Later this month, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force and become international law. We hope that you will join us and our partners at Washington PSR on Thursday, January 21st from 5:00 until 6:00 PM (PST) (PLEASE NOTE UPDATED TIME) for an online celebration to mark the Treaty’s entry into force and explore how it advances nuclear justice. We’ll share a toast (please have a beverage of your choice on hand), hear from a few speakers working for nuclear justice, answer your questions, and connect with each other and celebrate together.
Join this meeting (on 1/21/21 at 5:00 PM PST)
Or, paste this link into your web browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86110764964
If you are having trouble joining the zoom link, please view this on Facebook Live
This event is free of charge and open to the public. Our guest speakers will include:
- Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer
- Dr. Vincent Intondi, Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College and author of African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement
- Kianna Juda-Angelo, Pacific Islander advocate, founder of Living Islands, and co-founder of COFA Alliance National Network
- Stan Shikuma, President of the Japanese American Citizens League (Seattle Chapter)
- Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider, hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor), anti-nuclear activist, and One Sunny Day Initiatives founder
Our event host will be performing artist, educator, community organizer, and Oregon PSR Advisory Board member Chisao Hata.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for this event will be provided by Fingers Crossed Interpreting.
This is an historic milestone for this landmark treaty. Prior to its adoption, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not banned under international law, despite their catastrophic humanitarian consequences. Now, with the Treaty’s entry into force on January 22nd, we can call nuclear weapons what they are: prohibited weapons of mass destruction, just like chemical weapons and biological weapons.
This is the first nuclear weapons treaty to call out the disproportionate impacts of nuclear weapons on Indigenous people and women and to address the need for survivors assistance and environmental remediation, and it provides a legal framework for lasting nuclear disarmament.
The US is not yet a signatory to the Treaty, and instead of joining with the majority of countries in the world in support, it is doing its best to undermine it, so we have more work to do here to follow the lead of countries in Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere that have helped negotiate this landmark treaty.
In addition to joining us online on January 21st at 5 PM, please sign our petition to Oregon State University. OSU recently received a $4.3 million federal grant to model safety and security of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile. We are asking them to consider dismantling the stockpile in their simulations, as the safest way to secure nuclear weapons is to dismantle and dispose of them altogether. And, if you live in or have plans to visit Washington State, please join our colleagues for a cross-border photo action on the Salish Sea to show your support for the Treaty.
Thank you for your support for nuclear justice. We hope to see you online on January 21st from 5 until 6 PM as we celebrate the historic achievement of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entering into force, so please RSVP today.