Edinburgh CND News 4th November (update on 8th)

Free this afternoon (8th) 4pm? Why not come have some fun at an free interactive Cooperative Games workshop with Elena Rodriguez from Educacion en la Nonviolencia in Madrid. Leith Community 12A Newkirkgate EH6 6AD 

On Monday 2nd November EdinburghCND had a meeting to discuss the issue of the Nuclear Convoys that regularly use Scotland’s roads. If you are not familiar with it: here is the link:
DEADLY CARGO View on vimeo.com Preview by YahooWe are trying to put together a list of people who may be available to oppose these convoys. If you can consider being on such a list, please email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com.
We would also like to get this video seen as widely as possible, so please share to Facebook, Twitter etc. You can also learn more at the Edinburgh Skillshare on 14th November (see below)

Don’t Bomb Syria
It’s likely that there will be a vote at Westminster in the near future to sanction Britain joining the US, Russia, Turkey and other countries in bombing Syria. More bombs are not the answer to the Syrian crisis.
Two things you can do:
1. Please contact your MP to make your opposition to more bombing clear. You can use the online tool on the Stop the War website to do this.
http://stopwar.org.uk/…/stop-the-bombing-of-syria-now-lobby…
2.Labour’s opposition is crucial but the indications are that many Labour MPs may vote with the Tories. Please make your views clear to Ian Murray MP either through the use of the online tool or by ringing 0131 662 4520 or emailing ian@ianmurraymp.co.uk If you live in Edinburgh South lobby Ian at his Minto Street surgery 9am 2 November

The latest Drones Campaign Newsletter is available. Each month, they send an email containing the latest information, campaign updates and links to resources to help you campaign on the growing use of armed drones.
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The Peace and Justice Centre have moved temporarily to share a small office between Edinburgh Interfaith Association and the One World Shop on the lower level of City of Edinburgh Methodist Church (Nicolson Square)
To find us look for the One World Shop entrance down the stair at the front of the building. We are just to the right of that. We will continue to be open from Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm. The latest P and J newsletter is available http://peaceandjustice.org.uk

The Annual Conference of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament will take place on Saturday 7 November 2015 in St Columba’s by the Castle Church, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW. (map) Registration from 10.30 am. Meeting starts 11 am. Close 4 pm. Speakers Brendan O’Hara MP Brendan is the Defence spokesperson of the Scottish National Party and MP for the Argyll and Bute constituency which includes Faslane. (biography) Thomas Nash
Thomas is the Director of Article 36. He has played a significant role in the latest international move to ban nuclear weapons. His particular expertise is in how the experience of prohibiting land mines and cluster munitions can be applied to eliminating nuclear weapons. He has worked for the New Zealand and Canadian foreign ministries and as Coordinator of the Cluster Munitions Coalition.

CND has welcomed Shaker Aamer’s release from Guantanamo Bay and has renewed calls to finally close down the infamous prison.
After 13 years of detention and torture, without being charged or put on trial, the British government today confirmed that Shaker is on his way home to his family in the UK.

The Scottish Peace Network is organising a vigil to protest the glorification of war inherent in the official Remembrance Day ceremonies. We will be gathering at 10:30 on Sunday, November 8, at parliament square along the royal mile in Edinburgh. Shortly afterward, a march organised by British Legion will pass by on the way to a wreath laying ceremony attended by various dignitaries. Everyone welcome to our peaceful protest. We will have a banner and placards but you are welcome to bring your own. We will be distributing a flyer.

Edinburgh World Justice Festival review, planning meeting and AGM 7.30 Wednesday 4 November
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church halls, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX Edinburgh
https://www.facebook.com/ events/149962378689207/

The second Big Scrap Trident Skillshare is on Nov 14th in Edinburgh please book a ticket now. It’s from 10am – 4.30pm at St Thomas Aquins School, 2-20 Chalmers St, EH3 9ES
We will again 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! (and there will be home made cake again!!) For more information see here Book a free place at the skillshares here Share it on Facebook

Don’t Bank on the Bomb Campaign Launch– 7 – 9 pm. 16 November City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX Companies that manufacture nuclear weapons depend on banks and financial institutions investments. RBS is the largest investor in nuclear weapons in the UK. Many pension funds, including those of our public institutions, also invest in them. Anyone with a bank account or a pension may be tangled up in this web. But that also gives us the power to demand divestment. Find out how to get involved and help remove support from companies that profit from nuclear madness.  Book place at dontbankonthebombscotlandlaunch.eventbrite.co.uk  or call EP&JC on 07541 023022

The Scottish Parliament has just adopted a strong position against Trident renewal with 96 MSPs supporting the motion and only 17 voting against. There was a clear attempt during the debate for MSPs to put their opposition to Trident first and party politics second.

CND welcomed the decision taken by Scottish Labour  to oppose the replacement of Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Scottish Labour’s decision to oppose Trident replacement is another nail in the coffin of the UK’s nuclear weapons system. This decision means that 75% of people in Scotland voted for parties which oppose the nuclear weapons system hosted at Faslane and Coulport.” A new report from Reuters showed that the true cost of renewing Trident will be far higher than the huge sums already mentioned. Labour CND held a fringe meeting on Friday evening at the Labour Party Conference. During the day on Friday was leafleting to publicise this meeting and to attempt to influence the vote on holding a debate with further leafleting and lobbying on Saturday to encourage delegates to vote against Trident.

Please sign the petition to the UK government started by the Tweeddale Peace Group:
Decommission and remove Trident weapon systems from the UK.
We call on the Westminster government, in compliance with international law, to implement the complete decommissioning and removal of all nuclear weapon systems from UK soil and waters.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110665
YEELIRRIE UPDATE Right now the world’s largest uranium company – Cameco of Canada – is seeking the State government’s all clear to mine WA’s biggest uranium deposit at Yeelirrie in the northern Goldfields. You can help by letting the EPA know that uranium mining is unnecessary, unsafe and unwelcome.[]

CAAT Edinburgh local meeting on Monday 9th November, 7-8:45 pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh. An article about the new local campaign:https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/2836/andrew-smith-and-mark-bitel-disarming-the-scottish-parliament.  They are seeking a Voluntary Development Worker to work with the lcoal campaign for about 2 hours per week. A small honorarium and expenses are offered.

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