Edinburgh CND News 4th March 2016

London 27th February: Led by CND, party leaders joined trade union and faith leaders, as well as activists and celebrities to show the breadth of public opposition to Trident. This demonstration clearly showed the huge surge across society against Trident replacement and we thank everyone who joined us there. You helped make this a truly momentous occasion which will have an enormous impact on the politics of Britain and the outcome of the Trident question.
Sharon Dolev the director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement spoke at the Rally and then came to Scotland to address a meeting at the Parliament. Take a look at the photos from the demonstration (and buy a commemorative t-shirt) on the CND website http://www.cnduk.org and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND/
‘Don’t you believe in democracy?’ CND asks Fallon, as further £642m Trident spend announced Campaigners have condemned defence secretary Michael Fallon’s announcement to spend a further £642 million (taking the amount already being spent on Trident’s successor to almost £4bn) ahead of a Parliamentary vote on whether to replace Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “I ask Michael Fallon, what is the point of a parliamentary vote on Trident if the government’s going to spend millions on replacement anyway?” Michael Fallon will be at the Scottish Consrvatives Conference at Murrayfield today ( Friday). His plan is NOT TO listen to us lobby the Tories before a Trident vote. Meet around noon at the junction of Roseburn Street and Roseburn Terrace. Bring something to make a noise and some eyecatching props and banners and we will walk down to the entrance together.

MEETINGS!                                                                                                                                                   The next Edinburgh CND meeting will be on Monday 7th March 6pm at ACE 17 W Montgomery Pl, Edinburgh EH7 5HA. ALL WELCOME. The next CAAT Edinburgh meeting is also on Monday 7th March 7.30 to 8:45pm at the Quaker Meeting House at 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh. We would love you to join us!

Saturday 12 March: 1230pm: Edinburgh CND will be leafletting at the East End of Princes Street and from 2 – 4:30pm. Songs of the Unsung Heroes.Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Jane Lewis and Penny Stone from Protest in Harmony lead a fun and inspirational afternoon of songs celebrating the movements and people who opposed the First World War. Learn songs about the men and women who refused to fight and those involved in the movements for equality and social justice that move us closer to a world without war. Organised by Protest in Harmony, as part of the Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace Festival,in conjunction with the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre’s The World Is My Country exhibition. All welcome, no previous experience necessary. Book Tickets here. £12 / Network Members £10. NB The exhibition is on now and runs to the 12th.

Forceswatch 14th March 2016 7 – 9 pm. Quaker Meeting House Victoria Terrace Edinburgh Please circulate the Eventbrite page widely https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenging-military-visits-to-scottish-schools-edinburgh-public-meeting-tickets-22276168620. Also, for those of you who use Facebook, please invite people to the ‘event’ on there, and spread the word that way: https://www.facebook.com/events/899411836844995/. EdinburghCND is supporting this meeting

Scrap Trident: meeting in Edinburgh Thursday March 17th at 6.30pm. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN

Fly Kites Not Drones Sunday 20 March. 1 – 4pm. On the Meadows. Fly Kites Not Drones was inspired by the Afghan Peace Volunteers who say the beautiful blue skies of Afghanistan are now a fearful sight to children who no longer want to fly kites, due to fear of a drone strike. The campaign is focused on the psychological impacts of weaponised drones which are now extensively used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Yeman, Mali and Somalia.

Still running: 140,000 Paper Cranes Workshops Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN Saturdays: 2 – 4pm

Planning for the future: (1) Edinburgh CND is supporting the MayDay March and Rally: ‪#‎workersrights‬ ‪#‎humanrights‬ The 2016 Edinburgh and Lothians May Day March will assemble 11.30am, Saturday 7th May at the top of Johnston Terrace from where it will march to a rally at the Pleasance. Save the date, tell your friends and workmates.                (2) Benefit in Aid of Edinburgh CND at The Stand Edinburgh on Tuesday 21st June. This is a busy and crucial year for our campaign-all the more reason to lighten up with laughter while raising money and reaching out to a new audience. Can you help make this night a winner by selling tickets to friends and families, by helping run the event and donating raffle prizes? Tickets cost £7 (£5 concs) and can be reserved through the Stand website, their box office on 0131-558 7272 or bought direct from Edinburgh CND on 0131-538 7298 or edinburghcnd.org or on the door. As well as the money from ticket sales we hope to run a raffle to raise even more cash. This means top quality prizes donated by you! We’ve already been offered red wine by one generous supporter

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