Edinburgh CND News 23rd July 2018

August 5th: Many of you will have heard that Edinburgh CND activist Anne Scott, passed away on 29th July. She will be missed by many.
We will be remembering her tomorrow (6th) at our Hiroshima Commemoration 6pm to 7pm at the Mound/Princes Street
1. Edinburgh CNDs annual commemoration of the dropping of a Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima will be held on Monday 6th August 2018 from 6pm to 7pm at The Mound , bordering Princes Street  Edinburgh, EH1 2, United Kingdom. Join us to protest all nuclear weapons. Bring banners, songs, poems, yourself, friends.
Extra info on general actions from UNFOLD ZERO and the Basle Peace Office: the 2018 Nuclear Remembrance and Action Week Guide.
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2. The following day Tuesday 7th August will be our  regular organising meeting, 6pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh. We are planning for 2 major events: our event at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival on Wednesday 10th October and the big Faslane Rally on 22nd September.
 Play your part on 22nd September. Assemble at Faslane Peace Camp and walk to rally at the North Gate.
3. Saturday 11th August: monthly leafleting, 12.30 pm at the East End of Princes Street.

4. THE STAND’S NEW TOWN THEATRE (VENUE 7) – WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST – 7:20PM As we say round here: ‘If they drap the bomb, yer tea’s oot!’. A cabaret evening of top entertainment that also tells the story of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Scotland’s part in that and the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in the context of 60 Years of disarmament campaigning in Scotland. Including a specially-commissioned short film by David Hayman, music and comedy. Supported by Scottish CND.

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OTHER NEWS: 
1. Why we Marched Against Trump By KATE HUDSON CND General Secretary
Last Friday’s demonstration was a remarkable upsurge of popular feeling against the policies of Donald Trump. It was a powerful rejection of the extraordinary human, social and economic damage being inflicted across the USA and the consequences of these developments across the globe.
His presence in the White House means open season for racism, homophobia and misogyny. The support and succour that he brings to the far right internationally is enormously dangerous; this is a political development that must be challenged at every level.
For peace and anti-nuclear campaigners, the threats are very marked and we need to ensure that they are widely understood. There are many reasons to oppose Trump, but his nuclear policies present dangers that no one can avoid.
When he builds his wall, we can tear it down. When he puts children in cages, we can break them open. But when he presses the nuclear button, there will be no second chance. We are all confronted with annihilation. Read Kate Hudson’s full article on the CND website
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2. Peace and disarmament activists from the World Future CouncilBüchel is EverywhereNukewatchAbolition 2000 Youth Network, and other organisations gathering at the Büchel airforce base in Germany weekend OF 13th to 15th, claim that the U.S. nuclear weapons deployed at the base and at other NATO countries inflame the conflict between NATO and Russia, provoke nuclear counter measures and increase the risk of a nuclear exchange by miscalculation or accident.
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3. The next meeting of the local Edinburgh CAAT group will take place on Monday 23 July, 7pm to 8.45pm at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh.                                                                         As a result of the demonstrations held against the Glasgow Arms Fair (the Undersea Defence Technology conference held at the SEC at the end of June) Glasgow City Council have committed to a new human rights based ethical policy to ensure events such as this are not hosted in Glasgow again. Huge congratulations and thanks to everyone who supported the demonstrations. We’ll continue to keep the pressure on the council to ensure they abide by their commitments.  Check out our photo gallery from the demonstrations
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4. Events at the Youth Peace Academy open to all members & supporters Youth Peace Academy. Applications are not officially closed, but we might be able to make some space for last minute registrations. Note the following activities: Speech from Hiroshima Survivor Mr. IESHIMA Masashi Fri 27th, 4.30 pm, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH, Vertigo Room (level 8) Social gathering with Live Ceilidh by The McHart Ceilidh Band (finger buffet provided, drinks available at the bar) Sat 28th, 7 pm, 35 Avenuepark St, Glasgow G20 8TS Bus tour of the Faslane Peace Camp & Faslane Base with workshops on non violent direct action & convoys. Sunday, 29th of July, 10 am – 3 pm Leaving from  SYHA Glasgow Youth Hostel, 7-8 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY at 10 am, returning to Glasgow City Centre at 3 pm.  Please get in touch by email or phone (0141 3571529) if you want to book your space at any of these events!

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5. CND stalls to promote the Nae Nukes Rally & the nuclear ban treaty Tuesday August 7 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, Donald Dewar statue in Buchanan Street Glasgow
Tuesday August 14 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, -in front of war memorial at Paisley Cross, Paisley
Tuesday August 21 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, far end of Princes Street – opposite  Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh 
Tuesday August 28 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, at Desperate Dan statue – – across from Caird Hall, Dundee 
Tuesday 11 September –  Bridgegate (near Brownings the Bakers), Ivine

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6. Origami Peace Cranes: Workshops on the second Saturday of each month from 2 – 4pm at the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre.  So far we have gathered about 80,000 paper cranes from Scotland, England, Belgium and Japan. But we need many more people to join in to reach the goal of 140,000 paper cranes by August of 2019 when there will be an  exhibition of the cranes.                                                                                                      —————————-                                                                                                                                    7. 7.1 The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission claimed it canceled a study that would have looked at cancer incidences among children living around US nuclear power plants, because it was “too expensive.” But we uncovered the real reasons. And an international delegation found 12 compelling arguments to talk Vietnam out of starting a nuclear power program, for now. 7.2 On July 16, 34 years apart, Americans in New Mexico were dosed with radiation, then ignored and forgotten. Those downwind of the July 16, 1945 Trinity nuclear test finally got their Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. We went with them. The 90-million gallon radioactive waste spill at Church Rock, New Mexico, on July 16, 1979, permanently poisoned the Puerco River, used by Native American tribes still suffering the effects today. STOP PRESS 7.3 It takes courage to stand up to nuclear authorities in Russia but Fedor Maryasov and Andrey Talevlin continue to do just that. Oleg Bodrov reports on their success and the risks they still face. A “reserve” sounds like a protected space but the wild animals of Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania are threatened by a uranium mine that would destroy their health, habitat and future.More news athttps://beyondnuclearinternational.org                      

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9. Los Alamos Study Group: House Version of Defense Bill Would Advance Los Alamos Plutonium Bomb Factory; Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Steve Pearce work together to turn LANL into national “production center”  http://www.lasg.org/
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10. News from Australia http://www.walkingforcountry.com

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