Edinburgh CND News 4th December

EVENTS IN DECEMBER:

NEW EVENT! We will be having a STALL on Saturday 10th at the East End of Princes Street (in front of Register House). This will start at 12 noon (i.e. earlier than the leafleting event mentioned below). All welcome.

1. Tuesday 6th of December is Edinburgh CNDs (informal) AGM and winter social. 6pm at the Peace and Justice Centre 5 Upper Bow Edinburgh EH1 5JN (all welcome)

2. Conference on Humanitarian and Environmental Impacts & Responsibilities of Hosting Nuclear Weapons Friday 9 December. 9.30am – 5.30pm. Scottish Parliament
Hosted by the United Nations Association, the Cross Party Group on Nuclear Disarmament, and the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.
In order to attend, you must register through the following link before 5 December. For full details and to register go to: http://peaceandjustice.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e39b7d66c916d69d27cb405f&id=93231ffd9c&e=c2ba2454a5

3. Saturday 10th December: 1. 1230 leafleting with Edinburgh CND at the East End of Princes Street (in front of Register House)
2. CAAT Street Fundraiser with Protest in Harmony 10th December 2016, 2.20pm – 3.00pm
In front of Sainsbury’s on Rose Street Come have a chat with us and listen to Protest in Harmony’s harmonius yet radical singing. (http://www.protestinharmony.org.uk/wp/)
3. Paper Crane making at the Peace and Justice Centre from 2pm

4.Countering Military Recruitment of Under 18’s Working Group
Monday 12 December. 6 – 8pm.
The Peace and & Justice Centre is inviting anyone interested in getting involved in countering military visits to schools and recruitment of under 18s to come along to an initial meeting of a new working group. The group will meet at the Peace and Justice Centre.

OTHER NEWS:

1. The Jimmy Reid Foundation has produced a new report pulling together all the existing arguments against Trident renewal on moral, economic and military grounds. This report draws heavily on the work of Scottish CND, and particularly the writings of John Ainslie and Alan Mackinnon, and is dedicated to them.
There was a public launch of ‘ Trident and its Successor Programme’, authored by Professor Mike Danson, Karen Gilmore and Dr Geoff Whittam, at the STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG on Thursday 1 December at 5.30 for 6.00pm, finishing about 7.30pm. The meeting will be chaired by Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, STUC, speakers Mike Danson, Geoff Whittam and Janet Fenton, Vice Chair, SCND. The report covers the moral and philosophical case against renewal, the case for diversification and examines the impact of non-renewal in economic, social and military terms.
An electronic version of the report will soon be available at http://www.reidfoundation.org. Printed copies will also be available from the SCND office at £1.50 minimum donation, or by post for £2.50 including post and package.

2. The clock is ticking ahead of a United Nations conference to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. More than 120 countries supported the move in a recent vote, but the UK stubbornly refuses to engage in the process. This stance will leave the UK an international pariah as the vast majority of countries work to outlaw these weapons of mass destruction.Despite paying lip service to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons the UK government has failed to match the words with actions. CND members helped bring the UK to a key conference to discuss the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in Austria in December 2014 and thousands have already written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in the past weeks to support the global ban negotiations. With your help we can keep the pressure on the UK government to take part in this vital conference.
Help ban nuclear weapons by writing to Boris Johnson
Please add your name to those who have contacted the Foreign Secretary and called on the UK to take part in the conference, which begins in March 2017 in New York. You can send an email http://cnduk.us12.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=50a46ed98fb9032bd46d11880&id=ee45bbfc67&e=96dcf14be7

3. nuClear News No.90 December 2016 is now available for downloading here:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo90.pdf

4. Regular convoys still carry nuclear warheads along many roads such as the Edinburgh Bypass.ECND objects to the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons and our government not carrying out its obligations under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty in that it is going ahead with building new nuclear weapons and is not negotiating nuclear disarmament in good faith as required by the treaty.
Inter alia, we are investigating possible legal remedies to this.

5. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Dec/Jan newsletter now available http://peaceandjustice.org.uk

6. Drones Campaign: New T-shirts available: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com

MEETINGS IN JANUARY

1. Edinburgh CND is experimenting with holding monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month rather than the first Monday. There is unlikely to be a January meeting: but watch this space. We will be leafleting on the 2nd Saturday.

2. CAAT Edinburgh quarterly meeting 17th January 2017, 7pm – 8.45pm at Quakers’ Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
They will discuss current campaigns, including the national and local campaigns on Yemen, action on arms companies’ presence in Scottish schools and other ideas for action from several sub-meetings that have taken place since the last quarterly meeting.

3. Peace and Justice Burns Supper and Ceilidh Saturday 28 Jan 2017. 6pm Burns Supper. 8 – 11pm Ceilidh King’s Hall. 41A South Clerk Street, EH8 9NZ
Speakers: Alastair Macintosh, others tbc Supper & Ceilidh (supporters) £25 / Standard £20 / Concession £15 Ceilidh Only: Supporters £15 / Standard £10 / Concession £6.50 / Advance concession £5 / under 12 £3.50
Book Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2716816
or at the Peace and Justice Centre.
A fundraiser for the Edinurgh Peace and Justice Centre organised by Ceilidh Collective

NEWS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES:
1. Prefer Books to Bombs? Austerity is making life hard for young people and students while the government is prioritising nuclear weapons over building a future for young people. Not happy about that? Well get involved with Youth and Student CND now. London YSCND will be officially launching on Thursday 15th December from 8pm at The Hive, Dalston. Expect a fun evening of amazing music to keep you dancing all night, and if that wasn’t enough, we are providing free drinks AND free pizza! Who said saving the world wasn’t fun?!
In part because it has been an election year, with an increasingly lame-duck attitude in the administration, blind momentum has dominated the nuclear weapons business, sort of like a spaceship drifting silently through space — or a warhead. I can therefore suggest that if you want an overview of our work on the issues, you can consult our 2015 fundraising letter, and for that matter the one before that, from late 2014. Neither is obsolete in any important way, except in this: 2016 has been a banner year for progress toward a treaty banning nuclear weapons (see “Historic UN vote to mandate negotiation of treaty banning nuclear weapons” or for more, this page). WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO TRY SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN EDINBURGH?

2. Los Alamos Study Group: What they learned in Washington last month, or what they expect to be key issues in 2017. Of course there will be a fiscal train wreck deluxe — and it will only get worse from here on out. Next year we will hear about some flagrant managerial problems in the nuclear enterprise. We will see increasing detail and commitment to plutonium warhead core (“pit”) production (again). We may hear about the big problems in National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) plans and in DoD nuclear procurements; what forms those revelations will take remain to be seen. When will the momentum break? Or will our society — suddenly, it will seem — become a lotmore militaristic? (For a very cursory preview of a few of these issues see Bulletin 224: New directions in nuclear disarmament).

3. UNFOLD ZERO (Basle) thanks us for our interest and participation during 2016.
Over the year they have organised or promoted a number of nuclear disarmament actions, events and initiatives along with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Basel Peace Office and our many other partners.

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