The Scottish Peace Network is a network of groups in Scotland coming from a variety of different traditions which are united in opposing militarism and share a common vision for a peaceful Scotland. We will coordinate and jointly organise opposition to:
- the possession, use or threat to use nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
- all military aggression, in particular any armed aggression against others by our own government, alone or within NATO or any such military alliance.
- economic dependence on the production and trade of weapons systems that might be used to repress free expression, commit human rights violations or kill innocent human beings.
No More Wars… A Better World is Possible
The Scottish Peace Network welcomes new member organisations, and participation in our events by all those who want to join with others to work for global peace and justice.
The Scottish Peace Network was formed in the spring of 2014, when the British government made it clear that the official observance of the First World War Centenary would glorify this horrific war rather than tell the truth about it.
The SPN takes a stand against wars as acts of terror by national governments in collusion with corporate profiteers. Instead, we honour those who refuse to bear arms, and those who resist the increasing militarisation of society.
Our counter-centenary included a film screening and discussion of the battle of Gallipoli to mark the centenary of the mutiny by units of the French army; a rally and Walk of Pride to honour the rent strikes of 1915, a significant act of war resistance; a remembrance of the Christmas Truce of 1914-1915; and a commemoration of the battle of the Somme. Currently, we continue to be an annual No More Wars presence on Armed Forces Day in Stirling; and hold a Peace Vigil at the Buchanan Street steps, Glasgow, 5-6 pm, on the fourth Thursday of the month, and in Paisley bi-monthly.
We call for schools not bombs, healthcare not warfare, and good jobs for all; for scrapping Trident; and for withdrawing from NATO as an auxiliary to the US military.
We deplore the efforts of the British government to treat war as a career path for young working class people who have rightly figured out that society as currently structured has no place for them. Military recruitment in the schools is a travesty, full of jingoism and false promises. Schools must permit their students to hear a peace alternative to the propaganda delivered by military recruiters.
The Scottish Peace Network has maintained its opposition to war, imperialism, and militarism by focusing on what we as a society have done, and can continue to accomplish, though cooperation, collective action, and peaceful means. Through public events and actions we put forward the belief that it is not just possible but is up to us to make a better world.
We are always making choices in our lives, and there are alternatives to the status quo. For the sake of our families, friends, workmates, and communities, we need to pursue them. For updates and details of our projects and events write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.scottishpeacenetwork.org.uk.