Tuesday 4th December: Edinburgh CND AGM and Annual Festive meeting (donations of food and drink welcome but not compulsory) 6pm to 8pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh. All Supporters Welcome.
Other events: 1. Sunday 18th November, 6:30 to 9:30, Radical Voices at the Black Fox by the Shore Constitution Street, Leith. The theme is Peace is Possible. 2. Monday 19th November monthly meeting of Edinburgh Stop the War at the Peace and Justice centre. 3. Tuesday 20th November: Opposing War Memorial performance of This Evil Thing (see below) https://this-evil-thing.eventbrite.com STOP PRESS Two Israeli conscientious objectors will be speaking Read the full article here.
4. Saturday 24th November STUC annual anti-racist demo in Glasgow
5. Saturday 8th December Yemen protest and CND leafletting East end of Princes Street 11am to 1pm
1. From CND UK
1.1 President Trump has announced plans to withdraw the US from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). We must protect the INF, an agreement CND fought for – and won – 30 years ago. As the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war, the INF treaty helped pull us back, eliminating over 2,500 nuclear missiles and de-escalating US-Soviet tension.
If we allow this agreement to be torn up, we could soon see the return of ground-launched nuclear missiles to the UK, a scenario which would make anuclear war fought on European soil far more likely.
CND condemns the Defence Secretary’s support for Trump’s action and calls on our government to express strong opposition to this dangerous move. This week an urgent question was asked in Parliament and EDM 1744 was tabled on this crucial issue. Now we’re following this up and mobilising MPs to press the government to respond. Can you help us?
1.2 Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to a letter from the defence ministerthat has revealed 505 safety incidents at the Faslane naval base in the last 12 years. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “When the MoD took the decision to censor annual nuclear safety reports which had previously been made public, we feared that safety at Faslane was worsening. “While we welcome a return to a degree of transparency, the figures in the defence minister’s letter confirms our fears, revealing a catalogue of accidents in the last three years. Many of these incidents involved the Trident submarines which carry Britain’s nuclear weapons.
1.3. One hundred years ago, in November 1918, the world’s first global, industrialised war was drawing to a close. It was described at the time, as ‘the war to end all wars’. But those lessons were not learnt, countless millions more have died in war since then, and our own world today – already suffering many ‘conventional’ wars and the crimes, brutality and displacement that they bring – faces the increasing danger of nuclear war. When leaders trash treaties that reduce the risk of obliteration, make plans for new generations of ‘usable’ nukes, or speak glibly of ‘pressing the nuclear button’, our role is to present an alternative to hatred, to war and destruction. On the centenary of the ending of the First World War, politicians should use the commemoration as an opportunity to reflect on the horrors of conflict and on the possibility that a future war could turn nuclear.
1.4. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to the Chancellors of the Exchequer’s 2018 budget. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said: “This is yet another budget that prioritises war and nuclear weapons over people and their needs. While millions use foodbanks, the government has announced an extra £1 billion for the Ministry of Defence. “The elephant in the room is Trident. The Chancellor should have announced today that he is scrapping Trident, but instead the government continues along a path that will see over £205 billion spent on replacing Britain’s nuclear weapon system. “Hammond began his speech saying the last eight years of cuts were not driven by ideology, so why is it that at every budget the only thing we can be sure of is more money for weapons of mass destruction? “If Trident is scrapped, the £205 billion saved could employ 150,000 new nurses and build 120 state of the art hospitals. The money could also be used to build 650,000 new homes.”
Here are just three alternative proposals the Chancellor could have announced today.
Climate not Trident: 100,000 wind turbines could be built if just half of the money spent on replacing Trident was invested in renewable energy.
Homes not Trident: The average cost of building a new house in Britain is £150,000. This means that the government in partnership with civil society could build over 650,000 houses with the money it is planning to spend on Trident.
NHS not Trident: An extra £205 billion could employ 150,000 new nurses and build 120 state of the art hospitals. Or we could use the money to support our ageing population by providing occupational care at home allowing people to live independently for longer.
As Kate Hudson says in her latest blog post “one thing is certain, whatever the Chancellor of the Exchequer says, the British economy is being deprived of the investment it needs to grow and flourish, and that our society is being denied the funding it needs to ensure the health, welfare and happiness of its citizens.”
1.5. This is a particularly busy time foranti-nuclear campaigning, but here at CNDwe’ve also found time for a fanstastic new collaboration with our friends at Teemill: two awesome new garment designs! Available as T-shirts, sweatshirts or hoodies, these will make the perfect Christmas gift. Also crushed missile T-shirt is still available
1.6. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Toshiba’s scrapping of plans to build a nuclear power station in Cumbria. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said: “Nuclear energy isn’t just dirty and dangerous, this announcement shows once again it’s not economically viable.
1.7. Other News: Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 12 noon
Join the CND banner outside the BBC at All Saints Church, Langham Place
London W1A 1AA
2. Beyond Nuclear International: Artist Mary Lou Dauray found inspiration in the spectacular landscapes of her world travels. But climate change and Fukushima changed her vision. Her paintings now reflect the runaway destruction — as well as the abiding beauty — of our world. Through her art, she hopes to inspire change. In India, uranium mining takes a drastic toll on the poor and disenfranchised. Journalists Krishna Shree and Rajesh Serupally found anger and desperation among those affected, but denials from nuclear companies.
Last week was in the USA. The critical mid-term elections on November 6 — and their aftermath — will fill the airwaves. After much thought, we opted not to load new content to the Beyond Nuclear International site this week.
Nuclear power is demonstrably useless — and even a hindrance — in saving us from climate change. M.V. Ramana and Robert Jensen show us why. Consequently, we were deeply disappointed by the wrong turn taken last week by the respected Union of Concerned Scientists. Their new report supports subsidies for aging and even new nuclear power plants, arguing that if reactors close, carbon emissions will rise. The majority of major environmental groups strongly oppose this position, which is disproven by evidence where shuttered nuclear plants have been replaced by renewable energy. Our stories this week make the case against nuclear bailouts in the name of carbon reductions. STOP PRESS: American podcaster and activist, Libbe HaLevy, survived the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. She was a mile away when it happened and it was “not the vacation I had intended,” as she writes in her new book, Yes, I Glow in the Dark!, an in-depth and personal look at the dangers of nuclear power. Peter Weish emerged from Austria’s nuclear sector to become a leader in the nuclear power opposition movement. He has strong views about the way forward to a peaceful world.
3.PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTRE:
Have raised over £8,000 for the Opposing War Memorial in just two weeks bringing our total fundraising so far to over £25,000!
They have still to raise £33,000 in 26 days to meet our target. People from many countries have donated. We have received about 90 donations ranging from £5 to £5,000. Many thanks to those of you who have donated already.
If you haven’t yet contributed, can you make a donation to help create this lasting tribute to those who have refused to take part in war and/or attend the fundraiser on 20/11?
Other News: Conscience: Taxes for Peace Not War. Inaugural meeting of Edinburgh Chapter was held on 31st October
Chrys Salt – Home Front/Front LineSunday, 18 November 2018 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House
6. UNFOLD Zero and Basle Peace Office: 6.1 24th to 30th October was UN Disarmament Week, when member states vote on a range of disarmament decisions and resolutions. Decisions are binding on the United Nations. Resolutions are indications of governments’ positions and intent – they are not binding but can be very authoritative and influential if supported by key countries. The deliberations and votes took place in an environment of increasing tensions between nuclear armed States, and also an increasing divide between non-nuclear countries and those countries which rely on nuclear weapons for their security.
Here is a short summary:
Reducing nuclear danger submitted by India received 127 votes in favour (mostly non-aligned countries). It failed to get support of nuclear-armed or European countries, primarily because it only calls for nuclear risk reduction measures by China, France, Russia, UK and USA – leaving out the other nuclear armed States – India, Pakistan, DPRK and Israel.
6.2 STOP PRESS: In their historical meeting in June 2018, USA President Trump and North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un announced an agreement under which each country commits to:
‘…establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity’;
‘…join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula’; and
‘…recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.’
In addition, Kim Jong-un committed to ‘work towards complete de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.’ Following the signing of the joint agreement, President Trump announced that a first step by the USA in implementing the agreement would be to cease the US-led war games exercises off the coast of the DPRK. The US/DPRK agreement came on the back of a peace process between North and South Korea initiated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Members of Abolition 2000, the global network to eliminate nuclear weapons, had been pushing for such a diplomatic process, especially in 2017 when tensions between USA and DPRK were at their highest for decades. See Abolition 2000 actions and responses on USA/Korea peace agreement.
7. Edinburgh CAAT: contact firstname.lastname@example.org for news
8. In Australia? Hope to see a lot of you out on the Walk this year and if you cant make it but would like to support the Walkatjurra Walkabout then click here
1. Tuesday 6th November: We will be having our usual organising meeting at 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre.
2. White Poppy Sales :1pm Thursday 25th October at the University of Edinburgh (George Square/Appleton Tower junction).
5pm Wednesday 31st Octoberat the east end of Princes Street
5pm Thursday 8th Novemberat the east end of Princes Street
Poppies will also be on sale on Saturdays 1pm to 2pm as part of the Women in Black Vigil at the east end of Princes Street and at the Women’s STUC in Dundee 29th and 30th October
3. Scottish CND AGM is on 10th November 2018 at Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, Glasgow, G2 4JP. Registration from 10:00am see http://www.banthebomb.org for more details
4. Sunday 11th November: events to commemorate all those who helped bring about the end of the 1914-18 War including in Edinburgh and London
5.SAT, 17 NOV AT 10:00 (all day) Just Transitions Conference: Employment, Energy, EnvironmentCharteris Centre, 138-140 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RRorganised by Scot.E3
6. Tuesday 20 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm Memorial to Conscientious Objectors Fundraiser: see News section no 4
STOP Press 24/11: 1. Anti-Trident protestors have blockaded all entrances at one of Britain’s nuclear weapons factories, AWE Burghfield in West Berkshire. The direct action has halted traffic to and from the site this morning. The protest is highlighting the role AWE Burghfield plays in the maintenance and replacement of Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.The Burghfield bomb factory, administered by the Atomic Weapons Establishment, builds and maintains nuclear warheads.The Trident Plougshares activists have blocked access to the site with a car with two people locked to it at one point and with a line of people with their arms in lock-on tubes at another. Separately, campaigners from local CND group Hereford Peace Council will today travel to Parliament on a ‘peace train’, bringing with them petitions from thousands of supporters who want the government to get rid of its nuclear weapons and join the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
2. Just days after President Trump announced US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, NATO is to launch its biggest military exercises since the Cold War tomorrow, lasting until November 7th. Taking place in Norway, these exercises will simulate the collective response of NATO to an imagined attack on an allied partner, as outlined in Article 5 of the NATO treaty. The UK has committed more than 250 vehicles and 500 soldiers to this exercise. CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said:‘While the foe in this imagined scenario is claimed to be fictitious, the decision to launch these drills in Norway, a country which shares an Arctic border with Russia, sends a provocative message of NATO’s intended dominance in the region to Russia.
1. President Trump has announced plans to withdraw the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). This is a hugely destabilising development that threatens global and – in particular – European security.
Signed by Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987, the treaty banned ground-launched nuclear missiles and led to nearly 2,700 missiles being eliminated. It meant that the cruise missiles sited at Greenham and Molesworth were removed and countless more across Europe. Tearing up the INF Treaty will end the restraints on nuclear arsenals achieved in the 1980s. It will open the way for the return of cruise-type missiles to Europe: they have only one purpose – that a US nuclear war against Russia will be fought in Europe. We understood that in the 1980s and we mobilised against it – and the INF Treaty was in large part the result of that. Hundreds of thousands protested against cruise missiles; the iconic Greenham peace camp was part of that movement. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “This is a reckless move by Trump. Tearing up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty will mark the end of the restraints on nuclear arsenals achieved in the 1980s. The danger is that we will see spiralling arsenals on a Cold War scale. “We utterly condemn the Defence Secretary’s comment that the British government’s support for the US administration at this time is ‘absolutely resolute’. Britain should be voicing strong opposition to this dangerous move rather than fanning the flames that can lead to nuclear war.
We stand resolutely against this return to the nuclear escalation of the Cold War and we call on all peoples once again to reject these moves.
This is just the latest in a growing list of rash US positions: trashing the Iranian nuclear deal, planing to build ‘usable’ nuclear weapons and outlining a greater range of scenarios in which to use them .
2. CND is also delighted to launch its new collaboration with Britain’s foremost political artist Peter Kennard: a campaign T-shirt based on Peter’s iconic Crushed Missile artwork. As Peter explains: “World leaders in their macho madness announce that they would press the nuclear button. We have to campaign to crush and destroy all nuclear weapons before they do press the button and destroy us”.
3. Politicians, academics and activists gathered in Bristol 20th and 21st October for a two-day CND conference on how to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. see http://www.cnduk.org and will be gathering Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 12:00
Join the CND banner outside the BBC on Great Portland Street
4. Memorial to Conscientious Objectors;
Along with a range of other peace organisations Edinburgh and are supporting a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose war in Edinburgh. Conscientious objection and opposition to War is a significant part of Scotland’s history. 80,000 people marched to oppose the First World War in Glasgow in 1914. There were nearly 20,000 COs in Britain – 1434 in Scotland – yet they are scarcely recognised in public spaces. There are memorials to COs in London and other places but not yet in Edinburgh. Civil society groups, faith groups and educators came together to make sure the voices of those who refused to fight are heard in Scotland’s capital city. A CO Memorial in Princes St Gardens will ensure that this history is recognised in a site that is visited by millions of people. To donate to the Memorial visithttps://chuffed.org./project/opposing-war-memorial We commissioned artists’ submissions and chose a design by a local artist for a bronze tree and bench that will create a space for reflection on alternatives to war in the midst of eight war memorials. In October theTransport and Environment Committee of City Council unanimously approved the design proposal. Now we need to raise the funds to complete the project. So far we have raised over £19,000. We need to raise £149,000 more for technical drawings, fabrication and installation of the sculpture. We hope to raise a total of £59,000 from individual donations and the rest from grants. Please take a few minutes to visit the crowd funder site, view the video and make a donation to support this enduring monument to those who said no to war:https://chuffed.org./project/opposing-war-memorial Every donation counts, large or small. Alternatively you can donate by Bank Transfer (and save Card processing fees) toBank of Scotland Account Name: Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre Account: 00207018 / Sort Code: 80-11-30 Be sure to use Reference: Opposing War If donating by Bank Transfer email@example.com request a Gift Aid form and make your donation go further AND tell us if it’s ok to acknowledge your donation by name on the website
Click here to view the video about the wonderful design that will be noticeably different and represent a respectful counterpoint to all the war memorials nearby. Share the Crowdfunder page and help spread the word so lots of people will be able to help.
This Evil Thing
Written and Performed by Michael Mears
Performance in aid of the Opposing War Memorial in Edinburgh Tuesday 20 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School Edinburgh EH3 9ES Tickets £10
5.Beyond Nuclear International: focuses this week on atomic testing, by the Russians in Kazakhstan and by the French in Algeria. Both countries endure an ongoing disaster in public health and environmental contamination. We feature those who have spoken out, sought compensation and cleanup, and who have become voices for global peace.
Activists in Wales were abandoned by their political leaders when they tried to stop mud — which scientists say could contain plutonium — being dumped just off shore. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation president, David Krieger, says our peace treaties have failed us and we need cooperation among diverse movements. The International Uranium Film Festival returns to Navajo next month. Despite its niche subject area, it enjoys unexpected popularity and no shortage of material.
7. ICAN: latest report of activity with the UK and Ireland Mayors, Provosts and Leaders for Peace – the constituent Chapter of the Mayors for Peace organisation available on request. Meanwhile countries and regions continue to support the Un Treaty.
8. Next meeting of SCND Timeline exhibition group is on Monday 29th of Oct, 6.30 pm – in SCND office (see earlier posts). STOP PRESS: MINUTES NOW AVAILABLE
9. 10th November,CAN BE WATCHED LIVE: Future Wars: The Impact of New Technologies conference will take place at Birkbeck College in London. It will be a fascinating event, with a host of experts laying out the new threats that we need to organise against and face down — including the militarisation of space, cyber warfare, hacking, and killer robots and drones. But we’ll also discuss new tech ethics and alternative visions of security. Following last year’s CND Council decision to hold it, Future Wars is shaping up to be an essential event for peace campaigners, and we really look forward to seeing you there. You can register online on Eventbrite. Extra Comment: CND condemns the Defence Secretary’s support for Trump’s action and calls on our government to express strong opposition to this dangerous move. This week an urgent question was asked in Parliament and EDM 1744 was tabled on this crucial issue. Now we’re following this up and mobilising MPs to press the government to respond. Can you help us? Contact your MP today
10. The Walkatjurra Walkabout is already talking about next years walk and the many other projects and events coming up to support the court case to stop Yeelirrie and to keep Western Australian free from uranium mining.. There may be a few changes next year and one of them may be that we walk from Leonora to Yeelirrie. We will update you more as plans unfold.
Wed 10 Oct, 7 – 9pm What price Nuclear War?
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
———— Thu 11 Oct, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Film: Shadow World (exposes the reality of the global arms trade)
David Hume Tower, LG09, George Square, EH8 9JX
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland ——— Fri 12 Oct, 7.30 – 9.00pm Just Transitions Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Scot E3 (Employment, Energy and Environment) ———- Sat 13 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm Book Fair and forums
Epworth Halls, Methodist church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX www.sfbbooks.wordpress.comWe will have a stall at this event. We will also go to the East End of Princes Street from 1230 for our usual monthly leafleting session. __________ Tues 16 Oct, 7pm From the Sabine Women to Srebenica Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, EH8 8DT Dove Tales, Association of Scottish Artists for Peace From time immemorial rape has been used as a weapon of war and women treated as booty. This Dove Tales event aims to highlight the issue through prose accounts of rape in modern conflicts and through poetry dramatising the complexities of such action for both victims and perpetrators. _______ Last event: The People of Palestine Sat 20 Oct, 12.00 – 5.00pm Muslim Welfare House (Lauriston mosque), 59 Lauriston Place, EH3 9HY Interpal
We need your urgent help! The “No Fleet Review in Jeju” endorsement is by9 October 6pm(GMT +9, South Korea time). Collected signs will be published on Oct. 10, the opening day of International Fleet Review in Jeju (Oct. 10 to 14). Please sign and spread to your network as soon as you can. Your prompt response is very appreciated. Thanks so much for the help!
1. A new project fromScottish CND with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to highlight the rich Scottish peace heritage with a focus on the nuclear disarmament. This project includes a free training workshop in video making and conducting interviews at an accessible venue with lunch provided. Scotland: A Peace of History will capture the key developments that shaped Scottish CND and the wider Scottish Peace Movement and share them with the whole community in a mobile exhibition and an online resource, marking the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
A large display timeline with pictures and explanatory texts will be produced and recordings with video testimonies will run on a screen accompanying the exhibition. A digital version of the timeline and additional materials will be made available online. With the help of volunteers and liaising with other groups we hope to launch by the end of the year and tour the country in public venues, schools and museums in 2019. The project will offer training opportunities, particularly for volunteers wanting to learn how to make a testimony video. We will include Scottish CND material currently held in our archives but we are inviting members and supporters to get in touch if they hold any relevant or rare materials like press cuttings, leaflets, photos, posters or CND merchandise. The free training workshop will run as part of the project and BAFTA New Talent Winning Filmmaker David Newbigging will teach participants valuable, transferable campaign skills and improve their knowledge of media and digital campaigning.
Attendance for this event will require a £10 deposit which is fully refunded on the day of the training. This deposit will be requested upon booking via Eventbrite. Free lunch will be provided and the venue is accessible. The next meeting for the 60th Anniversary Exhibition will take place next Thursday, 11th at 6:30 in the Scottish CND office.
Open to all, Sunday’s conference, introduced by South West MEP Molly Scott Cato, will include workshops and debates on today’s vital issues – including grass roots campaigning, defence diversification, nuclear power and non-violent direct action. Extra bit: As part of the upcoming annual conference in Bristol, CND would like to welcome all our supporters to a public event Sunday, October 21st on the subject of ‘Towards a Nuclear-Free Future: Building Change from the Grass Roots’ see http://www.cnduk.org
Mean while: The United Nations Association – UK, the country’s foremost advocate for action at the UN, has issued a red card for Britain’s failure to live up to disarmament obligations and for its dismissive approach to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The body’s new report, the Global Britain Scorecard, explores whether the UK practices what it preaches after Theresa May pledged her support for the UN system. She has previously acknowledged its importance in addressing shared global challenges and delivering benefits to UK citizens and the wider world. Explaining the rationale for the red card, the UNA said:
“The UK has made little progress on its disarmament obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty since the welcomed, but modest, reductions announced in 2010. Rather than working in “good faith” for a world free of nuclear weapons, Britain has failed to participate in multiple initiatives and international fora aimed at making multilateral progress on disarmament, and has failed to follow UN guidance to adopt a constructive approach to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”
Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: “We welcome the UNA’s scrutiny of government policy. It’s a national shame that the UK has rejected the nuclear ban treaty out of hand when a majority of the world’s countries are working together to eliminate nuclear weapons. The UK nominally says it supports such multilateral diplomatic efforts, but in practice it is trying to wreck the initiative. “Theresa May’s government should be taking steps in good faith towards nuclear disarmament, but instead it has committed £205 billion to replacing Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system, and stands idly by while Donald Trump develops new ‘usable’ nuclear weapons that raise the threat of nuclear war.”
CND has always said that Trident is an irrelevant, ludicrously expensive weapon of mass destruction. And recent events certainly prove us right. In this month’s edition of Campaign magazine, read about the latest development that shows the project is in free-fall. You can also read about Trump’s latest ridiculous idea and find out what CND got up to at Labour party conference. Read Campaign: October edition Download Campaign: October edition
++++++More News from London: This week, activists from around the world are holding actions and protests to demand an end to plans for a US Space Force during the annual Keep Space for Peace week. In June, President Trump made a highly controversial announcement: he directed the Pentagon to develop a ‘Space Force’ – a new branch of the US military, ‘separate but equal’ to the US Air Force – to ensure ‘American dominance in space.’ Read CND Chair Dave Webb’s blog post Here in Britain, at Menwith Hill outside of Harrogate in North Yorkshire tonight, a demonstration will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm. All are welcome to join. See Global Network Against Weapons website for more events. Future Wars Conference: The Impact of New Technologies 10th November • London The US Space Force will be a major theme of our Future Wars Conference that will explore The Impact of New Technologies, taking place on the 10th November in London.Tickets are available now
3. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre are working with other groups to get approval for the memorial to be erected in Princes St Gardens in the midst of seven war memorials. Those who have died in war are well remembered in public space – with 37 war memorials in Edinburgh – but opposition to war has been a significant part of our history too. This Memorial will ensure that opposition to war is also represented in public space – and be a space for reflection on alternatives to war.
Approval by the Transport & Environment Committee is a crucial step. In a couple of weeks – we’ll start fundraising for the cost of casting and installing the bronze sculpture and granite bench. You can help get approval for the Opposing War Memorial at City Council next week.
Please take a few minutes today to send a message to your Councillor today about why he or she should support the proposal for the Memorial to go in Princes St Gardens. You can see a description of the Memorial design and read more about it here. Here are the names of the Councillors on the Committee. But you can also contact all your councillors.
Below is some text you can copy and paste and use as a basis for your message. Feel free to add your own reasons why they should support the Memorial.
Click the link below to go to the Write to Them website. Just enter your postcode and the site will give you the names of your Councillors. Click on the Councillors names to open forms to send them messages. Go to https://www.writetothem.com/
NFLA representatives attended a ceremony on 8/10 to rededicate Leeds memorial stone for the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association and encourages member Councils to support model resolution on the TPNW (see website)
8. Beyond Nuclear International: (a) There is no “safe” dose of radiation, says the National Academy of Sciences. Our new handbook on radiation and harm to human health explains why. The 2018 World Nuclear Industry Status Report confirms nuclear power’s continued global decline, eclipsed by renewable energy. And a mother in Japan tells the harrowing story of how she fled Tokyo after her daughter showed signs of radiation exposure far away from Fukushima. (b)Two new reactors underway in Georgia, USA, just got the vote to continue. But locals fear more cancers, writes Jeremy Deaton, in a community already awash in radioactive contamination. The nuclear industry, meanwhile, is making a spurious case that it must continue in the interest of US national security — “one claim too many” write Victor Galinsky and Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Centre. (c) Information is essential, but it also needs to be understandable and accessible. And of course accurate! That is why Beyond Nuclear is producing a series of concise anti-nuclear handbooks and the first ones — on radiation and health and on why nuclear power can’t address climate change — are ready on our website. But, we absolutely must print these now and get them out to the people who need them. Please help us raise needed funds!
9. UNFOLD ZERO: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a passionate plea last week to nuclear-armed States to re-engage in ‘sincere, substantive and results-oriented dialogue towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons,’ and to ‘reinforce the norm against nuclear use‘ by affirming publicly ‘that a nuclear war cannot be won and therefore must never be fought.’
Guterres made his remarks at a high level meeting on nuclear disarmament held on September 26 to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
++++10. Edinburgh Stop the War’s October meeting 7.30pm on Monday 15th October at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN. The agenda will include follow up on our recent public meeting on the arms trade in Scotland, planning action on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the SACC meeting on Islamophobia which we have cosponsored, Afghanistan and campaigning stalls. This is an informal – participative meeting – hope to see you there.
11. ICAN In London: Wednesday 17th October 2018, 6:30-8 pm, Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE
It’s time for another Edinburgh World Justice Festival! – 16 informative and inspiring events about the big issues in the world and what we can do about them. Here’s a summary of the programme – check out the details of the events on www.ewjf.org.ukand Facebook, put them in your diary and share it all with your friends.
The following Events may be of particular interest to CND members. NOTE EDINBURGH CND MEETING ON 10th:
Conference: Reimagining the Economy Sat 29 Sep, 9:45 – 5:30pm Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX
EWJF and Jubilee Scotland. ECND will have a stall at this event.
Followed by Launch party! Sat 29 Sep, 19:00 – 22:30 Join us for a fun evening
Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 140 Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Tue 2 Oct, We will be having our usual organising meeting at 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre. Then some of us will go to the following event:
Join the campaign for climate justice.
7.30pm Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
Friends of the Earth Edinburgh / Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pmThe real cost of the Scottish arms industry
Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Edinburgh Stop the War UN: Peacemaker or toothless tiger? How to reform the United Nations and bring about a more peaceful world. 6pm same day 50 George Sq. Room G.06Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. EDINBURGH CND will be contributing.
Fri 5 Oct, 7pm How to Sink an Arms Fair
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland
Wed 10 Oct, 7 – 9pm What price Nuclear War?
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament ———— Thu 11 Oct, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Film: Shadow World (exposes the reality of the global arms trade)
David Hume Tower, LG09, George Square, EH8 9JX
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland ——— Fri 12 Oct, 7.30 – 9.00pm Just Transitions Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Scot E3 (Employment, Energy and Environment) ———- Sat 13 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm Book Fair and forums
Epworth Halls, Methodist church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX www.sfbbooks.wordpress.comWe will have a stall at this event. We will also go to the East End of Princes Street from 1230 for our usual monthly leafleting session.
1. Beyond Nuclear International: (a) Almost 35 years ago to the day, we came close to oblivion. Thanks to one level-headed and stubborn Russian lieutenant colonel, Stanislav Petrov, who failed to sound what would have been a false alarm about a US nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, here we still are. But our luck could run out, writes Jon Schwarz in The Intercept. Where are the movies and TV shows like we saw in the 1980s to scare the wits out of us and spur real action? (b) As the latest hurricane threatens coastal US nuclear plants, John Vidal’s timely article takes an in-depth look at the risks of nuclear reactors operating under climate change conditions, including sea-level rise. Plus the Climate Change chapter of the Beyond Nuclear A-Z handbook on nuclear power delivers the key arguments against nuclear power as a climate change “solution.”
2. On Saturday 22nd we gathered at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walked from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for a rally. Look out for all the reports.
5. On September 26, TOMORROW, (A) the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, world leaders will participate in a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament. ‘The United Nations and its member countries should focus more on disarmament for sustainable development’ says 2016 Children’s Peace Prize winnerKehkashan Basu, who was last week selected by the President of the UN General Assembly to address the UN High-Level Meeting as one of the two speakers from global civil society.
++++++++Watch live on UN WebTV (10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm).
(B) Also onSeptember 26th, ICAN be bringing a message to BNP Paribas: Nuclear Weapons are unacceptable, divest!
They know that when you choose the end of nuclear weapons it also means choosing to end investments in nuclear weapon producing companies. That’s why they’re using the 26thof September, the UN Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, to demand BNP Paribas choose wisely. They will be doing this by making a Splash Online,following an NFLA media release today 25th September 2018
NFLA highly concerned with nuclear safety at the Aldermaston and Burghfield nuclear weapon sites and seeks action from nuclear regulator
6. CND travelled to Liverpool for the Labour Party’s annual conference, where they had two successful rings meetings. Living in the age of Trump, one of their main conference themes was calling for an end to the special nuclear relationship. Want to see the advert in the Guardian? Click here
++++++++26th: CND Campaigners have responded to two announcements at Labour Party conference that commit the party to ending interventionist wars and creating a nuclear-free world. see http://www.cnduk.org
7. The Public Accounts Committee has today warned that the infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer ‘fit for purpose’. The Commons Committee revealed that MoD decisions to delay maintenance at its 13 nuclear sites had created a ‘ticking time bomb’. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND, said:
‘We welcome this very frank PAC report which puts MoD incompetence and negligence in the spotlight. It’s clear that the MoD is overreaching itself financially: it clearly cannot afford to buy a new nuclear weapons system and maintain its other spending requirements. Spending on Trident replacement when it can’t afford general equipment is grossly irresponsible.
Assemble Faslane Peace Camp 12 pm, Walk to North Gate where there will be a rally
Protest the Trident Weapon System! You can get there by bus from Edinburgh and there is also space to sleep in Glasgow (bring a mat and a sleeping bag) and there will be food and drink at the Rally along with stalls and singers and Indylive will be streaming events, and interviewing the folk – including celebrities and politicians – there on the day.Buses are running from various parts of Scotland and further afield. Lots of interesting meetings while the visitors are here, full details including transport details are posted on nuclearban.scot/Sep-rally
EVENTS BEFORE THE RALLY
1. Saturday 15 September, 4pm – 6pm: Peace Walk through Holyrood Park to the Salisbury Centre organised by the Peace and Justice Centre. Meet: Outside the Scottish parliamentJoin for a walk through Holyrood park to the Salisbury centre with storytelling and music on the way and stay for a cup of tea in the centre’s lovely gardens. No need to book in advance – just turn up If you can stay with us a little longer, they’d love you to join them for our bring and share meal at 6.30pm, following a short AGM.Community meal, AGM and peacebuilding in schools workshop. After the shared meal from 7.30pm facilitators from the Peacebuilding for Schools project are offering an interactive taster workshop, for you to get a feel for how the project works. There’s no need to book for this, but it helps plan. Tell us you’re coming
2. Monday September 17th at 7.30 Edinburgh Stop the War meeting at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN. Report back from the UK Stop the War conference; a working session on our upcoming meeting on Scotland and the arms trade and will discuss ongoing campaigning around Yemen and the wider Middle East. These meetings are informal and agendas are flexible so come along with things you would like to discuss.
3. Tuesday September 18 at 530pm in the Scottish CND office at 77 Southpark Avenue Glasgow G 12 8 LE .To ensure that the March and Rally at Faslane goes smoothly we require as many people as possible to volunteer to be stewards .
The main jobs of the stewards will be to walk on the outside of the March and help to ensure people get from the starting point of the March at the Peace Camp to the Rally point at the North Gate at Faslane . Anyone who can be a steward at the March and Rally is invited to come.
4. Wednesday 19th September from 7-8.30pm: Edinburgh CND will be having a banner and placard making workshop on in the Peace and Justice Centre. This is after the meeting of the Cross-Party group at the Scottish Parliament.
5. Thursday 20 September, 6.30pm – 9pm. Stop Funding the End of the World.
University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square. Don’t Bank on the Bomb launch their new report – Stop funding the end of the world: Working to eliminate nuclear weapons through divestment. Supported by EdinburghCND Click here for more information and to Register. 6. Also on Thursday :Tim Wallis of Nuclear Ban US, hopefully a speaker from the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Nuclear Weapons, myself and Flavia Tudoreanu from Peace Education Scotland speaking at the event. We are hoping to encourage Councils to develop resolutions to support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and challenge the UK Government to engage in this debate. The seminar is on Thursday 20th September from 1pm – 3.30pm in Clydebank Town Hall, which is a short train hop from Glasgow Central.
7. Friday 21st September 12.30: Bill Kidd MSP in conversation with Sharon Dolev (Israel) and Emad Kiyaei (Iran) in discussion on progress in the process towards gaining a treaty for a weapons of mass destruction free zone, and an organisation, METO to negotiate and monitor it. For anyone with an interest in obtaining peace and stability in the Middle East. Registration is necessary. Supported by Edinburgh CND Progressing The Possible. PLEASE TRY AND BOOK BY TUESDAY 18th
8. drop in welcome at the Peace and Justice Centre 2-4pm
EVENTS AFTER THE RALLY
1. Sunday, September 23, 2:00pm There is a widespread support for the idea that Scotland and the UK should become a nuclear weapon free zone. Opposition to the renewal of Trident is an essential step toward this goal, but can Scotland truly be free of nuclear weapons as long as it is included within the NATO alliance? The Scottish Peace Network is sponsoring a forum that will present the views and experiences of those representing the peace and justice movements of several countries who remain within NATO on this vital issue. Speakers include: Dave Webb, chair UK CND; Roser Iborra, Popular Unity Candidacy of Catalonia (CUP); Maalke Bennes, PAX of the Netherlands; Reiner Braun, International Peace Bureau of Germany. Quaker Meeting House at 38 Elmbank Crescent (opposite Charing Cross station) 2. In Edinburgh same day: SECURITY FEMINISM & THE BOMBUN HOUSE EDINBURGH 19.00 – 2100
3. 22nd to 25th September CND are delighted to announce that they will be appearing at this year’s The World Transformed festival in Liverpool 7 Mann Street, Liverpool L8 5AF. The World Transformed is a festival of politics, arts and music that runs alongside the Labour Party’s Annual Conference, working to build the movements both inside and outside of Parliament. There is growing support across the political spectrum for defence diversification – the need to redeploy highly skilled workers, like those involved in Trident, in socially useful parts of the economy. This is the theme of our talk at the festival and part of our campaigning activities at party conference.
On the 24th September at 1pm, CND’s Kate Hudson will chair the session Labour and Trident: do jobs justify making nuclear weapons?
CND add: It seems like everyone has that back to school excitement, with a new energy for the months ahead, including us here at the CND office. The autumn will be a busy period for us as we attend political party conferences, trade union meetings, rallies and our own annual conference. In this month’s edition of Campaign magazine, read about what we’ll be doing as a new parliamentary term, in particular, begins. Read also all about an important rally taking place at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland.
Action 7: Organise a vigil or hold a faith-based event. See the Nuclear Disarmament Resource Guide for Religious Communities for ideas (Also published in Arabic, French, German, Japanese and Spanish). ++12/9: The United Nations and its member countries should focus more on disarmament for sustainable development’ says 18 year old environmental activist and youth leader Kehkashan Basu. Ms Basu, who is originally from United Arab Emirates and now lives in Canada, was last week selected by the President of the UN General Assembly to address the September 26 United Nations High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament as one of the two representatives of global civil society.PNND adds: On August 28, 2018 the California State Assembly adopted a resolution calling:‘upon our federal leaders and our nation to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first, ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack, taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert, canceling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons, and actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.’
5. 29th September to 16th October: Edinburgh World Justice Festival. http://www.ewjf.org.uk. Edinburgh CNDs meeting will be on 10th October. Watch this space.
6. Monday 1 October from 18:30 – 21:00. Tim Wallis will be speaking at Friends House in London. The event is called ‘Implementing the Nuclear Ban Treaty in the United States: Latest Update from Tim Wallis.’ Too far to travel? Try: https://www.gazettenet.com/Wallis-and-Elson-17302589
7. 24th-30th October. Basle Peace Office and unfold zero: Can you imagine one million notes each worth $1 million? That’s $1 trillion, the amount the nine nuclear armed countries plan to spend on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. Basel Peace Office encourages you to join Count the Nuclear Weapons Money in New York from October 24-30 (UN Disarmament Week) to help count out one million of these notes and re-allocate the money from nuclear weapons to better purposes. This is one of a number of recent initiatives in the US Congress, and in state and city legislatures, to promote a U.S. No-First-Use policy.
1. Beyond Nuclear International: A 40-year effort by Traditional Owners and environmental groups in Western Australia to stop uranium mining is heating up. The case is in court but a hostile government has approved the mine. We tell the story of their struggle. And read the poetic description by Marcus Atkinson of Footprints for Peace, of walking in country with Aboriginal elders to learn about and enjoy the beauty of the land while protesting the uranium mines. Darlene Keju campaigned tirelessly for justice and the truth behind the atomic bombs the US “tested” in the Marshall Islands. She saw her home “blown off the face of the earth”. Displacement led to poverty, alcoholism and suicide among islanders. She vowed to help change their lives for the better. Nuclear power can be complex to explain. The Overview section of our new anti-nuclear handbook lays out the nuclear fuel chain in simple terms.
This week the focus is on Iran. The Tehran Peace Museum is run by veterans injured during the Iran-Iraq war, many of them by Iraq’s US-backed use of chemical weapons. Through exhibitions, events, and invitations to visitors from abroad, they bring a message of peace. Writer Vijay Prashad says Trump’s new sanctions against Iran, a result of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, make conflict in the region more likely. That’s also what CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin wants most to avoid. She is determined not to let the Iran nuclear deal collapse.
STOP PRESS: Wales is under nuclear siege! French nuclear builder, EdF, is about to start dredging radioactive mud from the Hinkley C two reactor site in England and plans to dump it 1.5 miles off the Welsh coast! There has been no Environmental Assessment and no independent testing. Cian Ciarán of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals, has brought a case to the Welsh High Court to secure an injunction to stop the dump. You can help support this legal action. Meanwhile, Hitachi is about to bulldoze countryside around the proposed Wylfa B twin reactor site in North Wales and a small modular reactor is slated for Snowdonia National Park at Trawsfynydd.
2. The Walkatjurra Walkabout has finished with a storm (literally)! An awesome walk into Leonora with lots of support to keep WA nuclear free. A successful public meeting the following day having CCWA Director Piers Verstegen come into Leonora to support the community and in particular the three Tjiwarl native title holders, Shirley, Lizzy and Vicky on the court challenge that included a visit to the proposed radioactive waste dump. You can see photos and read about their adventures here.
The centrepiece of SCND activities this year will be the Nae Nukes Anywhere International March & Rally organised at Faslane on 22th of September.
Key international campaigners from at least six countries will be coming to Faslane to speak at the rally in an expression of global solidarity for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Please mark it in your diary and come joins us for what we hope to be the biggest demonstration in years at the Faslane gates. Gather at the Peace Camp at 12 noon & walk to the North Gate to join the Rally.
You can find more details of the demo here. Transport arrangements, including buses from Glasgow & Edinburgh are listed and more will be added. If you want leaflets/posters to publicise the event please get in touch with us and we’ll send some over.
Beyond Nuclear International: One week is not long enough to remember the horrific legacy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We continue our coverage this week with author and scholar, Ward Wilson, who argues that the use of atomic bombs on Japan did not shock the country into surrender nor serve as a deterrent. Nagasaki survivors use old traditions to find new ways to tell their story and engage young people.
A Canadian minister’s tweet about women’s rights in Saudia Arabia caused that country to throw a political tantrum. As it purges everything Canadian, a nuclear deal with Westinghouse, now owned by a Canadian company, may go down as well. Meanwhile, a long-planned UN disarmament summit could be canceled by pro-nuclear forces. You can help save it.
See later posts for more details on some of these issues
0. Sat 1st and Sun 2nd is the Mela at Leith Links. Edinburgh CND will join Edinburgh Stop the War in leafleting and petitioning people as they arrive. We’ll do from midday to 2pm each day with lots of leaflets for the 22nd. Quick update on the Mela following Saturday. This year it’s at the very far end of the links. We did our stall by the path where it goes past the cricket pitch. It went well but we did start too early so tomorrow we’ll start at 12.30 rather than midday and then stay until about 2.30.
Tuesday 4th September: Monthly Edinburgh CND meeting 6pm at the Peace and Justice Centre
Saturday 8th September a) Leafleting 1230 East end of Princes Street b)UK Stop the War Conference in London. c) Crane-making at the Peace and Justice Centre 2-4pm
Radical Voices is happening this Sunday, 9 September. The usual venue has changed its name again! The former Constitution Bar is now called The Black Fox by the Shore, and we will be there on Sunday, 6:30 to 9:30. Theme is International Solidarity in memory of Anne Scott
Saturday 15 September. Peace Walk Edinburgh From Scottish Parliament to Salisbury Centre Walk Starts at 4pm. 6 – 6:30pm P&J Annual General Meeting. 6:30 – 7:30pm. Bring and share meal at the Salisbury Centre: 7:30 – 9pm. Speakers to be confirmed. A great chance for our members and supporters to meet up, share good food and conversation and hear some great speakers. Come for some or all of the day. Let us know you are coming
Other events are planned for the period 15th to 22nd September including a MEDACT AGM and a joint seminar being organised by the NFLA Scotland Forum, the UK and Ireland Mayors, Provosts and Leaders for Peace Chapter (part of Mayors for Peace) and ICAN UK groups. The latter will be held on Thursday 20th September in Clydebank Town Hall, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland from 1pm – 3.30pm. These are to build for the 22nd demonstration. Edinburgh CND will be placard making on the 19th at the peace and justice centre.
UN Peace Day (September 21) and/or Nuclear Abolition Day (United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26). Nuclear Abolition Day 2018 occurs as world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers…) are in New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In less then two months the United Nations General Assembly will decide whether to hold the UN High-Level Conference (Summit) on Nuclear Disarmament, which has been planned for five years, or to yield to the pressure from pro-nuclear forces and cancel the event. You can help keep the UN on track for nuclear abolition. Sign the Avaaz petition United Nations: Step up for nuclear abolition Forward the petition to your networks; Send a letter to your government (Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, UN Ambassador).
We had a great two-day event take place in Norwich this past weekend, and more are on the way in Cardiff, Chesterfield and Nottingham in September.
It’s been really inspiring to see you all spring into action, and very encouraging to hear your reports back that the symbol has gone down so well. CND now has a new fundraiser: see website.
2. SCND It’s been 73 years since the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan. This has caused extreme suffering and by 1950 over 340,000 people had died as a result of the two bombings.
Last week Hiroshima Survivor Mr Masashi Ieshima visited Scotland to participate in the Youth Peace Academy organised by SCND Education. He spoke at the conference attended by 70 youth participants, visited the Faslane Peace Camp & Nuclear Base and addressed the festival goers at Mugstock. In his speech he said: “Humans cannot coexist with nuclear weapons. Let us work together for a world of peace.”
3. Message from the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre:
Please help us spread the word about our desk space to hire. Hiring out desks helps us to cover the cost of the day-to-day running of the Peace & Justice Centre. It also helps us to fulfill our aim to be a hub for grassroots organisations working for peace. Meeting space is also available at the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre on a pay as you can basis for grassroots organisations. —————– 4. News from Los AlamosAlbuquerque, NM – On August 15, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) announced a “major reform” which would slash its Washington, DC staff by 46% while increasing its field staff by 80% and place the entire staff under a single “Executive Director of Operations.” The new structure would go into effect October 1. http://www.lasg.org/ —————– 5.The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days. http://www.walkingforcountry.com
And some things to Watch:
1. Quakers in Britain have relaunched our podcast as ‘A Quaker Take’ and in the first episode we discuss peace education and nuclear weapons with peace poet Antony Owen, CND peace educator Owen Everett, and Quaker staff Ellis Brooks and myself. I thought I’d share the link with you in case any of you are interested in listening to it over the weekend: https://soundcloud.com/qwitness/peace-education. I could’ve sounded more articulate!
3. ‘The Man Who Saved the World’ recreates the tense moments in 1983 when Stanislav Petrov, duty officer at the Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, was confronted with an emergency that could have led in minutes to a nuclear war. Petrov defied protocol, but this probably prevented a nuclear war.
The film also chronicles his spectacular journey to the United States three decades later, as a new nuclear confrontation is brewing between the USA and Russia. Click here for the trailer. Contact PNND if you would like to organise a screening. Special discount rate for screenings to commemorate UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
Edinburgh CND activist Anne Scott, passed away on 29th July. She will be missed by many. Her Funeral / Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday 23rd August 1pm: Warriston Crematorium 36 Warriston Road Edinburgh EH7 4HW Dress code: campaign t-shirts (at Anne’s request) Flowers: Anne requested only a small arrangement of flowers in Suffragette colours for the service which have been organised.
2. CND stalls to promote the Nae Nukes Rally & the nuclear ban treaty:
NEW! Friday 17th August: Scottish CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 to run a street collection and stall from 12 noon – 4 pm
i. Saturday 18th August: Edinburgh CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 (PLEASE NOTE THIS REPLACES THE 11TH)
ii. Tuesday 21st August: Scottish CND stall 1200 – 2 pm, east end of Princes Street – opposite Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
iii. We will be leafleting other Fringe events with a Peace theme. including:
+++++ (i) Conchies! A new play about a group of conscientious objectors August 13 – 18, 6.15pm Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh; (ii) ‘Letters for Peace‘
Featuring Mr McFalls Chamber String Trio. 15th – 17th of August. Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Dalmenny St. Leith. 8pm and (iii) Friday 17th (for a few days only) at 1pm ‘Gie`s Peace’ at the Storytelling Centre. RECOMMENDED (iv) NEW: Scottish Storey Telling Centre“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” Albert Camus. How can writing build peace & combat the voices calling for conflict? Find out at The Battle for Peace reading at @Lighthousebks ft. Ruth Aylett, Colin Donati & Finola Scott tomorrow night at 8pm. http://lighthousebookshop.com/event/the-battle-for-peace-scottish-pen-poets-for-peace/…
++++3. Edinburgh Stop the War are meeting 7.30pm on Monday 20th at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN. We’ll be planning events and activities over the autumn. These meetings are informal and agendas are flexible so come along with things you would like to discuss.
iii In person – by going into the New Town Centre at 96 George Street Edinburgh EH2 3DH
1. UNFOLD ZERO and the Basle Peace Office report: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week warned member states and UN staff that the United Nations is $140 million short of its budget and could run out of cash, due to late and non-payment of UN dues by member states. In a letter sent to UN members, Guterres said that the UN had “never faced such a difficult cash flow situation this early in the calendar year. An organization such as ours should not have to suffer repeated brushes with bankruptcy. But surely, the greater pain is felt by those we serve when we cannot, for want of modest funds, answer their call for help.”Move the Nuclear Weapons Money has called for re-allocation of a portion of nuclear weapons budgets to assist the UN cash crisis. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the cost to extend the lifetime of each US Trident nuclear missile is $140 million, the same amount as the UN shortfall. The Basle Peace office and PNND add:
We encourage groups to build political pressure and government action for global nuclear abolition.
Invite participants at your event to sign the Avaaz petition, United Nations: Step up for Nuclear Abolition.
3. Setsuko Thurlow is an outspoken — but softspoken — survivor of the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. Her story deeply moves audiences — and helped win the Nobel Peace Prize. Children in Hiroshima who received a gift of drawing materials from a church in DC, unexpectedly created colorful visions of joy, not tragedy. Now those drawings are part of a new film. And Martin Forwood tells us why the adrift UK Moorside new nuclear project is about to shipwreck. For more news see: Beyond Nuclear International
4. CND UK and ICAN remind us: On the anniversaries of history’s two deadliest bombings, we must continue telling the stories of the hibakusha – those who survived. And we must continue campaigning to prevent another Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Kate Hudson explains: Conventional wisdom – especially in the US – suggests it was necessary to drop the bomb on Japan in order to bring about a speedy conclusion to the war and save lives. Even today many people genuinely believe that the bomb was necessary to bring about a Japanese surrender and to avoid the need for an invasion of Japan by the US, which might have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. But extensive scholarly research in the US, using primary sources from the time, shows that this just wasn’t true.
On the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima delivered this year’s Peace Declaration at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Please find attached a letter from Mayor Matsui and the Peace Declaration in PDF format for your reference. It would be most appreciated if you would kindly help us foster and expand international public opinion through widely sharing the Peace Declaration.
The Peace Declaration is also available online at the City of Hiroshima website: http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.j p/www/contents/1317948556078/i ndex.html
A video clip of Mayor Matsui delivering the Peace Declaration will be posted on the same page soon.
Mayor Matsui’s letter also asks you to help us increase the member cities of Mayors for Peace. The recruitment packet is available online at the Mayors for Peace website in multiple languages. We ask for your kind cooperation in expanding the Mayors for Peace network. http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/ english/outlines/join.html
5. Nuclear Free Local Authorities media release,
As the 73rd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapon attacks nears, NFLA encourages its members to show their solidarity for a nuclear weapons free world
August 6th and August 9th 2018 will be the 73rd anniversary of the atomic weapon attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the direct and longer-term deaths of over 220,000 people in the two cities. Many Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) members, in solidarity with the Mayors for Peace organisation led by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will organise their own local events next week. (1)
The atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed 90% of both cities and killed 110,000 people instantaneously. Around the same amount died days and months later due to the impact of radiation from the bombs on their bodies. Since 1946, the two cities hold annual Peace Memorial Ceremonies to remember those who died and for the survivors, known as ‘hibakusha’. The aim of each annual ceremony is to call for no future use of nuclear weapons and ‘no more hibakushas’.
NFLA was established on the 5th November 1980 pledged to the same aim, and over the past near four decades has worked across the world, and with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to call for a nuclear weapons free world. It links in with Mayors for Peace, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and national groups like CND (in its 60th year of activity) to help to realise that aim.
6.140,000 origami cranes workshop: Remembering Nagasaki August 11, 2-4pm and most Saturdays Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN
7. On Saturday 18th August at 14:30 there will be a special screening of the landmark feature documentary Carry Greenham Home capturing the women’s anti-nuclear protests at the Greenham Common Peace Camp – a shining example of non-violent feminist action, that changed both lives and laws. Hippodrome Cinema Bo’ness at 2.30pm.