All workshops were held during two sessions on Saturday, April 25 at Cooper Union, Pace University, and Hunter College. The full Conference Program is available here.
Workshop Session One (11am)
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(Session One) Asia-Pacific: The U.S. Pivot, China’s Rise and Struggles for Peace with Justice and Security Cooper Union 506
American Friends Service Committee & People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy
Walden Bello, Founder (Focus on the Global South, Former Member of Philippine Congress); Dakota Alcantara-Camacho (We Are Guahan (Guam)); Jenny Clegg (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK)); Lee Tae-ho (Executive Director, PSPD (Korea)); Tsutomu Yoshida (Yanbaru Toitsuren (Okinawa Liaison Council for United Actions for Abrogation of the Security Treaty)); Speaker from the Marshall Islands – TBA. Chaired by Gayook Baek (PSPD); Joseph Gerson (AFSC)
The Asia-Pacific region has been central human civilization and to the struggle for power. For almost two centuries, the U.S. has sought regional dominance. With China’s rise there is greater economic, military – including nuclear, and diplomatic competition, challenges, increased diplomatic competition, revitalized military alliances and new arms races. The unresolved Korean War, hundreds of foreign military bases, and nuclear confrontation are continuing Cold War legacies, with increased nationalism a potentially dangerous factor. Popular movements are working to remove the nuclear threat, end and prevent wars, and to build a common security framework.
(Session One) Beyond Saying “No” to War: Constructing a Peace System Pace 615
World Beyond War
Alice Slater, Joe Scarry, other speakers TBA
We will share the World Beyond War experience with the new publication, “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War,” as the basis for contributions from workshop participants to a discussion of three questions: (1) How can our shared activism for peace and planet be comprehensive and embrace systemic issues without becoming too diffuse? (2) How can high-impact focus be achieved? and (3) How can effective use of social media make all the difference? “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War” addresses common security, demilitarizing security, managing international and civil conflicts, the role of global civil society, creating a culture of peace, and the role of education and direct action in accelerating the transition to an alternative security system.
(Session One) Connecting the Dots – Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power Hunter West 415
Cape Codders for Peace and Justice
Bruce Taub; other speakers TBA
How to more effectively align anti-nuclear weapons and anti-nuclear power forces so that they function in a complementary manner with one another, with the overall enviromental protection movement, and with the peace and justice movement.
(Session One) Creating New Worlds Hunter 412
The Freedom School Movement
Creating New Worlds is a circle workshop where participants envision and design models for a new society together. As an introduction to Freedom Schools, the power of the people as co-creators will be explored with a focus on the development of both youth and adults as change agents. Solving today’s problems requires understanding the interconnectedness of all social issues. Therefore, this workshop will guide participants towards recognizing radical solutions that address problems at their root. People will take away a renewed sense of faith in their ability to change the world along with clear action steps for creating a just and peaceful society.
(Session One) A Foreign Policy for the Labor and People’s Movements Pace 616
Cole Harrison (executive director, Massachusetts Peace Action); Subrata Ghoshroy (research associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Rosalie Anders (350 Massachusetts and Massachusetts Peace Action); Michael Zweig (National Co-convenor of US Labor Against the War; Director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life and Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University)
After over a decade of disastrous war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are fighting again in the Middle East. But growing numbers of Americans are debating the values and goals of U.S. foreign policy, with its heavy reliance on military intervention. Why has it been so unsuccessful? What is the appropriate role for our nation in today’s world? How does our investment in a gigantic, costly military establishment affect our foreign policy decisions? What foreign policy would serve the interests of labor and the progressive movements?
The workshop seeks to outline a positive vision of U.S. global engagement that addresses the actual security needs of people around the world, consistent with the principles of peace and justice for all. It is based on a working paper and on the work of USLAW.
(Session One) From Indian Point to Fukushima: The Dangers and Resistance to Nuclear Power Generation Hunter 408
Read the text of Councilor Baba’s Presentation, “Humans and Nuclear Power Cannot Coexist”
The Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC)
IPSEC, together with City Councilor Baba (Naime, Japan), will present on how nuclear power endangers the safety and security of the planet. These problems are dramatically illustrated by Chernobyl and Fukushima – but normal plant operation presents a seeping, ever increasing threat to humans and the environment as radionuclides build up in the food chain and accumulate in waters, soil, and air. Councilor Baba will describe the effect the Fukushima nuclear power disaster has had upon Japan, and the rise of public opposition. Michel Lee, Susan Shapiro and Gary Shaw of IPSEC will review the ways nuclear power is poorly suited for a world grappling with climate change. Other topics covered will be the stress the nuclear fuel cycle places on Environmental Justice populations and the geopolitical dangers inherent in continued use of the nuclear power technology.
IPSEC is a non-profit, non-partisan, citizen-driven public interest coalition.
(Session One) Getting Heard! Tools for Effective Citizen Lobbying Pace 613
2020 Action & Results
Sandra Eagle (founding member of the Coastal CT chapter of Results); Lois Barber (Founder and Executive Director of 2020 Action)
Well-informed engaged citizens are at the heart of a healthy democracy. Results, a 33-year old organization focused on ending poverty, and 2020 Action, a 30-year old organization focused on nuclear abolition and climate stabilization, are two of the most effective citizen lobbying groups in the U.S. They are teaming up to bring you tools that individuals and organizations can use to be empowered and effective change agents.
(Session One) Global Hibakusha and Creative Peacemaking Cooper Union Great Hall – Video available here
Japan Council Against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo): Japanese Hibakusha; Shim Jin Tae (Korean A-bomb survivor); Peter Watts (aboriginal nuclear test victim, Australia); Abacca Anjain-Maddison (Marshall Islands); Manny Pino (Acoma-Laguna Coalition for a Safe Environment). Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace: Taylor Hennessee, Ann Rosenthal, Jo Schlesinger.
The first-hand accounts by the victims/survivors of the atomic bombings in 1945 and of continuing nuclear weapons production/tests/development can present the most powerful counterarguments against the “nuclear deterrence” theory and the 16,000 nuclear weapons that still exist and pose a grave threat to humanity. Please come and listen to the testimonies of the Global Hibakusha to learn the real humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, now recognized and discussed in the mainstream of the debate on nuclear weapons. Testimonies will be followed by members from Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace who will share their creative peacemaking projects and lead participants in exploring how we can work creatively together to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world, especially involving younger generations.
(Session One) The Golden Rule: First Anti-Nuke Protest Boat Sails Again Hunter 502
Veterans for Peace
In 1958, a crew of 4 Quakers in a 38-foot sailboat named The Golden Rule attempted to sail from Hawaii to stop U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard jailed the crew twice to stop them. The story of The Golden Rule inspired a group in Vancouver, Canada to form the organization Greenpeace which used boats to attempt to stop testing throughout the Pacific. 50 years later, The Golden Rule was found in very bad condition and after extensive renovation by chapters of Veterans for Peace in northern California, she will be launched on April 22, 2015 in Humboldt Bay, CA and sailed down the coast of California to arrive in early August in San Diego for the national Veterans for Peace conference. The Golden Rule is a living museum, floating classroom, and powerful symbol of resistance to militarism. She will help educate future generations on the risks of nuclear technology, the importance of the ocean environment, and above all, the power of peace-making.
(Session One) Hello Everyone – Nuclear Energy is not a Viable Alternative Source of Energy Hunter 518
Nonviolence International; Nuclear Information and Resource Service
This workshop will expose the propaganda of the Nuclear Weapons/Energy Industry and it’s denial of it’s impacts on climate change and it’s corrupt ties to big business in general.
(Session One) Hiphop Kulture as a Globalizing Force of Peace and Prosperity Hunter 505
ThatsGoodness Entertainment, Bondfire Radio, Urban Art Beat, and Hiphop ReEducation Project
Miles “Megaciph” Thomas; Tasty Keish; Rosaleen Knoepfel; Sam “Rabbi Darkside” Sellers
The Kulture of Hiphop, often identified through its music (rap music), has spread around the world and established a presence in nearly every country on Earth. The core principles of Hiphop Kulture are peace, love, unity and having fun. Hiphop Practitioners uphold these principles in their personal lives and become living examples of these tenets; sharing them through music, art and by teaching in both formal and informal settings. Urban Art Beat and Hiphop ReEd will share viable examples of Hiphop Kulture as a growing force in the pedagogy of Peace and social activism. ThatsGoodness and Bondfire Radio will demonstrate how entrepreneurialism and social /environmental consciousness are at the very core of the Kulture. And lastly, Bondfire Radio will discuss community investment, and Black owned media.
(Session One) Mindful Activism: Self-Care and the Prevention of Burnout Hunter 414
AFSC Western MA
How can the practice of mindfulness benefit activists? Long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations can lead to physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. What can one do to move forward to create social change without feeling the effects of burnout? Self-care is an important component of activism that aids in restoring mind and body. This workshop will provide participants the time to turn inwards to examine one’s state of being. Through deep breathing exercises and a guided meditation, participants can use this time for relaxation, self-reflection, and creative expression.
(Session One) Moral and Legal Call to Action Pace 617
United Religions Initiative, (URI)
Jonathan Granoff (Global Security Institute); Dot Maver (Kosmos Journal and National Peace Academy); Monica Willard (United Religions Initiative)
This workshop addresses nuclear abolition through a discussion about bringing love into action by sharing information and what we can do to proactively create the conditions for a world that works for everyone.
(Session One) Movement Histories: Disarmament and Other Movements in the Americas Cooper Union 502
Western States Legal Foundation
Jackie Cabasso (Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF), National Co-convener of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), and Mayors for Peace North American Coordinator); Marcia Campos (participant in Chile’s 1970’s student movement and a political exile in Mexico after the 1973 coup); Daniel Ellsberg (former U.S. nuclear war planner, best known for releasing the Pentagon Papers); Vincent Intondi (author of African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement). Moderator: Andrew Lichterman (Senior Research Analyst with WSLF and a member of the coordinating committee for UFPJ)
This workshop explores the relationships between disarmament and other movements in the Americas, including the civil rights movement and nuclear disarmament; popular movements in Latin America and negotiation of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which established the world’s first Nuclear Weapons Free Zone; the 1980’s anti-nuclear movement and its relationship to other movements; and what has changed between then and now.
(Session One) Moving the Money from the Military to Housing, Humanitarian and Environmental Needs Pace Lecture Hall 614
August 9 Saving Lives Task Force; Cambridge Residents Alliance; Mass Budget for All Campaign; New Jersey Peace Action; Nuclear Abolition Committee of Mass Peace Action
Prof. Tom Angotti (Hunter College); Jonathan King (Mass Peace Action); Madelyn Hoffman (Executive Director New Jersey Peace Action); David Mortensen; Robert Donaldson; Ayumi Temlock; Rev. Kamoshita
This workshop will promote “Moving the Money” from nuclear weapons and other Pentagon spending to housing, community block grants, mortgage loan guarantees and humanitarian, environmental, social, educational and health programs. Speakers will include NYC public housing experts, a federal budget authority, Boston area leaders who have produced such literature in the past and activists from New Jersey Peace Action who are working on the Move the Money Campaign. The abolition of nuclear weapons, closing of unnecessary military bases and the Move the Money Alert Campaign will be discussed. We seek to inspire others to join in this important work.
(Session One) The Opaque Industry: An Attempt to Lift the Veil on Nuclear Weapons Manufacturers and Investors Cooper Union, Great Hall Hallway by Lincoln Portrait
American Friends Service Committee
Wilbert van der Zeijden; Stephen McNeil; Patrick Swymer; Christina van Norden
This workshop will focus the divestment tactic for nuclear weapons reduction and elimination. Wilbert van der Zeidjen, a co-author of “Don’t Bank on the Bomb,” will give a brief update on European divestment efforts, and Stephen McNeil, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Wage Peace program director, will outline the US BDS movement and its relevance to the campaign. Community College of San Francisco’s Patrick Swymer and University of San Francisco’s Christina van Norden will present their research from the AFSC on the strengths and limitations of the information available to those who may wish to use divestment as a strategy. They will discuss issues such as: sources of available information, the quality of the information, the relationship between the information and divestment, and possible strategies to overcome challenges relating to these issues.
(Session One) Opposing New Nuclear Warheads and Bomb Plants: A Primer to Empower and Inform Effective Activism to Move the Money and Achieve Disarmament Pace 612
TriValley CAREs; Nuclear Watch New Mexico; Movement for Nuclear Safety; the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Marylia Kelley (Tri-Valley CAREs); Natalia Mironova (former legislator; founder of Movement for Nuclear Safety (Russia)); Jay Coghlan (Nuclear Watch New Mexico); Moderated by Rick Wayman (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)
This workshop will expose the hypocrisy, and the financial and human costs, of “Life Extension Programs” that seek to indefinitely preserve US nuclear weapons while simultaneously endowing them with new, proliferation-provocative military capabilities. It will also reveal the size, cost and mission of new U.S. production factories for the plutonium, uranium and nonnuclear components for nuclear weapons, expected to be operational until ~2075, contrary to US disarmament obligations under the NPT. A Russian NGO perspective will be offered on these developments and the Russian government’s reaction to them. This workshop will close by exploring positive, concrete and creative actions that US and global citizens can take to influence nuclear weapons policy and budgets, while pressuring governments toward nuclear abolition.
(Session One) Overcoming Dr. King’s Triple Evils – Racism, Militarism and Economic Exploitation Cooper Union 427
Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry (House of the Lord Pentecostal Church); Judith Le Blanc (Senior Organizer, Alliance for a Just Society); Alina Michelowitz (Campus Organizer, Massachusetts Peace Action); Jim Anderson (Board President, Peace Action of New York State); Kevin Martin (Executive Director, National Peace Action)
Peace and Planet’s agenda lends itself to an analytical framework utilizing Dr. King’s Triple Evils. We will provide a programmatic/pragmatic assessment of what we are doing as a peace/justice/green movement to integrate our struggles in order to overcome the Triple Evils identified by Dr. King (in his Beyond Vietnam speech at Riverside Church in NYC April 4, 1967 but also on other occasions) that are killing our society and human family.
After our speakers present their views, we will encourage an interchange with the audience, both with question and answer and “fishbowl” sessions. The hope is there will be recommendations for future actions by Peace and Planet organizations and supporters.
(Session One) Small Islands, Big Threats: The Marshall Islands Tackle Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change Cooper Union 505
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Marshallese Educational Initiative; Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
Tony de Brum (Foreign Minister, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)); Tina Stege (MEI); David Krieger (NAPF); John Burroughs (LCNP); Laurie Ashton (Lead Counsel for RMI in Nuclear Zero lawsuit)
Humanity’s biggest existential threats are nuclear weapons and climate change. The Marshall Islands has taken a leadership role in addressing both, through the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits and current international negotiations on climate protection. Speakers will discuss RMI’s leadership roles from a Marshallese perspective, the legal basis for the lawsuits, legal/political processes on nuclear disarmament and climate protection, and civil society initiatives in support of the RMI’s lawsuits.
Racism and militarism play heavily into past and current US military use of RMI. The Marshall Islands’ experience gaining independence from the US and subsequent leadership on climate and nuclear issues are examples of self-empowerment, but also the historical and ongoing oppression, of an indigenous people.
(Session One) Strategic Research Skills for Disarmament Cooper Union 106
Militarism Watch; FOR Peace Presence
Much activism for peace and justice consists of reactive, one-off protests, or serial events that don’t construct what we want. We articulate values that hold a critical space in an unjust and militarized society, but feeling overwhelmed and ineffective are common. How do we make our persistence strategic? How can we strengthen our collective capacity to do research and use it effectively in actions, media, grassroots education and political strategy?
This workshop with human rights and militarism researcher and activist John Lindsay-Poland seeks to help us build these capacities in diverse campaigns that address militarization. The capacity to do research and use its results is important for all of our work, and militarization is an important cause (budget, wars, climate change), impact (on education and youth), or manifestation (racism and police violence). The aim is for participants to come out with useful tools for researching militarism, a framework for using research strategically in your work, and useful connections with others to collaborate.
(Session One) Film: “The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age” Cooper Union 801
A 37 minute film that has a basic, ageless primer on both nuclear weapons through the story of a Nagasaki survivor and also Fukushima through the voice of a mother. Experts include Dr Arjun Makhijani, Mycle Schneider and Mary Olson. NIRS/Hibakusha Stories; Produced by Kathleen Sullivan, Directed by Robert Richter.
(Session One) US-NATO’s Eastward Expansion & South Korea-US-Japan Alliance: Missile Defense Deployments in Asia-Pacific Cooper Union 105
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; SPARK (South Korea); Nodutdol (NYC)
Ko Young Dae (SPARK); Bruce Gagnon (Global Network); Hyun Lee (Nodutol); Dave Webb (CND); Yuko Tonohira (Sloths Against Nuclear State)
Key points will be the dangerous and costly implications of US military ‘pivot’ into the Asia-Pacific and the provocative consequences of US ‘missile defense’ deployments throughout the region that are essentially aimed at China. We will also discuss the negative consequences from missile defense deployments on the possibility of nuclear abolition. We’ll make a call for conversion of the global war machine so that we can begin to deal with climate change.
Workshop Session Two (2pm)
(Session Two) Breaking The Silo Mentality and Building a Mass Movement Pace 615
Occupy Wall Street (Occu-Evolve)
Sumumba Sobukwe (Occupy Wall Street/Occu-Evolve); Alejendrina Murphy (Stop Mass Incarceration); Jose LaSalle (Coalition to End Broken Windows); Andrew King (Peace Action); Garrett Henry (People’s Climate March); James Lane( Green Party); Anne Pruden (Crown Heights Tenants Union)
The purpose of this panel to explain the potential yet obstacles to building a mass movement in New York City. Beginning with the example of Occupy Wall Street and its community based assemblies in nearly every part of the city to the nearly every major struggle that has taken place since including the fight against fracking, the struggle to raise the minimum wage and against wage theft, money out of politics, end stop and frisk and police brutality and black lives matter and beyond. Implications and strategies will also be explored as it relates to the struggle against war and nuclear proliferation.
(Session Two) Call of Civil Duty: Stop the Making of the Soldier Cop Hunter 518
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
Chelsea Nikirk and Eric Johnson (University of San Francisco)
War comes home! In an age where military grade equipment is used on U.S citizens, it becomes critical to assess and reflect on the growing problem of police militarization. The aim of this workshop is to raise public awareness of the government’s endorsement of police militarization. The workshop seeks to illuminate the links between the 1033 Pentagon Program, the Urban Area Security Infinitive and the expansion of para-militia culture (e.g. in video games, military fashion, TV shows) and police brutality. After discussing the historical and contextual, we will delve into specific case studies. The remainder of our workshop will be conducted as a seminar. Using visual aids and interactive activities we hope to spark a debate among participants. We will conclude with an overview of the information presented and hope to leave participants feeling empowered with ideas and remedial actions.
(Session Two) Civil society and Legislators Cooperation for Nuclear Abolition Cooper Union 505
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; Mayors for Peace
Thore Vestby (Vice-President, Mayors for Peace); Yasuyoshi Komizo, (Secretary-General, Mayors for Peace); Jackie Cabasso (US Coordinator, Mayors for Peace); Aaron Tovish (Campaign Director, Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision); Tarja Cronberg (Co-President, PNND); Alyn Ware (Global Coordinator, PNND)
Mayors and parliamentarians play a critical role in representing the aspirations and rights of citizens for a nuclear-weapon-free world, and in moving governments to implement the universal obligation to achieve nuclear disarmament. Mayors for Peace and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament cooperate to inform and engage legislators and to encourage them to take action preferably on a cross-party basis. This workshop will discuss how civil society can ensure their legislators act effectively for nuclear abolition.
(Session Two) Climate Change and Conflict Cooper Union 502
International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES); International Peace Bureau (IPB); World Future Council (WFC); Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office (RLS–NYC)
Jürgen Scheffran (University of Hamburg/ INES, Germany); George Martin (Liberty Tree Foundation/Fellow-Marquette U. Center for Peacemaking, USA); Moderated by Rob van Riet (World Future Council, GB); Kristine Karch (KriWi – Member of INES); Anastasia Romanou (NASA Goddard Institute & Columbia University); Sean Sweeney (Murphy Institute, CUNY)
Climate change is causing many conflicts. This tendency will increase on all levels – domestic, regional, continental, and global. Water, health, and food are areas of conflict leading to migration, adoption, and even military conflicts. Global injustice increases, the poor suffer first and harder than the rich. Also, the US military is the single most producer of greenhouses gases. It has long acknowledged climate change and has planned for managing climate crisis and military displacement. Other countries have also planned especially for rising oceans and climate refugees.
(Session Two) Disarm Now: Breaking the Cycle of War and Nuclear Weapons! Pace Lecture Hall 613
Dave Webb (Chair of CND); Bill Kidd (Member of Scottish Parliament; Member of No to War, No to Nato); Jenny Clegg (Senior lecturer and expert on China); Jean Lambert (Member of the European Parliament)
The workshop will look at how nuclear weapon states increase tension and conflict around the world as they further their own interests and how they use the situations they create to justify developing new nuclear weapons. We will look at how the Ukraine crisis – amongst others – has been provoked by western expansionism – whether via NATO or insistence on the development of missile defence systems. The workshop will also look at the link between NATO and its members’ nuclear policies, and assess the impact of the ‘Asia pivot’. The workshop will discuss alternative security strategies that states could instead adopt, which would guarantee peace through a joint focus on addressing pressing human security issues.
(Session Two) Doomsday Machines: Renewed Great Power Confrontations and the Risk of Nuclear War Cooper Union, Great Hall – Video available here
Western States Legal Foundation
The workshop will be conducted by Daniel Ellsberg. Best known for releasing the Pentagon Papers, Dr. Ellsberg, as a RAND Corporation consultant to the Defense Department, also served as a nuclear war planner, drafting the 1961 top secret Secretary of Defense Guidance to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the General Nuclear War Plan and serving at the staff level during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This workshop will address the danger of nuclear war in a time of resurgent tensions among nuclear-armed great powers. All the nuclear-armed countries are modernizing their nuclear forces, while maintaining policies threatening first-use of nuclear weapons. At the same time, we are entering a new era of confrontation between the old nuclear adversaries, with potential flashpoints from Ukraine to the South China Sea.
(Session Two) Educating Youth about Nuclear Dangers, Expanding the Peace Movement Pace Lecture Hall 614
Ban All Nukes generation; Peace Action New York State; Mass Peace Action
Natia Bueno (Peace Action); Anna Ikeda (BANg); Gary Goldstein (Tufts University); Guntram Mueller (Mass. Peace Action); Lillyanne Daigle (Global Zero)
This workshop will consider examples of curriculum modules that introduce college and high school science and physics classes to the effects of the atom bomb detonations on Hiroshima and Nagaski, to the destructive power of nuclear weapons, as evident from atmospheric tests, and to the dangers of the proliferation of the nuclear arsenal. The panel will also discuss a call to physics and science faculty and high school science teachers, for their professional societies such as the National Science Teachers Association to pass resolutions encouraging members to include material on the effects of nuclear weapons.
The second part of the workshop will highlight different models of student and youth mobilization toward nuclear disarmament and peace that have been implemented in different organizations. It will also seek to encourage youth engagement from both the organizational and youth perspectives.
(Session Two) Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Initiative Pace 617
Physicians for Social Responsibility and PSR/New York
Shannon Gearhart, MD and Alfred Meyer, representing PSR/New York. Plus Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director.
Learn about the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) Initiative, and why the UN’s Angela Kane calls this global initiative “a game changer.” The HINW initiative is reframing the debate about nuclear weapons by assessing their humanitarian impacts rather than their “security value.”
HINW is supported by the International Red Cross, the Vatican, Nobel Peace Laureates, PSR and ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Last December, 158 nations—82% of all nations–participated in the Vienna HINW conference. Learn how the “Austrian Pledge” challenges all nations to agree to legally prohibit nuclear weapons, and how citizens can promote a nuclear weapons ban. You will also learn about PSR’s “Nuclear Famine” report: using less than 1% of the world’s nuclear arsenals against cities would cause climate disruption putting up to 2 billion people at risk of starvation.
(Session Two) Impacting the NPT/Engaging the Diplomatic Process Cooper Union 506
American Friends Service Committee
John Burroughs (Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy); Christian Ciobanu (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Ban All Nukes generation); Hiroshi Taka (Gensuikyo)
We can’t prevail unless we take our movements and knowledge into the halls of power. This workshop will identify and review the issues and debates that will dominate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, suggest ways to best engage and influence diplomats engaged in the NPT Review process and otherwise in the near and longer term. With their past and current work within the NPT and the Human Consequences of Nuclear Weapons processes, the 1996 ICJ Advisory Opinion and current Marshall Islands cases, and the World Conference against A- & H-bombs, the workshop’s resource people will draw on deep and broad experience. A rare opportunity to learn how to bridge our movements and the international diplomatic process.
(Session Two) Militarization of Science – Move the Brains Cooper Union, Great Hall Hallway by Lincoln Portrait
Subrata Ghoshroy (MIT/INES, USA), Lucas Wirl (INES, Germany)
Military research is being conducted in every major industrialized country. In some countries, military funded R+D takes up the majority of funding for certain scientific fields. Responsible science should be prioritizing on finding solutions to challenges of human kind: justice, poverty, climate change, health, etc. Military research freezes limited resources to work on these fields.
The event aims at educating on the responsibility of science and at discussing military research in the US and other countries in the world. The event will give arguments against military research and demystify arguments of its proponents, highlight different military research projects, give insights in how to detect military research and will inform on alternatives (i.e. civil clauses) and actions for shifting the focus of science.
(Session Two) NATO – Threat to Security and Far Too Costly Pace 616
International Network No to War – No to NATO (the network includes among others International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, IALANA; International Peace Bureau, IPB; International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, INES)
Erhard Crome (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany); Pieter Teirlink (vrede, Belgium); Inge Höger (MP of Die Linke, Germany); Andrew Lichterman (WSLF, USA); Moderated by Reiner Braun (IALANA/IPB, Germany)
NATO is the largest military spender and agreed at its last year’s Summit to increase military spending up to 2% of the member countries’ GDPs. This leads to a new spiral of armament and takes away money for social needs. Furthermore, NATO is not a defense alliance and does not guarantee safety. NATO – with its strategy of global interventions and nuclear weapons strategy – is a threat to security and needs to be abolished.
(Session Two) NYC Grassroots Actions for A Sustainable City – The History of Grassroots Environmental Activism in New York City Hunter 502
Time’s Up Environmental Organization
Bill Di Paola
The History of Grassroots Environmental Activism in New York City. Presenters are from Time’s Up, a twenty-seven year old Environmental Organization and include Bill Di Paola, the groups founder. Come learn how some of New York City’s now sustainable infrastructure came out of grassroots community activism. We will present videos and discuss simple sustainable community ideas and techniques from throwing seed dirt bombs into abandoned lots to encourage lush community gardens, to how to start group bike rides and build confidence in new riders that become everyday bike commuters and put pressure on the city to create bike lanes, which lead to auto-free streets and greenways and bridge access. These sustainable changes that came from the grassroots can now be seen everywhere in New York City- even Time’s Square is partially auto-free.
(Session Two) Nonviolent Resistance to Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Past, Present and Future Hunter 505
Beyond Nuclear; Gensuikyo; Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action; War Resisters League
City Councilor Baba (Namie, near Fukushima); Ruth Benn (War Resisters League); Leonard Eiger (Ground Zero Center); Paul Gunter (Beyond Nuclear); Helen Young (Documentary Filmmaker)
Nonviolent resistance has deep historical roots, and its modern form stems from the struggle led by the Mahatma Gandhi to gain independence from Britain. Since then, nonviolent resistance has been employed in many countries around the world in a variety of peoples’ struggles. The tools of nonviolent resistance (and nonviolent direct action) are many, and include: picketing, marches, vigils, leafletting, protest art, protest music and poetry, community education and consciousness raising, lobbying, tax resistance, civil disobedience, Plowshares, economic boycotts, principled refusal of awards/honours, and general strikes. This workshop will provide a perspective on the efficacy of nonviolent resistance and its importance to our common struggles moving forward.
(Session Two) Nuclear Disarmament: Solidarity and a Global Ethic of Abolition Cooper Union 427
Reverend Paul Lansu (Pax Christi International); Jonathan Frerichs (World Council of Churches); Rev. Kristin Stoneking (Fellowship of Reconciliation)
Examining opportunities to re-energize communities of faith to encourage action to follow up on the outcome of the Vienna conference of December 2014.
(Session Two) Organizing for Positive Institutional Change Hunter West 415 – Summary available here
Nukewatch; Serpent River First Nation (SRFN); Jonah House; Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice & Environment
We identify and discuss focal points for organizing to end nuclear weapons and environmental and human exploitation by: 1) Exposing false justifications; 2) Revealing dysfunctional or obsolete institutional roles and structures; 3) Making sustainable and fair practices reality.
“What’s the big deal about institutions? How can we pinpoint opportunities for essential changes?” – David Dwyer & Anabel Dwyer (SACCPJ&E); “Why must we abolish the 1867 Canadian Indian Act, an institutional instrument of the most horrific kind?” – Lorraine Rekmans (SRFN, Canadian Green Party Indigenous Affairs Critic, This is My Homeland); “What institutional impediments to nuclear disarmament are shown by appeals court decisions and unfair trials of US resisters to nuclear weapons, nuclear power, DU and war?” – John La Forge (Editor, Nukewatch); “What have we learned from many years of non-violent/symbolic direct actions about achieving nuclear disarmament, site by site, weapon by weapon?” – Srs. Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert (Jonah House)
(Session Two) Organizing in Indian Country to Oppose Uranium Mining Hunter 414
Indigenous Environmental Network; Alliance for a Just Society
Manuel Pino (Acoma Pueblo; Board of Directors of the Indigenous Environmental Network); Judith Le Blanc (Caddo; Senior Organizer for the Alliance for a Just Society and the Native Organizers Alliance)
An examination of a current organizing project in NM, Multicultural Alliance for A Safe Environment (MASE) to prevent a Japanese and a Canadian mining company from opening an uranium mine bordering Navajo Dine land and Laguna and Acoma pueblos. The historical impacts of the fifty year legacy of uranium mining in the southwest will also be discussed.
It will be an interactive conversation on how Native communities, workers and communities can work together to save Mother Earth.
MASE is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. We are communities working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations.
(Session Two) Referenda, Resolutions, Petitions and Platforms: Tools for Bringing Nuclear Disarmament into Electoral Debates Hunter 408
Mass Peace Action; Massachusetts Budget for All Campaign
Cambridge City Councilor Dennis Carlone; Jonathan King (Budget for All Massachusetts); Cole Harrison (Mass Peace Action); Jo Comerford (MoveOn.org); Monique “Mo” George (Community Voices Heard)
Mechanisms for inserting the need for nuclear disarmament into U.S political life include developing local referenda, resolutions, and petitions that relate pressing local needs – public housing, public transit, college loans, healthcare, infrastructure repair – to the federal budget. Calling for eliminating the $trillion dollar nuclear modernization appropriations would free up hundreds of billions for civilian programs that respond to human needs and solve pressing municipal and state financial problems.
Such “People, Peace and Planet” budgets can provide platforms or planks for candidates running for local and state offices, and eventually federal offices. They focus attention on how federal income taxes are spent, and the need to change Congressional budget priorities. This workshop will describe different models that can be used in a local community, tailored to local concerns.
(Session Two) The Referendum – A Tool for Peoples Wanting Nuclear Abolition Cooper Union 801
Action des Citoyens pour le Désarmement Nucléaire; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
“A binding referendum to reverse France’s nuclear policies” – Dr Jean-Marie Matagne (ACDN President); “The lessons of the referendum on Scottish independence… and where next for Trident?” – Bill Kidd (PNND Co-President, Member of the Scottish Parliament; “Citizens, Civil Society and Changing Complacency to Action – Dr David Krieger (NAPF President)
The first victims of nuclear weapons would be the peoples. However, no one people has ever been consulted on their production, possession, threat or use. In case of use, peoples of NWS would be direct or indirect victims – as would peoples of NNWS- but also accomplices of crimes against humanity. We know from polling that a large majority of people around the world, including in NWS (in France, more than 80 %), wish the planet to be freed of nuclear weapons. When their constitution permits it, why should they not demand and use a referendum as a tool of this liberation?
(Session Two) Time for a Ban? Cooper Union 106
Maria Lohbeck (ICAN Germany); Sascha Hach (ICAN Germany)
This workshop gives an introduction on the current diplomatic process for a legal ban of nuclear weapons. About 50 states are in favour of a Nuclear Weapons Convention and have joined an initiative that will be subject of a major debate during the 2015 NPT Review Conference. We will discuss the underlying humanitarian principles of this initiative and the prospects of banning weapons on the basis of humanitarian law. The workshop provides insights into the political context, conflicts of interest and the role of civil society and the general public in humanitarian disarmament. Together with the participants we also want to explore the geopolitical map that shapes obstacles, challenges and perspectives for the prohibition of nuclear weapons.
(Session Two) To Stop Current Wars and Prevent New Ones: Understand Imperialism Pace 616
US Peace Council
Rabindra Adhikari (Nepal Peace Council); Bahman Azad (US Peace Council); Thomas de Toledo (CeBraPaz, Brazil); Bruce Gagnon (Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space); Madelyn Hoffman (Peace Action, New Jersey) Tadaaki Kawata (Japan Peace Committee); Al Marder (US Peace Council)
War rages in Afghanistan, the Middle East, North Africa following US invasions. Many countries are in violent chaos as a result of NATO/US bombing and/or occupation. In Ukraine NATO surrounds Russia, a major nuclear-weapons state. Venezuela is called an “extraordinary threat to national security.” What drives these wars? Do all target countries just happen to cross the US? Is it just oil or is there more? Does the peace movement have to evaluate each separate invasion for justification? Speakers analyze how imperialism connects the wars, coups, assassinations and economic exploitation on the different continents. This workshop strengthens our hands in defeating war, violence, economic exploitation and racism.
(Session Two) War in Ukraine Cooper Union 105
International Network No to War – No to NATO (the network includes among others International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, IALANA; International Peace Bureau, IPB; International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, INES)
Reiner Braun (IALANA/ IPB); Ludo de Brabander (vrede, Belgium); Erhard Crome (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany); Moderated by Kristine Karch (No to War – No to NATO)
We will analyze the geo-strategic interests and implications of the war in Ukraine. Also, we will discuss the NATO eastward expansion to the border of Russia. We will reflect the current state of the conflict. And we will provide possible solutions with regional autonomy and cooperation instead of confrontation in the line of Willy Brandt’s politics towards the East.
(Session Two) WMD-Free Middle East: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Hunter 412
American Friends Service Committee, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Peace Action
Peter Lems, Leila Zand, Shelagh Foreman
The 1995 NPT Review Conference called for “the establishment of an effectively verifiable Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, chemical and biological, and their delivery systems”. It has been decades since the UNGA and IAEA have been passing annual resolutions calling for a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East. While dialogue and diplomacy between the United States and Iran over the use of nuclear power is a bright spot, achieving a NWFZ Middle East has been a failure. While the US invaded Iraq over the made up allegations of a nuclear weapons program, nothing has been done to compel Israel to admit the extent of their nuclear weapons and join the NPT. Unless all countries are treated equally, there will be an arms race in the region. It is already one of the most militarized regions of the world.