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SCND campaigning plans for 2018

As we start a New Year Scottish CND is working on ideas to continue the struggle to rid our country and our world if the scourge of nuclear weapons.
Our plans for 2018 include the organisation of a national Rally at the Faslane Nuclear Weapons Base on Saturday September 22nd. This Rally will be preceded by a March from the Faslane Peace Campaign just outside Helensburgh to the base.
It is expected that representatives from peace movements in various parts of the world will speak at the Rally. An invite is also being sent to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to speak at the Rally.

One of the main themes  of the March and Rally will be the continuing campaign to get scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system which is housed at Faslane. These weapons of mass destruction cost millions of pounds to maintain and this is money badly needed for investment in public services such as health and education. However the March and Rally will also highlight the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which was passed at a special session of the United Nations in July 2017.
This ground breaking and historical treaty was supported by 122 countries .
The treaty opened for signature on September 20th 2017 and will remain open for all states to sign and ratify. Unfortunately the UK Government has shown no signs of recognising the treaty.
However despite this lack of interest from the UK Government the treaty has a very good chance of becoming part of international law in the not too distant future. Basically when 50 countries sign and ratify the treaty it becomes part of international law. It will then be binding on those countries not to develop,test,acquire or threaten to use nuclear weapons.

Scottish CND are confident that as support for the treaty develops it will have a practical and political impact on the UK Government .If the treaty becomes law it will put nuclear weapons possession clearly beyond the pale. It will also reduce the status or political value attached to these weapons.
As well as the March and Rally Scottish CND is also planning to organise a number of activities to mark the 60th anniversary of CND.
These plans include:

  • A summer full of outreach activities, street work and stalls at festivals across Scotland "The Nuclear Ban Tour"
  • The development of a mobile exhibition called Scotland - a Peace of History. This exhibition will look at the Scottish journey of CND and the wider peace movement. It is hoped to launch the exhibition in Autumn 2018 and encourage local groups, schools and other supporter organisations to take the exhibition to various places across Scotland .
  • Peace Education Scotland which is the educational arm of Scottish CND are organising a Youth Peace Campaigning Academy for more than 100 young people. This exciting project will take place in Glasgow in July 2018 and will involve a 3 day programme on all aspects of campaigning work. Sessions will cover issues such as communications tactics, grassroots empowerment and digital engagement.

Apart from special activities to mark our 60th anniversary Scottish CND will continue our on going work  during 2018.
We continue to be part of the Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition where we work with a range of organisation to campaign for the scrapping of Trident and the cancellation of its replacement.
We also continue to be part of the Scottish Peace Network which tirelessly makes the case for a peaceful, non violent approach to resolving international tensions.
Other activities include support for the Scottish CND Trade Union Network which brings together trade union reps and members to highlight the case against nuclear weapons within the Trade Union movement.
Our work across the political spectrum will also continue in 2018.
At the present time there is currently an active SNP CND network and there are some encouraging signs that a similar network could be set up within the Scottish Green Party.
Scottish CND has also spoken at a number of Scottish Labour Party fringe meetings in recent years and there was support at these events for setting up a Scottish Labour/ CND network.
We will also be continuing to support the work of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group convened by Bill Kidd MSP.
This group has proved to be an important focal point for raising awareness about nuclear weapons and general peace movement issues within the Scottish Parliament .

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