On Sunday, April 26, there will be a march, rally, and festival near the United Nations in NYC. Sponsored by hundreds of national and international organizations (including 2020 Action), many thousands are expected to attend—two thousand from Japan alone. The goal is to focus attention and mobilize action to abolish nuclear weapons—a necessary and critical step in creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world.
In 1982, the million person anti-nuclear rally in NYC helped bring about a big cut in the number of nuclear weapons. Now is the time for another such rally. April 26th is the day before the start of the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The NPT nuclear states, far from "negotiating in good faith the elimination of their nuclear weapons", as they committed themselves to do in the 1970 NPT, are instead embarked on a program of modernizing their nuclear arsenals. The U.S., which holds 44% of the world’s nuclear weapons stockpile, is planning a 30-year $1 trillion nuclear modernization program. That’s $12,500 for every U.S. family of 4.
It's time to call a halt to this ever-expanding nuclear insanity, the insanity of ignoring global warming, and the injustice that the effects of global warming hit especially the poorest in the world, the ones who have least caused it.
This Month's Action:
Come to NYC on Sunday, April 26 and be part of this important event at this crucial time. Bring your family and friends. It could well be a significant turning point away from nuclear and climate madness. For information, visit: peaceandplanet.org and masspeaceaction.org. These sites also have information on the April 24, 25 related conference.
Photo: White Egret, Bill Carbone