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Humanitarian Campaign Going Strong
July 3, 2015
The disarmament world is ramping up as the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima is approaching. Here's some news from PSR Security program, as well as some encouraging breakthroughs from our allies in the field.
PSR members in 8 states participated in the second PSR "Media Wave" of 2015, timed to coincide with the NPT Review Conference. The PSR team generated 12 op-eds, 2 letters-to-the-editor (including the New York Times), 2 local news stories, and 3 radio interviews. The next Media Wave will focus on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, in early August.
Drs. Ira Helfand and Bob Dodge traveled to Sao Paulo on June 2nd to enlist support from Rotary International. According to IPPNW, Rotary is the second largest NGO in the world after the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It has over 1 million members in almost every country on the planet, draws its members from community leaders, has a deep commitment to peace and international cooperation and has addressed the nuclear issue in the past.
On June 22nd, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), an organization made up of mayors from 1,309 U.S. cities, held its annual meeting in San Francisco. There, they unanimously adopted a resolution, "Calling for Effective Implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Disarmament Obligation and Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities." The USCM also expressed its "support for the successful conclusion of negotiations with Iran on a comprehensive nuclear deal and urges the U.S. government to support the convening of a conference on establishing a Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction at the earliest possible date." This resolution came about thanks to Mayors for Peace, an allied organization made up of mayors from over 6,700 cities in 160 countries.
Lastly, Pope Francis has been in the news, continuing to carry the torch for nuclear disarmament. His latest comment was targeted at weapons manufacturers. He stated, "Anyone who makes weapons or invests in weapons industries is a hypocrite if they call themselves Christian." Great job, Pope Francis, for going after the money trail of the nuclear weapons industry!