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.

Saturday 14 March – 14 April
First Annual Malcolm X Film Festival 
The Malcolm X Movement is a Black & Asian led decolonial anti-imperialist organisation that seeks to unite Global South peoples and diaspora. The Malcolm X Movement (MXM) and supporting organisations is immensely proud to bring to our peoples the first annual Malcolm X Film Festival taking place in SEVEN cities across England including one in Belfast, (occupied) Ireland.  This is the biggest Black & Asian radical event of its kind to take place in England and perhaps western Europe for the last generation since the mid 1990s. Never before in this time has such an event with such a inspiring amount of speakers and Global support (including from Ilyasah Shabazz, the Black Panther Alumni, the revolutionary Palestinian group the PFLP, the Black Panther Alumni, the Communist Workers & Peasants Party of Pakistan amongst others) taken place in the last 20 years or so.  The incredible line-up of speakers include Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz; PLFP’s Leila Khaled; Gamal Nkrumah, Kwame Nkrumah’s son; former POW and Sinn Fein member Gerry McLochlain; Darcus Howe and many more.
VENUE: In 7 cities across the UK. See the Facebook page for more details on dates, venues, speakers and supporting organisations. ***All enquiries, including getting involved in the Malcolm X Movement, should be emailed to 2015mxm@gmail.com

Tuesday 17 March, 6-8pm
Newroz and the Kurdish people’s struggle for liberation 
From the Anfal campaign in the late 1980’s and the Halabja Genocide in Iraq to the Dersim Massacre (1937) and the Roboski bombing (2011) in Turkey; from the short lived Mahbad Republic in Iran to the Rojava Revolution in Syria, recent Kurdish history has been replete with not only harrowing atrocities but also with inspirational examples of resistance.  Each year, the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) holds an event in in Parliament to celebrate Newroz, Kurdish New year, which falls on the 21st March, the first day of Spring. This year, we bring together representatives from all parts of divided Kurdistan to discuss the meaning of Newroz, as a symbol of resistance and freedom for the Kurdish nation
Hosted by Mike Gapes MP. With contributions from Akin Birdal, former MP and honorary president of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD); Akif Wan, KNK UK representative; Xusrew Zeki, KNK member; Ciwan Afrin, PYD UK representative; Dr Mohamed Kanyany, former MP, KRG; representative from UCFL, tbc*
VENUE: Committee Room 9, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 0AA. Hosted by Kurdistan National Congress and United Communities for Labour. Please RSVP to: knklondon@gn.apc.org

Saturday 21 March, 1-4pm
Rojava Solidarity Working Group launch
The first event of the new Rojava Solidarity Working Group, comprised of UK grassroots activists and concerned citizens who are expressing solidarity with the revolution in Rojava! We are organising practical ways of supporting the revolution and making lasting connections with the people of Rojava. “In the offset we are seeking to campaign around the reconstruction of Kobane which although having fought off the forces of ISIS now needs heavy reconstruction. One of the central issues in Kobane is unexploded ordinance, we will be seeking to campaign to place pressure on the UK government to send over the necessary expertise to remove UXO. Our hope as a working group is to become a representative network of radical grassroots groups in England, showing solidarity with citizens of Rojava and their revolution. We hope to send over a delegation, where our diversity of campaigns are represented and can build concrete links and take lessons from the revolution.”
VENUE: Common House Unit 5E 5 Pundersons Gardens Bethnal Green E2 9QG
Event details HERE.

Saturday 21 March, 2-6pm
CAMPACC Self-Determination Project, Workshop 2: Tamils
Part of CAMPACC’s National Self-Determination versus Global ‘Counter-Terror’ Regime: A Research and Public Outreach Project. This project will begin with a series of workshops that will critically examine the growing conflict between national self-determination struggles versus the global ‘counter-terror’ regime and its effects on diasporic communities, the UK’s migrant communities in particular. The workshops will involve active engagement from various diaspora community groups, researchers, lawyers and academics involved in these issues. The second focuses of the Tamil struggle.
You can find full details on the project and workshops here (pdf). Invitation only.
VENUE:
Room B111, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh STreet, WC1H 0XG.

Sunday 22 March, 12-7pm
Newroz Celebrations in London
Newroz will be celebrated in Finsbury Park once again this year. More details tbc.
VENUE: Finsbury Park, Haringey

Sunday 22 March, 5-7pm
This is A Genuine Revolution. – With David Graeber
Leeds Friends of Rojava are delighted to be hosting David Graeber; (Anthropologist and Author of “Debt: The First 5.000 Years” ) sharing his experiences and analysis of his recent trip to Rojava. Followed by a discussion on how we can further build solidarity with the autonomous cantons of Rojava to build our own resistance and alternatives here. Come share your thoughts, pick up some reading from the info table, donate your books for the First University of Rojava, have a drink, get involved, rabble rouse! Food and raffle TBC….
All welcome!
VENUE: Wharf Chambers, Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

Wednesday 25 March, 7-9pm
Public Forum: Kurds in Syria: From Denial toward Self-Ruled Governance Model
Keynote speaker: Salih Muslim, Leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
The other speakers are Mr Michael Stephen of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Dr David Graeber of London School of Economics (LSE) and Dr Johanna RihaDr Tunc Aybak of Middlesex University will chair this debate. John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness will kindly host this debate in the Houses of Parliament.
VENUE: Committee Room 9, ouse of Commons, Westminster, London SWA 0AA. This event is organised in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS). More information and RSVP. 

Sunday 28 March, 1pm – 5pm
Rescue 4 Children: A Fundraising Event
Psychotherapist and researcher Dr Mitra Babak <http://on.fb.me/1LHVgnQ>  hosts a seminar on the psychological roots of ISIS and the issues facing middle eastern society. Guest Speakers include  Dr Hemn Seyedi – BBC Political Analyst  and Dr Alan Semo – UK PYD Representative. There will be live music by Dila V & The Odd Beats and our catering sponsor Cinnamon NW3 will be providing the delicious food.  More information on event video.
Rescue 4 Children has been providing vital humanitarian aid for children and families who have been seeking refuge in the various refugee camps based in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria and Turkey since the war started. Here is how we spent our Christmas. There is still much more to do, and with your generous support we can continue to help war-affected children.
VENUE: Rio Cinema,107 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 April
Conference: Dissecting Capitalist Modernity II
The second ‘Challenging Capitalist Modernity’ Conference is taking place on 3-5th April in Hamburg. Featuring David Harvey, Janet Biehl, John Holloway, David Graeber, Havin Guneser, and many more.
WIth sessions on: Dissecting Capitalist Modernity; Democratic Confederalism and Ocalan; Ecological Industry and Communal Economy; Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks of Revolutionary Theory; and Lessons to be Learned from Alternative Practices
VENUE: Hamburg University

Saturday 18 April, 2-6pm
CAMPACC Self-Determination Project, Workshop 3: Somalis
Part of CAMPACC’s National Self-Determination versus Global ‘Counter-Terror’ Regime: A Research and Public Outreach Project. This project will begin with a series of workshops that will critically examine the growing conflict between national self-determination struggles versus the global ‘counter-terror’ regime and its effects on diasporic communities, the UK’s migrant communities in particular. The workshops will involve active engagement from various diaspora community groups, researchers, lawyers and academics involved in these issues. The third focuses of the Tamil struggle.
You can find full details on the project and workshops here (pdf). Invitation only.
VENUE:
Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh STreet, WC1H 0XG.

Friday 24 April 2015, 2 – 6.15pm
Conference: The Kurds in the Middle East – New developments and prospects
Organised by the London Middle East Centre, SOAS University. Since last summer, largely owing to the events in Kobanê, developments in those parts of Kurdistan that fall within the official boundaries of the states of Iraq, Syria and Turkey have drawn increasing attention globally, bringing to a new climax a century of violence which started with WWI and the Armenian genocide. Kurdish autonomy has become a fact in Northern Iraq for more than two decades. It is unfolding in Eastern Syria since the beginning of the uprising in that country in 2011. What future awaits the Kurds and the states of Iraq, Syria and Turkey? How to assess the ‘democratic autonomy’ project of the Kurdish movement in Syria and Turkey? What are the prospects of the peace talks in Turkey? Is the Kurdish movement in Iran immune to these developments? This half-day conference will address these questions and others pertaining to the same issue.
Speakers include: Dr Hassan Hakimian; Prof. Hamit Bozarlan; Prof Nade al Ali; Prof Gilbert Achar; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Smiley; Ms Houzan Mahmoud; Dr Ozlem Galip; and more.
VENUE: Brunei Gallery, SOAS University, Thornhough Street, London. Admission: £10; Students: £3. To register please visit the SOAS Online Store.