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Everyone who is planning to take part in the blockade is encouraged take part in Nonviolence training and action planning either in advance with a local group or at the convergence centre at Kinning Park Complex in Glasgow on Sunday 12 April from 12 noon on. (See Contacts at end of this briefing for details on arranging an nvda training in your local area in advance.) There will be space at the Convergence Centre on the floor in the hall for people to sleep overnight. Transport out to Faslane will leave from Kinning Park Complex at 5:30am on the day of the Blockade and from other locations in Glasgow and other cities (see here for times of buses from other locations).
We need to plan for numbers for meals, accommodation and seats on transport to Faslane so If you are planning to come to the blockade please download a registration form from scraptrident.org here.
The Blockade Briefing is admittedly long. But if you are thinking of taking part in or supporting the Blockade please take the time to read the full Briefing. You can Download a pdf of the full Briefing here.
Or you can read the Briefing by sections. Links to Briefing Sections are below.
Introduction: Now is the time for Action!
This is a pivotal time both globally and for the UK in the long struggle for nuclear disarmament. With increasing tension between Russia and the US/NATO over Ukraine it is vital that nuclear weapons be consigned to the dustbin. One hundred and fifty eight countries met in Vienna to consider the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons with the result that the Austrian government issues the Vienna Pledge calling for “the legal gap” in the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty to be closed and nuclear weapons finally to be banned.
And with the Main Gate decision on Trident replacement due in 2016 the next Westminster Parliament will determine whether the UK will continue to threaten the world with nuclear weapons for the next fifty years. The large numbers of voters flocking to anti-Trident parties following the the Scottish independence referendum has shifted the political landscape in the run up to the General Election in May. And with the SNP, The Greens and Plaid Cymru saying Trident is a Red Line for their support for a Labour led government it seems possible, for the first time in thirty years that Trident could go. For anyone that doesn’t know “Bairns” is the Scots word for children and during the referendum there were lots of Bairns Not Bombs stickers on cars. We’re calling this demo and blockade Bairns Not Bombs because its about our positive vision of a better world for generations to come.
By shutting the base down just 3 weeks before the General Election the Bairns Not Bombs Blockade will dramatize our determined opposition to Trident and send a signal to voters UK wide: VOTE TRIDENT OUT. We need to make sure that people know that the next Westminster Parliament will decide the fate of Trident. This is a once in a lifetime chance to stop Trident, and if the UK relinquishes its nuclear weapons it will help propel the global movement to ban the bomb.
In addition the Big Blockade is part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. People all over the world will be acting simultaneously against the billions squandered by governments the world over on useless weapons and calling for the resources to be redirected to human needs.
By taking part in or supporting the Bairns Not Bombs blockade you will be part of a renewed and coordinated anti-nuclear movement that is taking place across the UK and around the world as nuclear states are all embarking on massive programmes to modernise their nuclear forces even as the vast majority of countries are calling for a ban on nuclear weapons. On March 2nd Action AWE is organised the Burghfield Lock Down at the facility near Reading where Trident warheads are assembled, also calling on people to ACT. SPEAK. And VOTE. Later in April a big anti nuclear weapons demo is planned in New York. And on 4 April we will fill George Square with what we hope will be the biggest anti Trident rally in Scotland in years
We have put together this briefing pack to give you as much information as possible so that you can feel informed and confident in taking part in the blockade, even if it’s the first time you’ve ever done anything like this. Please take the time to read the information and get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.