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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 – Awaiting Good Faith

2018-07-05 16:56:21 mary

by Robert Dodge

50 years ago on July 1, 1968 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed. This landmark nuclear arms control treaty brought the world’s nuclear powers together with the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons by engaging in good faith efforts toward that end. Unfortunately, there was no legal mandate to enforce this provision. The Treaty also had a “grand bargain” that allowed nations to pursue the “peaceful” use of the atom for nuclear power, medical and scientific research. This bargain resulted in the continued proliferation and development of nuclear weapons programs in North Korea, while India, Pakistan and Israel went on to develop their own nuclear programs and Iran pursued a nuclear program that was halted by the Iranian nuclear deal, that now may be in jeopardy due to Trump’s unilateral withdrawal. Ignoring the good faith Article VI of the NPT Treaty, the US/Russian arms race continued, almost doubling, until the ultimate passage of the Start I Treaty in 1991 after a decade of negotiations. The reductions in nuclear arsenals continued thereafter until the past decade where they have slowed dramatically and a new arms race is under way in direct violation of the intent of the Treaty. Approximately 14,455 warheads continue to exist as of early 2018.
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Support for Family Unification

2018-06-27 14:32:20 mary

Sat. June 30

Families Belong Together rally in Oxnard  – support families seeking asylum –  10am -12 noon  at Collections Shopping Center in Oxnard.  Meet in the Target parking lot at 9:30 AM. We will then walk together to the 101 overpass located on Oxnard Blvd.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2033939450192473/

Sat. June 30 – Families Belong Together rally in Ventura – support families seeking asylum –  2pm  – Government Center  Ventura, CA 93009 Hosted by Indivisible Ventura.

Sat. June 30Families Belong Together rally in Ojai – support families seeking asylum – 12 noon at Libbey Park, Ojai, CA 93023

For more information on these events:  https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org/

 

CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy) is raising funds to help the Immigrant Legal Defense Center (ILDC) provide legal representation to local immigrants picked up by ICE, separated from their families, and placed in deportation proceedings. The ILDC recruits and trains pro bono attorneys in the area to make deportation defense accessible to our community. But they cannot do this alone! Although volunteer attorneys are willing to represent an individual on a pro bono basis, the out-of-pocket expenses for representing an individual in immigrant detention (mileage and accommodations) is about $400-700 a case.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/211401813013520/1795031267199140/

https://www.sbimmigrantdefense.org/

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Ojai celebrates its Nuclear Free Zone Resolution in 4th of July Parade

2018-06-26 23:18:45 mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 10, 2018, the city of Ojai, California adopted a resolution declaring the city the first nuclear-free zone in decades. Against the backdrop of events over the past year, and recognizing the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons plus the exorbitant costs of nuclear weapons production and maintenance, the City Council adopted the resolution unanimously.

The background for the Resolution began last November when Dr. Dodge approached a city council member about the proposal, and then, during public comments, challenged the City Council to take a stand on behalf of the citizens of Ojai regarding the greatest public health threat we face, that of nuclear war.

This bold Resolution has three main components.

First, it adopts the five point “Back From The Brink” resolution that many PSR chapters are championing.  “The city council, on behalf of the residents of Ojai, call on the United States and our elected officials to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war” via:

  • Renounce the option of using nuclear weapons first.
  • End the president’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack.
  • Take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert.
  • Cancel the plan to replace the entire U.S. arsenal with enhanced weapons.
  • Actively pursue a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Secondly, the City Council declares Ojai a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone by prohibiting a variety of nuclear weapons-related activities within the city.

The third section, titled “Nuclear Free Contracts and Investments,” includes guidelines for city contracting and investment of funds.  The resolution calls for divestment from institutions and companies that are involved in the financing, manufacture, development, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons.

Recognizing that Ojai is but one small Southern California community, the resolution concludes with this appeal to other communities:

“Conscious of the magnitude of destructive capacity of modern nuclear weapons, we recognize that our proposal would have little meaning on its own. We therefore appeal to our neighboring counties and cities to make similar statements on the half of the citizens they represent”.

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June Meeting: The World is my Country

2018-05-25 22:03:26 mary

Join us for a preview  screening of the documentary film The World Is My Country,  for consideration in an Earth Charter Film Festival in October.

Sunday,  June 3

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,

5654 Ralston Street, Ventura

The World Is My Country tells the story of World Citizen #1 Garry Davis, and looks at the concept of the World Passport—an idea designed to help us imagine a world without borders and without war.  https://www.theworldismycountry.com/media

Founded by Garry Davis in 1954, the World Service Authority® has issued almost 5 million World Passports, Birth Certificates, ID Cards, World Citizen Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Political Asylum Cards, and other human right documents mandated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

 

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The Earth Charter

2018-05-24 22:05:28 mary

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Various UN agencies and visionary thinkers developed the Earth Charter over a ten-year period.  The final version was approved at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year 2000.  The Charter has been endorsed by countless nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Every October cities all over the world hold Summits to celebrate the Earth Charter.  Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions coordinates Ventura County’s Earth Charter Summits and presents annual Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values.

We have also sometimes presented a group of films as an Earth Charter Film Festival preceding the Earth Charter Community Summit.  Each film has exemplified principles of the Earth Charter.

For a brief overview of the Earth Charter, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Charter
To read the entire document, go to http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html

 

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