AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, based in Cambridge, has been busy building social and political movements across a wide range of issues. Our staff – Joseph Gerson, Paul Shannon, and Stephen G. Cary Fellow Sofia Wolman – work as a team to move our nation to prioritize human needs over military-industrial complex wars and profits. See the attached document for an update on our staff's work to change policy and build the movement for peace and justice in Boston and beyond.
Grace Amemiya, who spent time in a Japanese Internment camp during World War II, speaks in Des Moines about her experiences at the 2012 commemoration of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings. For more photos from the rally, click here.
Parking is in the parking lot of the Iowa Judicial Building on the south side of Court Ave. The bell is west of that building. Please bring lawn chairs and flowers for laying at the bell. Rain site is Wesley UMC, 800 E. 12th.
27/Feb/13 - Joseph Gerson speaks at the Bikini Day International Conference on the rising militarism in the region, and on the US position in relation to the near-universal agreement about the need and possibility of eliminating nuclear weapons. Click here to read online.
Did you know that the United States currently has over 5,000 nuclear weapons deployed and held in reserve? Or that if we cut $100 billion of nuclear spending - as Congressman Edward Markey has suggested - we could employ 1,270,900 elementary school teachers for a year? Download this informational handout to learn more about nuclear weapons spending, and what weapons programs we can cut to improve our security and to ensure that everyone's human needs are met in the United States.
[Adopted from a press release by Sherry Hutchison of WILPF and Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting.]
“From Hiroshima to Fukushima: the Nuclear Question” was the theme of the annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki observance at the Japanese Bell on the Iowa capitol grounds. Sixty Iowans attended the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the bombings.
Please Sign the Appeal for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Gensuikyo, the Japan Council against A & H Bombs, is one of the world's leading organizations advocating the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. On the eve of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, Gensuikyo delivered seven million petition signatures urging abolition. They had launched a new signature campaign which AFSC and many other organizations have endorsed and are supporting. Please sign: http://www.antiatom.org/sig-press.
Eloise Cranke and Ann Naffier, both former AFSC staff, join Highway Sigadi, formerly of the Simon Estes Youth Choir from Cape Town, South Africa, in leading songs at the 2010 Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration in Des Moines.
This event will include dignitaries, music, and a time to gather to lament the horrific nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki --
Details to follow the list of speakers and musicians ......
The organizers of this event share the idea that nuclear weapons must be abolished from the face of the earth in order that the human species might live.
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