People from across the UK came together on Saturday to say: Stop Trident! Now let’s keep that momentum going.
Tens of thousands of people marched through London, as part of ‘the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration in a generation’, organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). The event highlighted the broad range of people who are opposed to the UK’s nuclear weapons system. They (and we) believe that instead of spending more than £100 billion on replacing Trident, the UK could invest in the NHS, renewable energy, housing and eduction. Instead of spreading fear, we could put our resources into creating security through peace-building and cooperation.
The march was an important milestone in the road to disarmament, and marks the end of our focus on Bin Trident at Peace Hub. However, there is still a long way to go before the UK consigns its nuclear arsenal to the rubbish bin, with parliament set to vote on whether to renew the current system in July.
And you can be involved! There are plenty of ways to keep taking action:
- You can sign CND’s Scrap Trident petition online;
- Write to your MP ahead of the vote: you can find their details at ‘Write to Them’;
- Raise awareness: all our resources – posters, video displays and an inflatable Trident missile – are free to borrow;
- West Midlands CND have regular planning and campaign meetings you can join;
- If you’re really keen, Trident Ploughshares are planning a month of non-violent direct action in June;
- And Quaker Peace & Social witness have produced this briefing with even more ideas!
So there’s plenty to get stuck into – and of course you can always pop into Peace Hub for a friendly chat about this issue, and how you can get involved.