We are still campaigning in the virtual world.
- Tuesday 2nd June: we had our usual monthly organising meeting starting at 5.30pm. We met by Zoom.
- REPORT OF MEETING HELD ON 2nd JUNE:
1. Matters Arising from brief meeting held on 6th May.‘Prevent’ and Peaceful protest. This will be discussed at the UK Parliament in August. In the meantime see:ahttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/17/domestic-extremism-is-no-way-to-describe-peaceful-protest and https://www.facebook.com/saccRights/posts/16242125110784382. (75th Anniversary) Hiroshima Day 6th August 2020. Edinburgh CND plans to have a socially-distanced street event, e.g. at Mound (if possible) and an on-line event. SCND are keen to have a cross-Scotland online event and we will be part of this. Our event will include film on the Marshall Islands and a childrens event on the theme of paper cranes.
We will be discussing this at our next meeting (Tuesday 7th July) which is also the anniversary of the signing of UN Treaty
3. Nuclear Power: Expensive and Dangerous. We discussed issues surrounding the possible re-re-opening of Hunterston B: why? when? what would we do?.
For the time being we will give publicity to:
A. The work of Ian Fairlie: https://www.ianfairlie.org
B. Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Briefings: https://www.nuclearpolicy.info
C. Pete Roche: No2NuclearPower: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk
D. Beyond Nuclear International: http://www.beyondnuclear.org
4. We agreed to stick with Windows for Peace (rather than physical leafleting) at least for Saturday 13th June.
We agreed to advertise the Black Lives Matter events in Edinburgh this week. See previous post
5. Lucas Plan
At some future date we will arrange (with one of local indie cinemas) for a showing of the long version of the film.
In the meantime here is a reminder of the short one: https://vimeo.com/305253552
Paul Shaw’s info is on the Facebook page too.
It was noted how important this issue is in the context of a Just Transition.
A. Support for Faslane Peace Camp
B. Support for the Yes Hub Raffle: Raffle to top up funds to keep going during C-19 draw 10th June; Bottle of signed Nicola independence whisky, A tassimo expresso coffee machine, A food hamper, A bottle of aged Highland Park£1 per ticket order by return email firstname.lastname@example.org and paid for 80 22 60 13339761
D. All the June Festivals are off, but Corstophine and Leith will run next year.
- Saturday 13th June: we will be joining in Windows for Peace. Make a Peace poster and show it in your window. http://www.banthebomb.org/index.php/news/2076-windows-for-peace-placard-making-challenge. Here is a reminder from SCND Windows for Peace
We are still receiving submissions for the #windowsforpeace challenge where we’ve asked all our members and supporters to create a message of peace for their local community to place in their windows and they’ve all been so creative. These two have recently come in and serves as great inspiration for your windows!If you don’t have access to art materials feel free to print off either of the templates below and place them in your window and please remember to send them to us via email or use the hashtag #windowsforpeace.
Template 1 Template 2
4.1 Monday 1st June 12 noon to 7th June 1pm: Hang your posters and signs outside the US Consulate (Regent Terrace) to show solidarity with the protesters over the killing of George Floyd and the continuing legacy of racist police brutality in the United States. Tape, chalk, and NON-PERMANENT MATERIALS ONLY!! This is NOT a public gathering, but a call for socially distanced solidarity.4. 2. Sunday 7th June 1pm: As America mourns the loss of George Floyd, killed by a police officer, London have announced their protest on the 7th, Scotland need to join everyone and show our support against racism and discrimination as this is very much alive in the UK/Scotland
Please meet IN HOLYROOD PARK (note change) where there will be social distancing circles for you to stand in.
Please also WEAR A MASK and bring water/food
THIS IS A PEACEFUL PROTEST NOT A RIOT! PLEASE KEEP 2M DISTANCE AT ALL TIMESComment from Benitha Marie-Claire Iradukunda (student at Queen Margaret):BLACK PEOPLE ARE PRESENT IN SCOTLAND AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE. JUST BECAUSE WE’RE NOT IN THE MASSES DOESN’T MEAN WE DON’T EXISTADDITION: 4.3 Sunday 7th June 6pm Virtual Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/events/731620407586790/
- Wednesday 7th June: 1pm to 2pm
5.1 Join XR Peace founder, Angie Zelter in conversation with marine turned war-abolitionist David Collins, anti-nuclear and environmental activist Brian Jones, Quaker, feminist and peace activist Janet Fenton and Green Party Spokesperson on Security Issues and first President of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Rebecca Johnson. Co-hosted by XR PEACE:
https://www.facebook.com/xrpeace/ 5.2 Conference call from 5.30 pm The conference call is not only for press members but also for the general public who would like to know more about Bradwell B. Speakers:· Mr Peter Banks (West Mersea Town Councillor, member of local NGO campaign group, BANNG)· Dr Sanae Fujita (Fellow of the Human Rights Centre and School of Law at the University of Essex) To attend the conference, please register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfD7hIBlWmtSP5r32ZHZcIdgMEUyviqrCNeoONppNJIfvvBxA/viewform?usp=sf_link