Dr. Joseph Gerson has served the American Friends Service committee since 1976 and is currently AFSC Disarmament Coordinator and Director of Programs and Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for the AFSC in New England. His program work focuses on challenging and overcoming U.S. global hegemony: its preparations for and threats to initiate nuclear war, and its military domination of the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
We have Yamaguchi-sensei, other courageous Hibakusha and Japanese activists to thank for much of the inspiration that in March brought representatives of 127 governments together in Oslo to confront – again – the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. Yamaguchi-sensei and other Hibakusha played the central role of placing the possibility of a nuclear free world on the world’s agenda. I want to dedicate my talk today to his memory.
On October 24, 2013, Peace & Economic Security Program Director Joseph Gerson was awarded The John C. & Chara C. Haas Award for International Peace and Social Justice by the Project for Nuclear Awareness. Read his acceptance speech (beginning with ironic humor, sharing a little about my ways into the nuclear weapons abolition movement, and saying a few things about our current situation and opportunities that we need to take advantage of) here.
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