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Scottish CND AGM 2019

2019 General Elections

 

What does a general election mean for those of us who want nuclear disarmament? It is a chance to check out the position of all candidates before we decide who we vote for. Let's make sure that Scotland only returns MPs that firmly OPPOSE nuclear weapons and support the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that will ban them globally.

AGM programme & 2019 Resolutions

The Scottish CND AGM takes place on Saturday 16th of November in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL (9.30 am registration, 10 am start).

“Links between the Young People Climate Movement and Nuclear Disarmament”

Speakers:

- Kenneth MacIber & Grace Quinn from Scottish Youth Climate Strike

- Rachel Sermanni from XR Peace (includes short musical performance) 

Below you have the full list of resolutions received for this year's AGM. Amendments can be submitted until 9th of November 2019. 

International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Thursday 26th September (today) is the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and additional nations use that occasion to sign or ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), MSPs, councillors and ordinary people will gather outside the Scottish Parliament to express their solidarity with the Treaty and the worldwide movement behind it.

Today, 70 states have signed the TPNW and 26 have ratified it. It is expected that today will bring a significant increase in both signatures and ratification at a special high level ceremony. The Treaty will enter into force as international law when 50 states have ratified. Scottish CND is a partner organisations of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) who in 2017 won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the TPNW.

Karipbek Kuyukov and the Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Kazakhstan artist Karipbek Kuyukov spoke at the Scottish Parliament and unveiled three new art works that deal with the impact of nuclear weapons on the 12th September 2019. Bill Kidd introduced him and reminded us that 456 nuclear tests were exploded by the Soviet Union in Kazakhstan. Karipbek was born with no arms as a consequence. He paints with his mouth and feet. His address follows.

Member Perspective: Iran

The following is an article that has been submitted by a member of Glasgow CND which gives a personal opinion on the situation in relation to Iran. 

No War With Iran - Eric Chester

There is a very real danger that the United States and Iran will stumble into a full-fledged war. If this occurs, the UK will come under pressure to enter the war as well, once again supporting the US in another military adventure

Arms Dealers Reception at Scottish Parliament Space Reception

Scottish CND chair Arthur West has written to Tory MSP John Scott about a reception he is organising in the Scottish Parliament on Space Technology. The letter expresses concern about the involvement of BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin representatives in the reception.

Both these companies have supplied weapons to the dreadful conflict in Yemen. They are also involved in the production and development of nuclear weapons. The next of the letter sent to John Scott MSP is below:

Scottish CND AGM - Save the date, 16 Nov

 

Our AGM takes place on Saturday, 16 Nov 2019 at Quaker Meeting House on 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2 JL (10 am registration, 10:30 start). Guest speakers will soon be announced

All our members and supporters are welcome to attend.

Member of far-right group with links to terrorist organisation due to start work on Trident submarine

A new analysis published by Hope not Hate revealed that two staff members of the Royal Navy, including one who is to start working on a Trident submarine are members of far-right group with links to banned terrorist organisation. Report overview and links to full publication can be found here.  Arthur West, chair of SCND has said:

"The news provides very disturbing information about a soldier with extremist and racists views being involved in the Trident nuclear weapons programme. Any modern day military personnel who hold these kind of views dishonour the memory of the soldiers and sailors who fought against the forces of fascism and racism during the Second World War."