SCRAP TRIDENT DEMO & ACTION 13 – 15 April 2013.

SCRAP TRIDENT:
LET SCOTLAND LEAD THE WAY TO A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
A Weekend of Protest and Action.
Glasgow Demonstration Saturday 13th April.
NVDA Training & Workshops Sunday 14th April.
BIG BLOCKADE to SHUT DOWN  FASLANE Monday 15th April.

Save the Date. Spread the word. For more info see scraptrident.org

Scrap Trident Weekend of Action called initially by the following Groups:
Trident Ploughshares
Stop the War Scotland (&local groups)
Scottish CND (& local CND groups)
Radical Independence Conference
Faslane Peace Camp
Edinburgh Peace Justice Centre
Scottish Greens
Scottish Socialist Party
Socialist Workers Party
International Socialist Group
Scottish Womens International League for Peace and Freedom
Black Triangle

 
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No To NATO Scotland Coalition Looks Forward

The SNP may have voted at its recent conference to switch to a pro- NATO policy but the question of an independent Scotland’s membership of the alliance has not gone away.

For one thing, the vote was very close and many SNP members have spoken out strongly against NATO at the conference and later. We applaud the principled stance of the two MSPs, Jean Urquhart and John Finnie, who resigned over the issue. We also know that there are many SNP members and activists who are appalled by the outcome, who recognise the serious damage that has been done to the party’s reputation and who will work for a reversal of the decision.

The issue is also more widely alive as people across the country and beyond hammer out their vision of what an independent Scotland might be like. There is a job to be done in making quite clear just how harmful NATO membership would be to a country hoping to play a peaceful and constructive role in the global community. The No To NATO Scotland Coalition is willing to play its part in that work by continuing to do what it can to keep the vision of a peaceful and peace-loving Scotland to the fore.

 
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Call for Constitutional Rejection of NATO

No To NATO Coalition Scotland   -Press release: 7th October 2012

Members of the No To NATO Scotland Coalition have warmly welcomed the news that Alex Salmond is proposing that the constitution of an independent Scotland should include a ban on nuclear weapons, while calling on the SNP leadership to follow the logic of that principled stance and reject membership on the NATO military alliance.
The Coalition has also welcomed the emergency resolution passed at the Scottish Green National Conference proposing a constitutional ban not only on nuclear weapons but on membership of any nuclear armed alliance. Continue reading

 
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Having It Both Ways

Opinion: From David Mackenzie. Thurs 13th September
Some NATO apologists claim it will be easier for an independent Scotland to get rid of Trident if we are part of NATO. This came first from Joe Fitzpatrick, the Dundee MSP, who is now a Scottish Government Minister and the notion  was repeated yesterday at the Scottish Affairs Committee. The idea appears to be that “negotiations” about the removal of Trident will be simpler since within NATO we will have credibility and will be able to use NATO to put pressure on the remaining UK to take it away. What lies behind that argument is the belief, conscious or otherwise, that an independent Scotland will actually have little or no real ability to take decisions for itself and so will have to go cap-in-hand to superior powers in search of favours. In fact, if we are really committed to Trident removal on the grounds of morality and international law  then negotiation means something very different. It involves making our bottom lines clear – that Trident must go and in as short a space of time as is reasonable. We would of course discuss with the remaining UK how this might be done most safely and how we can best work together so that it goes smoothly. If Scotland is what they call a “sovereign nation” (meaning an autonomous one) then we make these critical decisions – we do not ask for favours. This points up the contradiction in the SNP leadership approach to the issue. On the one hand the repeated “cast iron” assurances of the intention to get rid of Trident indicate a position based on principle and negotiations based on immovable bottom lines. On the other, Scotland’s autonomy is diluted to the point that we have to ask nicely for Trident to go. At the moment the SNP leaders are attempting to straddle this impossible ditch. The longer they delay choosing a side the greater chance of them ending up in the mud. And this is not just about Trident – it is also true of other aspects of NATO’s little ways, like involvement in hideous wars and the projecting of dominant western economic interests.

 
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Calling all union members

please take this letter to your next union meeting and use it to gain support for the No to Nato Scotland Coalition. Continue reading

 
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Scottish Anti-NATO Coalition Formed

NO TO NATO SCOTLAND: Press release: 27 July 2012, For Immediate Use

Scottish Anti-NATO Coalition Formed

A diverse group of Scottish organisations and individuals has set up a coalition to resist the notion that an independent Scotland should become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO).

Continue reading

 
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