Image by Iona Soper at Faslane Peace Camp
SPN 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 or address what lessons we might learn for today. Various events were held during the 4 year long centenary including an annual No More Wars presence on Armed Forces Day in Stirling, a Peace Vigil at the Buchanan Street steps, Glasgow, 5-6 pm, on the fourth Thursday of the month, and in Paisley bi-monthly. These regular events continue. Our activities are peaceful. We do not seek any confrontation with the police.
SPN takes a stand against wars as acts of terror by national governments in collusion with corporate profiteers. We honour those who refuse to bear arms, and those who resist the increasing militarisation of society.
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 to treat war as a career path for young people who may feel 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.