On this calendar we can show any events in York related to global justice. As we’d like to make this as comprehensive as possible, any relevant events whether organised by groups or individuals are very welcome.
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On February 15th, 2003, up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before in their lives, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. The New York Times called this movement the “Second Superpower”.
How did this day come about? Who organized it? And was it, as many people claimed, a total failure?
This fearless, thought-provoking documentary followed by a Sateilite Q&A Session tells the remarkable inside story behind the first ever global demonstration, and its surprising and unreported legacy. The film features testimony from a unique cast of direct participants, including organizers, activists, high-profile figures, and of course the public, filmed in seven countries – Italy, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, UK, and the USA.
Extraordinary testimony from activists in Egypt reveals how on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the global anti-war protests inspired those in Tahrir Square to go on to engage in the massive democratic movement that ultimately led to the Arab Spring. In the UK, the government was defeated over the proposed invasion of Syria, a historic event that might not have transpired without the legacy of those demonstrations a decade ago.
The star-studded list of contributors includes Danny Glover, actor Mark Rylance, film director Ken Loach, Prof. Noam Chomsky, musicians Brian Eno and Damon Albarn, writer and Vietnam Vet Ron Kovic (author of ‘Born on the 4th of July’), Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Branson and Colin Powell’s former Chief of Staff Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, amongst others.
This bold documentary by Amir Amirani charts the birth and growth of the new people power movement, now sweeping the world, taking us up to the Arab Spring and Syria, a little over 10 years after that historic day.
It is being shown in Screen 3 at City Screen York which has the smallest accommodation, so book as early as possible.
For more information see the websites:
<www.yorkagainstthewar.org.uk> and <www.picturehouses.co.uk>
“WE ARE MANY” Repeat showing on Sunday 7th June 2015 at 13.00 York City Screen Picturehouse – 119 minutes
On 15 February 2003, over 15 million people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world to try to avert the war in Iraq. Director Amir Amirani’s fearless, thought-provoking documentary reveals the remarkable inside story behind the biggest protest in history, and chronicles its surprising social and political legacy.
The events leading to this unprecedented global demonstration are compellingly recounted in captivating interviews with the organisers, activists and direct participants. High profile figures in political pro-war circles and the anti-war community give an account of the road to war. The star-studded list of contributors includes Danny Glover, Richard Branson, Mark Rylance, Ken Loach, and Prof. Noam Chomsky. Filmed in seven countries and featuring previously unseen footage, this fascinating film charts the rise of the people power movements sweeping the world, all through the prism of one extraordinary day.
There’s no doubt about it. The June Demonstration is going to be BIG – but how do we make it bigger?
We’re calling for volunteers, supporters, individuals and groups to join us at our London-wide mobilising meeting on the 11th June, 6pm, at the NUT, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD! This gives us just 10 days to pull every trick out of the bag before the big event.
We’re going to need social media storms, fundraisers, banners painted, placards made, and some serious publicity to make sure we have the greatest impact possible. Passionate about the cause? Got skills or a bit of time to lend a hand? Then we need you!
Join us on 11th June @ 6pm. Please share and invite your friends to the event, and we’ll see you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640231022930170/
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
p.s. Rushed off your feet already? Why not donate? Every contribution will go towards making this demonstration as wide reaching as possible. Donate £5 or more now!
We’re pleased to announce that the ‘End Austerity Now’ national demonstration on Saturday 20 June will be marching from the Bank of England to Parliament Square.
End Austerity Now National Demonstration
Assemble: 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street) – March to Parliament Square
The demonstration will assemble in the heart of the City of London, right on the doorstep of the people who created the crisis in the first place. In our hundreds of thousands we’ll then march to Parliament to demand the politicians represent the views of the majority and not their mates in the city.
Nearly 60,000 people have already pledged to be there, trade unions and campaigns are mobilising, transport is being organised and action is taking place up and down the country.
- New article: 5 more reasons to demonstrate on 20 June
- Download new leaflet artwork: Click here
- Invite your friends on Facebook: Click here
We are currently updating the website with transport planned to the demo. Please do send us any coach details you have planned from your area so we can advertise on the site. If you can organise coaches from your area please get in touch.
Day of Action 30 May
The People’s Assembly have called a national day of action on Saturday 30 May to build for the 20 June demonstration. Protests, rallies, stalls, leafleting, public meetings and direct action will be taking place across the country. If you can organise something where you live please get in touch.
The website will be updated with details as they come in: Click here
This demonstration is more important than ever. It needs to be massive. We urgently need to raise funds to make sure we can reach as many people as possible.
We have launched an urgent appeal to all our supporters to make a donation. The more money we raise, the more coaches we can put on, meetings we can organise, leaflets we can print, and more people we can put on the streets.
No amount is too big or too small! Click here to donate
Stand together to say ‘No!’
George Osborne has decided we need an ‘Emergency’ Budget, after the mess he inherited from the last chancellor – himself!
We’ve been promised a slash-and-burn attack on welfare, education, health and more besides, to make up for the tax cuts he announced before the election.
Rally in Parliament Street: 5.30pm, Wednesday July 8th.
As details slip out, its clear that those already at the bottom of society will be pushed further to the margins, or worse. We’ll be holding our rally outside the branches of 3 of Britain’s biggest banks: Halifax, Barclay’s and (over the road) Lloyd’s.
Alongside People’s Assembly groups across Britain, we want to demonstrate the strength of feeling against austerity in our community. 250,000 marches in London, but now we want to bring the spirit of the march home to York with an open microphone rally (please keep it under a minute!).
Join us on Wednesday – and invite everyone you know in York!
York People’s Assembly
P.S. We’ll be putting the final touches on this event, as well as planning events around treatment of York’s homeless and charges at York Art Gallery at our meeting on Monday, 7.30pm in Friends Meeting House, York. Come early for an informal introduction to the group at 7pm.
EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY ….
|Support for The People’s Assembly has surged since the ‘End Austerity Now’ demo on 20 June! New local groups are being set up across the country. Check our local groups page for one near you or if you can set one up where you live please get in touch with the office for advise and support.
We’re planning on keeping the momentum going with a National Day of Action on 8 July. George Osborne is announcing his emergency budget, so we’re calling nation wide protests. This is the second budget in just four months & it begs the question what was Osborne hiding in his last? Osborne plans £12 billion in cuts to welfare and a fresh round of austerity measures.
Bradford 8 July
Bristol 8 July
Cardiff 8 July
Cornwall 8 July
Derby 8 July
Doncaster 8 JulyPublic
Eastbourne 4 July
Hull 8 July
Leeds 8 July
London 8 July
Manchester 8 July
Newcastle 7 July
Newport 8 July
Nottingham 8 July
Oxford 8 July
Sheffield 8 July
Southampton 8 July
Sunderland 8 July
Swindon 8 July
York 8 July
Protests are still being organised, so keep an eye on the event page.
We thank you for your support and if you able, please set up a monthly donation to help us maintain a permanent opposition to austerity.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
1pm Saturday in St Helen’s Square
Group member Kevin writes, “After the appalling news about the new EU bailout affecting Greece, the need for a protest has never been more urgent. There will be a protest against the EU coup in Greece this Saturday 1pm in St Helen’s Square. Everyone who can attend is urged to be there to show Solidarity with the Greek Resistance. This has been pulled together quickly I know, but all groups in York that care about this topic surely would like to be a part of it and urge others to attend as well.”
– 6pm Thursday 10th in St Helen’s Square
After last week’s vote – day rally, York Against The War are hosting a protest on Thursday, including a ‘die-in’ for those who want to join in. From Wikipedia: “In the simplest form of a die-in, protesters simply lie down on the ground and pretend to be dead, sometimes covering themselves with signs or banners”. Donations will go to local refugee groups
– 6pm Thursday 10th in St Helen’s Square
After last week’s vote-day rally, York Against The War are hosting a protest on Thursday, including a ‘die-in’ for those who want to join in. From Wikipedia: “In the simplest form of a die-in, protesters simply lie down on the ground and pretend to be dead, sometimes covering themselves with signs or banners”. Donations will go to local refugee groups.
YORK PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY