Edinburgh CND News 20th October

1. Talking about the Iran Nuclear deal Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“President Trump has sabotaged the Iran nuclear deal, opening the door to nuclear proliferation and military conflict. This is a tragic misuse of power. The world faces enormous existential global challenges, like climate change: this is the time for states to work together, to cooperate, not to take unilateral, confrontational actions that risk reducing our planet to a radioactive wasteland.
“The Iranian nuclear deal was a remarkable achievement which shows just what can be achieved through painstaking diplomacy and negotiation. It removed the prospect of war and nuclear weapons development and replaced it with cooperation and the possibility of real constructive engagement. Rather than seeing this as a model for future engagement, as a way forward for solving complex problems like that of the Korean peninsula, Trump is on the path to war.”
On a similar theme: an interesting article:
Commenting on this:
 Ian Fairly is speaking at a ECND sponsored meeting in Edinburgh on 15th November:
Stop funding nukes – Don’t Bank on the Bomb
(Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Doors open at 6:30 pm and meeting starts at 7 pm.
Speakers include: 
Susi Snyder – (Don’t Bank on the Bomb- Netherlands), Elizabeth Minor (ICAN UK), Dr Ian Fairlie (radiation biologist) and Dr Michael Orgel (Medact Scotland)
and another comment:
2. After the Edinburgh World Justice Festival: Helping the Faslane Peacecampers

3. The UNFOLD ZERO/Basle Peace office virtual conference (see previous blog for details) included key participants from other UN High-Level conferences (HLCs) that have had considerable success, including those on climate change, sustainable development and the oceans.
A key point that ensured their success was develop a mandate, agenda and proposed outcomes for the HLC that can attract participation of all countries, and especially the most relevant countries, i.e. those who are most needed to make progress on the issue.
Another key point was to ensure active participation of parliamentarians, including through parliamentary questions and motions, participation in the HLC preparatory meetings, and coordination through inter-parliamentary forums like the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Parliamentary Assembly for the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Basel Peace Office asks you to contact your government and urge them to support the resolution (if they are not already doing so), and to announce that they will attend the UN High-Level Conference at the highest level.
For more information on the Oct 11-12 conference visit Reaching HIGH virtual conference.

they are also organizing a nuclear abolition event for the 700 parliamentarians from around the world who are gathering today in St Petersburg for the IPU Assembly. (The President of the ban treaty negotiations is one of the keynote speakers).  The Non-Aligned Movement submitted their draft resolution on the 2018 UN High-Level Conference to the United Nations on Thursday. The UN conference will advance ‘effective measures for nuclear disarmament’ including (but not limited to) a nuclear weapons convention.  One goal put forward is to get 100 signatures for the ban treaty by the end of the UN High-Level Conference (many states will sign at the conference). The Non-Aligned Movement, representing 120 countries, submitted a  draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly late last week laying out the general mandate and dates for a special United Nations process to advance comprehensive nuclear disarmament – a United Nations High-Level Conference for Nuclear Disarmament.
The conference, which is like a summit, will take place at the United Nations in New York from May 14-16, 2018. It could build support among non-nuclear countries for the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and also build traction and progress on nuclear-risk reduction and disarmament measures to be undertaken by the nuclear-armed States. (Three of the nuclear armed States are already supporting the draft resolution).
 

4. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Newsletter http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Peace-and-Justice-News-October-17.pdf

5. Following on from the successful UK CND conference last weekend, Youth and Student CND will this weekend host an exciting workshop day to discuss how we build an alliance to scrap Trident. Organisations such as Food not Bombs London will host sessions on campaigning, there will be screenings of anti-nuclear films and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will give a talk. And there will be refreshments, including beer! Saturday, October 21st 9:45am-4:30pm Waterloo Action Centre, London Register for your free ticket here  If you live outside London and would like to attend, we can offer the first ten people to contact us £20 towards your travel expenses. Terms and conditions apply but do email information@cnduk.org for more information on this offer.

 

 

 

 
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Edinburgh CND News 11th October 2017

Please see previous post for information about the Peace Prize.
1. The Edinburgh World Justice Festival is now over half way through and there was an excellent meeting organised by Scottish Wilpf on Monday. 
Edinburgh CNDs meeting is today:
Wednesday 11th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Faslane Peace Camp – what can we learn – organized by Edinburgh CND https://www.facebook.com/events/1928856954056199/ 
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s meeting at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival. An introduction to the organisation and politics of Faslane Peacecamp through the eyes of present day and past participantshttp
See also EWJF blog: ://www.ewjf.org.uk/faslane-comes-to-edinburgh-lessons-from-the-forefront-of-the-anti-nuclear-movement/
Saturday 14th October: Conference 10am to 6pm Kings Hall Community Church. We will have a peace stall at the event (which we will leave briefly to do our leafleting 1230 East End of Princes Street). Do join us at either event.

Sunday 15th October: 2pm to 5pm Peace Walk start from Peace Pole on the Terrace, St John’s Church, off Lothian Rd, EH2 4JB Walk for peace, visiting peace places across Edinburgh. We’ll read poems, hear stories of nonviolent struggles for peace and disarmament, sing, and dance for peace; with mindful silent sections and concluding with reflection at Salsibury Centre. We warmly invite those of all faiths and none, all abilities, ages & backgrounds.

Monday 16th October 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Learning from mass movements against war – organizing for the future – organized by Edinburgh Stop the War. 

They’ll be showing the short film ‘Old Enough to Know Better’ which chronicles the activity of Edinburgh’s anti war school students in 2003.  They’d also welcome short contributions for individuals who have been involved in anti-war campaigning.  In discussion we want to draw on and learn from these experiences and think about how we can apply them in 2017. 

 
for the full programme go to www.ewjf.org.uk
 
2. A member of Edinburgh CND, who was recently in Australia, wrote this article on nuclear weapons companies and the ban treatyNew treaty could help stop arms companies exploiting nuke threat
3. Governments are meeting at the United Nations in New York right now, and until the end of October, to discuss nuclear weapons threats, and adopt nuclear disarmament resolutions.
There are two key UN initiatives that could make a difference – the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the 2018 UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
Similar UN High Level Conferences (HLCs) on other topics have been very successful, agreeing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopting the Paris agreement on Climate Change and adopting the 14-point Action Plan to Protect our Oceans.
Join the global virtual conference, a series of webinars on Oct 11-12 organized by the Basel Peace OfficeUNFOLD ZEROPNNDGlobal Security Institute and the Abolition 2000 working group on the 2018 UN High-Level Conference   Click here to register.  Click here for more background and for the conference program.
Together we can achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.
4. UK nuClear News No.100 October 2017 is now available to download here: www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo100.pdf
5. A youth blog:
6.Los Alamos Bulletin 235: http://www.lasg.org/  Also some interesting press releases
7. UK CND is attending the political parties’ conferences again this year to put pressure on them to commit to getting rid of Trident and sign the United Nations’ global nuclear weapons ban treaty. We report back from the Labour conference in our October edition of Campaign magazine. The magazine also features what our Youth and Student section has been up to, and their exciting upcoming event.
Read Campaign: October edition
Download Campaign: October edition
They also have their annual conference and international meeting this week-end. http://www.cnduk.org  ++++++Includes: ‘Redefining security – from deterrence to common and human security’ by Dr Jenny Clegg, as background to and in support of Greater Manchester & District CND’s resolution on ‘common security’ at CND AGM & Policy Conference 2017, which is Resolution 8 in the conference pack.

Jenny will also be speaking at the conference on Saturday, titled ‘Confrontation or cooperation’, if you would like to discuss the briefing with her.
8.https://www.anfa.org.au/ For news from Australia
9. A book: Nic Maclellan: Grappling with the Bomb – Britain’s Pacific H-bomb tests (ANU Press, Canberra, 2017).
You can purchase a copy of the book or download a free E-book from the ANU Press website athttp://dx.doi.org/10.22459/GB.09.2017
10. On September 26, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, peace and disarmament activists around the world, in a social media action, Reached HIGH for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
The action highlighted United Nations initiatives to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons, including the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
See photos of the social media action on facebook at Reach High photos.
 
 

Special Post for the Nobel Peace Prize

Please see EVENTS for information on ECNDs meeting on 11th October (and other events)
Wednesday 11th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Faslane Peace Camp – what can we learn – organized by Edinburgh CND https://www.facebook.com/events/1928856954056199/ 
Scottish CND: As you might have heard the 2017 Peace Nobel Prize goes to ICAN for the work to rid our world of the evil of nuclear weapons and the major role played in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This is a well deserved award and Scottish CND are honored to have been partners for such a long time (read Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition – Press Release). However, the work has just started and we urge you to write to your representatives and join the series of nuclear ban meetings.

The TPNW signed by more than 50 member states which will soon be coming into force. Parliamentarians across the world played a major role in realising the treaty through their actions in the campaign. Now we are seeking their help to promote the signature and ratification of the treaty by all nations. The Parliamentary Pledge is a commitment by parliamentarians around the world to work for their government to join the treaty.

Given the position of the Scottish Parliament in opposing nuclear weapons, this is a very important way in which they can put pressure on the UK Government.
 
You can see if your parliamentarians have signed here.
If they have not, please ask your MSPs and MPs to sign it.
Send them a letter (find model here) and follow up with a phone call to their office. If you are unsure who your representatives are, this website might be of help https://www.writetothem.com.
See http://www.banthebomb.org/ for meetings around Scotland (see end for meetings in Scotland)
 
 
 

Message from CND ICAN – the global peace network – of which CND Is a partner organisation, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

At a time when the prospect of nuclear war seems closer than it has for a generation, the award of this prestigious prize is an essential recognition of the global majority against nuclear weapons – and the movement that has done so much to advance it.

Campaigners have worked tirelessly over the last few years, together with the 122 states who launched the first ever nuclear weapons ban treaty at the United Nations just a few weeks ago. We congratulate all the grassroots activists and campaigners, in Britain and around the world, who have done so much to make this possible.

The US-North Korean nuclear brinkmanship is an enormous challenge to this fantastic work. So too is President Trump’s determination to unpick the Iran nuclear weapons deal, a deal that has been widely recognised as successful. That’s why we warmly welcome the decision of the Nobel committee to support those who are struggling for more co-operation and less confrontation, defying the sordid logic of our present world leaders who appear to be hell bent on war.
Anti-nuclear weapons campaigns in Britain have responded to the Nobel peace prize announcement.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“At a time when the prospect of nuclear war seems closer than it has for a generation, the award of this prestigious prize is an essential recognition of the global majority against nuclear weapons – and the movement that has done so much to advance it.

“ICAN – the global peace network – of which CND is a partner organisation, has worked tirelessly over the last few years, together with the 122 states who launched the first ever nuclear weapons ban treaty at the United Nations just a few weeks ago. We congratulate all the grassroots activists and campaigners, in Britain and around the world, who have done so much to make this possible.

“The campaigns to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons were an important factor in convincing the majority of the world’s states that they must take matters into their own hands in creating this new multilateral framework for abolishing nuclear weapons. See end for ICANs Press Release
The Basle Peace Office and UNFOLD ZERO add: Governments are meeting at the United Nations in New York right now, and until the end of October, to discuss and adopt nuclear disarmament resolutions.

One of these UN resolutions will set the dates and mandate for a unique event in 2018 – a UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

Similar UN High Level Conferences on other topics have been very successful, agreeing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopting the Paris agreement on Climate Change and adopting the 14-point Action Plan to Protect our Oceans

Will governments use the opportunity of the 2018 High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament to prevent nuclear war in North-East Asia and between Russia and the West, reduce nuclear stockpiles and advance the new treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons

Or will the nuclear armed and allied governments continue the status quo and spiral towards a nuclear catastrophe?

Reaching HIGH virtual conference, Oct 11-12, 2017

Find out more about the 2018 High-Level Conference. Input your ideas into the deliberations at the UN in New York.

Join the global virtual conference, a series of webinars on Oct 11-12 organized by the Basel Peace OfficeUNFOLD ZEROPNNDGlobal Security Institute and the Abolition 2000 working group on the 2018 UN High-Level Conference.
Together we can achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.
LOS ALAMOS PRESS STATEMENT: http://www.lasg.org/BAN/BAN_open.html
Nobel Peace Prize Statement – ICAN UK – 6 October 2017
ICAN UK represents the British-based NGOs who are partners of ICAN, a civil society network
of over 450 organisations in one hundred countries.
Dr Rebecca Johnson, an original co-chair of ICAN and member of the International Steering
Group based in the UK, said:
“We thank the Nobel Committee for recognising and honouring ICAN and the thousands of
people in our international network that have worked so hard to ban and eliminate nuclear
weapons. The nuclear threats being issued by President Trump and North Korea remind us
that nuclear sabre rattling can lead to nuclear war through arrogance or miscalculation.
With British civil society at the forefront of nuclear disarmament efforts for so many years,
this Nobel Award encourages us to redouble our efforts to persuade the British government
to sign the UN Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, cancel Trident and take the lead to eliminate all of
these abhorrent weapons of mass destruction.”
Professor David McCoy, physician and former director of Medact, an ICAN-UK partner, said:
“Nuclear weapons are an unacceptable threat to human health and global security – they
have no place in the modern world. The UK government should be leading international
efforts to get rid of nuclear weapons instead of boycotting them. Health professionals are
calling on Government to scrap Trident and spend the money on the NHS.
Richard Moyes, Managing Director of UK NGO Article 36 – part of ICAN’s International
Steering Group, said:
“The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize highlights the importance of this new treaty at a time when the
threat of nuclear weapons is more pressing than ever in recent decades. ICAN focused
attention on the humanitarian impact that the use of these weapons would cause – with just
a single weapon threatening to kill and injure hundreds of thousands of people and to poison
their environment for the future. Despite the politics of these weapons, the scale of
humanitarian suffering that they can cause means they cannot be considered acceptable,
and that is why ICAN here in the UK and internationally has worked for them to be banned.”
Kate Hudson of ICAN partner CND said “This Nobel Peace Prize commits all of us to bring the
UK on board the historic UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Meetings on the Treaty Ban:
Edinburgh had a great meeting on September 20th. Meetings are also planned for:

  • East Kilbride, Sun 8 Oct | 7:00 pm                                          Calderwood Community Centre, Blackbraes Rd, 7 pm, hosted by Radical Independence Campaign
  • Cromarty, Fri 13 Oct | 7:30 pm                                                              The Victoria Hall, Cromarty, hosted by Cromarty Peace Group
  • Scottish Greens Autumn Conference 2017,Sat 21 Oct | 6:00 pm    Edinburgh (Sighthill campus of Napier University in Edinburgh)
  • Inverness, Thu 26 Oct | 7:00 pm                                                         The  Chieftain Hotel, hosted by SNP Inverness Branch
  • Skye, Sat 28 Oct | 11:00 am                                                                  Aros Portree, hosted by Yes Skye and Lochals
  • Peterhead, Sat 28 Oct | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                      Encounter Cafe on Drummers Corner Known by some as the old Habitat shop, hosted by Aberdeen CND
  • Dunbar, Mon 30 Oct | 7:00 pm                                                        Dunbar Methodist Church Hall, 10 Victoria street Dunbar, hosted by Anglican Pacifists hosted by Anglican Pacifists

Edinburgh CND News 29th September

1. Reminder: The Peace Boat will be visiting Edinburgh on the 3rd October between 2.30 and 9.00pm
There will be Hibakusha on board, and young climate change ambassadors from Japan along with other Japanese participants when peace boat is visiting Edinburgh.
More about the young people here:
  In the early evening they will visit the Peace and Justice Centre, and the Paper Crane Project. They arrive at the Centre at 7pm so we will see them after our monthly organising meeting (6-7pm, same venue) .

 

2. The Edinburgh World Justice Festival, of which Edinburgh CND is a part, is organising or supporting a number of important meetings over the next three weeks.  We hope to see you at some of them.

Saturday 30th September: Festival Launch 6-8pm Fig Tree Cafe EH1 1SU

Sunday 1st October; Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre: Campaign Non-Viloence. Bridgend Farmhouse EH16 4TD 1-5pm AND Opening of From Hiroshima to Faslane exhibition at Methodist Church. Runs 7pm 1st Oct to 1pm on 7th

 Wednesday 4th October, at 50 George Square, Room G04, Screening of Shadow World (organized by CAAT and Take One Action), Panel Discussion includes Stop the War 

 Thursday 5th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace – The Shadow World – inside the global arms trade – with author and activist Andrew Feinstein (Edinburgh Stop the War and others) see https://www.facebook.com/events/142391576367622/

Monday 9th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: International Peace – Women’s Campaigns organized by SWILPF https://www.facebook.com/events/1675467595806046/?

Wednesday 11th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Faslane Peace Camp – what can we learn – organized by Edinburgh CND https://www.facebook.com/events/1928856954056199/ 

Saturday 14th October Conference 10am to  6pm Kings Hall Community Church

Monday 16th October 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Learning from mass movements against war – organizing for the future – organized by Edinburgh Stop the War

++++for the full festival programme go to www.ewjf.org.uk

 

3. After President Donald Trump gave a terrifying speech at the United Nations threatening to destroy North Korea, Pyongyang this week accused the United States of declaring war. CND is alarmed by the threat of nuclear war in North East Asia and the wider Pacific region. North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and missiles in defiance of the international community, while the US and its allies continue their provocative actions in the region. There is a real danger that these actions will lead to the use of nuclear weapons by intention or miscalculation. The UK government could have an important role in this conflict. CND is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to use all appropriate diplomatic, international and legal means to end the nuclear threat. The government should also be pushing  for negotiations with North Korea and a return to the Six-Party Talks involving China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the US.

The world is a worrying place right now, not least the escalating nuclear rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. It’s crucial that we get together and work out how to play our part in making the world a safer place. CND has a couple of important events coming up over the next month, where these issues will be up for debate, so why not come along?

Confrontation or cooperation? Nuclear abolition in dangerous times: International Conference
Saturday, October 14th 
Register for your free ticket
Scrapping Trident: A New Generation of Anti-Nuclear Activists 
Saturday, October 21st 
Aimed at Youth and Student CND supporters, this is a day of workshops and talks by anti-Trident groups, including Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Food not Bombs London and SNP Youth.
As well as planning the concrete next steps for the campaign against nuclear weapons, refreshments will be provided.

As the US-North Korea nuclear crisis worsens, protesters descended on Downing Street at on 28th September to call on the Prime Minister to rule out further British involvement in military drills over the Korean peninsula. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
 “Our government must do all it can to prevent nuclear war, but instead of that it has chosen to join in with Donald Trump’s preparations for war – participating in military drills over the Korean peninsula – and has remained silent about the US President’s increasingly belligerent approach to the conflict.

NB: in Scotland: Saturday 30th September 1pm – 4pm at Strathclyde University Student Union, 90 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JH, North Korea, Trump and War: Dissecting the Crisis in the Pacific As tensions mount in the Asia-Pacific we are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Dr Owen Miller, among others, to dissect the nature and history of North Korea – as well as the strategic objectives and ambitions of the United States in relation to Japan, China and South Korea. Organised by New Foreign Policy  Booking on Eventbrite at www.northkoreatrump.eventbrite.com

Corbyn calls for ‘dialogue and negotiations’ in response to US-North Korea nuclear crisis Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Jeremy Corbyn is right to call for the end to the dangerous war of words in the US-North Korea nuclear crisis and for the UN secretary general to kick-start negotiations – only through talks is there a possibility of de-escalating this crisis. “The world is on the precipice of catastrophic warfare. That’s why it’s outrageous that Theresa May has remained silent on the growing crisis and that her Foreign Secretary could neither confirm nor deny whether the British military is involved in military drills over the Korean Peninsula.”  September 26th was the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and CND has been spending the day at the Labour Party conference explaining why a Labour government should commit to signing the UN’s global nuclear weapons ban treaty. CND will  be taking the same demand to the Tory party conference. You can also get involved by calling on your MP to support the ban treaty: Write to your MP
53 countries have already signed in less than a week, let’s get the UK to sign as well. In a new blog post, Kate Hudson has written on why Labour must support the nuclear ban treaty.

ALSO on the 30th:

Not all women were in favour of war in 1914-1918.  Many were particpants in the Women’s Peace Crusades. Scottish branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom have linked up with Glasgow Women’s Library to bring you an event focusing on the Peace Crusades in Glasgow & Manchester.
The event will take place on Saturday afternoon, 1.30-3.30 on 30 September 2017,  at Glasgow Women’s Library. All women are welcome to attend this free event.
EVENTS IN NOVEMBER:
1. On Saturday 4th November Greater Manchester & District CND and the Working Class Movement Library will be hosting a Peace History Conference in Manchester. The conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian
Revolutions and looks at the effects on the British labour and peace  movements. Spaces are limited so early booking is advisable.
NB fromManchester CND Just a reminder of tomorrow’s Tories Out demo in Manchester.

If you are coming down, please bring your group’s banner and join the CND block. 
We’ll have a marquis set up in Castlefield Bowl from midday. Please come say hi!
 
2. Socially Constructed Radiation Hazards: Nuclear Power and Fracking   4 -5.30pm on Wednesday 15th November Staff Room, sixth floor Crystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD

 Dr Fairlie is a radiation biologist, an expert on radiation doses and risks to human health. As a public intellectual, he speaks out plainly against human activities that add to radiation hazards.  The Chernobyl accident in 1986 triggered his studies of the hazards of radiation releases from nuclear facilities. He contributes to the international debates about leukaemia clusters around nuclear plants.  More recently, he has commented on the likely long-term health impact of Fukushima, the radioactive risks of fracking and the health hazards of shells hardened with depleted uranium.  This is a unique opportunity to ask questions of an expert. These topics may not be close to your research interests but they may impact on your life. Nuclear accidents, like atmospheric nuclear tests, have a global impact but small local emissions also have health effects. Dr Fairlie will present some of his work and take questions about the radiation hazards on any of these issues. This is a rare opportunity to ask questions of an independent expert, as most radiation scientists tend to come from nuclear energy or nuclear weapons establishments.

There  will also be an evening meeting part sponsored by Edinburgh CND

Edinburgh CND News 20th/21st September


(B) Treaty comprehensively bans nuclear weapons research, possession, use, deterrence, and all forms of assistance in these prohibited acts

Around 45 states signed, more in following days; ceremony began 8 am EDT; entry into force follows 50th ratification. (http://www.lasg.org)

Edinburgh CND joined others outside the Scottish Parliament for a citizens signing.
CND writes: 122 countries, frustrated by the lack of progress by the nuclear states, have taken matters into their own hands to produce this groundbreaking framework through which signatories can work towards a nuclear-free world.
CND’s call for Britain to join this initiative has been echoed by faith leaders, politicians & trades unionists who have set out why Britain must sign up to the treaty in today’s Guardian and CND’s Kate Hudson has written more on Trump’s speech & the nuclear ban in the Independent.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“The anti-nuclear weapons movement across the world has been working towards this day for decades. The earliest CND placards called on our leaders to ban the bomb and abolish all nuclear weapons. “As a result of that sustained campaign, and tireless efforts from the states that have brought this to fruition, a ban treaty will be launched at the United Nations today. “In these turbulent times – when there is a real possibility of nuclear war – it is very inspiring to see the international community – the majority of world states – taking matters into their own hands to make progress on building a nuclear free world.
ICAN writes : UK absent as UN States line up to sign this important new nuclear treaty 
(London, 20 September 2017) International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons UK (ICAN UK)
Heads of State and Foreign Ministers from many countries will started the process of joining the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) when it opened for signature by the UN Secretary General António Guterres in New York, 20September
Vatican City first to sign and by end of day there were 50 signatures:
article: https://opendemocracy.net/uk/new-hope-for-nuclear-free-world-but-where-is-uk

Copies of the Treaty are also available fromICAN

B. Keep up the pressure – No Nuclear War protest
CND (www.cnd.uk.org) writes: In the coming weeks our movement must step up to assert a very different agenda to the one our government is pursuing. Protest: There is a protest in London: No Nuclear War 5pm • Thursday 28th September • Downing Street, London
Other actions you can take Sign our letter to tell Theresa May how to prevent a nuclear war Letters will be delivered to Downing Street on the 28th September as part of a protest.                                                                                                                                                   There will be stalls on the 26th (see above).                                                                               Please write to your MPs and local press.

The Basle Peace Off ice writes: The United States and North Korea should step back from the brink of war in North East Asia, and instead adopt a diplomatic approach to prevent war, according to an appeal sent yesterday to these two governments, and to the UN Security Councilby members and affiliates of the Abolition 2000 global network to eliminate nuclear weapons.
110 organisations and over 200 additional civil society representatives from 44 countries endorsed the appeal. it highlights the increasing risk of war – and possibly even the use of nuclear weapons by miscalculation, accident, or intent, calls for ‘immediate commencement of negotiations to prevent a military conflict from erupting,’ and urges ‘the UN Security Council to prioritise a diplomatic solution to the conflict.’Launching a ‘preventive‘ military attack against North Korea would not resolve the nuclear threat in the region, it would only ‘make matters much worse‘ according to Senator Ed Markey, Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), who led a United States bipartisan delegation to Korea and Japan at the end of August.

C.Anti-nuclear weapons campaigners have welcomed a decision by Trades Union Congress 2017 to call on Labour to establish a Shadow Defence Diversification Agency ahead of the next general election. The agency will address the long-term challenges of a shrinking manufacturing sector by “developing an overall national industrial strategy including the possibility of conversion of ‘defence’ capacity”. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “This is very welcome news. Jobs are often presented as an argument in favour of Trident replacement, so it’s essential that there is a plan to secure alternative high-skilled jobs – and to create many more jobs – if a Labour government decides to scrap the present government’s £205 billion scheme

EVENTS:                                                                                                                                                    1. September 21st is International Peace day and September 26 has been chosen by the United Nations to be the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day).
On this day, join parliamentarians, mayors, religious communities, youth, artists, activists and others around the world to Reach HIGH for a nuclear-weapon-free world 
Take a photo of yourself, or you and others, on a high place or reaching high, or lifting a peace sign/object up high; Post your photo on social media with the hastags #ReachHIGH2018, #Sep26dontNukeUs, #abolishnukes, and/or #YouthAgainstNukes. Contact UNFOLD ZERO for a sample peace sign to use in your action. They expect that the High Level session will be able to be watched live on UN Web TV http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/high-level-plenary-meeting-to-commemorate-and-promote-the-international-day-for-the-total-elimination-of-nuclear-weapons/5569780423001

2. The Peace Boat will be visiting Edinburgh on the 3rd October between 2.30 and 9.00pm
There will be Hibakusha on board, and young climate change ambassadors from Japan along with other Japanese participants when peace boat is visiting Edinburgh.
More about the young people here:
 They have been invited to the Scottish Parliament early in the day, and then they are going to visit the Story Telling Centre  for a cultural exchange and a meal. In the early evening they will visit the Peace and Justice Centre, and the Paper Crane Project. They arrive at the Centre at 7pm so we will see them after our monthly meeting.

                                                                                                                                                                 3. Nukewatch Public Meetings: Could Scotland Cope with a Nuclear Weapons Convoy Crash?
EDINBURGH: 28 Sept 6pm, Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thompsons Land, St John St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ  Jointly organised with UN House
HELENSBURGH: 2 Oct 7.30pm, EDINBURGH: 6 Oct 7pm, Yes Hub, 31 Lasswade Rd, EH16 6TD  jointly organised with Edinburgh Yes Hub
GLASGOW: 10 October, 7pm, STIRLING: 24 Oct 7pm, GLASGOW: 26 Oct 12.30pm,
The Nukewatch report “Unready Scotland” raises sharp questions about the preparedness of the civil authorities in Scotland to respond to a serious incident involving the transport by road of UK nuclear warheads, with its unique combination of high explosives and toxic nuclear materials.

4. SCND AGM takes place on Saturday, November 11th in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL.
Registration is from 10 am and the meeting starts at 10:30 am.
The meeting should last until about 3 pm and a lunch will be provided. Further details on the SCND website http://www.banthebomb.org


 

5. The Conservative Party is holding its Annual Conference in Manchester this year and there will be a week of demonstrations, actions and events organised by the many, many people who oppose them. 1st October – Tories Out – Festival and demonstration
 On the opening day of the conference, there will be a major festival and demonstration, starting in Castlefield Arena (Manchester) at 12pm.- For info on the demonstration, visit here – For info on the CND bloc at the demo, visit here

Please bring banners, placards and loud voices!                                                                          2nd October – Avoiding Apocalypse – CND public meeting – 5.15pm Greater Manchester CND is hosting a meeting about the global situation and how we can build an alternative to a foreign policy based on nuclear weapons and war. Speakers will include: Dr Kate Hudson (General Secretary of CND), Ann Feltham (Parliamentary Officer at CAAT) and Dr Jenny Clegg (Expert on North East Asia and CND Council Member). Fully details are here                                                                                                                                                    STOP PRESS: (a) If you are in Manchester join CND at 6pm on Sunday 24th September at St Paul’s Church on West Street. (b) In a new blog post, Kate Hudson has written on why Labour must support the nuclear ban treaty. (c)You can follow CND’s activities at Labour Party conference on our Twitter @CNDuk – you can join in the conversation about nuclear weapons by using the #Lab17 hashtag when you’re tweeting.

 6. A four-day international conference of doctors, lawyers, scientists and nuclear experts from 27 countries concluded in Basel yesterday with the release of the Basel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes resulting from nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. PNND adds Now is the time to start asking questions in your parliament about the 2018 UN HIgh-Level Conference, whether your government will attend at the highest level (Prime Minister or President) and what they hope to achieve at the conference.

7. Peace and Justice Events:                                                                                                   (a) Thurs 21Sept: Celebration lunch for International Day of Peace and the birthday of the P&J. For volunteers and anyone interested in getting involved. Peace & Justice Centre.  We will provide the soup and bread.                                                                               (b)    2.  Living Nonviolently Toward the Earth 1st October – 1 – 5pm Bridgend Farmhouse.  41 Old Dalkeith Rd. EH16 4TD                                                                                    (c). Walk for Peace Edinburgh. 2 – 5pm.  Sunday 15 Oct (Note Date change) .  Starting from Terrace of St John’s Church, EH2 4BJ.  A gentle, mindful walk, visiting peace places across Edinburgh. With poetry, singing, stories of nonviolence and struggles for peace & disarmament, a dance for peace and a silent section led by members of the Interbeing Community Sangha. All welcome.
Now is the time to start asking questions in your parliament about the 2018 UN HIgh-Level Conference, whether your government will attend at the highest level (Prime Minister or President) and what they hope to achieve at the conference.

 

Edinburgh CND News 10th September

STOP PRESS 1. Monday 18th September 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting – Oppose Trump’s Nuclear Warmongering https://www.facebook.com/events/117168162285716/    At the monthly meeting of Edinburgh Stop the War we’ll be discussing the background to the crisis in Korea. The British government continues to through its support behind Trump. We’ll be planning action to highlight the danger of the current situation and to make it clear that May does not speak in our name. For more details see after next item.

STOP PRESS 2. The Nuclear Ban is ready for signing: In Scotland, on 20th of September, from 12 – 1 pm, there will be a “Citizens Signing Ceremony” in front of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh where anybody present can sign a giant copy of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Please come along to help leafleting and bring a banner. 

Special Edinburgh CND Public Meeting:                                                                                     122 States voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UN in New York 7 July 2017 – a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a pathway to their elimination. WHERE: Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh, 
EH1 2JN  (Next to Quaker Meeting House)

WHEN: Wednesday, 13th September 2017
TIME: 5 pm -7pm          Please come to this Edinburgh CND meeting to learn more about what you can do to support the Nuclear Ban Treaty.   Listen to a report back from Flavia Tudoreanu SCND co-ordinator and other women who attended the Open-Ended Working Groups last year and the final meetings at UN in New York this summer. STOP PRESS: we will also have a report (with pictures) of last weeks London Protest against the Arms Fair.

If you miss Wednesday, there is also a meeting on Friday: https://www.facebook.com/events/138361523424864/


Are you worried about the stand off between USA and North Korea? So are we! SCND Says: The threat of nuclear war is real and the North Korean nuclear crisis reconfirms it. Scottish CND  strongly supports a diplomatic solution and urges all parties in the current dispute to refrain from proactive military exercises and inflammatory and aggressive public statements.  Britain and other nuclear weapons states keep updating and modernising their nuclear arsenals when in fact, there’s a clear impetus for disarmament through multilateral diplomacy.  These alarming developments only go to reinforce the importance of the The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, agreed by the UN in July this year. You can read Scottish CND’s statements on North Korea on their website and find a detailed analysis of the crisis on the British CND website. More details about the nuclear ban can be found on www.nuclearban.scot or ICAN’s website.

British CND says : North Korea’s nuclear test has been in the headlights this week, as CND calls for a diplomatic, rather than military, solution to the crisis. Our September edition of Campaign magazine examines the escalating tensions.
Read Campaign magazine: September edition
Take Action:

Is the world heading to nuclear war?

CND is alarmed by the threat of nuclear war in North East Asia and the wider Pacific region. North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and missiles in defiance of the international community, while the US and its allies continue provocative actions, threats and exercises in or near North East Asia and the Pacific. There is a real danger that these actions will lead to the use of nuclear weapons by intention or miscalculation. There are no safe hands for nuclear weapons and any detonation of a nuclear device would be a humanitarian catastrophe with global impacts. Threatening and isolating the North Korean regime risks escalating the conflict rather than encouraging solutions. We urge the UK Government to use all appropriate diplomatic, international and legal means to end nuclear threats, to push for negotiations with North Korea and a return to the Six-Party Talks involving China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the US. Both immediate and longer term solutions are needed including creating a zone free of nuclear weapons in North East Asia, a process to address the underlying causes of regional insecurity and conflict on the Korean Peninsula, and the promotion of peace, development and cooperative co-existence and security for all peoples in the region. 
We call on the UK Government to reject a military solution to the conflict and urgently use its influence to press for all involved to avoid and refrain from further provocative rhetoric or military exercises and tests. September can be a turning point for a world on the brink of nuclear war
It was truly terrible news that North Korea had tested a hydrogen bomb, against international law, the wishes of the international community and all peace-loving people. It is a disastrous development and CND strongly condemns this action. We add our voices to all those that call for a diplomatic solution. Steps now towards war could lead to our annihilation.
Read Kate Hudson’s blog post for more analysis on this latest development.

More from British CND : Let’s make September count
1. On the 20th September 2017, the nuclear ban treaty will open for signature. States across the world are invited to sign up to prohibit nuclear weapons. This is a giant step forward on the road towards global abolition of nuclear weapons. Over one hundred countries are likely to sign the treaty, but will Britain make the most of the crucial opportunity for peace?
2. CND is calling on Theresa May to take a major step to prevent nuclear war
We have written to the Prime Minister with advice on the actions she could take to prevent a nuclear war. Signing the ban treaty is one of our demands. We invite our supporters to sign the letter and to encourage friends to sign too. We will deliver the letters to Downing Street on the 20th of September.
On the 23rd September, the Guardian will carry a full-page advert in support of the global ban. Edinburgh CND have contributed.
3. Get the message to your MP Local CND groups will lobby their constituency MPs on Friday 22nd September, asking them to support the ban treaty and to urge the government to do the same. Groups are also running stalls in town centres on Saturday 23rd. Please get in touch with details of your local events and we will share them.
4. Write to the local press?
We need to raise awareness of the ban – writing to your local newspaper is a good place to start. You can find a template letter on the CND web site. Feel free to modify it according to the interests and concerns of your local community. Let us know if it is published!                                                                                                                                                           5. Educate; The September edition of the CND magazine also features CND’s peace education programme. Read the magazine here.

NB 1. See previous post on this site for a civil society appeal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The appeal is organised by Abolition 2000, one of our partner networks, and is open for endorsement. It is endorsed by Edinburgh CND.                                                           2. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/31/uk-must-take-lead-role-in-de-escalating-threat-of-nuclear-war


News from Other Organisations:  

  1. The EWJF is happy to announce the launch of Edinburgh World Justice Festival’s 2017 programme. Events will run from September 30th and end on October 16th.
    They have a wide and exciting array of events this year, including first-hand testimony from Nobel Peace Prize nominee Benny Wenda on the West Papua struggle for freedom, a family friendly day at Bridgend Farmhouse with activities showing how we can live nonviolently to our earth, and instructive workshops  on surveillance, lobbying, justice, climate change and sustainability during our main conference on October 14th.
    Check out the new website here to view the programme and reserve tickets to all our free events, including Edinburgh CNDs event on 11th October. There will also be an open planning meeting on 11th September. Please attend if you would like to be involved.
  2. The Wednesday 31st August meeting of the Scrap Trident Steering Group meeting had a gripping visit from three Korean Peace activists. Meeting notes available. They decided to write an open letter to the US Government, hand it into the consulate in Edinburgh on Monday 5th and send it to the Herald.        Malcolm Bruce signed for ECND                                                                                                                  3. The Scottish branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom have linked up with Glasgow Women’s Library to bring you an event focusing on the Peace Crusades in Glasgow & Manchester. Not all women were in favour of war in 1914-1918.  Many were particpants in the Women’s Peace Crusades.  The event will take place on Saturday afternoon, 1.30-3.30 on 30 September 2017,  at Glasgow Women’s Library. All women are welcome to attend this free event

4.. Ceilidh – Dancing for Nonviolence 15th September St. Peter’s Church – EH8 9PE
7.30pm to 11pm 
The Greater Spotted Ceilidh Band will be enthralling us with their epic ceilidh set once more: there will be dynamic dancing, fabulous food, outrageous raffle, cooperative games & spell binding storytelling about nonviolence.
The proceeds will both go to this series of community events towards nonviolence as well as Cooperative Game & Conflict Resolution workshops into primary schools run by Edinburgh Peace & Justice CentreFor more information see our Facebook event or book tickets by clicking here.

5. The September Edition of Drones Campaign News is out: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/

6. Nuclear Accidents: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/637163/2017-06109.pdf

7. The August edition of the NFLA Newsletter. It contains articles on this month’s Mayors for Peace Conference, upcoming NFLA meetings, a special event for the British nuclear test veterans, the North Korea crisis and the upcoming NDA Stakeholder Summit. 

8 Nuclear Ban Treaty: What faith communities can do next! WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017 6.30 PM Friends House London

9. AUSTRALIA: the activities against Uranium mining continue (with the walk nearing its end) :For the latest update: https://walkingforcountry

 Other News:
  1. A Book:  Voices for Peace, an edited anthology featuring original contributions from Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, space weapons specialist Bruce K. Gagnon and many others https://www.amazon.co.uk/Voices-Peace-Resistance-Full-Spectrum-Dominance/dp/1905570899/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504344167&sr=1-1&keywords=voices+for+peace+colesTopics include North Korea, US-China nuclear relations, Russia-Ukraine and the threat of nuclear war and the importance of space in nuclear strategy. Please consider sending this email to your group. Also, I’m available to give talks, as long as my travelling expenses are covered.
2. Future of command and control (JCN 2/17)

Edinburgh CND News 28/9th August with Special Update 1st September

STOP PRESS on The Korean Crisis
September Meetings/events with EdinburghCND
1. Our monthly  organising meeting will be on Tuesday 5th September at 6pm in the Peace and Justice centre 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN. All welcome.

2.Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change: Scotlands Chances: Tilman Ruff (ICAN). 5.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Edinburgh.                                                                                                3. We will be leafleting on Saturday 9th September from 1230 at the east end of Princes Street (before Women in Black)

4. There will be a special meeting on Wednesday 13th September starting at 5pm, also in the Peace and Justice Centre. This will be a report back from the UN conference on the Nuclear Ban treaty and will be led by SCND co-ordinator Flavia Tudoreanu. There will be also be a similar meeting on the 15th (watch this space)
5. Our October Special meeting will be the annual EWJF meeting and will be on Wednesday 11th October (watch this space or see http://www.ewjf.org)
News
1. Those who follow our Facebook page will already know the latest scandal surrounding Nuclear Transportation. Nuclear warheads surrounded by explosives are regularly transported on British roads, yet authorities are wholly unprepared to handle an accident, according to a damning report.
Also see:
Please sign Nukewatch’s petition to the Scottish Government asking them to review arrangements for civil authorities preparedness to deal with a nuclear weapons convoy accidents (you don’t have to live in Scotland to sign but you do need a UK post code)
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/review-preparations-for-dealing-with-a-nuclear-convoy-accident
Please share it with your networks.
You can also read more about the report and download it at http://www.nukewatch.org.uk/?p=683
2. On the International front : The Basle Peace Office/ UNFOLD Zero tell us that the escalating nuclear threats between North Korea and the United States remind us of the importance of nuclear disarmament and urge us to take action to prevent a nuclear catastrophe and support the achievement of a nuclear-weapon-free world. 
The Basel Peace Office also invites you to join them in Basel from September 14-17 for an international conference Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age. The conference will include the award ceremony for the Nuclear Free Future Award.
 They highlight the following commemorative days on which to take action:
3. News from London:  A. CND wrote to the Prime Minister with three clear instructions on the actions she could take to prevent a nuclear war. They invited CND groups to sign the letter and encourage group members to do the same.
– Click here to sign the letter
B. Hundreds gathered in London on Saturday 20th to express concern about the rising tensions between America and North Korea and the dangers of nuclear war. It was a powerful event that was well attended by people from all walks of life, with some brilliant speakers including CND’s own Kate Hudson.
C. CND has some exciting names confirmed for the international conference on Saturday 14th October including:
* Reiner Braun, Co-President of International Peace Bureau (IPB)
* Arielle Denis, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
* Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
D. CND will have a statement against Trident in The Guardian on September 23rd and are inviting contributions.
They will be calling on the Labour party to change their policy on Trident, and join the rest of the world in making real strides towards disarmament.
4. In their latest update Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament  (PNND) write about actions on the Korea nuclear crisis, preparations for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and we mourn the loss of PNND Council Member Tony de Brum, a champion for climate protection and nuclear abolition.
They also report on PNND (and Pugwash) actions/events for the International Day Against Nuclear Tests (August 29), and plans for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Sep 26). See post 2 in this section.
Launching a ‘preventive‘ military attack against North Korea would not resolve the nuclear threat in the region, it would only ‘make matters much worse‘ according to PNND Co-President Senator Ed Markey, who led a United States bipartisan delegation to Korea and Japan last week.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opens for signature at the United Nations on September 20.
PNND mourns the death of Council Member Tony de Brum who passed away on August 22. Mr de Brum, who witnessed nuclear tests as a child in the Marshall Islands, went on to become a global leader in the nuclear disarmament and climate protection movements. See also http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/08/22/tributes-pour-marshallese-climate-hero-tony-de-brum/
NEWS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS:
1. Edinburgh CAAT
A. Saturday 2 September 12-5pm, Edinburgh 
Prop-making for Stop the Arms Fair 
Whether you’re thinking of joining the trip to London or not, you’re welcome at Niina’s flat for some food and letting out your inner artist, be it producing slogans, banners or other props. Paints, brushes and some canvasses will be provided –if you have extra cardboard, sticks or batons, please bring them with you!
Text 07896577877 for the address, or email caatedinburgh@live.com
B. Sunday 3 September, 7-9pm, The Strathie on Iona Street
Drinks and chat with folks at Edinburgh CommonWeal
A relaxed chat about CAAT’s current campaigns on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Scottish arms manufacturing, and their divestment and education programmes.
More on the facebook event page here
**They’ll also be having a Yemen campaign strategy meeting beforehand at 5.30pm on Sunday 3rd at Woodland Creatures**
C.Monday 4 September, 7pm to 8.45pm, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh
CAAT Edinburgh Quarterly Meeting   regular quarterly meeting. All welcome!
 D. Monday 4 to Monday 11 September, London Stop the Arms Fair in London 
Every two years, the international weapons industry set up shop in London at a huge arms fair, DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world. 2015 saw the biggest-ever protests against DSEI, where hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action, blocked entrances for six days and disrupted the set-up of the fair. With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and a huge and diverse movement is building to shut it down for good!
Edinburgh CAAT members will be travelling to London for the week of action – get in touch if you are interested in joining us.
E. Wednesday 27 September (exact time tbc), City Chambers, Edinburgh
Edinburgh City Council Pensions Committee Meeting
 The Council’s Pension committee will meet and hear our deputation request on divesting council pensions from the arms trade. Members of the public will be able to attend, and it would be great to have as many supporters there as possible. 
2. Nuclear News A. nuClear News No.99 September 2017 is now available for downloading.
www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo99.pdf
B. They are also asking for funding help:
Cheques, made payable to “no 2 nuclearpower”, to Pete Roche c/o Friends of the Earth Scotland, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR.
Or donate by PayPal. For details see here! : www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/help/donations.phpOr donate via internet banking to Co-operative Bank; sort code 08-92-99
No 2 Nuclear Power a/c no. 65162637
3. ICAN UK  Monday 4th September: ICAN meeting in YORK (Medact’s conference is in York on the 4-6th September), Medact have booked backstage room at the Central Hall for 16.30-18.30 slot. The Ban treaty will be on the agenda
4.  ICAN Francehttp://icanfrance.org/ ) have a  group cycling around the UK to raise awareness and share ideas about nuclear disarmament.  If anyone is interested in contacting or meeting up with the group this is the mobile number for Aino as they will be on the move  – +491573258164.  Feel free to pass this email along to anyone who may also be interested – again, I know it is quite late notice!
5. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre meetings. A. Fri 15 Sept: Ceilidh – Dancing for Non-Violence St Peters Church. Lutton place. 7:00-11:00pm. More info here.
B. Thurs 21 Sept: Celebration lunch for International Day of Peace. For volunteers and anyone interested in getting involved. Peace & Justice Centre.  
C. 
Sun 24 Sept: Walk for Peace Edinburgh. Starting from the terrace of St John’s church. A gentle mindful walk with poetry, song as we visit peace places around the city. 2-5pm.