"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." — Elie Wiesel

Monday, June 15, 2009

Crunch Time For Trident


The United States doesn't have a monopoly on Trident; the British have their own submarines bristling with Trident missiles manufactured by none other than Lockheed Martin Aerospace. There has been lots of talk about the future of Trident in the U.K.; whether they should build new subs, should they carry fewer missiles, whether the darn missiles will fit the launch tubes (oops). Yes, the British seem to be in a quandary about what to do with Trident.

Well, not everyone in the British Isles is sitting down for this one. It's going to be "Crunch Time for Trident" in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday, June 20. Some folks up there are going to stand up and sing a song for Trident (or should I say against it) that day as part of their protest against nuclear weapons (and particularly those sneaky Trident submarines) in Scotland. You can hear their catchy tune, "Crunch Time for Trident" (written by Ian Davison) on this video sung by members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). It's really good!

Well, there you have it. It is crunch time, indeed. These MSPs listened to their constituents and spoke up to Westminster (in 2007), telling them to reconsider Trident. Whether or not folks in that part of the world are going to allow their government to squander billions of dollars (or pounds) on more of these genocidal (or shall we say, omnicidal) weapons systems remains to be seen. But there IS a growing movement to stop the madness, and it will not be stopped until every last Trident is decommissioned.

If you happen to be in Glasgow on June 20, drop by George Square by 11:00am and sing along with Protest in Harmony and other choirs. It should be good, clean, nuclear-free fun! Click here to learn more. If you're not familiar with what has been happening with the British Trident program, check out the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. If you are on the other side of the Atlantic, stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to get involved in the campaigns to abolish Trident there, on both the West and East coasts.



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