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Peace Cranes is our ongoing project about peace, people and planet featuring contemporary art exhibitions and events by Scottish and international artists and activists, including Janis Hart, Ian Dodds, Peter Kennard, Pam Skelton, Michael Mears, You-Ri Yamanaka, Donna Riddington and many more.
Delivered with the support of a range of partners, volunteers, backers and funders, the Peace Cranes project is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan in conjunction with COP26 – UN’s Climate Summit, UN’s International Year of Peace and Trust, International Day of Peace, Maverick Monologues, Stitches for Survival, Geoffrey and Elisabeth Carnall Peace Award, CHRNBL International Forum, Just Festival, Our Edinburgh, Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75
Our Peacebuilding in Primary Schools project facilitators have run Cooperative Games and Conflict Resolution courses in more than 50 primary school classes across Edinburgh and Glasgow. The programme is now available as a video series for teachers across Scotland to use with support from our Facilitators.
JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES
We’re advocating for justice for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Check out our new Briefings: Lack of Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers in Dungavel Detention Centre sets out the serious injustices for asylum seekers held by the Home Office in Scotland and find out how you can get involved as a volunteer advocate. Refugees on the Move looks at the difficulties faced by refugees on their journeys to and after they arrive in Britain.
A MEMORIAL FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS
There are 37 war memorials in Edinburgh. Isn’t it time peacemakers are recognised in public space too?
We also organise Conscientous Objectors Day Vigils in Edinburgh annually. And, check out the stories of First World War COs in our Legacies of Resistance booklet here.
Peace & Justice is one of the civil society groups that campaigned successfully for an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – of which we are a partner – won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for this work.
Our Peace Cranes project engages people in their communities to remember all those killed by the Hiroshima bomb and raise awareness of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. An exhibition featuring a catherdal-size installation of 140,000 peace cranes folded by volunteers at our workshops in Scotland, and sent from around the UK and beyond will launch at Edinburgh’s Just Festival in 2021. Find out more…
We’re active in the Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland campaign. Check out the new report Nuclear Weapons, the Climate and our Environment report and the Stop Funding the End of World: A guide to nuclear weapons divestment in Scotland and and find out how you can take action to promote divestment.
We organise events like Fly Kites not Drones and collaborate with a number of groups to challenge militarism and promote alternatives to war. This year our Edinburgh Alternative Remembrance event will be part of an online UK-wide remembrance event organised by Peace Pledge Union. We regularly organise public talks by prominent speakers on peace and justice issues .
We’re part of the Global Campaign on Mililtary Spending and we’re working with Campaign Against the Arms Trade in Scotland to advocate divestment from arms. Check out our joint publication Made in Scotland that details the companies that are producing arms here and selling them to Saudi Arabia and other human rights abusers.