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Stirling woman Zara Kitson was among 47 people arrested at the  peaceful blockade of Faslane naval base on 15th April. 

Zara, a 27 year-old social entrepreneur who as a Green Party candidate came close to being elected for the Castle Ward in last year's Stirling Council elections, sat down with others in the North Gate entrance to the nuclear weapons base, blocking entry to base traffic. She was arrested, charged with a breach of the peace, and released from Clydebank police station late at night after giving an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.

The protesters shut down entry to the base for over three hours in a peaceful, good-humoured and colourful protest against the UK's WMD. Placards, banners and songs all expressed a demand that in a time of austerity public funds should be spent usefully, rather than on Trident. Along with many Scots there were protesters from England, Wales, France and The Netherlands. The age of those arrested ranged from 13 to over 80.

Hiroshima Day - Stirling CND

Stirling CND recent Hiroshima Day commemoration event at the Peace Garden, Pullar Memorial Park, Bridge of Allan with the Provosts of Stirling and Clackmannanshire

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Stirling CND is a branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, an organisation that has been working to ensure a safer world by eliminating nuclear weapons since 1958. We are part of Scottish CND, and work with other peace groups to help achieve our aims.

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Stirling CND AGM

"Political Risks Necessary over Trident" says Green candidate at Stirling CND AGM

With the Holyrood elections just over six months away Stirling CND invited the local Green Party candidate, Mark Ruskell, to speak at the AGM on 17th November. Mark gave his analysis of how the anti-Trident agenda had got stuck at Scottish Parliament level after the early promise of debates on Trident and the setting up of the Working Group for Scotland Without Nuclear Weapons.

In his view the administration has placed the Trident issue in a box marked "too difficult", perhaps due to anxieties around upsetting relations with Westminster. For nuclear disarmament, and indeed for the overarching need to reshape the UK's toxic approach to foreign relations, political risks  and civil disobedience at parliamentary and government level were necessary. There were useful examples elsewhere in which radical politicians had been able to make live and effective links between non-governmental groups representing environmental or consumer concerns on the one hand and the relevant civil servants on the other to bring about real governmental change.

In the lead-up to the elections voters should not be satisfied with a simple "I am against Trident" statement, but should dig further and ask what specific and concrete steps the candidate would take.