Edinburgh CND News 25th August (update 31st August)

Edinburgh CND will be leafletting outside Edinburgh Mela (Leith Links) on Sunday 30th from 12 to 2pm. Big Sandy will be there: do come along to help.

STOP PRESS: The Sunday Herald is reporting that George Osborne is due to visit Faslane today (Monday). The visit is expected to be first thing in the morning, as he is due in Aberdeen later

Militarisation of Children and Young People 31 August, 2015 6 – 7:30pm St John’s Church Hall Tickets £5 here or from Just Festival Box Office at There has been growing discomfort around increasing levels of promotion of the military and ‘military ethos’ among children and young people. Does the military have a place in schools? What kind of character do we want our children and young people to build? Is there a justification for recruiting children to the armed services?
David Gee, author of Spectacle, Reality, Resistance: Confronting a Culture of Militarism and co-founder of Forces Watch talks and Mairi Campbell Jack, Quaker Parliamentary LIason talk with former Officer Cadet Second Leiutenant Ryan Mounsey.

100 years of Women Campaigning for Peace: Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8RG Exhibition – 4th – 23rd September Wool Against Weapons Scotland and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Radical Creatives’ Café Saturday 5th Sept 2-5pm Taking inspiration from the above exhibition • Crochet a white poppy • help re-purpose some of the wool against weapons pink scarves into blankets for refugees or others in need • knit some peace bunting for Faslane fence • hatch another radical knitting/crochet plan • sing whilst you craft • take part in a songwriting workshop with Penny Stone 2-3.30pm (£5 donation or what you can afford) Please bring wool, knitting needles and other crafting materials Film evening Monday 14th September 7-9pm Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Wool Against Weapons Scotland invite you to a Film evening showing • These Dangerous Women – an inspiring short documentary starring WILPF UK members, about the women who tried to stop World War 1. • Wool Against Weapons – short films and video clips of the 7 mile peace scarf created in 2014 Songs from Protest in Harmony and Wildfire

This months Drone’s Network News is now available: website here. ScottishCND also have an update http://www.banthebomb.org

Meetings: Scrap Trident Tuesday 18th Peace and Justice Centre 6.30pm, EdinburghCND Monday 7th September 6pm at ACE and Scottish Peace Network week beginning 21st September (also at P and J)

The Trade Union Congress has called for a large demonstration on Sunday 4th October to mark the start of the Conservative Party Conference.
Greater Manchester & District CND is coordinating a CND / Scrap Trident bloc during the demo. I will circulate more details in due course.

While Tony Blair was branded a warmonger by Avi Shlaim at the Edinburgh Book Festival
https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/news/tony-blair-branded-a-warmonger-by-avi-shlaim-at-the-book-festival
CND (UK) welcomed Corbyn Iraq apology
CND Chair Dave Webb said:

“As a coalition partner in the anti-war protests against the Iraq invasion in 2003, CND welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s statement today.

“The Iraq war was immoral and illegal. As is now painfully clear, the humanitarian catastrophe the anti-war movement predicted became a reality, with hundreds of thousands dead and many more made victims of injury and poverty.

“An apology will signal an important break from the disastrous wars carried out under the banner of the War on Terror and help prevent future wars.
CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said:

“CND still believes that former Prime Minister Tony Blair should stand trial for his actions. The hundreds of thousands killed in an illegal invasion, and the continuing bloodshed, is what Blair will be remembered for. He must not be allowed to avoid responsibility for the sorrow and devastation caused by his war lies.”
p.s. CND is still asking for donations! (see their website)

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