STOP the murderous Arms Trade entering our schools
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Every year the global arms trade produces $100bn worth of tanks, missiles and weapons. Luton Sixth Form College has decided to support this industry by inviting the arms manufacturer Leonardo into the campus to give talks to students. Leonardo received $13 billion in revenue in 2015. Part of this revenue derives from a $1 billion deal for 30 M-364 jets with the Israeli Defence Force, who have oppressed the Palestinian people with apartheid since the 1950's. Other parts derive from selling drones, helicopters and missiles to nations such as Pakistan, Turkey, Libya and the Bahraini dictatorship, where horrific human rights violations on children and women are common practice.
It is ethically unacceptable for Luton Sixth Form College to invite people who represent this industry to give talks to students. Arms companies have no place in our college. Students at the college have deep rooted universal values of equality, freedom and liberty. The arms companies the college invites work against these values, and even worse, make profit from it. Therefore, we ask that the college radically reconsider who it invites, and to ensure that the practices of the industry and company are moral, ethical and in line with human values. As a result, we request that the college no longer work with or invite companies who sell or manufacture arms.
Please support us to free Luton Sixth Form College from the arms trade, and for this to serve as an example for all people in education to rise up and do the same. When you sign this petition, it is against the arms trade in all schools, colleges and universities.
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