Georgia WAND, formerly Atlanta Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, is a leading voice in the south on connecting nuclear weapons with the degradation of our society through 1) environmental injustices in Burke County, Georgia and other downstream and downwind communities, 2) the militarization of police and state violence against Black and Brown people, and 3) the distorted values of our culture that insist on prioritizing weapons of mass destruction over education, health, housing, jobs, food, the environment, renewable energy, peace, conflict resolution, science, and much more.
Georgia WAND applauds the Norwegian Nobel Committee for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the international Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) “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.” This is a critical time in history, and the Nobel Committee members have taken a giant step back from Armageddon.
Georgia WAND is working hard to divert energy away from political posturing and the nuclearization of conflict and to redirect investment of time and money into diplomacy, peace, cultural justice, and the creation of economically secure communities that are safe from all forms of violence. To learn more about our work around the southeast’s nuclear sites, visit our website at gawand.org. To review our recent research with Korean American Georgians about nuclear weapons and representation of the Korean Peninsula in American media, please see our report here. For a link to our July 2017 Telephone Town Hall on U.S. Korean Foreign Relations, please visit our web page here.
Next week, starting Tuesday October 10th, Georgia WAND board member Cee’ Cee’ Anderson will represent Georgia WAND at the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) Fall Meeting in Idaho. ANA brings together people from across the country who live in the shadow of the nuclear weapons complex.
Many organizations and people are working around the clock to abolish nuclear weapons, create alternatives to our reliance on militarism, and developing many other solutions to counter the effects that decades of imperialism and white supremacy have had on people and democracy.
(On July 7, 2017, 122 UN members voted to prohibit nuclear weapons. The U.S. did not vote for the treaty)