We are very pleased that in response to the vote on Syria and those recent attacks we have seen an unprecedented rise in Stop the War membership and activity across the country. We would like to thank all of you who have joined or donated in recent weeks. It is more important than ever that together we continue to build a strong anti-war movement in the UK. If you have not yet received your membership confirmation letter and card please do not worry, it is on its way. We are trying hard to process all recent memberships as quickly as possible.
We have repeatedly made our positions on the war in Syria clear, most recently in John Rees' For the avoidance of doubt article and in a statement last week. That the media largely chose to ignore them speaks volumes about its pro war agenda.
We have held a series of demonstrations over past weeks both in London and across the country. On Saturday, several thousand people joined us to march to Downing Street where we heard a message of solidarity from Jeremy Corbyn alongside many other speeches, which can be seen here. Jeremy was also the guest of honour at our very successful fundraising dinner last Friday.
In the new year, there will be continuing protests and campaigning against the bombing. There is also the mass demonstration against Trident on February 27th, which Stop the War is fully supporting. It is clear that international and foreign policy issues will continue to hit the headlines over the next few months, and we have to be prepared to combat the pro war pro nuclear weapons agenda.
This week a Stop the War open letter, Time to stop bombing and make peace in Syria and Yemen, was signed by actor Mark Rylance, singer Charlotte Church, Unite union leader Len McCluskey, Caroline Lucas MP, musician Brian Eno, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, writer Michael Rosen, Clive Lewis MP, and many more.
Popular opposition to further war played a crucial role in stopping Cameron's last push for bombing in 2013. We need to up the stakes once again.
Join the mass protests against government policies at the Tory party conference
Tens of thousands will join the protests against a range of government policies at the Tory party conference, 3-7 October, including the mass demonstration called by the TUC this Sunday 4 October.
Stop the War is organising a Cut War Not Welfare bloc on Sunday's TUC anti-austerity march. We will be there for all the protests over the week, which includes Stop the War's public meeting Don't Bomb Syria: Stop the Spread of War on Tuesday 6 October (see below).
Protest makes a difference, please do join us in Manchester if you can. There are coaches from around the country going to the TUC demonstration on Sunday.
If you live in London, Stop the War has a coach going to Manchester for the TUC demonstration. Return tickets are just £10/£5 concessions. Phone our office to book your seat and if you would like to help out on Sunday: 020 7561 4830.
Leaving 7am: ULU/Student Central, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY to Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 6FU
Returning 18.30: Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 6FU to ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Manchester Public meeting
Don’t bomb Syria - Stop the spread of war
6 October, 6.30pm
Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Clive Lewis MP
Richard Burgon MP
Lindsey German national convenor, Stop the War Coalition
Peter Brierley father of soldier killed in Iraq war
More action to stop the bombing of Syria
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