Events

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work.  You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.

 

Tuesday 28 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Join us to express solidarity with the civilized people of Shingal and Kobani! Show your anger against the bloodthirsty forces of ISIS!
International Federation of Iraqi Refugees invites you to a meeting hosted by John McDonnell MP. Invited speakers: Jean Lambert MEP; A speaker from Amnesty; And 2 activists from Northern Iraq
The issues to be discussed are:

1.   The ISIS threat against the future of Iraq, Kurdistan and the Middle East.
2.   Genocide against the people of Shingal both Yazidis and Christian.
3.   The situation of displaced people and women kidnapped by ISIS forces.
4.   The brave Resistance of the citizens of Kobani and finding a way out of this blazing hell.
5.   There will also be a film regarding the plight of displaced people.
By taking part in this meeting you will show your solidarity to all the victims ISIS. At the same time, you will show your anger and contempt against ISIS, its brutal crimes and bloodbath it has created.
For more information contact: 07804891082 or 07856032991 or 07894252708
Venue: Committee room no10, House of Parliament, Westminster, London. Entrance is free

Saturday 1 November, 2pm
Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!
ISIS launched a major multi-front military campaign against the Kurdish region of Kobanê in northern Syria. This is the third ISIS onslaught on Kobanê since March 2014. As the ISIS was unsuccessful on the two previous occasions, they are attacking with larger forces and want to take Kobanê. If the world wants democracy in the Middle East, it should support the Kurdish resistance in Kobanê. Democratic autonomy in Rojava promises a free future for all peoples in Syria. In this regard, the “Rojava Model” – the secular, non-sectarian, democratic position in Rojava is the model which practices unity in diversity. It is high time to give the global players the reason to believe otherwise.
We encourage people all over the world to show their solidarity with Kobanê. Go to the streets and demonstrate.
Venue: Trafalgar Square, central London. Events will be taking place across the country. Keep updated on all the events planned here. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/807930075930434

Friday 7 November, 8.30 – 9.45am
COMPAS Breakfast Briefing Why are westerners drawn to fight with IS in Syria and Iraq? And what can we do in response?
There has been considerable media attention focusing on the security concerns that foreign fighters pose to not only Syria and Iraq, but also their countries of origin. This briefing will outline the nature and scale of the problem and unpack the motivations of Westerners that are drawn to fight alongside IS and explore their activities on the ground. It will also address responses to this threat, which are constantly evolving. Much attention has been directed towards harder policy approaches, particularly as foreign fighters return to Europe. The briefing will discuss the need for alternative approaches that go beyond prosecution. Speakers: Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Rachel Briggs, Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
Venue:  Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 48 Charles Street, London W1J 5EN. RSVP: If you would like to attend the November Breakfast Briefing please email communications@compas.ox.ac.uk. Please note that spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, 8 November, 4 – 7pm
Terror Stops On Travellers: An IHRC know your rights workshop
All you need to do to be stopped, questioned for up to 9 hours (soon to be 6 hours), detained, searched and have your property confiscated is to travel to or from Great Britain or just get on a plane within the UK. As a traveller you are liable to be stopped under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism act 2000 – which permits the above. The powers are supposed to allow security personnel to determine whether people appear to be terrorists. You can be stopped without any suspicion that you are a terrorist being required – you just need to be travelling to/from the UK. It is also likely that you will be stopped if you are Asian, Muslim or travelling to/from places with high Muslim populations. Asian travellers from the UK,are 42 times more likely than white UK travellers to be stopped.. It is also highly likely that those travelling to and from Turkey or Syria are likely to be stopped. You have more duties and fewer rights than a terror suspect or any other criminal suspect! If you want to know the rights that you do have so that you are prepared for travelling to and from Great Britain attend this workshop.
Venue: IHRC Bookshop and Gallery, 202 Preston Road Wembley, HA9 8PA, London. You need to book tickets in advance; to do so click here: http://www.ihrc.org.uk/events/11172-autumn-2014-know-your-rights-workshop-series

Tuesday 11 November, 6.30pm-8pm
The Kurdish National Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood
The Kurdish liberation movement in Iraq represents a fascinating example for how liberation movements can adjust to changing global circumstances and regional dynamics. In this lecture and book launch, Dr Yaniv Voller will discuss the evolution of the Kurdish struggle with the aim of providing insights on the broader context of liberation struggle in the Middle East and across the globe. His book will serve as the starting point of the discussion.
Venue: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement’s Inn, London School of Economics, Haughton Street, London. More details here

Saturday 15 November, 4.30- 8pm
ASSATA & SUNDIATA! Celebrating the Panther legacy, Assata’s book and freedom for Sundiata and ALL our political prisoners
Zed Books have published a new edition of Assata Shakur’s seminal autobiography. In celebrating Assata Shakur’s and the Black Panther Party’s legacy and the wider connected struggles of the of all oppressed and socialist-oriented peoples liberation movement from neo-colonialism, the Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform are honoured to host this book launch with leading Black Panther. We will also be exploring the importance of defending ALL our political prisoners of the same struggle in the ‘west’ and throughout the world who are being held in dungeons by the neo-colonialists and their agents. Speakers: YASMEEN SUTTON (speaking via internet video link) – New York-based Black Panther Commemoration Committee, and family friend of Assata Shakur; BILLY X JENNINGS (speaking via internet video link) – Chief organiser and archivist for the Black Panther Alumni; CHARLOTTE HILL O’NEAL (speaking via internet video link) – Black Panther Alumni, and resident of Tanzania with her comrade and husband who is also a Black Panther veteran exiled in Tanzania; ZENA EDWARDS – Leading radical political voice and spoken word artist; Carlos Martinez  – Agent of Change music producer, Invent the Future; Marcel Cartier - Rapper and media activist; Malia Bouattia - NUS BLack Students President; MEMED AKSOY, Kurdish activist. Chair: Sukant Chandan
Venue: The Flyover, 2-5 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5XL. Supported by Zed Books, Intifada Street, NUS Black Students and I am Hip-Hop Magazine

Saturday 15 November, 5-6.30pm
Ciwanen Azad Kobane Event: Understanding the Rojava Revolution
5 – 6pm Debate about the Rojava Revolution & the Constitution
6 – 6.30pm Screening of the ‘Female State’
Venue: Kurdish Community Centre, Haringey, 11 Portland Gardens, N4 1HU

Saturday 15th November, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Kurdistan: Why International Support is Crucial
We hope to initiate and facilitate an in-depth discussion on the Kurdish demand for international support vis-à-vis Kurdistan in light of recent developments in the region. Needless to say, the Islamic States’ violent offensive has grave repercussions for the security and welfare of the citizens both regionally and globally. For this reason, the event aims to shine light on the international communities’ responsibility to further assist the Kurds in Iraq and Syria as a measure of combating the spread of IS and providing relief to the innumerable victims of this unforgiving war. Guest panellists taking part in the debate include:

  • Dr Alan Semo - UK Representative of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)
  • Bayan Sami Rahman – KRG High Representative to the UK
  • Michael Stephens – Deputy Director of RUSI Think Tank in Qatar
  • Dr Marianna Charountaki - Author of the critically acclaimed book, ‘The Kurds and US foreign policy: International Relations in the Middle East since 1945′

Venue: SOAS, University of London, Lecture Theatre G2 – SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Sunday 16 November, 1 – 4pm
Finale event – Re-making Democracy
Ultimate participative event exploring how can we re-constitute a society to create a real democracy for social, economic & environmental justice. With speakers setting the scene from the Scottish Radical Independence Campaign, Iceland’s pots & pans revolution, Spanish Podemos party for democracy , and Kurdish self government (speaker Memed Aksoy), followed by a participative discussion using Open Space Technology. Held in the same venue as the original debates in 1647 when soldiers and officers of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army, including civilian representatives of the Levellers, held discussions on the constitution and future of England.
Venue: St Mary’s Church, High St. Putney, SW15 1SN. Part of the New Putney Debates. http://thenewputneydebates.com/programme/

Sunday 16 November, 6pm
Kobane Concert
Koma Zelal
Grup Umut
Hakan Kobane Xan
Ahmed Husseini (kurdish poet)
Slide Show; Food & Drinks; Merchandise for Kobane
All Contributions will go to Kobane through Heyva Sor
Venue: Kurdish Community Centre, Haringey, 11 Portland Gardens, N4 1HU

Sunday 16 November, 8-10.30pm
Stand-Up against ISIS! Charity Comedy Show
Host: Kae Kurd. Comedians on the night: Dane Baptiste; Tez Ilyas; Mo Gilligan; Travis Jay. All proceeds go to Kurdistan Red Crescent helping hundreds of thousands of refugees in aid camps with no food and shelter. Contact standupagainstisis@gmail.com.
Venue: The Flyover, 2-5 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5XL. Tickets (£10) can be bought here.

Wednesday 19 November, 5-7pm
Conference at the European Parliament: Yezidi Kurds and the Middle East
The Representation in Europe of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the European Yezidi Federation co-organize a conference at the European Parliament on the following subject: YEZIDI KURDS AND THE MIDDLE-EAST:CURRENT SITUATION & FUTURE PROJECTIONS
Venue: Q2 – European Parliament / Brussels

Wednesday 19 November
Women In Conflict: SOAS Feminist Society
An evening of discussion. With speakers: RIYA HASSAN, Palestinian activist, speaking about how Israeli white-washing abuses feminism – how women’s issues are used to portray Israel as more progressive than the Palestinian and wider Arab communities. Riya will also speak about how women organise politically and in terms of resistance around the Palestinian solidarity; ISABEL MILLAR, an MA student at Birkbeck University; she is developing a thesis on the crisis of gendered identity, nation state-ism and global warfare. Isabel’s talk is titled: ‘Grand Theft Autobiography: The Rape and Pillage of Mother Earth by The Holy Fathers.’; DILAR DIRIK, a Kurdish activist and PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She will be speaking about the development of Kurdish women’s movement ; MARTA GARCIA ALIAGA, law student at SOAS and co-president of the SOAS FemSoc. Marta will show us a short documentary on challenges faced by Internally Displaced Women in Ukraine. She produced it along with videographer Rowan Farrell in July-August 2014.
Venue: B102 Brunei Gallery SOAS, Russell Square Campus

Saturday 22 November, 5-7pm
Feminicide in Sinjar – sexual violence, conflict, and gender liberation in the Kurdish struggle
Three months after ISIS fighters attacked the Iraqi region on Sinjar, the fate of thousands of women kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery following the raids is still unknown and no international investigation into their welfare has taken place. However, just as it has done in the defence of Kobane in Syria, the Kurdish Women’s Movement has mobilised with allied organisations to take action for the missing women.  This event will bring together women activists and representatives of the Kurdish women’s organisations to give you first-hand information about how people have responded to the crisis on the ground. We’ll also discuss the unique potential within the Kurdish Women’s Movement for engendering gender liberation in the region and its role in the development of the Rojava revolution. Come and join us for this exciting one-off event!
Speakers: Michelle Allison, KNK UK Women’s Representative; Meltem Ay, Roj Women’s Association; Margaret Owen OBE, barrister and expert on sexual violence in conflict; Ruth Walter, trade union activist and member of a recent delegation visiting refugee camps in North Kurdistan. Chair: Isabel Käser, PhD candidate, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS
More speakers TBC.  With a special recorded message from the refugee camp relief worker in Sinjar.
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, London WC1H 0XG. This event is free and open to all! Organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, Roj Women. Supported by SOAS Kurdish Society.

Saturday 22 November
Radical Independence Campaign Conference
The 2014 Radical Independence Conference will take place all day on Saturday 22nd November in Glasgow city centre at the SECC Clyde Auditorium and the Glasgow Science Centre. More event details on timetable, speakers, childcare and conference agenda will be released shortly. Please check our website and Facebook pages for further updates. More information and tickets can be bought here: http://radicalindependence.org/2014/09/29/ric-conference-2014/Venue: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow.

Sunday 23 November, 1-4pm
Women of the world unite against ISIS
To mark the international day for the elimination of violence against women (25 November) a demonstration is being organised in London. Coma and you’re your solidarity with the women and girls effected by ISIS violence.
Venue: Trafalgar Square, central London. Organised by IKWRO, KNK, KWP, Roj Women, KMBWO, SKB.

Sunday 23 November, 7.30pm
Comedy Benefit For Kobane and Kurdish Red Crescent
The comedic talent of Jeremy Hardy, Tim Key, Josie Long, Mark Thomas, Andy Zaltzman, Nadia Kamil and Abdulrashid plus specific guests to be announced combine to raise funds for the Kurdish Red Crescent and their work supporting the refugees on the Syrian and Turkish border, fleeing the attacks of Isis and Assad.
Venue: The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH. Tickets £15 / £8 conc.

Monday 24 November, 7pm
Inside Kobane: Let’s talk about a Revolution
Film “The Silent Revolution” and a talk through what is happening in the autonomous region of Rojava, Kurdistan as they resist with armed struggle the fascism of ISIS and create a project of direct democracy, environmental sustainability and gender equality from below. Assembly after to look at how we can support and learn from the resistance movement in Rojava. Also Kurdish food, fine ales, friendship and a raffle! Fundraiser for Kurdish Red Moon.
Venue: Wharf Chambers, Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

Tuesday 25 November, 6.30pm
The Kurdish and Tamil Struggles: Solidarities-Past, Present and Future
Seminar on ‘The Kurdish and Tamil Struggles: Solidarities-Past, Present and Future’ jointly hosted by the SOAS Kurdish Society and SOAS Tamil Society. The event consists of talks by Kurdish and Tamil speakers followed by a 45 minute Q&A session. Kurdish Speakers:
-Dr Janroj Keles – “Stateless Diasporas as Political Actors”
-Dr Alan Semo – “The Rojava/Syrian Kurds and International Relations”
Tamil Speakers:
- Jason Jesuthasan – “Grounding Principles: The Importance of Human Rights in National Liberation Struggles – Tamil Eelam and the Ongoing Quest for Justice and Peace”
- Isai Priya – “The Kurdish & Tamil National Question”
- Virou Rajah – “The British State and its historical complicity in the oppression of Kurds and Tamils”
All are welcome!
Venue: Room 4426 (4th floor, Main Building), SOAS.  Find the event on Facebook.

Tuesday 25 November, 7.30pm
Iraq, Syria & Kurdistan – between REACTION AND REVOLUTION
Speakers: Gilbert Achcar - Lebanese academic, writer, socialist and anti-war activist; Sarah Parker – Socialist Resistance; Kamran Matin - Senior Lecturer in International Development, working on the history of the Kurdish national liberation movement. Resistance in Kobane against ISIS and Assad puts the fight for democracy and social justice back on the agenda in the Middle East. It deserves our solidarity. Kobane gives hope that the counter-revolution in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere, supported by imperialism, can be rolled back. The meeting will discuss the regional context, the struggle for Kurdistan, and solidarity with progressive forces. Read more at http://www.socialist resistance.org
Venue: Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB. (Kings Cross and Russell Square tubes)

Tuesday 25 November, 7.30pm
Why we need to build a pro-Good Friday Agreement axis
The meeting is hosted by Sinn Fein MPs. The panel will include Conor Murphy MP, Michelle Gildernew MP, former Labour Minister Lord Alf Dubs, former Assembly Speaker Lord John Alderdice and other speakers to be confirmed. The meeting will be an important opportunity to discuss the need to pro-actively support the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement at this crucial time, which has seen growing concerns about the current stalling of progress and an anti-Agreement axis acting to block this.  It will also be an opportunity to hear about the current talks process to resolve outstanding issues, and to discuss how the pro-agreement voices in both Ireland and Britain can make a positive contribution to taking things forward. For more information, or to confirm your attendance please email: fisherj@parliament.uk  All welcome.
You can also register and share the event via our facebook event page. Please feel free to share the information with friends and colleagues, and via facebook and twitter.
Venue: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons SW1

29 November 2014, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Latin America Adelante! Conference
Come to the Latin America Conference 2014 to find out first hand about the latest developments in the region and how we can offer solidarity. Featuring contributions from over 50 campaigners, politicians, trade unionists, journalists & academics, from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the UK, including: Features films, stalls, music and discussion.
Venue: TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

 

 

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