Ever stopped to consider what living in a country that bases its defence policy on mutually assured destruction (MAD) does to you emotionally? Or what MAD means for how our country perceives itself and is perceived in the world politically? How it impacts on our democracy? No? Us neither. Not, that is, until we participated in a seminar outside the gates of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield, where the UK's nukes are made. Our shared experience of that place - of armed police, peaceful protesters, birds singing, razor wire, absence and, yes, awe - inspired us to embark on a project to explore MAD, nuclear deterrence and Trident replacement differently, as a work of cultural activism. So, we've written a book 'Nuclear Refrain', arranged a cabaret evening - Mutually Assured Distraction - in Brighton, and we are going to stage an exhibition of folded paper peace cranes followed by a direct action where they can really fly! We'd like your help on a number of fronts - not just your money! We need people to fold paper peace cranes. We need an exhibition space, probably in or around Glasgow in the next few months. And we need ideas for how best to set our cranes free as part of ‘Nae Nukes Anywhere’, an international rally at Faslane – home of the Trident nuclear submarine fleet – on 22nd September. We will take part in this action with Trident Ploughshares.
Of course, we would hugely appreciate it if you could dip into your pocket to help us fund the publication of Nuclear Refrain and pay project expenses for materials, travel etc.