Edinburgh CND News 24th June. Updated 1st July

Tuesday 3rd July: ECND regular organising meeting, 6pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh. We are planning for 2 major events: Trumps visit in July and the big Faslane Rally on 22nd September
Saturday 7th July 12.00 noon 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.
1. Trump is visiting Britain in July and CND UK wide will be protesting to raise the profile of the nuclear issue. The danger of nuclear war is considerable – the hands on the Doomsday clock are now 2 minutes to midnight, the closest since 1953.

Trump has torn up the Iran nuclear deal, previously threatened to kill millions with US nukes in North Korea, and published his new Nuclear Posture Review, which talks of ‘usable’ nuclear weapons and additional scenarios in which they could be used. His presidency threatens the security of the world and we have to make our opposition very clear – and help to get others aware of the urgency and of the need to speak out.

There are 2 events planned for Scotland: 
Please make sure you have all invited all your friends and have shared the event from your organisation’s Facebook & Twitter and included it in an e-news.

Here’s the National event in Edinburgh on the 14th https://www.facebook.com/events/628616174183456/
Here’s the Glasgow event on the 13th: https://www.facebook.com/events/177163576333657/ Recruitment for stewards and volunteers to help with the demo  on the 14th have gone live. Stewards need to be available from 11am and helpers from 9:30. Steward sign-up: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSex5scxlz2lmv2np-…/viewform  Carnival of Resistance helpers sign-up: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScV–tEtb6ExIlLRN…/viewform There’s a banner painting and craft session on Thursday 5th July at 6pm in Augustine United Church. Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/217367092391275/Global Justice Now are  holding a banner painting and screening of ‘You’ve been Trumped’ at 3pm on 30th June. Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/622302781478535/Application to host a stall/ book a space at the Carnival of Resistance are now live. Please make sure you fill in this form for your organisation and send it to any other relevant groups and organisations. https://docs.google.com/forms/u/4/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6aeCCBxxGefkZ2UaHYJN2rNOpP14DbAqMcSW9siK0xSig-w/viewformAnother short meeting for the Edinburgh National Demo on Monday 25th June AND 2nd JULY at 6pm in Augustine United Church. (and on following Mondays: watch this space)                                                                                                                                    In the lead-up there will be a number of other events (including ours on 7th July: see top of page)

STOP PRESS: from UNFOLD ZERO: President Donald Trump and President Vladamir Putin will meet in Helsinki, on July 16 in what will be the first formal summit of the two leaders.
Such a meeting is both important and significant, coming at a time of heightened tensions, mutual suspicions and conflicts between the two countries.‘The 11-12 July 2018 NATO summit offers a unique opportunity for the European Allies to take the initiative again and demand from the US a negotiation that would lead to the withdrawal of both American and Russian tactical weapons from European soil,’ says Marc Finaud from IDN. ‘Being content with waiting until Russia creates the conditions for disarmament is no longer an option.

OTHER EVENTS:                                                                                                                                       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. 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.

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
A big thank you to all who attended our meeting on Tuesday 19th. The talks were recorded and are available on youtube: 2018 06 19 19 58 29

2. On 22nd September 2018 we celebrate with international campaigners. Play your part and assemble at Faslane Peace Camp and walk to rally at the North Gate.

STOP PRESS: A.The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has responded to a statement released by the USA, UK and Russia ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on Sunday. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “While it is right to mark the anniversary of the landmark NPT, this statement from three of the major nuclear states smacks of appalling hypocrisy. “The NPT calls on all parties ‘to pursue negotiations’ for the disarmament of nuclear weapons ‘in good faith’, but instead Britain, the US and Russia are charging in the opposite direction. see also https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/06/283593.htm B A new report sets out how Trident jobs could be protected if Britain’s nuclear weapons system is scrapped.The Nuclear Education Trust report examines the lessons from initiatives in Germany, Estonia, Italy, South Africa, the United States, and the UK. Its authors hope the lessons will inform policy makers working on industrial strategy and defence planning here in Britain. Defence Diversification: International learning for Trident jobs
Download report
1. Abolition 2000 has posted an article – Abolition 2000 actions and responses on USA/Korea peace agreement – which highlights some of the actions by member organisations for peace and diplomacy in NE Asia, and some of the statements by member organisations in response to the USA/DPRK agreement adopted last week.   ‘However, the road to sustainable peace and de-nuclearization will be rocky. We encourage nuclear abolition campaigners to stay active and engaged to ensure success.
2. nuClear News No.108 June 2018 is now available for downloading here:
3. Six-year old Leide Ferreira played with a strange, gleaming blue powder on the floor of her kitchen in Brazil. Within a month she was dead, a victim of one of the world’s worst — and least known — nuclear accidents. Japan wants to finish and open its reprocessing facility. Why do they need that separated plutonium? And what really happened at the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea? 1st July: This week theylook at nuclear France, and the latest fiasco at the still under construction Flamanville nuclear reactor in Normandy, and denounce Trump’s desire for a Space Force and US “dominance” in the heavens. Beyond Nuclear International
4. CND has responded to reports from a public inquiry examining the state-led infiltration of political groups. The inquiry has identified a police spy who infiltrated CND between 1980 and 1984. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
If John Kerry was trying to disturb CND’s campaigning activities, it had no noticeable effect. No-one we’ve spoken to who was active at the time can even recall his name.
5. From 1:30pm on Wednesday 20th, while Parliament was sitting inside, 60 Trident Ploughshares activists from across the UK chained themselves to the railings outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. They are calling for the UK to Sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and scrap Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
6. The Peace Academy will take place from 27th to 29th July at the Strathclyde University Students’ Union, with accommodation provided for 100 participants at the SYHA Glasgow. Confirmed speaker Ross Greer MSP supports young people applying to the Peace Academy. Captcha
7. Article in Observer on Arms Sales: https://twitter.com/lloyd_rm/status/1010809376653873152
8. SCND are delighted to announce a new lesson for schools entitled “Survivors’ Stories”. This will run between end of August and end of October and will be available to secondary schools and other groups & organisations in Scotland.
They’re also holding a training session for any folks willing to become volunteer speakers for this lesson on Thursday, 12 of July, 12.30 in our Glasgow office (77 Southpark Av, G12 8LE). Please let us know if you intend to attend.
9. Los Alamos Bulletins   248   http://www.lasg.org/

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