Edinburgh CND News 9th March


1.Faslane Peace Camp is honoured and delighted to host Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear. SEE FURTHER DETAILS BELOWShe will be joining us on Wednesday and attending our weekly vigil, 4-5pm Wednesday 14th  at Faslane North Gate. All are welcome!!!!

2.The petition on armed forces visits to schools will be heard this Thursday, 15th March, at around 10:30. If you want to attend in person you can obtain a free ticket from the visitors center on 0131 348 5200, or by email: visit@scottish.parliament.uk.Alternatively the meeting will be broadcast live here https://www.scottishparliament.tv/, archive of the broadcast will be available to view the same day, and the Official Report will be available probably a week later.This is possibly the last time the petition will be heard, and may be the last chance for a while to make change in this area. You can read here the latest submission, which they will be considering: http://www.parliament.scot/S5_PublicPetitionsCommittee/Submissions%202018/PE1603_HH.pdf If you are a constituent of Michelle Ballantyne (member for south Scotland) please email her to put forward your views on this and encourage others to do the same – she is a real problem for us on the Committee.ForcesWatch are not able to attend the hearing, but Mairi Campbell-Jack from Quakers in Scotland will be there and will appreciate any support.

3. http://www.thenational.scot/news/16084402.Anti_nuclear_conference_puts_spotlight_on_safety/        SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CONFERENCE

Saturday 10th March:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Edinburgh CND leafleting 1230 pm at the East End of Princes Street and                       Peace Stall at the Radical Independence Conference 11 to 5pm at the Methodist Halls

+++The public meeting planned for Saturday 24th March has had to be postponed

Seven years on since the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese government remains unable to contain one of the worst nuclear accidents in the history of nuclear power. Thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes because of radioactive leaks.
Here in Britain, anti-nuclear campaigners will bear witness to the ongoing effects of the Fukushima disaster and demand that our government abandons plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations. “We will bear witness to the ongoing effects of the Fukushima disaster and demand that our government abandons plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations.”                                                                                   1. Friday 9th Glasgow Scottish CND are organising a Vigil at the Donald Dewar statue in Buchanan Street Glasgow on Thursday March 8 between 530pm – 6 pm to remember the disastrous effects of the Fukushima disaster which took place on March 9 2011.                                                                                                                                    2. Saturday 10th London see http://www.cnduk.com                                                            3.Monday 12th Edinburgh vigil for the women evacuees of Fukushima at the Chrystal Macmillan buildingedinburgh university  5.00pm                                                  4. CND looks at the latest situation in the Fukushima area surrounding the plant in this month’s Campaign magazine. (They  also look at the ongoing trials of protestors arrested for campaigning against the Arms Fair held in London last year)
Read Campaign: March edition
Download Campaign: March edition

The Don’t Bank on the Bomb 2018 report launched on 7th March. 

Susi and Maaike from PAX were kind enough to provide UK specific information which can be found on the ICAN UK website here: http://bit.ly/2FostJd

Beatrice Fihn Executive Director of the International Campaign to  Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of her 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its work for the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear  Weapons will visit Scotland on Wednesday 14th. She is meeting with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop and others at the Scottish Parliament in the a.m., followed by a visit to Faslane in the afternoon. This week’s 4.00 pm vigil at the base is a special opportunity, get there if you can!

Scotland Endangered Conference, 17 March (Helensburgh Parish Church Halls, Colquhoun St, 10.30 – 6 pm, organised by Helensburgh CND) Join Helensburgh CND and their conference to hear about the hazards associated with nuclear weapons regardless of whether or not anyone ever actually pushes the button.

Fly Kites not Drones 1st April 1pm to 4pm at the Pavilion Cafe in the Meadows Also: Help needed to prepare kite making materials at the P&J Centre on the 14th  and 21st March and with set up, kite making and decorating on the day. If you want to volunteer please email

Following the postponement of the March training, CAAT Edinburgh would like to invite you to the following workshop:                                                             Introduction to direct action against the weapons industry
on Saturday 7 April, 10am to 5pm in Edinburgh
(full address provided on registration)
Please register by emailing Niina and Phil on caatedinburgh@live.com

 Thursday 26th April: 7.30pm – Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh– Public Meeting with Tim Coles author of “Fire and Fury: How the US Isolates North Korea, Encircles China and Risks Nuclear War in Asia” Organised by EdinburghCND and Edinburgh Stop the War.

On February 20, the UK House of Lords held a debate on nuclear weapons and the upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. The debate was initiated by PNND Co-President Baroness Sue Miller, in order to encourage the UK government to attend the UN conference, and use the conference to advance concrete measures for nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament.                             UNFOLD ZERO encourages you to join activists from around the world for the Annual Meeting of Abolition 2000, the global network to eliminate nuclear weapons. 
Nuclear abolition activists from around the world will meet to share campaign reports, discuss nuclear disarmament strategy, explore opportunities for action, build cooperation and plan further campaigns.
This year, Abolition 2000 will hold their AGM in two sessions: the first in Geneva on April 28 and the second in New York on May 11.The Abolition 2000 Youth Network invites young and ‘young at heart’ to be a part of a global video action to support the UN High-Level Conference. 
Send them your video clip of ‘reaching high for a nuclear-weapon-free world.’ They will compile the videos and show to world leaders to encourage them to take action at the High-Level Conference. Click here to view the promo video. 
Join youth, celebrities, religious leaders, artists, parliamentarians, activists and others to count out $1 trillion (the nuclear weapons budget for the next ten years), and call for the re-allocation of this to areas of social, economic and environmental need. May 10th-16th Please contact your Foreign Ministry and/or Ambassador to the United Nations and call on them to support NGO participation in the UN High-Level Conference. Click here for a sample letter and contact addresses. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva on Monday (Feb 26), announced a new United Nations initiative for nuclear disarmament. The deadline for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to register in order to be listed as participants for the conference is March 15.

Thanks to donations from CND supporters like you, our giant CND symbol visited its first tour stop on Friday 2nd and made a big media splash! Attracted by the massive installation, hundreds of people came from across north Wales to find out more about our crucial work.

Now we need your help to get the symbol to the next 20 locations across the country.

CND at 60 by Kate Hudson

Timed to coincide with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s 60th anniversary, and drawing on archive material and interviews with activists from across the decades, CND at 60 situates the campaign’s current work in the context of Trump and increasing global tensions around nuclear weapons.

It provides detailed coverage of the inside story of six decades of CND – from the mass protests at Aldermaston and Greenham Common, to its central role in post 9/11 anti-war campaigning, to today’s struggle to stop Trident replacement and win support for the UN’s global ban on nuclear weapons.

 See Los Alamos 244  http://www.lasg.org/  and Australia Walkatjurra Walkabout updates available on request.

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