A Year of Change
2020 has indeed been a year of BIG changes for all of us, and our organisation is no exception. We’ve found ways to adjust to the challenges of working in a primarily digital landscape, we’ve adapted our approaches to disruption and resistance, and – as part of an organisational-wide review of strategy – we are looking ahead to the future, learning from the past, and considering how we can continue to be effective in our work as a campaigning organisation working to end the arms trade.
Consulting with You
During the autumn, we conducted a series of roundtable consultations to find out from our supporters and activists what role they’d like to see CAAT play in future resistance to arms fairs across the country, and within the Stop the Arms Fair Network itself. Taking on board feedback from those who engaged with the process as well as internal reflections here at CAAT, it is clear the best way for us to continue supporting our community of campaigners is to focus on capacity building.
What does that look like?
- We will be moving away from leading on the organising of the DSEI Week of Action, and shift our focus towards supporting those who may wish to take action against arms fairs across the country throughout the year, in whatever form.
- We will redistribute our focus, ensuring we are not only focused on the DSEI Arms Fair, but also on other local fairs, including the likes of Security & Policing (in March), DPRTE (in June) and Farnborough (during non-DSEI years), be they online or in-person.
- We will be offering a more robust training programme to equip our supporters with the skills they need to continue their resistance in the ‘real-world’, as well as in our increasingly digital-world. Our Training & Events and Local Co-ordinators are working hard on designing this ready to roll-out in the new year.
- And, we will also be launching the Stop the Arms Fairs (STAFs) fund, which will be a pot of money available throughout the year for campaigners and organisers to apply to, in order to get the funds they need to take action, be it at DSEI or any other local arms fair
More details about these changes to come in the new year. We look forward to working with you all in a more decentralised way!