Edinburgh CND news 24th August


The centrepiece of SCND activities this year will be the Nae Nukes Anywhere International March & Rally organised at Faslane on 22th of  September.
Key international campaigners from at least six countries will be coming to Faslane to speak at the rally in an expression of global solidarity for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Please mark it in your diary and come joins us for what we hope to be the biggest demonstration in years at the Faslane gates.
Gather at the Peace Camp at 12 noon & walk to the North Gate to join the Rally.
You can find more details of the demo here. Transport arrangements, including buses from Glasgow & Edinburgh are listed and more will be added.  If you want leaflets/posters to publicise the event please get in touch with us and we’ll send some over.

Beyond Nuclear International: One week is not long enough to remember the horrific legacy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We continue our coverage this week with author and scholar, Ward Wilson, who argues that the use of atomic bombs on Japan did not shock the country into surrender nor serve as a deterrent. Nagasaki survivors use old traditions to find new ways to tell their story and engage young people.
A Canadian minister’s tweet about women’s rights in Saudia Arabia caused that country to throw a political tantrum. As it purges everything Canadian, a nuclear deal with Westinghouse, now owned by a Canadian company, may go down as well. Meanwhile, a long-planned UN disarmament summit could be canceled by pro-nuclear forces. You can help save it.
See later posts for more details on some of these issues

Other Events

0. Sat 1st and Sun 2nd is the Mela at Leith Links.  Edinburgh CND will join Edinburgh Stop the War in leafleting and petitioning people as they arrive.  We’ll do from midday to 2pm each day with lots of leaflets for the 22nd.                                                              Quick update on the Mela following Saturday. This year it’s at the very far end of the links. We did our stall by the path where it goes past the cricket pitch. It went well but we did start too early so tomorrow we’ll start at 12.30 rather than midday and then stay until about 2.30.

  1. Tuesday 4th September: Monthly Edinburgh CND meeting 6pm at the Peace and Justice Centre
  2. Saturday 8th September a) Leafleting 1230 East end of Princes Street    b)UK Stop the War Conference  in London. c) Crane-making at the Peace and Justice Centre 2-4pm
  3. Radical Voices is happening this Sunday, 9 September.  The usual venue has changed its name again!  The former Constitution Bar is now called The Black Fox by the Shore, and we will be there on Sunday, 6:30 to 9:30. Theme is International Solidarity in memory of Anne Scott
  4. Saturday 15 September.  Peace Walk Edinburgh From Scottish Parliament to Salisbury Centre Walk Starts at 4pm.  6 – 6:30pm P&J Annual General Meeting. 6:30 – 7:30pm. Bring and share meal at the Salisbury Centre: 7:30 – 9pm. Speakers to be confirmed.  A great chance for our members and supporters to meet up, share good food and conversation and hear some great speakers. Come for some or all of the day. Let us know you are coming
  5. Other events are planned for the period 15th to 22nd September including a MEDACT AGM and a joint seminar being organised by the NFLA Scotland Forum, the UK and Ireland Mayors, Provosts and Leaders for Peace Chapter (part of Mayors for Peace) and ICAN UK groups. The latter will be held on Thursday 20th September in Clydebank Town Hall, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland from 1pm – 3.30pm. These are to build for the 22nd demonstration. Edinburgh CND will be placard making on the 19th at the peace and justice centre.
  6. UN Peace Day (September 21) and/or Nuclear Abolition Day (United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26). Nuclear Abolition Day 2018 occurs as world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers…) are in New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In less then two months the United Nations General Assembly will decide whether to hold the UN High-Level Conference (Summit) on Nuclear Disarmament, which has been planned for five years, or to yield to the pressure from pro-nuclear forces and cancel the event. You can help keep the UN on track for nuclear abolition.                               Sign the Avaaz petition United Nations: Step up for nuclear abolition            Forward the petition to your networks;                                                                          Send a letter to your government (Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, UN Ambassador).
 Other News:
1. News from CND UK:
Thank you to all of you that supported the Together Against Trump demonstration last month. CND was proud to be one of the organisations who supported a march that showed most of us oppose his policies of hatred and war. Read in the magazine about the challenge for us as a movement now and why we must build on the success of this protest and win the war being waged.
In this month’s magazine, read also about the creeping militarisation of the European Union, and how it’s happening behind closed doors.
Read Campaign: August edition Download Campaign: August edition

We’ve three stops left on the Now More Than Ever CND symbol tour, and we’re thinking about what comes next for the symbol once it has finished its journey.
We had a great two-day event take place in Norwich this past weekend, and more are on the way in Cardiff, Chesterfield and Nottingham in September.
It’s been really inspiring to see you all spring into action, and very encouraging to hear your reports back that the symbol has gone down so well.                                                               CND now has a new fundraiser: see website.
2. SCND It’s been 73 years since the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan. This has caused extreme suffering and by 1950 over 340,000 people had died as a result of the two bombings.
Last week Hiroshima Survivor Mr Masashi Ieshima visited Scotland to participate in the Youth Peace Academy organised by SCND Education. He spoke at the conference attended by 70 youth participants, visited the Faslane Peace Camp & Nuclear Base and addressed the festival goers at Mugstock. In his speech he said: “Humans cannot coexist with nuclear weapons. Let us work together for a world of peace.”
3. Message from the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre: 

Please help us spread the word about our desk space to hire. Hiring out desks helps us to cover the cost of the day-to-day running of the Peace & Justice Centre. It also helps us to fulfill our aim to be a hub for grassroots organisations working for peace. Meeting space is also available at the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre on a pay as you can basis for grassroots organisations.                                                                                                                —————–                                                                                                                                          4. News from Los Alamos Albuquerque, NM – On August 15, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) announced a “major reform” which would slash its Washington, DC staff by 46% while increasing its field staff by 80% and place the entire staff under a single “Executive Director of Operations.” The new structure would go into effect October 1.         http://www.lasg.org/                                                                                                    —————–                                                                                                                                   5.The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days. http://www.walkingforcountry.com

And some things to Watch: 
1. Quakers in Britain have relaunched our podcast as ‘A Quaker Take’ and in the first episode we discuss peace education and nuclear weapons with peace poet Antony Owen, CND peace educator Owen Everett, and Quaker staff Ellis Brooks and myself. I thought I’d share the link with you in case any of you are interested in listening to it over the weekend: https://soundcloud.com/qwitness/peace-education. I could’ve sounded more articulate!
2. Uranium Film Festival Must see: Anointed (w/ Subtitles) – by Dan Lin & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner about atomic bomb test legacy will screen in Berlin with Uranium Film Festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEVpExaY2Fs  & http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org 
3. ‘The Man Who Saved the World recreates the tense moments in 1983 when Stanislav Petrov, duty officer at the Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, was confronted with an emergency that could have led in minutes to a nuclear war. Petrov defied protocol, but this probably prevented a nuclear war.
The film also chronicles his spectacular journey to the United States three decades later, as a new nuclear confrontation is brewing between the USA and Russia.
Click here for the trailer.
Contact PNND if you would like to organise a screening. Special discount rate for screenings to commemorate UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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