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What Next for the Nuclear Abolition Movement?
June 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Report from the NPT Review Conference and Discussion on the Way Forward
Joseph Gerson, Peace & Disarmament Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
John Loretz, Program Director, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Moderator: Elaine Scarry, Professor, Harvard University
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7:30 pm
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St – Hastings Room
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended on May 22 without producing a final statement, due to the US, UK and Canada declining to permit a conference to be convened on a Middle East WMD Free Zone as demanded by Egypt and others. The nuclear powers declined to commit to any practical plans to negotiate disarmament, and in response, 107 non-nuclear nations signed a Humanitarian Pledge which seeks to open a new diplomatic path towards nuclear weapons abolition.
We will hear from two leaders of the nuclear abolition movement, Joseph Gerson and John Loretz, who will give their perspectives on the outcome of the NPT review conference and the strategies and next steps they propose for the nuclear disarmament movement. The discussion will be moderated by Elaine Scarry, author of Thermonuclear Monarchy.
In Massachusetts, activities on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing (August 6, 2015) will be organized by peace groups, faith congregations, and youth. We will briefly outline these plans and ask for your help in carrying them out. (http://masspeaceaction.org/events/hiroshima-nagasaki-call-2015)
How can your group mark Hiroshima and Nagasaki Week – 70 Years – Never Again? Submit your endorsement and plans here.
Massachusetts Peace Action – 617-354-2169 – firstname.lastname@example.org