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Scottish Green Party, Green CND and SGP conference 2017

Green MSPs have been supportive of the  UN Treaty to Prohibit  Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) ,  every one of them signed has signed the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge and supported the action at the Parliament the day the TPNW opened for signature.

Join the events at the Youth Peace Academy

Events at the Youth Peace Academy open to all members & supporters +

Press/Photo calls times

You might be aware of you 3 day Youth Peace Academy. Applications are not officially closed, but we might be able to make some space for last minute registrations. 

We have a number of events open to our members and supporters. While these are free (voluntary donations encouraged) we require booking. Do get in touch if you want to join any of these great parts of the academy.

Speech from Hiroshima Survivor Mr. IESHIMA Masashi
Fri 27th, 4.30 pm, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH, Vertigo Room (level 8)

Social gathering with Live Ceilidh by The McHart Ceilidh Band (finger buffet provided, drinks available at the bar)
Sat 28th, 7 pm, 35 Avenuepark St, Glasgow G20 8TS

Bus tour of the Faslane Peace Camp & Faslane Base with workshops on non violent direct action & convoys. 
Sunday, 29th of July, 10 am - 3 pm
Leaving from  SYHA Glasgow Youth Hostel7-8 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY at 10 am, returning to Glasgow City Centre at 3 pm. 

Please get in touch by email or phone (0141 3571529) if you want to book your space at any of these events!

If you want to help out as a volunteer at the academy do get in touch to let us know availability. Limited free beds available at the hostel, if any of you need accommodation. Volunteers might also get the chance to take part in some of the training and events. 

Press/Photo calls times

Friday 27th of July

Testimony from Hiroshima survivor 4.30 pm, Glasgow (University of Strathclyde Students’ Association) with time for press interviews 2.30 - 4.15 pm 

Mugstock festival Hiroshima speaker plus human peace logo formation, 8 pm (Mugdock Country Park). Journalists willing to cover this will have to contact Alan Govan (festival director) to arrange entrance. He can be reached at 07821077416, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 29th of July 

Buss trip to Faslane Base & Faslane Peace Camp

Photo call with all academy participants, 11 am, outside the peace camp

For more details visit http://www.peaceeducationscotland.org/peace-academy/

Contact:

Peace Education Scotland 

Flavia Tudoreanu, 0141 3571529, 0740 5349615, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arthur West, 07826127759

MugStock Festival

Alan Govan, festival director,  07821077416, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos of MugStock Festival:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1V-RY7DNkVRVO4tXCYHLgpKVa6-69xxEr?usp=sharing

 

Stop Funding the End of the World - DBOTBS

 

Stop Funding the End of the World - A Guide to Nuclear Weapons Divestment in Scotland was created by Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland, a network of individuals campaigning for Scottish organisations and financial institutions to divest from companies that are involved in the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. 

SCND response to Gordon Brown on replacing Trident

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament criticised the Chancellor for support for replacing Trident \"Gordon Brown has pre-empted the debate

Submarine Accidents

On 26 May the Faslane based submarine HMS Superb collided with rocks in the Red Sea 80 miles South of Suez.

US patrols near Cold War tempo

The US Navy is continuing to keep nuclear-armed submarines on patrol at a tempo similar to that maintained during the Cold War.  This has been revealed in a new report from Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists.

Papers released under the Freedom of Information Act show that in 2008 the US Trident fleet conducted 31 nuclear deterrent patrols.  The 1,000 patrol by a Trident submarine was completed on 11 February 2009.

Federation of American Scientist Blog

Reactor explosion at Fukushima

Fukushima reactor explosionSpeaking about the nuclear accident in Japan, John Ainslie (Coordinator of Scottish CND) said: "The explosion at the Fukushima reactor is a sobering reminder of the risks that we face in Scotland from nuclear power and Trident.  This accident comes only days after the Navy admitted that the reactors on British submarines are 'significantly below benchmarked good practice', and weeks before the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.  We shouldn't wait until there is a explosion here before we make this country nuclear-free". Video of Fukushima reactor explosion.

Scottish CND supports YES campaign

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, after a lively debate at its annual conference on Saturday 17 November, agreed to support the YES campaign. The resolution which was adopted says,

“Conference urges all members to give priority to the campaign for a 'YES vote' in the 2014 Independence Referendum which will give the Scottish Government a mandate to negotiate a written constitution with a clause on No Nuclear Weapons in Scotland.

“Conference resolves that SCND affiliates to and promotes the “Yes” Campaign as the most immediate and effective way of getting rid of Trident.”

Nuclear Ban - Citizen's signing ceremony

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signing on 20 September 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This was a historic moment, when heads of states and foreign ministers gathered in New York for official signatures on this groundbreaking treaty. More than 50 countries signed in the first 8 hours. 

As the UK is against this international initiative, Scotland wanted to show solidarity and support for the ban treaty and organised its own Citizens Signing Ceremony in front of the Scottish Parliament. Many MSPs signed, along with campaigners, tourists from all parts of the word or local people passing by the parliament. 

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statement on the US - North Korea summit

Scottish CND have given a cautious welcome to the outcome of US - North Korea peace summit 

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said-

Some of the actions which were mentioned at the summit are very much steps in the right direction 

For example the remarks by President Trump that he will halt military exercises that include flying nuclear capable bombers close to the border of North Korea is welcome . 

There is also some encouragement in the remarks of the North Korean President about destroying his nuclear test centres.

Arthur West added -

This summit took place in a very tense atmosphere and at a time of increasing militarisation of our world.

At such a tense and difficult time - it is to be hoped that this summit will help reduce the risk of nuclear war in our world.