Edinburgh CND News 30th May for JUNE

Edinburgh CND has a very full June coming up. Including our Plants for Peace Stall at the Meadows Festival and, what promises to be, an exciting public meeting with speakers from the USA.
3. Saturday 9th June: monthly leafleting, 12.30 pm at the East End of Princes Street.
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Stall at Leith Festival Gala Day on Leith Links EH6 7QR 9am to 5pm. Helpers welcome: just drop by
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4. Tuesday 19th June: Public Meeting with  Bruce Gagnon from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Will Griffin (US Vet for Peace) and Mary Beth Sullivan (also from the Global Network). 7pm at the Peace and Justice Centre 5 Upper Bow Edinburgh EH1 2JN
This meeting should be a good launch for the actions planned on July 13th (Glasgow) and 14th (Edinburgh). Watch this space for details of organising meetings and further details of actions.
We will also continue to build for the demo on 22nd September. Here is our latest ‘green card’ advertising the event. Thanks to Fiona for the design (and contact us if you would like to use Fiona’s skills).
To book a bus from Edinburgh: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bus-from-edinburgh-to-faslane-for-the-22nd-september-international-rally-tickets-46794651061?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button
To keep up to date with these events see:

Scottish CND:  http://www.banthebomb.org  and Nuclear Ban Scotland  http://www.nuclearban.scot/sep-rally/

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5. CAAT if you’re looking to get involved in the fight against theUnderwater Defence Technology (UDT) Conference in Glasgow this summer (26th – 28th June), here are some dates for your diary:
(A) There will be a die-in on the Buchanan Street steps in Glasgow from 1100-1200 on Saturday 23rd June, the weekend before the arms fair. This a chance for those who aren’t free during the mid-week arms fair to voice their opposition to the UDT. Congregate at the Donald Dewar statue at 1100.
(B) The Big One: we’ll be joining a demonstration at the SEC in Glasgow on Tuesday 26th June at 1000. This is the first day of the arms fair, which officially starts at 1100. We’re getting there early so we can tell the arms dealers and warmongers what we think of them as they arrive. More details to follow as we liase with the SEC. Please note: this will be a peaceful, non-violent demonstration.

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STOP PRESS: 6. Thursday 28th June 7.30pm No to War, No to Trump – Edinburgh Stop the War public meeting – with Lindsey German – Stop the War UK’s convener – at the Augustine Church, George 4th Bridge

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1. Saturday 2nd 10am to &pm and Sunday 3rd June 11am to 6pm; ‘Plants for Peace’ our annual fund-raising stall at the Meadows Festival Edinburgh. Meadows  EH9 9EX  The stall is number C26, that’s on Coronation Walk, which runs from the Meadows park pavilion on Melville Drive to Chalmers Street, past the funfair.

Look for our Plants for Peace banners and flags of peace. And 500+ plants each day. the number is spray painted on the ground too.
Plants and help still appreciated. Thanks to all those who have already contributed. If you join us, bring clothes for all four seasons, food and drink, and look forward to a busy, enjoyable and successful festival, turning the tide on Trident – one plant at a time!

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2. Tuesday 5th June: ECND regular organising meeting, 6pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh
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OTHER NEWS:
1. CND (UK)  have launched their  new website.
Its goal is to better serve the hundreds of thousands of people who visit each year to take action against nuclear weapons.
As recent global events testify, nuclear war and nuclear proliferation are a real and growing threat to world peace, and action towards the abolition of nuclear weapons has never been more necessary. Share the good news about our website by retweeting our message
Visit the website at the usual address – www.cnduk.org – and they will be delighted to receive your feedback. Your views were an essential ingredient in the new design, so drop us a line and let us know if there’s anything missing.
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2. SCND has received funding for a history project to mark the 60th anniversary of CND. Watch this space.
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3. BEYOND NUCLEAR: this week features: a group of mothers from Japan who testified at the UN about human rights for Fukushima evacuees; the US anti-nuclear movement’s longest standing Congressional champion; and marine groups who are warning Japan and the UK against dumping radioactive wastes into the oceans. Previous to that there are pieces about Uranium mining.
AUSTRALIA
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4. Basle Peace Office and partners: Nuclear abolition campaigners from around the world met in New York on May 11 to discuss strategies and to build cooperation amongst disarmament campaigns.

There were lively and productive discussions on nuclear risk-reduction, war prevention, ‘Move the Nuclear Weapons Money‘, nuclear-weapon-free zones, youth actionsengaging legislators and outreach to broader human rights, environment and faith-based communities.
There were also updates on key United Nations initiatives including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament (see Nuclear Weapon States’ Long Arm Seen Behind Deferral of Landmark UN Conference) and the new initiative of the UN Secretary-General, which was released on May 24, 2018. May 24 was also the Women’s International Day for Peace and DisarmamentParliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND) are using the occasion to release Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world, a joint parliamentary statement commemorating the day and supporting the UNSG’s initiative.   The statement, which has been endorsed by leading female parliamentarians from around the world, calls for ‘diplomacy, conflict resolution, common security and law to address security issues, rather than the threat or use of force.’  It notes that ‘The United Nations was established with an array of mechanisms through which nations can resolve conflicts, negotiate disarmament and achieve security through diplomacy not war. These have been supplemented by additional common security mechanisms such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We urge governments to make better use of these common security mechanisms, and especially to replace reliance on nuclear deterrence with reliance on common security.’              The appeal, Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world, was also released Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament, it is the new disarmament agenda released in Geneva today by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The statement has been endorsed by legislators from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lichtenstein, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.                                                      PNND and UNFOLD ZERO actively promoted former UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s Five-Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament which was supported worldwide and was influential in advancing a framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world.

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5. Dances of Universal Peace: 50th Anniversary Augustine United Church. George IV Bridge  June 24, 2018 5:30 pm – 9:30pm.
Events are taking place around the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dances of Universal Peace (DUP). For the first time, five local mentored and trained DUP teachers (and two extra musicians) are offering an event together. They will lead Dances and spiritual Walks, share some wonderful stories about Murshid SAM – and perhaps share something about their own personal, often life-changing, Dance journeys.
Free entry. Organised by Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace.
6. Footprints for Peace (Australia) Donations still required for: This years big walk:http://www.walkingforcountry.com
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