UN treaty a step towards nuclear disarmament

On the morning of Friday, July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which bans and makes it illegal to possess, use, produce, transfer, acquire, stockpile or deploy nuclear weapons. This was the culmination of 10 years of preparation by many national and international organizations. It was signed and approved by 122 of the 123 participant nations, representing … Continue reading UN treaty a step towards nuclear disarmament

The moral and political conscience of the American medical community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FROM PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Media Contact: Elana Simon, Communications Manager 425-301-3669 esimon@psr.org NEW YORK, NY (June 15, 2017) – Today, as more than 130 nations begin the second round of nuclear ban treaty negotiations at the U.N., the U.S. government continues its misguided boycott. In doing so, the U.S. government once again fails in its basic duty to protect public health. … Continue reading The moral and political conscience of the American medical community

Celebrating Sister Megan Rice’s Activism

Meet Sister Megan Rice, nuclear weapons abolition activist, this Sunday, June 11th, at 4PM. All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 United States Film, Dr. Ira Helfand, MD, Chair, Security Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility: The increasing threat of nuclear weapons. Subrata Ghoshroy, MIT research affilliate and frequent contributor to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: The current state of nuclear disarmament negotiations. Joan Ecklein, WILPF, Boston organizer … Continue reading Celebrating Sister Megan Rice’s Activism

It’s Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Guys

Check out this important interview with Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. VICE: Why make the push for a disarmament treaty this year, especially when it seems like the world is struggling just to contain nuclear weapons and conflicts? Beatrice Fihn: People thought there was a norm: We have [nuclear weapons], but we don’t use them. The current climate gives us … Continue reading It’s Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Guys

U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

A United Nations disarmament panel presented the first draft on Monday of a proposed global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which advocates called an important step that could hasten completion of a final text by early July. Nuclear powers including the United States have boycotted the negotiations for such a treaty, calling its goals naïve and unattainable — especially at a time when North Korea … Continue reading U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

Spring Conference at MIT, Saturday, May 6

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War, a conference to be held at MIT, May 6. The growing hostility between the US and Russia — and with North Korea and Iran — makes it more urgent than ever to reduce the risk of nuclear war, as well as to rethink plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons with new ones that will be … Continue reading Spring Conference at MIT, Saturday, May 6