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In 2009 President Obama declared that America seeks the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. Ask him to visit Hiroshima and recommit to that vision.
Thank you so much to all of the Oregon high school juniors and seniors who shared your thoughts on President Dwight Eisenhower’s quote with us through Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility’s 2012 Greenfield Peace Writing Contest.
You responded to our question regarding the modern relevance of President Eisenhower’s 1953 quote “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
We received 58 entries from students living in communities throughout Oregon, and our judges were very impressed by the quality of this year’s contributions. On behalf of our panel of judges, our members, and our staff and volunteers, we would like to express our most sincere appreciation to you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this critically important topic with us.
It will only be through the concerted efforts of individuals like YOU, the next generation of peace activists, that the shift from public spending for war and militarism to a focus on meeting basic human needs becomes a reality. Thanks again, and best wishes for success in all that you do. Peace!
Read the winning entries for this year’s Greenfield Peace Writing Contest:
Newly generated data on the decline in agricultural production that would follow a limited, regional nuclear war in South Asia support the concern that more than one billion people would be in danger of starvation. Epidemic disease and further conflict spawned by such a famine would put additional hundreds of millions at risk. Read more »
Don’t Bank on the Bomb is the first major global report on the financing of companies that manufacture, modernize and maintain nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles. It identifies more than 300 banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers from 30 countries that invest significantly in 20 major nuclear weapons producers. Read more »