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Glasgow March & Rally Transport

posted Mar 27, 2015, 8:44 AM by Stirling CND


The Scrap Trident coalition are organising a march and rally through Glasgow city centre on Saturday 4th of April, and Stirling CND in partnership with Stirling Uni CND are organising transport there at a subsidised rate. A seat on the coach will cost £4 if you earn a wage, or £3 if you don't. If you are a paid member of Stirling CND or Stirling Uni CND you will only pay £3 regardless of income.

To book a ticket, please give us a ring on 01786 561073- if there's no answer leave your name, phone number and how many tickets you'd like and we'll get back to you. Payment will be collected on the day.

The list of speakers so far confirmed are:
If you'd like to know more about the demo have a look at the Scrap Trident Coalition's website here, and to keep up with any developments on transport from Stirling, have a look at the Facebook event.

Stirling Student Union Divests From Nuclear Weapons!

posted Oct 21, 2014, 12:23 PM by Stirling CND

Students at the University of Stirling voted on Monday night (20th October) to mandate the student union to divest from institutions that produce and fund nuclear weapons, in a further development in growing youth and student activism against nuclear arms around the UK. The meeting passed 54-5 at the student union's general meeting, with 5 abstentions.

 

The policy prevents the student union from investing in or with institutions named in the IKV Pax Christi 'Don't Bank on the Bomb', which can be viewed online at www.dontbankonthebomb.com. It also bans these organisations from having a presence at student union events, and the union will no longer be able to offer concessions to these groups.

 The Student Union will further pressure the university to do likewise, which will place the future of the Santander branch on campus under question, as the bank is listed as being one of the worst offenders in the report.

 Joseph Deans, Vice President of the Stirling University CND group which proposed the motion, said "the stigmatisation of nuclear weapons, and the fact that the Student Union will now be part of a growing movement denying credit facilities to those companies producing them, will help encourage those involved to withdraw for the sake of their public profile and their bottom line". Alasdair Ibbotson, President of the same group, added "the students at Stirling have been consistent in their opposition to nuclear weapons and we're now seeing action on that. It's clear that those who seek to profit from these heinous weapons can't get away without the significant public disgust that has led to this motion being passed being generated".

Image (c) Stirling Students' Union           

UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING CND VISIT POLICE STATION

posted Oct 10, 2014, 6:31 AM by Stirling CND

Today (9/10/14) 5 members of Stirling University CND attended the Police Station in Dunblane in order to report crimes committed by the British Government's nuclear weapons programme, Trident, and its intended replacement. 

Specifically this included breaches of the 1977 Geneva Protocol, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Act 2001. The United Kingdom is committed to disarming our nuclear weapons under these, and the maintenance and replacement of the current system breaks the law.

 

The police's attention was drawn to these acts and evidence of the crimes committed, including a motion that went before the House of Commons on the 14th March 2007 giving the government permission to pursue a replacement system, which Anne McGuire, MP for Stirling, voted in favour of.

 

This event follows on from others carried out in England and Wales throughout the early part of this year by Action AWE, another anti-nuclear weapons group that focuses on Britain's nuclear warhead factories near Reading, from where the weapons are driven through Stirling to Coulport, near Glasgow.

 

One of the delegation from Stirling University CND, Alasdair Ibbotson, said "It's important that the United Kingdom set an example- that international law cannot be disregarded with impunity when it suits us, and that the government is not above the laws made by it at Westminster. Nuclear weapons are illegal, and that's why we've come to report them as a crime".

 

In the event the police refused to accept the report and investigate whether a crime had been committed, stating that doing so was "not in their remit". A complaint has been lodged by a member of the group with Police Scotland, regarding the failure to accept the report, which may amount to misconduct.

 

Notes to Editors:

  • Photographs available
  • The action was carried out at 3pm in Dunblane Police Station.
  • Further comment is available on request to stirunicnd@gmail.com, we will seek to get back to you within 12 hours. If you need a more urgent response, please call the group President, Alasdair Ibbotson, on 07856 749264.
  • You can contact Action AWE at info@actionawe.org
  • Scottish CND can be contacted by emailing scnd@banthebomb.org 

Big Sandy Will Be Special Guest In Stirling

posted Aug 20, 2014, 3:14 AM by Stirling CND

STREET CAMPAIGNING WITH ‘BIG SANDY

TUESDAY 26 AUGUST 2014 @ 12.30 - 14.00

KINGS STREET/ PORT STREET, STIRLING


Local group Stirling CND will be taking to the streets of Stirling  next Tuesday with a very special campaigner, ‘Big Sandy’.


‘Big Sandy’ is on a giant tour of Scotland organised by Scottish CND. He is ten feet tall and wears a CND T-shirt and kilt.


‘Big Sandy’ is travelling around the country to raise awareness about the presence of nuclear weapons on the Clyde and to encourage people to vote Yes for a Scotland free from Trident.


Everywhere ‘Big Sandy’ has gone he has raised smiles from young and old alike.


Stirling CND continues to campaign for removal of the Trident weapons system from Scotland, at a time when the UK Government against a backdrop of austerity and cuts in public spending is proposing to replace Trident at a cost of £100 billion.  


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: KENNETH WARDROP, CHAIR, STIRLING CAMPAIGN FOR NUCELAR DISARMAMENT

MOBILE:07557 735531

EMAIL: kennethwardrop@fsmail.net


Join us in call for peace on Armed Forces Day in Stirling on 28th June

posted Jun 15, 2014, 1:07 PM by Stirling CND

Calling for Peace on Armed Forces Day

The national Armed Forces Day will be held in Stirling on 28th June and the Scottish Peace Network is inviting you to be present on the day with peace banners and leaflets to call for no more wars.

We will be on the pavement outside the Smith Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling (FK8 2RQ), from 11 am. This is on the route of the military parade from the Castle to the event field to the west of the town. 

The Scottish Peace Network is  a network of Scottish peace-oriented organisations, such as the Iona Community, Scottish CND and the United Nations Association.

For more info email lazybeds@yahoo.co.uk


UK Atomic Weapon Assembly Plant Blockaded

posted Jun 9, 2014, 1:33 AM by Stirling CND

This morning around 30 people from Action AWE blocked the entrance to the Burghfield nuclear weapon assembly factory in Burghfield in order to disrupt the ongoing work at the site. Follow Action AWE on Twitter for updates.

The effects of a Trident-sized nuclear warhead on Stirling

posted May 4, 2014, 12:04 PM by Stirling CND

The map below shows the effect- scarily- that a nuclear weapon would have on Stirling. The assumed target is the MoD base at Forthside, and the effects of fallout are not considered, nor are the effects of any other bombs which may have been dropped elsewhere.
Black- Total Destruction    
Red- 70% instant casualties, rising to 83% within 2 days
Orange- 75% fatalities within 1 month
Yellow- Cotton and polyester ignites on the blast

The map, originally produced by Stirling Uni CND, is based on the Scottish CND report 'If Britain Fired Trident' (pdf). How would you fare?

Stirling CND campaigns against the notion that being one of only 9 countries in the world to have the power to do this is something we should be proud of. We believe that causing destruction like this would be unacceptable in any circumstances, and if we aren't going to use them, the British government should not pay £100bn for the next generation of these weapons.

Ambushing HMS Ambush

posted May 4, 2014, 11:52 AM by Stirling CND

Two campaigners from Faslane Peace Camp were arrested on Wednesday morning 19th March aboard the Royal Navy submarine HMS Ambush at its berth in Faslane.

Security at the site - home to Britain's Trident nuclear weapons and headquarters of the Royal Navy – was again called into question by the protestors' actions.

Speaking today following her release from custody, boarding party member Heather Stewart (29) expressed surprise at the success of the action. 'I am amazed and disturbed by the accessibility of the UK's top defence site. Up to eighty nuclear warheads are often stationed here, along with several nuclear reactors. We thought we could get in, but not that we would be arrested within meters of nuclear materials.'

HMS Ambush is one of the new Astute class of hunter-killer submarines. Two of a planned seven Astutes have been completed, with all seven intended to be based alongside the £100 billion Trident replacement at Faslane. The base is currently undertaking a £31 million expansion to accommodate the additional service personnel for these submarines.

'These submarines use the same leaky reactor which has recently been disclosed to have caused problems at Dounreay. Bringing another five to Faslane will double the chances of nuclear accident and increase the amount of nuclear waste on our roads and railways,' said Jamie Watson (29) on release from Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

Having been charged with bye-laws offences, malicious mischief, and offences under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, the protestors were allowed to leave custody with no trial date set. Stewart said, 'Direct actions such as this are necessary, to reflect the overwhelming public support for scrapping Trident and to show that we won't accept a Trident replacement or new nuclear submarines.

'Since there's nowhere else for them to go, a “Yes” vote in September will help pile on the pressure for these engines of destruction to be sent to the breaker's yard as part of a programme of unilateral disarmament.'

Stop Wasting Billions on Trident

posted Mar 18, 2014, 4:13 PM by Stirling CND

#StirQT Press Release

posted Mar 14, 2014, 11:48 AM by Stirling CND

13th March 11pm
IMAGE: Stirling University Politics Society

University of Stirling Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Stirling Uni CND)

PRESS RELEASE- FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

 

Alternative Hustings- #StirQT

 

Stirling Uni CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) is delighted with the level of support shown for Nuclear Disarmament in the Politics Society/ Air3 hustings from the candidates and the audience, and hopeful that that support can be translated into positive action against weapons of mass destruction in the forthcoming year.

Having been asked by a CND supporter in the audience about what steps they would take to promote CND's aims, and enact the motion 'Trident & Nuclear Disarmament', passed by the Union's GM last October, the candidates for Vice-President Communities were positive about their determination to bring this issue to the forefront of debate on campus. Lauren Marriott pointed out that nuclear disarmament is important for many students on campus, with Rosamond Parker adding that "nuclear weapons are bad for the environment and not very ethical", before going on to detail the steps she believe would benefit the cause.

CND would like to point out, in response to comments from Presidential candidate Conn O'Neill, that it is a single issue peace campaign that exists to campaign against nuclear weapons. We do not oppose military recruitment, the OTC or the armed forces, and have asked Mr. O'Neill to correct his statement on Twitter. We also wish to stress that we as a society have nothing to do with any motions to ban the Officer Training Corps or the military for campus, or call for the disaffiliation of the former.

Ending his speech, O'Neill suggested that "we all go to Faslane...". We'd like to remind him that we will be heading down for a march and rally in George Square, Glasgow on Saturday 5th April, followed by a demonstration at HMNB Clyde (Faslane, where Britain's nuclear-armed submarines are based) on Monday 7th, and invite everyone interested in coming with us to email stirunicnd@gmail.com. Hopefully, with his new-found enthusiasm for nuclear-disarmament, Conn O'Neill will join us as well!

Stirling Uni CND and the Politics Society are collaborating on an event to be held on Thursday 3rd April, named 'The Stirling Missile Crisis', which all are welcome to attend, regardless of their views on nuclear weapons- will you be the one to push the world to the brink of Armageddon? For more details as they're released, you can follow Stirling Uni CND on Twitter @StirlingUniCND and on Facebook at fb.com/UofSCND.

 

--ENDS--

 

This press release has been sent from Stirling Uni CND. For more information, comment or speakers for interviews, email us at stirunicnd@gmail. If you wish to address your message to a particular committee member, insert FAO and their office in the subject line. Our officers are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Campaigns Officer, Social Secretary & External Events Co-ordinator.

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