CCNS NEWS UPDATE
Runs 4/24/15 through 5/1/15
(THEME UP AND UNDER) This is the CCNS News Update, an overview of the latest nuclear safety issues, brought to you every week by Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety. Here is this week’s top headline:
* Join Peace and Planet to Build a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World – Global Activities This Weekend
On the eve of the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations (UN), Peace and Planet is organizing a number of events this weekend in New York City to build a nuclear-free, peaceful, just and sustainable world. During four weeks in April and May, governments from around the world will meet at the UN to conduct a five-year review of the treaty. Civil society is calling on governments to end the threat of nuclear weapons by negotiating for their complete prohibition and elimination, which is a requirement of the treaty.
Peace and Planet is organizing a conference, rally, march, and peace festival in mid-town Manhattan.
On Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th, there will be an International Peace and Planet Conference. It is anticipated that 800 people working for nuclear abolition; economic, racial, and environmental justice; and an end to war will attend.
The conference will be livestreamed to your computer. The Opening Ceremony will begin on Friday, April 24th at 6:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time, followed by the Opening Plenary at 7:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Plenary is entitled, “Connecting the Struggles for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World,” and will feature Manuel Pino, a Professor at Scottsdale College and Co-Founder of the Acoma-Laguna Coalition for a Safe Environment, and Board President of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Watch the Peace & Planet Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World live on your computer! https://livestream.com/accounts/501730/events/3991876
The Opening Ceremony begins at 6:30 pm EDT/3:30 pm PDT Friday, April 24, followed by the Opening Plenary – Connecting the Struggles for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World, at 7:30 pm EDT/4:30 pm PDT. (Joseph Gerson and Jackie Cabasso will MC)
On Saturday, April 25th, the Second Plenary, two workshops and the Closing Plenary, entitled “Looking Forward: Movement-Building and Actions for the Future,” will also be livestreamed.
The Second Plenary, featuring Parliamentarians and Mayors starts on Saturday morning April 25 at 9 am EDT/6 am PDT. (John Burroughs and Anna Ikeda will MC)
Between the Second and Closing Plenaries, two workshops will be livestreamed: Global Hibakusha and Creative Peacemaking starting at 11 am EDT/8 am PDT, and Doomsday Machines: Renewed Great Power Confrontations and the Risk of Nuclear War, featuring Daniel Ellsberg, at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT.
The Closing Plenary – Looking Forward: Movement-Building and Actions for the Future, will start at 4:30 pm EDT/1:30 pm PDT. (Kevin Martin and Sara Medi-Jones will MC)
Please check out the amazing lineup of plenary speakers at http://www.peaceandplanet.org/conference-program/
You can read the workshop descriptions at http://www.peaceandplanet.org/workshops/
On Sunday, April 26th, there will be a rally, march and peace festival. The rally will be held at Union Square North, where the march to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza will begin. During the festival, millions of petition signatures calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, many of which have been collected by Japanese anti-nuclear activists, will be presented to Ambassador Taous Feroukhi, of Algeria, and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane. You can support this work by signing the petition at peaceandplanet.org
If you would like to join in, but cannot travel to Manhattan, please consider organizing a local event for the Global Wave, a simple public wave action in cities around the world. The wave will begin at the Sunday, April 26th peace rally in New York City at 1 pm. It will proceed westward through each time zone at 1 pm. People will gather to wave goodbye to nuclear weapons through symbolic acts and events. Please photograph your event and post them at globalwave2015.org. For more information, go to globalwave2015.org
For more information about these events, please visit peaceandplanet.org.
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