By Brian Larkin John Muir departed from Wisconsin bound for Canada on 1 March 1864, days before the third draft of the US Civil War was called on 10 March. Opinion is divided as to whether, in going to Canada he intended to avoid the draft, as did many other men including his younger brother… Continue reading John Muir: Draft Avoider?
£19,000 Raised in October / November Crowdfunder. Donations still welcome. Thanks to all who have donated & helped raise £19,000 for Opposing War Memorial doubling donations received so far to £37,000. Now we can get technical drawings, engineer certification & planning permission and deliver workshops so people can be involved in the project. We're over… Continue reading Update: £37,000 Raised so far; City Council Approval; Scottish Parliament Support
On December 5th Scottish Parliament debated a motion lodged by Alison Johnstone MSP on Remberbering Conscientious Objectors. The Motion expressed support for our efforts to create a memorial to COs. The Motion was signed by 22 MSPs. Eight MSPs spoke in support of the Motion. On behalf of the Scottish Governement Ben McPherson, Minister for Europe,… Continue reading MSPs from All Parties Support the CO Memorial in Debate at Scottish Parliament
Alison Johnstone MSP (Co-Convenor Scottish Greens) has lodged a motion in support of the Opposing War Memorial which has been signed by a 18 MSPs and will be debated just after 5pm Wednesday 5 December. Speaking on behalf of the Opposing War Memorial Brian Larkin, Coordinator of the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre said: "We… Continue reading Alison Johnstone MSP Lodges motion in support of the Opposing War Memorial: to be debated Wednesday 5 December.
In his Remembrance speech at Scottish Parliament Scottish Green Party co-Convenor Patrick Harvie joined Lothians MSP Alison Johnson, John Finnie MSP and Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard and a number of Edinburgh Councillors in declaring support for the Memorial to Conscientious Objectors. In his statement in support of the First Minister's Motion of Remembrance Patrick said "On this… Continue reading Parliamentarians Support the Memorial
Less than two weeks after gaining unanimous approval from a key City of Edinburgh Council committee, we launched a campaign to raise £149,500 needed to complete the Opposing War Memorial. We need to raise the money to complete technical drawings, cast the sculpture in bronze and install it in Princes St Gardens by August 2019,… Continue reading Opposing War Memorial Fundraising Campaign Launched
Our proposal for a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose war has been enthusiastically approved by the Transport and Environment Committee of the City of Edinburgh. Edinbrugh Peace & Justice Centre Coordinator Brian Larkin outlined why there should be a Memorial to COs in Princes St Gardens. Artist Kate Ive, who created the design… Continue reading Opposing War Memorial Gets Green Light from Council Committee
The aspiration to create a memorial to COs arose with the centenary of the First World War. We noted that there are memorials to COs in London and other places but not yet in Scotland’s capital city. Conscientious objection and opposition to War is a significant part of Scotland’s history. 80,000 people marched to oppose… Continue reading Why We Need a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors in Princes St Gardens
On the 15th of May, following the fourth annual International Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil the Opposing War Memorial design was launched at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh. An engaged audience of more than sixty people packed the room to hear a presentation by Edinburgh based artist Kate Ive on the design concept, and to find… Continue reading Opposing War Memorial Design Launched on Conscientious Objectors Day