Edinburgh CND news 16th September

Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2019 runs from 28th September to 19th October -check out the programme at www.ewjf.org.uk

Edinburgh CND’s main meeting is on 1st October with Alex Lockwood, author of the novel ‘The Chernobyl Privileges’ (available to purchase at the talk) and Rob Edwards (Environmental Journalist, theferret.scot) for a discussion of what we can learn about the dangers of nuclear power and to debate the ongoing presence of nuclear weapons on Scottish soil at HMNB Clyde. Especially topical given the likelihood of reopening the Hunterston B nuclear power reactor (see also later items in News section).

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From Chernobyl to Faslane: the nuclear emergency
Tuesday 1 October, 7pm to 9pm
at Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh
Discussion about the dangers of nuclear power and to debate the ongoing presence of nuclear weapons on Scottish soil. (2 days later some of us will be visiting Faslane)

Other meetings we will be supporting include:

1.Edinburgh Stop the War public meeting ‘War and the Environment’ taking place on 9th October, 7.30pm at the Augustine Church on George 4th Bridge – see Facebook event  – https://www.facebook.com/events/380454189312971/

2. Saturday 12th October EWJF conference: Climate Justice, the world we want and how we get it  Epworth Halls, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX                                            What kind of system change is needed in order to stop catastrophic climate change?What kind of movement will be needed to create this?                                                      How do we integrate global climate justice into campaigning in Scotland?                     N.B.at 12 30, Leafleting at the East End of Princes Street

3. War School Screening @ EWJF Tuesday 15 October, 6.30pm to 9pm
at David Hume Tower, Edinburgh
This documentary looks at the dangers militarism poses to the nation’s youngest generations and is sponsored by a number of organisations including EdinburghCND

4. Shadow World Screening @ EWJF
Thursday 17 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at David Hume Tower, Edinburgh
Shadow World, is a film which reveals how the international arms trade fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.

5. Saturday 19th October: EWJF Bookfair 10am to 5pm Augustine United Church, 41 George 4th Bridge, EH1 1EL Organised by EWJFCome and browse and buy some great inspiring books from sfbbooks, Lighthouse, Shrub, Scottish Radical Library and Haymarket. There will also be talks, workshops and short films.                                            ——— —–                                                                                                                                 STOP PRESSES Sunday 22nd 2019 version of our guide is now available at nukedivestmentscotland.org. The media release is here https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/media-releases/ and copied below. It includes a quote from Councillor Steve Burgess (Edinburgh) and Councillor Audrey Doig (Renfrewshire). :1.Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland intends to launch the 2019 edition of the guide to nuclear weapons divestment in Scotland next week. The report details the nuclear weapons investments of Scottish banks, Scottish local authority pension funds, Scottish universities and the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme, and features a step-by-step guide for people who want to get involved in the divestment campaign. Some of the changes in this year’s edition of the guide include: the research covers 30 nuclear weapons companies compared to 22 last year; detailed information on the investment policies of Scottish local authority pension funds has been added; 10 Scottish universities are covered compared to last year’s five. Their website https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/ is currently down for updating but they will be tweeting information from the guide using the hashtag#NaeCash4Nukes so please share widely if you can  UPDATE website will be up from 22/9     2.20/9 is the first day of the Global Week for Peace, the Climate, Sustainable Development and Nuclear Abolition.  The week takes in the:

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NEWS:                                                                                                                                                 1. HUNTERSTON B

Hunterston B nuclear power station is based in North Ayrshire and has been operational since 1976 and was due to be decommissioned in 2006, a date which has since been pushed back to at least 2023 – making Hunterston one of the oldest nuclear power stations in Europe.Both its nuclear reactors (R3 and R4) have been out of operation due to safety reasons since March and October 2018 respectively. Now that R4 is due to restart with hundreds of cracks that exceeded government safety limits until the Office of Nuclear Regulation changed the goalposts to allow up to 700 cracks, we urge our members and supporters to take the actions listed below. Read the Report
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2. CLIMATE STRIKE The world currently faces two existential threats: nuclear weapons and climate change. Urgent action is needed on both but our government continues to prioritise war and weapons over the future of our planet. Trident uses massive energy and resources in research, production, operation, dismantling and eventual waste storage. Scrapping Trident is a great way to cut the UK’s footprint.
For these reasons, CND is supporting the Global Climate Strike called for Friday, September 20th, ahead of an important UN climate summit. We are calling on our supporters to join us for a Climate not Trident day of action
STOP PRESS: XR Peace October Rebellion: The world is burning.
Urgent action to tackle climate change is needed but our government prioritises war and weapons of mass destruction like Trident over the future of our planet. The Extinction Rebellion movement has inspired millions with its attention-grabbing protests which have succeeded in setting a new agenda in the media and have put governments under growing pressure to respond. The next action will take place between the 7th and 20th October.Details to follow.
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3.(A)+++++++ It’s been a busy month at Scottish CND, some travelled down to London to oppose the DSEI arms fair then back up to Helensburgh to participate in the Disarming Nuclear Scotland conference and now they’re gearing up for our AGM in the coming months and also some exciting coalition work happening in October http://www.banthebomb.org+++++ (B)CND UK has a very busy autumn coming up and they started as we mean to go on with a very successful protest at one of the world’s largest arms fairs, where nuclear bomb makers trade and arms are sold to authoritarian regimes. CND & Trident Ploughshares joined the #StopDSEI blockade this week – here’s how we got on
Read all about it in this month’s magazine, as well as our support for the upcoming Global Climate Strike.

Read Campaign: September edition
Download Campaign: September edition                                                                      +++CND @ Labour Party Conference :Sunday 22 September 2019, 6:00 PM St Paul’s Church, West Street, Brighton BN1 2RQ. CND also responded positively to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry’s plan to compensate to military victims of Britain’s nuclear tests.

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4. MOVE THE MONEY: In just under 45 days legislators, youth, celebrities, religious leaders and other representatives of civil society will start counting out $1 trillion – the nuclear weapons budget for the next decade – and ‘reallocate’ this from nuclear weapons to climate protection, poverty alleviation and the sustainable development goals.

The money-counting action will be used to highlight actions that can be taken by individuals, universities, cities, parliaments and others to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons, and invest instead in a sustainable future.                                                                                                                                             The action is part of the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign, which was established by PNND, International Peace Bureau, World Future Council and other international organisations in 2016.The main money-counting action will take place in New York during UN Disarmament Week (October 24-30, 2019).

In 1973, Pink Floyd released a hit song Money from the album Dark Side of the Moon, a number one selling album that remained in the pop charts for a record 900 weeks. The song is about the seductive and corrosive power of money – which can blind people from their humanity and serve instead the force of evil.                                      Money, so they say. Is the root of all evil today
Money, it’s a hit. Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit                                                   
So it’s no suprise that Roger Waters, songwriter of Money and the conceptual leader of Pink Floyd, supports Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, which aims to move money from the evil of nuclear weapons to instead be spent for human good.               In a video message supporting the Count the Nuclear Weapons Money action released today, Waters holds up a mock $1 million note and says that we have a choice: ‘We can either spend this million bucks on this – MAD, mutually assured destruction. Or on this: kids, our future, the planet, education, equality.” n a longer interview with Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, Waters warns about the risks of nuclear weapons, and he highlights the negative role of the corporations which are making millions or billions of dollars producing the weapons.
For more 
 quotes from some Move the Nuclear Weapons Money supporters (including CNDs Bruce Kent). please visit www.facebook.com/CTNWM or www.nuclearweaponsmoney.org/endorsers.

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5. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org             5.1 The Washington Post recently editorialized that Bernie Sanders’s omission of nuclear power from his climate plan made it “unnecessarily expensive.” But, as we answered on their editorial pages, nuclear power is wildly expensive and relies on subsidies that stunt renewable energy growth. And it has never been a financial success. One trillion dollars, another needless spending splurge, is how much the world’s nuclear states will squander on nuclear weapons in the next 10 years. A protest action outside the UN will count it all (see $ above).  5.2 (Hu)Man-made radioactive contamination is already everywhere, including in the deepest reaches of our oceans. That’s why we, and experts around the world, urge Japan to continue storing its radioactive water at the Fukushima disaster site, rather than dump it into the ocean. And some of the oldest radioactive contamination of the Nuclear Age continues to plague the Hanford site and the people who work there. ICAN reports. 5.3 (added 23/09) The world’s youth turned out across the world on September 20 in a mass climate strike. We covered events in Washington DC. Much alarm rightly surrounds the burning Amazon, but, as journalist Angelo Ferrari points out, Africa is also burning, and, in some ways, the climate effects are even more severe. We run his article in English and the original Italian.                                                                                                                           ——————–
OTHER MEETINGS:
1. Two meetings on Monday 16 September, (1.1) Edinburgh CAAT 7pm to 8.45pm
at the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House  (1.2) Edinburgh Stop the War 7.30 pm to 9pm at the Peace and Justice Centre, Epworth Halls. Regular group meet-ups – newcomers welcome!
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2. Together We Are Powerful: Stories of Resistance
Saturday 21 September, open all day at Customs Wharf, Edinburgh
A unique exhibition collecting images and artefacts from decades of creative activism as communities around the world.                                                                                                  ————–

3. Facilitator Training for PeaceBuilders: Cooperative Games & Conflict Resolution for Primary Schools 
Sunday 22 September, 10am to 5pm
Initial training followed by an 8 week volunteer placement. Contact Edinburgh Peace and Justice on the link above for more info and to register.                                                      ————–                                                                                                                                          4.Just Transition: Employment, Energy and Environment
Saturday 16 November, 10am to 5pm
at St Ninian’s Hall, Edinburgh
Learn about the practicalities of turning the idea of a just transition into a reality.———————-

++++++5. 130 years of ideas that don’t get old: 7th-8th October in Prague. Visit the conference website for more information including the program and registration application.                                                                                                                   ——————
++++++6. CND conference, on the weekend of October 19-20. There are many important topics to discuss as part of our AGM and policy conference on the Saturday. See our AGM and policy conference for information, including online registration if you haven’t yet done so. On Sunday, CND and the International Peace Bureau will jointly host an international conference — 21st Century Security: challenges and solutions. Please join us and hear activists and experts from around the world provide a global take on the problems we are facing.
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AND FINALLY:
1. Peace & Justice News Autumn edition 
In this issue Nay Nay Htun reminds us of the forgotten people – the Rohingya Muslim refugees who fear to return to Myanmar, Eeman Talha gives historical context to the crisis in Kashmir and Cindy Kamtchoum explores West Papua’s demand for autonomy. And, in Centre News we’ve nearly reached our goal of  140,000 Origami Cranes and our Peacebuilders Collaborative Classroom programme is nearly ready to launch in schools. Plus catch up on our work on the arms trade and nuclear weapons.

2. .Los Alamos Study Group http://www.lasg.org/ to host town hall meeting on 17th September on Los Alamos lab expansion, reinvestment
Plutonium factory complex planned, $13 billion in capital investment expected lab-wide, new highway proposed Congressional delegation, Governor, cabinet officials & others invited

3.Next UK ICAN partners meeting will take place in London at Friends Meeting House on Monday 23rd September between 2.00pm and 4.00pm 

STOP PRESS: Invitation  to join with ICAN Scottish Partner organisations and MSPs to attend a press and photo call outside the Scottish Parliament at 12.45 on Thursday the 26th September to highlight the special Opening for Signature for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the UN in New York.

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