EdinburghCND newsletter 26th April


  1. Edinburgh singer-songwriter, Calum Baird, plays alongside Edinburgh CND’s Penny Stone and legendary Scottish folk singer-songwriter and socialist, Dick Gaughan, at the Pleasance on the 1st of May in celebration of International Workers Day and the May Day weekend.

Tickets available here (not sold on the door):



  1. The Edinburgh CND banner will be on the march the following day 2nd May: assemble Middle Meadow Walk Edinburgh. There will be a rally at the Pleasance Theatre, 12.30pm. There will be a Peace stall and more singing from Penny Stone (and some other good speakers). Please join us.
  1. Edinburgh CND will be meeting at 6pm on Monday 4th May at ACE. This is an informal meeting to plan our next events
  2. Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland Campaign Meeting. 5 May. 7 – 9pm. Peace and Justice Centre.
  3.  Edinburgh CND will  leafleting  at 1230 on Saturday 9th May East end of Princes Street.
  4. The Story Collective are exploring Scotlands folk stories and their relevance to modern society and politics.

One of the stories being presented is “Assipattle & the Mestre Stoorworm” about a loathesome sea monster, and making a direct comparison to the Trident nuclear subs (at the Scottish Story -telling centre)


You may have noticed that Trident has become a major issue in this general election campaign. Have your candidates made their feelings known?

CND’s has criticised Labour’s ‘hypocritical and muddled’ approach to foreign policy. In a landmark foreign policy speech at Chatham House today, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged a commitment to multilateralism and global institutions, yet he reiterated Labour’s support for Britain retaining nuclear weapons, while failing to set out plans for multilateral disarmament and a global ban on nuclear weapons.

Miliband also criticised the Conservatives for lack of post-conflict planning following the 2011 bombing campaign in Libya and the ensuing migrant crisis – despite it being a war which Labour backed.

CND’s General Secretary Kate Hudson said:

‘Labour can’t have it both ways. Ed Miliband is trying to situate the party as one of multilateralism and international institution-building, but the party’s record is one of supporting disastrous and bloody misadventures: from Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya.

CND at the United Nations

A CND delegation will be heading to the UN in New York this weekend to participate in the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, an international conference on nuclear disarmament. As well as hosting an official fringe meeting, CND will join other NGOs at protest events and meet with Ambassadors. Global Wave to Nuclear Weapons  rally held in New York on April 26 (and other places).

Trident: Time to Move On has launched! Some of you may have seen the  letter in the Observer on  Sunday  –http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/11/letters-trident-not-desirable Please do share the links – especially the petition – with your networks now as every single signature will count over the next three weeks as we attempt to demonstrate to politicians and the mainstream media that any complacency around this issue is sorely misplaced.

Future events:

  1. Conscientious Objectors Day Vigilwith Protest in Harmony15 May. 5 – 6:30pm. On the MoundPrinces St.

likely to be followed by a Scottish Peace Network meeting at 7 pm at the peace & justice centre

2.The film ‘These Dangerous Women’  will be shown in Edinburgh on Monday 18 May 2015 at 7.30 pm at Augustine Centre Studio, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL : you can book a place online: http://bit.ly/1Dg66kA.  The doors will be open at 7pm to give time to look at the photograph exhibition of WILPF women and events in WILPF’s 100 years of working for peace. The film tells the story of some of the British women who travelled to International Women’s Congress at The Hague in April 1915.  It reviews the relationship between the women’s involvement in the suffrage movement and their desire for a negotiated settlement in place of war to resolve international disputes.

3.OneWorld Peace Ceilidh Edinburgh Steiner School. 60 Spylaw Road. Friday 29th May.7:30pm til midnight.

  1. Workshop on Friday 1 May:  George Wilkes, who directs the Relwar (Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace) Project, works with an inter-disciplinary team of scholars in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and they have been invited to come to Edinburgh to contribute to input and facilitation based on their  contextual action-research and book projects.

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