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What they’re saying about Western States Legal Foundation

“Western States Legal Foundation has made an invaluable contribution to the cause of nuclear disarmament and world peace through its incisive research and analysis and its highly effective advocacy and organizing. I commend them for their courageous stands and their unwavering commitment to eliminating nuclear weapons, which pose a serious threat to global security.” - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 9th Congressional District, California

“Western States Legal Foundation has provided accurate information about nuclear weapons and insightful analyses of nuclear policies, ever since WSLF became a partner of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in our common struggle to rid the world of inhumane weapons of total destruction.” - Ronald McCoy, MD, (Malaysia), President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize)

“Western States Legal Foundation has helped the globe craft its awareness about nuclear weapons programs.  Their efforts have raised our consciousness and have begun to teach us how to wage peace using non violent methods in such volatile times.” - Keith Carson, Supervisor, Alameda County, California

“I regularly use Western States Legal Foundation’s materials for my own comprehension of the legal minutiae of nuclear weapons issues, as well as incorporating their top-dog research in the disarmament workshops I facilitate in New York City Public High Schools. From the UN to the street, there's no better outfit for scholarly analysis and the most current data on the state of the world's nuclear arsenal.  Western States is without a doubt one of the most effective disarmament projects that I have ever come to know. - Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Nuclear Weapons Education and Action Project, Educators for Social Responsibility, New York City

“I have found the Western States Legal Foundation to be quite useful for a number of purposes relating to my work at the United Nations. I have found their legal analyses of key issues relating to nuclear disarmament to be insightful, and WSLF has also been a useful source for policy documents and other publications relating to nuclear weapons and disarmament that can be hard to find. They have accomplished much in helping to keep nuclear disarmament on the public agenda.” -Randy Rydell, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs

“Western States Legal Foundation has been an invaluable resource for analysts, activists and policymakers for over two decades.  Without their information both they and the public would know much less about the plans and activities of the US nuclear weapons complex.” - Janet Bloomfield, British Co-ordinator, The Atomic Mirror; former Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), UK

“The Western States Legal Foundation has a rare and precious combination of a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, a hard won understanding of how nuclear weapons are woven into the fabric of our social, political and economic institutions, the commitment to ideas and public action that can make a real difference, and the technical and organization skills to make things happen. They need all the support we can give them.” - Dr. Zia Mian, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University

“Western States Legal Foundation embodies the nexus between the global and the local. As Martin Luther King and President Eisenhower said in their own ways – militarism is rapacious, idiotic, archaic, racist, and destructive of values, community, family, and spirit. While providing leadership in the international discussion about the devastating impact nuclear weapons have on our global consciousness, WSLF also leads a local effort to live out the principles of nonviolence in our political and social infrastructure, in our own communities.”
- Wilson Riles & Patricia St. Onge, Oakland Peace and Justice Activists

“Western States Legal Foundation is a vital resource to all who seek a nuclear weapons free world. Pax Christi USA’s work over the past ten years has consistently relied on the expert research and critical analysis of WSLF. If WSLF did not exist, we would have to invent it. The social justice movement in the US cannot effectively challenge the nuclear weapons complex without the kind of expert support provided by WSLF.” - Dave Robinson, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA

“It hasn't been very long since a signficant number of humans first realized that violence, war and weapons of mass destruction don't have to be the human way of life and death.  Western States Legal Foundation is one of the leaders in showing us the way to a new paradigm, through arms reduction, sane nuclear policy and focus of the great wealth of our planet on sustainable policies to eliminate poverty worldwide.” - Nancy Nadel, City Council, Oakland, California

“Western States Legal Foundation has been a visionary leader in building the peace and justice movement in the Bay Area since September 11, 2001. Their depth of experience has been a tremendous resource for my organization and the movement as a whole.” - Kelly Campbell, Co-founder, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Oakland, CA

“I regard Western States Legal Foundation as one of my most valued organizational contacts, and its staffers as excellent in the extreme. They are also a rich source of insightful quotes – no small consideration for a daily newspaper journalist!” - Keay Davidson, Science Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

“The Western States Legal Foundation provides a unique and extremely valuable service in its professional analyses tracking the details of the maintenance of nuclear weapons and showing how this continued reliance on nuclear weapons flouts the Non-Proliferation Treaty.  WSLF pinpoints with accuracy the legal obligation of States to enter into comprehensive negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons.  I use the expert WSLF reports extensively in the briefings I prepare for the Middle Powers Initiative.” - Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. (Order of Canada), Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative

“Western States Legal Foundation has a vision for engaging and mentoring youth in a sustained peace and security movement.  As a young person working in the nuclear disarmament movement, WSLF has inspired me to learn and apply new skills to the great challenge of eliminating the nuclear threat.”  - Carah Ong, Communications Director, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA

“Western States Legal Foundation is one of those rare organizations that combines careful investigation, incisive analysis and a commitment to working with grassroot based social movements.” - M.V. Ramana, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India

“Truth-telling and integrity are the trademark of WSLF's research and continuous documentation of U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies.  The Foundation is an invaluable asset to activists organizing to abolish nuclear weapons and to communities organizing to legally redress the devastating harm and chilling effects of the nuclear presence in the world.  When developing Peace and Disarmament Education curriculum, WSLF is my primary resource for information with a clear analysis of the economic, health, environmental and nuclear connections.” - Betty Burkes, Peace and Disarmament Education Coordinator for United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs/Hague Appeal for Peace Partnership

“The expertise and resources of Western States Legal Foundation are invaluable. I use the website to do research and get the latest information and access to official US policy and military documents. The WSLF Information Bulletin helps me to understand key issues of US policy on nuclear weapons, missile defenses, and space weaponization. WSLF staff have contributed to INESAP workshops, conferences, and publications with their outstanding insight.” - Regina Hagen, Coordinator, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, Darmstadt, Germany

“Western States Legal Foundation plays a crucial and catalytic role influencing international understanding of nuclear issues and policy. From a small office in Oakland, WSLF’s staff travels the world gathering and disseminating information. Its information-rich web-site is accessed by thousands daily. Over the past 15 years WSLF has been a uniquely important resouce for my own work. They selflessly serve us all and they deserve our support.” - James Lerager, photographer and author of “In The Shadow Of The Cloud” and “Nuclear History - Nuclear Destiny

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