- Published on Sunday, 15 November 2015 13:44
A broadly based campaign focussing on the links between banks and financial institutions to companies involved in the manufacture of nuclear weapons will be launched at a public meeting in Edinburgh on Monday November 16th. Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said- "I am delighted to announce that the launch of the Scottish Don't Bank on the Bomb Campaign will be kicked off by a public meeting in the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church at 25 Nicolson Street Edinburgh on Monday November 16th at 7.30 pm."
Mr West revealed that a range of campaigning organisations such as the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, Edinburgh CND, Medact and the student-based People and Planet are all supporting the launch event. In addition support for the meeting is being given by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Global Justice Now.
Mr West said -
"Anyone who is interested is very welcome to come along to the launch. Companies that manufacture nuclear weapons depend on banks and financial institutions investment. This campaign will be designed to put pressure on the banks and financial institutions to get out of the business of making a profit by supporting nuclear weapons production."
Mr West also revealed that representatives from the Don't Bank on the Bomb Network have written to the Royal Bank of Scotland Head Office seeking a meeting to clarify links between the Bank and the financing of nuclear weapons related work.
Mr West said-
"We have made a reasonable request for a meeting with Royal Bank representatives to get some clarity about any funding they give to nuclear bombs production."
Speakers at the Launch public meeting on Monday November 16th in City of Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square Edinburgh are Wilbert van der Zeijden from the leading peace organisation Pax , the Netherlands who is the author of a report entitled Don't Bank on the Bomb . This comprehensive study identified more than 300 banks , pension funds , insurance companies and asset managers in 30 countries with substantial investments in nuclear arms producers. The report is available at: http://www.dontbankonthebomb.com/the-2015-report-is-out/
The other speakers will be Rebecca Sharkey from ICAN the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons and a speaker from the student based People and Planet organisation.
It is also planned to have a contribution from a representative of Medact which is an organisation of British health professionals . The Medact speaker is Dr RIchard Dyer
The public meeting will be followed on Tuesday Nov 17th by a briefing session about the Don't Bank on the Bomb Campaign in the Scottish Parliament organised with the assistance of Bill Kidd MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP who are the co-conveners of the Cross Party Group on Nuclear Disarmament.