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NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE MONTH NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2015

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Nuclear Free Future Month NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2015:  Anti-Nuclear Organizations

Compiled by Dick Bennett for Peace, Justice, and the Environment.

 

What’s at stake:  Global Warming/Climate Change is the chief long-range danger to all life on our planet; Nuclear Weapons are the chief short-range danger.  --Art Hobson.  They are connected.   The threats of nuclear weapons and global warming grow because the necessary restraints—strict, reliable regulation--are wholly inadequate for the danger, and the restraints were created weak intentionally.  “Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet will no longer be habitable.  Every man, woman and child lives under [both] a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness” (President Kennedy), and under the consequences of human overpopulation, overdevelopment, overconsumption, over-production of C02, temperature rising.   All of these conditions and causes are the result of human choices; all were within human power to choose alternatively; but those in power and their populations chose wars and warming.  And in every aspect of wars and warming, the US has led the way.  A major example is the US rejection of plans for the reduction, monitoring, and elimination of nuclear weapons, as Pilisuk and Rountree explain in The Hidden Structure of Violence.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been “helpless when faced with a U.S. administration that is determined to develop new types of nuclear weapons and with a willingness to consider using them in pre-emptive strikes.  If the world is to avert nuclear war, the inspection powers of the IAEA will have to be reinforced and made applicable universally” (29).  The same is true regarding the catastrophically rising global temperature.  Regulatory rules must be sufficient to reverse temperature rise, violating companies must be heavily fined, and criminal corporate officers must be jailed.

 

See:  UN Nuclear Abolition Day Newsletter June 2, UN Hiroshima Day August 6, UN Nagasaki Day August 9, UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests August 26, Global Zero 

 

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Contents of Newsletter 2014 at end

Contents Nuclear Free Future Month Newsletter August 2015
Connection with Hiroshima-Nagasaki Bombings
FCNL: Sign Petition
Global Zero Actions August 9 to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Appropriate Today
Anti-Nuclear Weapons Organizations
Nuclear Free Future Month, Google Search
Nuclear Abolition Movement
General Butler
ICAN
The Abolitionist
Nuclear Zero, Marshall Islands Lawsuits Update July 8, 2015
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs UNODA
International Peace Bureau IPB
FCNL Friends Committee for National Legislation Nuclear Calendar
United for Peace and Justice UPJ: Nuclear Free Future
Global Zero
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference
    US Blocks NPT Conference
World Uranium Symposium: Leave It in the Ground
Congress: Bill to Reduce Weapons
Catholic Church, Pope Francis
WAND: Women’s Actions for New Directions
Nukewatch
Nevada Desert Experience
Additional Abolition Organizations
Contact President Obama

Connection with Hiroshima-Nagasaki Bombings

Dropping "The Bomb" On Hiroshima And Nagasaki Was Never Justified
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August 6th and 9th of 2015 mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was the first and only time a state used a nuclear device on cities (or civilians) of another state. Some conservative estimates put the immediate death toll of the two bombs at 200,000 people. This is more than the total number of American soldiers killed in the Pacific front of World War II.

Since the bombs were dropped, the U.S. government, U.S. high school history texts, and the American public have asserted that dropping the bombs was necessary. According to one review of American textbooks by Satoshi Fujita, an assistant professor of U.S. modern history at Meiji University,

“…most of the textbooks published by the early 1980s carried the U.S. government’s official view that the nuclear attacks allowed the U.S. troops to avert the invasion of Japan’s mainland and minimize American casualties, thus contributing to an early conclusion of the war.”
American politicians have continued to espouse this view. Primary among them was Harry S. Truman, the one-term president responsible for making the decision to drop the bombs in August of 1945. In his 1955 memoirs, Truman claimed the bombs saved half a million American lives. Truman insisted he felt no remorse and bragged that “he never lost any sleep over that decision,” while simultaneously referring to the Japanese as “savages, ruthless, merciless, and fanatic.” By 1991, George H.W. Bush claimed dropping the bombs saved millions of American lives. Historian Peter Kuznick sums up the ever-increasing number of American lives saved due to these actions:

“…from the War Department’s 1945 prediction of 46,000 dead to Truman’s 1955 insistence that General George Marshall feared losing a half million American lives to Stimson’s 1947 claim of over 1,000,000 casualties to George H.W. Bush’s 1991 defense of Truman’s ‘tough calculating decision, [which] spared millions of American lives,’[11] to the 1995 estimate of a crew member on Bock’s Car, the plane that bombed Nagasaki, who asserted that the bombing saved six million lives—one million Americans and five million Japanese.”
Twenty years ago (the 50th anniversary of the bombings) when the Smithsonian Museum tried to create a thought-provoking display about Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the first bomb on Hiroshima), the Senate threw a temper tantrum and passed a resolution condemning the move. The resolution stated that

“…the Enola Gay during World War II was momentous in helping to bring World War II to a merciful end, which resulted in saving the lives of Americans and Japanese.”
Of course, none of these figures about saved American lives are true. When President Truman was contemplating dropping the bomb, he consulted a panel of experts on the number of American soldiers that would be killed if the U.S. launched an invasion of the two main Japanese islands. According to historian Christian Appy,

“[Truman] did…ask a panel of military experts to offer an estimate of how many Americans might be killed if the United States launched the two major invasions of the Japanese home islands…Their figure: 40,000 – far below the half-million he would cite after the war. ”[emphasis added]
Americans are socialized to believe that dropping the bombs was necessary to end the war. As recently as January 2015, a Pew poll found that 56% of Americans believed dropping the two atomic devices was justified. Only 34% said it was not justified. This American attitude is understandable given the downplaying of Japanese deaths and the exaggeration of American lives saved in high school history books.

In spite of this public perception, dropping the nuclear bombs was totally unnecessary from a military standpoint. America’s leading generals voiced their concerns before and after the bombs were dropped. General Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Western Europe, reacted to the news in a way that contradicts politicians’ narratives:

“During his [Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson] recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives ,” he said. [emphasis added]
General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific, was not even consulted about the use of the bomb. He was only notified two days before the first bomb was dropped. When he was informed he thought “‘…it was completely unnecessary from a military point of view.’ MacArthur said that the war might ‘end sooner than some think.’ The Japanese were ‘already beaten.’”

Tough, cigar-smoking “hawk,” General Curtis LeMay—who was responsible for the firebombing of Japanese cities—was also disappointed with the decision to drop the bomb. In an exchange with reporters he said,

“The war would have been over in two weeks without the Russians entering and without the atomic bomb. [emphasis added]”

“You mean that, sir? Without the Russians and the atomic bomb?” one journalist asked.

“The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all,” LeMay replied.
Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, sent out the following public statement: “The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan [emphasis added].”

While Eisenhower, MacArthur, LeMay, and Nimitz believed the dropping of the bombs to be unnecessary, Chief of Staff Admiral William D. Leahy went even further, insisting that even the contemplated invasion of Japan was unnecessary to end the war. He said,

“I was unable to see any justification…for an invasion of an already thoroughly defeated Japan. My conclusion, with which the naval representatives agreed, was that America’s least expensive course of action was to continue to intensify the air and sea blockade…I believe that a completely blockaded Japan would then fall by its own weight. [emphasis added]”
At the conclusion of the war in the Pacific, President Truman appointed a panel of 1000 experts to study the conflict. One third of the experts were civilians and two-thirds were military. The panel issued its report, entitled “United States Strategic Bombing Survey”—a 108 volume publication on the Pacific front. The survey makes the following damning conclusion about the necessity of dropping the the atomic bombs and invading Japan:

“Nevertheless, it seems clear that, even without the atomic bombing attacks, air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about unconditional surrender and obviate the need for invasion. Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945,…Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated. [emphasis added]”
Even the Japanese leaders knew they were defeated. They were even secretly willing to negotiate an unconditional surrender. According to the survey, there was

“…a plan to send Prince Konoye to Moscow as a special emissary with instructions from the cabinet to negotiate for peace on terms less than unconditional surrender, but with private instructions from the Emperor to secure peace at any price.”
If dropping the bombs was not necessary, and if Japan was even willing to contemplate an unconditional surrender, then why were the bombs dropped at all? One reason referenced by several historians was to project American power against the future enemy in the Cold War, the U.S.S.R. As the Christian Science Monitor noted in 1992,

“Gregg Herken…observes…that ‘responsible traditional as well as revisionist accounts of the decision to drop the bomb now recognize that the act had behind…’a possible diplomatic advantage concerning Russia.’ Yale Prof. Gaddis Smith writes: ‘It has been demonstrated that the decision to bomb Japan was centrally connected to Truman’s confrontational approach to the Soviet Union.’”[emphasis added]
Secondly, there was a rather large incentive to use the bomb—to test its effectiveness. On that subject, the most succinct quote comes from Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., Commander U.S. Third Fleet. He said, “[The scientists] had this toy and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it. . . . It killed a lot of Japs, but the Japs had put out a lot of peace feelers through Russia long before.”

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Manhattan Project (the project to build the bomb) cost the U.S. an estimated $1,889,604,000 (in 1945 dollars) through December 31, 1945. That comes out to $25,051,739,964.00 in today’s dollars. The Center goes on to add:

“Weapons were created to be used. By 1945, the bombing of civilians was already an established practice. In fact, the earlier U.S. firebombing campaign of Japan, which began in 1944, killed an estimated 315,922 Japanese, a greater number than the estimated deaths attributed to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
From a purely numbers perspective, the detonation of the atomic bombs killed fewer people than the firebombing of the 67 Japanese cities with napalm. The sick logic of war is this: having killed close to 316,000 Japanese people by firebombing cities, killing 100,000-200,000 more is just as justifiable.

It is clear from the recitation of some of the evidence that the dropping of the atomic bombs was not necessary to end the war. It was not necessary to obviate the U.S. invasion of Japan (which in and of itself was not necessary) and it was not necessary for an unconditional surrender.

It is time for the United States to stop believing that the infamous nuclear attacks were justified. On that front, there is some hope. Back in 1991, 63% of Americans believed dropping the bombs was justified, compared to 56% today. Clearly, the numbers are heading in the right direction.

The U.S. government could easily nudge public opinion in the appropriate direction by issuing a public apology for the dropping of these weapons of mass destruction on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The U.S. is capable of doing this. In 1988, the U.S. Senate voted to compensate Japanese Americans for interning them during WWII. In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed a formal letter of apology. The U.S. did the right thing by apologizing to Japanese Americans. It is time to extend this apology to the entire Japanese nation.

A world free of nuclear weapons
Diane Randall, 8-6-15 FCNL dianerandall@fcnl.org via uark.edu 
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Dear James Bennett,
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S. using the atomic bomb in Hiroshima that killed and injured thousands. The nuclear weapons unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the resulting nuclear arms race has not made our world more secure.
But this August, we have an incredible opening for peace. Diplomatic negotiations with Iran have yielded a strong, verifiable deal to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
I came to the peace movement in the 1980’s seeking a world free of nuclear weapons. When I worked with Nebraskans for Peace and served as the director of the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign, I wanted my country and the Soviet Union to stop building any more nuclear weapons. I wanted a world that would be safer for my son.
The Cold War is over, but more nations have nuclear weapons. I’m still convinced that a world without nuclear weapons is safer for my children and all children in the world.
The Iran deal is the best chance we have to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. On the anniversary of the nuclear bombing in Hiroshima, this is worth all of our work together.
Sincerely,
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P.S. Thank you to the many of you who joined our training on supporting the Iran deal last night. If you couldn't tune in, you can still watch the video on our website.

 

GLOBAL ZERO: NAGASAKI DAY ACTIONS TO ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Derek Johnson, Global Zero via mail.salsalabs.net 

8:55 AM (1 hour ago)
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Dear friend,

Today, as we consider the echoes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Global Zero members all over the world are doing something extraordinary.

In a global act of remembrance, they’re showing up, taking action and demanding world leaders take urgent steps to eliminate nuclear weapons.In 
26 cities worldwide, these committed activists are raising awareness of the devastating humanitarian impact a nuclear weapon would have in their communities. Some are biking around the perimeter of a nuclear blast. Others are walking it. All are calling attention to the fact that, 70 years after nuclear weapons were unleashed on Japan, everything we hold dear is still at risk of unspeakable catastrophe. That we are always on the brink.

We’re also mobilizing on Twitter to demand urgent action to #EliminateNukes. If you aren’t able to participate in today’s demonstrations on the ground, I hope you’ll stand in solidarity online.

You can follow the action all day on Twitter at the hashtag #EliminateNukes.

Or you can see what your allies in the movement are up to on Facebook by searching for #EliminateNukes.

friend, 70 years is too long to live in the nuclear shadow. The only way we can guarantee the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are never repeated is to eliminate nuclear weapons. Everywhere.

We can make that happen, but only if we speak loud enough to cut through the noise and get our leaders’ attention. That’s why I’m asking you to take part in this global day of action and solidarity. Please add your voice to our call for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Thank you for everything you do to keep us moving forward.

Fight on,

Derek Johnson
Executive Director
Global Zero

Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
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In just a few days people around the world will commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The historical importance of these anniversaries is of special significance because we must maintain the collective consciousness of the bombings or humankind is certainly doomed to the consequences of continuing as slaves to the myth of the necessity of nuclear weapons for our protection.
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Continuing to upgrade and build new weapons of mass destruction invites a world like Johannesburg during apartheid with nuclear armed barriers between rich and poor. 
We need a global Truth and Reconciliation Commission to bring us together before we blow ourselves back to the Dark Ages. 

*Dr. David Hall is a child and family psychiatrist and a past president of local and national PSR. For over 20 years he has campaigned for the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction. He is active with Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and its work to abolish the Trident nuclear weapon system.


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MARSHALL ISLANDS Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Update
Rick Wayman via mail.salsalabs.net 
July 8, 2015
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Dear Dick,
The Marshall Islands plans to submit its brief at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals next Monday, July 13. This marks a big step forward in their lawsuit against the United States as the case moves to a higher-profile court. We will be in touch on Monday as soon as the brief is filed so that you can read the brief, see sample media materials and social media posts.
In the meantime, there have been a couple of stories in the media that may be of interest to you.
1. Times of India covers Nuclear Zero Lawsuit
The Times of India published an article about the Marshall Islands' lawsuit against India at the International Court of Justice. The article mentions India's two requests for extensions to file a reply Memorial at the ICJ and some basic details of the case against India.
2. Runit Dome in the news
Last week, The Guardian published an in-depth piece on Runit Dome, the concrete dome on Runit Island that houses some 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris left behind after 12 years of U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands.
The dome is already cracked and leaking, and rising sea levels threaten to unleash the radioactive contents of the dome into the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. government claims that the dome and its contents are now the responsibility of the Marshall Islands.
While the issue of Runit Dome does not directly relate to the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits, it once again illustrates why the Marshall Islands has undertaken this bold legal initiative. They have experienced firsthand the devastating human and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons and want to ensure that nuclear weapons are abolished so that no one ever suffers in this way again.
I will be in touch again on Monday when the Marshall Islands' appeal is filed. Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas about how to effectively promote the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits. Thank you so much for your support and for standing together for Nuclear Zero! Sincerely,   Rick Wayman
NAPF Director of Programs (NAPF is the umbrella organization for the RMI lawsuits)

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July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
United For Peace and Justice is taking part in Peace and Planet Summer by participating in commemorations of the 70th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and supporting the Iran Nuclear Accords. We’re also re-launching the UFPJ newsletter, which we’re inviting you to be a part of. Please read more about each […]
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July 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
United for Peace and Justice welcomes the completion of the historic international agreement with Iran, which limits its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions and the ending of its isolation. After years of futile, horrific wars, we join with peace-loving people around the world in embracing this diplomatic achievement. Click here […]
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April 3, 2015 | 7 Comments
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United States atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also marks 45 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force, obligating all States parties to undertake good faith negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Instead, the world’s nuclear-armed nations are spending over $100 billion per year to […]
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July 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Click here to sign the petition. First, the good news: In May, a new United Nations working group began meeting in Geneva “to develop proposals to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons.” The first ever UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament will take place […]
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December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Iran has attacked no one, yet both the United States and Israel continue to threaten Iran with a military attack unless Iran agrees to halt uranium enrichment. While it appears that the imminent danger of war has receded, during the Presidential debates, President Obama flatly denied reports that the US had agreed to hold direct […]

July 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE MONTH: August 6th and 9th 2012 will mark the 67th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A year and a half ago, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima once again brought the dangers of nuclear technology to the center of the world’s attention. However, despite its immense impacts and the […]
April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) stands in solidarity with our many friends and allied organizations in Japan* during this extended period of unprecedented crisis. We grieve with the people of Japan and express our deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of life, habitat and infrastructure they are continuing to suffer as a result of […]


GLOBAL ZERO Solidarity
Ryan Rastegar, Global Zero via mail.salsalabs.net 
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Dear friend,

This Sunday marks 70 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

Global Zero members all over the world are coming together in solidarity to send a strong message to our world leaders: 70 years is too long to live in fear of nuclear annihilation.

In 26 cities in 5 countries on 3 continents, our members will be circling the perimeter of the Nagasaki bomb blast on foot and by bike to symbolize what a nuclear catastrophe would look like in their communities. It will be a powerful reminder that nuclear weapons are designed to wipe entire cities off the map.

Here's one thing that you can do right now to show your support: Send a tweet on Sunday, August 9 in solidarity.

Join our tweet-a-thon: Use this tool to schedule a tweet or a Facebook post for Sundayusing the hashtag #EliminateNukes.
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This tool allows people from all over the world to schedule the same post on social media for a designated time, and then sends the post from hundreds of accounts simultaneously. It's a useful way to maximize our reach and impact on this important day.

Nuclear weapons still pose one of the most urgent threats to humanity -- and your voice can make a difference. Help send a message to world leaders: 70 years is too long.

Are you in to help us get #EliminateNukes trending this Sunday? Sign up to tweet your message in solidarity now.

Fight on,
Ryan Rastegar
Digital Engagement Manager
Global Zero

Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Sent by GLOBAL ZERO | 1436 U Street NW, Suite 401 | Washington, DC 20009 USA


Global Wave 2015 and Peace & Planet at the UN nuclear non-proliferation conference
This NPT Conference failed, (see the next entry for explanation).  But because the hopes of the NPT conference remain in the hearts and minds of wiser people around the world, as this Newsletter shows, I have given the following full program of the conference to enable us to get our bearings out of both the good and the bad of the conference.  --Dick
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION TREATY CONFERENCE HOPES
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Nuclear abolition call is highlighted in the conference draft agreement!
With one week to go in the month-long deliberations of governments at theNon-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York, Global Wave 2015 and the Peace and Planet on Friday May 15 organised a presentation at the United Nations to promote their call for governments to agree to a plan for the prohibition and complete elimination of nuclear weapons.
The UN event:
  • highlighted the 7 million signatures on the nuclear abolition petition Peace and Planet presented to the President of the NPT Review Conference on April 26,
  • discussed the connections between nuclear abolition and other core human security issues (such as climate change, poverty, unemployment, war and human rights),
  • re-stated the importance of governments agreeing to a concrete plan to abolish nuclear weapons,
  • reported on youth actions for nuclear abolition, and
  • showed videos and photos from Global Wave actions around the world.
Previously, in the opening weeks of the NPT Conference, Peace and Planetpresented to one of the main plenaries, tweeted photos and videos of Global Wave actions from countries as the foreign ministers or other representatives of those countries spoke, met informally with government representatives to advocate for nuclear abolition, and presented to a number of side events.
The majority of governments at the conference support the nuclear abolition call, and are promoting the abolition of nuclear weapons in the deliberations and in the disarmament section of the draft outcome document.
The draft disarmament section calls on nuclear weapon States to take immediate steps to reduce nuclear stockpiles (page 7, para 5), end modernisation of nuclear weapons (page 7, para 6), reduce the role of nuclear weapons (para 7), and remove of all nuclear weapons from high alert levels (para 9).  The draft also calls on States to engage in an inclusive process within the United Nations to explore and develop the legal framework to achieve and maintain a nuclear weapon free world.
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Launch of Global Wave 2015 at Peace and Planet rally in New York
UNFOLD ZERO, a partner campaign to Peace and Planet, held a side-event on Thursday, outlining the ways in which the abolition of nuclear weapons can be, and is being, facilitated and supported through various UN bodies and initiatives.
These include promotion of a nuclear weapons convention by the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary-Generalputting legal pressure on the nuclear weapon States through the International Court of Justice, hosting deliberations and negotiations through a UN General Assembly process, deciding to hold a high-level conference on nuclear disarmament (similar to a UN Summit), criminalising nuclear weapons through the International Criminal Court, and building public engagement and support through the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
There is still one week to go in the NPT Review Conference. The nuclear weapon States are already opposing some of the draft text. And even if the text is adopted, it does not mean that the nuclear weapon States will implement it quickly. They have, for example, done very little to implement the more modest agreements from the 2010 NPT Review Conference – leading the Marshall Islands to launch cases in the International Court of Justice against the nuclear armed States challenging the lack of implementation of disarmament obligations.
However, civil society actions including Global Wave and Peace and Planet have definitely had a positive impact at this important international conference, challenging the nuclear weapons states and giving support to the non-nuclear States.
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 Events
Screenings in various locations in Switzerland during the week September 21-26
Directed by Peter Anthony
Featuring: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnrynov, Matt Damon, Natalia Vdovina & Robert de Niro
On the night of September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov disobeyed military protocol and probably prevented a nuclear holocaust. He says that he is not a hero. 'I was just in the right place at the right time.' You decide!

Wave goodbye to nukes! 24 hours of actions in capitals and other cities around the world April 26-27, 2015
Framework Forum roundtable
Monday September 8, 2014, 13:00 – 18:00
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Auditoire Jaques Freymond, rue de Lausanne 132 , Geneva

By invitation only
Contact info@baselpeaceoffice.org
Kazakh Room (Cinema Room XIV), 
Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva
September 25, 16:00 - 17:30
followed by refreshments
Organised by UNFOLD ZERO and the Basel Peace Office
Hosted by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
A UN pass is required to attend. Contact info@unfoldzero.org
18 August to 15 October 2014
Oberer Rheinweg, Basel, Between Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge) and Wettstein Bridge
Late October until early December 2014
Theatrestrasse, Basel. From Elizabethenkirche to Barfusserplatz
Sunday August 17, 6pm – 9pm
Im Fluss stage on the Rhine
Oberer Rheinweg, Basel

Free
PLAYforRIGHTS presents a Youth Music Performance to commemorate World Humanitarian Day
A range of live music featuring ERROR 404 brass band ensemble from Musik Akademie Basel
July 4 - 5
Basel, Switzerland

Hosted by Guy Morin, President of the Basel-Stadt Canton
Organised by the Basel Peace Office
Mayors, parliamentarians and civil society!
Join us in Basel to share initiatives, network with others and advance the cooperative security framework for peace, prosperity and nuclear disarmament.
Chernobyl exhibition and the Rhine
Kleinbasel, Basel
Sunday April 13, afternoon
With Basel Peace Office and Environmental Award laureates participating in the 3rd International Convention of Environmental Laureates.
13:00: Photo exhibition of Chernobyl nuclear disaster 
by Alexander Hofmann
Basel Art Center, Riehentorstrasse 33, Basel
Discounted group rate 15 CHF (normal entry is 22 CHF)
13:50 Lunch
Merian Spitz Cafe, Rheingasse 2
15:30. Rhine Promenade, water-powered ferry, Munster
RSVP to alyn@pnnd.org or +41 788 912 156
International Day of Sport for Peace and Development
Sunday April 6, 2014
Carton Blanc photo event and short peace run/cycle in Basel
Followed by an informal talk on peace and sport – peace bike rides
3pm: Run/cycle along the Rhine from Oberer Rheinweg (under Wettstein Bridge) to the Three Countries Corner
4pm: Carton Blanc photo event at Three Countries Corner, Dreiländereck
5pm: Light meal and talk at Restaurant Schiff
Act now to encourage your country to engage in the OEWG. Organize a public event with motive of “opening the door to a nuclear weapons free world”!
Tuesday 21 May, 2013
13:15 – 14:45
Room XI, Building A, UN Geneva
Side-event of Open Ended Working
Group on Nuclear Disarmament
Launch of the 2nd edition of the Nuclear Abolition Forum
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
12:30 – 14:00
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
WMO/OMM Building Avenue de la Paix 7bis, Geneva
Featuring:
Ambassador Urs Schmid(Switzerland)
Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe (Japan)
Jean-Marie Collin (PNND, France)
Marc Finaud (Program Adviser, GCSP)
Alyn Ware (Founder, Nuclear Abolition Forum, New Zealand)
Teresa Bergman (Researcher, Basel Peace Office)
6pm, Friday May 24
University of Basel, Lecture Hall 001
Petersgraben, Basel
Featuring:
Wilson Kipketer, runner. Current world record holder for the 800 and 1000 meters (indoors).
Spokesperson for L’organisation pour la Paix par le Sport (Peace and Sport)
Paol Hansen, Special Adviser UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Carola SzemereyYouth Future Project
Henk Van NieuwenhoveFlanders Peace Field project  (the 1914 Soccer Truce)




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WORLD URANIUM SYMPOSIUM:  LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND.  Nukewatch Quarterly (Summer 2015).
The gathering in Quebec City called for a worldwide ban on uranium exploration, mining, milling, and processing, and a halt to reprocessing of radioactive waste.  The communique recommended phasing out nuclear power and expansion of renewable energy   For the full Communique:  http://uranium2015.com/en/news/quebec-declaration-uranium   Dick

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Pope Francis’ Latest Mission: Stopping Nuclear Weapons
April 10, 2015
Pope Francis attends a private audience with President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, Vatican, on April 9, 2015.Getty ImagesPope Francis attends a private audience with President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, Vatican, on April 9, 2015.
The U.S. State Department is revving up its efforts to work with the Holy See
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The Vatican has long opposed nuclear weapons, but Pope Francis is making the cause one of the top diplomatic priorities of his two-year-old papacy.
In December, the Vatican submitted a paper calling for total nuclear disarmament to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. In January, Pope Francis touted nuclear disarmament as a major goal alongside climate change in his speech to the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. And on Easter Sunday, he publicly prayed that the prospective multi-nation deal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program would be “a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”
Many observers expect the Pope to raise the topic in his speech to the United Nations in September, especially as that event also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic U.N. speech calling for “never again war, never again war.”
“Pope Francis has recently pushed the moral argument against nuclear weapons to a new level, not only against their use but also against their possession,” Archbishop Bernedito Auza, the Holy See’s Ambassador to the U.N., says. “Today there is no more argument, not even the argument of deterrence used during the Cold War, that could ‘minimally morally justify’ the possession of nuclear weapons. The ‘peace of a sort’ that is supposed to justify nuclear deterrence is specious and illusory.”
The Vatican push on nuclear weapons comes as the United States is in the final stages of negotiating a deal with Iran and as 190 parties that have supported the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty prepare for its five-year review. The upcoming NPT RevCon, as the U.N. treaty review conference is called, is the first NPT review during the Francis papacy, and Francis’ voice is already adding moral and political weight to the conversation. The Holy See, a party to the Treaty, has opposed the possession and use of nuclear weapons since the beginning of the nuclear age.
The Holy See is “very concerned,” Auza adds, about nuclear-capable states’ commitment to disarmament, arguing that the central promise of the treaty remains unfulfilled. “The fact that nuclear-possessing States not only have not dismantled their nuclear arsenals but are modernizing them lies at the heart of nuclear proliferation,” he says. “It perpetuates the ‘injustice’ in the NPT regime, which was supposed to be temporary while nuclear disarmament was in progress…. how could we reasonably convince the pre-NPT non-nuclear countries not to acquire or develop nuclear arms capabilities? Now, the real and present danger that non-state actors, like terrorist and extremist organizations, could acquire nuclear weapons ‘in the black market’ and ‘not-so-black market,’ ‘in the back alleys’ and ‘not-so-back alleys’ should terrify us all.”
On Thursday, two events on opposite sides of the planet signaled Pope Francis’ diplomatic reach ahead of the NPT review. In New York at the United Nations’ headquarters, the Holy See’s Mission to the U.N. and the Global Security Institute hosted a conference of diplomats and interfaith partners to promote the abolition of nuclear weapons. At the Vatican, a United States diplomatic delegation was courting Catholic Church leaders on President Obama’s commitment to nuclear disarmament.
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller has picked up on the Vatican’s keen interest in nuclear disarmament and has made it a priority to engage the Holy See. Gottemoeller first visited the Vatican in January to discuss arms control and nonproliferation issues with several counterparts. In late March, the State Department invited the Holy See to participate as an observer in its new disarmament verification initiative, the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification. This week, Gottemoeller returned to the Vatican with Madelyn Creedon, the Department of Energy’s principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration, for a two-day diplomatic visit.
Gottemoeller’s efforts have centered on briefing the Vatican on the United States’ disarmament agenda. She has been working to reach highest-level counterparts, as well as technical experts and non-governmental experts. “President Obama from the very beginning of his term in office has been very clear that his goal is to proceed with nuclear disarmament,” she says. “People think sometimes that that is just a kind of propaganda slogan out there without a lot of ‘there’ there, so I wanted to make sure that our Vatican counterparts knew the degree to which the President’s Prague initiative has become substantively a very significant part of our national policy.”
The United States knows the political capital Pope Francis holds when it comes to national and international decision-making. Most notably, the White House credited Francis for his role in brokering the U.S.-Cuba deal in December. “I think there is a huge moral impact of the Vatican on issues that relate to nuclear weapons deterrence and the disarmament agenda overall,” Gottemoeller says. “I see it is as a confluence of interest in a very positive sense. … You can’t just wave a magic wand and make nuclear weapons go away. It takes hard work and it takes a lot of very practical steps, but we can get there, and that is the President’s message. I just hope that we will be met by patience from the community trying to work on these issues.”
For Francis, nuclear disarmament—like most everything—must be viewed from the position of the poor instead of the position of the powerful. Inequality and nuclear power are interwoven. “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations,” Pope Francis wrote to the Vienna Humanitarian Conference in December. “To prioritize such spending is a mistake and a misallocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against extreme poverty. When these resources are squandered, the poor and the weak living on the margins of society pay the price.”
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also been deepening its theological and political attention to disarmament. Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, spoke at the Holy See’s U.N. panel. During the NPT RevCon, the USCCB plans to sponsor an event with the Kroc Institute on evolving Catholic perspectives from nuclear deterrence to disarmament. Stephen Colecchi, director of the USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace, says that the USCCB is trying to move the Holy See’s moral discussion forward in the U.S.—the USCCB had a close relationship with the Administration during the time of the New START Treaty, and has continued the dialogue with Gottemoeller, who is Catholic. “We certainly urge the United States to work with Russia and we have been urging them to separate the issue of the day, which is Ukraine, from the issue of the decades, which is nuclear disarmament,” Colecchi says. “Deterrence is even less stable in a multipolar world. We might ask, Are nations, including our own, serious about nuclear disarmament if they are modernizing nuclear weapons systems?”
After a period of denuclearization in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union, several states in the developing world went nuclear and events recently have further undermined the NPT. U.N. Ambassador Libran Cabactulan of the Philippines—who was the president of the previous NPT RevCon—flew in from Manila to speak at the Holy See’s event at the U.N. on Thursday. “Nothing has been achieved. Nothing much,” Cabactulan told the U.N. gathering, describing the progress of disarmament in the last five years. “What perhaps I achieved, that was calling more on temporal power, and maybe I failed, because in the order of things it’s the tally sheet, what has been done. And that is why I am gratified…to have spiritual leaders.”
Ambassador Antonio Patriota, permanent representative of Brazil to the United Nations, believes that Francis’ position will resonate during the NPT review conference. “He himself coming from South America, we feel that he has a very deep understanding of the challenges posed by inequality,” Patriota says. “His words carry quite a bit of political weight. It is a powerful message from man of high moral standing in a time when leadership is scarce.”
    
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NUKEWATCH
This organization informs us about and protests nonviolently all aspects of nuclear dangers.
Identifies as criminals all involved in making and spreading nuclear weapons.
Labels nuclear weapons “deterrence” a taxpayer-funded hoax.
Maintains pressure on the President to comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Decries the ultimate immorality of US specific targeting plans to obliterate enemy cities, including those of friends—in offices six stories below Strategic Command headquarters at  Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.  We have about 2,200 nuclear weapons ready for the President to launch (or by accident or miscalculation).
Works for a global Treaty Ban on the production, possession, deployment, and threatened use of nuclear weapons.  The US is investing in three new H-bomb factories (in TN, MO, and NM), and plans to build new warheads for the next decade, all in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Has just published a revised ed. of Nuclear Heartland calling for removal of the 450 obsolete nuclear missiles underground around the Midwest (www.nukewatchinfo.org).
Publishes
Nukewatch Quarterly.  The Summer 2015 number includes articles on nuclear weapons proliferation, the legal trials of nuclear resisters, storing nuclear waste, Chernobyl, Fukushima (nuclear power leads to nuclear weapons), international protests: the Abolition Movement.  (nukewatch1@lakeland.ws ).  –Dick

Nevada Desert Experience Sept. 19-21




TABLE OF CONTENTS





The mission of Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) is
• to stop testing, development and use of nuclear and other weapons systems through a campaign of prayer, education, dialogue, and nonviolent direct action.
• to mobilize people of all faiths to work toward
nuclear abolition and nonviolent social change.
• to support personal renewal through desert spirituality, reconnecting with each other and the earth to end subcritical tests and other war-making preparations at the Nevada National Security Site and preventing the return of full-scale nuclear testing.

Justice For Our Desert
Nevada Desert Experience will host a special event for the 2015 International Peace Day Weekend (September 19th to 21st). Both Creech and the NNSS (formerly the NTS) are sites of terrible injustice. To STOP these injustices, the first step is to peacefully END the current works of war at these sites. Further steps involve the work of spiritual cleansing at these institutions of death and mega-death, but the violence must immediately stop first, as a way to begin justice-making here in Nevada for this land and her people. Even before taking the conscientious step of stopping the violence, it is essential to do the internal work for ourselves of love and justice. Therefore, NDE invites you to come on Saturday at noon to Las Vegas, where we can do nonviolence training, followed by desert appreciation activities. On Sunday we have liturgy at the historic nuclear testing grounds and learn about the violence of Creech and the NNSS. Then we have a line-crossing ritual at the NNSS at 2:00pm. That is all good preparatory work to help us fight the current tide of violence at Creech. Help create justice for the desert--both environmental justice and social justice.
Reserve your Place for Justice For Our Desert
Call 702.646.4814 or email info@nevadadesertexperience.org to let us know that you are coming.

Living here
Dear peace friends,
I'm writing this on the fifth of July, and some neighbors are shooting off leftover fireworks.  Ming and I have been living at the Nevada Desert Experience house for more than three months now.  We saw spring and are learning summer.
When Ming and I moved here in late March, it was to serve.  Also, it was to live in community.  I was enthusiastic and eager.  We would wake up in the early hours when it was still dark.   We would get dressed and head to the Las Vegas Catholic Worker to pray the "Oh God" prayer and feed hungry people and help with dishes afterward.
I was ecstatic to serve.  It satisfied deep needs in me, like the need for meaning.  I was excited.
I remember when I first volunteered with Las Vegas Catholic Worker years ago. Ming and I showed up extra-early one morning when salad was being made.  Someone showed me how to dress the salad, and it was more work for him to show me how to dress the salad than it would have been for him to do it himself.
But service is sacred.  He was giving me the gift of being able to
serve, and I realized it for the first time, what that gift was.  I
was grateful to him and remember that moment again and again, like when I help others serve.  That feels like a sacred duty too.
So I was serving a lot--Ming and I volunteered at Las Vegas Catholic Worker four mornings a week, then volunteered with Las Vegas Food Not Bombs two mornings a week.
It was not long hours, but so many people were passing through my life--friends, hundreds of hungry people, other volunteers.  I started to feel worn down.  Person after person, consciousness after consciousness, eye contact and words, being together in space. Everyone's needs.  The presence of others became more and more challenging.
I was not sure what happened.  I've been introverted all my life.
Being around people takes energy out of me, while others receive energy from being around people.  I've spent most of my life far on the introverted side of the spectrum.
It seems like I swung from a period of less introversion back to a
period of more introversion.  I couldn't serve six days a week
anymore.
My priestess friend Candace at the Goddess Temple in Cactus Springs gave me instructions on shielding, which is a way of keeping others' energy from intruding upon my own.  She referred to it as a kind of self-hypnosis.  I tried shielding, and I think it helped, but that extreme social exhaustion stayed with me.
I had a small, sustained crisis.  If I couldn't serve almost every
day, that explicit kind of hands-on serving, what was I here for?
Being a board member for NDE is service too.  Ming keeps the database in order and writes most of the thank you notes for donations.  I write thank you notes and answer the phone sometimes while Ming is doing a thorough, long-term cleaning of the office and handling lots of handyperson tasks associated with upkeep on old houses.
I take notes for NDE committee meetings, help with events, and provide hospitality for visitors.  So I do serve somewhat.
I've heard moving is a big stressor, up there with death of a family member, birth of a child.  I'm giving myself a year to adjust.  And a year is how long Ming and I committed to living here as live in super-volunteers, but we hope to stay much longer.
I look forward to learning all of Las Vegas' seasons.  Right now the cicadas in the trees in our courtyard are making their amazing vibration.  It's an honor to know what it's like to hear them on a daily basis, this portion of summer.
It's all an honor, and I hope to find new ways to serve that can help me thrive.  I decided to write this essay / letter as a way to serve and to communicate with all of you something about the life Ming and I share here.
I wish blessings to NDE and all of NDE's supporters.
love,
Laura-Marie

Reportback from Shut Down Creech 2015 Arraignment
SHUT DOWN CREECH Anti-Drone protesters arraigned Tuesday in Las Vegas
An incredible day in court on Tuesday for SHUT DOWN CREECH activists!
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/jun/30/anti-drone-protesters-make-pleas-las-vegas-judge/
Shut Down Creech Arrestees return to Las Vegas for Arraignment
by Flora Rogers
On Tuesday, June 30th eleven participants from the March 6th Shut Down Creech event appeared at the Clark County Court House before Judge Melissa A. Saragosa to be arraigned for the charges of Trespassing (not amounting to Burglary) with one attendant Robert Majors facing a different charge of Obstructing a Public Sidewalk.  The morning began with a vigil and media statements given in front of the court house. Supporters were in attendance and media outlets Fox News, Las Vegas Sun Times, and the Associated Press were on the scene taking statements. Before entering the court house, the group broke into chants of "When Drones Fly Children Die!" and similar statements such as "The Whole World is Watching!" while holding panels of artistic renderings of many of the child victims of drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen.
After over an hour and a half of courtroom business as usual, the Judge began calling up the activists.  First she called the names of many who were not in attendance, including those who wrote in their pleas of "Not Guilty" and those who accepted a plea deal offered by the District Attorney.  The first among those accepting the plea was "Mary" Ann Wright.  The plea consisted of a $50 fine and the agreement to "stay out of trouble" and stay off Creech Air Force Base Property for six months. Those not in attendance were graciously represented pro-bono by Las Vegas attorney Allen Lichtenstein who made definite points in each plea case that "staying away from Creech" was to be interpreted as not including the County land surrounding the base property and the Judge agreed.
As the Judge called up the first activist defendant present, Fred Bialy, she revealed that she is an Air Force reservist and former active-duty Air Force Judge Advocate. In spite of the apparent potential bias, she declared that she would be impartial. The defendants accepted her reassurances and did not express serious concerns about this potential for bias in the pending trial.  Retired Dr. Bialy of Vallejo, California pled "No Contest" to the charges and was able to offer his statement.  He read a prepared statement that highlighted why the drone killing program is immoral and inhumane and that as a physician it is in his nature to prevent harm.  Following him was documentarian Mauro Oliveira from Montgomery Creek, California who explained the CIA’s role in the drone program, revealing that the same officials running the torture and rendition programs were running the drone program. The last activist allowed to make his statement was Franciscan Friar Louis Vitale, 83, who spoke eloquently of the need to pursue peace in the nation and the world. He also gave a specific example he experienced while in the Air Force, where his command was ordered to shoot down an aircraft identified as Russian but reluctance by him and others led to an intercept flight to make visual contact with the aircraft which turned out to be an American Airlines passenger jet.
All three pleading No Contest were sentenced only with "Time Served."
The remaining activists in attendance all entered a plea of "Not Guilty" and worked with the Judge to organize trial dates for themselves and those not in attendance entering the same plea.  Those present who entered a "Not Guilty" plea were Christine Nelson of Chico, CA (recent widow of Veteran Activist Michael Pike), Shirley Osgood of Grass Valley, CA (Grandmother for Peace), Michael Kerr of Bay Point, CA (Veterans For Peace), Barry Binks of Sacramento, CA (Veterans For Peace), Flora Rogers of Marysville, CA, Veterans For Peace Ray Cage and Dennis Duval of Prescott, AZ, and Robert Majors, local Las Vegas Catholic Worker.  The individual trials are all set for October 26, 27, 28th.

August Desert Witness events
Nevada Desert Experience is not conducting a commemorative event for Hiroshima & Nagasaki Days in 2015. The Council of NDE is delighted that so many other awesome and profound events are being conducted in dozens of locations globally, many of which are within driving distance of the Nevada National Security Site. NDE encourages all who wish to pray for an end to the nuclear age to join one or more of the many other 70th anniversary events.
Two worthy commemorations will be conducted relatively close (a day's car-ride is the distance) to the NNSS: the Los Alamos, NM andLivermore, CA events, including the invitation to fast for 70 hours due to the 70 years of nuclearism harming humanity.
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