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 ›
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
A petition to the Scottish Parliament created by human rights organisation ForcesWatch, and Quakers in Scotland, which calls for greater scrutiny, guidance and consultation on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland, has received more than 500 signatures in just over a week: https://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/armedforcesvisitstoschools.
The petition has been reported in the media (see for example http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14281087.Campaigners_urge_holyrood_to_investigate_military_visits_to_Scots_schools/ and https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/3496/campaign-launched-to-reform-disproportionate-military-visits-to-scottish-schools), and has gained the support of several prominent Scottish politicians, academics and youth leaders.
This public meeting at Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House from 7-9pm on Monday 14 March is to raise awareness about the petition, and to allow an in-depth discussion of the concerns behind it.
Speakers will include Owen Everett of ForcesWatch, Conor McAllister of Veterans for Peace UK, and the local teacher and EIS member Annie McCrae.
All welcome. Please book a free place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenging-military-visits-to-scottish-schools-edinburgh-public-meeting-tickets-22276168620 to guarantee a seat.
The venue has disabled access.
The Edinburgh event is part of a series, with other evening events in Glasgow on Tues 15 March (venue tbc), in Dumfries on Wed 16 (tbc), in Aberdeen on Thurs 17 at the Quaker Meeting House, and in Dundeen on Fri 18 (tbc); see http://www.forceswatch.net/content/scottish-parliament-petition for details.
There was a very successful public workshop on this issue in Edinburgh in November 2014 (see http://tinyurl.com/ogsvmxy), and well-attended similar events in Glasgow in April 2015 (see http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/2015/militarisation-of-youth-films/).
This event’s photo is credited to St Boniface’s Catholic College, Plymouth (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bonifaceplymouth/)