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Join the Wool Against Weapons rewoolution!

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PeaceAnThat Fri 28-Feb-14 17:03:49

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (http://www.cnduk.org/) and Wool Against Weapons (http://www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk/) in a beautiful and engaging craft project that will also raise awareness of nuclear weapons. This year on 9th August – the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki – we will highlight the on-going development of Britain's nuclear weapons programme (Trident) at AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield by connecting the bases with seven miles of protest scarf. Join the rewoolution!

Why connect the AWE factories with a seven mile pink scarf? The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield are the bomb factories that design, manufacture and assemble Britain's nuclear warheads. Since 2002, the government has invested in building new facilities at AWE and recruited new staff to test, design and build the next generation of nuclear weapons.

In 2016, the 'Main Gate' decision on whether Trident should be replaced will be taken by Parliament – committing the UK to spend over £100 billion if it gives the go-ahead.

How can you get involved?

Get knitting/crocheting! We need thousands of pieces in order to make seven-miles of scarf. Each piece of the scarf will measure 60cm wide x 100cm long – any thickness of yarn, any style, any stitch – be creative.

Help promote the event! Could you take some leaflets or posters to your local craft shop, library or hospital? Could your knitting group get involved?

Become a local organiser! We need lots of local people to get involved in order to make this event a big success. Local organisers would be asked to:
• Provide a local collection point where people can send their knitted pieces.
• Organise knit-in days when the pieces can also be joined in (ideally) 40 piece rolls – and invite local press along!
• Decide on a minimum length to aim for and once it’s completed promote it. This could be used as a press action: e.g. hang your length of scarf from your town hall or wrap it around your cenotaph.
• Commit to bringing your length of scarf to the event at AWE and back home again – with people to help hold it of course!
• Decide how to use your piece of scarf after the protest: separate and re-connect it into blanket-sized pieces to give to local homeless shelters or hospitals, or donate it towards the many humanitarian causes globally; hang it in your local church, town hall, or art gallery.

If you have any queries about the campaign or if you would like me to send you some leaflets, please don’t hesitate to contact me at campaigns@cnduk.org

Thanks,
Anne

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