Edinburgh CND news 7th August

Edinburgh CND activist Anne Scott, passed away on 29th July. She will be missed by many. Her Funeral / Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday 23rd August 1pm: Warriston Crematorium 36 Warriston Road Edinburgh EH7 4HW    Dress code: campaign t-shirts (at Anne’s request) Flowers: Anne requested only a small arrangement of flowers in Suffragette colours for the service which have been organised.
2. CND stalls to promote the Nae Nukes Rally & the nuclear ban treaty: 
NEW! Friday 17th  August: Scottish CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 to run a street collection and stall  from 12 noon – 4 pm
i. Saturday 18th  August: Edinburgh CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 (PLEASE NOTE THIS REPLACES THE 11TH)
ii. Tuesday 21st August: Scottish CND stall 1200 – 2 pm, east end of Princes Street – opposite  Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
iii. We will be leafleting other Fringe events with a Peace theme. including:
+++++ (i) Conchies! A new play about a group of conscientious objectors August 13 – 18, 6.15pm Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh; (ii)  ‘Letters for Peace
Featuring  Mr McFalls Chamber String Trio.  
15th – 17th of August. Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Dalmenny St. Leith. 8pm and (iii) Friday 17th (for a few days only) at 1pm ‘Gie`s Peace’ at the Storytelling Centre. RECOMMENDED (iv) NEW: Scottish Storey Telling Centre“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” Albert Camus. How can writing build peace & combat the voices calling for conflict? Find out at The Battle for Peace reading at ft. Ruth Aylett, Colin Donati & Finola Scott tomorrow night at 8pm.
++++3. Edinburgh Stop the War are meeting 7.30pm on Monday 20th at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN.  We’ll be planning events and activities over the autumn.  These meetings are informal and agendas are flexible so come along with things you would like to discuss.
NaeNukesRally: 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. 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/
1. A entertaining event on a very serious subject is taking place on Wednesday August 15 at 7.20pm in the Stand New Town Theatre at  96 George Street Edinburgh EH2 3DH
Yer Tea’s Oot is a evening of entertainment for nuclear disarmament and will have some comedy , music and a premiere of the latest short film starring renowned Scottish actor David Hayman.
Tickets for this event are  £14  however if you are going with your pal or partner – a two tickets for the price of one offer is available (contact us for the code)
Tickets are likely to be in big demand – so here is information about the various ways you can about getting tickets for Yer Tea’s Oot –
i Booking online – at www.outstandingtickets.com
ii By phoning – 0131 558 9005
iii In person – by going into the New Town Centre at 96 George Street Edinburgh EH2 3DH
1. UNFOLD ZERO and the Basle Peace Office report: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week warned member states and UN staff that the United Nations is $140 million short of its budget and could run out of cash, due to late and non-payment of UN dues by member states. In a letter sent to UN members, Guterres said that the UN had “never faced such a difficult cash flow situation this early in the calendar year. An organization such as ours should not have to suffer repeated brushes with bankruptcy. But surely, the greater pain is felt by those we serve when we cannot, for want of modest funds, answer their call for help.”Move the Nuclear Weapons Money has called for re-allocation of a portion of nuclear weapons budgets to assist the UN cash crisis. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the cost to extend the lifetime of each US Trident nuclear missile is $140 million, the same amount as the UN shortfall. The Basle Peace office and PNND add:
We encourage groups to build political pressure and government action for global nuclear abolition.
  1. Invite participants at your event to sign the Avaaz petition, United Nations: Step up for Nuclear Abolition. 
Nuclear-armed states are trying to scuttle the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. We can not let them win. The conference could increase numbers of countries signing the Nuclear Ban Treaty and build pressure on nuclear armed States to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons and take steps to reduce stockpiles and achieve complete nuclear disarmament. Click here to sign the petition. For more information see the UNFOLD ZERO article United Nations: Step up for Nuclear Abolition
  1. Encourage participants at your event to support nuclear weapons divestment.
Corporations manufacturing nuclear weapons have financial interests and are the most powerful lobby to keep the nuclear arms race running. Together we can move cities, universities, churches, banks and even governments to curtail the power of these corporations by ending investments in them. For more information, including examples of nuclear divestment, see Move the Nuclear Weapons Money
For more activities and action ideas, please see the 2018 Nuclear Remembrance and Action Week Guide.
3. Setsuko Thurlow is an outspoken — but softspoken — survivor of the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. Her story deeply moves audiences — and helped win the Nobel Peace Prize. Children in Hiroshima who received a gift of drawing materials from a church in DC, unexpectedly created colorful visions of joy, not tragedy. Now those drawings are part of a new film. And Martin Forwood tells us why the adrift UK Moorside new nuclear project is about to shipwreck. For more news see: Beyond Nuclear International
4. CND UK and ICAN remind us: On the anniversaries of history’s two deadliest bombings, we must continue telling the stories of the hibakusha – those who survived. And we must continue campaigning to prevent another Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Kate Hudson explains: Conventional wisdom – especially in the US – suggests it was necessary to drop the bomb on Japan in order to bring about a speedy conclusion to the war and save lives. Even today many people genuinely believe that the bomb was necessary to bring about a Japanese surrender and to avoid the need for an invasion of Japan by the US, which might have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. But extensive scholarly research in the US, using primary sources from the time, shows that this just wasn’t true.

Read the full article on the CND website

On the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima delivered this year’s Peace Declaration at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Please find attached a letter from Mayor Matsui and the Peace Declaration in PDF format for your reference. It would be most appreciated if you would kindly help us foster and expand international public opinion through widely sharing the Peace Declaration.
The Peace Declaration is also available online at the City of Hiroshima website:
http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.j p/www/contents/1317948556078/i ndex.html
A video clip of Mayor Matsui delivering the Peace Declaration will be posted on the same page soon.
Mayor Matsui’s letter also asks you to help us increase the member cities of Mayors for Peace. The recruitment packet is available online at the Mayors for Peace website in multiple languages. We ask for your kind cooperation in expanding the Mayors for Peace network.
http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/ english/outlines/join.html
5. Nuclear Free Local Authorities media release, 
As the 73rd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapon attacks nears, NFLA encourages its members to show their solidarity for a nuclear weapons free world
August 6th and August 9th 2018 will be the 73rd anniversary of the atomic weapon attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the direct and longer-term deaths of over 220,000 people in the two cities. Many Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) members, in solidarity with the Mayors for Peace organisation led by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will organise their own local events next week. (1)
The atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed 90% of both cities and killed 110,000 people instantaneously. Around the same amount died days and months later due to the impact of radiation from the bombs on their bodies. Since 1946, the two cities hold annual Peace Memorial Ceremonies to remember those who died and for the survivors, known as ‘hibakusha’. The aim of each annual ceremony is to call for no future use of nuclear weapons and ‘no more hibakushas’.
NFLA was established on the 5th November 1980 pledged to the same aim, and over the past near four decades has worked across the world, and with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to call for a nuclear weapons free world. It links in with Mayors for Peace, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and national groups like CND (in its 60th year of activity) to help to realise that aim.
6.140,000 origami cranes workshop: Remembering Nagasaki
August 11, 2-4pm and most Saturdays Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN
7. On Saturday 18th August at 14:30 there will be a special screening of the landmark feature documentary Carry Greenham Home capturing the women’s anti-nuclear protests at the Greenham Common Peace Camp – a shining example of non-violent feminist action, that changed both lives and laws. Hippodrome Cinema Bo’ness at 2.30pm.
8. Los Alamos Bulletins   249   http://www.lasg.org/
9. News from Australia http://www.walkingforcountry.com

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