Category: Events


Remembering Guantanamo

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As the majority of the western world glues itself to the television to get the latest updates on the US Presidential election, a group of British protesters gathered outside the US embassy today to remember those connected to an issue that the Obama administration long seems to have forgotten about.

Yesterday, The London Guantanamo Campaign hosted its event “Demo, Truth and Justice The American Way” which consisted of speakers and entertainers who highlighted the on going human rights abuses conducted by the US and UK governments in Guantanamo Bay.

The event was attended by people like Ilyas Townsend(Justice for Aafia Campaign) who talked about the history of colonialism and it’s contemporary manifestations, Chris Nineham(Stop the War Coalition) who talked about our need to oppose Guantanamo and the connection between Islamophobia and the war in terror and Joy Hurcombe(Save Shaker Aamer Campaign) who spoke of their fight to free Britains last remaining Guantanamo detainee.

But for me the most interesting speech was from Aviva Stahl(CagePrisoners) who highlighted the intrusive entrapment methods of the FBI responsible for radicalising Muslims. This was particularly relevant to my previous article which was an interview with documentary film maker Roshan Muhammad Salih and his investigations of MI5’s intelligence gathering operation of the Muslim community in the UK.

It was a very inspirational event to be involved in, seeing people stand up for the right of others but there is another thing that I learnt. Although it is important to resist the current war on terror, we have to understand that this is simply an evolution of the cold war. Therefore our response to the war on terror must also evolve if we are to take our activism to new powerful heights and ensure that our children and our children’s children have a fighting chance in stopping imperialism and racism in all of its forms.

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Today ‘We are Waltham Forest against EDL’, the UAF as well as other affiliated groups and individuals showed to me why I like London. Today’s demo was against the protest of the English Defence League in their attempts to march through what they believe a ‘Shariah’ zone but the people of Waltham forest showed us what unity really looks like in the face of divison and racism. Packed with inspirational speakers ranging from the political, to the religious, to community leaders, we were all reminded about why we needed to oppose racists, fascists and extremists within our community. The most wonderful thing about the day was the turnout of the people themselves, their diversity and their unity is something that was inspiring. There was cheering, there was laughing, singing, dancing and there were smiles which captured the whole atmosphere of the event. The people of Waltham Forest were not going to allow the EDL pass through, and allow they didn’t. Marching down towards blackhoarse rd, the UAF protestors blocked the road, they shouted, they screamed together in unity to send the EDL one big message, Waltham Forest belongs to the multicultural people of Walthamstow, not extremists like the EDL or Al Mouhajiroun.

My Message to the EDL

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IHRC’s Genocide Memorial Day 2012

IHRC are holding their third annual Genocide Memorial Day on 22 January 2012 between 4 – 8pm at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS in London.

We will be hosting a number of guest speakers from around the world at a conference including Professor Ilan Pappe of the University of Exeter and Hasan Nuhanovic a survivor from the Bosnian genocide.  IHRC are calling for all students, teachers, parents & activists to get involved and raise awareness of the grave atrocities that have taken place across the world over the centuries and the many that continue to exist today.   So please ask your local schools, local religious centres and local communities to get involved in creating a movement to stop genocides by taking part in Genocide Memorial Day.  Log on to www.genocidememorialday.org  for further information or email gmd@ihrc.org if you have any enquiries.

IHRC are holding a poetry competition for 11-18 year olds – details will be given out at the conference

Entry is free.  To book a place please call 020 8904 4222 or email events@ihrc.org,

Date:           
22 January (Sunday) 2012

Time:           
4pm – 8 pm

Venue:           
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H                         

Nearest train / tube:   
Russell Square (Piccadilly Square), Euston station (Northern Line, London Overground & National Rail ), Euston Square (Metropolitan Line), Kings Cross (Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern, Metropolitan , Circle, Hammersmith and City line)