Edinburgh CND News 28/9th August with Special Update 1st September

STOP PRESS on The Korean Crisis
September Meetings/events with EdinburghCND
1. Our monthly  organising meeting will be on Tuesday 5th September at 6pm in the Peace and Justice centre 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN. All welcome.

2.Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change: Scotlands Chances: Tilman Ruff (ICAN). 5.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Edinburgh.                                                                                                3. We will be leafleting on Saturday 9th September from 1230 at the east end of Princes Street (before Women in Black)

4. There will be a special meeting on Wednesday 13th September starting at 5pm, also in the Peace and Justice Centre. This will be a report back from the UN conference on the Nuclear Ban treaty and will be led by SCND co-ordinator Flavia Tudoreanu. There will be also be a similar meeting on the 15th (watch this space)
5. Our October Special meeting will be the annual EWJF meeting and will be on Wednesday 11th October (watch this space or see http://www.ewjf.org)
News
1. Those who follow our Facebook page will already know the latest scandal surrounding Nuclear Transportation. Nuclear warheads surrounded by explosives are regularly transported on British roads, yet authorities are wholly unprepared to handle an accident, according to a damning report.
Also see:
Please sign Nukewatch’s petition to the Scottish Government asking them to review arrangements for civil authorities preparedness to deal with a nuclear weapons convoy accidents (you don’t have to live in Scotland to sign but you do need a UK post code)
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/review-preparations-for-dealing-with-a-nuclear-convoy-accident
Please share it with your networks.
You can also read more about the report and download it at http://www.nukewatch.org.uk/?p=683
2. On the International front : The Basle Peace Office/ UNFOLD Zero tell us that the escalating nuclear threats between North Korea and the United States remind us of the importance of nuclear disarmament and urge us to take action to prevent a nuclear catastrophe and support the achievement of a nuclear-weapon-free world. 
The Basel Peace Office also invites you to join them in Basel from September 14-17 for an international conference Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age. The conference will include the award ceremony for the Nuclear Free Future Award.
 They highlight the following commemorative days on which to take action:
3. News from London:  A. CND wrote to the Prime Minister with three clear instructions on the actions she could take to prevent a nuclear war. They invited CND groups to sign the letter and encourage group members to do the same.
– Click here to sign the letter
B. Hundreds gathered in London on Saturday 20th to express concern about the rising tensions between America and North Korea and the dangers of nuclear war. It was a powerful event that was well attended by people from all walks of life, with some brilliant speakers including CND’s own Kate Hudson.
C. CND has some exciting names confirmed for the international conference on Saturday 14th October including:
* Reiner Braun, Co-President of International Peace Bureau (IPB)
* Arielle Denis, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
* Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
D. CND will have a statement against Trident in The Guardian on September 23rd and are inviting contributions.
They will be calling on the Labour party to change their policy on Trident, and join the rest of the world in making real strides towards disarmament.
4. In their latest update Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament  (PNND) write about actions on the Korea nuclear crisis, preparations for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and we mourn the loss of PNND Council Member Tony de Brum, a champion for climate protection and nuclear abolition.
They also report on PNND (and Pugwash) actions/events for the International Day Against Nuclear Tests (August 29), and plans for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Sep 26). See post 2 in this section.
Launching a ‘preventive‘ military attack against North Korea would not resolve the nuclear threat in the region, it would only ‘make matters much worse‘ according to PNND Co-President Senator Ed Markey, who led a United States bipartisan delegation to Korea and Japan last week.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opens for signature at the United Nations on September 20.
PNND mourns the death of Council Member Tony de Brum who passed away on August 22. Mr de Brum, who witnessed nuclear tests as a child in the Marshall Islands, went on to become a global leader in the nuclear disarmament and climate protection movements. See also http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/08/22/tributes-pour-marshallese-climate-hero-tony-de-brum/
NEWS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS:
1. Edinburgh CAAT
A. Saturday 2 September 12-5pm, Edinburgh 
Prop-making for Stop the Arms Fair 
Whether you’re thinking of joining the trip to London or not, you’re welcome at Niina’s flat for some food and letting out your inner artist, be it producing slogans, banners or other props. Paints, brushes and some canvasses will be provided –if you have extra cardboard, sticks or batons, please bring them with you!
Text 07896577877 for the address, or email caatedinburgh@live.com
B. Sunday 3 September, 7-9pm, The Strathie on Iona Street
Drinks and chat with folks at Edinburgh CommonWeal
A relaxed chat about CAAT’s current campaigns on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Scottish arms manufacturing, and their divestment and education programmes.
More on the facebook event page here
**They’ll also be having a Yemen campaign strategy meeting beforehand at 5.30pm on Sunday 3rd at Woodland Creatures**
C.Monday 4 September, 7pm to 8.45pm, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh
CAAT Edinburgh Quarterly Meeting   regular quarterly meeting. All welcome!
 D. Monday 4 to Monday 11 September, London Stop the Arms Fair in London 
Every two years, the international weapons industry set up shop in London at a huge arms fair, DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world. 2015 saw the biggest-ever protests against DSEI, where hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action, blocked entrances for six days and disrupted the set-up of the fair. With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and a huge and diverse movement is building to shut it down for good!
Edinburgh CAAT members will be travelling to London for the week of action – get in touch if you are interested in joining us.
E. Wednesday 27 September (exact time tbc), City Chambers, Edinburgh
Edinburgh City Council Pensions Committee Meeting
 The Council’s Pension committee will meet and hear our deputation request on divesting council pensions from the arms trade. Members of the public will be able to attend, and it would be great to have as many supporters there as possible. 
2. Nuclear News A. nuClear News No.99 September 2017 is now available for downloading.
www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo99.pdf
B. They are also asking for funding help:
Cheques, made payable to “no 2 nuclearpower”, to Pete Roche c/o Friends of the Earth Scotland, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR.
Or donate by PayPal. For details see here! : www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/help/donations.phpOr donate via internet banking to Co-operative Bank; sort code 08-92-99
No 2 Nuclear Power a/c no. 65162637
3. ICAN UK  Monday 4th September: ICAN meeting in YORK (Medact’s conference is in York on the 4-6th September), Medact have booked backstage room at the Central Hall for 16.30-18.30 slot. The Ban treaty will be on the agenda
4.  ICAN Francehttp://icanfrance.org/ ) have a  group cycling around the UK to raise awareness and share ideas about nuclear disarmament.  If anyone is interested in contacting or meeting up with the group this is the mobile number for Aino as they will be on the move  – +491573258164.  Feel free to pass this email along to anyone who may also be interested – again, I know it is quite late notice!
5. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre meetings. A. Fri 15 Sept: Ceilidh – Dancing for Non-Violence St Peters Church. Lutton place. 7:00-11:00pm. More info here.
B. Thurs 21 Sept: Celebration lunch for International Day of Peace. For volunteers and anyone interested in getting involved. Peace & Justice Centre.  
C. 
Sun 24 Sept: Walk for Peace Edinburgh. Starting from the terrace of St John’s church. A gentle mindful walk with poetry, song as we visit peace places around the city. 2-5pm.
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