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War starts here - newsletter #4

This is the newsletter for the international action camp War starts here in Luleå, Sweden, 22-29th of July 2011

Content

  1. Mass action 26th of july - come and expose the war industries!
  2. Transport
  3. Volountary donation for the camp
  4. Alcohol Policy
  5. Languages

1. Mass action July 26th - Come and expose the war industries!

At Europe's largest military training area, NEAT in northern Sweden, armed forces from around the world trains dropping bombs and develops new destructive weapons systems. We will not let the war preparations continue undisturbed. On July 26th, we use the colour pink to mark NEAT as one of the cornerstones of the global war machinery.

A pink caravan will reach the military airport at NEAT. Once there, we mark the area around it pink, we get past the fence and mark the runway pink, we use our bodies, banners, color and humour. We use the color pink because it is a strong and evident color - perfect for exposing the destructiveness and violence of the military.

Together we form a solid voice that calls for an end to all violent expressions of militarism. Come and join the mass action against the war machinery!

Read more: http://warstartshere.com/en/massaction

Guidelines

  • All participants must be part of an affinity group and attend a nonviolence- and actiontraining which will be held at the camp.
  • We do not use physical violence or verbal intimidation against anyone
  • We do not bring alcohol or a macho attitude - but preferably music, art and humour.
  • We respect joint decisions regarding actions.
  • We act responsibly and safely so that we do not harm ourselves or others.
  • We take responsibility for our own actions, including possible legal consequences.

Pink inspiration

In Spain, Denmark and Sweden military tanks has been painted pink as protests against militarism. In Germany, a control tower was painted pink. On the website we have collected inspiration from various pink actions.

Read more: http://warstartshere.com/en/pink

Legal Info

On the website we have put up some legal information that is good to know in preparations for the mass action. We cooperate with lawyers who help us with legal info, and at the camp there will be a "solidarity group" that deals with legal matters.

Read more: http://www.warstartshere.com/en/legal

Nonviolence- and action trainings

I preparation for the camp, Ofog is organizing nonviolence- and actiontrainings. Upcoming trainings in June include June 5th in Stockholm and june 15th in Gothenburg.

If you want to organize trainings in your area, just go ahead! Feel free to invite Ofog to hold the training, or contact any of the organizations listed here: http://www.warstartshere.com/en/participating-organisations

2. Transport

For those of you who live some distance from Luleå, it is high time to start thinking about how to get there. To help you out we give you some information about transportation in Sweden below. Once in place in Luleå, we will travel by public transport, on foot, on bicycles (will be available to borrow) or, if necessary, in cars.

Read more: http://www.warstartshere.com/en/logistics#transport

Bus

The organisation Women for Peace organize a bus from the south of Sweden to Luleå. Departure 21th of July. 500SEK (around 50 Euros) return ticket. Contact budkavlenforfred@gmail.com for more info.

The Finnish Union of Conscientious Objectors organises a coach trip from Helsinki to Luleå, through Tampere, Jynäskylä och Oulu. Departure 22/7, 100 Euros return ticket. Read more at http://akl-web.fi/tapahtumat/War_Starts_Here_toimintaleiri_Ruotsissa

The bus company "Y-buss" drives from Stockholm to Luleå. You find them at their website http://www.ybuss.se or by phone at +46(0)771334444.

Train

Two night trains leaves the south of Sweden to Luleå every day. Prices vary depending on day and get more expensive closer to departure. You'll find the train company at www.sj.se or by calling +46(0)771-757575.

Car

At the website, we'll post information about cars going to the camp and has available seats. Contact info@ofog.org if you'd like to be on the list. Please also contact us if you have a car that we can use during the camp.

You can also find a ride through various carpooling websites such as http://www.samakare.nu, http://www.bilplats.se, http://www.coopride.se or http://www.samakning.se

Going for free

At http://hertzfreerider.se you can find rental cars the company wants someone to drive back to the place they were rented. It's free to drive such a car, but you don't know until some days before if there is one available.

From Stockholm, the highway goes all the way north to Luleå and it is a relatively easy way to hitch-hike. At the hitch Wiki (http://hitchwiki.org/en/Sweden) you'll find general tips about hitch-hiking in Sweden, and at hitchbase.com (http://hitchbase.com/orte.php?l_id=185) you can find good places to start.

Bicycle

Some people are going by bicycle all the way from Göteborg to Luleå! If you want to join, the entire way or just a short bit, contact info@ofog.org

3. Voluntary donation for the camp

War starts here is organized entirely on a voluntary basis, but money is needed for renting rooms for the seminar, transportation, various material and so on. To cover these expenses, we ask all who can to make a donation for the camp (pay when you get there). Recommended amount is 200 SEK (20 euros) if you're staying the whole camp and SEK 100 (10 euros) if you're just joining for a few days. Everyone pays according to ability, so it is OK to pay less or more.

Read more: http://warstartshere.com/en/logistics/#donation

4. Alcohol Policy

For the camp to be as open and inclusive as possible for everyone, the War starts here-camp is drug and alcohol free. The places and activities that are organized to be used for participants of the camp (seminars, manifestations, actions, camping-area, dining, common transport...) are thus alcohol-and drug-free places.

Read more: http://warstartshere.com/en/logistics/#alcohol

5. Language

War starts here is an international camp and all information will be available in Swedish and English. Some information will also be translated into Spanish, Finnish, and possibly other languages​​. Meetings and workshops will be held in English or Swedish depending on the participants and interpretation will be made as needed.

The seminars will be in English, Swedish and Spanish and simultaneously translated between these languages​​. The interpretation will be available through radio frequency, so if possible please bring a radio receiver (radio, mp3, mobile phone ...) with earphones to be able to listen to the interpretation.

Can you help with interpretation during the camp? Please let us know by register to the camp at: http://warstartshere.com/en/register

Read more: http://warstartshere.com/en/logistics/#language