Edinburgh CND News 13th May

We will be leafleting tomorrow (Saturday 14th) from 1230 to 1pm at the East End of Princes Street. We will be concentrating on Trident Replacement (see below for latest news) and our up-coming- benefit (click events on right of page). We have some great publicity cards for the Benefit. See further down for events on Sunday.

Trident replacement cost rises to ‘staggering’ £205 billion    Campaigners have revealed that the cost of replacing Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system, has risen to £205 billion. In a briefing published by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, researchers have compiled a comprehensive account of government spending on Trident replacement using the latest publicly available data. Researchers were staggered to discover that the figure had more than doubled since the replacement cost was last calculated in 2014 for CND’s People Not Trident report. CND General Secretary Kate Hudson explains how we’ve calculated the rapidly increasing cost of Trident replacement.                                                       The latest issue on CNDs magazine has more on this and a look at what last week’s election results mean for the Stop Trident campaign, particularly in Scotland. http://cnduk.org
Can you spare a few minutes to talk to your MP about Trident?
Join the Stop Trident mass lobby: Book a 5-minute meeting with your MP

nuClear News No.85, May 2016 is now available for downloading here:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo85.pdf

Other Events:                                                                                                                                             1. Poppies For Peace Films For Freedom
Sunday 15 May. 2 – 3.30pm. A tribute to Harry Patch the last surviving ww1 soldier asks: “Has their sacrifice been betrayed by our failure to end war?” Grassmarket Community Project. 86 Candlemaker Row. LIKE & Share the Event on Facebook.                                            2. Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil The Mound. Saturday 15 May. 4 – 5pm.
We will read the names and hear stories of First World War COs from Edinburgh and Scotland and stand in solidarity with all those who continue to refuse to take part in wars today. This is an annual event, but has special significance this year as we mark the centenary of conscription in the First World War. With Protest in Harmony. Like & Share the Facebook Event .                                                                                                                                           3. 7.30pm Monday 16 May Edinburgh Stop the War has its May meeting at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL. Do come along and join in the discussion
and planning for future events.                                                                                                                            4. HELP MAKE EWJF 2016 HAPPEN -INVITATION TO GET INVOLVED
7.30 – 9.00 pm Wednesday 18 May Golf Tavern (upstairs), Bruntsfield Links, 30 Wright’s Houses, EH10 4HR Open Meeting with introduction on
What We in Scotland Can Do About Global Injustice? We’re planning for EWJF2016 to run from 1 – 16 October 2015.                                                                                                                                  5. Edinburgh RIC 7pm Thursday 26 May Public Meeting as part of a series of discussions on the EU referendum Organised in partnership with Edinburgh STW and Scottish WILPF
The meeting focuses on the EU, NATO, the Middle East and War
With Frances Guy (former ambassador to Yemen & Lebanon) Jonathon Shafi (RISE),
Lindsay German (Stop the War) Heidi Meinzolt, WILPF Germany, European WILPF Co-ordinator Augustine Church 41 George 4th Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EL
https://www.facebook.com/events/229254204119952/                                                                                                                       6.140,000 Paper Cranes Workshops at P&J. Saturdays 2 – 4pm.
Project to make 140,000 origami cranes in memory of those killed by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.                                                                                                                                            7.Bread not Bombs: Today’s #BrimstoneBlockers protest
http://www.syriauk.org/2016/05/bread-not-bombs-todays.html
Sisters Against The Arms Trade protested at the MBDA missile factory in Bedford, closing its operations. MBDA are manufacturers of the Brimstone missile, a weapon which played a key role in David Cameron’s arguments in favour of precision British airstrikes.
https://diary.thesyriacampaign.org
#Women4Syria statement in solidarity with the women of Daraya:
http://www.syriauk.org/2016/04/solidarity-with-women-of-daraya-drop.html
March With Medics Under Fire Saturday 14th 2pm Trafalgar Square London                     8.Also on Saturday: Come and hear about the current situation in Poland and how the KOD is fighting in defence of democracy, for the separation of powers and for media freedom in Poland. Three members ofKOD are visiting Edinburgh as part of a tour of Europe, to raise awareness of the issues. If you have any queries or would like to know more about this event please contact the International Committee at intl@scottishgreens.org.uk
9. The next meeting of the Scottish Peace Network will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 2pm at the electron club in Glasgow city centre. The electron club is on the first floor of the Centre for Contemporary Art on Sauchiehall Street.                                                                           10 .Nuclear Free Local Authorities Scotland are meeting in Dunfermline on 3rd June.
11. Edinburgh Meadows Festival, 4 – 5 June Leith Festival, 11 June: there will be stalls and we are looking for help.

Other News:                                                                                                                                                          1. Janet Fenton made an eloquent intervention at the UN nuclear disarmament talks last week on behalf of UK WILPF, which also included good mentions of John Ainslie’s work with Scottish CND, and the dangerous nuclear weapon convoys. The text of Janet’s statement http://uk.icanw.org/action/7438/
The key topics for the first week (May 2-4) were on nuclear risk reduction, transparency and building awareness of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. (See OEWG program and schedule).#LetsTalkNukes is an online platform to inform you of the deliberations and to help you talk to your government about what they should do at the OEWG. Use the hashtag #LetsTalkNukes to challenge the policies of your country, ask diplomats what they’re going to say on your behalf at the UN, or just express your opinion about nuclear weapons.

2. Shetland to Scilly – New Technologies for Peace Journey The new website has now been launched. It includes a blog which is being updated every day with news about the Journey. Most of the news will be on the website and so future updates – if any – will be brief. Suggestions for the website are welcome. You can also send in comments for publication on the blog. The Shetland to Scilly – New Technologies for Peace Journey website is at http://www.shetlandtoscillyforpeace.com .

3. Join the Facebook Page to keep up to date on the Australian events (see earlier newsletters)

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