Kate Hudsons blog

Kate Hudsons blog

Dr Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary
Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament since September 2010. Prior to this she served as the organisation's Chair from 2003. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally. She is also author of 'CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement'.

Sep 26 2014

Don't vote for war

Written by Kate Hudson
As the war debate continues inside Westminster, it’s good to hear that the SNP will vote against the government motion for war. I would make two points to MPs before they vote. Firstly, not to ignore the facts of history, recent and past, that have led to this crisis. ISIL has not sprung fully-formed out of nowhere, context free. It is the product of western intervention and brutality in the region for over a decade. But the roots are much longer. For a century the region has been subject to western military, political and economic intervention, plunder and regime change. More killing will not resolve these long run problems of our collective, largely western making. Secondly, to stick to the law and not make it up as they go along. Whatever David Cameron says, it is not legal to attack Iraq. There are two possible lawful uses of force under the UN charter: in self-defence under Article 51 which doesn’t apply here; and when the UN Security Council authorises force under Chapter VII of the Charter, allowing “all necessary measures” to achieve the Security Council’s stated objectives. The UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday night didn’t give this authorisation. If MPs want…
Sep 5 2014
Many months of planning by the peace movement, at home and internationally, has culminated this week in a successful series of anti-NATO protests and events in Newport and Cardiff. In the face of a barrage of pro-NATO PR, we managed to get the message out there, that NATO is an aggressive, expansionist nuclear-armed alliance, rather than the caring, responsible face of the international community they now like to suggest. Smiling politicians and royal-hosted receptions are a world away from the reality of NATO – the carnage in Afghanistan: a country left in ruins by a Nato-led force. Here, these same helicopters that have blighted the South Wales skies over the last few days fly over a country which has seen tens of thousands of its men, women and children killed. They fly over shattered institutions, a foundering security force, a state rocked to the point of collapse. And that is what Nato stands for. It’s not Barack Obama grinning for a photo-op in a Newport school – it’s the bombed-out ruins of an Afghan school providing the only playground for local children. Formed in 1949 as a "defensive" alliance, Nato prompted the creation of the Warsaw Pact. But while the end…
Aug 8 2014
Every so often a campaign breaks the bounds of expectations and impacts on the popular consciousness in a transformative way. New methods give renewed life to continuing struggles and draw new communities into action. The peace movement has a history of creative campaigning and CND in its origins was synonymous with radical social protest. Our Aldermaston march in the late 1950s and early 1960s gave voice to the anti-nuclear message with diverse cultural expression, as well as with the political demands that mobilised a generation. The anti-missiles movement of the 1980s saw an explosion of local CND groups, and mass protests of hundreds of thousands. But we also saw the setting up of peace camps, from Greenham to Molesworth, Upper Heyford and beyond. These camps caught the popular imagination in Britain and around the world, changing the shape of politics and ultimately achieving iconic status. The peace movement is returning to its radical and creative roots this weekend as a seven mile long pink peace scarf is unrolled between Aldermaston and Burghfield, Britain’s two nuclear bomb factories. The purpose is to raise public awareness of the plans to replace Trident at a cost of over £100 billion – and to…
Jul 30 2014
   A Palestinian firefighter tackles the blaze at Gaza's main power plant, following Israeli shelling. Credit: Mohammed Salem/Reuters Let’s listen to the people of Gaza while we still can. For now, they have a direct voice to us via social media. We must listen and respond. This morning this message was posted on my husband’s face book page. “Today would be the last day I will be connected as Im running out of the gasoline for my electricity generator.. Gaza markets are empty, no water to the households, sewage being bombed directly to the sea. Your protests in London and Paris are valuable for us but have no impact yet in your governments. I would ask you to increase your movement in the ground; close Westminster and the parliament, dont let the MPs walk to their offices, refuse paying your council taxes, advocate for other people. Humanity in Gaza is calling upon you. British people, please remember that your previous government in 1900s was the author of our tragedy and we, Palestinians, still paying this high price bill of bloodbaths. PS: Remember, This massacre is against Palestinians living in Gaza, not only Hamas and its allies. Ahmad Hashem 30 July 2014”…
May 9 2014

Lynx co-opts CND's symbol

Written by Kate Hudson
Have you seen the Lynx adverts recently, using the CND symbol? It’s refreshing to see a global corporation like Unilever taking an interest in peace issues: and the huge funding for their Lynx Peace marketing campaign (£9m in the UK alone) is such that many millions of people will be exposed to the CND symbol and its peaceful meaning. We also welcome Unilever’s collaboration with Peace One Day – an organisation which works to highlight the UN’s Peace Day on 21 September. As the CND symbol was never copyrighted, we only ask for donations when it is used commercially. And we frequently receive donations from companies as a sign of goodwill and as a recognition of the origins and legacy of the symbol. However, we draw the line when a corporation cynically uses not only our symbol, but CND’s name and history: for profit. It’s a whole different ball game when Lynx tweets out to its 60,000 followers: “One giant, man-made CND symbol in Trafalgar Square, London for #LynxPeace” – complete with a link to its product. Let’s not mince words here: Lynx Peace is a marketing campaign to sell deodorant. For all of us at CND, and for all…
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