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The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Sutton for Peace and Justice brings you

The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Throughout the day of the Environmental Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August at Carshalton Park, Sutton for Peace and Justice will be hosting a series of informal and open discussions on a range of peace and justice issues:

11.30 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

12.15 Inequality is not inevitable
Inequality is bad for everyone and austerity is making it worse – but there is an alternative.

13.00 Climate Change – threat to peace & justice
Action on climate change is essential – now more than ever.

13.45 The plight of Palestinians today
How the rights of ‘the non-jewish communities of Palestine’ are ‘prejudiced’ 100 years after Balfour.

14.30 In defence of the Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act protects us all and needs our support.

15.15 Stop nuclear proliferation – scrap Trident
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki –Trident should be scrapped.

16.00 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

All at the Sutton for Peace and Justice stall J04–J05.

Come along and hear about these important issues, have your say and join the debate.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from latin ‘to talk together’; a seminar usually led by a different academic or expert speaker at each meeting.

 

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Hiroshima Day commemoration in Carshalton

On 6th August 2017 the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 was marked at Carshalton Ponds.

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Supporters and friends of Sutton for Peace & Justice along with local residents and ward councillor Chris Williams gathered at the ponds at dusk.

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Doris Richards (right) led a short ceremony, with readings by Junko Osanai, Naomi Aruliah and Mike McLoughlin, which expressed deep sorrow for the events of the 6th August, 1945, when the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and, three days later, on Nagasaki, and honoured the victims.

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Hiroshima17 reading2.jpgThose present urged everyone to do all they can to ensure that such barbarity is never repeated and nuclear weapons are not used again, and called on the UK government to scrap the Trident missile system.

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Participants then floated flower petals on the ponds before observing a minute’s silence.

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Councils against TTIP

The following Councils have declared themselves TTIP-Free zones (April 2016):

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

BRADFORD MDC

BRIGHTON & HOVE CITY COUNCIL

BURY COUNCIL

CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL

CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXETER CITY COUNCIL

GWYNNEDD COUNCIL

HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL

HASTINGS DISTRICT COUNCIL

LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL

LEWISHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL

NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL

NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COUNCIL

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL

NORWICH CITY COUNCIL

OLDHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL

READING BOROUGH COUNCIL

SEFTON COUNCIL

SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL

SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL

SOUTHWARK BOROUGH COUNCIL

STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

S4P&J at the Environmental Fair

Sutton for Peace and Justice will once again be at the Environmental Fair in Carshalton Park on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August 2015.

We will be at pitch K05&K06.

This year we will be hosting a series of informal and open discussions at our stall on a range of peace and justice issues, that we have billed as ‘The Colloquium in Carshalton Park’. The sessions are planned to be:

11.15    What is wrong with TTIP and ISDS
12.00    Trident – renew or scrap? (in association with Kingston Peace Council)
12.45    House demolitions in Palestine
13.30    The challenge of Climate Change
14.15    Trident – renew or scrap? (in association with Kingston Peace Council)
15.00    What is wrong with TTIP and ISDS
15.45    House demolitions in Palestine
Please come along and hear about these important issues – find out more, have your say and join the debate.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from the latin ‘to talk together’;  a seminar usually led by a different academic or expert speaker at each meeting.

We will also have Zaytoun fair trade goods from Palestine for sale.

Remembering Hiroshima

By David Murray

6th August, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the US, on behalf of the Allies, dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and, three days later, a second one on Nagasaki. It also marks the ‘run up’ to the decision whether to renew the Trident nuclear system.

The bombs and consequent firestorms raised temperatures to 4000 degrees C, obliterating the cities and killing every living thing within one kilometre. People closest to the explosions died instantly, their bodies turned to black char.

Hiroshima stands on a flat river delta offering little protection, so when the bomb exploded above the crowded city centre, the firestorm ultimately destroyed 5 square miles of the city and out of a 350,000 total population estimates of deaths range from 100,000 to 180,000.

The Nagasaki bomb was more powerful so, although hills shielded the centre, the harbour and the historic district, the narrowing effect of the hills left virtually nothing standing in the Urakami Valley, where destruction was greater than Hiroshima. Overall nearly a quarter of Nagasaki’s buildings were consumed by fire, but casualty estimates of 50,000 to 100,000 are less than Hiroshima.

By 1950 over 340,000 people had died, more than half the cities’ populations and generations have been poisoned by radiation.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were acts of war. But nuclear testing in the Pacific, Kazakhstan, the US, Africa, South Asia, and China has also caused profound ongoing damage to the environment and local communities around the world.

Today, Britain, as part of its Trident system, owns 225 warheads each with the power to inflict 8 times the damage of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

So with great sadness we remember the victims who died and those who still suffer from such horrific weapons by reaffirming our determination that such barbarity should never be repeated. We also urge the British Government to honour its signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, under which the UK has no right to possess nuclear weapons and is legally bound to disarm, by not wasting money renewing Trident.

In May this year William McNeilly told of life on patrol on HMS Vanguard, a Trident submarine, a tale of faulty equipment, poor security and safety blunders: a weapons compartment accidentally flooded by operator error; meat dumped in a skip, loaded onto the submarine for the crew to eat; toilets and drinking water supplies not working; and Vanguard failed a critical test to confirm that it could launch its missiles.

And, according to documents provided to Nuclear Information Service under the FOI Act, a flagship £600 million construction project at Aldermaston – centrepiece of plans to manufacture the next generation of Trident warheads – has been put on hold following a series of design problems, project management failures and regulatory setbacks.

Scrapping Trident would thus make practical sense, meet the UK’s legal obligation and release money for peaceful purposes such as hospitals, schools and affordable homes.

Useful organisations and websites

Action AWE – http://actionawe.org/

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – www.cnduk.org/home

Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – http://ccnd.gn.apc.org/

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – www.icanw.org

Nuclear Morality Project – www.nuclearmorality.com

Nuclear Information Service – www.nuclearinfo.org/

Pax Christi UK – http://paxchristi.org.uk/

Trident should be allowed to expire

Britain still has the world’s fourth largest military budget, spending about £34bn per annum – about 2.5% of GDP – on defence. In January, the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, published figures that show the Government is committed to expenditure of £159bn on new weapons systems, and by far the largest part of the bill is £35.8bn, earmarked for the replacement of the Vanguard submarines to carry Trident nuclear weapons.

The Government tells us the country does not have the money to maintain much-needed public services. At the same time it plans to spend 20 to 30 billion pounds building 4 vast Vanguard submarines, that will then cost us another £3 billion per year for say 30 years to keep patrolling the oceans waggling our Trident nuclear bomb at… well, at who actually? And then we will have to spend several billion more to decommission them.

Yet our national security strategy has downgraded the nuclear threat to “secondary”, and we have had no identified nuclear adversary since the end of the cold war. When the primary threat to our national security is the likes of the London tube bombers and international attacks on IT and the internet, how exactly is Trident supposed to deter our enemies?

Lord King, former Conservative defence secretary, has said having a nuclear deterrent no longer guarantees the UK a place at the “top table” of nations, and that he was no longer convinced by the argument that a nuclear deterrent gave the UK more diplomatic and military clout.

Danny Alexander MP, Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said that a replacement for Trident is ‘not financially realistic’, and that a like-for-like replacement was not needed.

Nick Harvey, Armed Forces Minister until September 2012, said that keeping a constant sea-bound nuclear deterrent is “complete insanity” that costs too much and is militarily illogical. He added that it would be cheaper for the government to give every Trident worker £2m “so they could go an live in the Bahamas”.

Trident is too expensive, militarily ineffective and its renewal would go against Britain’s claims to be against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Those opposing renewal of Trident include an increasing number of Britain’s most senior military figures

It would be far better just to let the existing Trident fleet expire. This way Britain could disarm gradually, and set an example to the rest of the world and outing us in a position to vigorously promote international nuclear disarmament.