Join the DSEI arms fair protests!
Sep
1
to Feb 8

Join the DSEI arms fair protests!


The world's largest arms fair takes place at the ExCel Centre, East London, from 10-13 September this year. The Defence and Security Equiptment International, DSEI, describes itself as 'a landmark event presenting to the world the excellence of the UK defence and security businesses'. London CND says Britain's role is nothing to be proud of, including as it does the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia which fuel its war on Yemen.

A coalition of campaigns and groups, coordiated by Campaign Against Arms Trade, are coming together to protest. One of these is East London Against Arms Fairs. ELAAF has organised against DSEI for several years, and already has some music protests in place this time round – starting on Saturday 6 April.

Local CND groups and networks in London will be taking part in efforts to stop DSEI, and London  CND will be coordinating CND groups across Britain to make sure they have up-to-date information they need to play their part in the 'No to Nuclear' protests.

🔾  Get details of ELAAF protests at https://elaaf.org/

🔾  For more information about DSEI protest plans and info on Britain's role in the arms trade, visit https://www.caat.org.uk/



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Nagasaki Commemoration Lantern Lighting
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Nagasaki Commemoration Lantern Lighting

On 9 August 2019, from 6.30-7.30 pm, an ecumenical service organised by Pax Christi (020 8203 4884) will take place at the Crypt Chapel, Ambrosden Avenue, behind Westminster Cathedral, in memory of the 76th anniversary of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter’s execution in 1943 for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army. Franz Jagerstatter was beatified in October 2007. Following the service, there will be an interfaith Peace Walk to the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park for a Lantern-Lighting Ceremony (the lanterns will not be floated in the Thames). This will begin at dusk, to commemorate the 74th Anniversary for victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all wars.

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Hiroshima to Chernobyl: Say no to Nuclear
Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Hiroshima to Chernobyl: Say no to Nuclear

Hiroshima to Chernobl: say no to nuclear

Description

London CND invites you to join us in saying NO TO NUCLEAR

Hosted by CND Vice President Bruce Kent, with

  • video link up with Hannah Kemp Welch in Hiroshima

  • Shigeo Kobayasshi, Japan Against Nuclear

  • Carol Turner on Hiroshima-Chernobyl connections, with extracts from

  • Svetlana Alexievich’s survivor testimonies, Chernobyl Prayer and

  • Chernobyl, HBO’s mini-series, an overnight cult mili-series watched by over 8 million

On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The firestorm destroyed five square miles of the city and an estimated 100,000-180,000. Three days later a second bomb on Nagasaki added a further 50,000-100,000 to the casualty figures.

In the intervening years, nuclear accidents, both civil and military, have added to the toll of deaths and destruction. The 1984 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine gave off nearly twice the radiation released by the Hiroshima bomb.

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London CND's Hiroshima Day Commemoration
Aug
6
12:00 PM12:00

London CND's Hiroshima Day Commemoration

Join London CND at Tavistock Square on 6th August for our Hiroshima Day Commemoration. Opened by Cllr Maryam Mayor of Camden, and compered by London CND Vice President Jenny Jones (former Deputy Mayor of London and nowadays Green Party's Baroness Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb), with the usual mix of performers and speakers, including Raised Voices Choir and a message from the Mayor of Hiroshima read by Shigeo Kobayashi.

Ceremony followed by two minutes silence and flower laying at the Hiroshima Cherry tree which was planted in 1967 by the then Mayor Camden Cllr Millie Miller.

The rest of the afternoon is your opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. Light refreshments will be provided but why not bring along a picnic?

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Hiroshima Day Commemorative Peace Walk
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Hiroshima Day Commemorative Peace Walk

Join us on Sunday 4th August for a peace trail through London and discover some of the people and places in the city associated with international peacemaking.

In this guided walk with Valerie Flessati and Pat Gaffney we'll be making our way from the Gandhi Statue in Tavistock square to Red Lion Square, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Westminster, finishing in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the House of Commons. During the course of the walk we'll be joined by Bruce Kent - Honorary Vice President of CND. Though this is a guided walk, those attending are welcome to drop out on the route when/ if they need to.

We'll be meeting at 2pm at the Gandhi statue in Tavistock Square. Tickets are free, but limited, so make sure to book yours now!

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Protest the Westminster Abbey nuclear weapons 'thanksgiving' service
May
3
12:00 PM12:00

Protest the Westminster Abbey nuclear weapons 'thanksgiving' service

The Royal Navy plans to host a National Service of Thanksgiving to mark 50 years of the Continuous at Sea Deterrent (on the 3rd of May. New nuclear submarines are currently being constructed as part of a £205 billion Trident replacement scheme.

We’re calling on the abbey to drop the service - but if it goes ahead, join us to protest the event.

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NATO Anniversary Protest
Apr
2
11:00 AM11:00

NATO Anniversary Protest

CALLING ALL LONDON CND GROUPS

NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, was founded on 4 April 1949.
On the eve of its 70th anniversary, CND will be handing in a letter of protest at NATO’s Allied Maritime Command in Northwood HQ.

Tuesday 2 April 2019

11.00 to 12.00

NATO’s Allied Maritime Command

Atlantic Building, Sandy Lane, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 3HP

(Northwood station: Metropolitan line, DLR, national rail)

There'll be plenty of No to NATO placards on hand to help make your feelings known!

Read Kate Hudson's blog, NATO: 70 years too many

https://cnduk.org/nato-70-years-is-enough


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'Shadow World' film screening with Croydon TUC
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

'Shadow World' film screening with Croydon TUC

Join Croydon TUC for a screening of ‘Shadow World’, an incredible documentary about the global arms trade.

Click here to book tickets

This important documentary feature film, directed by Johan Grimonprez, exposes the appalling human cost of international arms dealing. It is in part based on the acclaimed book The Shadow World - Inside the Global ArmsTrade (Penguin books, 2012) written by Andrew Feinstein, founder of Corruption Watch UK. Having investigated the global arms trade for over fifteen years, Andrew has kindly agreed to give a Q&A session after the screening.

Contributors to the film include whistleblowers, investigative journalists, prosecutors, military and industry insiders, along with interviews given by senior politicians. It explains how the international trade in weapons fosters corruption, undermines democracy, determines economic and foreign policies and spreads suffering around the world. Complicit in all this are government elites, military and intelligence agencies, defence contractors, arms dealers and agents.

Examining some of the largest corrupt arms deals, it shows they account for almost 40% of all corruption in world trade. Shadow World highlights the real costs of war; how the arms trade drives it; and how weapons are turned against citizens of liberal democracies, reducing security for us all.

Positive alternatives are presented through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as the voice of Eduardo Galeano reading selections from his stories.

In 1961, US President Dwight Eisenhower issued a prescient warning in his farewell address, broadcast to the nation: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."

Shadow World is about big corporations involving players at the highest levels of government. The defence industry claims to bolster our security but instead, it has created a more dangerous world.

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Remember Fukushima - commemoration events
Mar
11
to Mar 20

Remember Fukushima - commemoration events

Monday 11 March 2019   Vigil  17.30 - 19.30  outside Japanese Embassy, 101 Piccadilly, London

Saturday 16 March 2019  March to Parliament & Rally  12.00 to start at 12.30  assemble outside Japanese Embassy and March followed by a Rally at 14.00 at Old Palace Yard opposite to the House of Lords

Tuesday 19 March 2019  Parliamentary Public Meeting with three Fukushima mothers   19.00 - 21.00  Committee Room 9 House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1

Wednesday 20 March 2019  Public Meeting with three Fukushima mothers 19.00 - 21.00 at SOAS Room to be confirmed.

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Teaching controversial issues: Peace Education Network
Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

Teaching controversial issues: Peace Education Network

  • Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Joe Jukes from CND Peace Education will be introducing some techniques for using ‘controversial issues’ to help students understand their own various political and social positions. With conversations of gender and race becoming increasingly common, the way that education can handle these concepts can be more adventurous, creative and critical. The session will introduce some topics and methods for exploring marginalisation, power and agency, using nuclear weapons politics as an example, and will consider any assumptions we might reproduce in our practice.

1.30-3.30pm, Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

 LINK: Book your free place

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London CND Open Meeting
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

London CND Open Meeting

Join London CND for our bi-monthly Open Meeting - we’ll hear from a speaker on the INF treaty, and discuss our plans for protests at the DSEI Arms Fair.

Open meetings are a great opportunity to find out more about London CND and get involved!

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Celebrate the New Year with London CND
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrate the New Year with London CND

London CND invites you to celebrate the New Year with us at the Ev restaurant, Waterloo

The Arches, 97-99 Isabella Street, SE1 8DD

Friday 25 January

18.30 for 19.00

£18 per guest, payable in advance


Enjoy

  • a meal of hot and cold mixed mezze with a large selection of vegetarian/vegan  options

  • convivial company

  • a charming Anatolian atmosphere

  • and a mystery guest speaker


Wide choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the bar

– wines, spirits , beers, cocktails and fruit juices –

Conveniently located 5 mins Waterloo Station, 2 mins Southwark Tube

Disabled access


HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

You place is not reserved until you make a payment. There are three ways to do this:

  • by direct transfer to London Region CND’s account. Please use the reference ‘social’. Our bank details are: Metro Bank, 1 Southampton Row, WC1B 5HA. London Region CND Account no 19885078 Sort code 23-05-80

  • by cheque to LRCND Treasurer, Phil Sedler, 6 Headlam St, London E1 5RT

  • by Eventbrite - click here


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Trump's finger on the nuclear button: London CND Conference 2019
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Trump's finger on the nuclear button: London CND Conference 2019

Join London Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for our annual conference, this year on the theme of president Trump and nuclear war.

We'll have an afternoon of discussion on the Korean Peninsula, US women in action, the Iran nuclear agreement, prospects for Palestine, the INF Treaty, a view from Westminster, thinking global & acting local, and more!

With speakers including Ambassador Husam Zomlot, Catherine West MP, Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley, and Medea Benjamin from Code Pink USA.

Tickets free here!

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London Region CND AGM
Jan
12
9:15 AM09:15

London Region CND AGM

  • School of oriental and african studies (map)
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Come to London CND’s AGM, where we elect our committee and set our priorities for the coming year. The AGM is a great opportunity to find out more about London CND, get involved and have your say.

The AGM takes place before our annual conference, at 9.15-11am on Saturday 12th January, in Room G51, School of Oriental and African Studies, 10 Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG.

You can find the agenda here and the details of how to take part here. All are welcome!

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Croydon CND Peace Council Launch
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Croydon CND Peace Council Launch

One hundred years ago, on 11 November an armistice brought World War I to an end. One of the deadliest wars in history, around 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a direct result. We’re re-launching Croydon Peace Council to reaffirm our commitment to a world free of war.

Croydon’s buzzing with activity nowadays– so many groups and individuals working for peace, solidarity and the preservation of the planet. Carol Turner, author of Corbyn & Trident, will kick off an informal discussion about ways we can work together and support each other’s efforts. 

That’s after a reading by Jan Woolf, a co-founder of No Glory in War which campaigns to promote peace and international understanding as part of the centenary commemorations, and a short film, March to Aldermaston – a record of the first Ban the Bomb march, directed by Lindsay Anderson and narrated by Richard Burton.

Book your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-peace-council-launch-tickets-50173772103

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Nov
14
8:15 PM20:15

Lessons of WW1 in the age of Brexit and Trump

Join the Haringey Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at their next public meeting, discussing the lessons of World War I in the age of Brexit and Trump.

November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. What can we learn from it about how to prevent war and conflict in the present age marked by the rise of nationalism and threats to a united Europe and international cooperation?

Labour Party Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament, Fabian Hamilton MP, will be the guest speaker at this meeting.  This will then be followed by an open question and answer session.  The meeting will be chaired by Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green.

All are welcome to attend this free event.   Light refreshments.  For more information, contact David at: davidtrpolden1@gmail.com or call 020 7700 2393.

The Sanctuary hall is at the back of the Moravian Church and can be reached by bus routes W3 and 144 which stop in Priory Road, near the junction with Park Road. Bus W7 is also close, which stops around the corner in Park Road.

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East London Peace Network Launch
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

East London Peace Network Launch

There’s so much going on in the East End – so many groups and individuals working for peace, solidarity and the preservation of the planet.  

At Tower Hamlets CND we’ve felt for some time that East Londonneeds a forum as a means of publicising all our activities to a wider audience, and working together on joint events from time to time – to the advantage of us all.


With this in mind, we’re inviting you – whether you’re an individual or member of a local group – to an initial meeting to thrash out how we can work together to bring this about.


Carol Turner from London CND will be there with some initial ideas, but we want your input and your own ideas too.

Just turn up. Or even better, let us know you’re interested by registering for free on eventbrite here. If you need to contact us, email eastlondonpeacenetwork@gmail.com or phone Phil on 0207 247 5269.


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Youth and Student Drinks Reception in Parliament
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Youth and Student Drinks Reception in Parliament

Join the London Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for a drinks reception in the House of Commons and meet two of our vice-presidents, Catherine West MP and Jenny Jones, Baroness of Moulsecoomb. You'll get the chance to look around the historic building and meet other CND supporters over a glass of wine. 

6-8pm, Monday 22nd October, House of Commons Jubilee Room

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West London Peace Network Launch
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

West London Peace Network Launch

  • St Michael and All Angels Church Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at the West London Peace Market on Saturday 22nd September as we launch a new peace network for the area. 

After the market, at 5pm, we'll be in the Church Hall with some refreshments to hear about  how you can get involved in peace activism.  

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Nae Nukes Anywhere!
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Nae Nukes Anywhere!

NAE NUKES ANYWHERE! – International Rally at Faslane 22nd September 2018

Gather at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walk from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for the rally, a distance of around a mile. The rally should end between 3 and 4 p.m.

The aim of the rally is to to highlight the strength of support from many UN member states for Scotland, a country hosting nuclear weapons against its wishes. Scotland is a significant and relatively autonomous part of a nuclear-armed state which opposes its possession of weapons of mass destruction. As things stand we cannot become a party to the new UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons but there are lots of ways in which we can align ourselves to the Treaty. The September rally will be a fine opportunity to mark our determination to do so.

The rally will feature speakers from many countries. Confirmed to date are: Sharon Dolev (Israel), Founding director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement, Ekatrina Earsalovna (Russia), Professor of International Relation, Ural Federal University, Anthony Donovan, writer, organiser and documentary maker on peace and disarmament from New York, Emad Kiyaei (Iran), a consultant who provides political, business and civil society leaders with strategic advice in the intersection of political risk, diplomacy and technology, Maaike Beenes (The Netherlands), a young campaigner with PAX in the Netherlands, Members of the People’s Democratic Party (South Korea) who visited Scotland as part of their Peace Expedition, Allison Pytlak (Reaching Critical Will), who was awarded, along with Ray Acheson, the UN Women’s Champion for Change status this year for their advocacy in the campaign for the TPNW and Timmon Wallis (United States) – National Co-ordinator of NuclearBan.US.

We really need to make this a huge event to show the level of international support for Scotland’s opposition to nukes and to present a clear challenge to the UK Government to sign the TPNW, enter negotiations and scrap their nuclear policies. We also need to re-assert our vision for Scotland as a land free of weapons of mass destruction and energetic in our support for their removal from the UK and the whole world.

As well as the rally itself there will be other events over that weekend to take advantage of the presence of campaigners from far and wide.

For more info email hello@nuclearban.scot

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West London Peace Market
Sep
22
10:30 AM10:30

West London Peace Market

  • St Michael and All Angels Church Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Event organised by West London CND. Stalls from groups campaigning for peace and social justice, including CND, Stop the War, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stand Up to Racism, Refugees Welcome. Local campaigns and charities, collectables, retro and vintage goods.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki day 2018
Aug
6
to Aug 9

Hiroshima and Nagasaki day 2018

London CND

6th August: Ceremony in Tavistock Square from 12pm with guest speakers including Bruce Kent and Amelia Womack, opened by the Mayor of Camden.

9th August: We will join commemorations at the London Peace Pagoda as follows. 

18:30  Commemoration of the life and witness of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter at the crypt chapel,   Ambrosden Avenue, behind Westminster Cathedral.  

19:30   Peace Walk starts from Westminster Cathedral. 

20:30   Nagasaki Day Commemoration ceremony at London Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park.


Bromley Borough CND

4th August: Hiroshima vigil outside the Churchill Theatre, Bromley 12.00 - 3.00 pm followed by procession of banners and placards and floating of chrysanthemums on a lake.

9th August: Nagasaki peace picnic in The Archbishop Tutu peace garden - Chinbrook Meadows, Grove Park. Poems and statements. 1.30 - 3.30pm


Kingston CND

6th August: Assemble in Canbury Gardens on the Kingston river bank, at 8.30 pm. Please bring white flowers to cast onto the water in remembrance of those who died, and candles to illuminate the path beside the river.


Sydenham and Forest Hill CND

6th August: Hiroshima Day commemoration at Charlton House from 6.00 p.m.

9th August: Nagasaki Day commemoration. Desmond Tutu Peace Garden, Chilbrook Meadows, 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.


Wimbledon Disarmament Coalition

6th August: Hiroshima Day commemoration on Wimbledon Common from 6.30pm. Activities will include floating candles on Rushmere Pond, music and poetry.

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London CND Council meeting
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

London CND Council meeting

This Council will focus on local groups – your plans for the future and, in particular, what support London CND can offer. We will also be electing London’s reps to CND National Council - details below! 

All are welcome - please come along to talk about what London CND can do in your area! 


London CND National Council representatives for 2018-19

Want to be more involved in CND’s work in London? If you’re a member of a local peace group or an affiliate, or an individual signed-up supporter of London Region CND, here’s how.

When London CND Council meets on Wednesday 4July we’ll be electing 3 people to represent us on the National Council of CND UK.

If you’re interested in taking on this role, or know of someone in your group who might be, send us a nomination or make it on the evening. Here’s what’s involved in the role:

NC reps are elected for a one year period and expected to attend three Council meeting which take place in London on a Saturday in December, March/April and June/July. The dates of all these meetings are notified in advance by CND UK before the first meeting in the cycle.

London Region NC reps are expected to:

  • participate in Council discussions

  • stand for election to Council sub-groups and participate in other activities from time to time as appropriate

  • acquaint Council with the views and activities of LRCND by producing a written report which is circulated in advance to all NC members, and

  • report back on Natioal Council debates and decisions to LRCND Executive Committees, which take place every two months. If you’re elected, you automatically become a member of London EC and can play a part in deciding what we do.

Each NC rep must be a fully paid-up member of CND UK and will be required to become a company shareholder. This is a legal formality which means agreeing to have a £1 share in CND, a company limited by guarantee. (In the unlikely event of CND being wound up, the financial liability of company members does not exceed their £1 share.)

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Britain in the Gulf
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Britain in the Gulf

The recent visit of Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince at the invitation of Theresa May has focused attention on UK involvement in the Gulf. SAYED AHMED ALWADAEI and STEVE BELL will lead a discussion on why the UK’s there and what its impact is on Middle East relations in a time of continuing tension.

  • Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, founder of Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy UK, is a prominent campaigner against political repression and abuse of human rights in Bahrain. His citizenship was revoked in 2015 for organising protests against the Bahraini Royal Family’s visit to the UK. His wife, Duaa was recently tried without formal notification and sentenced in absentia for allegedly insulting a public institution.

  • Steve Bell is coordinator of the recent #CrownPrinceNotWelcome# protests, and Treasurer of Stop the War Coalition

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US nuclear strategy: are we headed for nuclear war?
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

US nuclear strategy: are we headed for nuclear war?

A joint SOAS-London CND meeting exploring the theme of new nukes: what technological  developments are taking place? What impact on Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system?  What role do they play in US security strategy? 

With:

Prof Dave Webb, Leeds Beckett University and Chair CND

Ted Seay, tactical nuclear weapons expert and former arms control advisor with US Mission to NATO

 

Free tickets available on eventbrite

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Social Media and Press Workshop
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Social Media and Press Workshop

  • 162 Holloway Road London, England, N7 8DD United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A workshop for activists in two parts: social media and local press. 

This will be a really good opportunity to learn how your group can use facebook to communicate with members and supporters, and how to publicise your activities in your local press.

There will be a cost of £15 to members attending on behalf of a local group (so hopefully the group can cover some or all of that cost), and a suggested donation of £5 of members attending as individuals. 

We only have space for 10 attendees so please email info@londoncnd.org to book your place! 

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Fukushima anniversary events
Mar
9
to Mar 14

Fukushima anniversary events

For the past six years the groups Kick Nuclear and Japanese Against Nuclear UK have combined with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to organise events to commemorate the  Fukushima Disaster of 11th March 2011

This year's events are as follows:

Friday March 9th, 5.30-7.30pm: candle-lit vigil outside Japanese Embassy, 101-104 Piccadilly WC1 (near Green Park tune) with speeches, poetry and music.

Sunday March 11th: march from Japanese Embassy (assemble noon) to Old Palace Yard, opposite Houses of Parliament for rally from 2-3.30pm, with speeches, including from Kate Hudson and Bruce Kent, music and poetry.

Wednesday March 14th, 7-9pm: Fukushima Anniversary Public Meeting in Attlee Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament.  Speakers: Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Professor Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology at Sussex University, Professor Stephen Thomas, Professor at the University of Greenwich Business School, Dr. Ian Fairlie, Independent Consultant on Radiation in the Environment, and Rika Hirose Haga, of the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of  St.Andrews.  Chair: Catherine West MP.  Free  entry.  Allow 20 minutes to go through security into Portcullis House.  Portcullis House is on top of Westminster tube station.  Entrance is at end facing the Thames. 

Further information on above events: https://rememberfukushima.org/

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