Goodbye from Holly-Rae

White women stands behind a stall covered in CAAT leaflets, with bunting and hazard tape behind her.

Holly-Rae at P&P’s Shared Planet event

Hello all!

A slight deviation from our normal blog updates. Tomorrow is my last day as universities coordinator at CAAT. If you need any support for your campaigns, please email events@caat.org.uk and Anne-Marie will help you out!

It has been an incredible 9 months. High fives and group hugs all around for all of your hard work booting the arms trade off campus. Next year can only get better!

Keep CAAT updated with your group’s activities and let us know who the contact will be for next year by messaging events@caat.org.uk.

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Thank you for everything!

- Holly-Rae xx

University of West England visits the arms dealers!

Paper aeroplanes on grass with "drop steve, not bombs!" written on them

Paper aeroplanes for the demo against UWE’s Vice Chancellor Steve West

On Monday, students from over the country and local campaigners assembled at the University of West England campus for a day of action against military spending and repression of protest at the university.

United under a banner calling to ‘#reviewUWE’ in the glorious sunshine, the group marched through the campus, towards the Vice Chancellor Steve West’s office block, chanting ‘Drop fees, not bombs’. Once outside the fancy building (complete with private tennis court), everyone shared paper plane making skills for an action that the VC could not ignore. Dozens of paper aeroplanes, marked with slogans and requests to drop military investment, were thrown at the building and nestled in the windows, doors and cracks in the brick work. Meanwhile, people took turns voicing their concerns to the chancellor over a megaphone, to much applause and chanting.

Once sure that the VC had heard the message, the group crossed the road to the Bristol

People holding a '#reviewUWE' banner outside Thales offices

Students and local residents visit Thales offices near UWE.

Business Park which is home to many arms companies including Boeing, Babcock, Selex, Thales and QinetiQ. The protesters visited each company in turn, chanting and exposing which human rights abusing countries they export arms to.

The protest was called as a part of the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending (GDAMS) but had a deeper significance to the students at UWE. The demonstration on Monday called for an independent review of the 20th November’s ‘UWE arms fair’ protest. In November, a peaceful student protest against the DPRTE conference, hosted on the UWE campus, was repressed and several students were injured by delegates of the conference. Since then, student media has been silent on the matter and Steve West has ignored student’s concerns. Support the action by signing the petition that’s calling for a review.

Both UWE students and Bristol Against the Arms Trade members are planning ahead for the next move and are looking forward to what’s in store next. If you are local to Bristol and would like to join in please contact either bristolagainstarmstrade@gmail.com or uwe.better.together@riseup.net.