Resources

 

BOOKS

Reports and books available in electronic form

Still Assuring Destruction Forever, Ray Acheson, ed., 2013 update of Assuring Destruction Forever: Nuclear Weapon Modernization Around the World, Reaching Critical Will project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Unspeakable suffering: the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Reaching Critical Will, February 2013

Moving Beyond Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Nuclear Abolition Forum, No. 2, 2013

Assuring Destruction Forever: Nuclear Weapon Modernization Around the World, April 2012, Ray Acheson, ed. The Reaching Critical Will project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has released a new report on nuclear weapons modernization. The report, can be downloaded for free and hard copies are available for $8.

Don’t Bank on the Bomb: Global Report on the Financing of Nuclear Weapons Producers, 2012, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk 2012, Ira Helfand, MD, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Nuclear Weapons and International Humanitarian Law, report and transcript of a panel presentation at the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, by Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) and Global Security Institute, April 2012.

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012, Mycle Schneider et al. Twenty years after its first edition, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012 portrays an industry suffering from the cumulative impacts of the world economic crisis, the Fukushima disaster, ferocious competitors and its own planning and management difficulties.

Costs, Risks, and Myths of Nuclear Power, Ray Acheson, ed.,  Reaching Critical Will, September 2011.  Six months after the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, Reaching Critical Will released an NGO world-wide study on the implications of the catastrophe.  Available as a pdf download or in hard copy.

Nuclear Roulette: The Case Against a “Nuclear Renaissance,” International Forum on Globalization, June 2011. Author Gar Smith systematically refutes nuclear industry efforts to revive nuclear power as a “green” climate-friendly energy system.

International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons: Examining the Humanitarian Approach to Nuclear Disarmament, Nuclear Abolition Forum No. 1, 2011. The next issue of the Nuclear Abolition Forum will examine the policy of nuclear deterrence.

Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy,
Arjun Makhijani, Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) (3rd ed. 2010).

Beyond arms control: challenges and choices for nuclear disarmament, Ray Acheson, ed., Reaching Critical Will project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 2010. The book explores some of the most important challenges that governments and civil society face today, highlighting the prospects and pitfalls for nuclear disarmament in the current world order.

Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security: U.S. Weapons of Terror, the Global Proliferation Crisis, and Paths to Peace Michael Spies and John Burroughs, eds., Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, Western States Legal Foundation, and Reaching Critical Will of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 2007.

Books–hard copy only

The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India, by M.V. Ramana, Penguin Group, 2013.  A definitive history and current overview of India’s nuclear energy program.

Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, by Cecile Pineda (with a Foreward by Jacqueline Cabasso) – Published on the one-year anniversary of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Devil’s Tango is a one-woman whirlwind tour of the nuclear industry, seen through the lens of the industrial and planetary crisis unfolding most visibly right now in Japan. John Nichols calls it an “astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster,” “… a revelation, and a searing denunciation of the worldwide nuclear energy industry.”

The Day the Sun Rose in the West: Bikini, the Lucky Dragon, and I, Oishi Matashichi, translated by Richard H. Minear, University of Hawai’i Press, May 2011. On March 1, 1954, the U.S. exploded a hydrogen bomb at Bikini in the South Pacific. Fishing just outside the zone at the time of the blast, the Lucky Dragon #5 was showered with radioactive ash. The Day the Sun Rose in the West stands as a powerful statement about the Cold War and the U.S.–Japan relationship as it impacted the lives of a handful of fishermen and ultimately all of us who live in the post-nuclear age.

Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, Tad Daley, Rutgers University Press, March 2010. “Few Americans know that more than forty years ago, in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, our country committed to eliminate its entire nuclear arsenal. In Apocalypse Never, Tad Daley traces the tortured history of this promise—and charts a course toward at last fulfilling it.”—Michael Douglas, Wall Street, The China Syndrome; Academy-Award Winning Actor; United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World, Joseph Gerson, Pluto Press, March 2007. The United States is the only country to have dropped the atomic bomb. Leading nuclear specialist and peace campaigner Joseph Gerson explains why atomic weapons were first built and used — and how the U.S. uses them today to preserve its global empire.

ARTICLES

US Continues to Block Chinese-Russian Proposal to Negotiate Treaty to Ban Weapons in Space Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Abolition 2000

Still preparing for nuclear war: US government continues the policies of the past, Lawrence Wittner, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Peace and Health blog,  July 8, 2013

President Obama in Berlin: Why Not Ask for More?  Joseph Gerson, Truthout, June 27, 2013

U.N. Accused of Playing Down Nuke Disarmament Conference, Thalif Deen, IPS, May 6, 2013

How Reliance on Nuclear Weapons Erodes and Distorts International Law and Global Order, John Burroughs, Cadmus Journal, November 2012

Sometimes Fiscal Urgency Tops Desire to be ‘Nuclear Free,’ Cities Find The New York Times, July 11, 2012

Senior General: U.S. Atomic Arsenal Could Deter a Nuclear-Armed Iran, Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire, July 12, 2012 

U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Strong New Mayors for Peace Resolution, July 4, 2012, Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign Latest News

Nuclear Time Warp, editorial, The New York Times, June 10, 2012

 U.S. Nuclear Arms Spending Exceeds Government Figure: Report, June 5, 2012, Global Security Newswire

U.S. Nuke Upgrade to Trigger New Arms Race with Russia?  MSNBC, May 11, 2012

U.S. Nuke Upgrade to Trigger New Ams Race with Russia?  MSNBC, May 11, 2012

The Folly of Mindless Science, Alice Slater, Common Dreams,  Spring 2012.

Study Identifies Financial Institutions Investing in Nuclear Weapons: The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons names 322 financial institutions from 30 countries with substantial investments in the $100 billion-a-year nuclear weapons industry, Robert Kropp, Sustainability Investment News , March 07, 2012

Renewable Energy Will Bring Peace on Earth,  Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, March 2012.

Time to Disband NATO: A Rogue Alliance, Alice Slater, Common Dreams, Fall, 2011.

Nuclear Weapons – At What Cost?, Jacqueline Cabasso, Berkeley Daily Planet, June 23, 2011

US Mayors to Obama: Bring War Money Home! Ban the Bomb!, Gar Smith, Berkeley Daily Planet, June 22, 2011

Local Activists Make Their Voices Heard at US Mayors Conference, Stephen Roblin, Baltimore Indypendent Reader, June 26, 2011

US Mayors Call for End to Wars and Nuclear Weapons, James Russell, Truthout | Report, June 21, 2011

Nukes Decline, But Disarmament Still a Distant Horizon, Thalif Deen, United Nations, June 7, 2011, IPS (Inter Press Service News Agency)

U.S. Plan to Boost Nuke Spending Undercuts Nonproliferation, Activists Warn, Haider Rizvi, United Nations, June 6, 2011, IPS

The START Treaty and US Disarmament Discourse, Andrew Lichterman Peace Magazine, Vol.27, No.2: Apr-Jun 2011.

‘No safe levels’ of radiation in Japan: Experts warn that any detectable level of radiation is “too much”, Dahr Jamail, April 4, 2011, Aljazeera English

The double standard of nuclear powers, Ray Acheson, Inter Press Service, 11 February 2011

 Japan’s Chaos is a Wake-up Call: It’s time for a nuclear energy time-out, Alice Slater, Other Words, March 23, 2011

Nuclear Weapons and Compliance with International Humanitarian Law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Charles J. Moxley, Jr., John Burroughs and Jonathan Granoff, Fordham International Law Journal (Vol. 34, 2011)

Obama’s Nuclear Posture Review, Charles J. Moxley, Jr., Fordham International Law Journal (Vol. 34, 2011)

Taking the Law Seriously: The Imperative Need for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, Peter Weiss, Fordham International Law Journal (Vol. 34, 2011)

Beyond the 2010 NPT Review Conference: What’s next for nuclear disarmament?, Ray Acheson, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, November/December 2010, vol. 66, no. 6, 77-87

Nuclear Disarmament, Civil Society, and Democracy,  Andrew Lichterman, Disarmament Forum, 2010 No.4

US Energy Policy Creating a New Generation of Doctor Strangeloves, Alice Slater, Foreign Policy in Focus, December 2010.

Human Security and Nuclear Disarmament, Ray Acheson, SGI Quarterly, October 2010

Humanitarian law or nuclear weapons: choose one, John Burroughs, October 4, 2010, First Committee Monitor edited by Reaching Critical Will

The U.S. Nuclear Posture Review and International Law, John Burroughs, Michigan International Lawyer, Summer 2010, pp. 2-8

The 2010 NPT Review Conference: Where Do We Go from Here?, Ray Acheson, Disarmament Times, 7 July 2010

Civil Society, Disarmament and the Need for New Beginnings, Andrew Lichterman,  Disarmament Times, April 2010.

Good Faith: A Fundamental Principle of International Law, John Burroughs, News in Review, Final Edition, No. 9, 28 April — 9 May 2008

The WMD Commission One Year Later: Impact and Assessment, John Burroughs, Disarmament Diplomacy, summer 2007

The ABCs of Nuclear Disarmament, Alice Slater, Yes Magazine, March 2007

Ignoring the U.S.’s ‘Bad Atoms’: For the New York Times, Washington is NPT’s enforcer, not a violatorSteve Rendall, Extra! July/August 2005

The Relevance of Gender for Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction, Carol Cohn with Felicity Hill and Sara Ruddick, Disarmament Diplomacy, Issue No. 80, Autumn 2005.

After Arms Control: Experts and Disarmament in a Changed World, Andrew Lichterman, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation Information Bulletin No. 22, December 2003

PAPERS AND FACT SHEETS

The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Briefing Paper, September 2013.

More violent war in the Middle East avoidable by making region WMD-Free

U.S. Peace Council, August, 2013

The U.S. and its NATO allies are preparing to bomb Syria alleging that its government used nerve gas, a weapon of mass destruction (Secretary of State John Kerry reprieving the role of his predecessor Colin Powell in 2003, who manufactured evidence to justify the aggression on Iraq). Destroying an independent Syria is a stepping stone to again taking over Iran (as President Eisenhower did in 1953). The world could avoid the protracted death and destruction from more wars in the Middle East if a zone free of WMD were created there. A UN conference on creating such a zone was scheduled for Finland in 2012. But the U.S. unilaterally scuttled it. It is evident that the U.S. government prefers total control over the region’s fossil fuels, territory and finances to peace.

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research publications on humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons

Several research papers on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use, and on efforts to make the effects of nuclear weapons a central theme in general and diplomatic discourse about nuclear weapons and disarmament.

The Bechtel Corporation: San Francisco’s Engineers of Empire, Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Nuclear Connections series, Summer 2012.

Rhetoric vs. Reality: Nuclear Dangers in a Time of Growing Global Economic and Environmental Crisis, Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Information Bulletin, Spring 2012.

Vandenberg Air Force Base: Where the Present and Future of U.S. Warmaking Come Together,  Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Spring 2012.

Nuclear Connections: Weapons and Power in the Age of Corporate Globalization, Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Fall 2011

Freeze our Fukushimas – Shut US GE Mark I reactors, Beyond Nuclear, March 2012

The Myths About Thorium as a Nuclear Energy Solution, Beyond Nuclear, 2012

Beyond Nuclear’s Fact Sheets about many aspects of nuclear energy, 2008 – 2012

Nuclear Weapons: at What Cost? Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Spring 2011.

Basics of Nuclear Physics and Fission, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, 2011.

START: One Small Step for Arms Control, One Giant Leap Backward for Disarmament?  Jacqueline Cabasso, WSLF Commentary, Winter 2011

Delegitimisation of nuclear weapons, Reaching Critical Will Fact Sheet, January 2011.

Beyond Start, Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, December 2010. 

The START Treaty and Disarmament: a Dilemma in Search of a Debate, Andrew Lichterman, WSLF Commentary, December 2010.

Ending U.S. Reliance on Nuclear Weapons and Achieving Their Global Elimination: Wise Policy and Required by Law, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, March 2008

War is Peace, Arms Racing is Disarmament: The Non-Proliferation Treaty and the U.S. Quest for Global Military Dominance, Andrew Lichterman, WSLF special report, 2005. full document (pdf) summary (6 pages, pdf) Information Brief version (2 pages, pdf)

Next generation strategic weapons and the possibility of arms races to come, Andrew Lichterman, DisarmamentActivist.org, 2007

“Divine Strake”and the talk of a nuclear attack on Iran, Andrew Lichterman, DisarmamentActivist.org, 2007

PRESENTATIONS

Creating the Conditions and Building the Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, Summary Report and Presentations, Berlin Framework Forum sponsored by Middle Powers Initiative and PNND, February 21-22, 2013

Nuclear Weapons, International Law, and the Future of the Planet, Remarks of John Burroughs at event sponsored by the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace & Security, May 7, 2013

Beyond International Humanitarian Law, Event at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, April 22, 2013
John Burroughs
(text as prepared)
Madeleine Rees (text as delivered)
Paul Meyer (text as prepared)

Audio available at www.lcnp.org

Fukushima Disaster – IPS Investigates, Inter Press Service News Agency’s online photo slideshow.

Remarks of Randy Rydell: Bringing Democracy and the Rule of Law to Disarmament, Conference, Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Paradigm for Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons hosted by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 2011.

Dangers and Opportunities: Nuclear Weapons and the NPT Review, John Burroughs, International Conference For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, April 30, 2010, Riverside Church, New York City.

Gender and nuclear weapons, Ray Acheson, Reaching Critical Will, a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, at the 2010 National Model United Nations, New York, 31 March 2010.

StratCom in Context: The Hidden Architecture of U.S. Militarism, Presentation by Jacqueline Cabasso at the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space annual meeting, Omaha, Nebraska April 12, 2008  text slides

Security at the Crossroads: National Security vs. Human Security, Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, presentation at conference on “A European Union for Peace and Solidarity,” Paris, France: March 10, 2008.

ON LINE VIDEO and AUDIO

An Artist Speaks Out against War and the Bomb

Paintings and video by Leonard Meiselman.

NGO side events at the May 2012 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee Meeting, Vienna, AustriaIncludes panels on: Nuclear weapons in Europe and nuclear sharing, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility;  The costs of nuclear weapons: a Disarmament for Development perspective, International  Peace Bureau (IPB); Political economy, social change, and disarmament, Western States Legal Foundation and Reaching Critical Will; Consequences of Continued Failure, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  Video provided by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Italy.

NPT TV 2012  Interviews at the 2012 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty preparatory committee meetings.

WILPF Close NATO Bases workshop, NATO-Free Future Conference, Chicago, IL, May 18, 2012. Includes presentations by Bruce Gagnon, Irene Eckert, and Jackie Cabasso, along with question and answer period.

Fukushima USA, A conversation with Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, Other Voices TV, Peninsula Peace & Justice Center, 6/9/11 (58:52).

Hypocrisy knows no bounds. Nor do nuclear weapons. On June 25, in Paris, representatives of the P5 nuclear weapon states – the US, Russia, Britain, France and China –met to discuss non-proliferation issues. Watch the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) satirical take on that meeting. (1:31)

 Fukushima Fallout: Lessons from Chernobyl. Dr. Dave DeSante is the founder of the Institute for Bird Population in Point Reyes, California. After the radioactive cloud from Chernobyl passed over the U.S. West Coast in the spring of 1986 his research uncovered a severe die-off of young birds. Download PDF of study here. (29:48)

Close Down California’s Nukes. In a rally on the steps of California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) author/organizer Starhawk, Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation), Barbara George (Womans Energy Matters) and others build the case for shutting down California’s nukes. Apr 18, 2011, The Ecological Options Network. (27:34)

Nuclear Free Planet, by EON – Ecological Options Network a collection of videos on nuclear power, including a number of interviews and an April 2011 panel discussion at San Francisco State University of the Fukushima disaster.

The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence, 2011, (5:20) This short video from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation debunks the myth that nuclear weapons keep us safe and prevent nuclear attacks by others. View, download and order DVD; access supporting materials.

Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future, 2008, (9:57) Excellent overview from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. View, download and order free DVD; access supporting materials.

A three-minute summary of the book Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy PolicyInstitute for Energy and Environmental Research, 2008.

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Nuclear Proliferation in a Time of War, on Other Voices TV, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, 2007, (58:51). A conversation with Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation and Loulena Miles, Tri-Valley CAREs.

27,000 Holocausts, Pinky Show interview with John Burroughs, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy February 7, 2007

What is a Crime Against Humanity? Pinky Show interview with Peter Weiss, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy December 11, 2007

FEATURE FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES

Current films:

In My Lifetime: This film is meant to be a wakeup call for humanity, to help develop an understanding of the realities of the nuclear weapon, to explore ways of presenting the answers for “a way beyond” and to facilitate a dialogue moving towards resolution of this Gordian knot of nuclear weapons gripping the world.

The Forgotten Bomb: Everything Depends on Remembering! Join filmmaker Bud Ryan on an epic journey to discover what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed and what the true state of the nuclear threat is today.

 Atomic Mom: A Documentary by M.T. Silvia. This story, of an American Scientist and a Hiroshima Survivor finding peace decades after the bombing, empowers individuals and communities to work toward global unity. It inspires dialogue about family/global secrets and it endorses universal human rights in the age of nuclear genocide.

Into Eternity: In Finland the world’s first permanent high level radioactive waste repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels – that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.  Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.

Witness to Hiroshima: A Documentary Film by Kathy Sloane. Witness to Hiroshima begins with the frequently overlooked story of war’s ravages and the civilian consequences. The film uses a combination of still photographs, paintings, and narration to capture the significant story of Keiji Tsuchiya, a Japanese soldier, and his response to overwhelming misery immediately after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Nuclear Free Planet: Beyond Weapons, Power, Radioactive Pollution and Waste, The Ecological Options Network (EON), includes links to EON DVD documentaries and video clips on a variety of nuclear topics.

Other recommended films:

The Last Atomic Bomb by Robert Richter and Kathleen Sullivan
White Light Black Rain by Steven Okazaki
The Mushroom Club by Steven Okazaki
Genie in a Bottle: Unleashed by Stephen Sotor and Trace Gaynor
The Final Frontier: Explorers or Warriors? by Stephen Sotor and Trace Gaynor
Original Child Bomb by Carey Schonegevel

Two powerful films about Chernobyl:

Chernobyl Heart by Maryann De Leo
Half-life: A Journey to Chernobyl by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabskyhttp

Older films:

Dark Circle by Judy Irving and Chris Beaver
Nagasaki Journey by Judy Irving and Chris Beaver
The Atomic Filmmakers: Behind the Scenes

 Cult Classics:

On the Beach
Atomic Cafe
The Day After
Hiroshima Mon Amour

Black Rain
Dr. Strangelove

WEB GUIDES AND RESOURCE Collections

Reaching Critical Will Project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom maintains an extensive set of online resources, including collections of documents, statements, and resolutions from UN bodies and other international arms control and disarmament negotiating venues.  They also publish summaries and critical commentary on these forums, usually on a daily basis when these bodies are in session.

Dirty Dozen: Corporate Partners in Mass DestructionReaching Critical Will/Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Profiles of thirteen (a baker’s dozen) corporations that are deeply involved in researching, developing, and manufacturing nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

STATEMENTS AND DECLARATIONS

Unchecked Pentagon Spending Threatens Our National Security, Statement from United for Peace and Justice on the FY2013 Pentagon House Appropriations, July 16, 2012

U.S. Conference of Mayors Resolution Calling for U.S. Leadership in Global Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Urgent Needs of Cities, unanimously adopted at the close of its 80th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2012. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the national association of cities with populations over 30,000. Resolutions adopted at its annual meetings become official USCM policy. Click here for an article on passage of the resolution.

A New Global Peace and Justice Movement is Rising, Conference Statement: Network for a NATO-Free Future, Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, Chicago, May 19, 2012

“We demand the abolition of all nuclear weapons. We demand an end to NATO’s ‘nuclear sharing,’ whereby U.S. nuclear weapons are stationed in ostensibly non-nuclear countries, as an important step toward the global elimination of nuclear weapons.”

Message from the Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting to Japan welcoming the shut-down of all the Japanese nuclear reactors, May 5, 2012

Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons, adopted by the Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Geneva, Switzerland, November 26, 2011.  In this historic resolution, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement emphasized “the incalculable human suffering that can be expected to result from any use of nuclear weapons, the lack of any adequate humanitarian response capacity and the absolute imperative to prevent such use;” found it “difficult to envisage how any use of nuclear weapons could be compatible with the rules of international humanitarian law;” and appealed to all States “to pursue in good faith and conclude with urgency and determination negotiations to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding international agreement.”

Resolution towards the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons,  November 10, 2011, adopted by the 8th Mayors for Peace Executive Conference, meeting in Granollers, Spain. This resolution was sent to the governments of nuclear weapon states, states suspected of developing or possessing nuclear weapons, the United Nations, and all member cities.

Joint Parliamentary Statement for a Middle East Free from Nuclear Weapons and all other Weapons of Mass Destruction, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), opened for endorsement on October 16, 2011. Parliamentarians vital in supporting a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, PNND press release, October 20, 2011.

Nagasaki Peace Declaration, August 9, 2011, Mayor Tomihisa Taue’s text. You will also find a link to express your support for the Nagasaki Peace Declaration.

Hiroshima Peace Declaration, August 6, 2011,  Mayor Kazumi Matsui’s text and video, with links to the history of the Hiroshima Peace Declaration and August 6 Peace Declarations each year from 1997 to the present.

Abolition 2000 message on the nuclear crisis in Japan and around the world, Released on Tuesday 26th April, the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster.

United for Peace and Justice Statement on Japan’s Triple Crisis, April 8, 2011.

Vancouver Declaration: Law’s Imperative for the Urgent Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, February 11, 2011. Vancouver Declaration Affirms the Incompatibility of Nuclear Weapons with International Humanitarian Law,  media release, March 23, 2011. Signatories to the Vancouver Declaration (as of October 26, 2011).

We cannot stop earthquakes but we can stop nuclear energy: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Statement on Japan’s nuclear crisis, March 15, 2011.

Santa Barbara Declaration: Reject Nuclear Deterrence: An Urgent Call to Action, February 17, 2011.

The Abolition 2000 Founding Statement, adopted in April 1995 at United Nations headquarters in New York during the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review and Extension Conference; updated at the end of 2000; signed by more than 2000 organizations in over 90 countries.

Abolition 2000 Moorea Declaration, adopted at the Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting in Moorea, Te Ao Maohi (French Occupied Polynesia), January 25, 1997.  This is a supplemental statement to the founding Abolition 2000 statement. It recognizes that colonized and indigenous peoples have, in large part, borne the brunt of nuclear devastation.

Abolition 2000 Saffron Walden Declaration on Corporate Globalization, adopted at the Saffron Walden UK meeting of the Abolition 2000 Global Council in May 2001. Another supplement o the founding statement, this declaration describes the need for a new security framework to make our world safe, rather than just building more weapons.

ACTION ITEMS

Enroll your Congressional Representative in Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)! PNND has more than 700 members in more than 75 countries, including nine U.S. members. Membership is open to current members of national and international parliaments. Click here to see the list of U.S. members. http://www.gsinstitute.org/pnnd/members/U-Z.html

Click here to find out how your Representative can join. http://www.gsinstitute.org/pnnd/join.html

Learn more about PNND at http://www.gsinstitute.org/pnnd/about.html

 Work with your City Hall to take part in the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21.  Mayor Gèrald Tremblay of Montréal, Canada has called on all members of Mayors for Peace to participate in a “Minute of Silence – Moment of Peace” ceremony that will be broadcast via the internet. Starting in Hiroshima at noon on Friday, September 21, 2012, this virtual Peace Wave will then continue on to Montréal, and beyond. A special internet platform has been created where cities can upload photos and videos of their own events. Read Mayor Tremblay’s letter here:

http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/english/activities/membercity/2012/120704montreal_international_day_of_peace.pdf

The International Association of Peace Messenger Cities is working with Montréal to facilitate cities’ internet participation in the International Day of Peace. Bring this information to the attention of your Mayor and City officials. http://iapmc.org/september-21-sequence-of-events/

Events can be organized in City Halls, school classrooms or other venues, but please note that only representatives of cities can sign up to participate. Disregard the June 30 sign up deadline, but please respect the August 30 deadline for preparation.

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