Edinburgh CND News 8th April

1. Leafleting with Edinburgh CND: This Saturday 1230 East End Princes Street (all welcome) https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND/
2. Hustings ( go and ask your potential MSPs about their views on Trident). Please go along to any you can: Trident questions on the waste of money are always relevant! There are suggested questions in the previous post on this site. A list of Hustings can be found by clicking on events on the right of this page. In particular we invite people to the Peace and Justice Centre Hustings on the 21st https://www.facebook.com/events/1690475707893418/ STOP PRESS 13th APRIL hustings in Restalrig Community Centre and 14th April Broughton St Mary’s (Edinburgh North and Leith)
3. Global Day of Action Against Military Spending in Edinburgh Saturday 16th April, 11am – 3pm On the Foot of the Mound (Or if the current construction work is still on on the day, the East End of Prince’s Street)
Join Groups working on military spending related agendas.
4.May Day celebration (supported by Edinburgh CND). The annual May Day march assembles 11.30am at Johnston Terrace on Saturday 7th May and sets off at midday marching (join us behind our banner) to a rally at the Pleasance (with Penny Stone and stalls) https://www.facebook.com/events/1717615495148829/ and events here.
5. Our benefit at The Stand: 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/256460924690733/ and events here.

NEWS FROM organisations:
1. April 2016 edition of CND’s Campaign magazine with guest articles from Chair of Parliamentary CND, Caroline Lucas MP and the General Secretary of the Public and Commerciall Services Union, Mark Serwotka. http://cnduk.org/cnd-media/campaign-magazine
2. Peace and Justice News: http://peaceandjustice.org.uk
3. nuClear News No.84 April 2016 is now available for downloading here http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo84.pdf
4. Footprints for Peace (Australia) latest: http://www.walkingforcountry.com.au
5. Since his election as leader of the Labour Party, CND Vice-President Jeremy Corbyn has challenged the consensus on Trident replacement which had developed at the top of Britain’s two main parties. The policy review is now underway, led by Shadow Defence Secretary Emily Thornberry, and you don’t have to be a member of the Labour Party to make your views heard. All of us have an opportunity to influence Labour’s policy on nuclear weapons. http://cnduk.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a46ed98fb9032bd46d11880&id=f5fc7ac7e6&e=96dcf14be7

6.We received this message from London. Setsuko will also be visiting Edinburgh and will be with us on 9th May. More info to follow.

Religions for Peace in partnership with Quaker Peace and Social Justice is organising this event with Setsuko Thurlow, May 12 at 6.00pm at Friends House in London.QUAKERS IN BRITAIN AND RELIGIONS FOR PEACE UK A Noiseless Flash – a rare chance to hear first hand the testimony of Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow FRIENDS HOUSE 173-177 EUSTON ROAD LONDON NW1 2BJ THURSDAY MAY 12 2016 6.00 PM (NO CHARGE)
Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima, will be speaking in London on
Thursday May 12, 2016 at Friends House. She will talk about how she has been inspired by the humanitarian initiative reframing the issue of nuclear weapons from deterrence to their humanitarian consequences and the strong push this gives a nuclear Ban Treaty. Setsuko says, “How much longer can we allow the Nuclear Weapon States to
wield this threat to all life on earth? The time has come for action to establish a
legally binding framework to ban nuclear weapons as a first step in their total
abolition.” Setsuko was a 13 year-old student on August 6th 1945, working for the military
in Hiroshima to decode secret messages. At 8:15 that morning she recalls
being given a pep-talk by an Army General when a bluish white flash filled the
room, and she remembers the sensation of floating in the air. She married James Thurlow in the 1950s and settled in Canada where she dedicated her life to working for nuclear disarmament. She has been recognised by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, named Peace Ambassador by Hiroshima City and is the recipient of the Order of Canada Medal, the highest honor for Canadian civilians. In 2015, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2016 she was named Arms Control Person of the Year.

“The truth is, we all live with the daily threat of nuclear weapons. In every silo,
on every submarine, in the bomb bays of airplanes, every second of every day,
nuclear weapons, thousands on high alert, are poised for deployment
threatening everyone we love and everything we hold dear.”


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