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DC Nuclear Disarmament Planning Kicks Off TONIGHT, 7 PM


DC AREA DISARMAMENT PLANNING
WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 7:00pm
WHERE: St. Stephen's Church - Auditorium, 16th St & Newton St., NW (1525 Newton Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010-3103) - Green line, Columbia Heights Station

In the wake of President Obama's repeated advocacy for "the peace of a world without nuclear weapons," many things are happening on the Nuclear Disarmament front.

The next six months represent historic opportunity for disarmament progress, or a perilous descent into another "generational commitment" to further Weapons Development, at enormous cost. (Currently the US alone spends $52+ Billion a year on nukes.)
Please join us for a review of disarmament progress, proposals on the table, likely prospects for the near and further terms, and what we, the people, can do to help secure the peaceful future that we deserve.

Considering:
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference - May 2010, United Nations, New York City - This periodic review (every 5 years) of the "mother treaty" for nuclear disarmament is driving the disarmament bus right now. Diplomatic positioning for this May treaty is ongoing. Of course, so much depends on what the US brings to the table beyond our president's rhetoric. Including:

Renewal of the START Treaty with Russia - December 2009?
Ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) - Spring 2010 (Possible) - Signed in 1996 but rejected by the US Senate in 1999, the CTBT still must be approved by 67 US Senators before it goes into effect. . .
Fissile Materials Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) - Language pending. (Advocated by Secretary of State Clinton in her signal USIP nuclear policy speech.)
Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
Mayors For Peace/Cities Are Not Targets (CANT)
Legislative Opportunities (HR 1653, H Res. 333, H Res. 278, HR 515, HR 644, more?)

Planning for Potential Actions:
December 2009 - Lobby DC Mayor Fenty to become a Mayor For Peace; Nuclear Abolition Flame Candles; Holiday Actions?
January 2010 - MLK Day; Obama 1 Yr in Office
February 2010 - Planning Meetings and Building Actions (Concert? Rally? Lobbying?)
March 2010 - Lafayette Park Disarmament Demonstrations (March 19-21), ANA DC Days (March 22-24)

April 2010 - DC to New York Disarmament Walk
April 29 - May 2, 2010 - New York Mobilization for Nuclear Disarmament (International Demonstration, March, Conference, Concert)

More?

Co-Sponsored by:
Proposition One in 2010! Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion
Washington Peace Center

DC Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) - DC
Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington
DC Metro Science for the People
After Downing Street

For More Information:
Please Call or E-mail to:
Jay Marx
Proposition One in 2010! Campaign
202/682-4282 (ofc.)
marxjay@gmail.com

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