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Fundraisers entertain, educate

Often fundraising events can get bogged down in the cause they are trying to support, which makes it hard to entice people outside of the campaign to be willing to be educated about it.

However, some events have to be serious, otherwise the campaign is not really doing its job. Norwich Stop the War seems to have struck the right balance between fun and serious events in the upcoming weeks.

“Lost in Plastic” is a young punk band in Norwich, still cutting their teeth in the music world, but with an apparent taste for activism, having previously played events like Love Music, Hate Racism/Homophobia and looking forward to a Punk for the Homeless show in April. The band is a classic three guitar and drummer set up, and will be playing at The Cottage the 19th February as part of the Stop the War fundraising campaign.  Joining them will be London band “Le Magnifiq”, who play hip-hop, rap and R&B, and has been making politically driven music for the past ten years, and strongly promotes free speech.

Another, more serious, fundraising event will be held 9th of March at the University of East Anglia. At this event, the film “Gaza flotilla attack: the truth will be screened”.  The film is footage of Israeli forces attacking an aid ship and leaving 9 dead. This footage was smuggled from the Mavi Marmara, the main ship in the flotilla, which was headed for Gaza with supplies and provisions.

This film has gained praise for giving a truthful portrayal without the “banal caution of mainstream media”, and also includes eyewitness accounts of what happened on the flotilla. One of the speakers included is Jamal El-Shayyal, Al Jazeera reporter and crewmember of the Mavi Marmara. After the film, a question and answer session will be held.

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