SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
CORNER OF CALIFORNIA AND THOMPSON – VENTURA
BRING YOUR SIGNS, BANNERS AND VOICES
sponsored by The Green Party of Ventura County
Sunday, september 3
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room
651 E. Main St., Ventura
Ron Whitehurst will introduce us to the Ventura Food Co-op.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
3-:00 – 5:00 p.m.
E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room
Join us on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima as we sit in circle, reflect on this history, and discuss the July 7, 2017 United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty which has now made all nuclear weapons illegal.
On July 7 at the United Nations, 122 nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In addition to banning use and threat of use, this new treaty also bans possession, stockpiling, transfer, development, testing, production, manufacturing, and acquisition of nuclear weapons, among other important prohibitions.
This treaty is an important step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The majority of the world’s nations consider nuclear weapons to be illegal, immoral, and prohibited.
The United States actively boycotted this process and responded to it in a hostile manner. Responding to the newly-adopted treaty in a joint statement, the U.S., UK, and France stated, “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.” While the majority of the world has negotiated in good faith to ban nuclear weapons, the U.S. and other nuclear-armed nations stubbornly continue to cling to the concept of nuclear deterrence. The U.S., for example, is in the process of upgrading its nuclear arsenal and production infrastructure at a cost of over $1 trillion over the next three decades.
By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference, convened in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives.
The treaty was adopted on July 7, 2017.
To read a draft of the treaty and the voting results on July 7, 2017, go to
To learn about the treaty, go to:
Dr. Robert Dodge was part of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s team of citizen-lobbyists attending the United Nations convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Physicians for Social Responsibility worked closely with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 400 NGOs in 60 countries.
Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki attended, as well as victims from the British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and French tests in the Pacific in the 1960s. A woman from Erwin, Tennessee told of victims from “nuclear Appalachia” where uranium processing is still being carried out apart from the Oak Ridge operation, that has devastated communities through contamination and cancer.
Nuclear weapons issues in general, and this historic event in particular, receive little coverage in news in the United States.
To read Dr. Dodge’s op-ed in the Ventura County Star, go to:
To read Dr. Dodge’s op-ed in Common Dreams, go to:
Researchers and students at the University of Colorado and Rutgers University are studying the human and environmental impacts of a potential nuclear war, using the most advanced scientific tools available. CU Professor Brian Toon and Rutgers Professor Alan Robock are hardly new to their subject matter, having been among those involved in the initial research that revealed the potential for nuclear winter, showing that the effects would last more than a decade, with smoke from nuclear conflagrations rising as high as 25 miles into the atmosphere. Read about their research at http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31159133/cu-boulder-researcher-seeks-extend-understanding-nuclear-winter?utm_content=bufferfdb59&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Think your elected representatives are insufficiently informed with regard to nuclear weapons?
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation offers a tool to send them a message:
Women Talking Frankly: Women at Work in Ventura County
With Labor Day upon us, please join the Justice For All Women’s Rights Taskforce for a quarterly discussion on women’s rights, both locally and nationally. We’ll mix and discuss current events and initiavies related to employment, pay equity, employment trends and more. We’ll have directed converations and send everyone away with new ideas and energy to make a difference for women at work!
In addition, we will honor our JFA Founders, Kathleen Shore and Catherine Pulisic for their contributions to the Ventura community.
Light snacks will be served. Speakers and agenda to follow.
Sat, September 9, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street