April 30 – May 2 in New York City, thousands of activists from around the world will take a stand against nuclear weapons and war and for peace and justice with a groundbreaking conference and a mass demonstration of global importance, culminating with the delivery to the United Nations of more than 5 million international signatures on petitions calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons!
On the eve of the month-long review conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), we call on you to stand with Hibakusha — survivors of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mayors for Peace, Yoko Ono, LUSH Cosmetics, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and peace and disarmament activists from around the globe to take action for a world free of nuclear weapons.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed that he will speak at our International Conference for Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World. His participation reflects the urgency and importance of the engagement of grassroots peace and disarmament movements in the drive to eliminate nuclear weapons. Last fall, Ban said, “nuclear disarmament is the only sane path to a safer world.” He is urging the nuclear powers to take immediate steps to fulfill their NPT disarmament obligation, and has put forward a “Five Point Plan” calling on them to begin their promised “good faith negotiations” for nuclear weapons abolition.
LUSH, the international organic cosmetics company, is supporting our petition campaign calling on President Obama to initiate “good faith multilateral negotiations on an international agreement to abolish nuclear weapons, within our lifetimes!”
The US and other nuclear weapon states have never fulfilled the obligation they undertook by joining the NPT, to pursue good faith negotiations to abolish of nuclear weapons. Yet they threaten sanctions and worse against selected non-nuclear weapon states. This year’s NPT Review Conference presents a new opportunity for the nuclear powers to begin the promised negotiations, yet the Obama administration shows no signs of taking this opportunity.
Last year In Prague, President Obama told the world that, “as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act” for their elimination.
But without action, organizing and protest, that moral responsibility will never be realized.
There is still time to help make history.
1) Be in Times Square at 1:30 PM on Sunday, May 2!
Interfaith Convocation, 12 noon – 1:00 pm at the United Nations Church Center.
Rally at 2 pm in Times Square (South of 41st Street on 7th Avenue) to call for No Nukes, No Wars, Fund Human Needs, Protect the Planet! March to Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza at the UN with Hibakusha, international Mayors, people from the US who have been harmed by uranium mining and nuclear weapons testing, and peace activists and nuclear abolitionists from across the US and around the world. Close the afternoon by participating in a dynamic International Peace & Music Festival from 4 – 6:00 pm, and observing the symbolic delivery of petitions to the UN.
2) Watch Live Web Streaming of the International Conference for Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, April 30 – May 1.
On Saturday evening May 1, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will join over 800 participants at historic Riverside Church in Manhattan to discuss the urgency of nuclear abolition and the new opportunities for disarmament.
The conference is now at full capacity. We are working on the logistics for live web streaming of Ban Ki-moon’s address, and all the plenary speakers on Friday night and Saturday. Organize viewing parties in your area! Check www.peaceandjusticenow.org on Friday, April 30 for details.
3) Donate today to help put an end to nuclear weapons.
You can help make history even if you cannot attend the conference or join the thousands of people in the street on May 2.
United for Peace and Justice is proud to be a co-initiator of this campaign. The abolition of nuclear weapons and shifting the world’s resources from war planning to feeding, healing and housing the peoples of the world is what is needed in the 21st century. We must make it happen, in our lifetime.
Your contributions large and small will help make this historic event a success and help ensure our continued work to rid the globe of the threat of nuclear weapons. Dig deep and give today .