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Report of activities in late 2017

This year’s highlight for our group has been Andy Hinton, our Co-Vice Chair, being part of the Scottish CND delegation at the United Nations Treaty to ban Nuclear Weapons.

At our August meeting Andy gave a report back on his experience of being at the UN and on the Treaty. We also had a talk by Maya Evans from Voices for Creative Non-violence on Afghanistan. Maya will be coming back in March of next year to speak with a larger audience at the University of Aberdeen and to hold an event making Kites for an event ‘Fly Kites not Drones’

Also in August, we held our yearly Hiroshima Memorial in Union Terrace Gardens. Yu Aoki, who comes from Hiroshima but lives in Aberdeen, spoke as did Andy Hinton who spoke on the UN Nuclear weapons ban. We had poems and we formed a band especially for the Memorial consisting of local musicians comprising Kirsty Potts, Nigel Llamas and Wes Gibson who can be seen on You Tube.

In September, we held a successful protest on the question of the very frightening potential nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula outside Trump’s International golf course at Balmedie. Felix Mensah spoke for Aberdeen and District CND and Myshelle Haywood, who comes from The United States, spoke for the Green Party. We received hundreds of toots and waves of support from passing motorists.

In October, we showed the John Pilger film the Coming War with China which was particularly pertinent given the tensions around the Korean Peninsula. We were grateful to Lush who provided the funding to hold the event.

Andy Hinton spoke on the United Nations Nuclear Weapons ban as part of One World Week hosted by the local and University branches of the United Nations Association.

We also held a very successful meeting in Peterhead with myself talking about the work of Aberdeen and District CND and Andy again talked on the United Nations Test ban treaty.                          

Aberdeen Bulletin March 2017

The challenges of Diversification from Oil, Arms and Nuclear Weapons to Alternative Energy

Aberdeen and District CND & Aberdeen Climate Action invite you to a panel discussion on how a change can occur, towards alternative energies and disarmament.

The Speakers are:

  • Jelte Harnmeijer, Hutton Institute (community renewable energy)
  • Erik Dalhuisjen, ACA
  • Veronika Tudhope, Scottish CND
  • Myshele Haywood, Green Party

The Lucas Plan Documentary (35ms) will be shown as inspiration, followed by a panel and audience discussion on how a change in industry.

Sat 25th March 2.30- 4.30 pm at University of Aberdeen, New Kings 10. 

Aberdeen CND AGM & Talk on the effects of the use of Nuclear Weapons on Climate Change

Join the Annual General Meeting and hear more about the effects of nuclear weapons on the environment. This will be followed by a report from the Chair ad Treasurer and a short meting on essential business. All welcome

Mon 13th March at 7.30 pm at Unite the Union, 42 - 44 King Street

Stop the Bombing Rally/Ways Forward for Iraq and Syria


Stop the Bombing Rally/Ways Forward for Iraq and Syria November at 11.30am there will be a rally outside Marks and Spencer’s in Aberdeen to raise concerns about the bombing campaign taking place in Iraq/Syria.

All those speaking at and attending the rally from across the political divide are horrified by the rise of ISIS and do see the need for action to deal with the rise of ISIS however we are united in that we consider that the bombing will in the long-term make the situation worse as more people get killed and much needed infrastructure is destroyed. There is one thing many people in the Middle East hate more than ISIS and that is Western Involvement. Aberdeen and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament will be hosting the event. Jonathan Russell Chair of Aberdeen and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament stated,’ interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria have all been disastrous leading to broken countries with hundreds of thousands dead and millions in refugee camps. Over the past three years there has been a massive increase in arms sales to the Middle East in particular Saudi Arabia but also Oman and Turkey it is these very countries allies of the West that have funded and armed ISIS and through whom oil has been sold. We need to be starving ISIS of resources, supporting the Iraqi government and Kurds, giving many more resources to refugees and toward rebuilding these failed countries. Bombing by West just feeds this wild frenzy of blood. We need a long term solution to the area this requires negotiation not more bloodshed’

Those speaking at the Rally will be Dame Anne Begg MP, Christian 

Allard MSP, Dr Jill Austin , Brian Carroll Aberdeen Trade Union 

Council and Sean McVeigh Radical Independence Campaign.

For further information contact Jonathan Russell Tel 01224 586435 mobile 07582456233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aberdeen Peace & Justice Concert

A Peace and Justice Concert to celebrate One World Week

2 pm-5.30 pm, Sunday, 19th October, The Blue  Lamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1BU

Free event - Donations to CND and WDM

Music, Poetry and Dance performed by local artists from Scotland, India, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Japan, Spain, South America

Bob Marley and John

Lennon Anthems

One World Week aims to bring people together across the world in the cause of Peace and Justice. The event is dedicated to all people suffering injustice worldwide.

For more info contact Jonathan, tel: 01224-586435, email:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Web: http://www.banthebomb.org/

Aberdeeen Hiroshima Day

Hiroshima Memorial Day
Aberdeen CND invites you to mark the 69th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons. In August 1945 the US dropped  two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We will release 200 peace lanterns on the River Dee to commemorate the 200,000 men, women and children who died.
There will also be peace songs, poetry and short contributions from trade unions, community & faith groups, civic leaders and a speaker from the Japanese community. 

Date: Wednesday 6th August, at 8.30pm
Venue:  the Fisherman’s Hut on the River Dee
(by Riverside Drive -  see map overleaf)
For further details see: www.banthebomb.org
or telephone::  Jonathan on 01224-586435

Aberdeen CND: New arms race - Asia-Pacific

Public Meeting: The dangers of a new arms race in the Asia-Pacific region

Time and Date: 6:15pm, Monday, 9th June
Venue: Unite the Union, 42-44 King Street, AB24 2TJ

Obama's 'pivot' to Asia has shifted America's geo-strategic focus to the new realities of power across the world. Our guest speaker, Alan Mackinnon, will examine how this pivot is raising tensions in the region and could trigger a new Cold war with huge regional and global implications.

After the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and contributions.