Edinburgh CND news 10th December 2019 (Updated post-election)

The first meeting of 2020 will be on Tuesday 7th January 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre, Epworth Halls

14/12: What the election means for CND: There is no doubt the extra Conservative MPs in England and Wales – and the loss of some anti-Trident Labour MPs – make a difficult parliamentary terrain for change in nuclear policy.

But the election results shouldn’t be interpreted as reflecting a growing enthusiasm for nuclear weapons. A recent article in The Times acknowledged that polling data showed falling support for Trident. Another poll commissioned during the election by the same newspaper asked whether the British prime minister should be willing to authorise the use of nuclear weapons. A minority said the PM should – 57% said they shouldn’t or they didn’t know.

During the general election, the Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson was heavily criticised for her glib ‘yes’ response to whether she would press the nuclear button. A CND video which highlighted her inappropriate reply was viewed over 1 million times and Swinson went on to lose her seat to a candidate from the anti-Trident Scottish National Party.
Scotland – an increased anti-nuclear majority 
The SNP gained an extra 13 seats, bringing their total to 48 out of 59 Scottish constituencies. Party leader Nicola Sturgeon spoke very clearly and passionately against nuclear weapons throughout the election, which won her plaudits on social media and big rounds of applause in the leaders’ debates. SNP MPs will be a powerful voice for nuclear disarmament in Westminster.
The role of our movement
We thank everyone who lobbied the election candidates – we received hundreds of replies. The legacy of this work is the relationships we have forged with candidates who are now MPs – we will now invite them to campaign with us in Parliamentary CND. Quite a number of candidates who weren’t elected have become members of CND and plan to work with us from their localities.
Nevertheless, the Conservative majority in Westminster will leave many feeling pessimistic. Our movement has a crucial role to play in turning around the political situation on vital existential questions. We must give voice to the growing millions who oppose nuclear weapons. We must strengthen our links and solidarity with other campaigning organisations and movements who strive to build a better, just, more peaceful world.
Our vision of a world without nuclear weapons is needed now more than ever – as is our experience and commitment to change. Success will not come from waiting and hoping that the next election will deliver something better. It will come from our continuing work – and its intensification which we begin today – building together the kind of world the majority of humanity wants to see.

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1. Our last organised event of 2019 will be on Saturday 14th December: 1230 Leafleting at the East End of Princes Street.Please join us.

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2. Two days before that (12th) will be the UK General Election. Donald Trump has been campaigning for Boris Johnson in the G.E., he has also been once again demanding that NATO member states increase their military spending to pay for US military projects and ambitions. This is an unacceptable undermining of national sovereignty over public spending decisions.
 Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrats) said politicians unwilling to use nuclear weapons were a threat to national security and  on the ITV leaders’ debates she confirmed, for the second time, she’s ready to press the nuclear button.
 On Labour’s manifesto Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
(it) ‘is a missed opportunity to address the growing threat of nuclear war, a threat as serious and urgent as the climate crisis. The manifesto commits a future Labour government to the old cold war status quo on nuclear weapons. Replacing the Trident submarines – at a cost of at least £205 billion -means Britain possessing nuclear weapons for many decades to come, weapons which are already rendered obsolete as a result of technological advances, new forms of warfare and changing security threats’
 CNDs updated 2-minute lobby tool can be used to email the candidates in your constituency about their views on Trident and nuclear disarmament. Please forward their responses to parliamentarycnd@gmail.com.  The information is published on the #VoteOutNukes database  and will help the public identify candidates who support peace and disarmament.
  • CND asked each candidate two questions

    1. Do you support cancelling the replacement of Trident?
    2. Do you support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons?
    Hundreds of candidates have now replied. The good news is that most of those who replied answered yes to both questions. We were also heartened to see that many candidates told us they opposed nuclear weapons even though this isn’t the position of their party.
  • We’re delighted to publish today the results of the lobbying on our #VoteOutNukes database. Simply enter your postcode to discover what we know about the candidates in your constituency. If we didn’t hear back from a candidate, we have listed their party’s national policy instead.
  • See also Quercus Manifesto, section on Defence. Quercus Manifesto  

    UPDATE 11/12: CND’s #VoteOutNukes database gives a clear picture of what parties and candidates think about nuclear weapons, but what do the parties think about CND’s others campaigns?
    We’ve reviewed the manifestos of the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the SNP. We hope our review will help you decide which party to vote for on polling day.
     CND review of the manifestos

  • 12/12: Rarely has an election been so important. We stand at a turning point: one way lies a Conservative government which will cement a Johnson/Trump alliance and put Britain firmly in the camp of the far right.The other way lies a new attempt to build a better type of society – more inclusive, equal, just and peaceful.We urge all our supporters to vote today. We hope the following information will be useful if you’re still deciding who to vote for.
  • WE WILL UPDATE AGAIN AFTER THE ELECTION: SEE TOP OF PAGE                                     —————————–
3. SCND held their AGM on 16th November. It was a very lively and interesting meeting. They have a host of new Executive Committee members and office bearers with a range of experience. The AGM minute and record of passed resolutions are available on the website, an introduction to our new Executive Committee will also be on there soon. They have also issued their end of year summary including reminders that they released four short reports on everything from nuclear power to the global alliances that play political monopoly with our planet. You can read each of them here.  and  Scotland: A Peace of History on tour across Scotland.
More is covered in the Autumn/Winter edition of Nuclear Free Scotland which will be mailed out to our members this week, in the mean time please read the Spring/Summer edition which is available via this link. 
December email newsletter also available
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4. There are a series of protests organised across Scotland to oppose the NATO Heads of State summit (including in Edinburgh). Thousands also marched in London and a counter summit was held with activists from across Europe and beyond  Further details including the full agenda are available online.CND says: The good news is that opposition to NATO is growing. In 2017, polls showed that 27% were ambivalent or opposed to the bloc. By 2019, that number has risen to 41%. Those who strongly support NATO has fallen from 42% to 25%. SCND adds Opposition to NATO is growing, a 2017 YouGov poll showed that 73% of the British public approved of NATO member and a recent 2019 poll showed that this number has since fallen to 59%. Within two years there was a fourteen percent drop in support for NATO, despite the media giving little to no coverage about the war policies made by the world’s largest nuclear-armed military alliance at these Heads of State summits. With your help to spread the message of peace and disarmament without NATO we can get that percentage of approval even lower.
But there is much more work to be done. One of the frustrating aspects of the NATO summit was the complete absence of discussion and debate about the bloc in the media. It is still assumed by many – including by the main political parties – that NATO is a good thing.
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5. Parliamentarians for Non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament: there will be three exciting PNND events in early 2020: Climate, peace and security: From youth voices to policy action in Basel, Switzerland on January 9-10; the PyeongChang Peace Forum in South Korea on February 9-11 and the PNND 2020 Global Assembly in Seoul,  South Korea on April 23-24.
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6. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org:  
6.1. This week we question the sanity of the human species — specifically our insistence on punishing and imprisoning those whose peaceful actions are designed only to prevent our own annihilation. John LaForge reminds us of the powerful words articulated by his sentencing judge in 1984, who saw the use of nuclear weapons as far more heinous than the protest of them. And Linda Pentz Gunter wonders why the existential threat of nuclear war is never mentioned on the campaign trail and elsewhere, even as we — finally — recognize climate change as a global emergency.
6.2. What the US left behind in Iraq, say scientists looking at the health effects, continues to ruin the country’s environment and poison its people. That includes thorium — a decay product of depleted uranium — found in the hair of children born to exposed mothers. But after leaving Iraq in 2011, says David Masciotra, the US acts like nothing ever happened. Those who opposed the Iraq war — and many others — deserve a national monument, argues Michael Knox. Why do we honour soldiers and veterans and not also those who strive for alternatives to war?                       +++++6.3When polled, Americans say the Green New Deal is too expensive. But 75% of them have barely heard of it. Is the media negligent in giving the climate crisis the urgency and coverage it deserves? What price is too high for our future? Linda Pentz Gunter asks these questions and more. An even higher price could be paid by all of us if India and Pakistan wage a nuclear war, says a new study. Global temperatures could drop between 3.5-9 degrees and worldwide famine would ensue. Daniel Stain reports. 
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7. NuClear News No.120 December 2019 is now available for downloading here.
www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NuClearNewsNo120.pdf

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9. Nuclear Free Local Authorities: A report which is now also on the NFLA website (and shortly on the Mayors for Peace website) outlines the recent Mayors for Peace Executive Conference and the founding meeting of the European Chapter. The report also outlines some other relevant initiatives. http://www.nuclearpolicy.info – includes links to NFLA Facebook and Twitter pages
Mayors for Peace Website: http://www.mayorsforpeace.org
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10. Los Alamos Study Group Bulletin 264: LANL expansion, new mailing list, staff position available, news and views you can use http://www.lasg.org/
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11. Dovetails Next event is at the Scotia Bar on 10th December 7pm.
112 – 114 Stockwell St, Glasgow G1 4LW 

‘FLIGHT OF THE KURDS’ will be an entertaining and inspiring evening of musicians, poets and writers performing their work. The event is intended to raise funds for Kurdish refugees. We will be holding a raffle and making a collection for Heyva Sor, the beautifully named charity which aids Kurdish refugees.*And as always at the Scotia Bar, we will be providing free sandwiches.                                              ———————–                                                                                                                                                   12. Get some great presents and support our campaign against nukes by grabbing some official CND merchandise at cnduk.shop (also http://www.banthebomb.org)                                                                                                                  ——————–                                                                                                                            13.Stop the Jeju 2nd airport(Air Force Base) Project. We are hoping to collect as many signatures as possible by midnight of Dec. 16th (Korean time). Please read the story at the end of this email. It is the story of a man whose home is in the middle of planned runway and who is currently fasting against the Jeju 2nd airport. Please sign (If you have not done so yet) and spread it to your networks. Beside the existing English language petition, Japanese and Chinese language petitions were also recently made. If you can, please spread them, too. (But please sign only one language petition per person.)

 


Special Post 3rd December 2019 Oppose NATO

mail No to Nato rally TODAY 3rd December
Gather at 5.30 pm at the East End of Princes Street (Register House)
Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other NATO leaders are expected to attend a reception hosted by the Queen to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. Please join us on  to show your opposition. Bring your banners, placards and friends     https://www.facebook.com/events/1307144789464996/

For more information on opposition to NATO: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/14937/even-if-no-one-talking-about-it-nato-critical-issue-general-election

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Afterwards: Join us from 7pm at the Peace and Justice Centre Epworth Halls, Nicholson Square for our AGM and Seasonal Social.

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COP 25 – Vigil for Climate Justice

17:30
Please join the GREEN FRIDAY alliance for the vigil to demand CLIMATE
JUSTICE NOW from the Scottish and UK governments in the coming general
election, and from the UN after 25 years of failed international climate
talks.The rally starts with guest speakers at 5.30pm outside Usher Hall on
Lothian Rd. After this we will go to make a human chain along the
western end of Prince’s St from 6:15pm for a vigil for climate justice
and in solidarity with social justice protesters in Chile, where the
government has chosen to pull out of hosting COP 25, the latest UN
climate conference, rather than meet their demands. Please help join us in PUTTING PEOPLE AND PLANET BEFORE PROFIT, with banners, climate carols and Chilean waves, on this international day of
action. REGISTER:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vigil-for-climate-justice-at-cop-25-tickets-83356847575Bring your banners, placards, torches,whistles, music
Wear something bright. Wrap up warm!

END BIT: A SURVEY The P and J emailed asking people  to complete a survey in Consultation on development of Princes St Gardens & encourage space for their Peacemaking Heritage. Unfortunately one of the links did not work.

Here is the Correct LINK

 

Edinburgh CND news 13th November

STOP PRESS 18/11 There are just 25 days to go until the General Election.

That’s 25 days in which we can continue to make Trident – the UK’s immoral, expensive and militarily useless nuclear weapons system – a major issue in this election campaign.
We’ve already seen Trident making headlines. Politicians are glibly asked if they would ‘press the nuclear button’, as if doing so were just a game and not a decision that would kill many millions of people.
So now we need to really step up the pressure and let all candidates know that scrapping Trident is a vote-winner. And we’ve only got 25 days to do it. See item 8 below                                                                                                                                               Two weeks ago (Jo) Swinson said politicians unwilling to use nuclear weapons were a threat to national security and last night, on the ITV leaders’ debates, she confirmed for the second time she’s ready to press the nuclear button. But what do the others think?

21/11: Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Labour’s 2019 manifesto.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Labour’s manifesto is a missed opportunity to address the growing threat of nuclear war, a threat as serious and urgent as the climate crisis.
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EVENTS:
1. Thursday November 14th: The planned NFLA meeting on Nov 14 in Motherwell has now been CANCELLED due to General Election purdah rules on local authority meetings. However there will be a meeting at the University of Edinburgh on at 3 pm in room LG 11 in the basement teaching area that you enter from George Square or the basement of David Hume Tower.  The meeting is to discuss the alarming new ONR evidence on the poor state of the reactors at Hunterston B. These were first revealed in newspaper articles in the Ferret on October 17 (see https://theferret.scot/hunterston-graphite-debris-nuclear/).
Ian Fairlie has kindly agreed to speak to the Edinburgh meeting and to answer questions. We shall also be discussing possible demands for the immediate distribution of prophylactic iodate tablets by EDF and the publication of 30 km evacuation zones near Hunterston and Torness.
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2. Saturday 16th November: 2.1 Scottish CND AGM at the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House (7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL) from 10:00am with special guest performer Rachel Sermanni and Scottish Youth Climate Strikers Kenneth McIvor and Grace Quinn. All welcome. Further information VIA THIS LINK
2.2 Evening: David  Rovics concert: Highly recommended. ‏‎David Rovics in concert‎‏
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3. Tuesday 19 Nov. NAE CASH FOR NUKES! Launch of the new Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland 2019 report. 6 for 6.30-8.30pm Edinburgh University Law School, Quad Teaching Room G.158, Old College, South Bridge EH8 9YL
Speakers: Linda Pearson, Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland.
Audrey Doig, Renfrewshire Councillor, NFLA Scotland Co-convenor.
John Finnie, Green Party MSP for the Highlands and Islands.
Please book via https://dbotb19nov.eventbrite.co.uk and
Note: Edinburgh Council hasn’t passed a resolution on nuclear weapons divestment, although we hope it will eventually, as it has passed the ICAN cities appeal resolution. Midlothian Council has passed a divestment resolution. The complete list of Scottish councils that have passed a divestment resolution is on this page: https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/local-authority-divestment-resolutions/                                                                                                   
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4. Thursday 28 November – Sunday 1 December. Conscience International conference. Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh.
Speaker Thurs 28 Nov. Vijay Mehta on the idea of a Minister for Peace.
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5. Tuesday 3rd December:  No to NATO national demonstrationsmail

On Tuesday 3rd December, the Queen will be hosting a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace and protesters from a wide range of campaigning organisations will be there to greet the delegation. Crowds will be assembling in Trafalgar Square from 4pm where there will be speeches and music before setting off towards Buckingham Palace.
There will be supporting gatherings in Scotland including in Edinburgh 5.30 pm East End of Princes Street: https://www.facebook.com/events/1307144789464996/

There is also an anti-NATO summit in London on 30 November 2019 • 10.30  Britain’s membership of NATO is rarely discussed in the public arena. Many politicians talk like it’s an obviously good thing – some even cling to the bogus notion that NATO represents a high-point of international cooperation.                                                                                                                                 STOP PRESS 19/11 Campaigners say their plans to protest against Donald Trump’s visit to the UK in December are being curbed by the Metropolitan Police.
A coalition of groups are planning to protest outside Buckingham Palace during a reception for NATO leaders on December 3rd. In the wake of the unlawful ban on Extinction Rebellion protests in October, activists say the Met Police are insisting on draconian restrictions again for protests during the NATO summit. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “We wish to protest to make clear our opposition to Donald Trump and the NATO summit, but the police have offered us a protest site where sound amplification is banned and is set back away from Buckingham Palace behind a wall.
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8. Thursday 12th December GENERAL ELECTION. CND says: Now is the time to put nuclear weapons on the public agenda. So CND is taking action to make Trident an unignorable issue at this election and is launching a major campaign to lobby parliamentary candidates, to tell them that their views on nuclear weapons matter and can affect how we vote. The majority of us don’t want to see £205 billion wasted on replacing Trident – and we want newly elected MPs to oppose it. It’s vital that the peace and anti-war movements are mobilised to demand an end to what John Pilger dubs an ‘American invention designed to impose American power on Europe.’

Scottish CND adds: What does a general election mean for those of us who want nuclear disarmament? It is a chance to check out the position of all candidates before we decide who we vote for. Let’s make sure that Scotland only returns MPs that firmly OPPOSE nuclear weapons and support the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that will ban them globally.REGISTER TO VOTE: A lot of people, especially young people, are not registered to vote because they may have just come of age or moved house since the last election. Check your own eligibility and encourage others. You can register to vote VIA THIS LINK. Those working, or otherwise away from home, can get a postal vote. Applications for postal votes must be received at least eleven working days before the election. Apply for a postal vote VIA THIS LINK.
Read more about the upcoming election in the latest edition of the UK CND magazine.  Plus, why it’s important for our campaigns to be inclusive.
Read Campaign: November edition
Download Campaign: November edition
Download election pack for full information about what your group could be doing in the run-up to this crucial moment.
See cnduk website for more information on our lobby tool.They will publish the information on our General Election database to help the public identify candidates who support peace and disarmament.
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OTHER NEWS:
1. nuClear News No.119 November 2019 is now available for downloading here: www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NuClearNewsNo119.pdf
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2. Move the Nuclear Weapons Money: From October 24-30 (UN Disarmament Week), a team of volunteers in New York City counted out $542 billion – the approximate global nuclear weapons budget for the next five years – and symbolically reallocated this to climate protection, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals.The money was counted in 542,000 mock notes each of value $1million.
‘We had hoped to count 1 million notes to make up $1 trillion, the nuclear weapons budget for the next ten years’ said Susanna Choe, Co-founder of Peace Accelerators and member of the core team of money counters. ‘But this amount of money is so vast, that even counting with notes of $1million and with many volunteers counting, it was too much.’ We filled basket after basket with billions of dollars,’ said Bill Kidd, Member of the Scottish Parliament and member of the core team of money counters. This moneycould protect the climate, end poverty, ensure universal health care, support peace and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if it were not wasted on nuclear weapons.’
‘We are counting out one million mock notes totalling $1 trillion, the global nuclear weapons budget for the next ten years, and reallocating this to climate protection, ending poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,’ said Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator.
This action demonstrates the massive wastage of money on nuclear weapons, and actions that people can take to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons, and shift these to better things.’
To co-incide with the 24th October PNND Co-President Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Earl Blumenauert reintroduced legislation in the U.S. Congress that would cut $75 billion from the nuclear weapons budget over the next decade. The purpose of the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act is to improve national security and budgetary sanity by cutting redundant and destabilizing nuclear weapons programs.
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3. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org
3.1 A desperate nuclear industry propaganda machine is in overdrive, so thorium reactors are routinely trotted out as the latest savior, the next better nuclear mousetrap. But thorium, writes Helen Caldicott, is just one more dangerous, expensive and pointless delusion. To achieve nuclear power, we need uranium. Navajo activist and academic, Tommy Rock, describes his personal journey as the grandson of a uranium miner, and how he uncovered the vast extent of health tragedies in his community and beyond.It is also on our website – https://www.nuclearpolicy.info/newsletters/nfla-newsletter-october-2019/
3.2 Although they came in peace to prevent a crime against humanity, seven Catholic Worker activists were instead convicted of crimes after entering a US Trident submarine base. Now they await sentencing. Nuclear Resister’s Jack Cohen-Joppa tells their story. Jane Fonda has been a life-long activist. But the actor now has a new lead role, on the frontlines of climate protest. We check out her Fire Drill Fridays.
3.3 BNI are also Fundraising for their work (see website).
3.4 18/ 11 STOP PRESS A hot radioactive particle turned up in a vacuum cleaner in a home in Nagoya, Japan. It came from the exploded Fukushima reactors, 270 miles away. How did it get there? Cindy Folkers reports. There’s still no sign of land when it comes to solving the world’s radioactive waste problem. A new report takes a deep look into the issue and concludes that future generations will still have to handle the burden. 
3.5 25/11: Many questions have been raised about safety for athletes and spectators at next year’s Olympic Games in Japan. Two events are scheduled for Fukushima prefecture. Meanwhile, Japanese citizens must live with the health impacts of the nuclear disaster every day. This week, in two stories, we turn to the doctors of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) for advice.
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4. Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) 4.1 Due to the calling of the UK general election on December 12th,  the NFLA Scotland Forum on November 14th is cancelled and the NFLA UK & Ireland Steering Committee, Annual General Meeting and Annual Policy Seminar will now be on January 31st, 2020 in Manchester Central Library.
4.2 All the presentations from the NFLA All Ireland Sustainable Energy Forum; and the presentations from the NFLA English Forum joint meeting with TASC, BANNG and Stop Hinkley held in Colchester are on the website – https://www.nuclearpolicy.info/category/presentations/
4.3 The NFLA Chair was one of the co-signatories to a joint letter challenging a Financial Times article that was arguing a ‘net zero’ carbon target needs politicians to get over their ‘radiation’ fears and embrace new nuclear. The joint letter is attached and has gone on our website, along with our views on the upcoming UK general election (which means that probably, due to purdah rules, only Irish Forum NFLA media releases will be sent out until the election is over) and congratulations to Norwich.
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5. New Media (a) A new half-hour film entitled ‘A New Lucas Plan’ looks at a plan for switching workers involved in arms manufacturing to more socially useful jobs. A copy of the film is available online.
(b) A new documentary about the nuclear “Ban Treaty’ will be premiering in LondonWebpage – here // Facebook here // Eventbrite here
(c) New resource (teaching pack) Critical Mass: Lessons on gender, race and nuclear weapons created by Joe Jukes, former Quaker Peaceworker at CND Peace Education and now Peace Education Officer at CND Peace Education.
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OTHER MEETINGS:
1. Wednesday 13 November (1.1)  No to Nato meeting in the Glasgow SCND office (See 4 below) 2pm   (1.2) 7:15 for 7:30pm.Religious Freedom, Religious Persecution and Peace: An Interfaith event for peace and understanding. Annandale St Mosque organised by Uniting for Peace
2.Thursday 14 November . 5:30pm for 6 – 7pm.Edinburgh Radical Bookfair, 2 Roxburgh Pl, EH8 9SU. Stopping War in 2019.
Tim Gee, Melanie Scott, Janet Fenton (and Edinburgh Stop the War)
Three anti-war activists make a case for a nonviolent world, and the means by which it might be achieved. facebook.com/events/384671502208071/
NB There is a Peace Campaigning stall (with ECND materials) at the Fair.
3. 22nd November:Global Ban Treaty Working Group meeting in the SCND office (77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LE) from 2:00pm. Remote meeting software will be available, please get in touch to participate.
4. Tuesday 26th November: Dovetails upcoming anthology Bridges or Walls?  features work by Margaret Elphinstone, Chrys Salt, Liz Niven, Ray Evans and many more.  EDINBURGH launch of the anthology at Lighthouse Books (West Nicolson St) starting at 7PM. Buy previous anthology ‘A Kind of Stupidity’ here
5. Wednesday 27 November:  6:30 – 8:30pm,Opposing War Memorial Embroidery workshops:  Create your own peace handkerchief. Edinburgh central venue, to be confirmed. To book your space email Kate Ive directly: mail@kateive.co.uk                             6. Sunday November 17th On Borders: Carving the land, shaping the Mind

2019 at 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM.Assembly Roxy. Edinburgh Radical Bookfair, 2 Roxburgh Pl, EH8 9SU. Peace Campaign stall with ECND materials still available.                                          7. Monday 25 November 30. 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Glasgow Protest the Scottish government’s subsidy to Raytheon.

Edinburgh CND News 23rd October

EVENTS NOVEMBER to EARLY DECEMBER
Thanks to all who made the Edinburgh World Justice Festival a success. Here are some future events:
1. Saturday 2nd November: Edinburgh Eco-fair 2019 10am to 4pm at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny Street EH6 8RG. Scottish CND are having a stall and would appreciate customers and helpers. Do drop by if you can help, even for a short time. There will also be a Scottish CND Stall at the Scotland Moving Forward event at Queens Hall on the eve of 30th October (and helpers will be appreciated at that too). If you can help with either contact Emma@banthebomb.org                                                ——————-
2. CANCELLED Tuesday 5th November: regular organising meeting 6pm this meeting has been cancelled                                                                                                                ——————–
3. Saturday 9th November: 12 30, Leafleting at the East End of Princes Street. There will also be a Stop the War Stall and we hope to have a large Peace Presence. Afterwards there will be crane-making at the Peace and Justice Centre                                  ———————
4. Saturday 16th November: SCND conference in Edinburgh  www.banthebomb.org                                            ——————
5. Tuesday 19 November: NAE CASH FOR NUKES! Divesting Scotland from nuclear weapons 6 for 6.30-8.30pm , Edinburgh University Law School, Quad Teaching Room G.158, Old College, South Bridge EH8 9YL                                                                                    ———————
6. Sunday 1st December: Bruce Kent is conducting a special Peace Service at the Faslane Base and there is a general invitation to attend and there will be transport organised from the following event: Thursday 28th November – Sunday 1st December 2019. Conscience: Taxes for Peace Not War will be hosting the 15th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh                                                                                               ——————–
7. Tuesday 3rd December: 5.30pm (note change of time) East End of Princes Street:  Protest against the NATO summit being held in London that day.  
+++++From CNDUK In December, NATO will mark its 70th anniversary with a Heads of State Summit in London. Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend this gathering of the world’s largest nuclear-armed military alliance.
It’s vital that the peace and anti-war movements are mobilised to demand an end to what John Pilger dubs an ‘American invention designed to impose American power on Europe.’ Britain’s membership of NATO is rarely discussed in the public arena. Many politicians talk like it’s an obviously good thing – some even cling to the bogus notion that NATO represents a high-point of international cooperation.
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8. Tuesday 3rd December: Edinburgh AGM and Seasonal social 7pm at Peace and Justice Centre, Epworth Halls  EH8 9BX (after NATO protest)
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NEWS
1. POSTPONED (because of General Election)Nuclear Free Local Authority (NFLA) Scotland is holding a special seminar in Motherwell Civic Centre on Thursday November 14th from 12.30pm – 2.30pm, looking at concerns over Hunterston B and Scottish energy development, but also looking at the moves to encourage Councils to divest from investments in nuclear weapons companies. A number of Councils have passed resolutions and discussions are beginning with pension committees and pension funds, so Linda Pearson from the DBOTB Scotland network will talk about progress in this area. Also NFLA welcomes the decision by Norwich City Council to pass a resolution supporting the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons http://www.nuclearpolicy.info

Rob Edward’s report on Hunterston https://theferret.scot/hunterston-graphite-debris-nuclear/  explains the issues. It very disturbing that Reactor 4 was allowed to restart when the graphite is known to be crumbling.  As outlined in Scottish CND’s pamphlet  the ‘risks of radiation working group’ suggested a call to issue iodine tablets and declare evacuation when it was restarted https://www.banthebomb.org/index.php/publications/reports/2041-radiation-risks-and-nuclear-power-in-scotland                                                                                                     ——————

2. Vijay Mehta from the Uniting For Peace organisation is speaking about his latest book at a public meeting on Wednesday November 27 at 7 pm in the Unite the Union office at 145 -165 West Regent Street Glasgow.                                                                            —————–
3. PNND reports: Over 700 parliamentarians from 140 countries met  in Belgrade  (October from 13 to 17) for the 141st IPU Assembly. The over-arching theme of the assembly was Strengthening international law: Parliamentary roles and mechanisms.

The IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security held an open session on Implementation of the 2014 IPU resolution entitled Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: The contribution of parliaments. PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware introduced the topic and chaired the session. The conference also highlighted the Global Peace Index www.pnnd.org

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5. Climate Change is one of the main threats the world faces today. Urgent action is needed but our government continues to prioritise war and weapons over the future of our planet. CND joined XR Peace and is currently taking part in the October Rebellion. Find out more in the magazine, which also includes news on the upcoming NATO summit in London. Read Campaign: October edition
Eight of nine XR peace activists were arrested outside the supreme court. They had glued themselves to each other in front of the court in spite of the imposition of a Section 14 Order which prohibits any Extinction Rebellion protest in London. They called on the UK Supreme Court to recognise the crime of Ecocide and the illegality of nuclear weapons, and to protect people’s rights to freedom of assembly.   They   are calling on the court to use its powers to uphold international law.                           Photo Group outside the Supreme Court

Video of arrest

Photo Police surround activists ahead of arrests

Photo Superglue being removed by police

Photo Close-up of protester before they were arrested


6. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org                   6.1 NATO is aggressive, expansionist, and should be abolished, argues the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Disbanding NATO, says CND’s Kate Hudson, would move us toward a nuclear-free, less militarized Europe. Even as its reactors — and shares — were crumbling, French nuclear company EDF held a propaganda side-show at the UK’s Labour Party Conference. Beyond Nuclear’s Linda Pentz Gunter went along.       6.2 The Extinction Rebellion, born in Britain, is on the streets en masse around the world. Part street theatre, part rage for survival, participants face mass arrest and harassment. What is XR and is it working? We provide a glimpse. Those living downwind of the US atomic tests have been unevenly compensated, excluding those at the epicenter of the very first test, Trinity. Will this injustice ever come to an end? 6.3 (28/10) An international team visited the small villages in the “Polygon,” the area in Kazakhstan where the former Soviet atomic tests took place. There, they found both terrible suffering and remarkable resilience. In the next in our series on the myths of nuclear deterrence, E. Martin Schotz argues that we are already at war, even before we use nuclear weapons.                                                                                                     ——————-                                                                                                                                   7. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. Over the coming year, the Peace & Justice Centre will continue to promote peacebuilding and non-violence through a range of great projects. Will you chip in to ensure that our hard-working staff and volunteers are able to realise these projects?DONATE NOW   (a) Thanks to substantial grants, our team of Peacebuilders will continue to teach peace in schools with our cooperative games programme. (b) Thanks to the generous donations of hundreds of supporters we’ve raised £67,450 so far to build an Opposing War Memorial in Princes Street Gardens – that’s 40% of our budget for the project. Our lead artist for the sculpture, Kate Ive is running workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee for participants to create their own handkerchief like the ones that will be put on the tree. You will create a simple emblem, image or text design which Kate will then help you embroider onto fabric. During the workshop, Kate will also talk about the design and construction process and timeline for installing her Opposing War Memorial design in Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh workshop: Wednesday 27th November, 6.30 – 8.30pm, central venue to be confirmed.
(c) In partnership with Scottish CND and international health charity Medact we’ve persuaded three Scottish local Councils to call for divestment of their pension funds from nuclear weapons. Last month we published the 2019 Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland report where you can find information on how to lobby your Councillor. Check out the coverage in the National here.  (d) We’re also working with Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) to expose the role of Scottish companies in selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Our report will be published jointly with CAAT later this autumn.(e) To mark the 75thanniversary of Hiroshima next year we’re planning an exhibition of 140,000 Origami Cranes. Each crane represents one person who died when the nuclear bomb was dropped. With 134,000 cranes made so far, we’ve nearly reached our goal.  (f) see website for white poppy sales                                                           —————–                                                                                                                                           8. Scottish CND:  8.1 The latest edition of Nuclear Free Scotland – Spring/Summer 2019 is available on our website. Become a member today to get a copy in the post! 8.2 The new Scottish Greens CND Network  counts all Greens in SCND as members. Data protection legislation makes it difficult to know who they are! Soplease email us to add you to our subgroup and receive relevant info write directly to scnd@scottishgreens.org.uk). 8.3 6 Nov, Glasgow: Scottish CND are proud to be supporting a screening of The War Game at the Glasgow Caledonian University 8.4 29 Oct, Glasgow: Come hear about the impact of nuclear power and weapons from Alex Lockwood and talk about what climate action means for you, what your priorities are and what you think we should all be doing. Edinburgh CND still has copies of Alex’s Book mail us on edinburghcnd@yahoo.com 8.5 Next No to War / No to NATO Scottish Network meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 13 at 2 pm in Scottish CND office.                                                                                                         +++++++8.4 SCND AGM takes place on Saturday 16th of November in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL, 10 am.                                                                                                                       ————————-                                                                                                                                 9. ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH Dove Tales NEW anthology is called BRIDGES OR WALLS? and features work by Margaret Elphinstone, Chrys Salt, Liz Niven, Ray Evans and many more. The book launch is at our Day of the Dead event at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street in GLASGOW on the 5th of November at 7pm!  

Edinburgh CND news 7th October

UntitledWe had a successful  Edinburgh World Justice Festival (EWJF) event with Alex Lockwood and Rob Edwards on 1st October. Video of the talks are available via our Facebook page and there will be more copies of Alex’s book on sale at the EWJF Book festival:
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.
There are still a number of events: check out the full programme at 
We would particularly like to recommend the following:
1. Wednesday 9th October, 7.30pm War and the Environment
Edinburgh Stop the War public meeting as part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival.  At the Augustine Church, 41 George 4th Bridge EH1
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2. EWJF Conference which will put justice at the centre of debates about action on climate changeCLIMATE JUSTICE – the world we want and how to get it
10.30 – 5.30 Saturday 12 October
Epworth Halls, Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX
Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival

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Other Events:
1. Today: 7th October 2019, XR Peace joins the International Rebellion: see previous post and Facebook
2. Exciting conference and side-events in Prague on October 7-8. 2019.
Bertha von Suttner, the first female Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was born in Prague. She lived in a number of Czech, German, Austrian and other European towns during her life campaigning for peace and an end to war. This conference aims to raise awareness about the life and ideas of Bertha von Suttner, and discuss peace-related issues in the context of today’s international politics. The conference will be held in the historic Old Town Hall (Day 1) and the Czernin Palace/Foreign Ministry (Day 2). Visit the conference website for more information including the program and registration application.
UPDATE 10/10 ‘The Nobel Committee has not adhered to the will of Nobel, as inspired by Bertha von Suttner, to give the prize to peace and disarmament activists and organisations,’ said Fredrik Heffermehl, author of the book The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted. Heffermehl says that the prize should have been called the ‘Lay down your Arms’ prize, and focus on the civil society organisations that are working for disarmament and the abolition of war, and that they desperately need the money allocated to the award in order to undertake this vital work. 
3.’Gandhi, The Man Who Changed The World’ at the Indian Consulate in Edinburgh on the 8th of October 6pm. Further info from Dovetails (see below).
4. The Scottish Peace Network are organising an event called Opposing Pro War policies and Modern Day Threats such as Climate Change – on Friday October 11- doors open at 630 pm and event starts at 7 pm .
Venue is Room LG 10 David Hume Tower , University of Edinburgh , George Square Edinburgh EH8 9 JX .
5. Saturday 12th October: Edinburgh CND leafleting. 1230 East End of Princes Street
++++++6. Protest BAE and Campaign LaunchWednesday 23 October, 12pm to 3pm Glasgow University Union, 32 University Ave, Glasgow

7. Saturday 26th October: Radical Independence Campaign ConferenceA Failed State in a Failed System: Time for Radical Independence RIC National Conference 2019 Glasgow, Radisson Blu Hotel Tickets available here

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OTHER NEWS:
1. The 2019 version of the Don’t Bank on the Bomb guide is now available at nukedivestmentscotland.org. The media release is here https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/media-releases/ a. It includes a quote from Councillor Steve Burgess (Edinburgh) and Councillor Audrey Doig (Renfrewshire). The Sunday National has published a news piece.
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2.1. CND has responded to a Yougov survey which shows that 70% of Labour Party members support getting rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“The overwhelming majority of Labour Party members must be listened to. They rightly recognise that Britain’s nuclear weapons are an enormously expensive and dangerous white elephant. Trident addresses a phantom security threat rather than the real threats like the unfolding climate crisis, which must be at the top of the agenda.
2.2. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry’s plan to compensate to military victims of Britain’s nuclear tests. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:”Every aspect of nuclear weapons manifests a complete disregard for human life, and the way British veterans exposed to high doses of radiation have been treated serves as a powerful example.”Like many service people today, they were ill-equipped, and they knew little about the fatal and life-changing consequences of the nuclear tests they carried out.CND ran 2 side events at the conference on 22nd and 23rd September
2.3. Anti-nuclear campaigners protested outside the Japanese Embassy in London over plans to dump radioactive water from the ruined Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese government is exploring what to do with over 1 million tonnes of contaminated water which have accumulated since a tsunami struck Fukushima in 2011. The water has been used to prevent the Daiichi nuclear power plant’s reactor cores from melting. The plant operator Tepco expects to run out of storage space by 2022.

Home page – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

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3. Move the Nuclear Weapons Money: As the United Nations First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) starts its 2019 session in New York today (7 Oct), plans are progressing to publicise the colossal waste of money on nuclear weapons by physically ‘counting out’ the global nuclear weapons budget. 
This event will highlight the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign and actionspeople can take to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons corporations and re-direct these budgets and investments to better things.Over the next four weeks, governments meeting at the UN will debate and vote upon a number of nuclear disarmament resolutions. However, the impact of these resolutions is likely to be minimal as long as there continues to be strong financial interests in maintaining the nuclear arms race.  There are about 26 nuclear weapons corporations earning nearly $100 billion per year amongst themselves. ‘They have vested financial interests in producing more and more nuclear weapons,’ says Dr Keith Suter (Australia), Economics Futurist and member of the Club of Rome,  ‘and they exert intense political power on decision makers to protect these interests.
Join them count 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 campaign is building excitement amongst legislators, religious leaders, peace and disarmament campaigners, climate activists, artists, musicians, athletes, youth and others. Below are inspring words from a few supporters of the campaign.
The money counting 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 main counting will take place in New York during UN Disarmament Week (October 24-30, 2019). However, there will also be some small ‘satellite countings‘ in other locations around the world.
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4. Nuclear Free Local Authority (NVLA) on the potential resolutions to consider in support of the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
An information briefing is available which offers members three possible resolutions:
4.1. A simple endorsement of the ICAN Cities Appeal.
4.2. A resolution which mentions your membership of NFLA / Mayors for Peace and support for the ICAN Cities Appeal.
4.3. A broader and more political resolution supporting the ICAN Cities Appeal and challenges current UK nuclear weapons policy.
The briefing also includes all the current global towns and cities that have passed resolutions to support the ICAN Cities Appeal according to the Nuclear Ban website.
NFLA also congratulated Fife Council becoming the 5th Council in the UK to pass a resolution to support the Treaty.
Other NFLA information sources:
4.4 NFLA Newsletter for September 2019, which summarises what we have done this month.
4.5 NFLA Policy Briefing 192, which summarises the key discussion and actions from the NFLA Steering Committee of the 13th September.
4.6 NFLA New Nuclear Monitor 59, which provides a copy of our response to the fourth round of public consultation on the proposed Sizewell C reactor in Suffolk.
4.7 The flyer for the NFLA All Ireland Sustainable Energy Forum taking place in Dublin City Hall on the 18th October – registration for this is now open to councillors, council officers and NGO representatives.
4.8 The flyer for the NFLA / TASC / BANNG and Stop Hinkley joint public meeting in the Firstsite Gallery, Colchester on the 26th October – registration for this is now open to councillors, council officers, NGO representatives and interested members of the public.
4.9 NFLA Policy Briefing 193 and a media release summary of the NFLA’s assessment of Brexit from the perspectives of nuclear, energy, environmental and climate change policy.
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5.1.ICAN Scottish Partner organisations and MSPs  attended 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. Politicians and campaigners also handed in a letter to Number 10 Downing Street tomorrow to mark the UN’s Nuclear Abolition Day. The United Nations General Assembly hosted a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament at the UN Headquarters on that day from 11am until 6pm. UN Member States are represented by their Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers or UN Ambassadors. In addition, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs has selected two representatives from civil society to speak.
The letter, coordinated by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), urged the government to honour its commitment to a world without nuclear weapons. The letter said “In an increasingly dangerous world, where the threat of nuclear war is rising, this goal has never been so important.”
“The UK cannot claim to support this goal whilst prioritising the replacement of Trident, at vast expense and considerable opportunity cost to other forms of security and spending beneficial to our country.”
5.2.1ICAN minutes from the last meeting are available, 5.2.2 Bea of ICAN wrote for our Together First campaign recently:https://together1st.org/blog/a_world_free_from_nuclear_weapons.  Here’s a bit of background, would be lovely if any of the organisations on this list wanted to sign up.
5.2.3 Recent analysis that UNA-UK put out contains a letter exchange that shows (sigh…) the UK’s continued undermining of the TPNW, against the judgement of the recent Lords report.
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6. It’s party conference season at the moment, but it won’t be long now until it’s time for CND’s own 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. We will be gathering to learn from the experience of activists from across Europe and beyond – and to plan collective strategies to address global problems.  We will explore topics including climate change, nuclear disarmament in the age of Trump, the rise of China, potential conflict with Russia, resource wars, and building a different future.
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7.  Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org  7.1 When we speak about the world’s deadliest nuclear disasters, we routinely mention Chernobyl and Fukushima, but we forget Mayak and Church Rock. Charles Digges reminds us of “the worst nuclear disaster you’ve never heard of” when a deadly nuclear explosion at Mayak in the Ural mountains occurred on September 29, 1957, leaving permanent radiological contamination that still affects people today. Perry Charley will never forget the Church Rock tailings spill. He continues to seek protection for his Navajo people from the ravages of uranium mining, while providing a glossary of nuclear concepts for which the Diné have no words.
7.2 (14/10) The Extinction Rebellion, born in Britain, is on the streets en masse around the world. Part street theatre, part rage for survival, participants face mass arrest and harassment. What is XR and is it working? We provide a glimpse. Those living downwind of the US atomic tests have been unevenly compensated, excluding those at the epicenter of the very first test, Trinity. Will this injustice ever come to an end?
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8. Los Alamos Study Group Bulletin 263: Los Alamos doubles down on plutonium and growth overall; “How dare you!” http://www.lasg.org/
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9. 2nd October was the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. The day is commemorated around the world as the UN International Day for Non-violence.
This special day was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 by UN General Assembly Resolution 61/271 with the objective to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness“. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence“.
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10. 22nd and 23rd October in London Facebook Decolonising the Nuclear: Public Lecture & Workshop
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11.Justice Sub-Committee on Policing is undertaking an inquiry into how policing in Scotland makes use of facial recognition technology. The sub-committee will consider whether the use of that technology is lawful, ethical, proportionate and transparent. You are invited to submit your written views to the inquiry  https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/113104.as    ———–                                                                                                                                              12. Cynthia Cockburn obituary https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/24/cynthia-cockburn-obituary?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Special Post 3rd October 2019

TWO EVENTS:  October 5th (All Under One Banner) and October 7th XR PEACE
1. CND and SCND: Climate change and nuclear war are the two greatest threats to global health and survival. Despite Nobel Peace Prizes, the Global Ban Treaty, and the efforts of experts and activists, the issue of nuclear weapons and war has not received the attention it deserves given the grave nature of the threat.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.

It has been estimated that about 6% of the global carbon footprint results from military-related activity. Militarism and war are inextricably linked with imperialism, racism, and the destruction of habitats.
Scottish CND has joined XR Peace which proposes to make explicit the links between militarism and the climate emergency. On the 7th October 2019, XR Peace will join the International Rebellion around the world and our presence will raise awareness of how militarisation, wars, armed conflicts and arms sales all impact the climate, cause long term pollution and enable corporate exploitation of scarce resources, which dispossess people and lead to militarised borders to limit climate-induced migration, and massive suffering.
As we block the road with other peace organisations who are also part of XR Peace there will be workshops, teach-ins, speakers, entertainment and more. Also, if you have unwanted props or structures to help block the road, they are wanted too!

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.
Nuclear abolition has to be part of the agenda, which is why CND, in addition to supporting this Friday’s Global Climate Strike, will join the October blockade.
We’re working as part of XR Peace, a new coalition of organisations planning to shut down part of the Embankment in London to bring attention to the growing threat of nuclear war.Can you join in from Monday 7th October or commit to a couple of hours? There are a variety of things to engage in. Affinity groups can help blockade the Embankment – alternatively there’s plenty to do without risking arrest.

Supporting the blockaders, singing, dancing, talking — all are essential and good fun. Also, if you have unwanted props or structures — perhaps a Trident missile or submarine, or something that could help block the road, like unwanted furniture? — bring them down to liven up the events.
We invite you to join us on one of the days between October 7th-20th.
As we block the road we will have workshops, teach-ins and exhibitions, choirs, musicians, comedians, academics, story tellers and speakers, making the links between nuclear weapons, militarism and the climate emergency. Come for a day or the whole two weeks. Rebel for peace and the planet. Edinburgh’s Peace and Justice Centre will also be joining in

2. All Under One Banner: March and Stall

This years All Under One Banner March is on Saturday 5th. SCND are having a stall on the Meadows and have asked for volunteers to help with it.
We will also have the black and white Edinburgh CND banner and has suggested that those wanting to walk with it meet at the steps in front of Dynamic Earth at 1230.  It’s just behind the parliament towards the crags.
There are several ways to get there eg through the closes above the parliament or down Holyrood Rd as the area immediately around the front of parliament and the bottom of the High St. will be very congested.
We should also have a very tall pole to fly the CND symbol flag and guide people in.
Contact Malcolm on 07989 776 041 if you get lost looking for either.

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
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++++++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.