Challenging military visits to Scottish schools – Edinburgh public meeting

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/)

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