Edinburgh CND News 22nd September

1. EDINBURGH WORLD JUSTICE FESTIVAL 2016
will run from 1 – 17 October. The programme is now available!
20 events and 2 exhibitions, mostly relating to this year’s theme:
MIGRATION: ROOTS AND RESPONSES
There’s no need to tell you how interesting, topical, lively and important they are, you can see that for yourself by browsing the programme, copied below. It can be downloaded from https://www.facebook.com/groups/6859916828/
Edinburgh CND event is on Monday 3rd October
EdinburghCND at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival : Losing your home to the military
Monday, October 3 at 7 PM – 9 PM Quaker Meeting House Victoria Terrace

50 years ago nearly 2,000 people fled their Chagos Island homes after P. M. Harold Wilson leased the islands to America for use as a military airbase during the 1960s cold war. In return, the UK received a cheaper deal on Polaris nuclear weapons. Today the village of Gangjeong on Jeju Island, South Korea has been chosen for a US naval base to be part of it’s missile defence plan.

Come and hear the stories of these and others who have had their lives destroyed. Dave Webb, chair of UK CND will lead the discussion. #ewjf2016
Dear LALIT,
Edinburgh CND Statement: We are inspired by the persistent struggle for freedom and justice by the Chagossian people and LALIT. We feel closely connected to your struggle. It is our government, the government of the United Kingdom, that is mainly responsible for the shameful mistreatment of the Chagossian people. Our government in its foreign policy is ruthless in pursuing its own interests and in showing contempt for the rule of international law. The UK is breaching the Non-Proliferation Treaty by deciding to renew and upgrade the Trident nuclear weapon system and it has also boycotted the recent meetings at the UN which are likely in due course to lead to a global ban on nuclear weapons. The UK is also completely disregarding the views of the people of Scotland on nuclear weapons.

At the same time we know that the power games of the big states and their allies will be challenged increasingly in the years to come as more and more of the disadvantaged and dispossessed people of the world find their voices on the international stage and are able to present common cause for justice as they learn from and are inspired by each other’s struggles. We will do our bit to share your story. We wish you every success at the important juncture.

2. CAAT Edinburgh: Tea, cake, War and Peace: Forest Cafe, 141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN Thursday 29th September, 4pm – 6pm STOP PRESS: Next CAAT meeting Monday 26 September, at 7-8.45pm at Quakers’ Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace.

3. SWILPF and Wool against Weapons: Scottish Storytelling Centre
Saturday 24th September 2:00 – 4:00pm
Join members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Wool Against Weapons Scotland for an afternoon of songs, stories, activism and knitting!

4. UNFOLD ZERO is organising a special event to commemorate the day at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and in New York on September 27. The event features:
Civil society representatives that are interested in attending or speaking at the event should register.

5. Keep Space for Peace week is an annual international week of action against the militarisation of space.
On the 1 October a co-ordinated demonstration will take place at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire and RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. The contribution to war made by these bases is still largely unknown to the general public, so please do support these crucial protests.
12 noon – 3pm, 1 October 2016 RAF Fylingdales
12 noon – 3pm, 1 October 2016 RAF Croughton
Menwith Hill
The role US operations at Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire play in targeted killings was highlighted in a shocking exposé by investigative journalist Ryan Gallagher earlier this month. A demontration will take place at the NSA controlled site on the 4 October at 6pm. Contact info@yorkshirecnd.org.uk for more info.

6.Come along to hear more about the risks of a nuclear weapon accident and radiation when Trident warheads are transported on public roads.
Tue, 27 Sept, 7 – 8.30 pm, Jurys Inn Glasgow (80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow)
Speakers:
This is event is free, but please register

7. The Scottish CND AGM takes place on Saturday, November 12th at Friends Meeting House, Elmbank Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow.
Registration is at 10 am and meeting starts at 10.30 am
The theme of AGM this year is Gie’s Us Peace and all Scottish CND members are welcome to attend.
Affiliated organisations and local groups who are up to date with their subscriptions are also entitled to send 2 delegates to the meeting.

8. While the country waits for the decision on Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, nuclear campaigners say green light would be a diaster
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “We urge Theresa May to put the interests of the country first when she makes the Hinkley decision. “The basic facts have not changed: the nuclear power deal is hugely expensive – a £30 billion subsidy will be handed to the French state in addition to what consumers pay. It’s dangerous: cancer clusters, nuclear accidents and disasters like Fukushima, and there is still no safe way to store nuclear waste.

9.September Drone Campaign Newsletter is available http://www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk

10. The Walkajurra Walkabout is now over but The Walking for Country film is screening as part of the Environmental Film Festival Australia
http://www.effa.org.au/melbourne-program/2016/10/5/australian-shorts

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