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“THE MARCH THAT SHOOK BLAIR”: An oral history of Britain's biggest ever protest and the movement that made it happen.
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[Note added 7 January 2013: Please also note that, because of our tight schedule, backers donating £25 or more after noon on 13 January may not have their names printed in the first edition. So if you want your name to be included in all editions then please make your pledge on or before noon on Sunday 13 January!

Note added 1 Jan 2013:
We've already reached our original funding goal of £1,250, so the good news is that "The March that Shook Blair" will definitely be published in February with a cover price of £10. We've also confirmed the details for the book's launch: 7pm, Friday 15 February 2013 in the Bloomsbury Suite at Friends House in London (173 Euston Road,NW1 2BJ). However, any further backing is still very valuable as this will enable us to: (a) do additional (ie. not currently budgeted) promotional work for the book; and (b) pay for some of the unpaid work that is currently going into producing the book (including proofing etc...). So please continue to make your pledges!]

On this evidence, the big march was shock and awe from the bottom-up; it came within a hair's breadth of derailing the warmongers and still shapes our politics today.” - Joe Glenton, Afghan war veteran and author of Soldier Box (Verso)

“While our rulers have every interest in erasing any trace of the anti-Iraq War movement from history, it is important we do not make the same mistake. In telling the story of the march and its far-reaching influence – including the important role played by British Muslims - 'The March that Shook Blair' is an inspiring and timely reminder of the power of public protest” - Salma Yaqoob, former leader of Respect


According to polling, over 1¼ million people took part in Britain's biggest-ever political protest: the 15 February 2003 anti-war march in London against the invasion of Iraq. Around the world millions more demonstrated, leading the New York Times to note that “there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.”

Nonetheless, here in the UK there is a widespread feeling - among both activists and the general public - that the demonstration was an “absolute failure” (UK Uncut activist, 2011), and that it had no impact on the Government.

Based on over 120 original interviews, “The March that Shook Blair” explodes these myths, demonstrating how the 15 February 2003 march:

  • Almost forced Blair to withdraw British troops from the 2003 invasion, a fact largely unknown to both activists and the general public.

  • Constrained the British Government's actions in Iraq and in the wider region, influencing how the war was fought and the timing of Britain's eventual withdrawal.

  • Has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the British political and social landscape, reducing both the general public’s trust in government and the threat posed by domestic terrorism

  • Has influenced many of the grassroots social groups and activists working today.

These impacts and achievements should be part of the general consciousness, known to those who marched on 15 February 2003, the general public, and to future generations and historians. Instead, they've been buried.

Published by Peace News Press (www.peacenews.info) on the demonstration's 10th anniversary, “The March that Shook Blair” sets the record straight, documenting, celebrating and analysing the largest political march in British history and the wider anti-war movement.

This is a fascinating book – a moving and nostalgic piece of oral history. An honest warts-and-all account.” - Bruce Kent, Vice President of CND

WHY YOU SHOULD PLEDGE ON KICKSTARTER

We see “The March that Shook Blair” as an important tool for all activists struggling for peace and justice today - a weapon in Milan Kundera's “struggle of memory against forgetting” - and are planning a major launch event in London, followed by a UK speaking tour by the author, Ian Sinclair.

We want this book to have a real impact and to be widely read, but in order for this to happen – and for the book's finances to make sense - we need to be able to publish it at an affordable price. We've already raised the lion's share of the money required, and now only need a final £1,250 to enable us to proceed, with a cover price of £10.

Noam Chomsky has noted that: “Part of the whole technique of disempowering people is to make sure that the real agents of change fall out of history, and are never recognised in the culture for what they are.”

By donating to this project you can help to put those “real agents of change” back in the historical record.

Risks and challenges

In order to for the book to be successful Peace News Press must mount a nation-wide speaking tour for the author. Should he fall ill, or otherwise become indisposed, then this would prove difficult!

However, there's no sign of this happening, and supporters can help us by offering to host a speaking event with Ian in the new year. Contact promos@peacenews.info or call 01424 428 792.

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