UFPJ Nuclear-Free Future Campaign and Petition

UFPJ Nuclear-Free Future Campaign and Petition

The WILPF DISARM! Leadership Team encourages close WILPF cooperation with the United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) Nuclear-Free Future Campaign, from now until the U.N. Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Conference in May 2010.

Joseph Gerson of New England American Friends Service Committee is a national leader of the UFPJ nuclear abolition campaign. His article in Common Dreams (www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/21-1 ) gives excellent background for the current campaign and an outline of overall plans for its development between now and the NPT in 2010. It also includes plans for more popular events built around the NPT in New York: a conference, a rally and massive march, a nuclear abolition festival (probably in Central Park) and special events to greet 600 people disembarking from the Japanese Peace Boat to participate in side events at the NPT. Of course, representatives from WILPF and other organizations with U.N. observer status will also be participating in NGO seminars and observing official sessions.

WILPF will encourage a large delegation to the NPT from around the U.S.

The Petition

The campaign includes promotion of an international petition to President Obama urging him to keep the promises he made in Prague this April, when he said the U.S. should lead (link again to the “Obama on Nuke Policy” piece) the international effort to abolish nuclear weapons.

Sign the WILPF version of the petition online here and then forward the page to your friends.

You can download a printable petition here. WILPF DISARM! encourages using the petition at Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day commemorations, during August Nuclear-Free Future month – and for the entire period preceding the NPT. The petition is designed to remind the public of Obama’s promises and to build a constituency to support his keeping them.

Return the petitions to the national WILPF office as they are filled. Final deadline is April 15, 2010.  If for some reason you paste a local WILPF address over the national address before photo copying, the petitions must still be returned by you to the national office by April 15.

Petitions will be delivered to President Obama before the U.N. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, and will again be presented in ceremony to the NPT at the United Nations during the conference meetings between May 4 and May 28, 2010.

Other UFPJ affiliates – including the American Friends Service Committee, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Peace Action and Western States Legal Foundation – are promoting the petition using their own logos and return addresses. The petition is circulating internationally as well and organizers hope for millions of signatures. That journey to a million signatures begins with you.

Use the Nuclear-Free Future “post cards”

These aren’t really post cards since there is nowhere to put an address, but they are beautifully done in color using the Nuclear-Free Future logo on one side, and on the other side outlining the whole nuclear chain (weapons/power/radioactive nuclear waste). WILPF and UFPJ partner organizations believe the chain must be eliminated before it destroys us all and makes our planet uninhabitable. Order the cards from Western States Legal Foundation in Oakland at (510) 839-5877, or directly from the Steel Valley Printers in Pittsburgh (call Mike Stout (412) 461-5650). Bulk orders are $100 for 500, $162 for 1000. Price per card goes down as quantity goes up.

Nuclear-Free Future Website 

DISARM helped subsidize the UFPJ Nuclear-Free Future website this year and last. It served us well in 2008, as did the August 6 site in 2006 and 2007. They were all attractive, easy to use Drupal wiki sites, on which even the less computer literate could load their own reports. The site is now offline for upgrading. Once it is working (we hope by Monday July 20) we will carry the link on our WILPF web pages. You are encouraged to upload your own events, reports, and resources there for sharing with other WILPFers and our partners in the wider nuclear abolition movement. Enter reports for Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days, August Nuclear-Free Future month and beyond as we work our way toward the NPT in May 2010. (If you find you can’t upload your own reports, send them to the DISARM! co-chairs at nffchairs@wilpf.org for posting.)

August: Nuclear-Free Future Month

Once again those of us affiliated with UFPJ will place special emphasis on nuclear abolition issues during August. Senators and Representatives are expected to be working in their Districts from August 3 to September 4, so this is an optimum time to schedule interviews and town hall meetings with them. It is also a good time to plan future activities as we educate ourselves, our communities, and our Congress on nuclear issues.  There are no better sources than WILPF’s Reaching Critical Will for detailed information on these issues. See also the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability for work pursuing the intricacies of nuclear policies on nuclear weapons, power and waste.

The Campaign is a project of the UFPJ Nuclear Abolition Working Group. Three members of the WILPF DISARM! Dismantle the War Economy Committee participate in the Working Group monthly teleconferences. It is chaired by Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, who is also a WILPF member. Read and share Jackie's perceptive article, Rhetoric vs. Reality (www.wslfweb.org/docs/rhetoricvreality.pdf) on the continuing obstacles to real progress toward nuclear disarmament. WILPF DISARM considers this a basic document for community education. Jackie Cabasso is also the U.S. coordinator for Mayors for Peace. We are proud of Jackie and her wonderful contributions on nuclear abolition to the international and national movements, as well as to all of us in WILPF.

In addition, our WILPF DISARM! chair, Claire Gosselin of Boston WILPF, attended the UFPJ Nuclear Abolition working group’s campaign planning meeting in New York, along with two other U.S. WILPF DISARM! leadership team members and representatives of WILPF Reaching Critical Will.


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