28 July 2014, Latest news
Millions of BBC World Service radio listeners were misled again on why African civil society rejects genetically modified crops and big business control over food. The misinformation came when the programme Science in Action featured Rob Bailey, acting research director at the UK-based international affairs think tank Chatham House. Bailey co-wrote the new Chatham House report On Trial: Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa.
Leading campaigners in Africa have already responded to Bailey's misleading arguments in the Guardian, yet Bailey continues to recite the same lines.Add Comment
28 July 2014, Previous events
19-20 July 2014 - Tolpuddle Festival, Dorset
Despite the best efforts of the British weather, once again the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival was a great success. Thousands of people came along - some camped while others opted to join in on Sunday with the famous Topuddle rally. Hundreds of union banners were out in force and brass bands, samba bands and the Socialist Choir filled the country air with sounds of solidarity.
Following a week of strikes and industrial action, trade unionists were fired up to debate and discuss the fightback against the coalition government's continuing programme of austerity. Speakers included TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, Brazilian trade union leader Antonio de Lisboa Amancio Vale and Guardian columnist Owen Jones amongst others. Moving tributes were paid to Bob Crow and Tony Benn who were lost to the movement earlier this year.
A big thanks to all those of you who visited War on Want at our stall in the Martyrs' Marquee (we were quite grateful to be inside!), We had our TTIP report by John Hilary, which flew off the table, such is the need to fight off the threat of this EU-US trade deal. We also collected hundreds of signatures from people who wanted to make their statement to the Foreign Secretary about retail store Gap and its unwillingness to sign up to the Bangladesh Safety Accord. Gap and Wal-Mart have instead offered a voluntary alternative, with no negotiations with trade unions and no independent monitoring of factories.
21 July 2014, Latest news
On Tuesday 15 July 2014, the European Citizens' Initiative on TTIP and CETA was officially launched in Brussels. The initiative calls for an end to negotiations on both the EU-US and EU-Canada trade talks, and demands instead a new approach to EU trade policy that puts people and the planet before corporate profit. In order to be successful, the initiative needs to collect at least one million signatures from across the EU in the space of a year. War on Want is coordinating the collection of signatures in the UK.
09 July 2014, Press releases
Foreign Secretary William Hague today faces accusations that Britain is allowing Israel to act with impunity and intensify its collective punishment measures against the Palestinian population.Add Comment
08 July 2014, Press releases
National campaign opposes EU-US deal
A national campaign against clandestine economic negotiations between the European Union and the US opens today, amid warnings from activists of the biggest shift of power to transnational capital for a generation.Add Comment
07 July 2014, Latest news
War on Want is deeply concerned for the safety of Colombian activist Alfamir Castillo, who has received two death threats in recent days. Alfamir is the mother of Darvey Mosquera Castillo, who was murdered by the Colombian army in 2008. The latest threats follow the recent escape of one of the soliders found guilty of the murder.Add Comment
07 July 2014, Previous events
Massive thanks to all you Glasto revellers who stopped at our stall in the Green Futures Field
We hope you're almost fully recovered. Hope you enjoyed your time there as much as we did. And we're talking activism chat, not just Dolly Parton!
Whether you picked up a War on Want badge, had a chat about sweatshops, made a donation or signed up to receive materials for your school, we were bowled over by your enthusiasm to take action and grow the movement for justice. So great to meet so many of you!
All the reports, action cards, booklets, stickers, badges and other campaigns materials you saw on our stall are free to order. Make sure you put in an order for your community fete stalls, local group events, school & university projects, workplaces and family & friends.
Check out the following:
|Stop G4S campaign and latest online action|
|No TTIP campaign and latest event|
26 June 2014, Latest news
War on Want responded today (26 June 2014) to the European Union's public consultation on the inclusion of investor protection provisions, especially the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, within the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). All readers are encouraged to submit their own responses to the consultation, either using our text (below) or making use of the alternative response mechanisms described here. For more background on TTIP, click here.Add Comment
25 June 2014, Press releases
Campaigners are urging MPs to stop investment moves between the UK and Colombia that would let companies sue governments, with huge legal bills for taxpayers, and deter ministers from policies that serve public interests.Add Comment
20 June 2014, Latest news
A huge thank you to the over 5,000 people took up War on Want’s recent call to demand that Anglo-Swiss multinational Glencore withdraw from the Tampakan project in the southern Philippines. In response to our campaign we received a reply from Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI), the firm controlled by Glencore and responsible for managing the Tampakan project.Add Comment
19 June 2014, Latest news
As awareness grows across Europe of the huge threat posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the European Commission has been forced to open a public consultation on one of the most controversial aspects of the deal: the so-called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This will grant new powers to transnational corporations to sue governments before special tribunals, bypassing domestic courts and making a mockery of democracy. Here's how you can take part in the consultation and say no!Add Comment
12 June 2014, Latest news
The Private Members Bill ballot was drawn this morning (12 June), and 20 MPs were selected to introduce the bill of their choice to the 2014-15 session of parliament. The Agroecology Alliance (of which War on Want is a member) has worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology to draft an Agroecology Bill in the hope that one of the lucky MPs drawn in the ballot could take it on as theirs. The bill represents another step among the many changes needed for people to regain control over our food and agricultural system.
STOP PRESS: We've just heard back from the first three MPs who we had hoped might pick the Agroecology Bill, and sadly they have chosen other priorities. We are now looking for alternatives...Add Comment
10 June 2014, Latest news
War on Want activists have been joined by medical professionals in campaigning against tax avoidance by Alliance Boots. Activists donned white coats and placed a public health notice in front of the store to highlight that the missing tax puts public health at risk, by reducing the amount of money available for the NHS.Add Comment
03 June 2014, Latest news
War on Want campaigners attended the G4S Annual General Meeting and called for an end to the company’s complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation and the imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, including children.Add Comment
29 May 2014, Latest news
In the face of worldwide pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold down its shares in the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S. Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake from the company. Thanks to everyone who joined the campaign, signed the petition and participated in protests.
“We are glad the pressure on the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S is starting to work. We urge the Foundation to sell any remaining shares it still holds and release a public statement pledging not to invest in corporations profiting from Israel’s military occupation,” said Rafeef Ziadah, Senior Campaigns Officer at War on Want.Add Comment
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