagh, Unite London & Eastern Region, Regional Secretary
Also including participants from a range of local campaigns against cuts and to defend our NHS, education system and welfare state in boroughs across North London including Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/146702815537700/
Venue: TBC. Contact email@example.com for details.
Wednesday 23 October, 6.30-9pm
‘The Advocate’ documentary film on civil liberties, social movements and state in Andhra Pradesh, India
The documentary film ‘The Advocate’ focuses on the life and work of late G. Kannabiran, India’s foremost lawyer and champion of civil liberties. The film highlights state repression including extra-judicial killings, political prisoners and violations of civil liberties of the Maoist movement that forms the context for his work in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It highlights the context to the resistance and repression which, in most cases, lie in socio-economic deprivations and social polarisations, and opens up spaces for debate on the state of civil liberties in India, seen as the most populous democracy in the world, and more widely, the assumptions about human rights, civil liberties, economic polarisation and socio-economic deprivations more generally in other Third World countries. Chaired by Prof Penny Green, International State Crime Initiative, Kings College London. Panelists include: Dr Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster, School of Law; Saleh Mamon, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC); John Hutnyk, Professor of Cultural Studies, Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.
More info here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8470831485
Venue: ‘The Pavilion’ University of Westminster, Cavendish Building, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW. Organised by CAMPACC, Development & Conflict group, School of Law, University of Westminster; International State Crime Initiative; Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
THIS IS A FREE EVENT. ALL WELCOME!
Tuesday 22 October, 7pm
The Syria Vote: What are the implications for UK policy on conflict
Does the House of Commons vote on 29 August against military action in Syria mark a break with past thinking on the use of armed force by HMG - or is it a one-off decision that could be revised in light of future conflicts? The last time Parliament denied a British prime minister a mandate to use military force abroad was in 1782, when it voted against further fighting in the American colonies. So has the Syria vote in effect recognised that a limit has been reached on the utility of force in achieving political objectives? Has the experience in Iraq and Afghanistan scarred policy-makers for a generation or more? Is this the end of liberal intervention and R2P? Chaired by Lord Alderdice. Organised by the APPG on Conflict Issues.
Venue: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA. To book a place RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org