Edinburgh CND News 25th August

After reports  that the United States has begun the transfer of nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to the Deveselu air base in Romania, campaigners have condemned the decision and said such a move is illegal under international law. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Let’s be clear, if reports are true, this move is both illegal and very dangerous. Article one of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) specifically prohibits the transfer of nuclear weapons to non-nuclear-weapon states. So what the United States government has sanctioned is illegal, and article two of the NPT makes clear that it would be illegal for Romania to accept these weapons….”

NB If you haven’t already, there’s still time to donate to help fund CND’s newspaper advert, and we’ll add your name to our statement against Trident replacement.
August Drone Campaign News: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com

The Campaign Against the Arms Trade have postponed the activity planned for Saturday but remind us that this week, as peace talks over the Yemen conflict collapsed, Saudi forces unleashed a fresh wave of shocking and indefensible destruction on the people of Yemen. Ever since the conflict began, the Saudi bombing has been indiscriminate and illegal. UN experts have accused Saudi forces of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians. These attacks have driven the country further into crisis: over 21.2 million people require humanitarian assistance and one in three under-fives is suffering from acute malnutrition.

The monthly vigil sponsored by the Scottish Peace Network will take place at Dewar’s statue in Glasgow city centre on Thursday, August 25, from 5 to 6pm. We have shifted from the fourth Wednesday of the month to the fourth Thursday to avoid conflicting with a weekly vigil at Faslane every Wednesday. The Network will also be sponsoring a white poppy day on 28th October in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

SNP CND are organising a conference which is open to all SNP members. This will take place on: Saturday, 3 September 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00
The STUC Conference Centre 333 Woodlands Road G3 6NG Glasgow

Scottish WILPF and Wool Against Weapons  have their Exhibition at the Scottish Story Telling Centre 9th September to 1st October 2016. 43 – 45 High Street, EH1 15R. It has a lovely café. Launch 6.30 pm Friday September 9th 2016. All welcome, please bring friends further details to follow. Play ‘Chrystal and The General’ , 21st September Tickets available from the Scottish Story Telling Centre. All welcome.If you are able to distribute publicity postcards can you please contact Scottish WILPF at scottishwilpf@yahoo.co.uk

THE CND AGM & POLICY CONFERENCE is ON SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER
AND THE CND OPEN CONFERENCE ON SUNDAY 23RD OCTOBER. Amendments to motions are to be submitted by 9th September. http://www.cnduk.org/about/cnd-conference/item/1647-conference-registration-page

The UN Open Ended Working group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) adopted a recommendation to the United Nations General Assembly in October to initiate negotiations on a legal instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their elimination. In a recorded vote on the proposal, 62 countries supported (all non-nuclear states), 27 countries opposed (mostly NATO countries plus South Korea), and 8 countries abstained (among them were Sweden, Switzerland and Japan).
Albuquerque –  the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a scathing 65-page critique of plans prepared over the past four years by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), its contractor Los Alamos National Security (LANS), and the Department of Energy (DOE), for what DOE currently estimates will be $6 billion (B) in plutonium-related construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). See http://www.lasg.org/MPF2/first_page.html. The Group also applauded the OEWG talks (see above)

Australia: The Walkatjurra Walkabout started last week: This year the group consists of about 50 walkers who have travelled from all over the country and world to ‘walk away from uranium’. Updates are available on the first 2 weeks activity/progress

Edinburgh CND news including Edinburgh Festival activities and stall on 13th

13th August is the day for a STALL and  city centre leafleting: 12.00 to 1pm at the East end of Princes Street.  If you can help, please contact us edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

Some magazines:
1. The latest edition of the Scottish CND magazine, Nuclear Free Scotland, is now available http://www.banthebomb.org/index.php/publications/magazine

2. The August 2016 edition of CND’s Campaign magazine is also available. Since the last edition, Parliament has voted on Trident. In this issue, we look at what that result means, as well as reporting back from the recent NATO summit. The NATO summit report is by Dave Webb who will be speaking at our EWJF meeting on 3rd October. http://www.cnduk.org/cnd-media/campaign-magazine

3. nuClear News No.87 August 2016 is now available to download at:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo87.pdf

Some News:

  1. Edinburgh CND, in common with other local groups, commemorated the 71st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima. One member of the group is fasting from the 6th to the 9th (Nagasaki day)
    On August 6 1945 the US dropped an atomic bomb (“Little Boy”) on Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later a second atomic bomb (“Fat Man”) was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. These were the only times nuclear weapons have been used in war. The first bomb killed up to 180,000 people and the second killed up to 100,000 people.
    Pictures of the event (and other news) available on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND/                                                                                          2.The final session of the UN nuclear disarmament working group (OEWG) opened in Geneva on Friday August 5, as nuclear abolition campaigners around the world were gearing up for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day actions.                                                                  3. CND have now created a new petition titled ‘Stop Trident’. They have updated the website as well as ordered new paper copies. If you need new paper copies, please send your orders to officemanager@cnduk.org and I will get those posted out to you ASAP.                                               4. On the  11th the Australian Walkabout starts walking from the gates of Toro Energy just south of Wiluna and will be at Yeelirrie in 4 days.                                                                                                   5. Congressional auditors flay Los Alamos plutonium plans: http://www.lasg.org/MPF2/first_page.html

Some Festival Activities:

1. “This Evil Thing” is a one man show about COs in WW1. It is very well researched and performed by Michael Mears and follows characters through the progression of the war. Makes very real the terrible way that COs were treated but is an impressively clever and dymamic performance.
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/this-evil-thing New Town Theatre – noon

2. One woman show “Faslane” at Summerhall (7.15pm) is worth considering.
Jenna Watt who wrote it and performs it gives a very honest run through of her journey to find out what Trident is all about and whether to support it or not. It includes some interesting audio clips and has a bit of audience participation.

3. There are a number of activities organised by the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. See our previous post or their website: http://peaceandjustice.org.uk including Hiroshima Art Exhibition: Colinton Parish Church.
Introduces the artwork of Atsuko Betchaku to 31 August. Colinton Parish Church, Dell Road, EH13 0JR
Also Hiroshima exhibition at P and J until 9th online at: http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/news-and-events/speaker-series/hiroshima-art-exhibition/  Humanity & the A Bomb Exhibition Photos, text and artwork in memory of Hiroshima. Saturday 6th & Tuesday 9th August. 11am – 4pm. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre

4. Scottish CND has permission to hold a street collection on Saturday 20 August in Princes Street, Edinburgh. They  plan to have the giant puppets, Big Sandy and CiNDy, plus music and a stall. e-mail them at banthebomb.org.uk if you can help.

5. CAAT Edinburgh are considering organising another collaborative event with peace groups in Edinburgh during the Festival: putting up stalls and speakers again, on 27 August on the Middle Meadow Walk, hopefully with peace-themed live music to catch the festival public’s attention. The time of day is yet to be decided, but I suppose there are people walking around at all times and the earlier we go the more likely we are to get a spot before others, so perhaps 10.30/11am – 3pm again.

EdinburghCND: Hiroshima Day and other events

August 6 is the anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. August 9 is the anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki.

Civil society groups around the world are taking actions or organising events on these days to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and many groups are currently busy organising events to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima  where we remember those who died in the nuclear explosions and re-affirm our commitment to get rid of these weapons of mass destruction.

Edinburgh CND are holding their annual Hiroshima day vigil on the 6th August, Foot of the Mound, North West corner at 6 – 7 pm. Everyone is invited. Protest and Harmony will be singing and we hope also to have 2 other music slots. Poems and thoughts can be shared, candles lit, banners unfurled.
Our banner will also be out from 1-2pm at the East End of Princes Street with Women in Black. And There will be a fast starting that day (further details to follow)

Also in Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Dundee, Glasgow, Paisley, Rutherglen, Stirling. See http://www.banthebomb.org

Parliament may have voted to replace Trident last week, but the debate at Westminster and around the country is continuing.
CND will continue to urge MPs from all parties to Stop Trident and focus instead on investing in areas which benefit our society, like health and education, while tackling the security threats we face in the 21st Century.
In the autumn we will be taking the Stop Trident message to the party conferences. We’ll be talking to delegates at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Conferences.
CND be announcing more details of these events in the coming weeks.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has also welcomed the government’s decision to review the Hinkley Point C nuclear deal. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“Even supporters of nuclear power now recognise how bad this deal is. It means signing up our future to some of the most expensive electricity we have seen, and handing over £30 billion in subsidies to France and China just isn’t a credible economic plan.
Hinkley Point C – expensive, dangerous, and must be scrapped

Edinburgh CND hopes to have a stall on Saturday 13th August 12 to 1pm at the East End of Princes Street (this coincides with our usual leafletting) and at the Women for Indy meeting the following week (20th). Volunteers to help with either please e-mail edinburghcnd@yahoo.com.

127 countries now support creating a treaty to prohibit and ban the possession, use, transfer, or development of nuclear weapons. The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in which five nuclear weapons states (U.S., UK, France, Russia, China) promised to make “good faith efforts” to eliminate their nuclear weapons while the rest of the world promised not to acquire them, doesn’t ban the weapons.
It is expected that a special UN Working Group for Nuclear Disarmament created by the UN with the help of civil society and friendly governments will move forward on a UN resolution this fall to establish negotiations for a ban treaty! (See: http://icanw.org)
The holdouts for supporting the ban treaty are the nuclear weapons states, as well as those countries that are part of the U.S. nuclear alliance around the world including NATO states, and in the Pacific, Australia, South Korea, and Japan.
Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi, Chair of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG), yesterday released the draft report for the OEWG. The ‘Zero Report’ describes the work of the OEWG and includes proposals made to it.

The OEWG, which is open to all governments and civil society, will meet in Geneva over six days during Aug 5–19 to finalise the report for presentation to the UN General Assembly.

Other Events:

  1. Paper Cranes Workshops across Edinburgh. So far 9,000 paper cranes have been made in memory of those killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. We aim to make 1/10 of the total goal of 140,000 cranes by 6 August, the 71st anniversary of Hiroshima. All welcome! Free. Saturday. 30 July and every Saturday, 2-4pm.
    Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow. EH1 2JN
    Monday, 1 August. 3:30-4:15pm. Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place.
    Thursday, 4 August. 11am-noon. Colinton Parish Church, Dell Rd.
    Thursday, 4 August. 2-3pm. Oxgangs library, 343 Oxgangs Rd.
    Saturday 6th August. 11am – 4pm.  Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.
    JOIN & Share the Workshops Event on Facebook

2. This Evil Thing New Town Theatre (Fringe Venue 7)
Aug 4-15, 17-22, 24-28 Written and performed by Michael Mears.
Tickets £11 / £9 and more details at: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/this-evil-thing The compelling and inspiring story of the men who in 1916 said no to war in a fast-moving, hard-hitting new play using verbatim testimonies and a multi-layered soundscape. A dizzying journey from an English country garden to a quarry near Aberdeen; from a prison cell in Kent to a firing squad in France.

3. Faslane Written and performed by Jena Watt
Red Lecture Theatre 7:15pm (60mins). 3 – 28 August (not 8th and 9th)
Tickets: http://festival16.summerhall.co.uk/event/faslane/
Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK’s nuclear missile programme: Trident. With family having worked in Faslane all her life, and friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First-winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide. Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her own journey through politics, protests and peace camps.

4. Hiroshima Art Exhibition: Colinton Parish Church.
Introduces the artwork of Atsuko Betchaku. A new approach to the subject of Hiroshima, combining art and historical research.  10am – 2pm, Monday-Friday, 25 July to 31 August.
Colinton Parish Church, Dell Road, EH13 0JR
View the exhibition online at: http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/news-and-events/speaker-series/hiroshima-art-exhibition/

5. Humanity & the A Bomb Exhibition  Photos, text and artwork in memory of Hiroshima.
Saturday 6th & Tuesday 9th August. 11am – 4pm.  Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
Volunteers are also needed to help with setting up for the exhibition at the P&J on Friday 5 August. Contact the Centre on 0131 629 1058.

All the above and more can be found in the latest Peace and Justice Centre Newsletter http://peaceandjustice.org.uk

6. In Australia: https://nuclearfree.wordpress.com   The Walkatjurra Walkabout is getting ready to head out to Yeelirrie this weekend for our 6th annual walk with the good news that  the EPA made the recommendation NOT to approve the Yeelirrie uranium mine

Edinburgh CND News 21st July (updated 26th)

Edinburgh CND are holding their annual Hiroshima day vigil on the 6th August, Foot of the Mound, North West corner at 6 – 7 pm.  Everyone is invited.                                         There will also be a fast starting that day (further details to follow)                                            

We will not be having a formal meeting on Monday 1st August but do contact us on Edinburghcnd@yahoo.com if you would like to join an informal get together.

 

Parliament has decided to replace Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system, at enormous expense and without a full consideration of the security implications. MPs  voted in support of government plans to build four new submarines for the UK’s nuclear weapons system, Trident. In an ill-informed, head-in-the-sand debate, short on facts and ignoring Trident’s irrelevance to the security challenges that we face today, Parliament gave the go-ahead to a weapon of mass destruction which will cost at least £205 billion.

Politicians from every major political party voted against the plans, including 58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs.

CND’s key arguments were clearly heard in the debate. The Prime Minister was repeatedly challenged to state the lifetime cost of Trident replacement but was unable, or unwilling, to do so. Conservative MP and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Crispin Blunt said that ‘the cost of this programme comes at the expense of the rest of the defence programme’ and warned ‘costs are likely to rise much further’.

Ronnie Cowan MP was one of the speakers to point out that nuclear weapons do not keep us safe, saying Trident kept the country ‘locked in our cold war mentality of maintaining weapons to counter threats that do not exist’.

On the issue of jobs, SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie said there must be ‘better ways of investing in growth for their communities which do not involve nuclear weapons’. CND Vice-President and Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP called for the re-establishment of a Defence Diversification Agency to ‘support industries that have become over-reliant on defence contracts and wish to move into other contracts and other work’.
The decision demonstrated a failure of vision on the part of our government. This was a once in a generation opportunity to break with this antiquated weapons system and address our defence needs in ways appropriate to the twenty first century.

All the facts stack up against Trident – and they continue to do so, irrespective of this shameful and ill-informed vote. CND will continue to campaign against replacement, working with those broad forces across society who wish to see an end to Britain’s possession of weapons of mass destruction.
“They voted for a cold war system on the basis that it underpins our standing in the world. They have failed to notice that the overwhelming majority of states in the world – those without nuclear weapons – continue to insist that we comply with our international treaty obligation to disarm. Far from enhancing our status, our continued failure to disarm does us enormous harm in the eyes of the global majority.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“Parliament has had an ill-informed, head-in-the-sand debate, short on facts and ignoring Trident’s irrelevance to the security challenges that we face today.

“Committing £205 billion to a system that will be rendered obsolete by technological challenges inspires no confidence whatsoever in this government’s ability to spend public money to good purpose.

“Too much of this has been driven by party political point scoring, both within and between parties. Playing politics with Britain’s national security is to be deplored. And imposing these weapons on Scotland – which clearly rejects Trident replacement – renders the decision devoid of any legitimacy.                                                                                                     end note: UKCND has extended the deadline for conference motions

Scottish CND said: We are being forced to keep another generation of nuclear weapons on our land. We will continue to work flat out and this will include supporting efforts to secure a second independence referendum as a route to get rid of nuclear weapons from Scotland.Support our work, join Scottish CND today!

Follow-up: some news in the paper today: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/secret-papers-reveal-british-government-sought-undermine-peace-movement-1980s/

and 2 petitions: (1) Tony Blair and War Crimes: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/159996 (2) Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/osborne-dont-waste-billions-nuclear?source=em&subsource=20160725egem01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=20160725egem01

House of Commons briefing on the nuclear convoy, which was probably in response to SNP inquiries (especially Owen Thompson and Margaret Ferrier, who should be thanked!) http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7542/CBP-7542.pdf

Drone Campaign News July: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com

United Colours of Leith Diversity Demonstration Saturday 2 – 4pm.
From Pilrig Park to Leith Links.
Leithers Don’t Litter are organising this show of opposition to hatred and discrimination. It’s diversity that makes Leith so colourful and special. A few days after the Brexit vote, some neo-nazi stickers appeared around Leith. The demonstration is to show Edinburgh won’t put up with this. All welcome

This Saturday sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Glasgow Women’s Library on women peace crusaders.                                                                                                                               The monthly vigil sponsored by the Scottish Peace Network will take place at Glasgow’s Dewar’s statue on Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 6pm. They have shifted from the fourth Wednesday of the month to the fourth Thursday to avoid conflicting with a weekly vigil at Faslane every Wednesday.

UN Open Ended Working Group Update: Most non-nuclear countries favour a nuclear weapons convention or ban treaty, while most allied countries favour a hybrid approach (which they call ‘building blocks’). See OEWG: Momentum grows to outlaw nuclear weapons.
What you can do
Come to Geneva for the OEWG. Register through UNFOLD ZERO or through the OEWG website;
Call on your government to support the key proposals to the OEWG;
Organise a public action/event to highlight the OEWG;
List your action/event on Chain Reaction 2016, which links anti-nuclear actions undertaken around the world between July 8 and October 2.

Updates 16th/18th July: thanks but more to do!

Addition: Faslane Wednesday vigil
Wed 20 Jul 2016 4:00pm – 5:00pm (possibly 6.00pm to allow for those coming after work)

Weekly vigil outside the Faslane Trident base – North Gate, Faslane – organised by Helensburgh CND, Faslane Peace Camp and Trident Ploughshares
Come to show your concern for yesterday’s vote

 

Today is the day:

Today of course is when MPs will vote on whether we go ahead with a new nuclear weapons system. The vote is likely to take place at 10pm.
Nuclear weapons are not only immoral but also illegal under international law, as they kill innocent people indiscriminately.
A new nuclear weapons system would cost at least £205 billion, money which would be better spent on hospitals, homes or education.
The government itself declares that the current threats we face today are terrorism, climate change and cyber-attacks. Trident would be useless against these.
Developments in underwater drones will make nuclear submarines detectable and an easy target.  Come to the Edinburgh Protest:  Edinburgh Protest 6pm East end of Princes Street (Wellington Statue)

 

36 (or more) Trident No More demonstrations were held across Scotland today. 500 gathered at the Mound in Edinburgh.
More Protests against government plans to replace Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system, are set to take place across the UK on Monday.

Protests in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham and a number of other locations are timed to coincide with MPs debating a government motion on Trident replacement. Write to your MP: http://act.cnduk.org/lobby/StopTridentvote

There will also be an event at Faslane on Wednesday 4-6pm

CND has been campaigning hard against Trident, along with voices from across society, from trade unions to faith communities to military figures. Now we’re two days away from the final vote and we need you to support our emergency protests on Monday.

Campaigners say the £205 billion replacement scheme is a cold war relic and doesn’t address 21st century security threats.

Representatives from CND will hand in over 40,000 signatures collected for a ‘Stop Trident’ petition to the Ministry of Defence at 12 noon Monday (Today). And rally will take place outside Parliament from 6pm as MPs debate Trident inside Parliament. MPs opposing the government motion are expected to address the rally.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to break with this massively expensive yet redundant old technology and instead spend Britain’s valuable resources on meeting the security challenges we face today, like terrorism and climate change.

We must have an honest debate. Politicians, like defence secretary Michael Fallon, say Trident replacement will cost £31 billion. But this is the cost of replacing Trident submarines, just one part of the total cost of the new system.

In addition to the submarines there is a £10 billion contingency fund. Then there’s the missile extension programme (£350 million), replacement warheads (£4 billion), infrastructure capital costs (£4 billion), in service costs (£142 billion), conventional military forces directly assigned to support Trident (£1 billion), and decommissioning (£13 billion).

It is completely dishonest for the government to hold debate about Trident without telling the public the full cost.

For full costings, view the CND report which brings together the most up to date figures available in the public domain  http://www.cnduk.org/index.php option=com_k2&view=item&id=2447&Itemid=26

“We need our government and parliament to show the kind of vision and wisdom necessary in our rapidly changing political environment: to have the courage to abandon the totems of a bygone age and vote down these militarily useless weapons of destruction.”
In an open letter, world-renowned scientist Prof Stephen
Hawking joins other leading UK scientists and engineers to call on MPs to
vote against the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons systems in a
parliamentary vote scheduled for Monday 18th.
http://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/stephen-hawking-and-other-leading-scientists-urge-mps-vote-against-trident-renewal

And the Bishops of Scotland have called on the UK government to honour its commitment as a key signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferations Treaty (1968) and work towards the disposing and elimination of all nuclear weapons. In a statement, Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops highlight the ‘immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life’ that their use would cause, and endorse Pope Francis who has said that “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations”.

After the demo:
Edinburgh Stop the War meets 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace on Monday 18th July

And the following day: Tuesday 19th July – Unpicking Prevent Workshop – organized by SACC and sponsored by Edinburgh Stop the War Come and unpick PREVENT with SACC on Tuesday 7.30pm @ Augustine church, Studio, Edinburgh
More details @ https://www.facebook.com/events/936912189768325/

 

Trident Vote 18th July; Flashmob 16th

David Cameron has used a speech at the NATO summit in Warsaw to announce that the long-awaited vote on Trident replacement will take place on Monday 18th July. The vote will be on the replacement of all four submarines, to continue to operate on a so-called ‘continuous at-sea deterrence’ basis, at a lifetime cost of at least £205bn.                    Opposition to Trident is strong in Scotland with the majority of people and parliamentarians opposing it’s renewal. Only one Scottish MP, David Mundell, is expected to vote in favour of renewal. However our anti-nuclear parliamentarians need to know we are behind them. They may be facing great hostility in parliament.                                          Chair of Scottish CND, Arthur West, says,
‘It is really disappointing and depressing that the Tory Government have tabled a parliamentary vote on Trident replacement on July 18th. It would be highly irresponsible for a majority of MPs to vote for a very costly Trident replacement programme at this time of austerity and hardship for so many people in this country.’
Arthur West also said, ‘Trident is completely irrelevant to the key security threats we face today such as terrorism and climate change.’ The majority of Scots are against the renewal of Trident. Our position as a country which does not want nuclear weapons but had them imposed on us and placed on our soil is unique. We say, respect Scotland, don’t renew Trident.

Edinburgh CND and Scottish CND are calling on our members and supporters to take the following actions in the run up to the vote on July 18th-

1. Edinburgh CND is part of the Scrap Trident Coalition, an organisation which links together peace and anti war organisations in working together to make the case for Scrapping Trident. The Scrap Trident Coalition is calling for flash demos across Scotland on Saturday July 16th at 12 noon and we are asking our members and supporters to support this flash demo activity.You can check their website for activities in your area. The Edinburgh Flash demo will be at 12 noon at the Mound.

Other local CND groups or members and supporters to organise Flash Demos in their own area. <http://scraptrident.org/trident-no-more-demonstrations-across-scotland-saturday-16-july-12noon/&gt;

2.Contact your MP and ask them to ensure that they are in the House of Commons on July 18th to vote against Trident replacement.
Nearly every Scottish MP is against Trident replacement, so if your MP has previously taken a Scrap Trident position please acknowledge their past support when you contact them, and stress the importance of being in the House of Commons on July 18th for the vote. Contact your MP either by email, letter or phone. You can find their contact details using this website. On Wednesday 13th July a Scottish delegation will be taking part in the mass lobby of MPs in Westminster to make the case against trident replacement: more about this in our previous post. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:”Members of the public are travelling from constituencies across the UK to remind MPs that a majority opposes replacing Trident because it’s bad for our security, and it would be ridiculous to spend £205 billion on what is essentially a cold war relic.

3. Please use use every opportunity to raise this issue in social and national media.On the Saturday we need people to take – and tweet and post – photos and also to share them to the Scrap Trident Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. Please Use the Hashtags #TridentNoMore and secondly #ScrapTrident.

We have support from The Proclaimers who wrote ‘A Letter To America’ … ‘ Bathgate no more, Linwood no more, Methil no more, Irvine no more.’ This time, it’s TRIDENT NO MORE
Labour is currently considering the party’s stance on Trident, which leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap. Its internal review of Labour’s defence policy will keep open the possibility of retaining Trident, BBC Newsnight understands. It is expected to suggest five tests which nuclear weapons must satisfy.

Rebecca Johnson of acronym has done a Trident Briefing for The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom which was founded in 1915 and has consultative status with the UN. WILPF is a founding member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and works for peace and justice, against war. Available on request edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

UNFOLD ZERO and Basel Peace Office thank Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for cosponsoring Chain Reaction 2016, a series of events and actions at nuclear-weapons and nuclear-disarmament related sites, political offices and symbolic locations around the world from July 8 – the 20th Anniversary of the historic World Court case against nuclear weapons – until October 2, the International Day for Nonviolence and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Chain Reaction 2016 will be launched on July 8 at the International Peoples Tribunal on the Nuclear Powers and the Destruction of Human Civilisation in Sydney, Australia. Nuclear disarmament actions and events between July 8 and October 2 are being posted on the Chain Reaction World Map and Events pages.
Chain Reaction 2016 includes a range of creative actions around the world from July 8 until October 2. During this period are a number of significant dates to commemorate:
July 8: 20th anniversary of the International Court of Justice historic case on nuclear weapons
July 16: 71st anniversary of the first nuclear test at Alamogordo, USA
August 6: 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima
August 9: 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki
August 9: International Day for Indigenous Peoples (Indigenous peoples’ lands have been used for nuclear testing, uranium mining and other activities in the nuclear weapons infrastructure)
August 12: International Day for Youth (nuclear weapons threaten youth and future generations)
August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests
September 21: International Day for Peace
September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
October 2: Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and the International Day of Nonviolence

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On the 2015 Walkatjurra Walkabout a short documentary was made by Rez Nez Films.Come and join members of the Walkatjurra Walkabout team for a sneak, private viewing of the documentary “Walking for Country”, hear stories of the walks, and get updated on the curent status of the Anti-Uranium Mining campaign in Western Australia. Further details available from Edinburgh CND

 

Edinburgh CND News 7th July with important update

STOP PRESS:  There will be Parliamentary vote on Trident on Monday, July 18th. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36754911

The Scrap Trident Coalition have called Flashmobs for 12 noon on the Saturday before (16th). The one in Edinburgh will be at the Mound.

On Wednesday 6th July Edinburgh CND joined others at the Mound as UKCND, Stop the War and many others gathered in Westminster listening to the revelations of the Chilcot report.                                                                                                                                                                  We will also be leafleting on Saturday 9th July 1230 at the East End of Princes Street    No to NATO No to Trident Jail Blair               Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:  “The report shows that Tony Blair had no respect for cabinet procedure, no respect for Parliament, and no respect for international law.  “A country was destroyed, millions of innocent Iraqis were killed, British soldiers were killed, and terrorism has spread across the Middle East. “Chilcot reveals the evidence that must now be used to bring Tony Blair to justice. This is our demand. “Only when justice is served can we prevent disasters like the Iraq war ever happening again.”

On Wednesday 13th July, hundreds of constituents will lobby their MPs to persuade them to change their minds ahead of the parliamentary decision on whether the government should replace Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system. Sign up to lobby your MP. In the evening CND will host a Stop Trident public meeting in Parliament to discuss the political situation going forward. Speakers include: John Hilary, Bruce Kent, Kate Hudson, Lindsey German, and Caroline Lucas MP. 6 – 7.30pm Wednesday 13th July Committee Room 10, House of Commons                                                                                                                               Members of Scottish CND will be present as a representative lobby as part of CND Mass Lobby (see stop press below for more info)

CND has launched the Trident and jobs report which sets out the employment implications of cancelling Trident replacement. The report, written by economist Michael Burke, reveals the significant potential for industrial development and jobs creation in the UK if the £205 billion planned for Trident is invested elsewhere in the economy. Full report is available on the CND website.

Edinburgh CND will be holding a commemoration on Hiroshima Day. This will take place from 6-7pm on 6th August at Mound Place (adjacent to Princes Street) there will also be an International Hiroshima Fast and supporting a presence near/at the Parliament            Other Events currently scheduled:      Ayrshire CND Gatherings and Vigils to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  Saturday August 6th- 1030am – 1130 am in Bridgegate Irvine  Saturday August 6th- 12noon – 1pm at the Cross Kilmarnock Sunday August 7th- 1pm – 2pm at the Wallace Tower Ayr

nuClear News No.86 July 2016 is now available for downloading at www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo86.pdf

Latest Drone Campaign Network news: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com
Don’t Bank on the Bomb: SCND & Ayshire CND EP&JC will organise stalls at RBS & Edinburgh will add RBS leaflet & template letter to its stall Saturdays.
Andrew Feinstein book The Shadow World film at Ed Int Film Festival
Next meeting P&J Tues 6 Sept 1:30 – 3pm. BL to email date to list & ask if other time is better

UNFOLD ZERO and Basel Peace Office thank Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for cosponsoring Chain Reaction 2016, a series of events and actions at nuclear-weapons and nuclear-disarmament related sites, political offices and symbolic locations around the world from July 8 – the 20th Anniversary of the historic World Court case against nuclear weapons – until October 2, the International Day for Nonviolence and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.  Chain Reaction 2016 will be launched on July 8 at the International Peoples Tribunal on the Nuclear Powers and the Destruction of Human Civilisation in Sydney, Australia. Nuclear disarmament actions and events between July 8 and October 2 are being posted on the Chain Reaction World Map and Events pages.

The next meeting of the Scottish Peace Network will be in the Electron Club in Glasgow city centre. It will take place on Tuesday, August 16 at 2pm.
From ICAN: Amidst all the other news this week, we just wanted to check in with you all about the convoys project and ask for a couple of favours.
They’re keen to feature campaigners and experts who have been doing such important work laying the foundations for this project – as well as other people who are just downright scared of the dangers involved in the nuclear convoys. Here are some ways you can add your voice:
1. Picture quotes
It would be great if you could send a good quality photo of yourself and a quote about the convoys, which I will magically transform into a picture-quote-thingy to be posted on Twitter and Facebook. No longer than this quote from Owen Thompson MP:                               2. Vox pops
Get a friend to film you (or do it in selfie mode!) using a mobile phone, answering the question: Why do I want nuclear weapons off our roads? We’re looking for roughly 30 seconds of film; here’s Matt’s video as a guide. Please post it to the Nukes of Hazard Facebook page and tweet it using the hashtag #NukesofHazard so that we can share it further.

The Shetland to Scilly – New Technologies for Peace Journey
started in the Shetlands on 26th May has now reached the English midlands (near Chesterfield in Derbyshire).
The website http://www.shetlandtoscillyforpeace.com has recently been updated. More news and photos are being added all the time.

STOP PRESS (3)

  1. Proposal for 13th July: A small (Scottish) representative group attends. (In Scottish national dress?)
    They could make a statement thanking all the Scottish MPs who are committed to opposing Trident and its replacement. It would also point out thatthe democratic deficit of control over what happens in Scotland has been intolerably extended so that Scotland is to be misrepresented on the world stage in addition to being ignored in how we manage our own affairs, and MPs would be asked to press the UK Government on its refusal to participate in the UN working group on nuclear weapons ban. We could get someone from each constituency in Scotland to agree a one-line statement with their name and the name of their MP. The statements could be appended to the letter/statement The group would hand this over at the lobby
    CNDuk Council (who organised the lobby) is enthusiastic about our doing this, and would highlight it to the press and so is the MP,.
  2. Chain Reaction 2016, a series of events and actions at nuclear-weapons and nuclear-disarmament related sites around the world, was launched today in Sydney during an International Peoples’ Tribunal on Nuclear Weapons and the Destruction of Human Civilisation.
  3. Edinburgh CAAT minutes of last meeting available. Updates to a few things since the meeting:What does everyone think of the name we had for the event in April, “Anti Arms Trade Fair”? I started thinking of shorter, catchier and more positive options and thought of “Peace Fair” – I might ask other groups about it too, but do tell me if you think it should be changed or kept the same. It’s mostly for promotion reasons I started thinking of it, of course, in the context of discussions about changing the narrative to make it more attractive to the general public and to get more people involved.

    And the good news: on 30 June, CAAT was allowed a judicial review of the government’s Saudi arms exports, so we’re up to a big but exciting challenge!

    We’ve had great feedback from the Shadow World screening There will be another screening of Shadow World on Weds 21 September in Glasgow, worth pencilling in.

    The next meeting is on Monday 26 September, 7-8.45pm.