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August Meeting: Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Update

2014-07-05 13:51:22
tax day fb action2Dr. Dodge will update us on the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits

Sunday,  August 3,  2014

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library

Historic lawsuits were filed on April 24 against the U.S. and the 8 other Nuclear Weapons States of the world to meet their treaty obligations to disarm.  The Republic of the Marshall Islands has taken action in the International Court of Justice and in U.S. Federal District Court to compel the nuclear weapons nations to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law, and begin negotiations for nuclear zero. On May 29, 2014, the U. S.  government filed the required Notice of Appearance with the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.   Three lawyers were named who will be defending the United States in the case. They are:
  • Stuart F. Delery, Assistant Attorney General
  • Anthony J. Coppolino, Deputy Branch Director
  • Eric R. Womack, U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney
This filing demonstrates that the United States will indeed be appearing to defend itself and its agencies in court in this unprecedented lawsuit. For more information on the Nuclear Zero lawsuits, or If you would like to express your support for the courageous nation seeking to compel the nuclear weapon nations to fulfill their moral duty and legal obligation to begin negotiations for  nuclear disarmament go to www.nuclearzero.org/ Read  The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Who Will Speak for the People?  by Jody Williams and Bob Dodge.   The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists comment on the lawsuit:  http://thebulletin.org/import-marshall-islands-nuclear-lawsuit7143
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Vigil for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

2014-07-04 19:30:03

peacecranescaled.jpgOur world changed forever August 6, 1945, the day that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, followed by Nagasaki on August 9.

The repercussions and lessons of these bombings at the end of World War II, which resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 people in the months that followed, are still being realized today.

Albert Einstein famously said, “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

Recent scientific studies have demonstrated the devastating effects of even small limited nuclear war with catastrophic climate changes resulting in global famine.

There is no adequate response or recovery from these types of attacks. Prevention is the only response.

The Hibakusha survivors of the atomic bombings remind us daily of the responsibility each of us has to work for the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and war. We owe this to their legacy and to the future of our children.

Join Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions

in a vigil on Wednesday, August 6, expressing our commitment to the prevention of nuclear war and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Plaza Park,  Ventura, at the Peace Pole

across from the Post Office on Santa Clara St.

   6:00 p.m.

 

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July Meeting: Kids vs. Global Warming Go to Court

2014-07-02 20:42:58

Our July  meeting highlighted  the efforts of kids around the country working to create a meaningful response to the crisis of global climate disruption by going to court.

 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library

“We can’t vote.  We can’t afford lobbyists.  We can only trust that our leaders will make good decisions on our behalf.  But, when they make decisions like favoring oil company profits over our safety, then we need to hold them accountable.”

–Alec Loorz, founder of iMatter

Youth from Kids vs Global Warming (iMatter), working with the non-profit group, Our Childrens Trust, and pro-bono attorneys around the country, have sued the federal and state governments of the United States to secure climate recovery plans that will restore the balance of Earth’s climate systems.

The plaintiffs are asking the judges to rule that the atmosphere is a common resource, a public trust, shared by all, and hold the government to its responsibility to protect it for all generations.

See following post:  The Atmosphere is Ours Lawsuit

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The Atmosphere is Ours Lawsuit

2014-06-06 11:15:05
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“The Atmosphere is Ours” Lawsuit: May 2

The groundbreaking atmospheric trust case, Alec L, et al., vs. McCarthy, et al. was scheduled to be heard before the Court of Appeals on May 2 in Washington DC.

The lawsuit seeks to establish the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for the youngest and future generations. The prescription of Dr James Hansen, formerly of NASA’s Goddard Institute, written with 11 of the world’s top climate scientists, provides the core of the remedy sought  in the lawsuit:  a national Climate Recovery Plan based on science rather than politics.

On  April 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit formally canceled the oral argument scheduled for May 2.

The plaintiffs are very disappointed that this most urgent legal issue  will not benefit from public argument. However, the panel of three judges will still deliberate the case from submitted briefs on Friday, May 2 and the decision will be issued thereafter.

For more information, go to http://www.imatteryouth.org/#!the-courts/c1354

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David vs. Goliath: The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits

2014-05-16 20:56:05
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Historic lawsuits were filed on April 24 against the U.S. and the 8 other Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) of the world to meet their treaty obligations to disarm by the tiny island nation Republic of the Marshall Islands. Since 1970, the Nuclear Non‐Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has obligated nations to negotiate in good faith for complete nuclear disarmament.  44 years later, with no negotiations in sight, the world has become more dangerous with stockpiles of over 17,000 nuclear weapons. Four more nations now have nuclear weapons, and the original five continue to invest in  their forces with expenditures expected to exceed 1 Trillion dollars over the next 10 years. But one small nation has stood up to say “enough is enough.” The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has taken action in the International Court of Justice and in U.S. Federal District Court to compel the nuclear weapons nations to comply with their obligations, under the NPT and customary international law, and begin negotiations for nuclear zero.If you would like to express your support for the courageous nation seeking to compel the nuclear weapon nations to fulfill their moral duty and legal obligation to begin negotiations for  nuclear disarmament go to http://nuclearzero.org/
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