Last week Ungagged reported on the Trident 2 – pensioners Brian Quail and Angela Zelter who were jailed for peacefully protesting the Trident WMDs held in Scotland.
We at Ungagged are increasingly concerned for the health and wellbeing of Brian and Angela, and will be sending them a letter of support today.
The undersigned are friends of Ungagged who abhor the existence of these weapons of indiscriminate murder. We feel that locking up pensioners with health problems for the “crime” of peaceful protest is a disproportionate reaction which infringes on their civil liberties, and sets a worrying precedent for the right to peacefully express dissent, which is absolutely vital for any functioning democracy.
Please show your support by adding your name and messages of encouragement in the comments.
We hope you are well.
We would also like to thank you for your actions on the behalf of all humanity, in drawing attention to the dreadful weapons housed in Scotland. And we thank you for trying, with all you can, to hinder the ongoing crime of the creation, upkeep and housing of illegal weapons of mass murder and destruction on Scottish/ UK soil and on the soil and in the waters of the earth.
We at Ungagged fully support your actions, and indeed will support future actions by you, or anyone else, to try to rid the world of these machines of murder.
The justification of these weapons- jobs, defence, status and profits, are no defence at all with the evidence recently put to the UN and world governments of literally millions of deaths and birth defects caused by their use and production.
Millions of people are directly affected by the many bombs tested, and of course the two awful events in Japan in 1945. Yet, here in Scotland, 35 miles away from where I type, are housed an arsenal that could trigger the extinction of our species and many others.
Profits and jobs from war, “when we should be diving for pearls,” as the Elvis Costello song goes.
Weaponry justified, supported and promoted by profit takers in our legal system, our democratic system and our media who keep us as chickens, scratching in the dirt and accepting the scraps we are thrown when we could be soaring high with our sisters and brothers as eagles.
Morally this is wrong. All of it.
We in the United Kingdom have in the past few weeks witnessed the absurdity of advocates for the jobs, defence, status and profits “gained” by the creation and upkeep of these weapons, denigrate political leaders who say they would not use nuclear weapons. Their absurd notion that the use of nuclear weapons that will indiscriminately kill us all is a thing of strength – an act of love?
The politics of the mad organ playing, cat stroking Bond/ Pink Panther films seems to be the politics of the present hegemony. And many, good people, like the dolphins in the Bikini Islands loyally following the nuclear test ships, seem to follow this logic.
Through actions like yours, more and more of us are looking to the sky and taking off. We are learning about the murders that have happened in our names, and the murderous capacity of the rockets and their cargo based in Faslane. Through the “infinitesimally small thing” you do, you carry out a huge act of love for all of life on this world.
Neil Scott, Co Producer, Ungagged
V Pearson, Co Producer, Ungagged
Louise Robertson, Co-founder of Faslane Peace Camp
Les Robertson, Co-founder of Faslane Peace Camp
Maggi Sale, Grandmother of the Burning Hearth GCEF, PMS 1982 Convenor and Co-Founder of Faslane Peace Camp
Councillor Mary Bain Lockhart, former peace prisoner, Cornton Vale
Councillor Jim Bollan, socialist activist
Stuart Cosgrove, Scottish writer and broadcaster
Tam Dean Burn, actor.
Alan Bissett, novelist and playwright
Mark Little, Actor, Comedian, Friend of Ungagged
Paul Kavanagh, “Wee Ginger Dug,” writer, journalist.
Anmer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer & Rector of University of Glasgow.
Alastair McIntosh, Scottish writer, academic and activist
Abi Wilkinson, journalist
Fuad Alakbarov, Human Rights Activist and Ungagged Contributor
Harjit Singh, Sikhs for Scotland
Jackie Walker, anti-racist activist
Richie Venton, Scottish Socialist Party, Ungagged Contributor
Steven Purcell, former Labour Leader of Glasgow City Council, Ungagged contributor
Debra F. Torrance, Ungagged Artistic Designer and contributor
John McHarg, aYe Scotland, Ungagged Contributor
Robert Mcewan, Anyvoices.
Alan Young, View from Gorgie fanzine, Fodderty
Neil Anderson, Editor, Ungagged
Joe Solo, Musician, activist and Ungagged Contributor
David Rovics, musician
The Wakes, musicians
Thee Faction, musicians
The Argonauts, musicians
Marshall Chipped, musicians
Natalie Webster, musician
Katherine Stewart, musician
Roy Møller, musician, Ungagged Contributor.
Alan Smart, Activist, Musician.
Pauline Bradley, musician.
Gavin Paterson, musician.
Red Raiph, artist, activist and Ungagged Contributor
Janine Booth, poet and Ungagged Contributor
Steve McAuliffe, Poet, Ungagged Contributor
D.S. Macpherson, musician, Ungagged Contributor
Babel Fish Project, musicians
Alison Barton, artist at Defiaye
Dave Riley, Socialist Alliance, Australia.
Allan Grogan, founder Labour for Independence, Ungagged Contributor
Ruth Hopkins, Dakota & Lakota (Sioux) writer, blogger, activist and judge, Ungagged Contributor
Damanvir Kaur, Sikh activist, research fellow, Ungagged contributor
Phantom Power Films,
Collin Parks, President, Radio KRFP, Ungagged Contributor
Max Newland, Ungagged Contributor
Kevin Gibney, Independence Live, Ungagged Contributor
David McGowan, Independence Live, Ungagged Contributor
Christopher Graham, Bikers for Yes, Ungagged Contributor
Mariola Fiedorczuk, radio broadcaster, Ungagged Contributor
Nick Durie, Community Activist, Ungagged Contributor
John Andrew Hird, Activist, CWI. Ungagged Contributor
Sandra Webster, Activist, Ungagged Contributor
Tommy Ball, Activist, Ungagged Contributor
Chuck Hamilton, Ungagged Contributor
Em Dehaney, Ungagged Contributor
Dr. Bruce Scott, Ungagged Contributor
Sarah Mackie, Ungagged Contributor
Mara Leverkuhn, Ungagged Contributor
Teresa Durran, Ungagged Contributor
Amber Heather Poppitt, Ungagged Contributor
Ruth McAteer, Ungagged Contributor
Matthew Geraghty, writer, Ungagged Contributor
David McClemont, Co-Convenor of the South Lanarkshire Green Party
Brian Reid, Community Activist
Ian Maclellan, activist
Des Kenny, EIS Equalities Representative.
Danielle Ni Dhighe, U.S. Activist
Dr Marilyn Sangster, activist
John Couzin, Producer, Radical Glasgow blog
Alasdair McDougall, Activist
Alan Wyllie, Activist
Gabriel Neil, Activist
Ian Sanderson, Yes Alliance & SNP Tarbert
Catriona Grant, feminist and socialist
Joanne Telfer, IGS editor
Liam Young, socialist activist
Rikki Reid, socialist activist
Liz Swan, socialist activist
James Keegans, socialist activist
James McGinn, socialist activist
James Carroll, socialist activist
Charlie McCarthy, socialist activist, friend of Ungagged
Brian Watson, Branch Vice Convener Bearsden SNP, friend of Ungagged
Ryan Pearson, Milton Keynes
Michael Scott, Glasgow
Lauren Reid, Bathgate
Dr Sonya Scott, friend of Ungagged
Colin McKenna, friend of Ungagged
Jean Torrance, friend of Ungagged
E. Laodi, friend of Ungagged