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As part of the warm up for a forthcoming music track / compilation CD, involving some Famous Musicians, in support of Gary McKinnon's legal fight against extradition to the USA, there will be a live "sing in" tomorrow at the US Embassy in London, starting at 11am.

You can download the backing track and the lyrics to "Chicago / We can change the world", which have been re-written by Gary's mother, Janis Sharp, with the permission of Graham Nash.

http://www.londontv.net/nash.html

See the previous blog entry David Gilmour to sing on "Chicago" protest song in support of Gary McKinnon for the lyrics.

We are under no illusions that President Barack Obama will be allowed within earshot of any members of the British public during his G20 summit visit, but there will be people in his entourage of advisors, who might be reminded of their own Chicago community politics background.

Hopefully there will be some mainstream media coverage, especially as tomorrow is also the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.

Date: Thursday 2nd April 2009

Time: 11am

Location:

Embassy of the United States of America,
24 Grosvenor Square
London
W1A 2LQ

Media contacts: email info@FreeGary.org.uk for contact names and mobile phone numbers etc.

Location Maps:

Map on the US Embassy website

Streetmap.co.uk map

Google Street View

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Some advice about demonstrations in central London -

N.B. the section on taking photos, where the law has recently been changed since the last public demonstration of support for Gary McKinnon:

There will be further demonstrations in support of Gary McKinnon, who is facing imminent extradition to the United States of America, rather than facing a UK court, for his alleged computer hacking activities over 6 years ago.

It is intended that a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama will be handed in to the Embassy of the United States of America in London.

Date: Friday 5th December

Time: 5 pm -7pm

Location:

Embassy of the United States of America,
24 Grosvenor Square
London
W1A 2LQ

Media Contacts: - being arranged - email info@FreeGary.org.uk

Location Maps:

Map on the US Embassy website

Streetmap.co.uk map

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At some convenient time during this demonstration, a letter will also be handed in to the Office of Tony Blair. The former British Prime Minister, who is now a Middle East Peace envoy, and involved with charities and lucrative public speaking, is likely to be involved, behind the scenes, in UK and US foreign policy and security discussions.

The Office of Tony Blair, which costs over half a million pounds a year in rent alone, is situated nearby at the north east corner of Grosvenor Square, in the historic John Adams house, at number 9 Grosvenor Square, on the corner with Brook Street and Duke Street. John Adams was the first United States Minister to the Court of St. James's i.e. Ambassador, and the second President of the United States. He lived there from 1785 to 1788.

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Some advice about demonstrations in central London:


The London Autistic Rights Movement is organising a demonstration in support of recently diagnosed Asperger's syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon, who is facing imminent extradition to the United States of America, rather than facing a UK court, for his alleged computer hacking activities over 6 years ago.

Date: Sunday 28th September

Time: 4 pm - 5pm

Location:

Embassy of the United States of America,
24 Grosvenor Square
London
W1A 2LQ

Location Maps:

Map on the US Embassy website

Streetmap.co.uk map

Nearest Public Toilets:

Westminster Council publish an online map of their Public Toilet locations:

The nearest Public Toilet is at the Oxford Street end of Balderton Street - about 2 blocks North of the middle of Grosvenor Square - equivalent in distance to the West - East length of Grosvenor Square itself.

Name: Balderton Street Information: Number: 42 Wheelchair Access: Yes Type: APC Gender: M/F Opening Times: 24hrs Baby: No Disabled Access: Yes

Public Transport:

Nearest Tube stations are Marble Arch and Bond Street
Bus routes 148 and 14A along Park Lane

Press and Media Contact: - Anya

Use the comments below or email us here at info@FreeGary.org.uk (using our PGP Encryption Key if you know how) and we will pass on media enquiries to the organisers

Although the US Embassy is not within the SOCPA Designated Area, like the Home Office, it is obviously one of the top potential terrorist targets in Europe, let alone the UK, so there are armed Police guards (armed with semi-automatic assault rifles / sub machine guns etc.).

Dear All,

I am now the Police Liaison person for the protest on Sunday, or "steward" to use their term.

We have permission from the Metropolitan police in writing to protest peacefully in a dedicated enclosure outside the US embassy from 4-5pm.

I've spoken with the Met police and there are some guidelines that we ALL need to follow:

There will be 3 police officers, Seargeant Rudlin-Jones and also 2 PCs - looking after us. All are autism trained.

We ' ll be in a dedicated enclosure, made up of make shift barriers, right in front of the Embassy.

[...]

We MUST stay inside this enclosure at all times.

The 'Pen' area - not to imprison us but because police have duty to protect embassies and ensure that non-protesting members of the public can move around us freely. It is important that we keep to designated pen area.

If someone wants to leave pen area, for whatever reason, they must TELL ME FIRST and I will let the police know so that they are aware of what is happening and that the person going for a walk is not up to no good.

We are not allowed to walk around or towards the Embassy so people who are leaving the pen area at any time of the protest (having spoken to me first) should be directed to walk *away* from the Embassy

There will be armed police - this normal procedure for the US embassy and not because of us or anything we need to be concerned about.

DO NOT approach the armed officers. They are doing their job and if any kind of "altercation" occurs the police officers have a duty to protect the armed officers so it would cause potential difficulties and I'm sure none of us want it to come to that.

If the police feel that someone is doing something they are not comfortable with, they will speak to me first and then I will speak to the relevant person about it. So if I ask anyone to stop doing something, or I ask you a question about why you are doing something, PLEASE do not take it personally. I just want us all to have a peaceful day and adhere to the rules that the Met Police have given us.

I will be wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket on the day (at the request of the Met Police) so you will all be able to spot me very easily!

The plan is for us to arrive in the pen area outside the US Embassy (I'm sure it will be very noticeable) by 4pm so that we can start our protest on time.

I will arrive there early - around 3.30pm, so if you're not sure where to go, look out for a girl in a fluorescent yellow jacket. If anyone gets totally lost, my mobile is

[mobile phone number available to the media via info@freegary.org.uk]

Sorry to sound all bossy in this email - I hope you understand that I just want to make everyone aware of the rules and my 'bossy' tone in this message is not meant offensively or arrogantly in any way and I hope you will forgive me. I just want it all to go smoothly and for it to be a very positive experience for us.

Many thanks,

Anya


Some tips and advice about what to bring and what not to bring to the demonstration: