9 November 2009 – STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER No. 1124
[Is it just me or do you find the following quote from this newsletter offensive and opportunist?]
“- Stop the War groups will be organising protests and vigils around the country on the tragic day when the hundredth British soldier this year dies. The figure now stands at 95.”
[I don’t normally comment like this but I feel so strongly about this as I think this is basically dishonest politics. Opinions anyone? WB]
The war effort in Afghanistan is starting to fall apart at the seams. We will shortly reach the hundredth British soldier’s death this year, and there is talk in military circles of withdrawing British troops from the frontline.
There is growing opposition amongst MPs as well as unease amongst senior military figures. The Independent on Sunday called for the end of the war on its front page yesterday and other papers are becoming very critical of the war.
Most important of all, 73% of the population now believe the troops should be brought home soon and there is growing opposition to the war amongst the troops. Now is the time to step up the pressure on government to bring the troops home.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
-We have produced a ‘Bring the Troops Home’ postcard designed to send to your local MP. It is available from the office. Please phone if you want us to send you some.
– Stop the War groups will be organising protests and vigils around the country on the tragic day when the hundredth British soldier this year dies. The figure now stands at 95. Please contact your local Stop the War group for details. You can find the contact details for the groups on the website.
-On December 21st, members of soldiers, ex-soldiers and military families will be taking our Bring the Troops Home Petition to Gordon Brown in Downing Street. More than 15,000 have already signed, but we want to get many more signatures before December 21st.
You can sign online at http://bit.ly/ft6BP, but we are also asking everyone to download a hard copy of the petition, get your colleagues and friends to sign and return to the office.
Also mark down the date December 21st, and get ready to come down and support the families at Downing Street that evening.
SPECIAL LONDON ACTIVIST MEETING ON AFGHANISTAN We have called an urgent activist meeting to discuss thecrisis and the campaign tomorrow night (Tuesday 10th November). We are asking as many of our supporters as possible to attend.
6PM TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
41 FITZROY SQUARE W1T 6AQ
NEAREST TUBE WARREN STREET.