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Towards Nuclear Disarmament – US Nuclear Posture Review by Veterans For Peace
Sat February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Veterans For Peace (VFP) has issued a remarkable Nuclear Posture Review that is what the US government should be putting out, but won’t. The VFP Nuclear Posture Review warns that the danger of nuclear war is greater than ever and that nuclear disarmament must be vigorously pursued. With the first anniversary of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on January 22, the VFP Posture Review calls on the U.S. government to sign the treaty and to work with other nuclear-armed states to eliminate all the world’s nuclear weapons. It also calls for measures that would reduce the risk of nuclear war, such as implementing policies for No First Use and taking nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert. Join VFP members Ken Mayers, Gerry Condon, and Alice Slater as well as longtime anti-nuclear activist Joseph Gerson for a discussion of this document and how it can be used as an organizing tool.
Link to the Nuclear Posture Review:
Moderator: Nate Goldshlag, coordinator of the Smedley Butler Brigade, Chapter 9 of VFP
Gerry Condon is a Vietnam-era veteran and war resister, and a former President of Veterans For Peace. For the last six years, he has served as president of the Golden Rule Committee, which organizes the voyages of the historic anti-nuclear sailboat. He is a Coordinating Committee member of the VFP Nuclear Abolition Working Group and one of the authors of the VFP Nuclear Posture Review.
Ken Mayers was a Major in the Marine Corps but left in opposition to US policy in 1966. He joined VFP in 1986. In July 2002, he co-founded the Santa Fe Chapter of VFP. Ken was a member of the national VFP Board of Directors from 2004 through 2009 and national treasurer from 2005 through 2009. He was again elected to the Board in 2020.
Alice Slater serves on the Board of World BEYOND War and is a UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She is on the Board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, the Global Council of Abolition 2000, and the Advisory Board of Nuclear Ban-US, supporting the mission of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in realizing the successful UN negotiations for a Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. She is a member of the New York City chapter of VFP.
Joseph Gerson is President of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau, Co-chair of the Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy, and Co-Convener of the international Peace and Planet Network. He was involved in launching the Nuclear Weapons Freeze movement and is a Vietnam era draft resister. Joseph has written multiple books about this issue.
Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Veterans For Peace, and co-sponsored by Maryland Peace Action.