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Announcement :: DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology
Nonproliferation and Disarmament, The Way Forward
13 Oct 2005
The Bush Administration has recently taken new steps that increase the danger of nuclear war. In addition to blocking progress on arms control, the administration has persisted in developing a nuclear "bunker buster." Equally horrifying, administration officials have been talking more openly about plans to actually use such weapons in third world countries. In effect, the US message on nuclear nonproliferation is: Do as we say, not as we do.

Against this backdrop, more than 30 leaders of national antinuclear efforts, from the founders of the Nuclear Weapon Freeze Campaign in 1980 to today's most effective advocates, are gathering on the MIT campus in Cambridge MA for a major event on Friday-Saturday, 21-22 October: NONPROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT: THE WAY FORWARD.
Please go to to register. In addition, we would be grateful if you would forward this information via email to your friends and contacts.
Speakers include: Congressman Edward Markey, Dr. Helen Caldicott, William Sloan Coffin and many, many more. We hope you will consider coming and joining us in getting the word out.
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2005 marks the 25th anniversary of the Nuclear Freeze movement and the 25th anniversary of the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (IDDS), which launched the national Freeze campaign and mobilized millions of Americans to work towards the abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Founded and led by disarmament expert Dr. Randall Caroline Forsberg, the Cambridge MA-based IDDS is sponsoring a major anniversary celebration to educate and empower grassroots activists again. On Friday-Sunday, Oct 21-23, IDDS is hosting a jam-packed weekend of events with more than 30 nationally known speakers. The center-piece is a two-day symposium at MIT, “Nonproliferation and Disarmament – The Way Forward,” with keynote speaker Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA). Co-sponsored by the MIT Technology and Culture Forum, the symposium will feature presentations by noted author Robert Jay Lifton; novelist-columnist James Carroll; John Pike of, the world’s leading website on military affairs; Nobel Peace Prize-nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott; Joseph Cirincione, director of the Carnegie Endowment’s Nonproliferation Project; Dr. Graham Allison, head of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and many more (see attached program).

The anniversary events will culminate on Sunday, Oct 23, with the launching of a new Interreligious Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons. Initiated by an appeal authored by the Rev. William Sloane Coffin (famed former Yale Divinity School chaplain and anti-Vietnam protestor), the Network will convene 50 national religious leaders from all faiths in Cambridge lay the groundwork for a new antinuclear movement. Rev. Coffin and other Network supporters, including long-time SANE Director David Cortright and Fate of the Earth author Jonathan Schell, will also appear at the IDDS/MIT-sponsored symposium.
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