Opening session of conference starts
“The Nuclear Ban Treaty: The Path Forward”—held at Penn on September 19th—was rated as a great success by attenders who have since contacted CFPA and the PA Nuclear Ban Alliance.
We gathered at Perry World House, a welcoming place at the University. Our speakers included our Keynote, Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, who advocates nuclear abolition, and works for diplomatic, not military solutions. Joe also participated in a workshop, led by Elaine Scarry of Harvard and Mary Day Kent of the UN Association, on women’s leadership in nuclear policy. Participants discussed ways that we strengthen all-gender participation and leadership in this movement, if it is to move forward most successfully.
Elaine Scarry discussed her book, Thermonuclear Monarchy,** which exposes the dangers to world peace posed by allowing one person to determine the fate of the Earth, by launching a nuclear war without Congress, or public debate - that is, the US President. Mary Day has been a national leader of CARE and WILPF—Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—and is now a leader in the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Other workshops included “Warheads to Windmills—How We Pay for the Green New Deal”, led by NuclearBan.us leaders Vicki Epson and Timmon Wallis, PhD. This popular workshop showed us how we can channel the $1.7 trillion of taxpayer monies in the pipeline for nuclear weapons, to building a strong Green New Deal, with clean energy and infrastructure, in the next decades—before it is too late for the Planet. Here’s a LINK, explaining how this works.
Finally, Alyn Ware of PNND, and Jeff Perkins of Friends Fiduciary Corp., led the Nuclear Divestment Workshop—i.e., both the world movement, and, how cities, universities, and pension funds can get rid of weapons investments—especially nuclear weapons—that may be in their portfolios. More on this workshop—and activities taking place right now in Philly and NJ—will be reported at the late October meeting of PNBA—the Pennsylvania Nuclear Ban Alliance. You are welcome to attend the meeting, and join these efforts. For the next meeting announcement, send your name, phone, and Email address to Aguilarcfpa1@gmail.com.
Last but not least, while we have no video of former Iranian ambassador Seyed Mousavian at Penn, who gave a very informative Morning Address, we have video of his appearance for us this June, 2019, at this LINK. Ambassador Mousavian debunked many of the distortions by the current Administration of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. He shows that this Agreement is still valid. CFPA as always supports upholding international law, which includes this Agreement, the best way to keep Iran free from nuclear weapons. We support talks, not war, in appeals to the US Senate.
For more information, contact Ed Aguilar on next steps for PNBA, at Aguilarcfpa1@gmail.com, or stay in touch with CFPA for developments. Thanks to all who support these efforts!
- Ed Aguilar, CFPA Pennsylvania Director
** Order this book from CFPA—it will be on sale at our November 10 Peace Conference in Princeton, or you can call our offices and pre-order it as well!
Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, speaking at the event
(Photos by Walter Tsou)