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Saturday, February 25, 2017
CAFOD prepares for beach campaign
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¬†CAFOD supporters from around England and Wales are getting ready to descend on Brighton later this month, to take part in the biggest Trade Justice event of 2004. Thousands of campaigners from across England will travel to the seaside town to take part in a giant 'ballot on the beach', casting their vote for fairer international trade rules. The vote takes place outside the Labour Party conference in Brighton on Sunday 26 September. Trade rules are stacked in favour of rich countries, and deny poor countries of £1.3 billion a day - 14 times what they get in aid. The event marks the launch of a major new campaign action, 'Vote For Trade Justice' which calls for fundamental changes to the unjust trade rules and institutions that govern international trade. The campaign is organised by the Trade Justice Movement, a coalition of aid agencies including CAFOD, as well as environment and human rights campaigns and trade unions. As well as casting their votes for Trade Justice in the ballot, campaigners will take part in a carnival parade along Brighton seafront to the Conference Centre featuring Samba music and brightly costumed campaigners. The day includes a rally with speeches from Casualty's Kwame Kwei-Armah, Time Team's Tony Robinson and Neville Gabriel from the South Africa Bishops Conference. Alison Marshall, CAFOD Head of Campaigns, said: "Unfair trade rules rob poor countries of £1.3 billion a day and prevent millions from working their way out of poverty. If, like us, you believe that this is wrong please Vote for Trade Justice." Coaches are travelling from across England and Wales for the event. For a complete list of coaches visit: Anyone wishing to join the trip to Brighton or order Vote for Trade Justice ballot cards should contact the CAFOD campaign hotline on 020 7326 5692 or Vote for Trade Justice at
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