March 16th, 2017MCND News
On Monday 27th March, the United Nations will gather in New York to begin negotiations on banning the most destructive weapon humanity has ever created: the thermonuclear bomb.
Supported by the vast majority of the world’s people and governments, including every nation in Africa, South America and almost all of Asia, this conference marks the greatest opportunity in a generation to bring our species back from the brink of self-destruction.
As Satsuko Thurlow has said, “This is a truly historic moment for the entire world. For those of us who survived atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is a very joyous occasion. We have been waiting so long for this day to come”.
However, despite the grave danger we face, the British Government is currently refusing to play any part in the negotiations. This is in spite of a legal obligation under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to reduce, and eventually abolish, its nuclear weapons arsenal.
If this conference is to have any practical effect, the nuclear-armed nations, including Britain, must be involved.
We’re asking the public to immediately contact their MP and request that they urge the Government to change its mind. Your MP’s details can be found here.Tags: nuclear weapons, trident, United Nations
Hosted by Greater Manchester + District C.N.D.
A day of discussions, meetings and workshops about tactics and techniques for peace, anti-nuclear and social justice campaigners.
This event will be open to the public and be an opportunity to share ideas, learn about other campaigns and plan for the year ahead.
The event is completely free. To register please visit Eventbrite
9.00 – 10.00: Registration
10.00 – 10.15: Opening address: Dave Webb, Chair of CND – ‘What’s going on in politics and how does it affect our campaigning?’
10.15 – 11.30: Panel discussion: Campaigning techniques – What works?
- Ben Sellers, who ran the Jeremy for Leader social media campaign: digital organising
- Kat Hobbs, from Campaign Against the Arms Trade: using direct action
- Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles: working with Parliamentarians and political parties
- Aaron Bastani, founder of Novara Media: 21st century media landscape
- Sean Morris, from Nuclear Free Local Authorities: working with local councils and Mayors for Peace
11.30 – 11.45: Refreshments
11.45 – 12.45: Workshops
- Promoting an ethical foreign policy in Labour (with Labour CND)
- Anti-Trident campaigning – the Scottish perspective (with Scottish CND)
- Peace campaigning in the Church (with Christian CND)
12.45 – 13.45: Lunch
Lunch will not be provided but there are many shops and cafes nearby.
13.45 – 14.45: Workshops
- For a nuclear-free future: campaigning at universities and colleges (with Youth & Student CND)
- A new global treaty banning nuclear weapons – how? why? what? when? (with International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)
- Beyond Nuclear? – towards a safe, secure and renewable energy future (with Greater Manchester & District CND, focusing on nuclear power issues)
14.45 – 15.00: Closing remarks
At 3pm there will be a historical/political tour of Manchester, led by local CND man Steve Roman. A great chance to see the sights and learn about Manchester’s history of radical politics.
NB. All details are provisional and subject to changeTags: conference, manchester, trident
National CND has announced that the cost replacing Trident will cost £205,000,000,000 (billion).
With Parliament set to vote later this year, we urge you to lobby your MP and tell them to reject a new generation of nuclear weapons. Instead this money should be spent on the NHS, education, transport and other vital public services. If you live in Merseyside you can find the contact details of your MP in this document.
The Cost of Replacement
- Manufacturing four new submarines – £31 billion
- Contingency fund – £10 billion
- Missile extension programme – £350 billion
- Replacement warheads – £4 billion
- Infrastructure capital costs – £4 billion
- In service costs – £142 billion
- Conventional military force support – £1 billion
- Decommissioning – £13 billion
- TOTAL – £205 billion
Wednesday 13th July
National CND is calling for a lobby of MPs as Parliament prepares to vote on whether to waste £100,000,000,000 (billion) on a new generation of nuclear weapons.
Following on from the hugely successful Stop Trident demonstration in February, this lobby is not only a great way to maintain momentum but could also be our last opportunity to influence the decision.
Please contact your MP and tell them that instead of murderous, useless and obscenely expensive nuclear weapons, that money should be spent on the N.H.S., education, transport and other vital public services.Tags: parliament, trident
We’ll be holding a Stop Trident stall and leafleting session from 11:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 7th May, outside the Lyceum Building (bottom of Bold Street).Tags: leafleting, stalls, trident
If you have a few hours to spare please join us and help spread the anti-Trident message. You can also contact your MP and tell them to vote against Trident in the upcoming Parliamentary vote.