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 31st January, 11am – 5pm
Solidarity with Kobane and Rojava
The recent attack by ISIS on Kurdistan Syria has shocked the world, but at the same time highlighted the social revolution taking place in this region. This day school is an opportunity to hear speakers, including those direct from Rojava, to have discussion and network.
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Chris Leslie, Nottingham East Labour MP; Houzan Mahmoud, Women’s rights campaigner; Derek Wall , International co-ordinator Green Party; Dr.; Alan Semo, Democratic Union Party (PYD); Erdelan Baran, Kurdish National Congress ; Aysegul Erdogan, Roj Women
WORKSHOPS: What is ISIS; how to oppose it? The Rojava constitution- a model for liberation? Women and the struggle for gender equality. Building a campaign for humanitarian aid. Building a national network/ solidarity campaign
VENUE: The Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, Burton St, Nottingham NG1 4BU
Saturday 31st January, 11am – 3pm
Save Kobane, Defeat ISIS, Solidarity with Kurdistan
The struggle against ISIS in and around the Kurdish town of Kobane in Syria has captured the imagination of people throughout the world. The brave defenders of the town, men and women, organised in the Kurdish people’s defence forces the YPG and the YPJ, have held up the advance of ISIS. This seminar will hear from a variety of speakers on the developments in Kurdistan, the struggle to defeat ISIS and the efforts to support the refugees. Speakers include Steve Hedley, Assistant General Secretary of the RMT union; Stephen Smellie, Deputy Convenor of UNISON Scotland; Anni Pues, Scottish Green Party, International Committee; Michelle Allison, the UK Women’s representative of the Kurdish National Congress (KNK). Other speakers from the Scottish Kurdish community will outline the history of Kurdistan and the current struggles facing the Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. The seminar will be chaired by Roza Salih, Glasgow Girl and Iraqi Kurd. A collection will take place to meet the costs of food and to raise funds for the Heyva Sor a Kurdistane (Kurdish Red Moon) a charity which raises funds to support Kurdish refugees. There will also be tee-shirts on sale for the refugee funds.
VENUE: UNISON House, 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow, G2 6RX
Wednesday 4 February, 6.30pm
No U.S Sanctions On Venezuela! End U.S Intervention Latin America!
With: George Galloway MP
Bolivian Ambassador H.E. Roberto Calzadilla
Helen Yuill, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Orlando Hill, Brazilian activist
Chair: Sian Errington, North London VSC
VENUE: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU London. Registration essential: Eventbrite
Thursday 5 February, 7 – 8.30pm
Patrick Cockburn on the Rise of Islamic State
Patrick Cockburn, regular contributor to the LRB and Middle East correspondent for the Independent, is, according to Seymour Hersh, ‘Quite simply, the best Western journalist at work in Iraq today’. His latest book The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution (Verso) describes the origins of the new rebel state in Iraq and Syria, setting it in the context of the region’s turbulent recent history, and reflecting on its possible futures. Cockburn will be discussing his book, and its implications, with Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News international editor and author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution. Booking essential.
VENUE: London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JL
Friday 6 – Saturday 7 February
Police corruption, spying, racism and accountability
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and The Monitoring Group are holding a unique two-day conference on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February. The conference will seek common ground, between families, community workers, journalists, academics, lawyers and affected communities, to understand and challenge the problem of police corruption, spying and racism. Speakers include: Professor Gus John; John McDonnell MP; Rebecca Roberts; Dr Mike Shiner; Janet Alder; Suresh Grover, Stafford Scott; Dame Doreen Lawrence. This conference is co-organised by The Monitoring Group and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and is part of a series of events titled The State of the Nation – Racism and Justice in the UK coordinated by The Monitoring Group.
VENUE: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL. Registration required
Monday 9 February, 9.00am – 6.30pm
Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel
This conference seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. In particular it seeks to examine how the histories of Zionist settlement, anti-colonial and nation-building struggles and 20th century warfare in the Middle East region are being transformed in the current historical conjuncture. Speakers include: Prof Gilbert Achar; David Rosenberg; Prof. Sami Zubaida; Dr. Dina Matar; Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis plus many more international speakers.
VENUE: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG. Registration essential. A full conference programme including paper titles, abstracts and speaker bios is available from the CMRB website
11 February 6.30 – 8.00pm
Syria and the Future of the State Order in the Levant
Speaker: Professor Steven Heydemann. As the Syrian conflict nears its fourth anniversary, it poses a growing threat to the stability of the state order in the Levant and Arab East. Steven Heydemann argues that the widespread violence now gripping the Levant and Arab East has a logic and structure that can shed light on its underlying dynamics, its drivers, and its possible effects.VENUE: Wolfson Theatre, NAB, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London
Saturday 21 February
Take back our world! The launch of Global Justice Now
In 2015, the World Development Movement will become Global Justice Now. Take Back Our World! is our national launch event, as well as an opportunity to be educated, be entertained, and organise for a world not ruled by the priorities of big business. Join us to discuss: Food sovereignty • Latin America’s alternative • Energy justice • Art and social change • Fighting TTIP and corporate power • Reversing privatisation • Resisting dirty energy • Movement building
In addition to workshops, debates and documentaries, you’ll be able to see our specially commissioned exhibition by artists from Mexico, Democracia Real Ya, and finish the event with music and performance in the evening. See a full list of speakers here
VENUE: Rich mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Saturday 21 February, 2-6pm
CAMPACC Self-Determination Project, Workshop 1: Kurds
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 first focuses of the Kurdish self-determination movement.
You can find full details on the project and workshops here (pdf). Invitation only.
VENUE: Room B104, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh STreet, WC1H 0XG.
Sunday 22 February, 5pm
Victory in Kobane: What next in the Rojava Revolution?
This event will go beyond the siege on Kobane to explore the depth of Rojava’s revolution and its potential impact on the region. We are very lucky to have well-known author and activist David Graeber, who recently visited Rojava, and Havin Guneser, member of the International Initiative – Freedom for Ocalan, providing us with a first-hand insight into the revolution, its history and its potential for the future. All welcome!
VENUE: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), Main Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Organised by: Roj Women Assembly, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) and Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Tuesday 24 February, 5.45pm
Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing & Conflict Transformation
The International State Crime Initiative and the Transnational Institute invites you to the launch of the latest report. How do global counterterrorism laws impact on peacebuilders and the potential for the lasting transformation of armed conflicts? Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing & Conflict Transformation by Louise Boon-Kuo, Ben Hayes, Vicki Sentas, and Gavin Sullivan addresses this complex issue. The report combines legal and political analysis with in-depth case studies drawing on the testimony of diverse actors engaged in conflict transformation. The study focuses on the use of laws banning ‘terrorist organisations’ in the management of conflict with Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Hamas in the Occupied Palestinian territories, and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey. The report argues that terrorist listing places peacebuilding at the frontline of contemporary security practice and is profoundly affecting the types of peacebuilding that are possible. It documents the diverse risk management strategies that peacebuilders are developing in response to growing legal uncertainties, as well as how terrorist listing is excluding civil society from peace processes. The report raises difficult challenges for peacebuilders and explores some of the complexities of working to build peace in times of permanent war. CHAIR: Professor Penny Green, International State Crime Initiative and Queen Mary University of London.
SPEAKERS PANEL: Professor Michael Semple, Queen’s University Belfast, scholar and practitioner in conflict resolution in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dr Véronique Dudouet, Director for the ‘Agents of change for inclusive conflict transformation’ programme, Berghof Foundation. Gavin Sullivan, University of Amsterdam, and Dr Vicki Sentas, University of New South Wales, and report co-authors.
Followed by a wine reception.
VENUE: GO Jones Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS London. Register here: http://theaustralianhumanrightscentre.cmail1.com/t/j-i-dtlkhid-l-r/
Thursday 26 February, 7-10pm
Stop Foreign Intervention in Africa
This is a public meeting to discuss foreign intervention in Africa and the concern that recent crises, including Ebola, leads to more external military intervention. One of the most important aspects of our discussion is how do we work with others who are already organising in Britain, as well as in other countries? How do we make sure that the growing movement against military intervention and foreign interference in Africa reflects the concerns of Africans and make certain that we are playing a leading role?
VENUE: Room L67, Russell Square, Main College Building SOAS
Friday 6 –Saturday 7 March
Plaid Cymru Spring Conference
Plaid Cymru’s 2015 Spring Conference will be a significant event, with an important General Election on the horizon and also an opportunity to celebrate the fact that we’ve been working for Wales for 90 years. The Conference will be held at Galeri in Caernarfon, where we’ll be setting out our plans and our political priorities for the 2015 election as well as the Assembly election yn 2016. It is also a fantastic opportunity for members to share their ideas with politicians who make decisions on a daily basis and are ready to listen. Registration for the conference is a must. You will find all relevant details, including how to register, accommodation and conference pack, at the Plaid Cymru website
VENUE: Galeri, Caernarfon, Wales
Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 March
Sinn Fein Ard Fheis
More details to be announced soon.
VENUE: Millenium Forum, Derry City, County Derry.
Saturday 7 March, 12pm
Million Women Rise March
For International Womens Day, thousands of women will march through central London and a rally will be held in Trafalgar Square. “A woman’s right to live free from violence and / or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked, exploited, and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. If you think this needs to change, then join us on this women only critical mass.”
VENUE: Gather at 12pm in Central London. To donate, volunteer, or find out more details go to Million Women Rise
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, all day
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….
VENUE: Wharf Chambers, Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds
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.