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A tribute to Bev

Our beautiful friend Bev passed away on 31st December. She was a well-known and loved activist and she was a regular in the Smash EDO campaign, demonstrating against the arms industry for many years.

Bev and her daughter Caitlin first got involved in the demos against EDO towards the start of the campaign. They were soon a regular presence at the demonstrations against the factory. She came to the protest camp behind the factory in Wild Park and helped to set up a kid’s space for her daughter and other young people at the camp, which was promptly torn down by the police when they evicted the camp. She joined with others in refusing to leave, even when our tents were confiscated by police.

Community and helping others was at the heart of Bev’s values. She was always there to provide help and support to her friends and fellow activists, often giving a place to stay in her house for those who needed it. She thought it was important to support people who had been arrested for taking direct action against EDO. During the month long trial of trial of the EDO decommissioners, Bev came to the court every day providing support in the public gallery and joining demonstrations outside the court.

Even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer Bev still tried to attend as many regular demonstrations at the factory as she was able to and was often disappointed when she couldn’t make it.

A lot of us who got to know Bev through the campaign formed close long term friendships with her over the years. Bev was a much loved and valued friend to us all. We will always be glad to have known her.

Bev’s funeral will be on 14th January:

Bev’s funeral will be at 9.30am on Wednesday 14th January at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB. The dress code for the funeral is casual, but red and black colours are preferred. The Wake will be at the Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JA straight after the funeral and will last until well into the evening. People are welcome to bring vegan food to the Cowley Club to share at the Wake. You can drop it off at the Cowley on Tuesday evening from 7pm or you can drop it off between 7 and 8.30am on Wednesday morning. Call Chris on 07598 777 614 to let us know if you’re dropping food off. Bring your own alcohol if you want and the Cowley bar will open in the  evening. The Wake is an open forum. Everyone is welcome to sing, play music, bring their instruments, read poetry and say tributes to Bev. Pot plants and gin were Bev’s favourites – bring pot plants to swap with others and take home at the Wake.

Please donate to remember Bev:

Community and helping others was at the heart of Bev’s values. Please donate what you can towards the funeral/wake costs (and remember, you can still donate after the funeral and wake have happened) and we’ll be sharing this beautiful tribute to Bev together. Any money that isn’t needed for the funeral or wake will be put towards keeping Bev’s daughter Caitlin housed until she turns 18 or it will go towards causes which Bev was passionate about.

You can donate at (but Gogetfunding take a fee), or you can transfer money straight to our bank account via and we’ll give it to Bev’s family.

Anti militarist court solidarity – Cardiff

6th Jan 2015
Time: 9:15am
Date: Tuesday 6th January 2015
Location: Cardiff Magistrates Court
Address: Fitzalan Road, Cardiff CF24 0RZ

Court solidarity demonstration to support two much-loved people who are facing excessively harsh charges for allegedly seeking to disrupt the DPRTE arms fair in Cardiff last year. They stand accused of damaging the luxury goods of arms dealers and organisers with childrens play paint.

There will be a short solidarity demonstration outside the court from 9:15am on Monday 6th January 2015. Antimilitarist banners and well-wishers welcome. Afterwards some of us will be supporting the defendants from the public gallery.

Were you present at the protest against DPRTE Arms Fair at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in October 2014? Even if you think you didn’t see anything you may be able to provide useful defence evidence as to the nature of the day.
If you think you may be able to help please email:

An open letter to the Argus – Barclays shares in the arms trade


In your article of December 20th about the direct action against Barclays on North Street over the bank’s dealings in arms trade shares you quote a Barclays spokesperson as claiming that Barclays did not own “any shares in Elbit Systems”.

This is simply an attempt by Barclays to evade responsibility for its financial practices.

Barclays PLC is named as a shareholder in some of the world’s largest arms companies, including a massive 4.25% holding in BAE Systems and almost $3 million worth of shares in Elbit Systems.

Barclays Bank profits from investment in the arms trade through providing the Barclays Stockbrokers service, which facilitates the buying and selling of shares, including shares in arms companies. In one of the options offered by Barclays to its UK customers the bank advertises that: “Barclays Stockbrokers will hold your assets on your behalf”. Barclays Stock Brokers’ customers are able to trade in whatever company they like, regardless of Barclays stated ethical policies.

Barclays are trying to brush off public anger about these share holdings by claiming that they are simply held on behalf of Barclays Stockbrokers’ customers and the bank does not determine where customers invest their money. However the bank is profiting from providing the service. According to Barclays Stockbroker’s customer service department the fees for Barclays Stockbrokers’ services include a charge of up to £75 commission for buying or selling shares, a currency conversion charge for trade in shares on foreign markets of 1.5% and a £7.50 charge for automatically reinvesting cash dividends. Barclays also purchases arms trade shares for the purpose of hedging, another form of financial investment.

Barclays have the power to prevent their customers investing in the arms trade by not facilitating the purchase of shares in arms companies through Barclays Stock Brokers. By continuing to profit from enabling these investments they are making a mockery of their own stated policies on investment in the arms trade.

Barclays blockaded over arms trade shares

Today Smash EDO and Brighton Palestine Action blockaded Barclays Bank for an hour before activists were removed. The action was part of a campaign aimed at forcing the bank to have nothing to do with shares in Elbit Systems, Exelis (EDO MBM’s parent company), BAE, Raytheon and other arms companies. It comes a month after a nationwide day of action saw occupations of Barclays in cities across the UK

One person was arrested, who had glued himself to the front doors of the bank. He was dressed as Santa wearing a placard which read ‘Santa says you’ve been a very naughty bank this year’.

Here’s the initial press report from the Argus

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