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Nuclear Disarmament
Convener: Barbara Hansen, OP (Grand Rapids)
 

Nuclear Disarmament
Events, rally, march to be held in New York April 30–May 2

Plan to march with the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, numerous Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings) and thousands of peace and disarmament activists from around the world in New York City on Sunday, May 2.

Events and workshops for the For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World begin Friday, April 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive, New York NY 10027; Phone 212-870-6700). They continue Saturday, May 1 all day and into the evening. Sunday, May 2 is the International Day of Action. In NYC it will consist of gathering in Times Square and marching to the Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, where there will be a rally and a peace festival. All the petitions collected around the world, including those to President Obama, calling for a nuclear-free world will be delivered to the leaders of the United Nations Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, which begins on May 3.

Join with 800 other anti-nuclear weapons activists sponsored by a coalition of peace groups including Pax Christi USA, Partnership for Global Justice, Peace Action and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Two of the speakers will be Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, and Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima. Mikhail Gorbachev is tentatively scheduled. The website, www.peaceandjusticenow.org, gives event and registration details.

If you can’t get to NYC, plan something in your own area with other peace groups. We can make this the largest rally since those for civil rights. Pray for the success of all these efforts! Also, see below for more ways to take action.

How To Get Involved

There are a number of nuclear disarmament activities and conferences being convened during the next several months that we need to wrap in our prayers and sacrifices as well as our advocacy efforts.

  • Continued letters and emails to our Senators and in Letters to the Editor encouraging the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. For more information go to www.reachingcriticalwill.org
  • Sign the petition to President Obama urging the complete abolition of nuclear arms. It can be found on many sites including www.paxchristiusa.org; www.unitedforpeace.org This petition will be presented to the President and included in the petitions from across the world to be presented at the May 3-28 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York City.
  • Plan to participate locally or in New York City April 30–May 2 in the events leading up to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. See any of these web sites for information: www.peaceandjusticenow.org; www.unitedforpeace.org; www.wagingpeace.org
  • Visit the Disarmament page on Dominican Life | USA to study the Continnum of Action suggested by the North American Dominican Justice Promoters. Simple things like a sign on your computer or bed stand reminding you to pray for nuclear disarmament, or writing letters to the Editor all the way to participating in demonstrations and acts of civil resistance are suggested there.
  • For a display of how the proposed 2011 budget will be spent, click here. For some easy ways you can email your legislators to suggest the priorities be reversed, click here.
  • Be aware and pray about the July 4, 2010 weekend gathering in Oak Ridge, Tenn., celebrating three decades of the Nuclear Resister and Nukewatch at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex. It will be a national gathering, culminating with nonviolent anti-nuclear direct action, July 3-5, 2010, to declare independence from nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and radioactive waste. www.nukewatch.com
  • Never lose heart that our seemingly small simple actions are significant. “Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment… but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” — Prominent American Historian Howard Zinn, who passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 87.