Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2020

This years Edinburgh World Justice Festival runs from 27th September to 18th October.


Final Event – Taking on the corporations 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 17th OCTOBER

A chance to pull threads together and think about future organising Informal, participative and open agenda.  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvc-GtrzgsGN1gxqr25IMusM8a7hixnan  

See ewjf.org.uk for the full programme.

  1. Edinburgh CND’s event was on Tuesday 6th October at 7pm and was on the latest Don’t Bank on the Bomb report and Hunterston. See also #ShutHunterstonDownNow


Here are videos of the talks:

2. There are also related meetings on (2.1)Friday 2nd October (CAAT and STW): https://www.facebook.com/events/326607341907293

and (2.2) Wednesday 14th October (Scottish Wilpf) https://www.facebook.com/events/743768546182460

Other News

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/02/bottlenose-whales-shepherded-out-of-scottish-loch-ahead-of-nato-drills

2. Motion Number: S5M-22906 Lodged By: Bill Kidd
Date Lodged: 30/09/2020 Title: Only Four More to Go
Motion Text: That the Parliament recognises Malaysia as the 46th state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; notes that only four more ratifications from other states are now needed to trigger entry into force; understands that nuclear weapons will become completely illegal under international law when this Treaty comes into force, and congratulates the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons’ Malaysian campaigners and the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kuala Lumpur on their efforts.

3. the SCND TPNW Working Group meeting Friday 2nd at 8.00pm will be open to any the other Scottish ICAN partners that would like to share in  strategising for the next stage of their work in Scotland.

4. A fundraiser in memory of an SCND/ECND supporter:

Instead of the normal SMAP fund raising event, we are remembering  some of our Runa’s great contributions to peace and Palestinians with an online fundraiser headed up by lovely picture of Runa and Rose at Wibe See: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Runa-Mackay

5. Fundraising for Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Peace Education: see https://peaceandjustice.org.uk

Fundraising for Edinburgh CND and the anti-Nuclear Movement

STOP PRESS: Fundraising and other issues (such as our up-and-coming meeting at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival) will be on the agenda of our next Zoom organising meeting. Tuesday 1st September at 18.15. All welcome. Email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com for the link. We will also be discussing the latest news from Hunterston:https://www.thenational.scot/news/18681174.hunterston-b-nuclear-power-station-start-decommissioning-within-18-months/

This summer it has not been possible for Edinburgh CND (and Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition) to run the usual Summer stalls at the Meadows, Leith and other festivals. These events are always a great way to meet new people and are also one of our main means of fundraising. Our ‘Plants for Peace’ have been a great fundraiser (thanks to Malcolm) and we have also done a good line in 2nd Hand Book sales with Edinburgh Stop the War coalition (ESTW).

We have 3 fund-raising activities planned or on the go:

  1. A joint SCND/ECND fundraiser at The Stand Comedy Club. This was to be in November, but has been postponed, sadly.
  2. Selling 2nd hand books on line: ESTW has a large number of second hand novels – in good condition – many of them hardbacks. They are selling them for £1 a copy. Delivery is free in Edinburgh – outside Edinburgh we will work out the cheapest form of carriage. You can browse the list of books in either Excel (searchable) or PDF formats. To order please email edinburghstopthewar@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you quickly to confirm whether the books are still available and with details of cost and delivery. Go to the website to access the booklists https://scotlandstopwar.org/2020/08/06/fundraising-booksale/ ESTW will give at least half the money to ECND if you mention us when you order.
  3. We also still have some (new) copies of Alex Lockwood’s The Chernobyl Privileges. Highly recommended and you can receive yours for a donation to Edinburgh CND mail edinburghcnd@yahoo.com We also still have some copies of Allan Crosbie’s poetry book: Outswimming the Eruption
  4. One of our members has been selling items, on line, profits to the campaign. So if your lockdown declutter has left you with items, especially bicycles (in any condition), but anything else sellable, contact us at edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Edinburgh Events

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

=====Link to video of 6th August meeting: https://youtu.be/GbtQA1uFJwA


There will be intensive social media activity from next week onwards from across the world. Edinburgh CND, Scottish CND, Scrap Trident and others will be adding a Scottish voice. Please share and repost if you can!

Here’s a nice way to spread awareness of the anniversary. Scottish artist Stewart Bremner has drawn a 75th Anniversary frame for use on Facebook. To get it on your Facebook profile, click on your profile, click on update, click on Add Frame, in search put in “SCND 75 Hiroshima Nagasaki”. Add it to your Twitter profile picture by visiting: https://twibbon.com/Support/remember-hiroshima-nagasaki

Edinburgh CND will be discussing our input into the commemoration at a Zoom meeting earlier in the week. All welcome: email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com for the link.

Our main event is a Zoom rally on the 6th August. 6 PM – 7 PM co-hosted by Edinburgh Stop the War and the Peace and Justice Centre. There will be music from Penny Stone and speakers including Tommy Shepherd MP, Maggie Chapman of the Greens and Edinburgh Stop the War Check the Edinburgh CND Facebook page for update. Register for the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrd-CtrzgqHNabRuFohLhjSSAUUzMBbCek

We will also be encouraging people to commemorate the events with widow posters. In particular Nagasaki will be the subject of our Windows for Peace event on Saturday 8th August.  

Edinburgh Women in Black will also be commemorating the events as part of their vigils. Saturday 1st August will focus on Hiroshima and Saturday 8th August on Nagasaki. https://www.facebook.com/womeninblackedinburgh/

We will also be supporting events organised by Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre:
1. An Origami Peace Cranes workshop with Shoji Masuzawa from 10 to 11 a.m. On 6th August Via zoom – please book on eventbrite to receive the link.                                                        2. The Priest’s Tale featuring Michael Mears telling the story of Father Wilhelm, a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima at the time of the first atomic bombing. Streamed live from the theatre of London’s Sands Film Studio with violin accompaniment by Chihiro Ono. http://www.peaceandjustice.org

Another online event CND (UK) has arranged to mark Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days is a webinar discussing international perspectives on the bombing, 75 years on. We are joined by Japanese activist Yayoi Tsuchida from Gensuikyo and US campaigner Kevin Martin from Peace Action, together with CND Vice-President Bruce Kent. The meeting will take place on Saturday 8th August at 2pm. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion. Register for webinar

Scottish CND event on Sunday 9th: https://www.facebook.com/events/299255458179098/

Edinburgh Yes Hub 31 Lasswade Road, Edinburgh EH16 6TD will be hosting the ICAN 75th anniversary exhibition and will also be hosting a virtual meeting, check the Edinburgh Yes Hub facebook page for details or email theedinburghyeshub@gmail.com https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/737734253

Faslane Peace Camp will hold a special vigil at 4 pm on the 6th August at the North Gate of Faslane Naval Base which will not involve any activity liable to lead to arrest. All welcome. Contact edinburghcnd@yahoo.com for travel suggestions.

Fasting  A number of people will be sharing in the international fast, mostly at a personal and private level and some will be signing up to the international fast statement that has been a tradition for several years.The UK contact for Scots wanting to join this is marcwmorgan@btinternet.comor phone 07563 725829

Edinburgh CND July events


Our Windows for Peace Campaign continues this month with an emphasis on the 72nd anniversery of the NHS. Fund the NHS, Stop Funding Trident.

Edinburgh CND held a zoom meeting at 6pm on Tuesday 7th July. We discussed events around the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing and we will be holding a virtual commemoration on 6th August at 6pm. (on the same pattern as our usual outside rally) Further details to follow.            https://www.facebook.com/events/2598595340393384/

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We will also continue our window poster campaign, with  posters  for both Hiroshima day and Nagasaki day (9th)
In addition we will be supporting the events planned by Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre:
End Note: A CND Webinar to catch up  with:



Special Post 19th June: Black Lives Matter

Glasgow United Against Fascism
The scenes in George Square in recent days have been abhorrent and have crossed the line.
Under the guise of “protecting statues” various groups and organisations of self-proclaimed loyalists have rampaged around the city centre, carrying out racist attacks. These have been documented.
The coordinated violence against a peaceful demonstration on the issue of asylum seekers conditions during Covid-19 on Wednesday evening – and the failure of the police to prevent this – has turned the city centre into an unsafe place.
This cannot go on unchallenged. As well as a full spectrum civic response, there must also be a citizens’ response.
Glasgow has a proud tradition of working class solidarity. From the rent strikes and anti-war movement, to the Spanish civil war and anti-apartheid campaign, the people of Glasgow have always been on the right side of history. Never more so than when millions of young men and boys signed up to fight fascism during the Second World War.
It would be a betrayal to the memory of all those who gave their lives to defeat fascism for us to now allow Nazi salutes and racist intimidation and aggression in George Square.
We call on Glaswegians to come together and show that fascism will never again be allowed to rise in our city and beyond. And that we will overcome the cancer of racism from our society.
This Saturday, on World Refugee Day, we call for all who want to reclaim George Square from bigotry and racism, to gather at 10:30am and show that our unity is strength.
We will be taking social distancing precautions, and PPE must be worn. We understand that many who would attend cannot due to the virus. But a stand must be made.
There is also a Black Lives Matter event in Edinburgh:

Edinburgh CND June 2020 events

We are still campaigning in the virtual world.

  1. Tuesday 2nd June: we had our usual monthly organising meeting starting at 5.30pm. We met by Zoom.
    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:a
    2. (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

    All Recommended.

    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.

    6. Finance

    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 yescafe.edinsouth@gmail.com and paid for 80 22 60  13339761
    C. SCND/ECND Comedy Night fundraiser on 10th November is still on (so far)

    D. All the June Festivals are off, but Corstophine and Leith will run next year.


  3. 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. 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

    Comment from Benitha Marie-Claire Iradukunda (student at Queen Margaret):
    ADDITION: 4.3 Sunday 7th June 6pm Virtual Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/events/731620407586790/


  5. 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




May Day-week (plus) and Edinburgh CND

At last night’s meeting held jointly with ScotE3 we showed the 30 minute version of Steve Sprung’s film about the Lucas Plan. We strongly recommend watching the full version and you can find out more about the film at the dedicated website. You can also follow up on current developments via the new Lucas Plan website. If you weren’t able to make the meeting you can watch the 30 minute version here https://vimeo.com/305253552.
We apologise to those who may have tried to join the meeting after it started. We had a problem with Zoom-bombing and that is why access was denied for a bit. We think we know how to avoid it in future. It is a learning experience. Do watch the short film on line and we may ask the speakers back for another meeting.

In the meantime, please join in Windows for Peace on Saturday 9th (see below) and Conscientious Objectors Day Online Scotland Vigil. Livestream on Facebook. 
5:30 – 6:30pm. 15 May. To watch go to: https://www.facebook.com/edinpeaceandjusticecentre/


Wednesday 6th May 2020:

We are joining with Scot.E3 for  a showing of the short version of the new Lucas Plan film followed by discussion. This meeting will be online:  https://zoom.us/j/760890355


87812088_2877611658966212_2853370100147290112_n33896203078_0a3d2a8428_kFriday 1st May 2020: We are planning for the May Day rally. Unfortunately, it cannot be outside this year so we have organised an online event which will be co-hosted by our own Penny Stone.

Join the Edinburgh and Lothians May Day Rally – 1pm Friday 1st May. You can join the livestream on the facebook page facebook.com/EdinburghMayDay or join via Zoom – all the details of how to do this at https://tinyurl.com/rarb8vc

Wednesday 6th May 2020:

We are joining with Scot.E3 for  a showing of the short version of the new Lucas Plan film followed by discussion. This meeting will also be online:


Saturday 9th May 2020:

We will be encouraging our supporters to put a poster in their window :


Edinburgh CND April 2020

Edinburgh CND’s April Meeting took place with the help of Zoom. Here is a summary of the main things we discussed:
1. Leafletting on 2nd Saturday: Now cancelled but we will follow Women in Black and go ‘online’  campaigning by window posters as encouraged by Scottish CND (www.banthebomb.org) eg ‘Support NHS, Scrap Nukes’
2. Mayday Festival: 
2.1 The rally will be held online on Friday 1st May at 1pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/135663500815331/
Penny Stone will still be singing for us.
2.2 Lucas Plan workers’ diversification film now online Wednesday 6th May 7pm, https://www.facebook.com/events/557237764890099/
We will ask SCND Exec speaker Paul Shaw for panel session after film.
3. May Edin CND business meeting on Tuesday 5th cancelled, communication meantime by email, and replaced by Zoom session at 6.30 on 6th.
4. Festivals: All summer festivals are cancelled, fundraising carrying on though, and Comedy Benefit Night, joint with Scottish CND on Tuesday 10th November going ahead (some tickets left).
5. Faslane Peace Camp: some confusion about visiting/attending vigil, best neither we decided. We will text/phone/write to them see what they’re needing.
6. Climate Camp, Mossmorran, Fife, 9th – 14th July. Cancelled Edin CND supporting.
7. Hiroshima Day: Thursday August 6th. We need Plan B in case cancelled. Castle St site thought to be suitable if does go ahead, so we will book this space.
We will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing, by  an online event if necessary.
We noted Peace and Justice Centre are planning an event for their 140,000 cranes. Possible we may join in? We will seek out animations on the story behind the crane making.
A discussion ensued, Fukushima and the similarity of the Japanese governments reaction to it and to the virus.
On illness leading to short staffing at Nuclear power/war sites: SCND has written to Office of Nuclear Regulation about this, suggesting sites be shut for safety reasons.
New Labour leadership incl pro nuclear figures in Scotland, ‘a lurch to the right’.
8. Social media, we now have help with Facebook page. We need a ‘blogger’ to help with this page. Anyone up for it? More tweeting would be good too.
9. AOCB: Curious that only Patrick Harvie MSP of Greens a member of PNND (Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament), why not more?

Further Reading: see our ‘Interesting Articles’ page for recent articles on Trident after Coronavirus and The NPT treaty

From http://www.cndyk.org: CND is demanding that the government gets its priorities in order and takes concrete steps to live up to its commitments under the NPT by disarming its nuclear arsenal.

Edinburgh CND and COVID-19

Saturday 11th April would be the day that we usually leaflet in Princes Street. Instead we are urging our supporters to support the SCND ‘ windows for peace’ initiative. http://www.banthebomb.org/…/2076-windows-for-peace-placard-…

The Edinburgh CND April meeting will be held on-line with the aid of ZOOM. Further details on our Facebook page or by emailing edinburghCND@yahoo.com

COVID-19: A message from Scottish CND and Edinburgh CND
We are facing an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus across the world and here in Scotland which is particularly threatening to those in our communities who are older and/or have underlying health conditions. We encourage our members and supporters to follow the official NHS Scotland advice found here.
The Scottish CND office will be closed to visitors for the foreseeable future and staff will mostly be working from home so if you have a non-urgent query please get in touch via scnd@banthebomb.org or leave a voicemail for us on 0141 357 1529. Membership, online shop orders and payments will be processed as usual, maybe with a small delay.                                                                                                                     With the help of the internet, other campaigning can continue even in lockdown – researching, letter writing and lobbying from home. Our website has various current suggestions – protesting radioactive discharges into the Gare Loch, calling for the closure of Hunterston nuclear power station and checking your local authority shows support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by signing the ‘Cities Appeal’. All of these issues concern both nuclear weapons and the environment. If you feel you want the information you cannot find then please get in touch.

The CND office in London is also shut: They explain that these are frightening times for millions of people around the world. But this global pandemic was predicted in successive government security assessments. So why are we so unprepared?
Twisted priorities have seen billions of pounds wasted on nuclear weapons rather than preparing for the situation we now find ourselves in.
This is why we’re urging our supporters to write to their MP to tell them it’s time for the government to wash its hands of Trident so we can begin to address the real security threats we face. Hundreds have already taken part, and we ask you to spread the message further. Click here for the lobby tool.It’s also a crucial time to make the case for NHS not Trident.

Internationally: Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament are also monitoring parliamentary action and policy analysis of the coronavirus pandemic situation and the connections to security policy.
See for example the article National security is too crude to protect us from pandemics: It’s time to shift to human security’ by PNND Council MemberJonathan Granoff and published in Newsweek. Also of interest could be To address the corona virus: Shift resources from nukes and the military to public health and the economypublished by Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, and the blog PNND and the Coronavirus.
“We are at war with the coronavirus. We need a massive wartime manufacturing mobilization for coronavirus testing kits and personal protective equipment for medical personnel. We need to activate our capable and talented domestic industry and bring the full power of the federal government to bear in responding to this viral enemy.
PNND Co-President Senator Ed Markey. Letter to President Trump, March 15, 2020.
See PNND and the Coronavirus.
Move the Nuclear Weapons Money published a blog, To address the corona virus: Shift resources from nukes and the military to public health and the economy, which explores these issues and the budget decisions which governments must make to address both the health and economic impacts of the corona virus pandemic.

Edinburgh CND March Events

1. Tuesday 3rd Edinburgh CND business meeting 6.30pm at Peace and Justice Centre Epworth Halls 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX.
2. Thursday 5th 50th anniversary of Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty
3. Saturday 14th 1230 leafletting Princes St