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NPT at the UN in NYC – Bobbie Reports

Greetings, Georgia WAND!

I had an amazing trip to New York City from April 30-May 10.  I met up with Elizabeth Baldwin and Steve Leeper, Director of the Hiroshima Peace Culture foundation in Hiroshima, Japan and along with thousands of anti-nuclear advocates participated in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Prior to the beginning of the conference there was an International Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World hosted by the Social Justice Ministry of The Riverside Church. Over 1000 people came together from all over the world to declare their support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020.  Leadership came from Abolition 2000, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Mayors for Peace, Women’s Interantional League for Peace & Freedom, Reaching Critical Will, International Peace Bureau, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, Western States Legal Foundation, United for Peace and Justice, Le Mouvement de la Paix, Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, American Friends Service Committee,  Centro Brasileiro de Solidariedade aos Povos e Luta pela Paz, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Peace Boat, Bombspotting,  Global Family, International Peace Bureau, Peace Action, , Emil Touma Institue for Palestinian and Israli Studies, International Association of Peace Messneger Cities, Veterans for Peace, Beyond Nuclear, Pax Christi, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, United Methodist General Board of Church & Society, New Zealand Foundation for Peace, Nevada Desert experience, and a host of others. I, along with Kathernine West from Arkansas and Betsy Rivard from Atlantat held up the Southeast WAND presence.

On Sunday May 2 thousands of us marched from Times Square to the United Nations with banners declaring our desire to live in a nuclear weapons-free world.

I’ll have more of a report posted on our new website next week.  Right now we’re busy  preparing for Mother’s Day for Peace at Spelman College. I sure hope you can come.  We will celebrate some shared environmental wins and honor the service of Dianne Valentin, the courage of Annie Laura Stephens and the activism of Jeannine Honicker.  And environmental justice shero, Dr Mildred McClain, from Harambee House in Savannah will address us and, no doubt, rock the house.  It’s all at Spelman’s Cosby Center on Sunday May 23 at 4pm.  Please send it and joy some good food  a glass of wine or iced tea and the assembly of women and men for peace and preservation of Mother Earth!


Bobbie Paul
Executive Director
Georgia Women's Action for New Directions

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