The current leadership of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is evaluating the role of our organization in our community. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions started in 2002 when a small group of concerned individuals met around a kitchen table to discuss the significant change in U.S. nuclear policy expressed in the Nuclear Posture Review.
This led to the realization that what is really at risk is the very sustainability of our planet and global society. As such, we believe that what is essential is respect for nature, universal human rights, elimination of poverty and a culture of peace. CPR has endorsed The Earth Charter as a basic framework articulating these goals. Chartered by the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development it sets forth a declaration of interdependence. The goal of CPR has been to provide information about, and promote a public dialogue on these and other important issues affecting our future.
Since 2002, other groups have developed in Ventura which work on these issues in various ways.
We are considering how we can best participate in this important work.
We will not hold a meeting in December.
We do celebrate the Nuclear Ban Treaty.
Promotion of the treaty continues. Each year, the world gathers in New York to discuss disarmament and international security during the UN General Assembly’s First Committee. On Nov 1, the First Committee passed a resolution supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calling on all states to join it as soon as possible, by majority vote.
The Resolution, L.24, was co-sponsored by 70 states, and received 122 votes in favour, 41 against and 15 abstentions. http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/122-states-reaffirm-their-support-for-the-nuclear-ban-treaty/
When people point out that the nations holding nuclear weapons are among those voting against, we can remind ourselves of Mahatma Gandhi’s assertion:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”