“Those who say a world without nuclear weapons is impossible need to get out of the way of those who are making it happen.” – Beatrice Fihn, ICAN
Nukewatch, the Nuclear Resister, and the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) invite you to attend an international conference
STOP THE NEW NUCLEAR ARMS RACE
* strategizing for abolition, action for the ban treaty
Seventy-five years after Trinity, Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the start of the nuclear age, the hands of the Doomsday Clock are 100 seconds from midnight, and the nuclear powers are engaged in a new nuclear arms race.
But the movement for abolition is reviving, with new tools, new energy, and renewed commitment.
Join us May 22-25, 2020 at Maryville College near Knoxville, Tennessee as we strategize how to use the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to achieve nuclear disarmament.
*** Speakers, music, banner making, workshops, networking, community, celebration of the 40th anniversaries of Nukewatch, the Nuclear Resister and the Plowshares movement
*** culminating with a nonviolent demonstration at the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex in nearby Oak Ridge,
where OREPA has sustained a nonviolent campaign for over 30 years
People are working in many ways for nuclear disarmament, with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the great work of ICAN helping to generate grassroots activity across the globe. As of late January 2020, thirty-five countries have ratified the Treaty – only 15 more are needed for it to enter into force! At this critical time in the movement for a future free of nuclear weapons, we are coming together to learn about global efforts to abolish nukes and to meet our colleagues from across the U.S. and around the world to network, strategize and collaborate as we move forward.
Talks and workshops will focus on the Ban Treaty, Don’t Bank on the Bomb, Resistance, Mayors for Peace/Cities Appeal, and University Connections to The Bomb. The list of presenters and participants already includes campaigners from the U.S., Germany, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and more, including speakers and workshop leaders Susi Snyder (PAX, Don’t Bank on the Bomb), Alicia Sanders-Zakre (ICAN), K.A. Garlick (Conservation Council of Western Australia), Hideko Tamura, hibakusha (via Skype), John Schuchardt (House of Peace), Sr. Ardeth Platte and Sr. Carol Gilbert.
For more information about registration, Next Generation scholarships (for those under 30), childcare, sponsorship and more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nukewatchinfo.org/stop_new_nuclear_arms_race
The conference will be held at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, 30 miles from the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex where the U.S. makes thermonuclear secondaries for the W76-2 warhead.
You can register at http://orepa.org/registration-form/.
Rooms at the college are two beds to a room – a limited number of single occupancies are available at a higher rate.
$200 covers registration, room and board for shared rooms; $300 for single rooms; $64 for local or non-resident participants. Children under 10, in parents’ room: $48; Childcare will be available during day sessions.
The conference begins Friday evening, May 22 and will end at the Y-12 bomb plant in Oak Ridge on Monday morning.
Maryville College is 10 minutes from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport; shuttles will be arranged.
HOW TO SPONSOR, ENDORSE, HELP SPREAD THE WORD
Whether or not you can attend, we invite you or your group to become a sponsor or endorser of the gathering – info is here – http://nukewatchinfo.org/…/endorse-or-sponsor-the-conferen…/.
Thanks to the early sponsors and endorsers, listed below!
We ask sponsors for a $40 contribution – a dollar for each year of work and action for a nuclear-free future by Nukewatch and the Nuclear Resister. A sponsorship will include: having you or your group listed in the registration packet, on a poster at the registration area, on the website and in email promotions. Sponsorship also includes free table space at the gathering. If a sponsoring group is unable to attend, they can send a newsletter or couple of pieces of literature to Tennessee, and we will put the items on a literature table. Please pay online here – http://nukewatchinfo.org/…/endorse-or-sponsor-the-conferen…/
or make checks and money orders payable to Nukewatch and send to Nukewatch, 740A Round Lake Road, Luck, WI 54853.
We also welcome your support as an endorser, which costs you nothing (we’ll always accept contributions!) but makes public your support for the gathering. Endorsers will be listed on the website and in email promotions.
We encourage you to place an announcement or ad about the gathering in your group’s newsletter, on your group’s website, and to send an announcement to your listservs or otherwise help spread the word.
Peace, and with thanks for your work to help build a better world,
Ralph Hutchison, OREPA
Bonnie Urfer, Nukewatch
John LaForge, Nukewatch
Kelly Lundeen, Nukewatch
Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa, The Nuclear Resister
SPONSORS (more to come!)
Footprints for Peace
Michigan Stop the Nuclear Bombs Campaign – MISTNBC
Nipponzan Myohoji, Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda
Nuclear Watch South
Pax Christi USA
Redwood City Catholic Worker
Dr. Art Milholland & Dr. Luann Mostello
Ban Uranium Mining Permanently collective (BUMP)
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
XR Peace (UK)
Guy Larry Osborne