Upcoming events all over the world are listed here.

June 19, 2017

A few highlights:

Jun 16-18 – Richmond, Va. – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference

Jun 17 – New York, NY – Women’s March to Ban the Bomb

Jun 17 – Chicago, IL – Women’s Demonstration to Ban the Bomb

Aug 2-6: Minneapolis, MN – Democracy Convention, including Peace and Democracy Conference organized by World Beyond War

NEW: Sep 22-24 NO WAR 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C. Put it on your calendar now. The focus of this yet-to-be-named conference and action will be on activism and bringing together the peace and environmental movements.

Let us know about any event you’re planning. Resources with which to create an event are here.

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We Need Your Help for a Travel Fund

We’ve scraped together the funds to hire a fulltime organizer and halftime education coordinator, as well as a halftime director. We have a fantastic speakers’ bureau.
We have new chapters and potential chapters, affiliates, and friends that need our organizer to come help them in person, and she’s willing to do it.

We have people who would like our speakers to come speak, and they’re willing to do it.

We have other speakers we’d like to bring to our conference in September, and they’re willing to come.

What we need is a travel fund to cover low-cost transportation. We can always find free lodging and otherwise get by. But we need a transportation budget.

Can you help? A lot or a little? Click here.

The more we raise, the more we can do. We won’t waste a dime.

And we’ll come help YOU organize if we possibly can and you invite us.

Click here.

THANK YOU!

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Vote on Our Resolution

June 19, 2017

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Vote on Our Resolution to Support Moving Money from the Military to Human and Environmental Needs
New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, Montgomery County, MD, Evanston, IL (see page 14 of linked document), New London, NH, and Ithaca, NY, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction.

Those passed by Ithaca and New Haven will be voted on by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Ask your mayor to contact the U.S. Conference of Mayors now to endorse resolutions #59 and #60.

Your town or city or county can also go ahead and pass its own. For more tips and sample materials from Ithaca, NY, click here.

You can also watch/listen to this webinar done with Code Pink and U.S. Peace Council.

Steps you can take:

Contact mary@worldbeyondwar.org to ask for help
Form a coalition of local groups concerned about the cuts, the military increase, or both
Find out how to speak publicly at local government meetings and how to submit a proposal or get one on the agenda for a vote; or ask council members/ aldermen / supervisors to sponsor it.
Collect organizations’ or prominent people’s or lots of people’s names on a petition
Hold rallies, press conferences
Write op-eds, letters, go on radio, tv
Use http://costofwar.com to calculate local trade-offs
Make use of this petition signed by many prominent people and over 20,000 people total
Revise the draft below:
Resolution Proposed for __________, ___

Whereas President Trump has proposed to move $54 billion from human and environmental spending at home and abroad to military spending[i], bringing military spending to well over 60% of federal discretionary spending[ii],

Whereas polling has found the U.S. public to favor a $41 billion reduction in military spending, a $94 billion gap away from President Trump’s proposal,

Whereas part of helping alleviate the refugee crisis should be ending, not escalating, wars that create refugees[iii],

Whereas President Trump himself admits that the enormous military spending of the past 16 years has been disastrous and made us less safe, not safer[iv],

Whereas fractions of the proposed military budget could provide free, top-quality education from pre-school through college[v], end hunger and starvation on earth[vi], convert the U.S. to clean energy[vii], provide clean drinking water everywhere it’s needed on the planet[viii], build fast trains between all major U.S. cities[ix], and double non-military U.S. foreign aid rather than cutting it[x],

Whereas even 121 retired U.S. generals have written a letter opposing cutting foreign aid[xi],

Whereas a December 2014 Gallup poll of 65 nations found that the United States was far and away the country considered the largest threat to peace in the world[xii],

Whereas a United States responsible for providing clean drinking water, schools, medicine, and solar panels to others would be more secure and face far less hostility around the world,

Whereas our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent,

Whereas the military is itself the greatest consumer of petroleum we have[xiii],

Whereas economists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have documented that military spending is an economic drain rather than a jobs program[xiv],

Be it therefore resolved that the ____________ of ___________, ________, urges the United States Congress to move our tax dollars in exactly the opposite direction proposed by the President, from militarism to human and environmental needs.

[i] “Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending,” The New York Times, February 27, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/us/politics/trump-budget-military.html?_r=0

[ii] This does not include another 6% for the discretionary portion of veterans’ care. For a breakdown of discretionary spending in the 2015 budget from the National Priorities Project, see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states

[iii] “43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes,” World Beyond War, http://worldbeyondwar.org/43-million-people-kicked-homes / “Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Made in America,” The Nation, https://www.thenation.com/article/europes-refugee-crisis-was-made-in-america

[iv] On February 27, 2017, Trump said, “Almost 17 years of fighting in the Middle East . . . $6 trillion we’ve spent in the Middle East . . . and we’re nowhere, actually if you think about it we’re less than nowhere, the Middle East is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago, there’s not even a contest . . . we have a hornet’s nest . . . .” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/02/27/trump_we_spent_6_trillion_in_middle_east_and_we_are_less_than_nowhere_far_worse_than_16_years_ago.html

[v] “Free College: We Can Afford It,” The Washington Post, May 1, 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/free-college-we-can-afford-it/2012/05/01/gIQAeFeltT_story.html?utm_term=.9cc6fea3d693

[vi] “The World Only Needs 30 Billion Dollars a Year to Eradicate the Scourge of Hunger,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000853/index.html

[vii] “Clean Energy Transition Is A $25 Trillion Free Lunch,” Clean Technica, https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/03/clean-energy-transition-is-a-25-trillion-free-lunch / See also: http://www.solutionaryrail.org

[viii] “Clean Water for a Healthy World,” UN Environment Program, http://www.unwater.org/wwd10/downloads/WWD2010_LOWRES_BROCHURE_EN.pdf

[ix] “Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries,” The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/07/10/cost-of-high-speed-rail-in-china-one-third-lower-than-in-other-countries

[x] Non-military U.S. foreign aid is approximately $25 billion, meaning that President Trump would need to cut it by over 200% to find the $54 billion he proposes to add to military spending

[xi] Letter to Congressional leaders, February 27, 2017, http://www.usglc.org/downloads/2017/02/FY18_International_Affairs_Budget_House_Senate.pdf

[xii] See http://www.wingia.com/en/services/about_the_end_of_year_survey/global_results/7/33

[xiii] “Fight Climate Change, Not Wars,” Naomi Klein, http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2009/12/fight-climate-change-not-wars

[xiv] “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update,” Political Economy Research Institute, https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/449-the-u-s-employment-effects-of-military-and-domestic-spending-priorities-2011-update

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10. Be prepared for the argument that a national issue is not your locality’s business:

The most common objection to local resolutions on national topics is that it is not a proper role for a locality. This objection is easily refuted. Passing such a resolution is a moment’s work that costs a locality no resources.

Americans are supposed to be directly represented in Congress. Their local and state governments are also supposed to represent them to Congress. A representative in Congress represents over 650,000 people — an impossible task.Most city council members in the United States take an oath of office promising to support the U.S. Constitution. Representing their constituents to higher levels of government is part of how they do that.

Cities and towns routinely and properly send petitions to Congress for all kinds of requests. This is allowed under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the House of Representatives. This clause is routinely used to accept petitions from cities, and memorials from states, all across America. The same is established in the Jefferson Manual, the rule book for the House originally written by Thomas Jefferson for the Senate.

In 1798, the Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution using the words of Thomas Jefferson condemning federal policies penalizing France.

In 1967 a court in California ruled (Farley v. Healey , 67 Cal.2d 325) in favor of citizens’ right to place a referendum on the ballot opposing the Vietnam War, ruling: “As representatives of local communities, board of supervisors and city councils have traditionally made declarations of policy on matters of concern to the community whether or not they had power to effectuate such declarations by binding legislation. Indeed, one of the purposes of local government is to represent its citizens before the Congress, the Legislature, and administrative agencies in matters over which the local government has no power. Even in matters of foreign policy it is not uncommon for local legislative bodies to make their positions known.”

Abolitionists passed local resolutions against U.S. policies on slavery. The anti-apartheid movement did the same, as did the nuclear freeze movement, the movement against the PATRIOT Act, the movement in favor of the Kyoto Protocol (which includes at least 740 cities), etc. Our democratic republic has a rich tradition of municipal action on national and international issues.

Karen Dolan of Cities for Peace writes: “A prime example of how direct citizen participation through municipal governments has affected both U.S. and world policy is the example of the local divestment campaigns opposing both Apartheid in South Africa and, effectively, the Reagan foreign policy of “constructive engagement” with South Africa. As internal and global pressure was destabilizing the Apartheid government of South Africa, the municipal divestment campaigns in the United States ramped up pressure and helped to push to victory the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. This extraordinary accomplishment was achieved despite a Reagan veto and while the Senate was in Republican hands. The pressure felt by national lawmakers from the 14 U.S. states and close to 100 U.S. cities that had divested from South Africa made the critical difference. Within three weeks of the veto override, IBM and General Motors also announced they were withdrawing from South Africa.”

11. Remember that Trump has not proposed a smaller or larger budget. When people only oppose the “cuts,” as the cities of Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor have done, others will reflexively argue against “big government.” But that whole tired debate has nothing to do with Trump’s budget proposal, which is for the same sized budget as last year — except with $54 billion moved from everything else to the military. So you have to oppose the military increase as well as the cuts to everything else, if you want anyone to understand what’s going on — and if we hope to stop it.

12. Use this action to form a new World Beyond War chapter.

What residents said to the City Council in Charlottesville, Va.: VIDEO.

Sign the Declaration of Peace.

Find events all over the world that you can take part in.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Help Ban the Bomb!

June 19, 2017

CALL ON YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE HISTORIC NEGOTIATIONS TO BAN THE BOMB!

The breakthrough global initiative to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons just as the world has done for chemical and biological weapons will resume negotiations at the UN in New York on June 15. By July 7, the final day of the negotiations, we expect governments to adopt a historic treaty.

Call on your government to join the negotiations:

Is your government participating in the ban treaty negotiations? So far, over 130 governments are attending- is yours one of them? See
http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/negotiations/

If not, there is still time to encourage your government to join. Send a message to your Foreign Minister encouraging them to join. Ask your parliamentarians to raise this in parliament. Contact the media.

Support a strong treaty

A draft of the treaty, the Convention to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, was released on May 22 by Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, President of the negotiating conference. The draft treaty is a good basis for negotiations to continue and includes prohibitions on the use, possession, development, manufacture, deployment, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons. It also includes a prohibition on assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in such activities. It includes the provision of assistance to those affected by nuclear detonations, and recognizes ‘the disproportionate impact of ionizing radiation on maternal health and on girls.’ And it recognizes the role of civil society, including the Hibakusha, survivors of the catastrophic atomic bombing in Japan, in building public conscience for a nuclear-weapon-free world.

However, as negotiations continue, governments and organizations will make suggestions for strengthening the language to achieve the best treaty possible. A range of suggestions have been put forward and many organizations will hold side events during the talks. The negotiations are also scheduled to be webcast, so you can follow from home if you’re not in New York (also with translation into the UN languages). For the latest information, check this real-time blog of the negotiations (and the lead up to them). You can also follow the negotiations on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #nuclearban.

For background information, see It’s Time to Ban the Bomb,
http://worldbeyondwar.org/time-ban-bomb-2/

See also, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, http://www.icanw.org for general campaign information.

And join or create a march!

Jun 17 – New York – Women’s March to Ban the Bomb

Jun 17 – Chicago IL – Women’s Demonstration to Ban the Bomb! – Chicago

Find or create a new march anywhere:
https://womenbanthebomb.org/solidarity-events-around-world
Sign the Declaration of Peace.

Find events all over the world that you can take part in.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Support World Beyond War’s work by clicking here.

Find out why we support World Beyond War:


Ban the Bomb, Spread the Abolition

June 19, 2017

The draft text of the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons was released last week.

Alice Slater writes about the topic here, and David Swanson speaks about it on video to TheRealNews.com here.
The final treaty negotiations open in two weeks at the United Nations in New York City.

A major march to ban the bomb is planned for June 17 in New York here.
World Beyond War is helping to plan marches in Chicago and other cities.

You can search for a march near you or create one anywhere in the world here.

Then tell your country’s government to help lead this effort, or at least follow — or otherwise get out of the way!

Banning nukes is a first key step toward ending war. Please share this email far and wide.

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World Beyond War Selfie Contest

World Beyond War is growing into a movement that can influence agendas. We have people signed on, committed to working to end war, in 153 countries.

Let’s show each other what we look like!

Let’s make a public and global statement.

Here’s how:

1. Take a photo of yourself holding up one of these signs (with the blank filled in — use a big, bold, dark marker).


AND / OR

2. Take a photo of yourself holding up one of these signs (with the blank filled in) in front of a military base, a weapons company, a recruitment office, a department of war, a U.S. embassy, another nation’s embassy, a parliament, a royal palace, a bank or financial institution that invests in war, a local office of an elected official, or another piece of the war machine.


AND / OR

Make up your own sign!

AND

3. Post your photos on social media (such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) along with your location in the world and the tag #worldbeyondwar.


We will publish a collection of the best photos and offer prizes (banners, shirts, books, etc.) to the winners.

Find all the hashtagged photos on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

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The world most comprehensive timeline of nuclear weapon

June 19, 2017

英文核兵器年表

英文核兵器年表を下記に移転しました。外国のご友人に紹介してくだるよう心からお願いします。渡植貞一郎
The world most comprehensive timeline of nuclear weapon
http://koarashi.my.coocan.jp/NukeTimeline/chronotbl.html

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http://ck.freeml.com/11221

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Abe’s support slumps amid doubts about school scandal

June 19, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during an Upper House Budget Committee meeting of Parliament in Tokyo, Friday, June 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Photo: AP
Politics

Today 09:10 am JST 10 Comments
TOKYO
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9% in a public opinion poll published on Sunday, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a business.

Abe has repeatedly denied abusing his authority to benefit his friend. His grip on power is not in danger, given his ruling coalition’s huge majority in parliament, but the affair looks unlikely to fade away.

The education ministry unearthed documents last week that the opposition said suggested Abe wanted a new veterinary school run by a friend to be approved in a state-run special economic zone. The ministry had earlier said it could not find the documents but reopened the probe under public pressure.

Opposition politicians and the media have identified Abe’s friend as Kotaro Kake, the director of the Kake Educational Institution, which wants to open a veterinary department. The government has not approved new veterinary schools for decades because of concern about a glut of veterinarians.

Nearly 85% of voters responding to a Kyodo news agency survey said they did not think the government probe had uncovered the truth of the affair and almost 74 percent were not persuaded by the government’s insistence that there was nothing wrong with the approval process.

The institution has said it had acted appropriately.

Voters were split over last week’s enactment by parliament of a controversial law that will penalise conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, with 42.1% in favor and 44% against the legislation, Kyodo said.

The government says the new legislation is needed so Japan can ratify a U.N. treaty aimed at global organised crime and prevent terrorism in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Opponents say it will allow police to trample on civil liberties by expanding the scope for surveillance.

The ruling coalition pushed the law through parliament last week, taking the rare step of skipping a vote in committee and going directly to a full session of parliament’s upper house.

Almost 68% of voters expressed dislike of that rarely used tactic, Kyodo said.

© Thomson Reuters 2017.

Retreating from the Tokyo Plympic Games

June 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

The results of the nation-wide referendum among the listeners
conducted on 17 June by the Hiroshi Kume’s wide-show program entitled
“Should we retreat from the the Tokyo Olympic Games 2010 ?”
are extremely impressive.All age categories except “under 19 years old”
have overwhelmingly supported the retreat from the 2020 Olympic Games.
The results could not but have a far reaching impact on this vital issue.
The future of Fukushima depends on it.

This development coincides with another significant one.
In a surprise move, the International Olympic Committee announced on 16 June
that it was ending its Olympic sponsorship deal with Mcdonald.
The fast-food giant pulled out of its current, estimated £40-million-a-year, deal with
the International Olympic Committee more than three years early,
citing a “focus on different priorities”,severing a relationship that dated to 1976.

A new page is being opened as regards the Olympic Games 2020.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

TV: Huge number of sea creatures washing up dead along West Coast

June 16, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

TV: Huge number of sea creatures washing up dead along West Coast — “It’s a crisis all along Southern California… large numbers getting sick and dying” (VIDEO)
Posted: 13 Jun 2017 06:53 AM PDT

Retreating from the Tokyo Plympic Games

June 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

On 17 June from 13:00,Hiroshi Kume,famous radio commentator is presenting
a wide-show program entitled “Should we retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2010 ?”
Olympic Gold Medal marathon runner Ms. Hiroko Arimori will be present.
Mr. Kume and Ms.Arimori have been opposing the Tokyo Olympic Games.The program will conduct
a nation-wide referendum among the listenners.
It is an extremely opportune and significant program.

The present situation in Japan is based on hiding Fukushima.The media have abandonned their mission.
The awaited decision to retreat from the Olympic now seems to be the only way to awaken Japan anf the world.
I am firmly convinced that it is inevitable. Its impact is beyond immagination.

I am sending you a communication on June 14 from the Natural Solutions Foundation, reflecting the growing concern of the
Internationa Community.
“We have posted your eBook at the Institute for Health Research Journal
web site.
http://www.inhere.org/InHeRe.Journal.html

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

Nuclear War Without a War–Fukushima

June 4, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the article entitled “ Nuclear War Without a War” published in Newsweek ,May 24,2017.
(http://newsweekme.com/nuclear-war-without-war/)

It is extremely alarming as regards Fukushima,stating as follows:
“Fukushima disaster is totally out of control. This is a nuclear war without a war.
Fukushima radiation has contained entire Pacific Ocean,
Radiation detected in Europe and radiation at Fukushima reactors uncontrollable.”

The article refers to the elimination of the production of nuclear material altogether.In this respect,
it is in line with the Symposium “Human rights, future generations and crimes in the nuclear Age”
to be held in Basel next September.I have attached below relevent excerpts.

This article reminds us all the problems and confusions that have dishonorably characterized the
Tokyo OPlympic Games 2020.The editorial of the Asahi News Paper of June 2 criticized the lingering
disorder concerning its preparations and even pointed out the surfacing feeling of repugnance among the
Japanese.

The State of emergency declared around the Fukushima No 1 power plant after the 3/11 accident
has not yet been lifted. A responsible director of the Fukushima Prefecture told me on June 2 that
Fukushima had not yet been declared “under control”, its definition having not yet been agreed upon.

Under such circumstances,it is no wonder that there is increasing support for retreating from the Olympic Games
in favor of consecrating maximum efforts to cope with the aggravating consequences of Fukushima accident.

The Japanese should be informed of the crisis of the Unit 2 that could could trigger off an unimaginable nuclear disaster
if an intensity 7 class earthquake should occur on the site, as warned repeatedly by Mr.Shuzo Takemoto,
Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University.

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

(Excerpts of the article)

To be sure, when nuclear goes wrong, it really, really goes wrong. There is huge increase in the number of cancer patients along with death rate of cancer patients in the world.
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The Japanese Government teamed up with Toshiba to build robots that could help clean up the highly radioactive site of the Fukushima power plant meltdown. It turned out the robots couldn’t function in such high radiation levels: 600 Sievert per hour, which could kill a human being in about two minutes.
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Nuclear World must be willing to accept far-reaching IAEA surveillance on all their nuclear facilities, including unannounced inspections by IAEA authorities. By imposing similar requirements on all nations, we could eliminate the production of nuclear material altogether. Then, when nuclear weapons are dismantled and the primary nuclear explosive materials are made inaccessible, a nuclear-weapons, nuclear energy and uranium ammunition free world would be within our grasp.