EdinburghCND News 20th September. Update 23rd September with 2 (3) Saturday events

 1. Edinburgh CND will be leafleting at the “Scotland against fracking” demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament from 1 pm on Saturday (26 September). We will also be at the Climate Change Rally at the Mound. We will have Bairns not Bombs, Don’t bomb Syria and EWJF leaflets.

2. There will be a vigil at the North Gate of Faslane this Saturday 26 September from 1pm – 2:30pm. This is a special ocassion as Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Gandhi, who is himself a deeply committed peace activist, will take part in the vigil between 1:30 & 2pm.Arun Gandhi is making this visit to Faslane as part of his time in Scotland in order to show solidarity with the nonviolent nuclear disarmament movement here in Scotland and with our aspirations for peace.

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1. Austrian Ambassador in Scotland: Towards a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban The meeting will address humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons (see previous News item) Please email Janet Fenton to book a place janetscotlands4peace@yahoo.co.uk

2. As one of the supporting organisations ECND are pleased to announce a great programme for Edinburgh World Justice Festival (EWJF) 2015. 19 informative, thought-provoking and inspiring events organised by 17 lively campaigning organisations in the city. The full list is copied below (end of this newsletter). Further details posted on the website http://www.ewjf.org.uk and on Facebook.
 3. Edinburgh Stop the War meets Monday 21 September 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace EH1 2JL. Agenda includes: report from Stop the War UK annual conference, Syria and refugees, Scrap Trident and Stop the War’s contribution to the Edinburgh World Justice Festival
4. The Scottish Peace Network will be meeting on 24th September. A leaflet is planned for remembrance day.

1. CND congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on becoming the new Labour leader
Corbyn is vice-chair of CND and made scrapping Trident a central part of his leadership bid.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“This is an historic moment; a turning point for all those working towards a fairer and more peaceful world.”
“Jeremy’s flagship policies include scrapping Trident and opposing austerity. His success proves that these policies are popular, and have now entered mainstream politics.”
“Labour was obliterated in the General Election by an anti-Trident party in Scotland, and polls indicate a majority of the UK population firmly oppose Trident. We are delighted that a Labour leader will now stand up and represent that majority.”
CND is a democratic organisation and the annual conference and AGM is the opportunity for members to decide our overall direction for the coming year, elect our leadership, debate contemporary issues and draw strength and inspiration from participating in a collective national forum.
Venue: Arlington Conference Centre in Camden, London Time: 10am – 4.30pm Saturday 17th October
We invite all members to attend; you must register by 9th October. New members must also join by the 9th October to be eligable to attend.
Full details and to register online visit Conference 2015
Reminder: Tell the government Trident doesn’t keep us safe
The government is working on the 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS) and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and they want your input.
Further information can be found on the CND web site. Also fundraising request.                                                         2. The latest minutes of the SCND executive are available.
3. The Walkatjurra Walkabout, which started in 2011, finished its 5th walk in the North Eastern Goldfields town of Leonora on Tuesday. The walk, a collaboration of Aboriginal and non-indigenous people, is a moving community protest against the proposed uranium mines in the region. The month long walk, lead by local Traditional Owners, covered almost 450 km’s from Wiluna to Leonora, passing Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium mine proposal at Lake Way and Cameco’s proposed uranium mine at Yeelirrie Station. We had regular updates of their progress.

4. EWJF 2015 PROGRAMME (see above)
This Changes Everything
13.00 – 15.00 Sunday 27 Sept
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Take One Action and Friends of the Earth Scotland
Epic documentary film based on Naomi Klein’s book on climate change. Tickets from the Filmhouse
David Rovics in concert, also featuring Calum Baird
8 – 11 pm Monday 28 Sept
The Canon’s Gait, 232 Canongate, EH8 8DQ
EWJF Committee
Peace poet and troubadour all the way from Portland, Oregon Entry £10/£6
Changing our Unequal World
conference and book fair
11.00 – 17.00 Sat 3rd Oct
St. Thomas Aquin’s High School, Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
EWJF Committee
Discussion and debate on a fairer future. Keynote speaker Walden Bello.
Austerity, Debt and Military Spending
19.30-21.30 Mon 5th Oct
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Peace and Justice Centre
How can we stop governments prioritising military spending over people’s needs?
Imagine our world in 2040
17.30 – 19.30 Mon 5th Oct
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Quaker Social Responsibility Group
Share concerns for the next quarter century over an informal meal
Accompaniment in Palestine
19.30 – 21.00 Tues 6th Oct
Undercroft, St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA
Scottish Palestinian Forum
What is accompaniment and how do organisations working in Palestine provide it?
Human Rights and the Peace Process in Colombia
17.45-19.30 Wed 7th Oct
Fleming Room, Scottish Parliament, EH99 1SP
Justice for Colombia
Hear first-hand experience of the struggle to protect peasants and their rights.
Register on Eventbrite
Does the Pope speak for us all on ecology and justice?
18.00-19.30 Thurs 8th Oct
Faculty Room North, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX
Ethics Forum of University of Edinburgh
In Laudato Si Pope Francis calls for ecology and social justice. Does he represent us all?
Sharing Skills and Making a Difference?
7.30 pm Thurs 8th Oct
Augustine Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1EL
Edinburgh VSO Supporters’ Group
What can volunteers contribute to fighting poverty in the global south?
The Yes Men Fix The World
7.00 pm Fri 9th Oct
Augustine Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1EL
Global Justice Now
Spectacular media hoaxes and thought-provoking pranks in the Yes Men’s hilarious film
Gaza Unsilenced Book Signing Event
14.00-15.30 Sun 11th Oct
Hadeel, 123 George St. EH2 4YN
Palcrafts and Hadeel
Laila El-Haddad, also co-author of “The Gaza Kitchen”,
tells stories of Gaza following last year’s Israeli assault’.
Women Surviving Violence in conflict zones
19.30 Mon 12th
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Scottish WILPF and Amnesty International
Learn about campaigns for sexual and reproductive rights in war zones
Change Everything? Or just our energy supply?
19.30 – 21.00 Wed 14th
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Friends of the Earth Scotland
The big issues in building a movement strong enough to stop climate change
Palestine: a struggle for equality, justice & freedom
7 – 9 PM Thurs 15th
Tollcross Community Centre, EH3 9QQ
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Nakba exhibition, discussion, Q&A
Sounds of Solidarity
Fri 16th Oct Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD
An evening of music for justice with Voces del Sur, Samba Sene and more. Get tickets on Eventbrite £8/£5

War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification 2.00pm Sat 17th Oct Augustine Church Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Jeff Halper on new ways world powers forge war, through military high technology tested on Palestinians

Label jars not people: Disability Justice 6.30 – 9.30 Sun 18th The Constitution Bar, Constitution Street, Leith EH6 6RS Radical Voices Inspiring radical songs from talented local singers

Resource Wars 7.30pm – 9.30pm Mon 19th Quaker Meeting house, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition Jonathan Neale looks at how competition for strategic control of resources fuels war

Egalitarian Frames
Oct 9 Opening Night, 5.30pm – 8.30pm.
October 10th – 15th, 11am-5pm
Whitespace Gallery, 25 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TF
An exhibition which will bring to light issues which are in the spirit and theme of the festival.

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