Edinburgh CND News 10th April 2018: Update 14th and 20th

Stop all the bombing in Syria day of action – Saturday 12 – 2pm

Saturday 21st April is a day of action across the UK – calling for an end to the bombing in Syria, a radical shift in UK foreign policy and support for Syrian refugees. Last Saturday we collected nearly a 1000 signatures calling for an end to the bombing. We want to try and beat that this week and get the message out far and wide. We’ll have placards and petitions – but do bring your own too – we want to be an active, outgoing and visually unmissable presence on Princes Street

 

14th April:  Another Reason to Join us today:

Peace campaigners have responded to airstrikes conducted by the US, UK and France early this morning.

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said:

“We strongly condemn these air strikes on Syria, which are in defiance of international law. They will only increase the likelihood of this terrible conflict spilling over into the wider Middle East and potentially beyond that.

“We also condemn Theresa May’s decision to bypass parliament which demonstrates a contempt for the necessary democratic process. She has also disregarded public opinion in launching these strikes; polls indicate that only 22% of the population support this bombing campaign.

“CND works for the prevention and cessation of wars in which nuclear weapons may be used and there can be no clearer example of such a situation than that which we are currently facing. Diplomatic and political solutions must be sought. Nuclear escalation poses consequences too terrible to contemplate.”

  1. 13th STOP PRESS:  Stop all the bombing in Syria: CND works for ‘the prevention and cessation of wars in which nuclear weapons may be used’ and there can be no clearer example of such a situation than that which we are currently facing. Diplomatic and political solutions must be sought.
    Edinburgh stop the war are urging all our supporters to do everything possible to stop a further attack on Syria by the Western powers.​ Join us in petitioning at the east end of Princes Street, 12pm Saturday 14th April See our statement at https://scotlandstopwar.org/2018/04/09/statement-on-syria-2/      The Daily Mail reports that ‘Britain’s Armed Forces are drawing up options for a joint strike with the US on Syrian forces’ and, ‘No 10 refused to rule out the Prime Minister recalling Parliament to vote on action but sources said she might be able to go ahead without approval from MPs’. The situation in Syria is critical. ​Stop the War condemns the alleged chemical attack on Douma and all foreign interventions, including by Russia and Iran. ​If Trump and other Western powers escalate with bombs, missiles or other means it can only lengthen the roll call of the dead and prolong the cycle of violence. The Syrian people have suffered too much already to bear yet more foreign intervention. Contact your MP Download the Stop the War Petition ‘No more attacks on Syria’ and take it round your friends, workmates, fellow students etc. Emergency lobby of Parliament (London)
    Meet your MP to discuss Syria and state your opposition to airstrikes.
    Wednesday 18 April • 1pm – 4pm
    Briefings available in Committee Room 20 between 1pm and 2pm.
    Called by Momentum, Stop the War, CND and Global Justice Now

    and come to the following meeting:

    Dave Webb will be speaking (with Tim Coles) at our public meeting on 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 http://www.cnduk.org/cnd-media/item/3728-60-faces-david-webb

    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
For details of other Edinburgh CND events including: 
  1. Saturday 14th April: monthly leafleting, 12.30 pm at the East End of Princes Street (we are joining with Stop the War: see stop press above)
  2. ++Monday 16th April is the monthly Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition meeting.  Do come along and participate. 7.30pm at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN
  3. Saturday 5th May: The Edinburgh CND supported May Day march and rally                                     SEE EVENTS (RIGHT SIDE of PAGE)
OTHER NEWS: 
1. In the next few weeks, representatives from almost all states will gather in Geneva  for the UN’s nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, to plan progress towards nuclear disarmament.
The UK signed up to the Treaty in 1968, but successive governments have retained Britain’s nuclear arsenal. Our current Government claims to support the NPT as a way of achieving multilateral nuclear disarmament, so we want to pile on the pressure to get it to actually do something in Geneva!
Parliamentary CND is calling on the Government to make good on its claims and inject new life into the NPT. They have launched EDM 1122 to make this call.
We need to join that call. Please ask your MP to add their name in support of EDM 1122. You can send your MP a message using a model letter through the CND website at https://cnd.eaction.org.uk/lobby/PrepCom (also see reminder at end of post)

 

2. In April 1958, the first march to Aldermaston, Britain’s bomb factory in Berkshire, unleashed a new movement which was to have global repercussions. It mobilised thousands against the Bomb and shaped radical protest for generations. The famous symbol produced for the march by artist Gerald Holtom became CND’s own symbol and is universally recognised as the sign of peace.                                                                             CND are celebrating six decades of vibrant and powerful activity with a new online exhibition, displaying photos and memories provided by you, our members and supporters. You selected the photos that best symbolised a significant memory from the past 60 years. The exhibition shows photos from demonstrations, vigils and blockades; significant sites, like Greenham, Molesworth, as well as photos of artefacts, like favourite badges, banners, and knitting. The exhibition will be published on a rolling basis – we’ll let you know when we’ve updated it – so don’t worry if you can’t yet see the photos you have submitted.

3. This month is also the 60th anniversary of Grapple Y, the test of a multi-megaton thermonuclear weapon by the United Kingdom in the central Pacific. The atmospheric nuclear test was held at Christmas (Kiritimati) Island on 28 April 1958, during Operation Grapple – the program to develop the British hydrogen bomb. Commonwealth servicemen who participated in the UK nuclear testing program in the Pacific are calling for recognition and compensation, as leaders gather in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).  Sixty years on, sailors and soldiers from New Zealand and Fiji who participated in Operation Grapple have issued an open letter to the Commonwealth Heads of Government, calling for justice for the survivors of the UK nuclear tests.  In the open letter they call on British Prime Minister Theresa May to fulfil promises made 60 years ago, to address the health and environmental consequences of the UK nuclear weapons program.  For more information: The book ‘Grappling with the Bomb’ can be downloaded free from:  Free downloads – ANU Press – ANU

4. nuclear News No.106 April 2018 is now available to download at:
5. Stirling University CND are raising money this summer by providing volunteers to the Workers’ Beer Company, who run bars at music festivals and is owned by Battersea and Wandsworth TUC.
Queens of the Stone Age Concert: 30th June 2018
Finsbury Park Festival: 1st July 2018
Lovebox and Citadel: 13th – 15th July 2018
For each hour you work, Scottish CND will receive £7 which will go towards funding the campaign for nuclear disarmament and projects such as this summer’s Peace Academy (applications still open).
6. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Events:
1. 140,000 Origami Cranes Workshop.14 April. 12 May. 9 June. 2 – 4pm.
Peace & Justice Centre.
2. Cooperative Games & Conflict Resolution Facilitator Training.
Sat 21 April. 10am – 4pm.  For people considering full training for our schools programme or for personal or professional development. Fee waived for those who continue on our full Facilitator training. £30 or pay what you can.
★For more info and To register see here.  Also :They  are looking to raise £1,750 to help sustain our work delivering Cooperative Games and develop the Conflict Resolution workshops over the summer term.
3. Anatomy of Peace Building through Music, Rhythm & Silence
Wed 9 May. 6:30 – 8:30pm. Venue to be confirmed. With Christine Stevens.
Become a musical peace-maker.  
4. Week of Events on Conscientious Objection
4.1 CO Day Vigil. Tues 15 May. 5 – 6pm. Foot of Mound, by National Gallery.
Speakers, singing, silence. Our annual vigil remembering those who refused to kill in past wars and today.
4.2 CO Memorial Design Launch. Edinburgh.Tues 15 May 6:30 – 7:30pm.To be confirmed. Check our website or ring to confirm if coming.More Info on CO Week of Events Here
5. ‘That’s Not Okay’ Interactive Workshop: 
Standing up for our values on the street,at work, in our groups and at home.
Sat 26 May. 10am – 2pm.David Hume Tower. LG.07, George Square.
With Mil Rai and Emily Johns,
Check P and J website or ring 0131 629 1058 Wed & Fridays 1 – 4pm to for full details of events where details are not yet confirmed.
REMINDER: The UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament will convene in New York May 14 -16.  Nuclear disarmament campaigners plan to use the occasion to focus public attention on the nuclear-weapons industry, a key stimulus to the nuclear arms race. “Companies manufacturing nuclear weapons and their delivery systems are a powerful lobby to increase nuclear weapons budgets, and to expand nuclear weapons policies in order to justify this massive public spending,” said Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament.

For more information please visit www.nuclearweaponsmoney.orgJackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, released an open letter, which has been signed by more than 100 US civil society groups. The letter expresses support for the upcoming inter-Korean summit in April and the US-DPRK summit in May, and urges the leaders “to patiently and diligently seek common ground.

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