Students Launch Demilitarise King’s!

King’s College London Action Palestine (KCLAP) are extremely excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to Demilitarise King’s! Through KCLAP’s research last year, and with the help from our friends at Fossil Free, we found out that King’s has invested around £1.5m in arms companies. The national pension scheme for King’s staff also has fund investments in cluster munitions and land mines. The ethical implications of this go way beyond Palestine. British bombs are playing a key role in Saudi Arabia’s attacks on Yemen, in a conflict in which over 10,000 civilians have been killed. With the blessings of our government, Saudi Arabia has targeted multiple civilian sites including schools and a funeral.
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Workshops, Building our Movement and New Merch – A Three Month Update

It’s been just over 3 months since I started working at Campaign Against Arms Trade – so I thought I’d write a quick update on what I’ve been up to so far!

One of the first things I started working on was developing our campaign messaging and updating our materials. Thanks to Reading University students, we have a new logo and house design to build on. Movement building has been a key focus of my work so far. I’ve been looking closely at the role of the arms trade in upholding oppression (e.g. racism, sexism). Our arguments against the arms trade are developing to reveal the devastating impact of the arms trade on oppressed groups of people around the world.

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Undermining Conflict – Meet the Voices of the Revolution

One of the first (and most enjoyable) activities I’ve done in my first three weeks at CAAT has been to attend an evening of stunning performances put together by In Place of War last week.

In Place of War (IPOW) brings together creative people across the world in zones of conflict, giving them the skills, confidence and space to develop radical resistance to violence. Supportive creative communities are formed locally and given an international platform to share their stories internationally.

Zimbabwean rapper AWA performing with Voices of the Revolution

The evening was a strong reminder that the impact of war and conflict stoked by the arms trade, subsidised by UK tax payers and protected by British politicians has a dire impact particularly on women of colour globally. Artists who disrupt gendered violence – which becomes more p  otent in areas of conflict – as AWA from Zimbabwe does in her music, must be given bigger platforms.

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