Celebration in Los Alamos on First Anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Saturday, January 22, 2022, marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. https://www.un.org/disarmament/wmd/nuclear/tpnw/ This landmark international treaty will be celebrated around the world, including in New Mexico. You are invited to the celebration of the Treaty and the January 15th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 22nd from 1 to 3 pm at the Shelter on the south side of Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. Bring signs and banners. Dress for inclement weather: wear layers, warm shoes and a hat, bring water and snacks. Veterans for Peace https://www.facebook.com/santafeveteransforpeace , Nuclear Watch New Mexico https://nukewatch.org/ and CCNS http://nuclearactive.org/ are hosting the event.
The Treaty is already having an impact and that impact is growing. Eight new countries have ratified the Treaty since its entry into force. A total of 59 state parties have ratified the Treaty. Eighty-six United Nations’ member states are signatories. Over 500 cities around the world have shown their support, including 19 with populations of over one million and nine capital cities. Over 2,000 parliamentarians and political leaders have signed a pledge to support the Treaty in their official capacity.
These accomplishments are significant and are the work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of non-government organizations promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. https://www.icanw.org/ The work continues.
This week ICAN and PAX released a new report entitled, “Rejecting Risk: 101 policies against nuclear weapons,” in which they describe how the financial sector is helping to make everything associated with nuclear weapons unacceptable. Because of the Treaty, financial institutions around the world are now implementing policies to end investments in companies involved in the development, testing, production and manufacture of nuclear weapons. https://www.icanw.org/new_report_101_financial_institutions_have_restricted_investments_in_nuclear_weapons and https://paxforpeace.nl/
In order to help people learn more and get involved, organizations throughout the world are hosting informative virtual events.
On Friday, January 21st, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament will release a new report entitled, “Nuclear weapons are banned: What does this mean for Britain?” that was co-authored with the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. http://acronym.org.uk/ For more information, visit https://cnduk.org/
On Saturday, January 22nd at noon Mountain Time, Massachusetts Peace Action will present “Climate Change and Nuclear War: What We Can Do About the Twin Existential Threats.” The webinar is about how climate change increases the danger of nuclear war and how a nuclear war would cause further catastrophic climate disruption. For more information, visit http://masspeaceaction.org/
Did You Know about these opportunities to celebrate the TPNW’s first anniversary?
1. Friday, January 21st, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament will release a new report entitled, Nuclear weapons are banned: What does this mean for Britain” that was co-authored with the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. http://acronym.org.uk/ For more information, visit https://cnduk.org/
2. Saturday, January 22nd at noon Mountain Time, Massachusetts Peace Action will present Climate Change and Nuclear War: What We Can Do About the Twin Existential Threats. The webinar is about how climate change increases the danger of nuclear war and how a nuclear war would cause further catastrophic climate disruption. For more information, visit http://masspeaceaction.org/
3. Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 1 to 3 pm at Ashley Pond, 2200 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, NM – Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday and First Anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Rally. Please join us with signs, flags and banners. Be prepared for inclement weather: wear layers, warm shoes and a hat. Bring water and snacks. https://www.icanw.org/cogreg/commemoration_of_mlk_jr_birthday_and_tpnw_anniversary
4. Tuesday, January 25 at 11 am MT, Nuclear Colonialism in the Age of the Ban Treaty: From New Mexico to the Marshall Islands. A free on-line seminar in which the Affected Communities Working Group of the Nuclear Ban Treaty Collaborative will discuss the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (ban treaty). Register in advance for this meeting:
** New video by Occupy Democrats: Nuclear bombs are killing Americans RIGHT NOW: “New Mexico is a Sacrifice Zone and It’s Mexicans and Native Americans Who Are the Sacrifice.” https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/729674464615856
** US must be accountable for nuclear testing exposure, by Istra Fuhrmann, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Washington, DC. https://www.abqjournal.com/2460258/us-must-be-accountable-for-nuclear-testing-exposure.html and
** Texas ‘downwinders’ should be eligible for nuclear radiation compensation, advocates say, radio interview by Michael Marks, of the Texas Standard: The National Daily Show of Texas, with Istra Fuhrmann, FCNL. https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/texas-downwinders-should-be-eligible-for-nuclear-radiation-compensation-advocates-say/
** Opinion: Too many ‘downwinders’ are still suffering, by Rep. Burgess Owens (Utah’s 4th Congressional District) and Rep. Chris Stewart (Utah’s 2nd Congressional District). https://www.deseret.com/2021/10/4/22709221/utah-nuclear-testing-downwinders-congress-compensation-health-effects
6.Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, N3B Environmental Management virtual Cleanup Forum for LANL. For login information, visit https://n3b-la.com/outreach/
7. Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 6 pm MT, Gordon Edwards speaks about Uranium – the Deadliest Shape Shifter. Virtual event hosted by Nuclear Energy Information Service. https://neis.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-342-7650.
8. Just Announced! Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 1 to 3 pm ET, or 11 am to 1 pm MT. Public Mtg. about S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Readiness for Oversight of Potential
Large-Scale Commercial Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel. The notice with links is available at: https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML22019A074
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