Celebrating the Christmas Truce in Glasgow

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, a dozen members of the Scottish Peace Network assembled in Glasgow city centre at Dewar’s statue, in the midst of the last minute shoppers, to remember and celebrate the Christmas truce of 1914 and the spirit of resistance from below that the truce demonstrated.

xmas truceWe held banners and placards and distributed a flyer. The response was good, with many people taking the flyer and a few stopping to talk with us. As we ended, most of us felt the gathering had been a productive one and that we should try to build this event so that it is even larger next year. It seems that the wars never end and that the sums of money wasted on armaments constantly increases. The Christmas truce reminds us that there is an alternative.

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White Poppy Wreath to be Laid at Glasgow Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 9th November,  the Scottish Peace Network  will lay a white poppy wreath in Glasgow, at the Cenotaph in George Square.

This will be laid after all the other wreaths.
This will be a silent witness, and we invite people to dress in black and wear white poppies.
According to the Lord Provost’s Secretariat the protocol is that it is open to the public, and anyone can lay a wreath or flowers, after the official ones have gone down.  It must be respectful. The same applies to Armistice Day.
Both occasions would start around 10:30am with two minutes silence at 11:00.
The wreath laying happens after that.
On Armistice Day, Tuesday 11 November,
UNA Glasgow members intend to lay a small wreath of white poppies to remember all victims of war 1914-2014 and all peacemakers.
If anyone would like to join us on either of these dates that would be great.

 

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Trident Still Has to Go Now! Demo at Faslane, 30 November. 12noon.

JOIN people from across Scotland at Faslane on Sunday 30 November in calling for Trident to be scrapped.

The Scottish Independence referendum has raised the issue of Trident in a way that cannot be ignored. JOIN thousands of people and show that the people of Scotland want Trident scrapped and human needs funded.

There will be buses from across Scotland. Buses will drop off near Faslane Peace Camp at 11:45am. We will along the base fence holding a noise demo and hanging messages of peace and disarmament. There will be music, short statements and hot drinks at the North Gate from 12:45pm.

Click here to Download a Flyer to Print.

For more details and to book bus tickets visit the Scrap Trident website here.

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YES or NO: Trident Has Got to Go – Demo & Picnic at Faslane

North Gate of Faslane Naval Base 
Saturday 20 September 12 noon.

After the historic Referendum Vote this is an opportunity to do something practical and symbolic. Whether we are celebrating or commiserating with each other – one thing remains clear. The campaign against nuclear weapons will not stop until Trident is removed, and nothing will make that clearer than our presence at Faslane a mere two days after the vote. 

All invited to join Scottish Peace Network in a short sharp event – part demo/part symbolic action and bring a picnic.

Take the 316 Bus from Helensburgh outside the Train Station to the North Gate of Faslane. Trains run from Glasgow Queen St Station every half hour.

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4 August No Glory in War Glasgow Silent Demo

NoGlory Banner cathedral croppedThe Scottish Peace Network held silent vigils in Glasgow yesterday during First World War commemorations, displaying a massive No Glory in War banner outside the Cathedral and in full view of the assembly at George Square while Prince Charles, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband and representatives of Commonwealth countries paid tribute to the millions of First World War dead. We held up banners that proclaimed “No More Wars” and “Let our love for humanity beat louder than the drums of war” in the midst of the crowd which cheered marching military bands at the close of the commemoration ceremony

cathedral demo angleActivists from Edinburgh Stop the War, Trident Ploughshares, Scottish CND, the IWW, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, Scottish WILPF, Quakers, Anabaptists, the Iona Community, Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland  took part in the protest. Faslane Peace Campers held up the massive No Glory in War banner in full view of Prince Charles and David Cameron as they left the Cathedral enroute to Glasgow’s George Square and again throughout the commemorations at the Square.

 See photos from the day on our Facebook page here. And Please LIKE the page to keep up on our future activities.

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Remembering the Devastation of the First World War.

WIB at CenotaphAs the Scottish Peace Network prepares to demonstrate opposition to all wars tomorrow in Glasgow the Gareloch Horties, a women’s peace group affililated to Trident Ploughshares, a member of the Scottish Peace Network, stood in silent vigil by the centotaph in George Square for a hour this morning as the Commonwealth Games Cycle Road Race made its way through the city.

Rebecca Woodsford, a member of the group, said “it feels very important on the eve of the centenary of the First World War to remember the devastation that war is still bringing to so many people around the world”.

Supporters of the Scottish Peace Network will gather at the Donald Dewar Statue at the Pedestrian Precinct, Buchanan St, Glasgow from 9:30am – 12:30pm on the 4th August to calling for an end to
all wars as the government holds its first Commemoration of the First World War.

Peace Network activists will distribute hold  banners and placards and vigil peacefully outside the Cathedral and outside the Royal Infirmary from 10am – 11am and on at the fringes of George Square from 11:30am – 12:30pm as the UK official Commemorations of the onset of the war take place in those locations.

Scottish Peace Network member groups that will take part in the demonstration include

Clydeside General Membership Branch, Industrial Workers of the WorldEdinburgh Campaign Against the Arms TradeEdinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)Edinburgh Peace & Justice CentreEdinburgh Stop the War Coalition, Gareloch Horticulturalists, Glasgow Catholic Worker, Renfrew CND, Highlands Against Nuclear TransportIona CommunityJustice and Peace Scotland, St Mary’s Cathedral Justice and Peace Group, Trident PloughsharesScottish CNDStirling CNDScottish Palestine Solidarity CampaignScottish Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (SWILF), Alternative World War One Commemoration CommitteeScottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA), United Nations Association Edinburgh (UNA), Spirit of RevoltGlasgow QuakersWomen in Black (Edinburgh)Faslane Peace CampAnabaptist Network, and Glasgow Quakers.

 

 

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1914 – 2014: No More Wars

no more wars no glory with solidersThe Scottish Peace Network will have a vigil and hand out leaflets in Glasgow on 4 August while the government holds its official commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War in the Cathedral and in George Square. Some of us will be at the Donald Dewar Statue in the Pedestrian Precinct of Buchanan St from 9:30am – 10:30am then groups will disperse from there to distribute leaflets at various places around the city centre, finishing around George Square between 12 and 12:30pm when there will be a military parade there. All are welcome to join us. 

Here is the text of the leaflet we will be distributing.

2014 marks the centenary of the First World War. While honouring the memory of those who died we must remember the devastation, not glorify the tragic loss of life. The truth is countless millions of lives were wasted in an orgy of unimaginable slaughter; many survivors suffered lasting physical and mental disfigurement. Nothing was gained; and the settlement at Versailles set the scene for a century of endless, often genocidal war.

nomorewars banner  with officersThe Scottish Peace Network opposes David Cameron’s attempt to equate commemoration of the First World War with the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics, as an opportunity to “celebrate Britishness.” The government plans to rewrite the history of the war as “a good war” and bolster a militaristic nationalism in the wake of its failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our continuing collusion with the US through NATO membership commits us to more pointless wars. We must learn instead that war is not the way to resolve conflict or create peace.

Let us remember that imperial rivals sought to gain or protect economic interests, vying for colonial territories in Africa, the Middle Eastand Asia. Let’s remember that generals in comfortable chateaux sent millions of men to die only to gain a few yards of ground. Let’s remember that men were ordered to walk toward machine guns that mowed them down and generals measured victory in terms of numbers of casualties.

Let us also remember the vision and commitment of those who resisted the war: those who filled public squares in Glasgow, Manchester and London; the twenty thousand conscientious objectors refused to participate in the slaughter, thousands of whom were imprisoned under harsh conditions; trade unionists who stuck to the principles of international brotherhood and organised on the Clyde; John Maclean, jailed for his condemnation of the bloody struggle; and the women who worked for peace and social justice throughout the war.

Remembering now, one hundred years on, we call for an end to all wars.

No More Wars!

www.scottishpeacenetwork.org.uk

 

 

 

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SPN Protests at UK Armed Forces Day in Stirling

  On June 28, 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, triggering World War I. One outcome of this bloodbath was the cobbling together of the newly created state of Iraq, this to facilitate British control over Middle Eastern oil. As Iraq descends into sectarian warfare, the disastrous repercussions of imperialist meddling become all to obvious. 

    Ironically, exactly one century later the UK government sponsored Armed Forces Day in Stirling in its unceasing effort to glorify war, militarism and imperialism. Hundreds of thousands of pounds were spent to finance marching bands and regiments of old soldiers.

   No More Wars Banner behind Cadets  45 activists from around Scotland came to Stirling to protest this travesty. We assembled under a large banner saying NO MORE WARS and distributed a flyer calling for Scotland and the UK to leave NATO. We came together under the auspices of the Scottish Peace Network, a broad coalition of organisations,  peace groups and social justice organisations. These include Scottish CND, Women in Black, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, Edinburgh Stop the War, the Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Industrial Workers of the World.
    The Peace Network is already planning its next action. On August 4, the UK government will be holding a commemoration of the start of World War I, trying to defend the British role in a war of imperialist rivals that led to the death of tens of millions and set the stage for the rise of Hitler. There will be an official ceremony at the Glasgow Cathedral followed by a wreath laying in George Square. The queen, Cameron and other assorted bigwigs will be on hand.
     The Peace Network is calling on activists to come to the Dewar statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow City Centre at 9:30in the morning on August 4. From there we will be sending groups to a variety of sites to make known our disgust with this display of chauvinistic jingoism.
     We showed we could act together in Stirling. We can do the same on August 4.
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1914 – 2014: No More Wars

Remembering the Devastation of the First World War
Gather at the Donald Dewar Statue at 9:30am, 4th August at the Pedestrian Precinct, Buchanan St, Glasgow

conscientious-objectors dyce campThe Scottish Peace Network will gather in Glasgow to call for an end to all wars as the government holds its first Commemoration of the First World War. All welcome.

Please note the earlier time of 9:30am gathering for picking up leaflets for distribution around the city Centre. Someone will be there until 10:30am. Groups will be going out from there to various points in the City Centre to distribute leaflets. More details to follow. Please watch this space.

While honouring the memory of those who died we will remember the terrible loss of life and refuse to glorify the war. We will remember that Generals sent millions of men to be mown down by machine guns only to gain a few yards of ground and that imperial rivals sought to gain or protect economic interests, vying for colonial territories in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

We will also remember the vision and commitment of those who resisted the war: those who filled public squares in Glasgow and London; conscientious objectors who refused to participate in the slaughter and were imprisoned; trade unionists who organised on the Clyde; John Maclean, jailed for condemning the war as a bloody struggle of imperialist rivals; and women such as Crystal MacMillan who campaigned for peace and social justice throughout the war.

Please tell your friends and workmates about this important chance to mark the horror and carnage of the first world war. We encourage you to bring banners, placards and artworks that illustrate visually what the First World War represents for you.

Remembering now, one hundred years on, we call for

No More Wars

www.scottishpeacenetwork.org.uk

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NO MORE WARS – UK Armed Forces Day Demonstration

Scottish Peace Network Demonstration at UK Armed Forces Day Event.
Saturday 28 June, 11am – 1pm. Smith Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.

peace flag scott monumentThe 28th June is Armed Forces Day, a national ”to show support for the Armed Forces.” This year in Stirling it conflicts with Bannockburn Day, and, celebrating the role of the forces for “the whole of the UK”, has ramifications for the independence debate.

Armed Forces Day was established by the government “to show support for the Armed Forces” and this year is being held in Stirling. It is deeply insensitive and ill-timed; why it is so offensive to make the weapons of war central to a celebration, even to allow children to play with them as if they were not the things that rip human flesh apart but merely some neutral item of technology.

Photo: www.armedforcesday.org.uk/

It is shocking that the UK government and other governmental bodies, including the Stirling local authority,  as well as corporate sponsors, are spending £500k on the day’s events at the same time as basic services such as education and health are being deeply cut.

Whatever your voting intentions in the Scottish referendum there can be no doubt that the staging of the UK-wide Armed Forces Day – with its unionist overtones – in the heart of Scotland just 82 days before the vote is deeply cynical.

In this centenary year, instead of glorifying the militarist strand of Scottish heritage that has encouraged so many young men and women to enlist in the British Armed Forces, we should be praising the voices of peace, such as the conscientious objectors imprisoned during World War I,  John Maclean who was jailed for his condemnation of that war as a bloody struggle of imperialist rivals, trade unionists who stuck to the principles of international brotherhood and organised on the Clyde, and the women who worked for peace and social justice throughout World War I.

Responding to this the Scottish Peace Network, of is holding a peaceful vigil and will be leafleting and calling for No More Wars. All welcome.

 

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