Stop the War was founded in September 2001, in the weeks following 9/11 when George W. Bush announced the "war on terror". It has since been dedicated to ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, bringing the troops home and forcing the British government to change its disastrous foreign policies. We have initiated many campaigns around these issues and are also committed to opposing sanctions and military attacks on Iran, supporting Palestinian rights, opposing racism and defending civil liberties.
Stop the War has organised around 40 national demonstrations, including the largest protests ever held in Britain, most memorably when up to 2 million gathered on London's streets on 15 February 2003. Other events have included thousands of public meetings across the country, direct action in the run up to the war in 2003, including walkouts from schools, colleges and workplaces,two People's Assemblies, international peace conferences, vigils, lobbies of Parliament and anti-war cultural events.