Edinburgh CND News 18th October (update 21st)

Nuclear weapons are transported on our roads, including along the Edinburgh Bypass regularly. Deadly Cargo explains the chilling facts. Film screening followed by Q&A with Jane Tallents from Nukewatch. Showing tonight 21st at 7:30pm Beehive Inn Grassmarket 18 – 20 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU Edinburgh, United Kingdom. This will also be the subject of our own meeting on 2nd November

Stop the War Public Meeting as part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival 730pm Monday 19 October
RESOURCE WARS Jonathan Neale from the Campaign Against Climate Change, author of ‘The American War: Vietnam 1960-1975‘ and ‘Stop Global Warming, Change the World’ will introduce the discussion. Jonathan will look at how struggles by the major imperialist powers for strategic control of resources fuel war and conflict and wreck lives and how we can build movements of resistance at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace

Divest Scotland Tour is visiting Edinburgh on 20th October, showcasing speakers from Colombian communities who are fighting against human rights abuses and environmental destruction by UK fossil fuel companies.
A Facebook event for the whole tour can be found here, please feel free to invite folk:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1498052343844870/

The CND Conference 2015 is set to be the most important anti-nuclear gathering of its kind in a generation. A number of factors have come together that make scrapping Trident, the UK nuclear weapons system, more likely than ever. Politicians, activists, international delegates, and trades unionists are set to gather in London this weekend for a major conference on nuclear disarmament. In what has been described by campaigners as the “most important event of its kind since the Cold War”, the conference will be the first public discussion on Trident since an anti-nuclear campaigner became leader of the Labour Party. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Our conference comes at a crucial moment for all those working towards nuclear disarmament. “In the next few months we expect that MPs will decide on whether or not to replace Trident. It’s vitally important that we step up the UK-wide debate ahead of the Parliamentary vote. CND Conference 2015 Saturday 17th October CND AGM & Policy Conference Sunday 18th October Scrapping Trident Strategising for success in 2016 Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Road, Camden, London NW1                                 Join the CND mass lobby of Parliament
CND has called a lobby of Parliament to oppose Trident replacement. It will take place on Wednesday 4th November. In 2016 MPs are expected to vote on whether or not to spend £100 billion on Trident replacement, so it is vital that the views of their constituents are heard. This is the first opportunity for a mass lobby since the General Election and is a great chance for you to discuss Trident replacement with your MP.
Please enter Parliament through the Cromwell Green public gate and join us in room W1 off Westminster Hall between 13:00 and 17:00. You can sign in with us, have a briefing on the issues and give us feedback about what your MP says. Please click here to use our template letter to arrange a meeting with your MP.
If you have any questions about the lobby or want any advice please contact parliamentary@cnduk.org
Parliamentary meeting following the Lobby:
Nuclear exits: Countries have given up nuclear weapons, so can the UK!
5pm – 7pm

nuClear News No.78 October 2015 is now available for downloading:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo78.pdf
People are booking up for the Big Scrap Trident Skillshares on Oct 24th and Nov 14th –  Help to make the events really useful and empowering. We are hoping to attract some of the people who started thinking about Trident during the IndyRef but as the emphasis is on sharing rather than being talked at we need all the Scrap Trident Coalition members to have at least a few folk along to share their experience. Please publicise the events on your e-lists, Facebook page etc and tell your friends about it.
The details are below or share on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/611428982294233/ or link to our website http://scraptrident.org/the-big-scrap-trident-skillshare/
Please book on eventbrite if you are coming yourself so that we have an idea of numbers and how many want some sandwiches provided. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-scrap-trident-skillshare-tickets-18786262216
also needed : volunteers on both days to help!

The BIG Scrap Trident Skillshare
A day of lively and interactive workshops to share knowledge about
Trident nuclear weapons and the grassroots campaigns working to scrap them.
GLASGOW – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th
STUC 333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6NG
EDINBURGH – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14th
St Thomas of Aquins RC High School, 2-20 Chalmers St, EH3 9ES
Timetable for both days: 10am:Registration. 10.15am:Introduction to Trident. 11am – 4pm:Workshops. Lunch at 1pm (Tea & Sandwiches available). 4pm:Conclusion 4.30pm:finish. Workshops:
Outlawing nuclear weapons worldwide
Nukewatch – tracking nuclear bombs on our roads
Political campaigning & divestment
Faith based activism & resistance
Presenting the arguments – how to talk about Trident
What about the jobs and alternative employment
Short intro to Nonviolent direct action.
Creative campaigning – Making your message visible

To book : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-scrap-trident-skillshare-tickets-18786262216

As Jeremy Corbyn becomes a Vice President of CND today as he maintains his refusal to ever press the nuclear button and the SNP and Scottish Greens continue to condemn spending £100billion on Trident Renewal at every opporunity. Meanwhile the Tories plough on regardless and senior government sources have said a House of Commons vote could take place before Christmas this year, or in January 2016 rather than the late spring date that was expected. Whether this is an attempt to stop Trident becoming a Holyrood election issue or to preempt a change of policy within the Labour party is not important. We must make our rejection of nuclear weapons so loud and persistent that it echoes all the way into the Westminster chamber.
Get informed and sharpen up your anti-Trident campaigning skills at our Big Scrap Trident Skillshare days. The first one is next Saturday (Oct 24th) in Glasgow at the STUC in Woodlands road from 10am – 4.30pm. On Nov 14th we repeat the skillshare in Edinburgh at St Thomas Aquins School.
We will be looking at the convoys that transport Trident warheads on our roads and how we can use the global push to ban nuclear weapons to support our work here in Scotland. Learn about ways to engage with your elected reps and the new campaign against investment in nuclear weapons companies. Explore the knotty issue of jobs at Faslane and hear about experiences of nonviolent direct action and faith based resistance. Practical workshops on how to present the arguments to the public and how to get your message seen will set you up to go out and decare loud and strong SCRAP TRIDENT!

Other Trident related events

Trident and Jobs at Glasgow West CND meeting Wed 21 Oct
Hear Arthur West explaining how Scrapping Trident could improve the jobs situation in Scotland by deploying much needed skills to more peaceful industries. To be held in the Library at Wellington Church.77 Southpark Avenue G12 8LE

Nukewatch at Edinburgh Greenpeace film night. Wed 21 Oct
The film Deadly Cargo will be shown followed by a discussion with Jane Tallents of Nukewatch who are asking us to keep an eye out for suspicious looking trucks carrying weapons of mass destruction on our motorways. Find out the chilling truth about these lethal convoys and how they are tracked by the people in the Nukewatch network.
7.30pm at the Beehive Inn (18/20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh). Facebook

Celebrating 20 Years Campaigning Against the Arms Trade in Scotland Sat 31 October
Speakers: Alison Johnstone MSP, John Finnie MSP, Kat Hobbs CAAT Campaigner.
How we can shift from arms to renewables & prevent new debt in developing countries from the arms trade. Plus Launch of new campaign calling on the Scottish government to divest its pension investments from the arms trade.
11:15am – 3:15pm. St Cuthbert’s Church. 5 Lothian Rd. Edinburgh. Facebook

Labour/union reception for Trident: http://johnwoodcock-labourclp6.nationbuilder.com/john_to_host_trident_renewal_reception_in_westminster

And finally: WikiLeaks Reveals How the US Aggressively Pursued Regime Change in Syria, Igniting a Bloodbath:
http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/33180-wikileaks-reveals-how-the-us-aggressively-pursued-regime-change-in-syria-igniting-a-bloodbath

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