Events around Nov 11th

Scottish Peace Network: Autumn Events 2018

At our last couple of meetings we brainstormed a series of events that would look back to the four years SPN has been commemorating the First World War from an anti-militarist, non-jingoistic point of view– and look forward to the weeks and months ahead. The theme Another World Is Possible would be at the heart of all the events. We came up with the following:

On Saturday, 3 November from 1 to 3pm the Peace Network will hold a white poppy stall at Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre.

On Sunday, 4 November, the SNP branch of CND is sponsoring a conference to look at an independent Scotland’s relation to NATO and developing its own policy toward the military. The conference will take place in Stirling at Albert Halls from 10:30 to 4:00 and costs from £3-5.

On Monday, 5 November, 12 noon, at the Mitchell Library, there will be a presentation on conscientious objectors during both world wars, and documents from the Spirit of Revolt archives.

On Tuesday, 6 November, at 7pm, Dove Tales is sponsoring a poetry and music event celebrating the conscientious objectors who refused to fight during World War I and II. The event will take place at the CCA.

On Saturday, 10 November, at 4:30 pm, we will assemble at the cenotaph in George Square for the laying of a white poppy wreath. This to follow the SCND AGM.

On Sunday, 11 November, Remembrance Day, at 3 pm there will be a peace memorial at Barshaw Park in Paisley. Sponsored by the East Renfrewshire Interfaith council.

On Saturday, 17 November, at 7pm, Dove Tales is sponsoring a concert at St. Giles Cathedral. With spoken word and music, the concert will explore World War I as The War to End All Wars?

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Remembrance day leaflet – script

Remembering . . .
1918
100 years ago, the first of the two world wars of the 20th Century was coming to a close. Between 1914 and 1918, on battle fields throughout Europe, tens of millions were killed or left seriously disabled. Those back home were suffering, too, from stress and deprivation, while being fooled or forced into backing a senseless and brutal conflict by powerful states competing for markets and influence.
2018
In our own day the same pattern is being repeated. NATO, to which the UK belongs, continues to use military violence to pacify US “trouble spots”. As always, the real motivations for warfare are hidden by spin and falsehoods.
HOPE
Depressing? It is certainly sobering but there is another thread connecting the two eras which offers hope –a thread that only appears rarely in mainstream accounts. In both centuries there has been resistance to warmongering, for example in Scotland through worker strikes, mass public protests and conscientious objectors refusing to fight.
And there is a new hunger among ordinary people here for a different way of being in the world – a way that responds to human need across the globe, that puts co-operation above competition, that actually cares about the planet and its future, that wants investment in the paths to peace instead of the machinery of murder. That road demands that we leave NATO and form peaceful connections across the world and, by scrapping Trident, share in the global move to ban nuclear weapons.
FUTURE
So let’s make sense of the First World War with a respectful nod to the past and a new determination to build a saner world, as we work together for No More Wars!

For information about the Scottish Peace Network
scottishpeacenetwork.org.uk
or email arthurwest7@hotmail.co.uk

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Stop the Expansion of the War in Syria We Want Peace!

Join us for the April vigil focusing on the War in Syria.

Thursday April 27th 5-6pm at the Dewar Statue, Buchanan St, Glasgow

 The bombing of the al-Shayrat airfield on 7 April, 2017, by the United States government, in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on civilians three days earlier, could well escalate a war that has killed more than 400,000 people, displaced nearly half of Syria’s population over the past five years, and brought a halt to the Arab Spring democracy movement of 2011.

This intervention by the Trump administration is legitimate grounds for fear among the world’s population.  Posturing and warmongering only make matters worse.  As the forces battling for power regroup and dig in, the number of Syrian casualties, including refugees, will increase.  The Assad regime will likely continue its scorched earth policy against rebels and civilians.  Hostility between Russia and the USA will likely escalate.  The usual militarist model will be set in motion: alliances formed on both sides, dissent repressed, resisters brutalised, politicians making deals.

Under these circumstances, the response by our global peace and justice movement will be critical.

Are there actions we can take right now to shift the focus from war and world domination to peace and social justice?  Yes! Read more ›

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Remembering the Somme – Glasgow

On July 1st at 5pm, the Scottish Peace Network is holding a centenary event at the Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre to remember the disaster of the battle of the Somme. We will have a short speech on the historical context and a reading of poems to start and then a time for everyone attending to give their thoughts on war and militarism.

The Somme was the bloodiest battle of World war I. More than one million soldiers were either killed or badly wounded. In the end, the battle changed little and the war continued to grind on for two more years.

As the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan continue, resulting in millions having to flee their homes, the centenary of the battle of the Somme provides a salient moment to remember the futility of war.

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Counter Armed Forces Day Protest

The Scottish Peace Network will be assembling in Stirling to provide a peace alternative presence to a military parade intended to celebrate Armed Forces Day. We will be meeting at 11:30am on Saturday, June 18, in front of the Stirling Smith Museum on Dumbarton Road, a short walk from the train station. We will have a banner, placards and a flyer. Join us.

War is not a game!

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May Vigil – Glasgow

The monthly vigil to protest the bombing of Iraq and Syria and to oppose all forms of militarism, including the renewal of Trident, will be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 5-6pm at Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre. We have a banner, placards and a flyer.

The weather should be fine. Come and bring a friend.

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Monthly Vigil – Glasgow

The next monthly vigil, sponsored by the Scottish Peace Network, will take place on Wednesday, April 27, from 5 to 6pm at Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street. We will be protesting the bombing of Iraq and Syria, weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and urging everyone to resist militarism.

We have placards, a banner and flyers. Feel free to bring your own placards.

Hope to see everyone there.

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Fly Kites Not Drones.

Kite making, Decorating, and Flying. In solidarity with Afghan Peace Volunteers and other people living under threat of Drones.

Fly Kites Not Drones was inspired by the Afghan Peace Volunteers who say the beautiful blue skies of Afghanistan are now a fearful sight to children who no longer want to fly kites, due to fear of a drone strike. The campaign is focused on the psychological impacts of weaponised drones which are now extensively used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Yeman, Mali and Somalia.

Sunday 20th March,  1 to 4pm@ On the Meadows, Edinburgh (by the Meadows Pavilion Café).

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Vigil against the bombing of Iraq and Syria

The network is organising a vigil and gathering at the Donald Dewar statue at the top of Buchanan Street, Glasgow on Wednesday March 16th between 5:30pm to 6:30 pm.

The main themes of the vigil and gathering are Peace in Syria Peace in Iraq Peace in the World.

Anyone who can come even for a short time to stand in solidarity at this event is very welcome. Bring placards and banners if possible.

It is hoped to make this a regular monthly event.

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Songs of the Unsung Heroes

Jane Lewis and Penny Stone from Protest in Harmony lead a fun and inspirational afternoon of songs celebrating the movements and people who opposed the First World War. Learn songs about the men and women who refused to fight and those involved in the broader movements for equality and social justice that move us closer to a world without war. In conjunction with The World Is My Country exhibition.

All welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

Full Price – £12.00 (£10 Network Members)

http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/4588/songs-of-the-unsung-heroes

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