For antimilitarists, disrupting war profiteering means knocking out the economic pillars that make war inevitable. It goes far beyond the arms trade (although that is an important part of it), and includes all those who fund and profit from war and militarisation.
Disrupting war profiteering takes a whole range of activities, from research, lobbying and legal challenges to mobilisation, direct action and creative campaigning techniques.
This seminar will provide a space for activists using a whole range of different methods to gather together, learn how a spectrum of tactics interlink and help each other to be more effective. It'll answer questions like 'How can we make our direct action more strategic using research? 'How could a public campaign support our lobbying work?' 'What tools or methods can help my campaign be more effective?'
To explore the connections between different methods, we'll use case study campaigns and themes from around the world, including:
- arms fair disruption from South Korea to Britain, Adu Dhabi to Czech Republic
- extractive industries and militarisation
- war profiteering and gender
- 'civilian' companies that profit from war and occupation
There will also be workshops on different methods, to explore their relevance in more depth, as well as 'campaigns clinics', where you can share your campaign and hear constructive feedback.
The seminar will follow a War Resisters' International Council meeting, which is open to observers. Directly after the seminar, there will be an opportunity to take part in a nonviolent direct action to disrupt the ADEX arms fair, with training available. Have a look at what happened at the 2013 arms fair for inspiration! /ADEX-2013
- 13 (afternoon) - 15 October: War Resisters' International Council meeting
- 16 - 17 October: Stopping the War Business - International Seminar
- 18 October: Training for action
- 19 October: Nonviolent direct action at the ADEX arms fair
Registration fees, including food, accommodation, and contribution to translation:
WRI Council Meeting, International Seminar, Training and Action (13-20 Oct), = £250.00
WRI International Seminar, Training and Action (15-20 Oct), = £200.00
If you require accomodation on the night of the 12th, this will cost an additional £20.