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Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Invest in Minds not Missiles

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Invest in Minds not Missiles

Fourth New England Conference on Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War

To attend please register at: minds-not-missiles-2020.bpt.me/


Morning Session – Room 6-120

9:00 am; Registration and Coffee.

9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction.

10:00 am: Current Dangers:

Destabilization from Nuclear Weapons Upgrades-Lisbeth Gronlund (Union of Concerned Scientists).

First Strike Risks – Prof. Elaine Scarry (Harvard University).

Dangers of an Inadvertent Launch – Prof. Max Tegmark (MIT, Future of Life Institute).

The Pervasive influence of the Nuclear Weapons/industrial complex – William Hartung (Center for International Policy).


11:00 am: Economic and Social Costs -Chair, Rosemary Kean (Mass Peace Action)

The Pentagon Budget – Subrata Goshroy (MIT).

Cuts in Federal Domestic Programs -Lindsay Koshgarian (Institute for Policy Studies).

Costs to Massachusetts Residents- Rep. Nika Elugardo (Mass. State Legislature).

Middles Eastern Devastation – Prof. Val Moghadan (Northeastern University).

Undermining of Civilian R&D – Prof. Jonathan King (MIT & Mass Peace Action).


12:00:  Pick up Box Lunch and proceed to:

12:15-1:45  Workshops (panelists details below);

(A) The Military/Industrial Complex: (B) Back from the Brink/No First Use: (C) 2020 Elections: (D) NYC/UN Conference and the International Arena: (E) Campus Organizing: (F) Moral Budget for Massachusetts: (G) Climate and War/Green New Deal

Afternoon Session – Stata Center Room 32-123

2:00 pm: U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (invited);

            Chair, Savina Martin (Poor People’s Campaign).


2:45 pm: Paths Forward – Chair, Jim Anderson (Peace Action of New York State).

Diplomatic Options with Iran and North Korea – Jim Walsh (MIT).

A Moral Budget for America – Savina Martin (Mass Poor People’s Campaign).

Better State and Federal Budgets -State Rep. Mike Connolly (Mass State Legislature).

The 2020 Elections – Andrea Burns (Our Revolution).

3:45pm: Senator Edward J. Markey (Invited)

            Chair, Cole Harrison (Mass Peace Action).

4:30: Next Steps:

  • Workshop Proposals:
  • Back from the Brink;
  • No First Use Summit;
  • Presidential election initiatives.

5:00 pm: Adjourn

Lunch Workshops:

  1. The Military/Industrial Complex: Paul Shannon (AFSC); Dorothy Phillips (Coalition for PA, NJ); Peter X. Casey (MAPA Nuclear Disarmament Working Group); Subrata Ghoshroy (MIT).
  2. Back from the Brink/No First Use: Kea Van der Ziel (Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility); Jeff Hoey (NJ Peace Action); Jean Athey (MD Peace Action); Susan Mirsky (MAPA Nuclear Disarmament Working Group); Dennis Carlone (Cambridge City Councilor).
  3. 2020 Elections: Tony Palomba (Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety); Arnie Alpert (New Hampshire American Friends Service Committee); Judy Elliott (New Hampshire Peace Action); Steve Powell (Elephant in the Room Project); Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler (Cambridge City Councilor/ORMA).
  4. NYC/UN Conference and the International Arena: Joseph Gerson (Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security)); Sally Jones (PANYS); Jerald Ross (CPDCS); Jim Walsh (MIT).    
  5. Campus Organizing: Caesar McDowell (MIT); Brian Garvey (Mass Peace Action); Matthew Ricci (Brown Students Against War); MIT Students Against War; Harvard for Bernie.
  6. Moral Budget for Massachusetts: Maryellen Kurkelos (Mass. Peace Action, Fall River); Dan Luker (Veterans for Peace); Michael Kane (Mass HUD Tenants Union); John Ratliff (Mass Senior Action); Savina Martin (PPC).      
  7. Climate and War/Green New Deal; John MacDougall (350.org); Quinton Zondervan (Cambridge City Council and Green New Deal); Nick Rabb (Sunrise Movement); Timmon Wallis (Windmills not Warheads); Rosalie Anders (Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund).

Co-Sponsors: Massachusetts Poor Peoples Campaign; MIT Radius; Institute for People’s Engagement; Massachusetts Peace Action; Union of Concerned Scientists.

            Special thanks to the Peter Norris Fund for additional support.


April 4
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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