2015 Peace at Peace & Planet Events in NY City
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2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United States atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also marks 45 years since the first five nuclear powers agreed in Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to undertake good faith negotiations for the elimination of their nuclear arsenals. The NPT represents the only binding commitment to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon states. The Treaty entered into force in 1970, and 190 parties have joined, making it the mostly widely ratified arms limitation and disarmament agreement. Sixty-five organizations have been involved in the planning, and over 280 organizations have endorsed the International Peace & Planet Conference, Rally and March.
Peace & Planet International Conference at Cooper Union from Friday evening April 24, thru Saturday April 25 is being organized on the basis of five themes:
(1) nuclear weapons abolition,
(2) move the money (cutting military spending to prevent wars and fund essential human needs),
(3) climate change and environmental justice,
(4) the new era of global military tension and war, and
(5) racial equity and the demilitarization of policing.
Sunday April 26, the day before the 2015 NPT Review Conference begins, we will gather by the thousands in New York City for an International Rally and March to the United Nations. Activists from around the world - including over a thousand from Japan, as well as Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) - will make our demands for a nuclear-free, peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Look for the Veterans For Peace Flags and Banners at the Rally and March on Sunday.
Schedule for April 26 Mobilization in NY City
11am-12:30pm: Interfaith Convocation for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (Tillman Chapel of the Church Center at the United Nations, 777 First Avenue)
1pm: Rally (East 17th St, between Park Avenue South and Broadway New York, NY 10003)
The Global Wave action will begin in NYC and move westward to cities and capitals around the world.
2pm: March (Beginning at Union Square North)
3pm-6pm: Peace Festival (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza East 47th Street, 2nd Ave New York, NY 10017).
4pm: Presentation of millions of petition signatures calling for the total ban and elimination of nuclear weapons to Ambassador Taous Feroukhi and United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane.
Our numbers, speeches, music, banners, chants, hope, creativity, and humor will impact the diplomats and political leaders in New York for the NPT Review Conference, and build and reinforce our movement. Recognizing the interconnected human and moral imperatives of abolishing nuclear weapons, ending and preventing wars, ensuring economic and social justice, achieving racial equity and the demilitarization of police, and addressing climate change and environmental degradation, we are committed to exploring the linkages in order to build a broader, more issue-integrated movement for the long term.
Additional information, including an Online Petition, and full schedule of events and workshops is available on the website: www.peaceandplanet.org
Additional Peace & Planet actions:
1. Thursday April 23: Peace and Planet's kick off event! Building a Peaceful World: Ending U.S Militarism - Nick Turse and Rory Fanning will lead a frank discussion of violence inherent is U.S. militarism and the steps we need to take to end the violence and create a world grounded in peace, negotiation and cooperation. Nick Turse is an award winning journalist and historian. He has written a number of books including Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam and The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives. Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008-2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is author of Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America (Haymarket Books, 2014).
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