Edinburgh CND News 29th April 2018

EVENTS
1. Tuesday 1st May : ECND regular organising meeting, 6pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh
2. Wednesday 2nd May5pm Debate in Scottish Parliament about Nuclear Weapons Convoys. Mark Ruskell is booking a room where we can discuss what was said afterwards and have some refreshments. Please let us know if you want to join us (see below)
3. Saturday 5th May: The Edinburgh CND supported May Day march and rally will take place on Saturday 5th May. Assemble (top of) Johnston Terrace 11.30 for 12 noon. March behind the Edinburgh CND banner and join us for the rally in the Pleasance Theatre from 12.30. 
STOP PRESS: 4 (a) Wednesday 9th May: Peacebuilding through Music: Rhythm & Silence With Christine Stevens,  7 – 9pm. Room G.04, 50 George Sq5. Saturday 12th May: monthly leafleting, 12.30 pm at the East End of Princes Street.  Followed by: 2 – 4pm.Peace & Justice Centre. 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN.
Origami cranes workshop to remember those who died from the Hiroshima bomb and raise awareness and support for the nuclear weapons ban treaty.
STOP PRESS: 4(B) Spending on People not Trident: TUC demo Saturday, May 12th Assemble 11am Victoria Embankment, LondonThousands of people will march through London to demand A New Deal for Working People in a demonstration organised by the Trades Union Congress. CND will have a bloc highlighting how we should be spending on People Not Trident. Join us!
5. Monday 14th May: “Poppies For Peace” film showing @ 7pm to raise funds for the Grassmarket Community Project and the Conscientious Objectors sculpture memorial.For more details see: http://grassmarket.org/listings/
6. Tuesday 15th May Conscientious Objectors Day vigil from 5- 6pm by the National Gallery off Princes St. Followed by:Opposing War, Memorial Design Launch 6:30 – 8pm. Doors 6:10pm for a cup of Tea Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh CND supports both these events. Registration is suggested but not required. Register at: https://opposing-war-design-launch.eventbrite.com Donations to the Memorial will be requested. To donate visit: http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/ 
7. Saturday 19th May: Please note the Foreign Policy meeting in Edinburgh and  SNP CND conference in Stirling are both postponed to a later date
 
+++++See EVENTS for details of 22 September Demo, including bus from Edinburgh++++++
More on 2: Debate in Scottish Parliament about Nuclear Weapons Convoys. Wed 2nd May 5pm (From Jane Tallents and David Mackenzie)The motion “Civil Contingency in Nuclear Weapon Transport” lodged by Mark Ruskell MSP will be debated in Holyrood next Wednesday, May 2nd at 5pm. See full text below. Although as a Members Debate it won’t result in a vote Mark will speak about the Nukewatch report UNREADY SCOTLAND and our request to the Scottish Government to conduct an open review of civil authorities readiness to respond to a serious accident with a nuclear weapon in transit.  The report arose from a survey that Mark Ruskell’s office conducted of local authorities that convoys pass through. The results showed the woeful lack of emergency planning for an accident with such a unique cargo – high explosives combined with radioactive material including plutonium. They seemed content to leave public safety in the hands of the MOD although it’s clear that the MOD would expect first responders including councils to take care of the public including evacuations and disseminating advice to take shelter.
Please ask your MSPs to sign the motion and attend the debate. You can see if the convoys travel through your area by looking at the Council areas mentioned in the motion. Support from any MSP’s is helpful but it would be especially valuable if those whose constituents are put at risk by the transport of nuclear weapons could go to the debate and contribute. Hearing from you would encourage that.
It would be great to see a good attendance in the public gallery. You can book a ticket onlinehttp://www.parliament.scot/ visitandlearn/24230.aspx Or let us know you want to attend and we can meet you in the main lobby at 4.30pm with tickets.
Mark Ruskell is booking a room where we can discuss what was said afterwards and have some refreshments. Please let us know if you want to join us.
Find out more about  UNREADY SCOTLAND and read the full report  here.http://www.nukewatch.org.uk/? page_id=748
See also: message on LINKS (right hand side of page)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Nuclear disarmament campaigners from around the world met in Geneva on April 27-28 for the Annual General Meeting and Global Council dinner of Abolition 2000, the global network to eliminate nuclear weapons. Abolition 2000 was established in 1995 as a global network to facilitate communication, cooperation and coordination between nuclear disarmament organisations and activists around the world. Over 2000 organisations have endorsed the Abolition 2000 founding statement.

The Abolition 2000 meeting included:

  • discussion of the challenges and opportunities for nuclear disarmament in the current political environment;
  • updates on various nuclear disarmament campaigns and actions undertaken by member organisations, working groups and affiliated networks;
  • overview of upcoming events and development of a timeline of events for the next three years (these will be posted on the Abolition 2000 calendar);
  • consideration of additional proposals;
  • discussion of ways to improve outreach and enhance cooperation with related constituencies including those working on peace, human rights and sustainable development (Click here for the outreach brochure).
The United Nations adopted a decision to postpone the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament which was scheduled to take place in New York from May 14-16, 2018.  Because of this the Count the Nuclear Weapons Money, a 7-day action highlighting the $1 trillion nuclear weapons budget over the next 10 years and what this money could instead support, will be postponed until UN Disarmament Week , October 24-30, 2018. Other fringe  events in New York including the concert will go ahead
For updates on all the events in Geneva see: http://www.cnduk.org
TWO other useful links:
1.  https://beyondnuclearinternational.org
2. http://www.lasg.org/   Latest press release:
Leaked Summary of Nuclear Warhead Plutonium “Pit” Production Analysis Identifies Serious Problems with Los Alamos Manufacturing Plan
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