Human Rights, United Kingdom

Stepping Out of Afghanistan: Upcoming Events

The Stop the War Coalition, founded just 14 days after the war on Afghanistan was announced, is one of the most proactive antiwar groups in existence today.

Despite the fact that the majority of the nation is opposed to the war, British troops are still in Afghanistan. With 2010 being the worst year for Afghan civilian deaths since the invasion in 2001, Stop the War is making a serious effort to end the war.

As an organisation, the Stop the War Coalition is a highly valuable resource for all in moving towards removing British troops from Afghan soil.  Listed on their website, Stop the War has posted a series of events taking place in the near future that will address the issue of the war in Afghanistan. On Wednesday 27 October 2010, the co-chairs of the newly founded Afghanistan Withdrawal Group are organising a Parliamentary meeting with MPs across the political sphere.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Paul Flynn will be discussing practical ways of withdrawing British troops from Afghanistan. The event will take place from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Committee Room 11 at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. All are welcome and the nearest tube is Westminster. On Saturday 30 October 2010, the Stop the War Coalition annual conference will be taking place in Red Lion Square.

Stop the War’s policies and agenda for the new year will be discussed and a new national committee will be elected. Keynote speakers to be present include Joe Glenton, a former soldier, Seumas Milne, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper and Joy Gordon, author of ‘Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions’. Registration for the event is at 9:30 AM. To become a member of the Stop the War Coalition and attend this conference visit http://stopwar.org.uk/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,249/.

On Wednesday 20 November 2010 “Afghanistan: Time to Go National Demonstration” will be held, starting at Hyde Park and ending at Trafalgar Square. The event starts at noon. On Friday 10 December 2010 the Wonderful Beast Theatre Company will be holding a memorium show in honor of poet Adrian Mitchell, widely known for his poem ‘To Whom It May Concern’ also known as ‘Tell Me Lies About Vietnam’. Tickets to the event are £12.

For more information on all of these events visit the Stop the War Coalition website at http://www.stopwar.org.uk./

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