WILPF Supports Walk for Nuclear Disarmament and Abolition
By Ellen Thomas, Co-Chair WILPF DISARM Commitee
International peace activists – from New Jersey to Japan – will leave Washington on April 8 to walk through Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Princeton and points in between, before arriving in New York on April 30. There we will join thousands of international supporters (and three other peace walks converging from different directions) at an international disarmament conference on April 30 and May 1. We’ll follow it up with a mass demonstration and march through Times Square on May 2.
“For the first time since the 1980s, we have aggressive leadership toward nuclear abolition. We will carry that energy and hope from the U.S. capital to the United Nations in New York, hoping the world will recognize that a majority of Americans--like the vast majority of world citizens--want nuclear weapons gone,” says WILPF member and walk co-coordinator, Jay Marx.
After the NPT events in New York, WILPF branches will have an opportunity to sponsor events and home stays, as the campaign heads north into New England.
Originating from a 1993 voter initiative in Washington, D.C., the “Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act” (HR-1653 in 2009-2010) has been introduced into the U.S. Congress nine times so far, but remains stuck in committee. Its aim is to convert money fueling the war machine into funds that provide for human needs. We want to see solar panels and windmills, not missiles and bomb-dropping drones.
“Proposition One in 2010” has been endorsed by WILPF’s Disarm Leadership Team since April, 2009. Last year, the campaign was brought to the western states by Ellen Thomas, co-chair of WILPF’s Disarm Committee. Thomas visited WILPF branches as well as many nuclear waste and weapons facilities, reaching out to people to educate them and listen to their stories. Her journey took her through the polluted landscapes of over 65 years of nuclear experimentation on the American people. You can view Ellen's travel blog here.
People interested in joining the D.C. to NYC Walk for Nuclear Disarmament, hosting the New England tour, donating support, or just getting more information should contact Jay Marx or Ethan Genauer at (202) 682-4282, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Ellen Thomas at (202) 210-3886, or email: email@example.com.