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Why Not Now?!

I have the pleasure to be attending the International Conference in Nuclear Disarmament. This conference is being held in New York today in historic Riverside Church. The spirit of Martin Luther King seems to be everywhere.

There are a large number of attendees from around the world, including Japan, the nation that has experience first-hand the devastating effects of the nuclear age. I wish there were more Americans. There are some of us. But it doesn’t seem proportionate to our role in the nuclear arms race.
We are the nation that has dropped the bomb!

A Guide to the NPT Review Conference

Tad Daley
Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World
(Piscataway,NJ: RutgersUniversity Press, 2010, 297pp.)
With the start on 3 May 2010 of the month-long Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at

Interfaith Leaders to Pray and Rally for Nuclear Abolition at U.N.

On May 2nd, hundreds of religious leaders and peace activists will gather in New York City to call for nuclear disarmament in advance of the U.N. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference.

WHEN: Sunday, May 2, 2010, 12:00 — 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Interfaith Chapel to the United Nations, 777 U.N. Plaza (1st Ave. at 44th St.), NYC

WHO: Religious & Ecumenical World Leaders, including:

Don't Miss Today's Webinar on Latin America

Today’s webinar at 2 PM (Eastern Time) is an excellent opportunity to learn about US policy concerning Latin America. FOR program director, John Lindsay-Poland, will be addressing the history of US policy in the region and particular in Colombia. John is very familiar with both American policy and its “real life” effects on Colombians. To register for today’s webinar, please clIck here. Participation in webinar is free. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Secret Prisons and Erosion of Human Rights

We learnt this week about the secret prisons run by the Iraqi army designed to isolate hundreds of Sunni prisoners from the action of courts. God forbid, with no evidence that would stand in trial, the prisoners would have been granted a habeas corpus request!

Confluences

The Romans had their Ides of March, ours are the Ides of April. The signs are not encouraging, the auguries disturbing. Our taxes are still spent on a highly militarized economy while our needs for health, education, and justice go underfunded and are in disarray. In the face of escalating vituperation, the fact that we do need to be deeply concerned about our priorities and social processes must be balanced by a return to and respect for civil discourse. One of the best places to look for models of powerful leadership in service to societal needs is in the civil rights movement.

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Why do we need a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia?

Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia still maintain thousands of nuclear warheads aimed at each other, many of them ready to be launched on a few minutes notice, and each country keeps thousands more in reserve. In today’s world these enormous arsenals are a source of danger, not security. It is time for a new agreement to continue and expand the START treaty on nuclear arms reduction.

Violence, Nonviolence and Responsibility

I presented the following text on a panel at San Francisco State University tonight about nonviolence and was asked to explore the theme: Mending the Social Divide, Awakening the Common Good. The semester long series of events was called the Ghandi-King-Chavez 2010 Season For Nonviolence put on by the Institute for Holistic Health Studies. The text follows:

I would like to use my time to raise a few questions about the definition of violence and therefore how we define nonviolence, and the ways these questions may or may not change how we think about responsibility in the context of the discussion we have been having.

Maximizing Participation in Nonviolent Action

By Janet Chisholm

“I’m not sure I should be here because I’m not ready to go to prison for civil disobedience or to withhold my taxes.”

#GiveRefugeesRest

Anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric is out of control. Entire groups of human beings are being marginalized.

This needs to stop immediately.

Act now to #GiveRefugeesRest