Chester CND blog

Here you can keep up with what's going on in the group, with news of upcoming and past events, minutes, agendas, and opinion on topical issues.

Congratulations ICAN

posted Dec 10, 2017, 4:16 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 4:20 AM ]

Today, Sunday 10th December, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will attend a ceremony in Oslo to pick up the 2017 Nobel Peace prize.  The prize was awarded for ICAN’s “work to draw attention to the  catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and the resulting ‘Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’, which was adopted by 122 UN Member States earlier this year.
 Cluster munitions, land mines, chemical and biological weapons are already banned under International Conventions....why not nuclear weapons!
We wanted to share the good news so have placed a half page ad in this weeks Chester Standard.  Thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible.
The Government will have to face considerable pressure before it will sign the treaty. It is up to us.

‘Stop Arming Saudi’ December Vigil

posted Dec 3, 2017, 7:05 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 7:06 AM ]

We will be holding a ‘Stop Arming Saudi’ silent vigil this month but it will be on the 16th rather than the last Saturday.  If you can come along ..... usual time and place ..... 12.30 - 1.30 pm at The Cross, Chester.
There will be no other vigil in December.

7th December makes it 1003

posted Dec 2, 2017, 4:20 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 6:54 AM ]

10th December 2017 is the day the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will be handed the Nobel Peace Prize medal - “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.
On the same day, not resting on its laurels, ICAN will be launching a 1000 day campaign to begin #theend of nuclear weapons. Twitter users re-tweet to let your friends and family know you are ready to #keeppushing for #goodbyenukes

A booklet about the nuclear weapon ban treaty is available here http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/booklet-the-nuclear-weapon-ban-treaty/

Watch out for the advert in this Thursday’s Chester Standard.  We cannot thank all those who supported this enough and are overwhelmed by their generosity.





Stop Arming Saudi - Silent Vigils

posted Aug 18, 2017, 9:44 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

We have recently decided to hold a Silent Vigil on the last Saturday of every month to highlight UK Government weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.  We aim to be at The Cross, Chester from 12.30 until 1.30 pm.  This may vary though, so if you would like to join us e mail chestercnd@gmail.com or check our Facebook Page.

We invite you to dress in black if possible.

Our next vigil is on Saturday 28th October.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Flower Memorial event

posted Aug 10, 2017, 4:00 AM by Chester CND

On 6th and 9th of August 1945 nuclear weapons were dropped by the USA on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The only times nuclear bombs have been used in war. 92 percent of the structures in Hiroshima were either destroyed or damaged by the blast and ensuing fires. Estimates of total deaths in Hiroshima range between 100,000 and 180,000, out of a population of 350,000. Casualties from Nagasaki are thought to be between 50,000 and 100,000.

Out of 300 doctors in Hiroshima 270 were reported dead, out of 1780 nurses 1654 were reported dead, out of 140 pharmacists 112 were reported dead and out of 45 hospital 42 were non functional

Our military and our government know full well that we do not have capacity to cope should what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki happen here.  Modern day nuclear bombs are way more powerful. 

Should it happen again anywhere else?

Since 1982 people have gathered at The Groves in Chester to remember what happened to those two cities and the people involved in the sad event.  Below is a photo from the Flower Memorial last Sunday. 

 

'Stop Arming Saudi' - Silent Vigils

posted Aug 8, 2017, 10:18 AM by Chester CND

Our July Vigil
The conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has resulted in a humanitarian disaster. More than 2 million people are internally displaced.  14.5 million people, nearly 8 million of who are children, have no access to clean water and sanitation resulting in a cholera epidemic. Food shortages mean 2 million children are suffering acute malnutrition.

There is evidence UK weapons sold to Saudi Arabia are being used in violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen.  The government does not accept this and continues to sell weapons to Saudi and court their business. 

To highlight this unethical behaviour and to encourage people to let the government know they need to stop arming Saudi, we hold a Silent Vigil at The Cross in Chester on the last Saturday of the month.  If you would like to join us, whatever your age, check our Facebook page for more details or contact us at chestercnd@gmail.com





7th July 2017 - A historic day

posted Jul 7, 2017, 10:22 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

Today all the hard work to negotiate a global nuclear weapons ban treaty came to fruition. The treaty will open for signature by states at the UN in New York on 20th September this year. 

The hard work continues though, as states with nuclear weapons will be unwilling to sign the treaty.  The treaty will increasingly put them under pressure to disarm.

More info at icanw.org and cnduk.org


ADDING INSULT TO INJURY

posted Apr 2, 2017, 1:43 PM by Chester CND

From 27th to 31st March negotiations were going on at the UN headquarters in New York to try and move further towards a legally binding global ban on nuclear weapons.
Our government opted themselves out of these negotiations despite saying they support multilateral disarmament.  Most of our press decided the talks were un-newsworthy.

This is what happens when a nuclear bomb goes off  

BLAST WAVE

1/2 of energy released -  travelling at supersonic speed - trauma to lungs, internal organs, eardrums rupture etc. - throws bodies and missiles around - ruptures to gas lines, downs power lines, electrical short circuits, damage to chemical/industrials plants etc.

HEAT

1 – 100 million degrees C - 1/3 of energy released - travelling at speed of light - Flash burns, Retina Burns, Flash Blindness etc. - Hot gases suck up air creating hurricane winds - A high enough ground temperature will consume oxygen and flammable materials.

RADIATION

pulse of neutrons and gamma rays irradiate all living things - neutrons induce radioactivity in soil, building and other materials (relatively short term) - Radio active dust from fall out falls back to earth - locally or across the globe depending on height in atmosphere -Short to long term consequences, Cancer, sterility etc. - Ionising radiation can affect DNA.

ELECTRO MAGNETIC PULSE

damages electrical equipment taking out vital modern day services



A 2016 Round Up

posted Jan 4, 2017, 6:31 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Jan 4, 2017, 6:48 AM ]




We started the year off by doing some studying to prepare for a meeting we requested with our MP, Chris Matheson. We eventually met with Chris
in April and had a good discussion, although very disappointingly he said he would vote for renewal. He did not know what the Labour party would
do if a global nuclear weapons ban is adopted. 
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We held a wet and freezing cold vigil in Chester town centre in February.

A group of us (Chester CND members and other concerned folks) went to the Stop Trident demo in London sharing a coach

with Merseyside CND.

We had our usual stall at the Trade Councils May Day event. One of our group designed a giant cheque for people to write down what

they would prefer £100 billion to be spent on. We were joined by a white elephant made by another member of the group.

During the year we have had a number of letters in the local paper.


Chester Lush contacted us just before the parliamentary vote as they wanted to do something at the store to raise awareness.

We provided posters and leaflets and joined them on the Saturday.


People always look out for our annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Flower memorial in August. Meeting near the river we had  singers

as well as readings this year. It is always very poignant when the flowers are dropped on the water.


Not organised by us but around the issue of Trident.

The Chester debating society discussed 'Britain should do away with Trident. It has no place in the modern world'. The motion was carried.

Chester Labour party has been discussing Trident – at a politics in the pub meeting early in the year and the CLP meeting before the

 Labour Party conference. The majority view at the moment is for Labour to scrap Trident.






Stop Trident 2016

posted Feb 28, 2016, 6:54 AM by Chester CND

On Saturday 27th February we marched to say no to Trident renewal

The Devastating Impact- Scale of loss of life and long term effects

If the UK were attacked and Trident was used in retaliation the result would be the deaths of millions of people, almost entirely civilian. The sheer scale of this is difficult to comprehend, but is clearer to grasp if compared it to the Hiroshima bombing, where the initial blast alone killed c.140,000 people. Each of the proposed Trident submarines is set to have 8 missiles. Each missile has 5 warheads, and each warhead has the power of 8 of the bombs which devastated Hiroshima. One nuclear submarine has the capability to produce a staggering total of 320 Hiroshimas. Humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross have said that they do not have the capacity to deal with such a humanitarian disaster.

Furthermore unlike conventional weapons, nuclear weapons have long term effects far beyond the initial devastation and loss of life including radiation sickness which can continue to effect victims years after the detonation.

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