Joining passionate peace activists in Germany this summer, Ann Suellentrop, a Board member of PeaceWorks-KC, is helping protest the 20 US nuclear weapons at the Büchel, Germany, Air Force Base. Across the road from the base, the pacifists set up a camp each year and conduct 20 weeks of protests at the base entry—one week for each bomb. Ann gave three talks in June, played “We Shall Overcome” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on her clarinet, and shared stories of US protests against increased funding for nuclear weapons.
It is now 2 minutes to midnight! The Doomsday Clock, with the time moved forward on Jan. 25, indicates the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and new technologies. Here are suggestions for action for those seeking to prevent annihilation.
Two speakers from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will accent the humanitarian aspects of the threat that nuclear weapons pose and will give the inside story of how ICAN won the Nobel Prize this year.
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Did you feel that flutter a few weeks ago? You might call it the “Ban the Bomb butterfly effect,” more evidence that small actions can have outsized impact. The stir came when this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Did you feel that tremor a few weeks ago? It didn’t get nearly the press it deserved; sweeping social movements seldom do—at first. But on July 7, when the United Nations adopted the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the pendulum of global public opinion registered a major shift toward the eventual tipping point of a nuclear-weapons-free world.
On Aug. 6, the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a Kansas City, MO, ceremony will mourn the deaths in that city in 1945 and in Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) and call for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Participants will take hope from work on a United Nations treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Ban them. Outlaw them.