Edinburgh CND News 10th March

Please click on events to see dates of hustings: go and ask your potential MSPs about their views on Trident

1.A convoy transporting Trident nuclear weapons to Scotland was seen this morning (Thursday 10 March) at 0730 on the M6 near Preston. It is likely to travel through Scotland later today.                                                                                                                                   If you see it please contact Nukewatch on 0345 458 8365.
Tell your MP to stop the nuclear convoys Last Friday in Parliament the Government blocked a Bill which would have introduced regulations on the transportation of nuclear warheads around the country. The Bill was introduced following a number of incidents where warheads have been transported in residential areas and in poor weather conditions. CND is working with other groups to raise awareness of this issue and is supporting the Bill. Please contact your MP today and ask them to sign EDM 987 which supports the Bill and ask them to support the Bill when it returns to the House of Commons on Friday. You can contact your MP through the template form on the CND website.

2. Tomorrow (11th March) is the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.Around the country anti-nuclear campaigners and activists will commemorate the ongoing disastrous effects of the nuclear accident that took place in Japan five years ago.The Japanese government remains unable to contain the problem. Radioactive leaks at the site means that thousands of people continue to be displaced.

Gathering to remember Fukushima,
Donald Dewar Statue, Buchanan St, Glasgow, 10 – 11 am, Friday 11 March.
Five years ago, on 11th March 2011 there was a major nuclear accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. There were explosions in 3 of the reactors. Radiation was scattered across a vast area. 160,000 people were told to leave their homes . The so called clean up is a whitewash.
Scotland has Trident nuclear-armed submarines in our seas, and convoys of nuclear weapons driving through Glasgow and Edinburgh. The links between the technology for the weapons and the development of nuclear power are undeniable and dangerous, so to complicate matters and make it even worse, instead of a safe country with renewable energy we also have to worry about trains criss-crossing the country with nuclear waste from Hunterston, Torness and Dounreay.
Come with placards and paper cranes at 10 am on Friday 11 March to the top of Buchanan St, Glasgow, to remember the Fukushima accident, let others know and share information about the event on Facebook and Twitter.

3. (a) EdinburghCND leafleting. 12.30 Sat 12th March East end of Princes Street (before Women in Black)                                                                                                                                           (b) There will be a meeting of the Stop the War Scotland steering group on Saturday March 12th, 3pm – 5pm in the Conference Room at the Augustine United Church on George 4th Bridge.  Agenda includes our campaigning work on Syria, Iraq and the Middle East, Prevent/Islamophobia, Trident/Nato. The meeting is an opportunity for local groups to share experiences and coordinate plans for the next few months. (c) Songs of the Unsung Heroes March 12th 2-4.30pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
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.

4. Forceswatch Quaker Meeting House Victoria Terrace Edinburgh 14th March 2016 7 – 9 pm. Challenging Military Visits to Scottish Schools
Discussion of issues around armed Forces visits to schools in Scotland. In conjunction with the petition to Scottish Parliament for greater scrutiny.
Owen Everett, ForcesWatch. Annie McCrae, Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)
Conor McAllister, Veterans for Peace UK.
Also: Tues 15 March STUC, 333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow.
Owen Everett, ForcesWatch. Nicola Fisher, local primary teacher. Geoffrey Martin & Conor McAllister, Veterans for Peace will speak out about having been recruited at age 17.
Sign the petition for greater transparency, regulation and scrutiny of Armed Forces visits to schools: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/armedforcesvisitstoschools
See also article in the National:
http://www.thenational.scot/comment/michael-gray-should-the-army-be-targeting-pupils-for-enlistment.14738
5. Stop Trident: next steps
Welcome to the March edition of CND’s new, monthly magazine. We’ll be keeping you updated about what we’ve been up to, what’s coming up and exploring a few issues in the Trident debate in more depth. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like us to cover in this magazine or if you have any other feedback at all.
The Stop Trident demonstration was rightly acclaimed by all as the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration in a generation. CND General Secretary Kate Hudson writes about its success and the next steps we all need to take.
All of us can influence the Labour Party’s position on Trident. Carol Turner, Vice-Chair of Labour CND, explains how.
Read the full magazine here

6. nuClear News No.83 March 2016 now available for downloading:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo83.pdf

7. Fly Kites Not Drones. Sunday 20 March. 1 – 4pm.
On the Meadows. (By the Meadows Pavilion Café). Edinburgh
Kite making, Decorating, and Flying. In solidarity with Afghan Peace Volunteers and other people living under threat of Drones.

8. Hustings Questions from Don’t Bank on the Bomb Q.1 SNP / Labour / Green Party is against Trident renewal but the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (administered by Fund Managers Baillie Gifford) have invested £244,517 in Rolls Royce which manufactures the propulsion system, (reactors) for Trident submarines. Would you support divestment of the SPPS from companies such as Rolls Royce that manufacture components for Trident and other nuclear weapons systems?
Q.2 With the global movement for a ban on nuclear weapons now supported by 123 countries production, possession and deployment of nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly stigmatized internationally & will sooner or later be illegal. This means investments in nuclear weapons is increasingly a financial risk. Would you agree that it would therefore be prudent for the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme to divest from companies producing nuclear weapons.

 

9. Ask your constituency and list MSPs add their name to Motion S4M – 15865 for the Scottish Government to recognise International Conscientious Objectors’ Day (15 May). The full text of the resolution, lodged by Alison Johnstone MSP can be found at http://www.peaceandjustice.org.uk and on the Scottish Parliament website.

10. Parliamentary CND took place on 8th March in Room W2 off Westminster Hall. parliamentary@cnduk.org

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