Campaign Against Arms Trade CAAT

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The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) works for the reduction and ultimate abolition of the international arms trade, together with progressive demilitarisation within arms-producing countries … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … CAAT is a network of people based in the UK who recognise that the arms trade severely undermines human rights, security and economic development at global, regional, national and local levels. CAAT also understands that government decisions are unduly influenced by arms companies. In seeking to end this trade, CAAT’s priorities are to:  

  • end all government political and financial support for arms exports;
  • end exports to oppressive regimes, countries involved in armed conflict or in regions of tension and countries whose social welfare is threatened by military spending;
  • promote policies to fully orientate the UK economy towards civil production.

CAAT supports the promotion of peace, justice and democratic values, and the prevention and resolution of conflicts by peaceful means. CAAT considers that high military spending is unacceptable and only reinforces a militaristic approach to problems. CAAT is committed to nonviolence in all its work.

CAAT was set up in 1974 by a number of peace and other organisations who were concerned about the growth of the arms trade following the Middle East war of 1973.

Commitment to non-violence:

  • Involvement in organising and participation in CAAT’s demonstrations and protests is conditional on accepting the need to remain non-violent at all times. This principle is at the core of our guidance for involvement in CAAT actions.

How we are organised:

  • CAAT is governed by its Steering Committee, a group of individuals including some drawn from its founding organisations, as well as supporter representatives and staff. The Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss issues of campaign policy and direction, staffing, finances and other issues as they arise. Eligible supporters can stand or vote in the Steering Committee elections, which are held annually. Nomination details are included in CAATnews.
  • CAAT employs a small number of paid staff to oversee the day-to-day running of the campaign. They are supported by a large number of volunteers, without whom the campaign would not be able to function. Volunteers carry out a variety of tasks including helping with mail-outs, research, website maintenance and administration.
  • CAAT also has a network of local groups and contacts who play a vital role in communicating its message and strengthening its campaigns. There are also two special interest networks – currently the Christian Network and the Universities Network . CAAT’s networks reflect the interest of particular groups of supporters at any given time. CAAT is open to the establishment of new networks if there is a strong call from a particular section of supporters.

How we are funded:

  • Donations from individual and group supporters make up about 80% of CAAT’s income and are always gratefully received. As a campaigning organisation, CAAT is unable to take advantage of many of the benefits open to charities, but makes applications for charitable funding to a small number of trusts and foundations for its research and educational work.

International Links:

  • The globalisation of the arms industry has massive implications. To remain relevant, opposition to the arms trade must also globalise. CAAT is keen to develop existing connections, build relationships, share information and work with all anti-arms organisations around the world to apply global pressure on the international trade in weapons. CAAT helped to found the European Network Against Arms Trade and works with organisations in South Africa, Canada and the USA.

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