Monday, November 06, 2006

People's Assembly



Well, I have been away for a while, and have I missed a lot! I'm back now and before I get round to posting anything else, I will add this about the forthcoming People's Assembly in London on 18th November. Since I last posted, there has been an escalation of Islamophobia coming from all corners. Jack Straw and his racist ranting against the veil, Tony Blair stepping in to comment on the sacking of a school teacher for wearing the niqab, David Davies ourageous outburst and the Murdoch press spinning lie after lie about Muslims.

This is the sign of a weak government and a clear sign that they are losing the 'war on terror'. As we see the death toll in Iraq rising to 655,000 according to the Lancet, and Blair saying they want to finish the job, they continue to demonise Muslims to justify their murderous crimes.

Please see the initiative from the Stop the War Coalition and help build solidarity with the Muslim community.


Islamophobia and the War on Terror

Open to delegates and observersSaturday 18 November 10.00am - 5.30pmCamden Centre Judd Street London WC1HOnline registration available shortly For a registration form, email office@stopwar.org.uk

How are the attacks on Muslims linked to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? How can the anti-war movement counter those attacks in its continuing campaign to end the Bush/Blair wars? The People's Assembly will bring together peace and anti-war groups, trade unions, faith groups and organisations, community groups, political parties and any other representative organisations wishing to discuss these important issues. Individuals are also welcome as observers.

Speakers include:

Tony Benn
Moazzam Begg, Guantanamo detainee
Jeremy Corbyn MP
David Edgar, playwright
Noreen Fatima, NUS London Metropolitan University
Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition
Kate Hudson, Chair CND
Mohammed Abdul Khar and Abdul Koyair, brothers wrongly arrested in Forest Gate police raid
Paul Mackney, joint Gen Sec UCU
Sami Ramadani, Iraqi academic and journalist
Yvonne Ridley, Islam Channel
Mark Steel, comedian and columnist
Anas al Tikriti, British Muslim Initiative
Walter Wolfgang, Labour Party NEC
Salma Yaqoob, Respect councillor

Why a people's assembly:

When we formed the Stop the War Coalition five years ago, we said that the war on terror would lead to a backlash against the Muslim community and to attacks on our civil liberties. Today we see the bitter fruits of our foreign policy, with growing criticism of Muslims by politicians, racist attacks on mosques and on women wearing veils and increasingly draconian terror laws targeting in particular young Muslims.

Meanwhile the war on terror is unravelling. Even the Generals admit the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are hated by local people and military solutions are failing.
The People's Assembly aims to bring people together to discuss the relationship between Islamophobia and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and to organise our campaign in response to war and racism.

We are asking peace and anti-war groups, trade unions, faith groups and organisations, community groups, political parties and any other representative organisations to send delegates to this important meeting. We also welcome individuals as observers.
Please do everything you can to support this event. We must defend the Muslim community and organise against the warmongers who have made the world a more dangerous place

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