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Stop the War Coalition 2005 National Conference

Resolutions passed by Stop the War members and delegates from affiliated organisations at Stop the War Coalition's National Conference on 12 February 2005, Friends House, London.


Steering Committee resolutions

Iraq and Occupation

It is now acknowledged by all authorities, including the secretary-general of the United Nations, that the war launched against Iraq in 2003 was in breach of international law. The subsequent occupation of the country by British and US armed forces is not merely unlawful, but also the cause of terrible loss of life, responsible for up to 100,000 “excess civilian deaths” according to The Lancet, and the war crime of the recent destruction of Fallujah.

International law and the United Nations charter recognises the right of peoples to resist an unlawful foreign military occupation. The continuing violence in Iraq is the responsibility of this occupation, and Iraqis have the right to resist it.

Our responsibility in Britain is to create the essential pre-condition for Iraqi self-determination by ensuring the speediest possible ending of the illegal occupation of their country, and the withdrawal of the occupying armies.

The Steering Committee of StWC has condemned the taking and killing of civilian hostages, including Kenneth Bigley and Margaret Hassan, and the brutal torture and murder of Iraqi trade unionist Hadi Saleh. Such killings can play no legitimate part in any struggle for national emancipation.

At the same time, we remain focussed on the far more numerous killing and torture of Iraqi civilians carried out by US and British occupying forces. It is our over-riding responsibility to bring all killings to an end.

The General Election

This conference believes that the war and peace must be the central issue at the forthcoming general election. The next parliament must not repeat the crime committed by the last in voting for illegal and aggressive war.

While recognising the multi-party character of our support, the Stop the War Coalition urges people to take into account the voting record and opinions of candidates in respect of:

  • Opposition to the attack on Iraq in 2003;
  • Calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, and an end to the Anglo-American occupation of that country; and
  • Pledging to oppose any British participation in further acts of aggression initiated by President Bush.
  • Support for the defence of civil liberties, now being attacked under the pretext of the “war on terror”.

The Steering Committee of StWC will publicise the voting record on the war of sitting MPs seeking re-election and will produce a candidates’ questionnaire on the four issues identified above, again publicising the results in order that the electorate may be as well-informed as possible.

Local coalitions are encouraged to hold candidates’ hustings in order to put this question at the centre of the campaign, and are advised to bear in mind the cardinal importance of maintaining the unity of the anti-war movement during the election campaign, recognising our multi-party character.

Campaigns

The ‘war on terror’ continues unabated, with threats of attack on Iran now growing; with the war still raging in Afghanistan; and with the occupation of Iraq leading it growing death rates and instability. According to the medical journal, the Lancet, over 100,000 civilians have already died as a result of the occupation.

Over the past year, Stop the War has organised a series of protests, over the Butler and Hutton reports, in protest at the treatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib, two national demos on March 20 and again following the European Social Forum last October, as well as many local protests and a range of public meetings and other events.

We have also helped launch Military Families against the War and have facilitated meetings with speakers from the campaign across the country.

The Coalition has to continue campaigning on a number of fronts.

  1. Mobilise mass demonstrations where appropriate, as with 19th March, which marks the second anniversary of the war and will be an international mass protest against the occupation and to bring the troops home. Our main slogans should be around the themes of troops out and no more Bush wars.
  2. Give every possible support to Military Families against the War and do everything possible to give active solidarity and support families, serving soldiers and other service people, and veterans who oppose the war and who want to make their voices heard.
  3. Do everything possible to publicise the voices of Iraqis who are speaking out against the occupation, including inviting them over to put their case and to raise the virtual media blackout on their arguments.
  4. Encourage all groups to hold regular activities, including leafleting, petitioning, public meetings, teach-ins, and non-violent direct action where appropriate, to try to keep the issue and the Coalition in the public eye.
  5. Encourage all groups to hold local protests where appropriate, and especially to hold lobbies and protests at the surgeries of all MPs who have supported the war, to urge them to now support withdrawal of troops and peace in Iraq.

Other motions passed

Military Families Against the War

Army Recruitment

MFAW thanks STW for the support it has given to setting up our campaign.

We note that according to army commanders there is an acute recruitment crisis in the army because of our joint work.

Conference resolves to help MFAW extend this campaign against army recruitment.

  1. to organize a day of leafleting outside army recruitment offices in city centres throughout Britain.
  2. to campaign systematically around Territorial Army centres and Army Barracks in order to make contact with members of the armed forces who oppose the war in Iraq.

Support for resisters in the military:

  • The STWC will build solidarity and strengthen ties with anti-war military family and veteran campaigns in the US and UK and welcomes the successful launch of Military families Against the War.
  • The STWC will support soldiers who refuse to take part in the occupation of Iraq at any level both here in the UK and in Iraq.

The STWC will work with the Military Families campaign to promote the right of British Soldiers to refuse manifestly unlawful orders (as ascertained in the manual of Law of Armed Conflict for the British Military). The STWC will promote a greater understanding and activation of the legal rights and responsibilities of British Soldiers as enshrined in international law.

Conference notes:

  1. That the anti-war movement is a diverse body, which includes many different elements.

Conference agrees that the priorities for the Stop the War Coalition are as follows:

  1. to campaign to end the occupation of Iraq
  2. to support and encourage the growth of Military Families against the War
  3. to expose the danger posed to our civil liberties by the so-called "war on terror"

Stop the War Coalition supports the rights of Iraqis to resist the illegal occupation of their country and calls on the Trade Union Movement to build links with Iraqi Trade Union and working class organisations, which oppose the Occupation.

Campaigns

CND/PSC Lobby

Conference urges the incoming Steering Committee to support the joint CND/PSC lobby of Parliament on Israel’s weapons of mass destruction planned for Wednesday 13th July.

G8 Summit

The G8 Summit will be taking place in Gleneagles, Scotland from 2nd –9th July. Among those present will be Bush, Blair and Berlusconi.

The Stop the War Coalition recognises that this is a prime opportunity to show mass opposition to the key architects and backers of the war in Iraq and subsequent occupation. It also recognises that the G8 serves to continue and extend the interests of global capitalism, of which the war in Iraq is a consequence.

The Stop the War Coalition resolves to support all the protests against the G8 Conference, but in particular the blockade of Faslane nuclear submarine facility called by Trident Ploughshares. Local groups and affiliates should be encouraged to mobilise for the protests.

Anti-terror laws

The “war on terror” is an attack on democracy and civil liberties. British state terror abroad depends upon so-called “anti-terror” laws to deter and even criminalise opposition here. These laws target migrant and Muslim communities, as well as political activists in general.

Actions:

  1. We reiterate our total opposition to so-called “anti-terror” laws and their use.
  2. We demand the immediate release of anyone detained under such laws, unless they are charged with a crime under the ordinary criminal law.
  3. We support the national lobby of Parliament, asking MPs
  4. to support EDM 426 ‘Belmarsh Judgement’, which demands that UK law be changed to abandon internment powers, and
  5. to undertake to vote against the renewal or extension of any “anti-terror” laws.
  6. We will make links with local communities targeted by “anti-terror” laws and will include this issue in local public meetings.
  7. We demand an investigation of MI5’s complicity in the torture of people held in illegal detention centres abroad, e.g. Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib

Policy

This conference congratulates the outgoing National Steering Committee on the principled and effective leadership it has provided since the last conference.

In particular, the Steering Committee has resisted tremendous political pressure to support the cause of "democracy and stability" in Iraq "whatever our past disagreements might have been", continuing instead to demand an immediate end to the occupation; and it has succeeded in mobilising broad and diverse popular support rather than indulging in empty publicity stunts.

Conference therefore calls on the incoming Steering Committee to maintain this strategic approach, and on all sections of the coalition to continue building the maximum campaigning unity behind Coalition policy and the decisions of this conference.

Iraq, invasion, occupation - Exit

We note that:

  1. The US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, despite their illegality, were originally justified on the basis that weapons of mass destruction were available for immediate use by Saddam Hussein. It is now clear that at the time of the US-led invasion Iraq did not possess such weapons.
  2. Subsequently the war was justified on new grounds, namely that it would restore human rights and democracy to the Iraqis. Far from respecting human rights, the occupation has ended up violating the basic right to life and freedom of expression of the Iraqi people.
  3. We recognise that the coalition's stated war objectives of a safe, democratic Iraq have not been realised.
  4. Throughout 2004, US-led onslaughts against Iraqi cities - Najaf, Diwaniya, Sadr City, FaIIujah and elsewhere - have resulted in appalling loss of lives, both military and civilian.
  5. The number of US deaths is now 1,419* and UK deaths are 76*, while the number of Iraqi deaths is conservatively estimated to be in excess of 15,000.
  • We reaffirm our opposition to the occupation of Iraq, condemn the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by the coalition forces, and call for an accurate audit of the actual cost of the invasion and occupation.
  • We call for the speedy withdrawal of coalition forces and the dismantling of their military bases in favour of the Iraqi people being left free to build their country's infrastructure, public services and education system, with assistance from international agencies if required.
  • We now call on the British Government to recognise that the continuing occupation of Iraq is unjustifiable and destructive of both lives and resources and call on the Prime Minister to name an early date for the withdrawal of British forces.

To this end Stop the War Coalition must develop an ongoing, structured campaign deep rooted in the labour movement and social movements.

  • We will seek affiliations from all levels of the trade union movement,
  • We will encourage discussion and debates within each individual trade union as to the best way to oppose the occupation.
  • We will encourage and help facilitate direct links between opponents of the occupation within Britain and Iraq. Centrally we should aim to assist the development of Iraqi civil society (particularly trade union and women's organizations) so that it can develop its own democracy and control its own economy without the influence of the occupying powers.
  • We will use our contacts with the trade union movement to maximize the mobilisations for demonstrations against the occupation. In particular we will call upon all affiliated unions to mobilise their members for the March 19 national demonstration.

Links

  1. In order to build effective and lasting support for the ending of the occupation in Iraq and encourage solidarity with the Iraqi people, the Stop the War Coalition nationally should seek to establish links with progressive, anti-occupation, civil society organisations in Iraq, which might include free trade unions, independent women's organisations and human rights groups.
  2. We should help raise money for them in Britain a
  3. We should also encourage local Stop the War groups to set up links with individual organisations in Iraq and get other local organisations to do the same.

These links will:

  • raise money
  • publicise the activities of the organisation
  • share experiences
  • support organisations and individuals associated with them suffering repression (through, for example, letter writing campaigns).

Trade Union Work

  • In view of the unfounded media attacks on the StWC, which have attempted to divide our campaign from the broader movement:
    1. This conference believes the convening of a trade union conference is now an urgent priority,
    2. This conference resolves to promote union to union solidarity at all levels between the unions here and the unions in Iraq, on the most inclusive basis possible, whether affiliated to the IFTU or not.”
  • This conference welcomes the building of support that the Coalition has achieved amongst the trade unions at national and local level since its inception.
  • Conference recognises that the trade unions in Britain have a vital role to play in building effective civil disobedience, through action in the workplace, as part of any anti-war campaign, as well as being important avenues to channel the message of the anti-war movement.
  • Conference believes that until now more emphasis has been placed on building links at the top of the trade union movement than there has been with rank-and-file trade unionists at branch and shop floor level and that we must seek to change this imbalance.
  • We ask the steering committee to call a national meeting of representative trade unionists as soon as possible – at least before the TUC in September - to continue building support for the Coalition in the trade unions and to begin to address any controversy or confusion there may be over the issues of where trade unions stand on the occupation of Iraq and also their relationship to trade unions inside Iraq.
  • We also call on the Coalition to produce material aimed at bringing trade unionists to the demo on 19 March and encouraging trade union branches to organise and pay for transport.
  • This can be assisted by organising meetings of trade unionists supportive of the coalition in the different areas of the country in the run-up to the demonstration.
  • These forums can also be used – and followed up in future – to explain the true position of the Coalition in relation to the occupation of Iraq and build strong bases of support for the coalition in workplaces.
  • As part of this there is a need to get a fuller picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the embryonic trade union movement in Iraq. We believe as well as getting a better picture of the trade union movement in Iraq, trade union branches affiliated to the Coalition can also seek to make direct links with trade union organisations inside Iraq. We call on the steering committee to set up a working group to help encourage this and monitor any progress made and report to the constituent bodies that make up the Coalition.
  • Whilst reiterating our opposition to the assassination of trade union representatives, regardless of whatever political viewpoints they express, we feel that there is a need for genuine, independent trade unions -independent of the state and not giving any support for the occupying powers – capable of cutting across the sectarian and ethnic divides being whipped up by the occupying powers.
  • Conference unequivocally condemns the brutal murder of IFTU International Secretary Hadi Saleh and all other attacks on trade unionists in Iraq.
  • Conference applauds the opposition of Iraqi trade unionists to the invasion and of Iraq and supports the development of free and independent trade unions in Iraq.
  • Conference condemns the continued occupation of Iraq and calls for the speedy withdrawal of the coalition forces.
  • Conference recognises the huge success of the Stop the War Coalition in mobilising opposition to the war and the occupation to Iraq.
  • Conference believes that the success of the Coalition was founded on the principles of unifying anti war forces and resolves to maintain the broadest possible alliance against the occupation of Iraq.

Unity

This conference believes that the ultimate responsibility for the current violence in Iraq lies with the US occupation. However the kidnapping or murder of civilians is unjustifiable whoever is responsible.

This conference endorses the letter to the Independent by Andrew Murray sent on 7th January that said: "we have repeatedly denounced the murder of civilians" and the letter to the observer by Lindsey German on 9th January saying: "we condemn the killing of Iraqi trade unionists".

This conference notes that the recent murder of Iraqi trade union official Hadi Saleh is being exploited by some who wish to harm the anti-war movement.

This conference recognises that the Stop the War Coalition embraces individuals and organisations with a wide range of opinions. Individuals and organisations can take different attitudes towards the insurgency in Iraq, and which civil institutions in Iraq they support, while still uniting to campaign together for an end to the occupation and the withdrawal of British troops.

The conference affirms that we see diversity as a strength, and we deplore those seeking to split the anti-war movement.

Depleted Uranium Weapons

Stop the War coalition call on the United Nations and the UK Government to announce that uranium weapons can have no part in a humane and caring world and that there should be:

  1. An immediate end to their use.
  2. The disclosure of all locations where uranium weapons have been used, and the immediate removal of remnants and contaminated materials under strict controls.
  3. Health surveys of the ‘depleted’ uranium victims and environmental investigations of affected areas.
  4. Medical treatment and compensation for the victims of ‘depleted’ uranium.
  5. An end to the development, production, stockpiling, testing and trade of uranium weapons.
  6. In International Convention for a Total Ban on Uranium Weapons.

Referendum

Conference notes that:

  • the 2million strong demonstration on February 15th 2003
  • the views of the majority of the population over a considerable period have been consistently ignored by the British government. Conference asks the steering committee to investigate with our legal supporters whether a change the law to allow mass campaigns to trigger referendums is worth pursuing.

International War Crimes Tribunal

Recent events such as the report in the Lancet of 100,000 civilian casualties, the devastation of Fallujah and the military trial of British and US soldiers make it urgent that these crimes are properly and publicly investigated and those responsible indicted. This conference reaffirms our policy on this matter, and urges the incoming Steering Committee to oganise with other anti-war movements and peace organisations across the world the holding of an International War Crimes Tribunal at the earliest possible opportunity.

Africa

Whilst uniting all anti-war forces against the occupation and the neo-colonial manipulation by US and British imperialism of Iraq, conference resolves to

  1. Mobilise support to oppose the wars across Africa which western imperialist powers and multinationals are taking advantage of to loot Africa’s resources.
  2. Oppose the death penalty and calls on all progressive forces to campaign against the death penalty and imprisonment of Mumia Abu Jamal, the African American journalist on death row in USA, and all other political prisoners.

Columbia

  • The Stop the War Coalition (STWC) notes with concern the continuing cycle of political violence in Colombia that leads to a death toll of approximately 6,000 civilians every year. STWC also notes that according to the United Nations, it is the Colombian government and their allies in the paramilitary death squads who are responsible for more than 80% of these human rights violations, targeting human rights defenders, trade unionists, indigenous activists, peasant farmers, women and student activists for assassination, forced displacement and arbitrary arrest.
  • The STWC also notes that the British government is one of only 3 world-wide (alongside the USA and Israel) which give military aid to the Colombian armed forces. This despite the concrete evidence from organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, that the Colombian armed forces enjoy a close collaboration with right wing paramilitary groups who are responsible for the majority of human rights violations in Colombia.
  • The STWC notes the call by Sinaltrainal (Colombian Food and Drink Workers’ Union) for an International Boycott of Coca-Cola and all its products in response to the murder of 8 Sinaltrainal members and Coca-Cola workers, and the imprisonment, torture, forced displacement and threats against 100s more. The STWC notes that the call to boycott is supported by the 2 principle union federations in Colombia, where both the CUT and the CGTD committed their support to the campaign at the International Tribunal against Impunity “Sinaltrainal Demands Justice” in Bogota in 2003, and that 100s of other social organisations in Colombia and around the world support the boycott.
  • The STWC also notes calls from communities in India to boycott Coca-Cola is response to the company’s unfettered use of water in drought prone areas, the pollution of land and the selling of toxic drinks. Furthermore the SWC noted that Coca-Cola is one of the top 5 corporate sponsors of the Republican Party in the USA, and that as such, every time you drink a Coke, you are in effect contributing to George Bush’s policy of pre-emptive war against peoples around the world.

The Stop the War Coalition resolves to:

  • Continue to work closely with the Colombia Solidarity Campaign to highlight the abuse of human rights and the escalation of the war in Colombia.
  • Oppose all British and US military intervention in Colombia, and all British military assistance to the Colombian armed forces.
  • Help mobilise support for a demonstration outside Downing Street on 10 December 2005 in defence of human rights in Colombia, to mark International Human Rights Day.
  • Support the call to boycott Coca-Cola products and call upon all members to do likewise.

Nepal

While the Middle East remains the focal point of imperialism today, the danger of an UK-US intervention, using India, against the Nepalese uprising is growing.

Following a meeting of donors to Nepal, held in London in June, 2002, the British government announced an aid package of f6.7 million, to procure two Russian built military Mi-17 helicopters, to be bought in the open market, as well as explosive ordinance disposal, logistical and communications equipment in aid of the RNA military intelligence support group. The Guardian, in its report of August 5, 2002, disclosed that this aid programme was “hidden in a paper laid 48 hours before parliament went into recess and was slipped through under the ‘global conflict prevention pool’”, an aid programme meant for war-torn countries.

The US has had a close relationship with Nepal monarchy since 1951. Since then it has contributed more than $1 billion to Nepal. In August 2002, the Bush administration announced an ‘emergency supplemental’ of $20 million as military aid. In a major statement in March 3, 2003, Donald Camp, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary, said that while continuing with the normal ‘development aid’, the USA “have begun supplying the Government with security aid intended to give the Royal Nepal Army the ability to contain the Maoist threat – including rifles, basic equipment, and military training.” He stated that the US military assistance budget to Nepal was $14 million in FY2002 and another $70 million in so-called ‘development assistance’ in FY 2002 and 2003. Donald Camp went on to declare in the same statement: “The United States faces a number of foreign policy challenges around the world, and Nepal is on this list. We keep our eyes on the situation daily, and work constantly to ensure that our policies pursue U.S. national interests and the interests of the Nepalese people.” The BBC reported on 6th April last year that the US was investing $17 million of military aid in the RNA mainly to pay for about 20,000 M16 rifles and night vision equipment.

Nepal has been a client state of British imperialism for nearly 250 years. The Stop the War Coalition will do whatever possible to mobilise the people in Britain against the imminent danger of a UK-US intervention against the oppressed people of Nepal.

The fourth Annual Conference of the Stop the War Coalition expresses its serious concern at the increasing danger of the US/UK intervention in the Nepalese people’s struggle against the autocratic rule of the Nepalese monarchy.

Since 1996, the oppressed people of Nepal, ruled by a feudalistic monarchy for nearly three centuries, have been fighting for democracy, social justice and land redistribution. The Nepalese parliament, under a so-called constitutional monarchy, remains dissolved by the king since May 2002.

The imperialist governments of the USA and UK have been providing financial and military support to the Royal Nepalese Army, which is directly controlled by the king of Nepal. According to the national newspaper report, £6.7m ‘aid’ was authorised by the British Government in August 2002, under the ‘global conflict prevention pool’, a fund whose declared objective is to help restore peace in war torn countries. This so-called aid consists of two Russian-made Mi-17 support helicopters, to be brought on the open market.

The US Government, in a press release from its embassy from its embassy in Kathmandu in March 2003, has openly admitted its growing involvement against the insurgency, declaring its opposition to what it calls the ‘Maoist threat’ against its ‘national interests’. Admittedly in this press release, the US military assistance budget to Nepal was £14m for FY 2002, which has been increasing ever since. Recently the insurgents have been duly branded as ‘terrorists’ followed by arrivals of so-called military advisers in Nepal.

This conference instructs the National Steering Committee of the STWC to look into the Nepalese situation and take appropriate steps to oppose the US/UK intervention against the oppressed people of Nepal.

Organisation

This conference notes that many Stop the War activists and groups outside London experience the Stop the War Coalition as a London-Centric organisation. There is no structure to link local groups on a regional basis, and no mechanism for local groups to exchange information or experiences.

We note that although not as active as the Stop the war Coalition, CND has managed to sustain a relatively high membership over a number of years, and this membership is geographically spread right across Britain. Sustaining CND's wide membership is helped by their magazine "Campaign" mailed to all individual members and to groups. "Campaign" advertises regional contact addresses, and also allows the exchange of campaign information between local groups. Receiving a regular and professionally produced newsletter is an incentive for individuals to pay membership fees, and can inspire them to get involved.

This conference believes that a quarterly publication mailed to individual members and groups, open to contributions from individual members and reports from affiliated local groups would help develop the Stop the War Coalition as an activist organisation.

This conference believes that regional conveners could usefully liase between local groups, and be responsible for regional outreach development into towns that do not have currently have active Stop the War Coalition groups.

This conference resolves to establish a quarterly internal publication, similar to CND's "Campaign" magazine with an editorial board reflecting the diversity of the Stop the War Coalition's support.

We resolve that active local Stop the War groups in each region should elect a regional convener. These conveners should be well-established anti-war activists with a proven record of sustaining broad and diverse organisation over the long term.

Local Groups

2004 Conference noted a need for StWC to become less London-centred. Conference approved a motion from StWC Steering Committee to create a National Council meeting two or three times per year in the Regions. National Council meetings subsequently took place in Birmingham (April) and Leeds (November). At Birmingham, StWC Convenor reiterated a need for local organisation to make StWC “more stable and permanent...for the long haul”.

Later in 2004, however, MKStW twice attempted to contact groups over a 40-mile radius, for support with specific actions. This was generally unsuccessful. Many groups could not be contacted, others had changed their name or focus, some had withered away. In particular, the Local Groups listing of the StWC website was found to be outdated and inaccurate.

MKStW is concerned that this, in our populous part of the country, indicates a serious decline at grassroots level. We believe it is essential to reverse this decline, and that StWC should give a high priority to strengthening regional networks and local groups.

We therefore move that:

Steering Group commits to develop and support the local groups network, including to:

  • Task identified staff or Steering Group members to develop and support the local groups network.
  • Effectively maintain the Local Groups section of the website with at least monthly updates.
  • Routinely remind local groups to notify StWC office and neighbouring groups of any change to contact arrangements.
  • Ensure that all office systems (e.g. address lists, e-mail routing) are effective to facilitate, not impede, dialogue between groups.
  • Arrange in 2005 a series of regional events aiming to establish regional contact networks.
  • Strengthen the provision of campaign materials and guidance to local groups.

Young people and the anti-war movement

Young people have played a central role throughout the anti-war movement internationally.

In 2003, hundreds of thousands of school students from many countries took strike action in the run up to the start of the war on Iraq and on day X (the first day of war).

Large numbers of young people have attended many of the local and national demonstrations, which have taken place over the past few years.

ISR believes that special measures to ensure this continues and more young people are encouraged to take part in local and national meetings and actions must be taken throughout the anti-war movement.

This conference agrees to help build the numbers of young people who attend the March 19th demonstration by doing the following:

  • All Stop the War groups should leaflet and put up posters in and around colleges and schools to advertise the demonstration.
  • Where possible, Stop the War should approach the local National Union of Students (NUS) to ask them to lay on coaches and buses from their college or university, to encourage as many students as possible to attend the demonstration.
  • Agree a reduced price on coach travel to the demonstration for school and other students and those on low income to make sure no one is discouraged from attending due to lack of money.
  • Have at least two young people from the anti-war movement to speak at the end of the demonstration, to ensure young people are represented. This should be discussed at the Stop the War Steering Committee, with a vote on who they should be.

After the 19th March demonstration this conference agrees to:

  • Continue to build the anti-war movement among all young people in local areas.
  • Support the building of school, college, university and workplace anti-war groups.
  • Ensure that any local organised actions and meetings encourage young people who come along to give their ideas and opinions as well as generally encouraging democratic discussion and debate on issues within the anti-war movement.

Wales

Conference notes:

That the anti war movement is a diverse body that includes many different elements; including Muslims, Peace Groups and the labour movement.

This meeting agrees that the priorities for the Stop The War Coalition are as follows:

  1. To campaign to end the occupation of Iraq
  2. To support and encourage the growth of Military Families against the War
  3. To expose the danger posed to our civil liberties by the so-called “war on Terror”

This meeting resolves:

  1. To continue with our rolling programme of actions - both local, national and UK wide highlighting the above.
  2. To pursue the strategy of building a unified annual Welsh anti war/pro peace demonstration to take place alternately in Cardiff and Aberystwyth.
  3. That such a united Welsh National Demonstration can only take place on the basis that there are no further clashes with dates for UK wide demonstrations held by the Coalition
  4. That branches of the Stop The War Coalition in Wales negotiate with other peace groups in Wales to attempt to bring this about.

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