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Afghan Peace Walk

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A
TRAIL OF TEARS FOR AFGHANISTAN
A path from resistance from London to Colchester in support of Joe
Glenton

25 June - 1 July
http://unarmedforcesday.wordpress.com

Indymedia: http://tinyurl.com/2bot392  
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/347nb4s

SATURDAY 26 JUNE: ARMED FORCES DAY
Meet 10.30am, Ministry of Defence, for a day of counter-recruitment
activity and informing soldiers of their legal right to object to war.

SATURDAY 26 JUNE: DISSENT, RESISTANCE AND THE MILITARY
How should the peace movement engage with
ordinary soldiers? Discussion with Mike Marqusee, Gwyn Gwyntopher (At
Ease), and ex-soldier Ben Griffin. 6-8pm, Housmans Bookshop, N1.

SUNDAY 27 JUNE - THURSDAY 1 JULY: FIVE-DAY PEACE WALK FROM LONDON TO
COLCHESTER IN SUPPORT OF JOE GLENTON
Meet 10.30am Sunday 27 June ("Unarmed Forces Day") outside the Ministry
of Defence, for the start of five-day walk to the military prison in
Colchester where soldier Joe Glenton is in prison for refusing to fight
in Afghanistan.

Other related events:
> Friday 25 June, London: Forces Watch
briefing on British Army recruitment practices.
> Saturday 26 June, London: Counter-recruitment actions
at Army Contact Points (aka 'Arcades of Death') in Dalston, Hounslow
and Bromley.
> Sunday 27 June, Huddersfield: Unarmed Forces Day screening of the
film 'Soldiers of Peace' (2008).

See below for details of the above events.

BACKGROUND INFO

"When
I went to Afghanistan I was proud to serve the Army and to serve my
country, but before long I realised the government was using the Army
for its own ends. It is distressing to disobey orders, but when
Britain follows America in continuing to wage war against one of the
world's poorest countries I feel I have no choice. Politicians have
abused the trust of the Army and the soldiers who serve” -
Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, jailed for 9 months for refusing
to return to Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan is currently costing British  taxpayers £5
billion a year, and though the
Government claims that British troops are fighting there to keep
us safe, 80% of the public simply don't believe them. In reality, British troops are killing
and dying to protect one of the most corrupt governments in the
world: a government that condones marital rape, tortures its own
citizens, and was elected by massive fraud, and their presence there increases
- not decreases - the risk of terrorism to us here in the UK.

The overwhelming majority (77%)
of the British public want British
troops withdrawn from Afghanistan "within a year or so". Yet, despite
this, voters have been deprived of any meaningful choice at the ballot
box. Indeed, 70% agreed that the
three main parties did not offer "any real choice of policies" on
Afghanistan.

PLEASE JOIN US this June to demand an end to
the war, and to show solidarity with those soldiers, like Joe Glenton,
who refuse to fight in this illegal and immoral war.

Film showings and other activities along the way.
Accommodation available in London on the nights of 25-26 June. Please
let us know if you will be needing accommodation on either or both of
these nights: 0845 458 2564 or afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com.

Walk Initiated by Justice Not Vengeance
(www.j-n-v.org)
and others. Contact: 0845 458 2564, afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

First and foremost we need walkers, so please join us if you can. But
we also need help with publicity and money!

PUBLICITY
> Please forward this e-mail to any relevant e-lists or to anyone
you think might be interested
> If you're on Facebook, then please invite people to take part: http://tinyurl.com/347nb4s
> Can you distribute and / or mail out leaflets about the Walk over
the next four weeks? If so, then please
contact us to let us know how many you need and where we should send
them: 0845 458 2564, afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com

MONEY
We still haven't covered the costs of organising the Walk. If you can
help, then please send donations:
> by cheque, payable to 'JNV', to: JNV, 29 Gensing Road,
St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0HE (please write 'Peace Walk' on
the back)
> or by electronic transfer: see http://www.j-n-v.org/whatisJNV.htm
for details.

FULL EVENT INFORMATION

FRIDAY 25 JUNE, LONDON: FORCES WATCH BRIEFING
Briefing on British Army recruitment practices by Forces Watch
(www.forceswatch.net).
7-9pm, The Crypt, St Peter De Beauvoir Church, De Beauvoir Road,
London, N1 5AT (map: http://tinyurl.com/323zukc)

SATURDAY 26 JUNE, LONDON: COUNTER-RECRUITMENT & OUTREACH TO
SOLDIERS ON "ARMED FORCES DAY"
Meet 10.30am, Ministry of Defence (Main Building),
Horse Guards Avenue (off Whitehall, Map: http://tinyurl.com/32t4b8v). Please bring Oyster card
with £5 on it.

SATURDAY 26 JUNE, LONDON: COUNTER-RECRUITMENT VIGILS
ON "ARMED FORCES DAY"
Vigils will be taking place at London's three Army Contact Points (aka
"Arcades of Death" - see http://tinyurl.com/2ena5ug):

> Hounslow: 11am - 1pm, Hounslow High Street, outside the Treaty
Centre (map: http://tinyurl.com/36kjayt).
Org. by Hounslow Stop the
War. 07774 936 556
> Dalston: 1.30pm, Kingsland Shopping Centre,
Kingsland High Street, E8 (opposite Dalston Kingsland train station.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/394kafr). Org. by
Hackney Stop the War.
> Bromley: 1pm - 4pm, Market Square, Bromley, BR1
(5 min walk from Bromley North station. Map: http://tinyurl.com/32qzgk3). Org. by the Trail of Tears Peace Walkers. Contact 0845
458 2564

SATURDAY 26 JUNE, LONDON: DISSENT, RESISTANCE AND THE MILITARY
How should the peace movement engage with
ordinary soldiers? Discussion with Mike Marqusee (Redemption Song),
Gwyn Gwyntopher (At Ease) and ex-soldier Ben Griffin.
6-8pm, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DX, (tube: King's X). Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/2vkb86a
www.housmans.com

SUNDAY 27 JUNE, HUDDERSFIELD:  'SOLDIERS OF PEACE' SCREENING ON
"UNARMED FORCES DAY"
Special "Unarmed Forces Day" screening of the 'Soldiers of Peace',
featuring stories of peace from 14 countries around the world
(www.soldiersofpeacemovie.com).
Free admission but PLEASE BOOK A
PLACE. 6.30pm refreshments - film at 7.00pm. Quaker Meeting House,
Church Street HD1 4TR Wheelchair accessible. To book e:
cara[AT]cooptel.net t: 07982 079 451

SUNDAY 27 JUNE - 1 JULY, LONDON TO COLCHESTER: FIVE-DAY PEACE WALK FROM
LONDON TO COLCHESTER IN SUPPORT OF JOE GLENTON
Meet 10.30am, Sunday 27 June, Ministry of Defence (Main Building),
Horse Guards Avenue (off Whitehall, Map: http://tinyurl.com/32t4b8v)
for the start of five-day walk to the military prison in Colchester
where soldier Joe Glenton is in prison for refusing to fight in
Afghanistan. The route will pass through Ilford, Brentwood,
Chelmsford,  and Maldon, arriving in Colchester on 1 July. Crash-pad
accommodation and vegan food provided en route. Typical daily walk
length: 12 miles. Support vehicles will be available each day to ferry
sleeping gear etc... Details of daily start times and locations,
evening events etc... below. For more info contact 0845 458
2564 or e-mail afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com

Please
Note: If you're planning to join the walk along the route, then
please ring the night before to confirm the details below (07980 748
555):

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DAY ONE, SUNDAY 27 JUNE: 10.1 MILES – CENTRAL LONDON TO ILFORD

Start: EITHER meet 10.30am for a
10.45am start at the Ministry of Defence, Horse Guards Avenue,
Whitehall, London SW1 OR meet 10.45am, 453
Strand, WC2R 0RH (outside the SOCPA zone – see 6. below)
End:
approx 5.30pm. Near Ilford train station.
Public meeting:
7.30pm, Wanstead Friends Meeting House, Bush Road, Wanstead, E11
3AU.

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DAY TWO, MONDAY 28 JUNE: 11.5 MILES – ILFORD TO BRENTWOOD
Start:
9am. Ilford army careers office, 180a Cranbrook Road, IG1 4LR (near
Ilford train station).
End: approx 5.30pm, Brentwood
Cathedral Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AT (a 15 min walk from
Brentwood Railway Station)
Public
meeting: 7.30pm, Brentwood Cathedral Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood,
CM15 8AT.

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DAY THREE, TUESDAY 29 JUNE: 15 MILES – BRENTWOOD TO CHELMSFORD

Start: 9am. Brentwood Cathedral
Hall (see above).
End: approx 5.30pm. Chelmsford War Memorial
(outside council headquarters) CM1 1JE (near Chelmsford train
station).
Public meeting: 8pm, Chelmsford Friends Meeting
House, 82 Rainsford Rd, Chelmsford CM1 1QL

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DAY FOUR, WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE: 12 / 20 MILES – CHELMSFORD TO MALDON /
TOLLESHUNT KNIGHTS (TWO OPTIONS)
Start:
9am. Chelmsford War Memorial (see above).
End: approx 7pm. EITHER
Maldon Friends Meeting House, Butt Lane, Maldon CM9 5HD OR Corner of
Barnhall Road and Rectory Road, Tolleshunt Knights CM9 8HA.

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DAY FIVE, THURSDAY 1 JULY: 14 MILES – TOLLESHUNT KNIGHTS TO
COLCHESTER
Either - Start: 9am.
Friends Meeting House, Butt Lane, Maldon CM9 5HD. (Car to Tolleshunt
Knights.)
Or - Start: 9.30am. Corner of Barnhall Road and Rectory
Road, Tolleshunt Knights CM9 8HA.
End: Meet 6pm at the War
Memorial in Colchester Town Centre (see http://tinyurl.com/373zorz)
for rally and 3.5 mile walk to the Military Corrective Training
Centre, Colchester, CO2 9NU, with Colchester Stop the War and others.
Rally likely to end after 8.30pm.

For
more info contact 0845 458 2564 (before 26 June) or 07503
488 949 (during the walk) or 07973 484 202 (during the walk) or e-mail afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com