Election vigils: Vote for real peace and security

In the run up to the parliamentary election in the UK, our vigils on 29 April and 6 May encouraged voters to vote for parties that had a progressive position on real peace and security. Part of our strategy was to encourage votes for parliamentary candidates who opposed the renewal of Trident,the UK’s nuclear weapons system.
We ended up with a government committed to 2%GDP spending on “defence” and to renewing Trident…but at least we tried!

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Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 8 April 2015

Women in Black London used some of the IPB materials for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on our Wednesday Vigil on 8 April in central London.
The vigil was an anti-Trident/nuclear weapons vigil, and we made a GCOMS banner for each side of the Edith Cavell statue where we stand. The vigil was well received, and we gave out about 250 of our Trident leaflets, and about 40 of the GCOMS Call to Action to those people who stopped or appeared particularly interested. We also made some little stickers which we wore on our coats.

Here are some photos and copies of the leaflets.
GCOMS 1 GCOMS 2

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International Women’s Day Vigil, 4 March 2015

As in previous years, we joined with other women’s organisations, for a pre-International Women’s Day Vigil. We had good support from partner organisations this evening and gave out plenty of leaflets.
We called for NO TO MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – in the home; – in the community; -in peace and in war.

The Network of Eritrean women brought along flasks of tea and milky cardamon tea and cream crackers to warm us at the end – a very nice gesture which was appreciated.

Click here for photos on the vigil on Women Living under Muslim Laws’ Facebook page.

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A Vigil on Ukraine, 25 February

We felt that the vigil on the Ukraine was well received this evening, and gave out 175-200 leaflets. There was one violent incident when a man snatched Caroline’s leaflets; Liz successfully defused the situation.

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Stop Drone Warfare, 4 Feb2015

Another vigil against drone warfare

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Vigil 3 December: End immunity for peacekeepers

This week we took part in the international WiB action against immunity from prosecution for UN peacekeepers. Although there is little media coverage of this issue, we found that a surprising number of people took our leaflets, and hopefully wrote to the Ministry of Defence. We are still waiting for a reply from them. Here’s our leaflet:

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London Vigil 5 November

In the week before Remembrance Day on 11 November, and the “celebration” of the 100th anniversary of the first world war,¬†our vigil this week urged people to not only remember the dead…. but also to take action for peace. We wore white poppies, long used by the peace movement instead of the red poppies. We had a really good response from the public, and as you see in the pictures, we also had sparklers, as the 5 November is also a day for fireworks in the UK. Here’s our leaflet,

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