Yes, it REALLY IS POSSIBLE to abolish nuclear weapons!!!
In July 2017, nearly 2/3 of the nations in the U.N. General Assembly (122 of 193 nations) approved the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) so it could go out to the world’s nations for ratification.
By early January 2023, a total of 68 (one-third of the nations in the United Nations General Assembly) had RATIFIED a treaty to TOTALLY ABOLISH ALL nuclear weapons, so this treaty is in their national laws!!!
It went into effect for those 68 nations on January 22, 2021.
Now the world is preparing to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of when the TPNW went into effect. Events will happen everywhere, including in Olympia WA, the community where I live.
A NATIONWIDE PLANNING MEETING for TPNW’s second anniversary will occur on TUES JAN 10, 2023:
Plans are being made across the country to celebrate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on the 2nd anniversary of its entry into force — January 22, 2023 is NUCLEAR BAN TREATY DAY! You are invited to participate in a nationwide organizing zoom on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 4:00 pm Pacific Time. You will need to register here to get the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOyuqDMpE9OXKhV7s-3WwY56wzvWOnH1
The U.S. government — under both Trump and Biden — has been OPPOSING the Treaty because they know the Treaty has the power to end nuclear weapons forever, and the U.S. (along with the other 8 nations that have nuclear weapons) are ADDICTED to them.
On the January 10 zoom, you will hear about plans to introduce a bill in Congress in support of the Ban Treaty, and you’ll hear about the latest plans to promote the 2023 Doomsday Clock announcement (on January 24). We’ll get media tips from experts. And you can also share what you are doing.
For more information, visit https://www.nuclearbantreaty.org/ now to find some resources to help you make plans. There are templates for banners, signs, and posters; a sample media release; resources for writing letters to the editor; and lots more! You will find suggestions for groups and for individuals. Everyone can do something significant on January 22 (and days before and after)!
The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW) invites you to participate in some local activities in the Olympia WA area in mid-to-late January 2023:
On January 1, 2023, I posted to my blog a CALENDAR OF COMING EVENTS about a variety of activities: https://parallaxperspectives.org/calendar-of-coming-events-january-2023
These calendar events in January 2023 pertain specifically to nuclear weapons:
WED JAN 11: “Nonviolent National Defense — A Practical Way to Be More Secure” — Glen Anderson speaks on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. to a nationwide audience – making a serious case for replacing our military with Nonviolent National Defense: THE EVENT WENT VERY WELL. VERY SOON GLEN WILL POST A LINK SO YOU CAN WATCH/HEAR THE RECORDING of this Zoom session. The May 2022 TV episode in his “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series had a full hour to provide powerful information and inspiration to significantly improve the U.S.’s “national security” by – ironically — de-militarizing our “national defense.” Instead of military violence, we could defend our nation better through carefully planned strategies of nonviolent resistance. This actually would be very practical – and we could save hundreds of billions of dollars every year so we could solve our nation’s real problems (health, poverty, environment, etc.). You can watch the TV program through Glen’s blog: CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH THE TV PROGRAM, which starts with music and a black screen for about 30 seconds before the visual image appears. The TV program is a shortened version of a much more thorough article he wrote, which includes links to many more sources of information. I strongly encourage people to read this article here: Nonviolent National Defense Would Be Better in Every Way
THURS JAN 12: STATEWIDE meeting: Abolish nuclear weapons! Join today’s online meeting of Washington Against Nuclear Weapons: This statewide coalition meets from 6:00 pm on the second Thursday afternoon of each month. Participants are well informed and keep pushing ahead toward abolishing nuclear weapons. Info: www.wanwcoalition.org
THURS JAN 19: Learn about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) when Kim Dobson interviews Glen Anderson on Kim’s radio program at 12 noon on KAOS, 89.3 FM: Glen will clearly explain the TPNW’s origins stemming from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which went into effect in 1970 – and which the nations that have nuclear weapons have been VIOLATING FOR HALF A CENTURY. Non-nuclear nations – especially those in the Global South – are sick and tired of being held hostage by nine nations with nuclear weapons, so they created the TPNW and a worldwide movement to ABOLISH ALL nuclear weapons. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 491-9093
THURS JAN 19: OLYMPIA area meeting: Abolish nuclear weapons! Join today’s online meeting of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW) meets on the third Thursday of each month. You may join as early as 4:45 pm to make sure your video, audio, etc., are working OK so we can start promptly at 5:00. I hope you will join us! Our monthly meetings are informative, productive and enjoyable. To join this Zoom meeting, e-mail me so I can send you the Zoom link. If you can’t use video and must call in by telephone, call (253) 215 8782 through Tacoma WA. Info: email@example.com or (360) 491-9093
SAT JAN 21: Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War – This online conference will occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Time). The 2023 “Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War” Conference will have the subtheme of “The Social and Economic Costs of the Nuclear Weapons Buildup.” Given the tragic events in Ukraine, tensions with China over Taiwan, and provocations from North Korea, we need to continue every effort toward peaceful resolutions and nuclear disarmament. The 2023 Conference is one such effort. It is sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action (www.passpeaceaction.org), which is a very savvy and active organization. Info: https://masspeaceaction.org/event/reducing-the-threat-of-nuclear-war-conference/?emci=571e31bf-eb70-ed11-819c-000d3a9eb474&emdi=4c7d5954-e473-ed11-819c-000d3a9eb474&ceid=310223
SUN JAN 22: Join our street-corner vigil to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons going into effect: The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW) is one of many organizations worldwide celebrating the 2nd anniversary of when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons went into effect on Jan. 22, 2021. We’ll gather at the intersection of West Harrison & Division in Olympia’s west side from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. We’ll provide signs, or you may bring your own. We invite people to bring bells to ring. The global organization that promoted the Treaty is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, www.icanw.org. They won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. See information about the treaty at ICAN’s website and at the “Nuclear Weapons” part of Glen Anderson’s blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org For information about today’s activities – and other activities about the TPNW’s second anniversary, contact Glen at firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 491-9093
SAT JAN 28: “What’s Happening with Nuclear Weapons” – Four members of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Mark Fleming, Joanne Dufour, Jim Manista and Glen Anderson) will each present brief information — with plenty of Q&A — at 2:00 pm at the Lacey Library (near the NE corner of College Street SE and 6th Ave SE). Info: email@example.com (360) 491-9093 or Joanne Dufour firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 550-1841