Between now and the August Peace Event, please help us write The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Calls, by calling President Obama and our elected members of Congress to urge them to oppose any further spending on our nuclear arsenal and to instead work toward the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
UPDATE: today (August 2) we received word that Ambassador de Brum has had to cancel his trip because of illness.
However, the program will go on! John Burroughs, a member of the international legal team representing the Marshall islands in the International Court of Justice, was planning to be here with Ambassador de Brum, and has confirmed his availability to speak in his place. Dr. Burroughs has worked very closely with Ambassador de Brum in developing the Marshall Islands' legal cases against the nuclear-armed states for their failure to disarm as required by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and customary international law. Dr. Burroughs is Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy in New York, the UN office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. He is a leading authority on the illegality of nuclear weapons under international law, and the author of numerous books and articles.
Please join us for a very special 30th annual August Peace Event to learn about innovative action for nuclear disarmament, on Sunday, August 7th at St. John's Lutheran Church social hall, 1701 L Street, Sacramento. Doors open for networking at 2:30pm with the program from 3-4:30pm.
Our speaker this year was to have been Tony deBrum speaking on "Challenging the Nuclear Giants to Disarm." Mr. deBrum, the former Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, is suing the nuclear-armed countries on behalf of his country. For over 44 years, the Non-Proliferation Treaty has required the nuclear-armed countries to negotiate toward disarmament. In exchange for this promise, many non-nuclear weapon countries agreed to not develop nuclear weapons of their own.
Instead of negotiating the end of nuclear weapons, the US is planning to spend $1trillion to modernize its nuclear weapons, and for years there have been no new negotiations to reduce the number of nuclear weapons. Now this lawsuit demands good-faith negotiations for nuclear disarmament from the countries which have nuclear weapons: the US, the UK, France, the Russian Federation, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has filed these lawsuits in the International Court of Justice and in US court. The Marshall Islands is a small nation in the Pacific whose people have suffered from the atmospheric nuclear tests in the 1940s and ‘50s. Now this nation is seeking to enforce the Nuclear Zero promise, a world free of nuclear weapons.
As usual we will have inspirational music, refreshments and a chance to meet up with wonderful people doing good work in Sacramento. Because we have committed to helping with Mr. de Brum's travel expenses, please be extra generous in your support this year. As noted above, Mr. de Brum has had to cancel his visit to the Bay Area and Sacramento, but we will be honored to hear from John Burroughs, a noted authority on the illegality of nuclear weapons and member of the international legal team representing the Marshall Islands in the International Court of Justice.
For more information call Winnie at 916-485-5451.
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