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KTCC, do not cancel our International Women's Day!!

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CADFA have been planning our lovely Women's Day celebration for some time. Dozens of people are planning to come. We have Palestinian food, music, dance etc. It is this coming Sunday.

Someone has taken exception to Baroness Jenny  Tonge coming to speak at our event. Camden Council asked us to consider this - we did and have prepared a long statement. But KTCC got scared we think and have told us that we cannot run the event.

We are sure they are wrong, lots of people are looking forward, we want them to read the information and change their minds fast.

CADFA International Women’s Day Sunday 5th March – KTCC (Kentish Town Community Centre)

A statement from CADFA –  3 pm Thursday 2nd March,

Yesterday we had an email from KTCC that we are unhappy about and that we cannot accept. They wrote to cancel our International Women’s Day event, believing that Camden Council has asked them to, because it includes Baroness Jenny Tonge. We do not believe that this is a reason to cancel the event or that Camden Council asked them to cancel it, and we have written to them asking them to change their minds, having sent them the statement attached below.

WE HOPE THAT KTCC WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND.

It is now 3 pm with one working day to go before our event, and we have not had a response. We therefore are asking for your help now to add your signature to this letter and to be on standby – we may need to do a protest tomorrow or Saturday to call for Free Speech on Palestine and ask for the reinstatement of our event.

As for Sunday, we have made many (lovely) arrangements  (speakers, food, music, dance) and are still expecting to run it, as we have had no response yet to our communications this morning and believe that they are clear.

WE HOPE THAT KTCC WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND.

We hope it all comes out OK. KTCC have to this point been very friendly – for example, they have hosted rehearsals for the dabkeh dancers – we do not want to fall out with old friends. We understand that they are feeling under pressure, and we are not sure that they themselves understand the pressure they are under, and we hope that they will change their minds when they have read the statement that we wrote yesterday (they had not had this when they wrote to us) and some other emails that we have sent them.

But we cannot accept caving into pressure that is not reasonable, not right, not fair on any level. We stand for human rights and decent treatment for everyone, and expect to be given decent treatment (in this case, to have our room booking honoured).

WE HOPE THAT KTCC WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND.

 Below the information that we have sent KTCC which is our argument that

-          Our event is exactly as we said it was going to be

-          We and they should be delighted that Baroness Jenny Tonge has agreed to speak

-          We will not be part of any witch-hunt

-          We stand for free speech on Palestine and equal rights and decent treatment for everyone.

We understand that KTCC have been under pressure but it is not right, and

WE STILL HOPE THAT KTCC WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND.

Please watch our Facebook page / Twitter and our email link. WE ASSUME AT THIS POINT THAT OUR LOVELY EVENT WILL GO AHEAD and hope to see you there (if not before).

CADFA’S STATEMENT 1/3/17

CADFA’s EMAIL TO KTCC 1/3/17

CADFA’s EMAIL TO KTCC 2/3/17



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