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September Meeting: The State of Campaign Finance Reform

2014-08-13 21:59:44

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After recent Supreme Court decisions, what are the prospects for campaign finance reform?   Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett will inform us about the current state of affairs.

Sunday,  September 7 ,  2014

3:00 to 5:00  pm

Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library

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Hiroshima, 69 Years Later

2014-08-03 13:42:14

tax day fb action2Sixty-nine years ago this Tuesday, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a second U.S. nuclear bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. From that week to the present moment the world has been held hostage to the insane threat and potential annihilation by these weapons that now number in excess of 17,000 worldwide.

However daunting, we have witnessed this past year some of the most significant progress and awareness of this threat and work to eliminate nuclear weapons, thus realizing the long standing desires of people everywhere, to live in a world free of nuclear weapons.

First, in December 2013, the Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War released a monumental report identifying the horrific potential devastation and death toll of up to two billion from a small limited nuclear war between Pakistan and India.

Then on April 24th this year the tiny heroic nation of Marshall Islands brought suit against the nine nuclear nations of the world in the International Court of Justice and the U.S. Federal District Court in San Francisco for breech of Article VI of the 1970 Non Proliferation Treaty which states that the nuclear nations of the world will work in good faith to eliminate all nuclear weapons.

In March of this year the Rotarian Action Group for Peace along with Physicians for Social Responsibility and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War launched an international speakers bureau and campaign to educate about the “Humanitarian Effects of Limited Nuclear War.”

In February 2014, 146 nations–three-quarters of the nations of the world– attended the second Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference in Nayarit, Mexico. Remarkably absent  were the U.S. and the other P5 nuclear signatory members to the NPT – China, Russia, France and U.K.

A similar conference is scheduled for Vienna in December, and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) itself is up for review in May 2015.  The U.S. has an opportunity and obligation to lead by example and attend and challenge the other nuclear nations to do likewise. We the people must demand that our elected officials push for this participation and that they represent us.  Action speaks much more than words alone.

Read the full op-ed by Dr. Robert Dodge:  http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/25340-hiroshima-69-years-later#.U92sqV-v2nA.email

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August Meeting: Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Update

2014-07-05 13:51:22
nuclearzero_lawsuits_black_red_logoDr. 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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