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Secular Europe Campaign - call for volunteers

From: Marco T.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:41 AM
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Dear friends!

The March & Rally for a Secular Europe is only 3 weeks away now, and the other events of the Campaign will be much sooner. 

As last year, this Campaign relies on the help from volunteers from the supporting associations, especially the London-based ones like us!

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities also for this year's events.

In particular we are looking for volunteers for the following events:


Date to be confirmed, maybe Wed 7th Sep or Thu 8th Sep .

Following the success (also with the media) of last year's placards and pope hats making afternoon, we will buy material for the placards and ask for volunteers to prepare them while journalists will be invited to come and interview us: why do we care about secularism and human rights so much??

As many volunteers as possible, for as much time as you want.

2) Panel Discussion: Islam in a Secular Europe

Date: Friday 16th September from 6.30pm

Venue: Conway Hall


Islam in a Secular Europe is the theme of the 2011 annual Secular Europe Campaign debate, hosted by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and the Central London Humanists, in association with Conway Hall. Using a Question Time format.

Panellists include:

Yahya Birt, the Commissioning Editor at Kube Publishing and co-editor of British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State;

Sir David Blatherwick, diplomat, writer, distinguished supporter of Humanism, and current Trustee for the British University in Egypt;

Humeira Iqtida, lecturer at King's College London and author of Secularising Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan;

Maleiha Malik, Professor in Law at King's College London teacher of courses in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Discrimination Law and European Law;

Maryam Namazie, well-known critic of political Islam and commentator on women's rights, violence against women, cultural relativism, secularism, Humanism, religion, and Islam.

8 volunteers:

  • Check tickets at the entrance

  • Help with roaming microphones in the hall


3) March & Rally for a Secular Europe

Date: Saturday 17th September

From 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

Assembly (10.30 am): Temple Place (Victoria Embankment)

March [masked] am): Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Whitehall

Rally [masked]pm): Richmond Terrace (opposite Downing Street)


20 volunteers


As in our past demonstrations, we need stewards to be at the sides of the procession making sure that everything goes well.

We have already the high visibility jackets that you will need to wear so that you are recognisable and so that people see that you are "in charge"... No need to wear pope hats this year, unless you want to ;)

We are a friendly peaceful bunch, so there is no need to worry at all, but just in case you spot some potential trouble, you can alert the police officers who will also be at the sides of the procession.

The police will help us marching stopping the traffic and using tape and cones to protect the path of the demonstration.

Stewards should ask people to stay inside the path of the procession and it would be great if you could encourage passers by to join us and march with us: we are marching for them also!


If you would like to help at one or more of these events, please email [address removed]

Thank you very much for your support!


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