CND groups round-up
Since re-establishing Aberdeen CND a few months ago, we have been very busy. We had a ‘picnic for peace’ outside Frank Doran MP‘s office. We have monthly meetings every second monday at the Belmont Cinema Cafe. We have had a presence outside Faslane. We are having a street stall next Saturday and we are planning to commerate Hiroshima Day by releasing lanterns on the River Dee. We plan to return to Faslane in September. We had a presence ot the May Day parade in Aberdeen. We have contacted Willie Young, a local councillor, about reaffiliating Aberdeen City Council to NFLA. In addition we now have an all singing all dancing Aberdeen CND web site.
The group meets on 3rd Monday of each month in Nelson Mandela Cottages 17 Townhead Irvine at 7.30p.m. Anyone interested in coming to meetings very welcome contact Arthur West on 07803936228 for more details.
The group is still organising regular street stalls in various Ayrshire towns on a regular basis.
A Peace Walk and Vigil are planned for Saturday August 4. Details to be finalised.
We are alive and well! Last autumn there was heart-searching as activity dropped off, there were problems with the street stall, and it was sometimes difficult to find volunteers for our planned activities. However, at a key meeting in November last year we agreed that the campaign could not be allowed to dawdle on or fade away. After all, the reason for our existence - nuclear weapons (and the UK’s arsenal in particular), present as great a danger as ever. In the time since we have made quite a bit of progress. A phone-round of members to find out what they can contribute has turned up new volunteers. Our website (which attracts a healthy number of visitors) is looking much smarter and is to undergo a further transformation in the next month or two - do visit it at www.stirlingcnd.org; we now have an effective e-mail discussion list to which all subscribers can contribute. We have been back on the streets of Stirling (and Alloa) letting people know that opposition to Trident is real and active. We have run Jeely Peace stalls in support of Faslane 365 blockades. And we have stood by the roadside as nuclear weapon convoys have passed on their way to Coulport and Burghfield. We are now looking forward to establishing
fruitful links with new Parliamentarians. The new political settlement may be full of intriguing possibilities at national level, but it is equally important that local people and their elected members work together for disarmament.
We had a successful meeting on how cancelling Trident would affect the local economy. John Foster presented the results of the STUC/SCND study. Local MSP Jackie Baillie argued that without Trident Faslane would close. Rebecca Johnson of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy spoke on the international disarmament situation.
We supported the Footprints for Peace walk when they arrived at Faslane and helped with practical support for some of the Faslane 365 events.
A Faslane Peace Camp re-union will take place on 9 June. Helensburgh CND will hold street stalls on Saturday 17 July and Saturday 4 August.
In Renfrewshire CND’s first year we have raised Trident’s profile locally, including the possible routing of weapon convoys through the area. We have staged several small events which give us good photos to put with press releases which the local press usually use. We leafletted Paisley Farmers’ market most months, asking for pressure to be put on MSPs and MPs ahead of votes on Trident replacement. Bruce Kent and Jackson Cullinane spoke to a meeting of some 50 people in February. In
Glasgow West CND
We continue to have approximately monthly street stalls in Byres Road with leafletting. The stall always attracts a lot of interest and is a great way to make contact with potential supporters and recruit members. We put out thousands of CND leaflets prior to the election calling on people to vote for anti-Trident candidates. We have a public meeting and book launch with the distinguished US campaigner Joseph Gerson on Wed 27th June at Hillhead Library, Byres Road, Glasgow.
Nuclear Free Scotland Magazine - June 2007