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'.

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…
May 8 2014
   CND's event at the NPT: Scrapping Trident: political perspectives on disarmament from the UK   CND Chair Dave Webb writes this guest blog from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference in New York The CND delegation has been busy in New York. Ben Folley our Parliamentary Officer did a great job in fixing up meetings with delegates from Austria, Norway, Mexico and the UK and we discussed a range of items with them, including their take on the conferences on the “Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons” and the legal challenge of the Marshall Islands to nuclear weapons states. We assured them that we would be continuing our campaign to ensure that the UK government honours its obligations as a signatory to the NPT and does not replace the Trident nuclear weapon system, but actually decides to scrap it altogether. In addition we have been trying to keep up with the speeches by state representatives which are presented in the Assembly Room and Luke Massey, our Press Officer, has been hard at work tweeting all the interesting news as it breaks. The objective of the NPT is not only to stop the spread of nuclear weapons but also to lead to…
May 1 2014

Who's saying what at the NPT

Written by Ben Folley
Guest blog from Ben Folley, CND's Parliamentary Officer, at the UN in New York This week at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in New York, the most eagerly awaited contribution has come from the Marshall Islands. Not surprising, as last week they announced that they were suing the nuclear weapons states in the International Court of Justice for failing to carry out their nuclear disarmament commitments. Other key contributions came from Mexico and Austria, both centrally involved in the new ‘humanitarian consequences’ initiative.  Tony De Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, gave a powerful testimony asking 'how many people in this room have personally witnessed nuclear detonations? I, for one, have. I lived there as a young boy for the entire 12 years of the nuclear testing program, and when I was 9 years old, I remember vividly the white flash of the Bravo detonation on Bikini atoll, 6 decades ago in 1954.'  Commenting on his country's legal challenge, he stated, 'Those that make binding obligations within international treaties, and those who are bound by customary international law, must and will be held accountable for the pursuit of those commitments and obligations.’  CND's Vice-Chair Jeremy Corbyn MP, personally thanked…
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