The Excel Centre, London, Sunday 8th September, 12 noon sharp.

More information on the location at 12 noon on 7th September.

On Sunday the 8th September, the Occupy movement will take action against the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi) arms fair in East London, which is billed as “The world leading defence and security event”.

Marking almost two years since Occupy took on London Stock Exchange, this mass mobilisation will challenge another pillar of global injustice: the arms industry which dominates public spending priorities, and profits from conflict and repression. The action invites people to take creative action to intervene in the arms fair, in solidarity with those who face its weapons around the world.

DSEi hosts 1400 international weapons companies, and nearly 30,000 buyers and sellers attend the event, which is co-organised by the UK government. [2] The companies arming Turkey, Egypt, Brazil and Syria will attend along with many of the world's militaries [3]: the arms fair plays a crucial role in providing the weapons which have killed people and increased repression in response to recent democratic uprisings. Drones will also be a key theme this year, with an additional one day conference at the start of the event and a dedicated 21,000 sq ft ‘unmanned systems showcase’.

Activists will challenge the UK's military budget, which is the fourth highest in the world, and has been protected from public sector cuts. They will highlight that the UK's military spending of £39 billion a year is enough to stop the cuts to the NHS twice, and call for an end to the public subsidy [2] for this key event in the arms industry calendar.

One Occupy activist described the reasons for this action:

“The UK government is both a proud leader in promoting violence to the world, and is inflicting the violence of austerity on its own people. How can the UK spend more money on weapons and this arms fair while hospitals close and people are made homeless? We stand with those calling for democracy and economic justice around the world, who are being met with violent state repression.

The weapons companies and militaries responsible for the civilians killed on the streets of Bahrain and Egypt, for those killed in drone attacks, and even for arming Assad, will be in London. We're taking action to stand in their way, to bring down the government support for the arms fair and to take on those who profit from conflict and repression.”

How can I take part?

From home and abroad:

 - Join, share, like and invite friends to our facebook event page

- This Thursday 7pm (uk time) join in twitter storm to promote the action

- Spread news about the arms fair through facebook and twitter using #OccupyDSEI

- Create slogans, videos, posters, flyers and post them on the event page, or on twitter with #OccupyDSEI

- tell everyone you know!

If you are coming to the action:

- Help us make the space beautiful…bring colourful banners, balloons, food, hot drinks, music, art, games, pots and pans!

- Bring with you water, sustaining snacks and  all-weather clothing.  

- We cannot predict all that can happen on the day, so try to be with people you know and trust. These will be your affinity group and you can support each other throughout the action.

- Songs or chants keep peoples’ spirits up during an action, so bring along your best rhymes and singing voices!


1. Occupy vs. the Arms Fair is an event called by activists from Occupy London, with support from the Stop the Arms Fair coalition. More details can be found here:

http://occupylondon.org.uk/  | http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406612642887333/

Twitter: @stopthearmsfair | #occupydsei

2. The arms fair is co-organised by UK Trade & Investment Defence and Security Organisation, the government unit responsible for promoting weapons sales. The arms fair enjoys tactical and promotional support from the UK military, and will host government ministers throughout the week. The costs of policing are also significant.

3. The arms fair will host:

•    The company which supplies 78% of Assad's conventional weaponry.

•    The companies which manufactured the tear gas which has killed and injured protesters in Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil and elsewhere.

•    About half of the world's militaries. The government has refused to reveal the list of countries it has invited until the fair begins, presumably for fear of negative publicity this will cause, but the list from DSEi 2011 reveals that countries in conflict and those the UK Foreign Office classifies as 'of concern' for human rights, are invited in great numbers.

•    The company which in 2009 and 2011 was found guilty of promoting illegal cluster munitions at the fair.

'Four Horsemen' - 'Progressive Bromley Film Co-op'

'Progressive Bromley Film Co-op' - second season: showing - 'Four Horsemen'* - Saturday 7th September 2013

* The Four Horsemen is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.

  Trailer: http://buy.fourhorsemenfilm.com/

  A Renegade Economist film:


  "In the UK and the wider Western World a silent economic war has been waged. The battle lines are drawn but – deliberately - they have not been defined."

At the Quaker Meeting House, Ravensbourne Road, Bromley, BR1 1HP


Doors open at 6pm, showing at 7pm.

No charge - please bring a small item of food or nonalcoholic drink to share before-hand.

Shared food and discussion afterwards.

There will be the opportunity to make a free-will donation afterwards (for those that wish) - 50/50 proceeds split: - half to the Film Co-op costs and  - half as a solidarity donation to help set up an (income) Fairness Commission for London being promoted by My Fair London (see below).


This is the opener to the second season of the new 'Progressive Bromley Film Co-op' - which has about 10 members and is supported (but not financially) by our/my Quaker Meeting. 

We aim to show every first Saturday


 - the one for October (provisionally 5th October) will be Stains Nation - about yet one more of for-profit pharma's killing scams:


 We are told that cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease. At least 40 million people are currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications, known as statins, and millions more people are avoiding foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol.

The basic idea is that dietary saturated fat raises cholesterol levels, and these two substances somehow clog-up our arteries, causing a heart attack. This idea is often referred to as the diet-heart hypothesis.

However, a numbers of doctors and researchers have been challenging this hypothesis for decades, and the latest heart disease statistics reveal some alarming facts. Such as:

- People with high cholesterol tend to live longer

- People with heart disease tend to have low levels of cholesterol

- Cholesterol-lowering of a population does not reduce the rate of heart disease

In addition, despite their widespread use, and description as “wonder drugs” statin medications do not extend life for the majority of people who take them.

Cholesterol-lowering has become a huge global industry, generating at least $29 billion each year. Have the facts about heart disease, cholesterol and cholesterol medications been distorted by pharmaceutical companies  and food manufacturers keen to increase their profits?

If the focus on cholesterol has been a mistake, then the greatest cost is associated with the lost opportunity to tackle heart disease.



From 11am to 3pm Saturday 7th September, Bromley High Street near Primark, the Bromley Income Equality Group (BIEG) continues to collect petition signatures:

For a Fairer Bromley (Living Wage, Fairness Commission, close the income gap for LBBromley employees - currently the lowest is paid less that £7 per hour, the CEO is paid £97 per hour!)

see: https://www.facebook.com/BromleyIncomeEqualityGroup

And, on-line equality petition:


Come and visit! Join in, even!

Best! - equally! - for all!

Contact: John Courtneidge 0795 099 6418

Break up the banks

Anything to reduce the power of banking interests, which dominate business, politics and public institutions, is worth supporting. Occupy is calling for action to highlight the iniquities of the bulge bracket banks in expectation of some bold recommendations from the all-party banking commission due to report shortly. 


Break up the Banks Thursday 16 May | 1 pm | Canary Wharf

'The Secret City' Free Showing this Saturday, 4th May 2013 in Bromley

Saturday 4th May 2013, 6pm for a showing at 7pm with a discussion after, at the Quaker Meeting House, Ravensbourne Road, Bromley. UK

Map:   http://www.quaker.org.uk/bromley

(Ie. close to Bromley South station (from Victoria, 19 minutes), buses to/from 'everywhere')


As its first event, the Progressive Bromley Film Co-op is inviting everyone to a free showing of 'The Secret City':


This new film exposes the goings on in the City of London - and its impact on everybody and everything.

There is no charge: a free-will collection (to be 50/50 split between the film co-op and the film producers) will be available.

Please bring, if you wish, a small item of food or non-alcoholic drink to share - co-operatively!

Other progressive, nonviolent films are scheduled for subsequent first Saturday evenings in each month.