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No to Nuclear ~ Help Strengthen the Treaty

Roxane Assaf-LynnATTENTION STUDENT GROUP LEADERS: You’re invited to sign on as a co-sponsor to “Defuse Nuclear War” on the 40th anniversary of a history-making event in Central Park, New York. 
Thanks from RootsAction.org CONTACT: Rox@RootsAction.org

Sign Up Your Organization to Co-Sponsor the “Defuse Nuclear War” Live Stream Event June 12 

 



sign on, if you agree 

 

STATEMENT ON THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 

AND ON THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The power to initiate a global apocalypse lies in the hands of the leaders of nine nations.

As 122 nations of the world indicated when they adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in July, 2017, this is unacceptable.

As concerns about the threat of nuclear weapons re-enter the public consciousness, it is important to know that humankind is not without an answer to the nuclear threat. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force on January 22, 2021, provides a clear pathway to the elimination of the nuclear threat.

We call on all nuclear armed states to take immediate steps to:

  • engage the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,
  • attend the First Meeting of States Parties, and
  • sign, ratify and implement the Treaty.

We also call on the US media to recognize the existence of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to include the Treaty in discussions, articles, and editorials regarding the nuclear threat and methods available to address it.

 


Talk World Radio:
Norman Solomon on Defusing Nuclear War

David Swanson:  “This week on Talk World Radio, we’re talking about Ukraine and nuclear weapons with Norman Solomon who is Co-Founder and National Director of RootsAction.org. Norman also founded the Institute for Public Accuracy in 1997 and is its executive director. Immersed in anti-war, social justice, and environmental movements since the late 1960s, he is the author of a dozen books including “War Made Easy” and “Made Love, Got War.”

 

artist:  Yoshitomo Nara

~ Madison Rally for Peace ~ 1PM Mon May 30

VFP 2022 Peace Rally Flyer

 

      RALLY for PEACE

      1 p.m. Monday – May 30, 2022

  James Madison Park, Gates of Heaven Building 

   Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Clarence Kailin Chapter 25

Madison, Wisconsin

 


Guest Speaker

Garett Reppenhagen

Veterans For Peace, National, Executive Director

                                                 

       “Building/sustaining movement against militarism & war”

                – With discussion of current world situation

                                                  .

                                         Featuring:

  • DAVID COUPER – POET, VETERAN, AUTHOR

  • MUSIC BY OLD COOL BAND

  • SEAN MICHAEL DARGAN – BAGPIPE

  • FLOWER CEREMONY AT THE LINCOLN BRIGADE MARKER

  • EMCEE – LARRY ORR

  • CLOSING REMARKS – WILL WILLIAMS

                 

Memorial Mile 2022 ~ Olbrich Park & Atwood Ave ~

This time of the year, those of us involved with Veterans for Peace, believe it is important to recognize the significant loss of lives that our nation [and the world] have experienced. We may have borders, but we are also a part of this world. Understanding our loss may be a step in changing our ways. Having empathy for the loss of others is another step towards change and progress.


In a few hours, we placed around 7,000 simulated grave markers. Although, the early risers may have been putting down the design as early as 6am, who knows.  I was sleeping at that time.

“Donuts, coffee, peanuts, soda and wonderful conversation made the job…”  – Tom Glassel

“Great photos, Tom!  Great, hard-working volunteers!  So well organized – excellent work early on by John, Phil, Jeff, and Steve: Bravo!  And we made a very good connection with the local press: photographer Kayla Wolf of the Wisconsin State Journal.  Excellent conversations and outreach with the public.  Two of my students (2nd and 4th graders) brought their Mom to walk the Mile, and will report to their classes.
Onwards!  Peace!  Larry

 

“Volunteers gathered at Olbrich Park on Saturday to help Veterans for Peace Chapter #25 set up the Memorial Mile.

Over the past two years, the long stretch of tombstones that are placed to remind people of the worst cost of war could not be set up because of COVID-19.

On Saturday though, with the community’s help, the Memorial Mile made its return.”

Link to article and video….

Channel 3 News: Memorial Mile makes return to Madison ahead of Memorial Day

 

 

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a day for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces.

 

 

Defuse Nuclear War live stream @3PM CST on Sun 6.12.22

With a focus on the current terrible dangers of nuclear war and the imperative of taking action to reduce them, the Defuse Nuclear War live stream will mark the 40th anniversary of when a million people gathered in Central Park for nuclear disarmament on June 12, 1982.

Live event with a wide range of speakers including…

  • Hanieh Jodat Barnes
  • Medea Benjamin
  • Jerry Brown
  • Leslie Cagan
  • Jeff Daniels
  • Mandy Carter
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  • Emma Claire Foley
  • Khury Petersen-Smith
  • Pastor Michael McBride
  • David Swanson
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel 

 

We will also see the world premiere of a video featuring Daniel Ellsberg on “defusing the threat of nuclear war,” produced by Oscar-nominated director Judith Ehrlich.

 

May this online event will serve as a catalyst for grassroots organizing.

 


Several dozen peace, disarmament and social justice organizations are co-sponsoring this event, which is sponsored by RootsAction.org and the RootsAction Education Fund.

This two-and-a-half-hour event begins at 4pm Eastern / 3pm Central / 2pm Rocky Mountain / 1pm Pacific.