NJ Peace Action

Nuclear Disarmament: Let Your Voice Be Heard

CALL TO ACTION!

Calling all people who want to build a fair, democratic, ecologically sustainable and peaceful future!

Join us from April 24 – 26, 2015 prior to the NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT) 5-YEAR REVIEW CONFERENCE!

Join us in the streets and meeting halls of N.Y.C. and your own capitals and cities worldwide!

Join with “Move the Money” and “Climate Change” forces to press the nuclear powers to negotiate toward the COMPLETE ELIMINATION OF THEIR NUCLEAR ARSENALS!

There’s a history to this NPT Conference:

It began in 1970 with the signing of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and stands now as the arms treaty with the most number of participating countries of any arms treaty – 189. In 1995, it was agreed to extend the treaty indefinitely and continue the 5-year review conferences.

In 2010 the NPT signers unanimously agreed to hold a conference on a “Middle East Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction” to be held in 2012. That conference has yet to be convened.

In 2011 the International Red Cross called for negotiations to “COMPLETELY ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS.”

In 2013 Norway hosted a conference on the “Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons,” which 127 governments attended and in 2014 Mexico hosted 146 governments. BOTH CONFERENCES WERE BOYCOTTED BY THE P-5 NUCLEAR WEAPONS-POSSESSING NATIONS (U.S., ENGLAND, FRANCE, CHINA AND RUSSIA)!

The P-5 also boycotted the Working Group established by the UN General Assembly in 2012 mandated to develop proposals to take forward nuclear disarmament negotiations to achieve a world without nuclear weapons!

In 2013 the General Assembly also initiated a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament, to which the P-5 sent only low-level representatives.

In 2014 the Republic of the Marshall Islands urged the International Court of Justice to find the nine nuclear-armed states (the P-5 plus Israel, India, Pakistan and N. Korea) in non-compliance with their obligations to disarm under international law.

THIS COURAGEOUS ACTION BY DIRECT VICTIMS OF NUCLEAR COLONIALISM REMINDS US THAT DISARMAMENT DEPENDS ON COLLECTIVE ACTION BY THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, using all available peaceful means. We urge governments of non-nuclear-weapons States to intervene in the Marshall Island cases, or file their own parallel applications. For more information about the Marshall Islands, attend a screening of the film, “Nuclear Savage” about the impact of nuclear testing on the people and environment of the Marshall Islands. The film will be shown at the Puffin Foundation,  20 Puffin Way, Teaneck on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00pm.


2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It also marks 45 years since the first 5 nuclear powers agreed in Article VI of the NPT to UNDERTAKE GOOD –FAITH NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THEIR NUCLEAR ARSENALS.

IT IS LONG PAST TIME FOR THE WORLD’S PEOPLE TO CALL TO ACCOUNT ALL THOSE WHO EXERCISE POWER BY THREATENING NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION!

JOIN US IN NEW YORK CITY and around the world for international days of action, including:

  • An international peace, justice and environmental conference — April 24th and 25th — at the historic Cooper Union building in lower Manhattan
  • A major international rally, march to the U.N. and peace festival beginning at 1:00pm – April 26th
  • Non-violent demonstrations, protest actions to press for the elimination of nuclear weapons, economic justice and environmental sustainability
  • Presentation to the NPT Review Conference at the U.N. of millions of signatures on petitions calling for nuclear weapons abolition
  • An Interfaith Service for Nuclear Weapons Abolition – April 26th

AND

CALL UPON THE PARTIES TO THE NPT TO USE THE 2015 REVIEW CONFERENCE TO IMMEDIATELY DEVELOP A TIME-BOUND FRAMEWORK FOR NEGOTIATING THE TOTAL BAN AND ELIMINATION OF ALL NUCLEAR ARSENALS.

CALL ON THE FOUR STATES OUTSIDE THE TREAT THAT HAVE NUCLEAR ARMS (India, Israel, N. Korea and Pakistan) TO JOIN IN ANY SUCH NEGOTIATIONS IMMEDIATELY, WITHOUT DELAY!

JOIN US FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET AND OUR CIVILIZATION!


WAYS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE LOCALLY:

  • Arrange for a showing of a short presentation on why the NPT is so important and why people from all over the world are participating in the Peace and Planet mobilization April 24th – April 26th
  • Attend the showing of “Nuclear Savage” on March 12th at the Puffin Foundation in Teaneck or in Montclair either March 19th or 24th or arrange to show the film to your organization
  • Sign and circulate the petition calling for abolition of nuclear weapons here on our website
  • Participate in distributing the important information contained in the Fact-A-Day campaign available at peaceandplanet.org
  • Participate in the Global Wave 2015 event to say good-bye to nuclear weapons
  • Help us to mobilize for the Peace and Planet events of April 24th – 26th.
  • Ask your group to endorse the Peace and Planet mobilization

For more information, contact New Jersey Peace Action at 973-259-1126 or nj_peaceaction@yahoo.com


Throughout the month of April we have focused on the "Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference" at the United Nations.  This is an historic opportunity to make progress toward nuclear non-proliferation.  Activists around the world are filled with cautious optimism in this regard, due to President Obama's public statements on nuclear disarmament in Prague last April.  However, we know these statements mean nothing unless acted upon.  It is our desire to bring public attention to this issue and, in so doing, increase pressure on our elected officials to support initiatives that will bring us closer to nuclear disarmament.

Many of you have asked for a sample "Letter to the Editor" on the issue of nuclear disarmament and the upcoming Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.  (To view our sample letter click on read more below)

 

Dear Editor:

As a long-time reader of your publication, I look forward to your upcoming coverage of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

I am sure you know this is a critical moment in the history of International cooperation for nuclear disarmament.  Five years ago, the world fell backwards when 13 points of agreement from 2000's conference wound up in shreds.

President Obama has spoken publicly about his commitment to creating a nuclear weapons-free world.  Creating global optimism and hope that 2010's conference will be much more productive thatn 2005's.

Global activists have spent years preparing for this moment.  Japanese peace groups have obtained 5 million signatures on a petition to President Obama to uphold his commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world.

NJ activists plan many events for April leading up to the Review Conference.  These events include special vigils, an organizing/educational conference, an April 29th action titled "Sign Up for Nuclear Disarmament", and a Peace Treain into New York City on May2, to participate in what promises to be a huge rally and march for nuclear disarmament.

This is indeed an exciting time!  I look forward to your complete coverage as these events unfold.

Your loyal reader,