Wednesday, January 27, 2021



Follow Up of Nuclear Bomb Ban Celebration & Protest, and Future Action

From Abel Tomlinson

10:20 AM (3 hours ago)

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Dear Friends,

 Our Nuclear Bomb Ban Celebration & Protest of U of A Participation in Building Nuclear Weapons event went great! A huge Thank You goes out to everyone that showed up in the cold weather!  And we were not alone, as at least 158 other groups all over the world, on every continent, rose up to celebrate this historic milestone!   Nuclear weapons are now officially illegal under international law!  

 Here is a Facebook livestream video of the speeches and music from the event, and here are 14 photos from our event, and look close at this last picture to see the special guest that showed up:

After the rally, we delivered a stack of petitions with 342 signatures to many of the top U of A administrators at the Chancellor's office, the College of Engineering and the Law School, and many more will soon receive the petition by email.  As you know, the petition is calling on the U of A to cancel its nuclear weapons contract with the Honeywell corporation.  If you still haven't signed the petition, please do so and share it to your networks, as this campaign is just beginning:

 One of the biggest goals of holding these protests is to seek media coverage, especially broadcast TV coverage, so that many thousands of people hear our message. We were successful, as KPSQ radio covered the event, UATV did here, and the top rated TV station KNWA covered our event very well here.  Also, professor Jeremy Kuzmarov, editor and author of the unsung independent journal Covert Action is writing a piece on the event.

 Lastly, this event is the beginning of a long term effort to seek a cancellation of the U of A's nuclear weapons contract.  For the next phase, we are thinking about holding monthly protests at the U of A Entrance, at the intersection of MLK & Razorback.  A big question that needs resolved is the best day and time to hold these.  We will hold an online Zoom meeting to discuss this and more next Sunday at 3 P.M.  Please join us!  

 Planning Meeting for UA Nuclear Contract Cancellation

Time: Jan 31, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time 
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 Toward Peace,

Abel Tomlinson

OMNI Peace Action Committee, Chair

Arkansas Nonviolence Alliance, Founder

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NUCLEAR ZERO: Let’s make the next four years count.


Emma Claire Foley  1-20-21

11:15 AM (6 hours ago)

 From Global Zero (Nuclear Weapons Abolition)

Dear Dick,

If you’re concerned about nuclear weapons, you may be breathing a sigh of relief today as the United States inaugurates a new president. The past four years have seen some of the darkest moments of the nuclear age, with hard-won diplomatic achievements cast aside in favor of dangerous rhetoric and escalatory displays of military might.

But when it comes to catastrophic nuclear dangers, we can’t be satisfied with simply changing who’s in charge. The only way to eliminate the unacceptable risk that nuclear weapons will be used is to eliminate the weapons. Can you make a one-time donation to support Global Zero's work?

Today, we’re looking forward. President Biden has repeatedly signaled his commitment to reducing the role of nuclear weapons in national security. We have a real opportunity to recommit the United States, which possesses one of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals, to arms control and global disarmament.

There’s plenty of work to be done. New START, the last treaty limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, is set to expire on February 5 — two short weeks from now. The new administration must move quickly to save this guardrail against a new arms race.


But at Global Zero, we understand that is only a first step to getting back on track. That’s why we’re fighting from day one of this new administration for policies like No First Use, and calling on all nuclear-armed states to reduce the risk that nuclear weapons will ever be used again.

Nuclear weapons anywhere are a threat to people everywhere. That’s why Global Zero is committed to building a world without them. Can you donate to help us with this work?

Now as before, we need you in this fight with us. Together, let’s make the most of this opportunity for bold, transformative steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.


Emma Claire Foley

Program Associate

Global Zero


December 23, 2020

2 new books on US wars: Vine and Sorensen

This announcement of 2 new books on US aggressive warmaking and empire marks the inauguration of OMNI’s US War Watch Wednesdays (WWW) . 


Publisher’s description:  The War Industry infests the American economy like a cancer, sapping its strength and distorting its creativity while devouring its treasure.

Stunning in the depth of its research, Understanding the War Industry documents how the war industry commands the other two sides of the military-industrial-congressional triangle. It lays bare the multiple levers enabling the vast and proliferating war industry to wield undue influence, exploiting financial and legal structures, while co-opting Congress, academia and the media. Spiked with insights into how corporate boardrooms view the troops, overseas bases, and warzones, it assiduously delineates how corporations reap enormous profits by providing a myriad of goods and services devoted to making war, which must be rationalized and used if the game is to go on:  advanced weaponry, drones and nukes; invasive information technology; space-based weapons; and special operations—with contracts stuffed with ongoing and proliferating developmental, tertiary and maintenance products for all of it.

DAVID VINE.  The United States of War:  A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State.   U of California P, 2020.  Pages: 464.
Publisher’s description:  The United States has been fighting wars constantly since invading Afghanistan in 2001. This nonstop warfare is far less exceptional than it might seem: the United States has been at war or has invaded other countries almost every year since independence. In The United States of War, David Vine traces this pattern of bloody conflict from Columbus’s 1494 arrival in Guantanamo Bay through the 250-year expansion of a global US empire. Drawing on historical and firsthand anthropological research in fourteen countries and territoriesThe United States of War demonstrates how US leaders across generations have locked the United States in a self-perpetuating system of permanent war by constructing the world’s largest-ever collection of foreign military bases—a global matrix that has made offensive interventionist wars more likely. Beyond exposing the profit-making desires, political interests, racism, and toxic masculinity underlying the country’s relationship to war and empire, The United States of War shows how the long history of U.S. military expansion shapes our daily lives, from today’s multi-trillion–dollar wars to the pervasiveness of violence and militarism in everyday U.S. life. The book concludes by confronting the catastrophic toll of American wars—which have left millions dead, wounded, and displaced—while offering proposals for how we can end the fighting.






December 30, 2020

Two Books on US Nuclear Weapons: Ritter and Johnstone & Johnstone

Scott RitterSCORPION KING: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.  Clarity P, 2020.

Publisher’s Description.   Scorpion King: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump is a history of America’s corrosive affair with nuclear weapons, and the failed efforts to curb this radioactive ardor through arms control. The book’s title refers to the allusion by Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the American atomic bomb, to dueling scorpions when discussing the deadly nuclear rivalry between the US and Soviet Union, and signals the dangers inherent in the resumption of the perilous US drive for nuclear supremacy.

Providing a vivid and gripping A-Z history of America’s deceptive use of arms control as a means of actually furthering its quest for nuclear dominance, Ritter sheds light on a contradictory US agenda little understood by the lay reader, while providing sufficient detail and context to engage the specialist.

The Trump administration has pulled out of one landmark arms control treaty, the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, and is threatening to let another, the 2010 New START treaty, expire. The terrifying Cuban missile crisis of 1962 demonstrated the apocalyptic folly of nuclear arsenals operating without limitation, and led to reciprocal constraints that moderated the nuclear ambitions of both the US and Soviet Union Those constraints, for the most part, no longer exist. The next missile crisis could prove terminal for humanity.

“A comprehensive and illuminating account of America’s paralyzing infatuation with nuclear weapons.  This expanded edition of Scott Ritter’s 2010 book drives home the point made in the original:  The ominous threat of Doomsday persists, with U.S. policymakers unable to extricate themselves from the reckless pact with the devil made by their predecessors more than a half-century ago.”

Originally published as Dangerous Ground.


FROM MAD TO MADNESS: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning BY Diana Johnstone, Paul H. Johnstone  DATE OF PUB?

This deathbed memoir by Dr. Paul H. Johnstone, former senior analyst in the Strategic Weapons Evaluation Group (WSEG) in the Pentagon and a co-author of The Pentagon Papers, provides an authoritative analysis of the implications of nuclear war that remain insurmountable today. Indeed, such research has been kept largely secret, with the intention “not to alarm the public” about what was being cooked up.

“From MAD to Madness could not be more timely reading. In it, a former senior Pentagon analyst from the last Cold War comes back from the past to warn us of the disaster we are courting in the new Cold War. We should heed his warning.”
— Ron Paul, M.D.Former Member of Congress (R-TX)

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This deathbed memoir by Dr. Paul H. Johnstone, former senior analyst in the Strategic Weapons Evaluation Group (WSEG) in the Pentagon and a co-author of The Pentagon Papers, provides an authoritative analysis of the implications of nuclear war that remain insurmountable today. Indeed, such research has been kept largely secret, with the intention “not to alarm the public” about what was being cooked up.

This is the story of how U.S. strategic planners in the 1950s and 1960s worked their way to the conclusion that nuclear war was unthinkable. It drives home these key understandings:

  • That whichever way you look at it — and this book shows the many ways analysts tried to skirt the problem — nuclear war means mutual destruction
  • That Pentagon planners could accept the possibility of totally destroying another nation, while taking massive destructive losses ourselves, and still conclude that “we would prevail”.
  • That the supposedly “scientific answers” provided to a wide range of unanswerable questions are of highly dubious standing.
  • That official spheres neglect anything near a comparable effort to understand the “enemy” point of view, rather than to annihilate him, or to use such understanding to make peace.

Dr. Johnstone’s memoirs of twenty years in the Pentagon tell that story succinctly, coolly and objectively. He largely lets the facts speak for themselves, while commenting on the influence of the Cold War spirit of the times and its influence on decision-makers.

Johnstone writes: “Theorizing about nuclear war was a sort of virtuoso exercise in creating an imaginary world wherein all statements must be consistent with each other, but nothing need be consistent with reality because there was no reality to be checked against.”

While remaining highly secret – so much so that Dr. Johnstone himself was denied access to what he had written – these studies had a major impact on official policy. They contributed to a shift from the notion that the United States could inflict “massive retaliation” on its Soviet enemy to recognition that a nuclear exchange would bring about Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD).

The alarming truth today is that these lessons seem to have been forgotten in Washington, just as United States policy has become as hostile to Russia as it was toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War. U.S. foreign policy is pursuing hostile encirclement of two major nuclear powers, Russia and China. Without public debate, apparently without much of any public interest, the United States is preparing to allocate a trillion dollars over the next thirty years to modernize its entire nuclear arsenal. It is as if all that was once understood about the danger of nuclear war has been forgotten.


Your car is a prominent billboard.  Put the sticker GOING BROKE PAYING FOR WAR on your bumper.  Or any antiwar sticker you like.



David Klion.  “Foreign Policy: End the Forever Wars.”  The Nation (1-11/18-21).




WWW#3 was sent out to various social media/Facebook pages and groups, sent to Peace & Climate Google Group, & posted to Dick’s blog.


January 6, 2021

DANIEL SJURSEN.  Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War.  Heyday Books, 2020.    160 pp.

Publisher’s description:

This incendiary work by Daniel Sjursen is a personal cry from the heart by a once-model US Army officer and West Point graduate who became a military dissenter while still on active duty. Set against the backdrop of the terror wars of the last two decades, Sjursen asks whether there is a proper space for patriotism that renounces entitled exceptionalism and narcissistic jingoism. Once a burgeoning believer and budding conservative, Sjursen performed an intellectual and spiritual about-face. He now calls for a critical exploration of our allegiances, and he suggests a path to a new, more complex notion of patriotism. Equal parts unsentimental and idealistic, this is a story about what it means to be an American in the midst of perpetual war, and what the future of patriotism might look like.




“Tyrants, oppressors and exploiters, Eugene V. Debs observed, always wrap themselves in the cloaks of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the public. The true patriots, as Danny Sjursen understands, are not the crowds of flag-waving cheerleaders used and manipulated by the ruling elites to stifle dissent, but those isolated individuals who find the moral courage to speak uncomfortable truths and demand justice. True patriots, as Sjursen explains, make us a better people and a better nation. True patriots, like Martin Luther King or Debs, are usually viciously attacked in their lifetimes. But history exposes, long after true patriots are gone, who stood beside us and who wrapped themselves in the flag to betray us. Sjursen, a combat veteran and West Point graduate, brings to this book the weight of his experience and a moral clarity that delineates the true patriots from the imposters, and with that delineation the meaning of patriotism itself.”    Chris Hedges, author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning


A scholar/soldier’s jeremiad in favor of “Participatory Principled Patriotism.”

Sjursen, a retired U.S. Army major who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, writes in deft, mordant prose about the lost tradition of oppositional patriotism and its intersection with the post–9/11 forever wars. “The vast majority of the citizenry has divorced attentiveness to America’s wars—or even basic knowledge about them—from their definition of patriotism,” he writes. The author began questioning his embrace of a professional military career during “fifteen awful, life-altering months” in Iraq, when sectarian violence was at its peak: “The horror, the futility, the farce of the war in Iraq was the turning point of my life.” Yet the Army selected Sjursen to teach at West Point; although he loved it, his scholarship was solidifying his anti-war bent. While he “deftly flew under the radar for quite some time,” his writings eventually were brought to the Army’s attention, leading to medical retirement. He clearly discusses his complex relationship to his service, noting that less than 0.5% of Americans serve in the all-volunteer military, a situation that leads to “pageant patriotism.” As he notes, “taking this veritable soldier worship to the level society has in the twenty-first century can be perilous for the republic.” Later in the narrative, the author pivots toward a broader historical focus, noting that combatants contributed to counternarratives of dissent during all American wars (except World War II). The ferocity of the Vietnam War led to the all-volunteer military; now, dissent has disappeared from the ranks while “service has become ‘optional,’ the responsibility of a tiny professional warrior caste.” These pitfalls were disastrously enacted during the years since the Iraq invasion. “Every one of Bush’s and Obama’s military forays has sown further chaos,” writes Sjursen, “startling body counts, and increased rates of terrorism.” Yet with guarded optimism, he concludes by calling for “a revitalized movement defined by patriotic dissent.”  A brisk, approachably radical treatise bolstered by its rueful veteran’s perspective.  Pub Date: Sept. 8, 2020  KIRKUS Review Posted Online: June 20, 2020

Steve Early and Suzanne Gordon.  “Patriotic Dissent: How a Soldier Turned Against ‘Forever Wars.’”  The Peace Sentinel (Fall 2020). › 2020/07/24 › patriotic-dissen...Jul 24, 2020

 Daniel A. Sjursen is a retired US Army Major and contributing editor at His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesSalon, the NationTomDispatch, the Huffington Post, and the Hill, among other publications. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. He cohosts the progressive veterans’ podcast Fortress on a Hill. Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet. Sjursen lives in Lawrence, Kansas.  


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January 13, 2021

“Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed.  How US military spending keeps rising even as the Pentagon flunks its audit.”  By Dave Lindorff.  The Nation (NOVEMBER 27, 2018).

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On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan tried to put the best face on things, telling reporters, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” Shanahan suggested that the DoD should get credit for attempting an audit, saying, “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial.” The truth, though, is that the DoD was dragged kicking and screaming to this audit by bipartisan frustration in Congress, and the result, had this been a major corporation, likely would have been a crashed stock.

As Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, a frequent critic of the DoD’s financial practices, said on the Senate floor in September 2017, the Pentagon’s long-standing failure to conduct a proper audit reflects “twenty-six years of hard-core foot-dragging” on the part of the DoD, where “internal resistance to auditing the books runs deep.” In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act, which required all departments and agencies of the federal government to develop auditable accounting systems and submit to annual audits. Since then, every department and agency has come into compliance—except the Pentagon.


Now, a Nation investigation has uncovered an explanation for the Pentagon’s foot-dragging: For decades, the DoD’s leaders and accountants have been perpetrating a gigantic, unconstitutional accounting fraud, deliberately cooking the books to mislead the Congress and drive the DoD’s budgets ever higher, regardless of military necessity. DoD has literally been making up numbers in its annual financial reports to Congress—representing trillions of dollars’ worth of seemingly nonexistent transactions—knowing that Congress would rely on those misleading reports when deciding how much money to give the DoD the following year, according to government records and interviews with current and former DoD officials, congressional sources, and independent experts. . . .   MORE

So here’s the situation: We have a Pentagon budget that a former DOD internal-audit supervisor, Jack Armstrong, bluntly labels “garbage.” We have a Congress unable to evaluate each new fiscal year’s proposed Pentagon budget because it cannot know how much money was actually spent during prior years. And we have a Department of Defense that gives only lip service to fixing any of this. Why should it? The status quo has been generating ever-higher DoD budgets for decades, not to mention bigger profits for Boeing, Lockheed, and other military contractors.

The losers in this situation are everyone else. The Pentagon’s accounting fraud diverts many billions of dollars that could be devoted to other national needs: health care, education, job creation, climate action, infrastructure modernization, and more. Indeed, the Pentagon’s accounting fraud amounts to theft on a grand scale—theft not only from America’s taxpayers, but also from the nation’s well-being and its future.

As President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who retired from the military as a five-star general after leading Allied forces to victory in World War II, said in a 1953 speech, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” What would Eisenhower say today about a Pentagon that deliberately misleads the people’s representatives in Congress in order to grab more money for itself while hunger, want, climate breakdown, and other ills increasingly afflict the nation?

Dave LindorffNation contributor Dave Lindorff also writes for SalonLondon Review of Books, and Counterpunch. He is founder of Author of four books, he was a 1990s Hong Kong/China correspondent for Business Week.


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January 20, 2021






The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) includes a comprehensive set of prohibitions on participating in any nuclear weapon activities. These include undertakings not to develop, test, produce, acquire, possess, stockpile, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons.



Today we look back to a long struggle that has brought us to this day.

These include previous treaties: the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT); the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests In The Atmosphere, In Outer Space And Under Water, also known as the Partial Test Ban Treaty (PTBT); the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was signed in 1996 but has yet to enter into ratified force.

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – UN › pages › ViewDetails › src=TREATY:  Current status.


The following entry offers a comprehensive summary of the new Treaty by the authoritative ACA.  Home

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"No one can solve this problem alone, but together we can change things for the better." – Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor

Alicia Sanders-Zakre.  “Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty to Enter Into Force: What's Next?”  ARMS CONTROL TODAYNovember 2020

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will soon enter into force and become binding international law for its states-parties. The milestone will be meaningful for those nations, but it will also affect countries that have yet to ratify or accede to the pact.

Earlier weapons prohibitions have successfully curbed proliferation and advanced norms against weapons of mass destruction. Within one year of the treaty’s entry into force, its states-parties will convene to discuss these issues and the next steps to strengthen the agreement.

The treaty’s final text was approved by 122 nations at the United Nations in July 2017, but nuclear-armed states boycotted treaty negotiations and have since rejected the treaty as simultaneously irrelevant and dangerous.1 Nevertheless, the majority of the world’s countries have continued to support the TPNW, including by signing and ratifying or acceding.2 States-parties hail from all regions of the world, with many from Africa and Latin America, and the fewest from Europe. According to the treaty, 50 ratifications or accessions must be submitted to the United Nations before the pact can take full legal effect.  More  


Dick Bennett will speak about the UN’s role in initiating the Treaty, and will introduce the speakers:  Abel Tomlinson and our guest, Prof. Jeremy Kuzmarov.


Nuclear Bomb Ban Celebration & Protest of U of A Participation in Building Nuclear Weapons


On January 22nd at 11 A.M. at the University of Arkansas Union Mall* (address and parking details below), we're holding a celebration for the landmark Nuclear Bomb Ban, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, “entering into force” as international law. One hundred and thirty U.N. member nations have voted to make nuclear bombs illegal. To mark this momentous occasion, we'll be taking part in a Global Day of Action, along with a great many peace groups around the world. 


This event is also a protest calling on the University of Arkansas and UA College of Engineering to Stop Participating in Building Nuclear Bombs.  The Nobel Peace Prize winning organization ICAN, which spearheaded the nuclear bomb ban, has issued a report titled Schools of Mass Destruction. Their report found the University of Arkansas is involved in the production of these increasingly illegal nuclear bombs.  We are demanding that they cancel their Master Collaboration Agreement with the nuclear weapons corporation Honeywell International.  


We'll be holding a rally, with speakers and music, for one hour, and then we will deliver the following petition to UA administrators (please sign & share with your friends):      

Please make sure to wear a mask and stay socially distanced.  We want everyone to stay safe and healthy.


*The Arkansas Union Mall address is 435 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701. 

Google Maps Link:


The best place to park is the Garland Parking Garage (3rd Floor):

650 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Google Maps Link:

 It costs $1.80 per hour, coins or card.  There is also free parking on nearby streets, if you can find a space.  Please arrive early to have time to find parking, and to walk 2 blocks.


Also, if you are on Facebook, please join and share our event page:


 Feel free to call me if you have any further questions.


Thank you,


Abel Tomlinson

OMNI Peace Action Committee, Chair

Arkansas Nonviolence Alliance, Founder

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Dear Friends


We're less than a week away from the momentous day when the Nuclear Bomb Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law!  On this day, we're holding a celebration to mark this moment, and to protest University of Arkansas participation in building nuclear weapons.  The celebration/protest will begin at 11 A.M. on Friday, January 22nd at the U of A.

Please spread the word & please sign either of the following petitions calling on U of A to Stop Helping Build Nuclear Bombs. (The petition was duplicated since was asking for money, and we're only interested in signatures)

Petition #1:

Petition #2:

Also, if you are on Facebook, please sign up and share this event page:




Abel Tomlinson started this petition to University of Arkansas

The landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has now been ratified and "enters into force" as international law on January 22, 2021*. One hundred and thirty U.N. member nations, a supermajority, have voted for this treaty to ban nuclear weapons of mass destruction, which terroristically threaten all Life on Earth. This January 22nd is a momentous day for peace and many groups will mark this day with celebration and protest.


Petition link:

From: Abel Tomlinson <>
Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Protest: Stop University of Arkansas Participation in Building Nuclear Bombs

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