Sun. November 10, 2013
Bruce Kent continues his Scrap Trident tour of Wales on November 13th with a Lunchtime Meeting in the National Assembly followed by a peace event and Public Meeting at the Temple of Peace. His clear message will be “Scrap Trident – and plans for Trident Replacement”.
Bruce Kent, who was Chair and General Secretary throughout the 1980s and is now Vice President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) says that he wants to “To get people to understand the nonsense of spending £100,000,000,000 on yet more nuclear weapons– which do nothing to help us to deal with the real threats we do face. He says that he hopes to get people of all sorts “active in opposing this foolish Trident Programme so that our Government spends taxpayers’ money on the real needs of people”.
Bruce has been a regular visitor to Wales since the 1980s. He has participated in demonstrations, festivals and conferences as a speaker for peace and justice issues and for nuclear disarmament. Following last week’s packed public meeting in Llandudno next week’s events in Cardiff Bay and The Temple of Peace will be followed early next year by public meetings in Pembrokeshire and Swansea. He will be highlighting the wasteful spending on Trident when billions of pounds of investment are needed to eradicate poverty and address the genuine needs of all people and the planet.
Over the past year, local CND groups across England and Scotland have hosted Bruce at events big and small from street stalls to packed cathedrals.
We are very fortunate to have him once again in Wales.
“The cuts are hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest. But the connection between the £100 billion to be spent on Trident replacement and these savage cuts is not being made even by charities and NGOs that work in hardest-hit sectors. Nor is any link being made with Britain’s legal obligation to negotiate the elimination of all nuclear weapons.”
“If Trident is replaced in any shape or form, other countries will take the message from us that we think nuclear weapons improve our security. It’s an open invitation to get their own. It’s hypocrisy to say we can have them but they can’t.”
Before the public meeting in the Temple of Peace Council Chamber, Bruce Kent will place a wreath on the Conscientious Objectors’ Stone in the Peace Garden in Cathays Park.
CND Cymru Vice Chair and Deputy Chair of Cardiff and District UNA Ray Davies commented:
“For me the real heroes were those who had the courage to become a conscientious objector and say ‘no’ to the killing. Many of them were sent out to the front line for stretcher bearing duties, taunted as cowards, and many were killed.
If every German and British soldier had become a conscientious objector there would have been no war, and the world would have been a better place for it.
As a young miner in 1944, I sat amongst a group of miners resting from their long march to the coalface. They spoke about the forthcoming elections. One miner attacked Ness Edwards, the Caerphilly MP, for being a conscientious objector in the First World War- but Ness Edwards had more courage than all the tinpot generals put together.”
1.NOVEMBER 13th DETAILS for BRUCE KENT IN CARDIFF
Senedd (Assembly Building) CF99 1NA Conference Room 24
Lunchtime meeting with Bruce Kent ‘Trident and Nuclear Disarmament’ hosted by the All Party Group on Human Rights and Peace and Bethan Jenkins AM. The meeting is free and open to all, but please contact Philippa Richards t: 01639 643 549 in advance to book.
CARDIFF Temple of Peace Council Chamber Cathays Park CF103AP
Peace Garden - Bruce Kent to lay a wreath on the Conscientious Objectors’ Memorial.
Public Meeting ‘The case for scrapping Trident’ with in conjunction with Cardiff UNA
Contact: UNA Cardiff firstname.lastname@example.org or CND Cymru 01239 85 11 88
2. One of Bruce Kent’s more recent initiatives is the Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW), inspired in the UK by the 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace Conference. The aim of MAW is to convince people that wars are not inevitable. Everyone, pacifist and non-pacifist alike, can take the steps necessary to make the non-violent settlement of international disputes the norm and not the exception.
3. For more information and interviews at or ahead of the event contact:
CND Cymru: Jill Gough t: 01239 85 11 88 email@example.com & Ray Davies t: 02920 889 514
Bruce Kent t: 0208340 6639 firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Bruce Kent biography: http://www.intellidatasystems.com/bkcms/index.php?page=80th-birthday
5. Photo of Bruce available from Jill Gough (see above) – or contact her for a photo opportunity on November 13th.
6. If you miss Bruce Kent in Cardiff – he’ll be back in Haverfordwest and in Swansea in March next year.
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