Edinburgh CND News 8th November

STOP PRESS: Edinburgh CND will be leafleting on Saturday 19th November. 1230pm East end of Princes Street. Do join us if you can. ALSO SEE END for Sunday event
Monday 21st Edinburgh Stop the War meeting 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House

1. Some of us will gather at the East End of Princes Street at 5 pm on Friday for a quiet vigil of commemoration and hope for a peaceful world. Candles in jam jars would be good, as well as appropriate banners/placards.
Edinburgh CND invite all supporters.

2. The Scottish CND AGM takes place on Saturday, 12th November at Friends Meeting House, Elmbank Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow.
Registration is at 10 am and meeting starts at 10.30 am. Motions and amendments are available at banthebomb.org

3. We will not be holding our monthly leafletting on the 12th. However, Edinburgh Stop the War will be at the East End of Princes Street for a Syria vigil: Saturday 12th November – anti-war day of action, stop bombing Syria, stop the spread of war. Join us at 1pm at the east end of Princes Street. ++++There will also be an anti-trump demo starting 1pm at St Giles and marching to USA consulate.

4. November’s Scottish WILPF Meeting will be an open meeting on Monday 14th all welcome.
‘We can Ban Nuclear Weapons’ Quaker Meeting House, 7, Victoria Terrace Edinburgh
7 pm to 9 pm . See http://lasg.org/wordpress/ for good background and also:

5. November 2016 edition of CND’s Campaign magazine. Still delighted about the news on the upcoming UN conference to establish a treaty banning nuclear weapons, which will take place in New York in March. We’re less happy with the news that the government wants to go ahead with building a new power station at Hinkley however. Both of these issues are covered in this month’s magazine, with Parliamentary CND Chair Caroline Lucas MP writing about nuclear energy. See http://www.cnduk.org/

6. Early day motion 577 Nuclear convoys : please ask your MP to sign
To date only 3 English MPs have signed this important notion and that includes the primary sponsor Caroline Lucas. The other two their constituencies are on or very near convoy routes. (See previous post for more background)
The convoy routes are on Nukewatch website http://www.nukewatch.org.uk/?page_id=25
Please ask your MP to sign the motion and ask any friends in England to contact their MP.

7. The street fundraising event for Edinburgh CAAT with Protest in Harmony has been confirmed and will take place on 10th December at 2pm on Rose Street, next to Sainsbury’s.

8. The Hammer Blow: How ten women disarmed a warplane.
7:00 – 9:00pm. Wednesday 16 November Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN
Booktalk by Author and Disarmament Activist Andrea Needham.
Andrea Needham’s gripping inside account of how ten women disarmed a Hawk jet bound for genocide in East Timor – and were acquitted. Marking the 20th anniversary of the historic Seeds of Hope Ploughshares action.

9. And away from Edinburgh (thanks to the Scottish Peace Network):
A.There are 2 events in Glasgow on Friday. One at the same time as the Edinburgh one (see 1 above) and they will also meet at 10:45am on George Square to place a wreath of white poppies at the cenotaph at 11. This was the hour on November 11, 1918 that the war finally ended.
See also: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-arms-trade-must-be-kept-out-of-remembrance-day/
B.Bridge of Peace event on Saturday 19th Nov 2016 at Partick Burgh hall, C.Glasgow, Mull and Iona friends have been concerned about the plight of the children in the Calais jungle and now camps, and have asked Quaker Council for European Affairs for information and advice.
Mike Shilson wrote to Kate McNally of QCEA as follows:
I was distressed to read your account of the Children of Calais:

A Light for Aleppo
5pm. Sunday 20 November
Brazier Lightings at:
Pittsville St Lane Beach, Portobello
Regent St & Portobello Promenade.
Cramond Beach
As the dark nights begin to draw in, communities will gather along the Firth of Forth in Scotland and in other sites around the world to light lights of hope for those besieged in Aleppo. Join in wherever you are, or light candles in your own homes.
For details of more Locations of A Light for Aleppo events or to create an event wherever you are see: http://www.alightforaleppo.org/

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