[act-ma] [UJP Activist] A Nuclear Weapons Free World? History, Recent Developments, and Future Prospects

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         FUTURE PROSPECTS ====================================================

*When:* Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm *Where: *Harvard CGIS  
South Building • 1730 Cambridge St • Room S-050 • Cambridge
*Lawrence Wittner* will focus on the history of the world nuclear  
disarmament movement and its efficacy in curbing the nuclear arms race and  
preventing nuclear war. Not only has nuclear war been averted since 1945, but  
over three-quarters of the world’s nuclear weapons have been destroyed and  
the vast majority of the world’s nations have chosen to forgo developing  
nuclear weapons. The explanation for these developments lies primarily in a  
massive public campaign to curb the nuclear arms race and avert nuclear war.  
Now that even former and current government officials have come around to  
supporting the creation of a nuclear weapons-free world, public pressure  
could provide the crucial factor in bringing it to fruition. Wittner is  
Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany and  
author of the three-part /The Struggle Against the Bomb/, and an abbreviated  
version, /Confronting the Bomb/, which will be available for sale at the  
event. He serves on the national board of Peace Action, the largest  
grassroots peace organization in the United States.

*Elaine Scarry* is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the  
General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Scarry is the author of eight  
books, most recently Thermonuclear Monarchy. In this book, she contends that  
nuclear weapons eliminate the citizenry and the legislature from the sphere  
of decision-making about war. She, therefore, believes that nuclear weapons  
are unconstitutional and a violation of the human social contract. She  
explains two provisions of the constitution that can be used by citizens to  
require the United States to disarm.

*New Developments: *The speakers will address the recently filed lawsuit by  
the Marshall Islands demanding that the 9 nuclear weapons states begin  
serious disarmament negotiations; the recent Nayarit conference and upcoming  
Vienna conference on the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons; prospects  
for negotiating a Middle East WMD Free Zone; the results of the April 30-May  
9 Preparatory Committee meeting of the Non-Proliferation Treaty; and the  
proposed Save Mother Earth/ Stop Militarism conference and protest at next  
year’s NPT Review Converence in New York.

*Sponsors: *Massachusetts Peace Action and Democratic Socialists of America.  
Contact: info at masspeaceaction.org [1], 617-354-2169 

United for Justice with Peace [2] is a coalition of peace and justice  
organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The  
UJP Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social  
and economic justice.

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