Who We Are
Wandsworth Stop-the-War Coalition was originally founded on 5th October 2001,
at a public meeting in the Friends Meeting House in Wandsworth attended by
over 60 people who were opposed to the so-called "War on Terror" and the
attack on Afghanistan.
The Wandsworth Coalition is an anti-war alliance, and has no collective
affiliation to any particular political party.
We are a local branch of the
National Stop-the-War Coalition
, and we subscribe to its stated aims and
Anybody living or working in the London Borough of Wandsworth (covering Battersea, Balham, Tooting, Wandsworth and Putney) is
welcome to join us, and participate in our activities to oppose Bush and Blair's state of global war, and the attacks on our own basic freedoms here in the UK.
Our regular activities
are open to all, and you
are welcome to come along to our meetings or street stalls.
The Stop-the-War Coalition (STWC)
is a national coalition of anti-war groups, comprising CND, Greens, socialists, trade unions, and independent peace activists. It was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Sep11 attacks on New York, at a packed public meeting in central London attended by over 2,000 people, where it resolved to campaign for a balanced, non-military response, and adopted 3 basic principles, around which local campaigning groups were rapidly launched around the country.
• Stop the war
• Defend civil liberties
• No to a racist backlash
The Wandsworth Stop-the-War Coalition is engaged in the following activities, as resolved by a planning meeting, held shortly after the invasion of Iraq:
- Continue to run regular public stalls, and organise local public meetings.
We have been running a regular stall on St Johns Rd (near Clapham Junction) since September 2001, and also have regular stalls on Balham High St, Tooting Broadway and Putney High St.
- Campaign against the US/UK occupation of Iraq, and highlight Iraq's humanitarian disaster. Whatever fantasy nonsense Blair and his cronies come out with about the June 2004 handover to Allawi's Vichy regime, the occupation is very much not over.
- Highlight the cost of the war to the UK, especially contrasted to the running down of our public services (although the cost of this criminal war is of course not simply financial).
- Promote CND's
White Ribbon Campaign
to indict members of the government for war crimes (this is apparently going ahead, based on the use of depleted uranium and cluster bombs).
- Continue to campaign against Bush's "War On Terror" (the reason we were founded in the first place) as it casts around for new targets, and the US issues threats to Syria and Iran.
- Campaign against attempts by Blair to victimise anti-war MPs.
- Campaign for the West's Weapons of Mass Destruction to be destroyed.
- Promote events sponsored by the Stop-the-War Coalition, and continue to build its popular base.
- Continue to build support amongst local trade union branches and community groups.