Speaker bios below!
CFPA will commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, on Thursday, August 5, at Hinds Plaza in Princeton (adjacent to the Princeton Public Library).
We will have a BYO picnic starting at 6pm. The program will begin at 7pm.
In the event of rain, we will move this event online, via Zoom. You need to RSVP to receive the Zoom link if this happens! Click here to RSVP.
COVID precautions: Any unvaccinated adult is asked to wear a mask. Others are encouraged to bring a mask and wear it if they feel this might make them more comfortable in an outdoor group setting.
Our speakers this year are Ray Acheson and Ambassador Thomas Graham.
Ray Acheson is an organiser, activist, and writer working to abolish violent structures and build peace and justice. They lead the disarmament programme at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the world's oldest feminist peace organisation. They serve on the steering group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to ban nuclear weapons, as well as the steering committees of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and the International Network on Explosive Weapons. They organise against war, militarism, and the arms trade, and support the abolition of the carceral system, border imperialism, and surveillance, amongst others.
Ray provides analysis and advocacy at the United Nations and other international forums on matters of disarmament. They are author of many papers and articles challenging weapons and war from an antimilitarist feminist perspective. They write occasionally for The Nation, have been interviewed by Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera, and have given a TEDx talk on nuclear abolition. Their book about the global quest to prohibit nuclear weapons, Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), offers a first-hand account about the work of activists and diplomats to outlaw nuclear weapons and challenge the nuclear orthodoxy.
They are also working on a book about abolishing various structures of state violence, to be published by Haymarket Books.
Amb. Thomas Graham, Jr. served for nearly three decades at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, including a decade and a half as general counsel as well as Acting Director of the agency for most of 1993. In 1993 he led the effort to establish a long-term moratorium on the conduct of nuclear weapons tests. From 1994 to 1996, he was a principal figure in the worldwide effort to successfully support the conclusion of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations.
In 1994 President Clinton appointed Thomas Graham as his special representative for arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, with the rank of Ambassador. From 1993 to 1995 Ambassador Graham led the successful U.S. government effort to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
He has taught at—among others—Stanford University, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Washington and Oregon State University. He has authored 10 books and many articles on non-proliferation, among other topics.