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

Movements Toward Nuclear Disarmament:
How We Might Be 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.