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TruthOutObama Administration Sabotages Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference – May 27, 2015, Joseph Gerson – “It’s no accident that the vast majority of the US threats to initiate nuclear war have been made during wars and crises in the global South. As this century moves forward, the majority of the world’s nations will no longer accept a discriminatory hierarchy of nuclear terror.”

unfold zeroThe NPT Phoenix – Success from the ashes of failure? – May 24, 2015 – “The failure masks the fact that some real gains were made during the course of the negotiations. This included a number of proposals in the draft final document that appeared to have found agreement by the NPT Parties. If acted upon, these proposals might be able to produce a phoenix from the ashes of the failed conference.”

Washington-Post-LogoU.N. nuclear conference collapses over WMD-free zone in the Middle East, May 22, 2015, Dan Zak – “An attempt to strengthen and expand the world’s premier arms-control treaty ended in failure [at the United Nations] Friday as international delegations squabbled over a long-sought goal of establishing a ban on weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Following four weeks of negotiations, the United States and several of its allies rejected the conference’s final document, which was supposed to further the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.”

downloadBloomfield opinion: Group mobilizes for peace, May 14, 2015, Madelyn Hoffman – “On Sunday, April 26, more than 60 people from New Jersey, including Bloomfield residents, took a “Peace Train” into New York City to “say goodbye to nuclear weapons.” They carried flags, banners and posters that called for an end to nuclear weapons, an end to war and to move the money saved to fund education, health care, public transit, environmental protection and more, creating a truly sustainable and peaceful future.”


Int’l Nuclear Disarmament Bike Tour Takes Message to UN Headquarters, May 8, 2015, Yerbolat Uatkhanov – “On April 24, a few days before the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference began here, Bike Away the Atomic Bomb riders completed their ride from Washington, D.C. to New York City, arriving in front of the United Nations headquarters.”

globalwave120Russian bells at Harvard University rung for Global Wave 2015, May 6, 2015 – “On April 26, the historic Russian bells at Harvard University were rung to the tune of ‘Morning has Broken’ as part of Global Wave 2015 actions for a nuclear-weapon-free world.” (Includes photos and videos!)

globalsistersreport120Dancing and Praying in the Nuclear Age, May 4, 2015, Sister Martha Ann Kirk – “As the family of nations at the U.N. reviews the NPT, I, who was born in the year of the first nuclear bombs, have danced lamentations where nuclear weapons are made…Neither death, nor principalities, nor powers, can stop those of us who seek justice and peace. Yes, there is grace and hope enough to dance life, to continue in the struggle. ”


45 Years and Waiting, May 1, 2015 Helen Young – “In an effort to gather more strength and political will at this year’s NPT Conference, civil society groups drawn from the nuclear weapons, climate change, militarism, and economic and racial justice arenas banded together to form a broad coalition.


090929inter_pressAs Nuke Talks Begin, U.N. Chief Warns of Dangerous Return to Cold War Mentalities, April 27, 2015, Thalif Deen – “Against the backdrop of a new Cold War between the [U.S.] and Russia…the United Nations is once again playing host to a four-week-long international review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty…Over the weekend, Peace and Planet Mobilization, a coalition of hundreds of anti-nuclear activists and representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), delivered more than eight million petition signatures at the end of a peace march to the United Nations.”


Rally held in New York City for world free of nuclear arms, April 27, 2015 – “Activists from all around the world have taken to the streets in New York City to demand a world free of nuclear weapons as Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference begins in the city. The activists along with thousands of demonstrators on Sunday called on nuclear-armed countries to do far more toward cutting stockpiles of nukes.”



Backers of Iran bill are striving to fend off amendments, April 27, 2015, Deb Riechmann – “In New York on Sunday, global activists presented 8 million petitions to the UN disarmament chief demanding a world free of nuclear weapons, as world leaders prepared to meet to review progress on world disarmament.”


New Zealander Leads Global Wavescoop Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons, April 26, 2015, Press Release by the New Zealand Peace Foundation

As nfoxnewsuclear powers prepare to meet, NYC rally offers 8 million petitions against bombs, April 26, 2015 – “Global activists presented 8 million petitions to the U.N. disarmament chief on Sunday demanding a world free of nuclear weapons, kicking off a conference by world powers to review progress toward eventually achieving total disarmament.”


Press PandPThousands Mobilize for Nuclear Abolition, April 14, 2015, Official Press Release, American Friends Service Committee – “Activists, scholars, and students with anti-nuclear, peace, and environmental justice movements will call on the NPT Review Conference meeting at the United Nations to mandate the commencement of “good faith negotiations” for the complete elimination of the world’s nuclear arsenals, as required by the Treaty.”


mdvVideo: Join the Peace & Planet Mobilization, produced by United for Peace and Justice’s Matt De Vlieger, featuring Jim Anderson (Peace Action), Anna Ikeda (Ban All Nukes generation- NYC, Soka Gakkai International), Drew King (Peace Action), and Judith Le Blanc (Alliance for a Just Society)

fpif Will the U.S. Get Serious Now about Eliminating Nuclear Weapons?, April 16, 2015, Jackie Cabasso, Joseph Gerson, and Kevin Martin – the three core conveners of the Peace & Planet Mobilization


heyworldVideo: Hey, World! Let’s create a nuclear-free future, created by Tony Heriza (American Friends Service Committee) for the Peace & Planet Mobilization


Press PandPMessages of Greeting from Elected Officials, Mayor INAMINE Susumu (Nago City, Okinawa); Mayor MATSUI Kazumi (Hiroshima City; President of Mayors for Peace); U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (California’s 13th Congressional District); and Judge Christopher Weeramantry (Former Vice-President, International Court of Justice; Co-President, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms; Weeramantry International Center for Peace Education and Research)

090929inter_pressOpinion: Challenging the Nuclear Powers’ Extremism, April 22, 2015, Dr. Joseph Gerson (Director of the Peace & Economic Security Program of the American Friends Service Committee; Co-Convener of the Peace & Planet Mobilization)

gazetteUnsettled by the bomb; African-Americans, no strangers to heavy-handed authority, were far less supportive of nuclear weapons, author Vincent Intondi says, April 22, 2015, Corydon Ireland – “That visit to Hiroshima 10 years ago, coupled with meeting survivors of the attack, “fundamentally changed” the course of his own life and scholarship, Vincent Intondi told a Harvard audience on Monday. He was seized with an idea: that the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing (along with the one three days later on Nagasaki) was a racist act.

wickedlocalGuest column: Cambridge and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, April 22, 2015, Jonathan King, (professor of biology at MIT and chair of the Peace Action Peace and Planet) and Shelagh Foreman (program director at Mass. Peace Action)

globalwave120Bike Away the Bomb – Global Waves from Washington to the United Nations – “Thore Vestby, Mayor of Frogn (Norway), Vice President Mayors for Peace and a Member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and Tore Nærland joined peace bike rides through most of the nuclear-armed States, plus some other countries. Along the way they have met political, religious and civil society leaders, including most recently Pope Francis, to discuss the imperative for nuclear abolition

090929inter_pressU.N. Warns of Growing Divide Between Nuclear Haves and Have-Nots, April 13, 2015, Thalif Dean – “As she prepared to leave office after more than three years, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane painted a dismal picture of a conflicted world: it is “not the best of times for disarmament.”

MLK’s Call to Honor Peace, Justice and Our Planet Still Challenges Us, April 8, 2015, Jackie Cabasso, Joseph Gerson, and Kevin Martin – the three core conveners of the Peace & Planet International Planning Group

Thurlow SetsukovidThe Time Has Come (for the abolition and elimination of nuclear weapons), Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, survivor of the U.S. A-bombing of that city, and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Setsuko Thurlow visited Europe in December 2014 to help open the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. 

bulletinatomicThe Experts on the Iranian Framework Agreement, April 2, 2015, featuring commentary by Zia Mian, who will speak on the Opening Plenary of the Peace & Planet Conference.


Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?, March 30, 2015, Lawrence S. Wittner (Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany)

commondreams1Which Is the Most Responsible Nuclear Nation – Iran, Israel or the United States?, March 25, 2015, Kevin Martin (Executive Director of Peace Action, Convener of Peace & Planet International Planning Group)

PeoplesWorldSupport Builds for Peace & Planet Mobilization, March 17, 2015, Joelle Fishman

TruthOutPeace and Planet: The Wind and Rain of Nuclear Weapons Abolition, March 2015, Joseph Gerson (Director of Programs and Director of the Peace & Economic Security Program of the American Friends Service Committee’s Northeast Region)

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