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December Season of Peace Meeting

2017-11-28 23:47:00 mary

Oneness – The Underlying Reality

 Sunday, December 3

3-:00 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Craig Quick will speak on oneness, which is central to all the Baha’i teachings. This promises to be a a wonderful opportunity to learn together and celebrate our oneness.

Craig Quick is a screenwriter and an international broadcast developer. He worked 20 years in greater China. He majored in cultural anthropology and speech communications.

He’s a dedicated reader, and has spoken at numerous venues throughout California. He served on the National Spiritual Assembly of Hawaii, and numerous local Spiritual Assemblies in Hawaii, Asia and California.

Joanie and Bill Low will join us to provide live music on the theme of oneness.

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Amnesty International Write-a-Thon 2017

2017-11-25 16:42:32 mary

Join Amnesty International Local Group #452

in a letter-writing marathon for human rights.AIstamp2

Saturday, December 16, 2017
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

College United Methodist Church
 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
  Corner of Baylor Avenue (across from Ventura College)

Every year around International Human Rights Day on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter on behalf of someone they’ve never met, as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences, and end

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other human rights abuses.

We furnish snacks, pens, paper, stamps and good company.

Jon Portera and friends will inspire us with live music again this year!

For more info,  call Nan Durantini (805) 650-7314 or Mary Olson (805) 223-1187
https://write.amnestyusa.org/

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November Meeting: All Things Nuclear

2017-10-24 22:46:26 mary

Sunday, November  5,  2017,

3-:00 – 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Dr. Dodge will present updates on all things nuclear.

He will cover the topics of nuclear arsenals and war to the United Nations Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons adopted on July 7, 2017 and the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

We will discuss Senate Bill 200 and H.R.669 – Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.

He will also bring us up to date on our local nuclear legacy at Santa Susana Field Lab, which housed 10 nuclear reactors, of which at least four suffered accidents,  and a factory for fabricating reactor fuel rods out of plutonium.  It was the site of tens of thousands of rocket tests, involving dangerous fuels and  toxic solvents that were allowed to simply percolate into the soil and groundwater.

His emphasis will be on actions we all can and must take.

Dr. Dodge was part of  Physicians for Social Responsibility’s team of citizen-lobbyists attending the United Nations  convention for the treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Dr. Dodge, with Physicians for Social Responsibility LA, has long advocated with the Department of Energy for a complete clean-up of the Santa Susana Field Lab.

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

2017-10-08 09:22:02 mary

Congratulations to ICAN!

http://www.icanw.org/

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is proud to be a partner organization.

Photo from the recent United Nations convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.  Dr. Dodge on the left side in this image holding the sign in the back and Kristin is over to the right in the back row.

Statement from Nobel Prize Committee:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

Through its work, ICAN has helped to fill this legal gap. An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that a nuclear war will cause. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe. The coalition has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. To date, 108 states have made such a commitment, known as the Humanitarian Pledge.

Furthermore, ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On 7 July 2017, 122 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As soon as the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is aware that an international legal prohibition will not in itself eliminate a single nuclear weapon, and that so far neither the states that already have nuclear weapons nor their closest allies support the nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Committee wishes to emphasize that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states. This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Five of the states that currently have nuclear weapons – the USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China – have already committed to this objective through their accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1970. The Non-Proliferation Treaty will remain the primary international legal instrument for promoting nuclear disarmament and preventing the further spread of such weapons.

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August Meeting: The End of the Nuclear Weapons Age

2017-08-14 10:22:47 mary
Photo courtesy of The Official CTBTO @flickr

Sunday, August 6, 2017,  3-:00 – 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

On the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima as we again reflect ed on this history, and discussed 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.

Ari Beser, featured in the video above reacted to the news of ICAN receiving the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize:

“I woke up this morning, and I checked my Facebook,” said Ari Beser, who felt energized and optimistic when he learned the news. “There it was.”

Beser attended the UN meeting where 122 nations signed a treaty that could ban nuclear weapons worldwide.

“What I believe it is doing is creating this international pressure,” Beser said. He hopes the Nobel Peace Prize could lend legitimacy to the ban and force nuclear-armed nations to enter a dialogue with ICAN.

The award, he added, could create a “new stigma” around nuclear arms, similar to the stigma attached to biological and chemical weapons.

Beser recalled learning, in 2015, that a group of atomic bomb survivors had been nominated for the prize. At the time, he was interviewing survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while writing a book called, “The Nuclear Family.”

Beser said that his own generation of activists now feel energized to carry on the work of the atomic bomb survivors. “This award doesn’t abolish any of the nuclear weapons,” he said. “This is the rallying call, but it’s not the end of the chapter.”

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