Edinburgh CND News 11th October 2017

Please see previous post for information about the Peace Prize.
1. The Edinburgh World Justice Festival is now over half way through and there was an excellent meeting organised by Scottish Wilpf on Monday. 
Edinburgh CNDs meeting is today:
Wednesday 11th October 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Faslane Peace Camp – what can we learn – organized by Edinburgh CND https://www.facebook.com/events/1928856954056199/ 
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s meeting at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival. An introduction to the organisation and politics of Faslane Peacecamp through the eyes of present day and past participantshttp
See also EWJF blog: ://www.ewjf.org.uk/faslane-comes-to-edinburgh-lessons-from-the-forefront-of-the-anti-nuclear-movement/
Saturday 14th October: Conference 10am to 6pm Kings Hall Community Church. We will have a peace stall at the event (which we will leave briefly to do our leafleting 1230 East End of Princes Street). Do join us at either event.

Sunday 15th October: 2pm to 5pm Peace Walk start from Peace Pole on the Terrace, St John’s Church, off Lothian Rd, EH2 4JB Walk for peace, visiting peace places across Edinburgh. We’ll read poems, hear stories of nonviolent struggles for peace and disarmament, sing, and dance for peace; with mindful silent sections and concluding with reflection at Salsibury Centre. We warmly invite those of all faiths and none, all abilities, ages & backgrounds.

Monday 16th October 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace: Learning from mass movements against war – organizing for the future – organized by Edinburgh Stop the War. 

They’ll be showing the short film ‘Old Enough to Know Better’ which chronicles the activity of Edinburgh’s anti war school students in 2003.  They’d also welcome short contributions for individuals who have been involved in anti-war campaigning.  In discussion we want to draw on and learn from these experiences and think about how we can apply them in 2017. 

for the full programme go to www.ewjf.org.uk
2. A member of Edinburgh CND, who was recently in Australia, wrote this article on nuclear weapons companies and the ban treatyNew treaty could help stop arms companies exploiting nuke threat
3. Governments are meeting at the United Nations in New York right now, and until the end of October, to discuss nuclear weapons threats, and adopt nuclear disarmament resolutions.
There are two key UN initiatives that could make a difference – the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the 2018 UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
Similar UN High Level Conferences (HLCs) on other topics have been very successful, agreeing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopting the Paris agreement on Climate Change and adopting the 14-point Action Plan to Protect our Oceans.
Join the global virtual conference, a series of webinars on Oct 11-12 organized by the Basel Peace OfficeUNFOLD ZEROPNNDGlobal Security Institute and the Abolition 2000 working group on the 2018 UN High-Level Conference   Click here to register.  Click here for more background and for the conference program.
Together we can achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.
4. UK nuClear News No.100 October 2017 is now available to download here: www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo100.pdf
5. A youth blog:
6.Los Alamos Bulletin 235: http://www.lasg.org/  Also some interesting press releases
7. UK CND is attending the political parties’ conferences again this year to put pressure on them to commit to getting rid of Trident and sign the United Nations’ global nuclear weapons ban treaty. We report back from the Labour conference in our October edition of Campaign magazine. The magazine also features what our Youth and Student section has been up to, and their exciting upcoming event.
Read Campaign: October edition
Download Campaign: October edition
They also have their annual conference and international meeting this week-end. http://www.cnduk.org  ++++++Includes: ‘Redefining security – from deterrence to common and human security’ by Dr Jenny Clegg, as background to and in support of Greater Manchester & District CND’s resolution on ‘common security’ at CND AGM & Policy Conference 2017, which is Resolution 8 in the conference pack.

Jenny will also be speaking at the conference on Saturday, titled ‘Confrontation or cooperation’, if you would like to discuss the briefing with her.
8.https://www.anfa.org.au/ For news from Australia
9. A book: Nic Maclellan: Grappling with the Bomb – Britain’s Pacific H-bomb tests (ANU Press, Canberra, 2017).
You can purchase a copy of the book or download a free E-book from the ANU Press website athttp://dx.doi.org/10.22459/GB.09.2017
10. On September 26, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, peace and disarmament activists around the world, in a social media action, Reached HIGH for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
The action highlighted United Nations initiatives to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons, including the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
See photos of the social media action on facebook at Reach High photos.

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