The next meeting of Edinburgh CND will be on Tuesday 1st August at 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre. All welcome. We have plenty to discuss, including all the issues below:
With the upcoming anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki next month, many CND groups (including Edinburgh) have started to organise events in your area to commemorate the two catastrophes.
Please check http://www.cnduk.org to see what events have been planned so far, across the UK, and to get involved.
The details of the Edinburgh Hiroshima event are as follows: Edinburgh CNDs annual event to remember the tragic dropping of a Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 6th August 6-7pm at the Mound Precinct/Princes Street: Next to the National Gallery. All invited. Music, Candles, Crane-making, Speeches, Poems, Banners
On Saturday12th August (3 days after Nagasaki anniversary) we will be leafleting from12 30 at the East End of Princes Street.
For those in the west there will be an event at Barshaw Park Peace Garden on Sunday 6th August. Meet at the car park off Glasgow Road at 5pm to walk together to the Peace Garden.
Edinburgh World Justice Festival. This is taking place from 30th September to 16th October and Edinburgh CNDs event is on Wednesday 11th October.
+++++++STOP PRESS 26th July: Breaking news from Dumbarton++++
The PF dropped his insistence on the 100m exclusion zone around Faslane & Coulport so Angie & Brian are being released (see news item 3 below for further explanation)
NEWS FROM CND and ICAN
1. On 7th July 2017 a powerful step toward a nuclear free world was taken at the UN headquarters in New York. After the last few months of negotiations, The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has passed the UN General Assembly with 122 countries in favour! This is great news and we look forward to the opening of the treaty for signature on September 20th.
The official UN statement hopes the treaty will provide an “unambiguous political commitment” toward achieving global disarmament and developing a dialogue about nuclear weapons. CND recognises the hard work that went into making this become a reality. It was a global effort and it’s great to see tangible results.
The spotlight is now on the UK government which opposed the negotiations and says it won’t sign up. This exposes the emptiness of its claims to back multilateral disarmament. Now we need to exert all our efforts to make the government change course and get on board with the global majority.
CND handed in 7,000 petition letters to 10 Downing Street. The letters, addressed to Theresa May, call attention to the attempts by the UK to undermine the Global Ban talks and the failure to engage in the process. The stack of paper was so big, it was taken down there in a suitcase so thanks to all of you that signed or helped us with the process. We will keep you updated as to the government response.
2.The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) today welcomes the publication of a major new report by Med-act that focuses on the UK’s harmful reliance and dependence on maintaining nuclear weapons at a time when the large majority of UN members have formally called for a ban on such weapons. Med-act is a public health charity that inspires the medical community to act on the social, political, ecological and economic determinants of health. Like NFLA, it is a supporting member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
The Med-act report ‘A Safer World – Treating Britain’s harmful dependence on nuclear weapons’, calls to account the UK Government for its aggressive nuclear weapons policies and the continued funding of the Trident nuclear weapons programme.
Key points from the report include:
· A new international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, agreed by 122 countries on the 7 July 2017, re-opens questions about Britain’s continued possession of nuclear weapons.
· Despite claiming to want a world without nuclear weapons, by boycotting the treaty negotiations, the UK is sidestepping global efforts to achieve genuine multilateral nuclear disarmament.
· The UK has 120 ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in deployment; with a further 95 in reserve, but the credibility of these weapons for deterrence is crumbling.
· Britain has an opportunity to demonstrate its diplomatic prowess and soft power to take a lead on multilateral disarmament and make the world safer – but only if the government is prepared to abandon its reliance on an increasingly redundant and dangerous approach to national security.
NB The NFLA also have an interesting media release on The confusion over the UK’s plans to leave the Euratom Treaty (see their website)
3. Angie Zelter and Brian Quail are still in prison flowing the actions at Coulport 11th July. Brian Larkin of the P and J writes: On Tuesday July 25h July Sheriff Noran McFadyen denied an appeal of special bail conditions by Angie Zelter at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh. She and Brian Quail both remain in prison. She is grateful for all the cards and letters of support.
Neither Angie nor any supporters were allowed to attend the Appeal hearing but immediately the hearing lawyers told Jane that Sheriff Macfayden barely listened to arguments put forward by Counsel acting on Angie’s behalf and seemed to see Angie’s many years of principled nonviolent campaigning as a reason to keep her in prison.
Angie and Brian will appear in Dumbarton JP Court tomorrow, Wednesday 26th July, for an Intermediate hearing, and Angie will have a further opportunity to submit a second appeal in the coming week. The case has attracted considerable media attention in Scotland. And the comic book writer Mark Millar, creator of Civil War and other Marvel comics, has paid Angie’s legal fees. An online petition has gained over 4,200 signatures. Westminster SNP group voiced its support for Zelter and Quail and SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor, a member of Scotland’s Justice Committee, has contacted the Lord Advocate of Scotland to call for a review of the case.  Brian Quail has not so far appealed and will remain in custody at least until the intermediate hearing scheduled for Dumbarton Justice of the Peace Court on Wednesday 26 July. Brian and Angie are both scheduled to appear for trial in Dumbarton Justice of the Peace Court on 3 August. Supporters are encouraged to attend the trial. Read the full report on the TP blog at:
http://tridentploughshares.org /trident-protester-angie-zelte rs-appeal-of-bail-conditions- denied/ Please Share this article and keep sharing our Facebook posts about developments to help spread news of the story as it develops. We are posting from https://www.facebook.com/tride nt.ploughshares/ page which is the one with our logo on it so please LIKE that page if you have not done so. You can also support the action by Following @TridentPlough on Twitter and Retweeting any of our Tweets, and writing to Angie and Brian. NB Brian also had a letter in The National on 24th July
The full programme can be found on the Medact web site, where you can also register for tickets.
EVENTS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS:
1.The ‘War on Terror’ In An Era Of Crisis: A Critical Response
A one day conference hosted by New Foreign Policy. A unique event bringing together academics, researchers, campaigners – and you. This event examines and exposes the legacy of the ‘war on terror’ – from Iraq to Islamophobia – and sets out a new approach. Be part of the discussion. Date: August 5th Venue: CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall St Time: Registration from 10am
2. Edinburgh CAAT: Upcoming events and activities
Tuesday 1 August, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Pavillion Cafe in The Meadows, Edinburgh
Super fun workshop for beginners or pros
Tuesday 8 August (exact time tbc), Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh
Demonstration against the Festival of Shalom
A letter from the Drummond Community High School Parent Council objecting to the festival can be found attached to this email. Contact Mark or Colin for more details.
Thursday 17 August, 7pm to 8.45pm. At the Castle Arms (just along from Quaker House)
CAAT planning meeting for the Yemen/Saudi campaign
We’ll be making detailed plans for the next campaign activities. All welcome! Contact Kate for more details.
Sunday 3 September, 7pm to 9pm. The Strathie, 17 Iona Street, Edinburgh
A relaxed chat with members of CommonWeal Edinburgh North and Leith about current CAAT activities.
Monday 4 September, 7pm to 8.45pm, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh
CAAT Edinburgh Quarterly Meeting
Our regular quarterly meeting.
3. Medact’s conference is in YORK on the 4-6th September, this could be a good time to convene a meeting for ICAN UK partners and others that want to work on the ban treaty in the UK. It is likely to be on the Monday 16.30 to 18.30. ++++++The full programme can be found on the Medact web site, where you can also register for tickets.
4. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre: International Peace Day Ceilidh – Fri 22 Sept. Don’t forget about the P and Js regular crane-making sessions.
AROUND THE WORLD:
1. LOS ALAMOS: Bulletin 232: Nuclear power for your home and business http://www.lasg.org/ActionAlerts/2017/Bulletin232.html