Edinburgh CND news 24th August into September

Edinburgh CND events in September:
1.Sunday 1st September: Portobello Village Show. We will have a Peace Stall at the show which runs from 2pm to 5pm in Rosefield Park https://www.facebook.com/events/2267948083304092
2.Tuesday 3rd September: regular organising meeting 6pm at New Peace and Justice Centre.

3.Saturday 14th September: 12 30, Leafleting at the East End of Princes Street

4.Other events:
4.1 Stop the Arms Fair.  1.Monday 3rd September will see our friends at Roots of Resistance protesting outside the ExCel starting with a Meeting of Worship. I hope you can make it to the ExCel next month. This is where those who profit from war, repression and injustice do business. This is where we can stop them.                                       ++++2. 4th September 2019 10am to 4pm Join the No Nuclear Day at the ExCel in the Royal Victoria Dock • Further details, including meet-up point and map Sign up and share the event on Facebook
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“These companies are not only profiting from selling arms to some of the world’s most authoritarian regimes, they profit too from manufacturing Britain’s own weapon of mass destruction, the Trident nuclear weapons system.
“We are outraged at this cavalier approach to human rights and the threat of nuclear war. The DSEI arms fair has no place in a civilised society – we call on the government to shut it down for good.”

see http://www.cnduk.org (also forMerchandise and August Newsletter)
NB on the 3rd Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems are attending a reception in the Scottish Parly onat 6 pm:THERE WILL BE a presence outside the Parliament with singing, placards and banners to protest about the event from 5.30pm

4.2 Saturday 7th September: Helensburgh CND Conference:The conference will cover topics from the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to outlining our efforts to work with and through trusted political partners such as the SNP and Scottish Greens. There will also be a tribute to the lifelong anti-nuclear activists Dot and Eric Wallace who left Helensburgh CND a substantial legacy which should allow the annual conference to continue. Scotland: A Peace of History will also be on display as will David Newbigging’s Benchmark 6 for the lunch hour where soup and sandwich will be provided. You can read more about the itinerary and book your tickets via the links above and below.To attend you have to go through Event Brite on the link below . Disarming Nuclear Scotland Conference – Helensburgh CND  
For other SCND events see http://www.banthebomb.org

————–                                                                                                                                            5. 28th September to 19th October: Edinburgh World Festival 2019. see http://www.ewjf.org.uk. Edinburgh CND have a meeting on 1st October and are sponsoring a number of others.

42789301Chernobyl, what can we learn? Tues 1st Oct, 19.00 – 21.00
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL Organised by Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Alex Lockwood, author of ‘The Chernobyl Privileges’ and Rob Edwards (Environmental Journalist) discuss the danger of Nuclear Power https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-chernobyl-to-faslane-the-nuclear-emergency-tickets-71033889275

1. Don’t attack Iran

Trump has scrapped the deal with Iran designed to prevent the development of nuclear weapons and has imposed sanctions aimed at destroying the Iranian oil trade and therefore its economy. He is looking for pretexts to attack the country. In this he is being encouraged by his national security advisor, John Bolton, an architect of the Iraq war and a man committed to military solutions. The new Tory administration at Westminster is lining up with Trump.  The risk of outright war is high.  Stop the War is campaigning for the British government to condemn this brinkmanship and publicly oppose military action against Iran. Download the petition and use it in your workplace, community group, political party or with your friends. https://scotlandstopwar.org/2019/07/15/petition-dont-attack-iran/

2. SCND: are coming to the end of the planned Scotland Not Trident campaign for 2019 where we spent each month focusing on a different issue Scotland is facing, from drastic cuts to NHS funding to school teachers striking for better pay. It has been a whirlwind and hundreds of people have been involved spreading the message online and on their streets. The campaign may be over but the message of Scotland Not Trident will live on, especially in these uncertain political times. We will not stop campaigning until there are no nuclear weapons on the Clyde – in Scotland – or in the world.
The August Newsletter and the new magazine contain more information see http://www.banthebomb.org
3. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org 3.1.When a French lab discovered tritium in the drinking water of more than 6 million people in France, authorities rushed to dismiss the levels as “harmless”. But are they really? We take a look. And after the French “tested” atomic bombs in French Polynesia, a legacy of illnesses was ignored by the government. Three men, all now gone, tried to change that.
3.2. Ames, Iowa, processed uranium for the atomic bomb. Then the lab dumped the waste by the river and around the town. People began to notice high cancer rates. Brittany Prater, who grew up there, returned to make a documentary about what happened. She found a deadly secret lurking beneath an idyllic-looking landscape. We review her film, Uranium Derby. We are honored to republish an oped by Robert Jay Lifton and Naomi Oreskes, who dismiss any rationale for including nuclear power in climate solutions. Read “The false promise of nuclear power.”                      3.3. A secretive nuclear industry-led agency has eclipsed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, writes Beyond Nuclear’s Paul Gunter. The Institute for Nuclear Power Operations does not make any of its information available to the public but is controlling so-called safety oversight at aging and failing US nuclear power plants. Two theatrical performances inspired by the Fukushima disaster offer hope — and sometimes a touch of humor — amidst tragedy, and conclude that giving up is not an option.
3.4.(2/09) Arguments for nuclear power are falsely optimistic, write Mark Diesendorf and Richard Boinowski. New wind and solar farms are far cheaper — and of course safer. So is Australia’s interest in nuclear power just a cover for nuclear weapons aspirations? Paul Martin Butkovich drew the horrors of nuclear war in the 1940s and ’50s, but never sold his pictures. We are happy to give his art some belated attention.
4. CND (London) recently received a letter from the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, in which he commended our efforts in working towards peace. In it he also shared the text of a Peace Declaration that he delivered on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, at the city’s annual Peace Memorial Ceremony, in which he expressed his ardent wish for a peaceful world without nuclear weapons so that no one else would experience such tragedy as Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Read the full declaration, which is included below, and to share its powerful and important message as widely as possible; a message of peace and reason in a world in which intolerance and aggression are on the increase. http://www.cnduk.org. Also has details of 2 London based vacancies (parliamentary officer and campaigns assistant)
5. Peace and Justice Centre Autumn events:
5.1 Gentle Peace Walk: Sunday 15th September Princes St Gardens 2-3pmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/636670543484221/
5.2 Militarism & Climate Crisis. Sunday 15th September. 3.15-4.30 pmWhat can we do? St Columba’s by the Castle. https://www.facebook.com/events/2339439912935134/
5.3 PeaceBuilders: Facilitator Training. Cooperative Games & Conflict Resolution for Primary Schools Sunday 22 Sept. 10am – 5pm. Edinburgh. For more information and to register go here.
5.4 Origami Peace Cranes Workshop
Saturday 14 Sept  2 – 4pm. Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre Edinburgh Methodist Church,25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
6. In 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared September 26 to be the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day). The 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, representing over 170 parliaments from around the world, adopted a resolution which ‘Calls on all parliamentarians to promote and commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons each year on 26 September, in accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/32.’        The United Nations General Assembly will host a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament at the UN Headquarters on September 26, 2019. UN Member States will be represented by their Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers or UN Ambassadors. The event will aslo be live-streamed on http://webtv.un.org/. In addition, two representatives of civil society will be selected to speak.
September 26 is also the anniversary of the incident in 1983 when a nuclear war was almost launched due to malfunctions in the Soviet nuclear weapons early warning system, which erroneously detected a US ballistic missile attack against Moscow. The incident is graphically portrayed in the award winning docu-drama ‘The Man who Saved the World.’ The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons falls in the same week as the UN International Day for Peace (Sep 21), the UN Climate Summit (Sep 23) and the UN Summit on SDGs (Sep 24-25).

7. Move the Nuclear Weapons Money is a campaign involving legislators, religious leaders, youth and other civil society activists all over the world taking action to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons and redirect these budgets and investments to instead support peace, climate protection, ending poverty and achieving the sustainable development goals; reverse the financial interests in the nuclear arms race, and build a peace economy.  Over the next ten years the nuclear armed countries plan to spend over 1 trillion US dollars on the nuclear arms race. Those who are manufacturing the nuclear weapons are making a fortune. But they are stimulating the nuclear arms race while everyone else suffers. Imagine how this money could instead end poverty, help reverse climate change, fund sustainable development goals, and support peace, education, health and welfare. Each couple of weeks they introduce a few of the amazing people who have joined the campaign, and we share some of their words of inspiration on the issue.
Check the website and facebook pages and twitter handle for more endorsers and quotes.                                                                                                                                              On July 30, the Abolition 2000 global network to eliminate nuclear weapons held an international webinar on  Divesting from Destruction. Investing in peace and sustainability. The webinar explored strategies and actions to reverse the financial interests in nuclear weapons by cutting nuclear weapons budgets, ending investments in nuclear weapons corporations, increasing investments in peace and sustainability, and promoting the economic value of peace. Just under 2 months will be the of start counting $1 trillion, the nuclear weapons budget for the next 10 years, in 1 million mock notes each of $1million value.

—————–                                                                                                                                            8. UNFOLD ZERO, a global platform advancing UN initiatives for nuclear abolition, is compiling a list of Nuclear Abolition Day 2019 events and actions around the world.

In 2009, the United Nations declared 29 August to be the International Day against Nuclear Tests, a day to raise awareness about the catasrophic impacts of nuclear weapons tests or any other nuclear explosions, and the need to abolish nuclear tests as one of the ways to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.
Karipbek Kuyukov, a second generation victim of Soviet nuclear tests, calls on people around the world to observe a moment of silence on August 29th.
Kuykov is Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project, which was launched at the 2012 Assemblyof Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND).
Kuyukov, who was born without arms but is an accomplished artist, would like people to observe the moment of silence at 11:05 a.m. their local time. At this time analog clock hands form a Roman letter “V,” symbolizing victory. “The moment of silence and the representation of victory honour those who have suffered and urges the international community to continue to seek victory over the nuclear weapons threat.”
Peace with NFLA is holding a seminar close to International Peace Day on the humanitarian aspects around nuclear weapons and peace in general.

STOP PRESS 29/08: NFLA media release, for immediate release, 29th August 2019

On the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, NFLA welcomes an upcoming seminar with Mayors for Peace highlighting the ongoing issues of those affected by 74 years of nuclear weapon tests,

http://www.nuclearpolicy.info – includes links to NFLA Facebook and Twitter pages
Mayors for Peace Website: http://www.mayorsforpeace.org
9. Nuclear Power: We heard on 20th August that the Office of Nuclear Regulation has given EDF permission to restart reactor 4 at Hunterston B.  The date is not yet certain but the probable date is 30th August.  You will remember from the note of the meeting between ONR and Dr Ian Fairlie and Sean Morris of Nuclear Free Local Authorities, that although cracking in Reactor 4 is not as extensive as in Reactor 3, there is an issue of some cracks openings that are greater than 1.2 cm wide (ie ~½ inch):

Write (with copies to social media) to the following people

·      the Chief Inspector of the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR),

·      the Chief Executive of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA),

·      your own MSP and the current Scottish Minister for Energy

·      the Scottish Government’s Director of Energy and Climate Change                             In writing to the above and in using social media, you might express the views that:

·       both the Hunterston B reactors should remain closed for good

·       that EDF and North Ayrshire Council should publish their plans for evacuation in the event of a nuclear accident; and

·       that free potassium iodate tablets should be pre-distributed to the population within 50 km of Hunterston B.      Consider planning, organising and participating in demonstrations outside Hunterston.                                                    +++++++++++++++COME TO THE EDINBURGH CND meeting on 1st October                                                  

————–                                                                                                                                        10. Other issues: 1.NFLA Policy Briefing outlines core Hiroshima and Nagasaki events held around the UK and Ireland. It also outlines the wider policy context, Manchester’s recent 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre and the upcoming Mayors for Peace Executive Conference later this year in Germany. 2.Friday 13th September Mayors for Peace / NFLA joint seminar on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the need for peace is taking place in Manchester Central Library Meeting Room 1 with a sandwich lunch at 1pm and the seminar from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. 3.The Yemen crisis and reforming Britain’s arms trade Organized by Lloyd Russell Moyle MP, member of Parliament’s Committees on Arms Export Controls Monday 23rd of September at 11am, Brighton Unitarian Church, BN1 1U  3. Next UK ICAN partners meeting will take place in London on Monday 23rd Septemberbetween 2.00pm and 5.00pm in London, venue tbc and draft agenda to follow.

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