Edinburgh CND News 12th June

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
Book on Event Bright: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nukes-trump-and-the-military-industrial-complex-tickets-46948482174?

2. Saturday 7th July 12.30pm No to Nato – join the nuclear ban.  Protest in solidarity with the demonstration that will be taking place in Brussels where the NATO summit meeting is taking place.  East end of Princes Street next to the Wellington Statue.

———                                                                                                                                                          3. Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July our chance to rise up and say enough is enough. Trump is visiting Britain and CND is supporting the Together Against Trump national demo in London on Friday 13th July. We stand up to the nuclear warmonger of our age.We reject the collusion of Theresa May and her government with this dangerous US administration and deplore the invitation to President Trump. There are 2 events in Scotland: The first is a rally, 5pm in George Square Glasgow on Friday 13th https://www.facebook.com/events/177163576333657/ and the second on Saturday: 12 PM · Meadows Park Edinburgh                                         Scotland United Against Trump: National Demonstration               Trump has torn up the Iran nuclear deal. He’s threatened to kill millions with US nukes in North Korea. Those around him stalled the crucial Korean peace negotiations with talk of “doing a Libya” on North Korea. One minute Trump’s posing as the peace broker, the next minute he’s preparing for war. His presidency threatens the security of the world and it’s time for our movement to confront him. On a more positive note Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said the summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un is a very positive development. At a time of escalating militarisation and increasingly dangerous policy developments – the US’s new nuclear posture review and recent strategic defence review to name but two – an outbreak of dialogue in an exceptionally tense region is a welcome step. Maybe a controversial view? Read Kate Hudson’s full article in the Huffington Post 

 See also  http://www.abolition2000.org/en/news/2018/06/13/abolition-2000-actions-and-responses-on-usakorea-peace-agreement/

4. We are also continue to build for the Nae Nukes Anywhere: demo at Faslane nuclear base 22 September 2018 • 12 noon – 5pm Scottish CND is inviting campaigners from across the globe to protest at Faslane in Scotland – site of the Trident nuclear weapons system – to challenge the UK Government to sign the Ban Treaty and scrap its nuclear policies.Here is Edinburgh’s latest ‘green card’ advertising the event. Thanks to Fiona for the design (and contact us if you would like to use Fiona’s skills).

Last year the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (including Scottish CND) helped the UN to write a treaty to ban nuclear weapons (the Treaty of the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
On 22nd September 2018 we celebrate with international campaigners from the United States, Canada, France, Israel and Russia. Play your part and assemble at Faslane Peace Camp and walk to rally at the North Gate.
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/


Other Events: 

1. Edinburgh Stop the War: (A)Monday 18th June 7.30pm  At the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN –regular monthly meeting – a chance to discuss, debate and get involved in organizing activities                                                    (B)  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. Build for the demos on 13th and 14th July


2.Edinburgh Campaign Against the Arms Trade:  (A) Leafleting on Saturday 16 June, 2pm to 3pm at the foot of the mound in Edinburgh. Or, if you fancy staying put, get online and use the hashtags #SinkUDT and #UDT2018 to tell people what is going on (B) non-violent direct action training (including prop and banner making for those attending) on Wednesday 20th June. Get in touch if you’re keen to participate and they’ll give you further details. (C) There will be a die-in on the Buchanan Street steps in Glasgow from 1000-1200 on Saturday 23rd June, the weekend before the UnderwaterDefence Technology (UDT) Conference 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.(D) Special Edinburgh group meeting on Monday 25 June, 7pm to 8.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House.                   (E) The Big One:  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. Getting there early so we can tell the arms dealers and warmongers what we think of them as they arrive. More details to follow. Please note: this will be a peaceful, non-violent demonstration.

0. On May 24, Scottish MSPs Sandra White MSP (Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Palestine and Member of the Cross-Party Group on Men’s Violence Against Women and Children) and Christina McKelvie MSP (Convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee) joined 48 other leading women parliamentarians from around the world in releasing a joint PNND appeal  Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world.
1. The United Nations elected Ecuador Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa to be the President of the UN General Assembly for its 73rd session (September 2018 – September 2019). She is taking on the Presidency of the UNGA during the time when the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament will probably be held, if the UN in October reaffirms its earlier decision to hold the conference (see Nuclear Weapon States’ Long Arm Seen Behind Deferral of Landmark UN Conference).
2. Beyond Nuclear. Perpetually youthful Ron McCoy, an ICAN founder, was 87 when he led young activists out of a window during UN nuclear ban treaty negotiations. Dan Zak’s book may be a history of nuclear weapons, but it reads more like a Faulkner novel. Africa does not need nuclear power and its booming solar industry is just one example of why not. Jeffrey Lee, Aboriginal owner of 12.5 kms with uranium deposits in northern Australia, resisted the temptation to make a fortune. Instead he saved the land, which is now preserved inside a World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, children living near the Jadugoda uranium mines in India continue to suffer, born deformed and dying prematurely because of their exposure to radiation and heavy metals. Please help them by sharing our stories. For more stories:. Beyond Nuclear International 
3. Scotland a Peace of History. A project to build a professional timeline exhibition with SCND’s history to mark the 60th anniversary. The project has not started yet because we were waiting for a response from the National Lottery with regards to funding, which has now been approved. If you think you can contribute, or would like to be involved, there is a meeting on 20th of June at 4pm in the SCND office in Glasgow.
4. Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD is one of the leading organiser of several successful annual international academic trainings and research programs in Switzerland in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, mediation, leadership, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights. Through these events IPD bring together academicians, state, private and public sector representatives for the sake of better and more peaceful future building via education and networking. www.ipdinstitute.ch

5. CND in London (1) have a new anti-nuclear power T-shirt, to see why it is neede Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant given green light  AND (2) Two new jobs: Theyre looking for a Parliamentary Officer and an Office & HR Manager. Two fantastic opportunities to work on our campaign full time. Let your friends and contacts know if you think they will be interested.

6.  http://www.lasg.org/   For latest press releases from Los Alamos

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