15th Sept. Rally outside Museum, Exhibition sponsored by Veolia.


The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – sponsored by Veolia will be opening for a two month run at the Bankfield Textile Museum in Halifax.
Halifax Friends of Palestine will be holding a rally outside the museum at 12 noon on the opening day – Saturday 15th September – to say No to Veolia and show our opposition to their attempts to boost their image by associating with this exhibition. They will have a banner that sets out why Veolia are such bad news, leaflets, a megaphone, and lots more besides….and it would be great if we could have lots of support from other groups and individuals across the North of England. The aim is not to prevent people from going to see the exhibition, but rather to make sure that they, and Calderdale Council which runs the Museum, are fully aware of the strength of opposition to Veolia as sponsors. (This is a particularly important issue for us at the moment, given that next year, the waste contract for Calderdale is to be retendered, and this is a good chance to raise public awareness about why they should not be on the tender list at all.)

Join us for the rally on Saturday 15th September –  Bankfield Museum is in Akroyd Park, on Boothtown Road, Halifax HX3 6XG. Assemble at 11.30 a.m. for the 12 noon start. Please bring banners and placards – and a packed lunch – if it is fine, we’ll have a picnic in the Park beside the museum straight after the rally. Then if anyone has time to stay on for an hour, we’ll be going into the town centre to do some leafleting there, to publicise our public meeting about the issue on 1 October (see below).

HOW TO GET THERE – the 576 bus from Bradford runs every ten minutes and comes down Boothtown Road past the museum. Just walk up the drive and you’re there. If you are coming from the centre of Halifax, it’s five minutes from Halifax Bus station (stand C1) up the Boothtown road on the 576 bus. If coming by car, there is a some car parking available in the museum grounds, or try Woodside Road on the opposite side of Boothtown Road. It’s a 10 – 15 minute walk from the railway station.

Halifax Friends of Palestine want to leaflet the Museum for a couple of hours once a fortnight throughout the two months of the exhibition. If you could spare a few hours to come and join a couple of volunteers from Halifax that would be really welcome. They could probably pick you up from the railway station if that would help.  Please contact me on 07801 275674 if you can make 11 till 1.00 p.m. (or a different time if that is easier for you) on one of the following dates:

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