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U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Resolution "Calling for Effective Implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Disarmament Obligation and Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities"
On June 22, 2015, at the close of its 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the United States Conference of Mayors, for the 10th consecutive year, adopted a strong resolution in support of Mayors for Peace, noting that August 6 and 9, 2015 will mark the 70th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Article Text of resolutionAutomated warfare, weapons modernization, and nuclear war risk
Text of a presentation by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation, delivered at an NGO side event on autonomous weapons and nuclear weapons organized by the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, and the International Peace Bureau during the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, New York, April 28, 2015.The Nuclear Danger Today: Existing Nuclear Arsenals are the Greatest Nuclear Threat
Statement of the Western States Legal Foundation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, by Andrew Lichterman, New York, May 1, 2015. The statement was endorsed by over 100 organizations, from local groups to national and international organizations.Statement to the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference on behalf of the Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World
Presenter: Jackie Cabasso, National Co-Convener, United for Peace and Justice and Executive Director, Western States Legal FoundationPeace and Planet Mobilization, New York City, April 24-26, 2015
Momentum is building for the April 24 – 26 Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World in New York City and around the world! Western States Legal Foundation is centrally involved in the planning and organizing. Nearly 300 organizations have already endorsed Peace & Planet. Read the Call to Action and click here to add your group's name.Ukraine: Time to Step Back from the Brink, Western States Legal Foundation Commentary, Andrew Lichterman, February 2015.
Press conference: No New AUMF-- End Endless War!
On February 17, 2015, Code Pink organized a press conference at the Oakland, California Federal Building, calling for opposition to a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force and the end to endless war in the Middle East and beyond. Speakers included WSLF executive director Jackie Cabasso, who also spoke on behalf of United for Peace and Justice, Emily Yates, Iraq War veteran, Cat Brooks of ONYX/Black Power Network, Paul Cox of Veterans for Peace, Stephen McNeil of American Friends Services Committee, Janet Weil, CODEPINK staffer and military family member, and a member of Congress member Barbara Lee's staff, who read a statement from Congress member Lee.Video of the press conference
Disarmament: Missing in Action, Western States Legal Foundation Commentary, Andrew Lichterman and Jacqueline Cabasso, Spring 2015
A commentary on the need to be clear about disarmament goals in advocacy on nuclear weapons issues.Meeting in San Luis Obispo considers strategies to shut down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, January 23-25, 2015
WSLF Executive Director Jacqueline Cabasso and Senior Research Analyst Andrew Lichterman participated in this state-wiNo New AUMF. de gathering to consider strategies for closing California's last operating nuclear power reactor. Cabasso co-facilitated the meeting, and Lichterman gave a talk on the connections between nuclear weapons and nuclear power.Fall/Winter 2014 Western States Legal Foundation Newsletter
By launching this newsletter, we hope to keep our friends and supporters a bit better informed about what we have been doing. Each issue will have a sampling of our recent activities, together with information about upcoming events. Late summer and fall have been busy, with events ranging from the annual Hiroshima Day commemoration at the Livermore Lab to organizing conference sessions at the Climate Convergence Conference in New York City. A focus of our work throughout has been exploring ways to build the broader movements we will need to have an effect on the immense institutions and power structures that sustain nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and an ecologically unsustainable economy driven by forms of competition that also generate militarization and conflict both at home and abroad.Climate Convergence workshop, "Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change:" Video and other materials now available
On September 20, 2014, Western States Legal Foundation and partner groups presented a two part workshop at the Climate Convergence Conference in New York City, "Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change," the day before over 300,000 people marched in the City demanding action to stop global warming. Part one of this workshop addressed the ways that climate change will intensify conflicts and war risks generated by a system based on competition among immense organizations and endless growth. It also will explore the role in the global economy of state-dependent high-tech enclaves, including the nuclear energy sector and the military-industrial complex. Part two provided perspectives from people working on a variety of initiatives from the local to the global aimed at finding ways to make progress when the politics in national capitals is locked up. Presenters include organizers working in grassroots networks, a U.S. mayor who works on climate change and disarmament, the foreign minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a nation directly affected by both climate change and nuclear colonialism, and a lawyer representing the Marshall Islands in their historic World Court case holding the nuclear-armed states to account for non-compliance with their disarmament obligations.Video of workshop on The Nuclear University and U.S. Power in the Pacific now available
On October 23, 2014, California affiliates of the Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific presented a workshop at the University of California at Berkeley titled "The Nuclear University and U.S. Power in the Pacific: Time for a New Free Speech Movement?" Video of presentations by Dr. Gray Brechin, author, Imperial San Francisco; Arnie Sakai, Moana Nui Network; Christine Hong, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz; Stephen McNeil, American Friends Service Committee and Andrew Lichterman and Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, are now on-line. Texts of the presentations of some presentations also will be posted as they become available. For the workshop videos and materials, click on the title link above.Nongovernmental Organization Statement to the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations: Nuclear Weapons and the International Security Context, October 28, 2014.
This statement was coordinated by Western States Legal Foundation and drafted by Andrew Lichterman, Jacqueline Cabasso, and John Burroughs. For a copy of the full statement and list of endorsing organizations, click here.Call for Spring 2015 Mobilization at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review
Spring 2015 mobilization for a for a nuclear-free, fair, democratic, ecologically sustainable and peaceful future.The Nuclear University and U.S. Power in the Pacific: Time for a New Free Speech Movement?
University of California, BerkeleyThe Nuclear Threat, Yesterday and Today: A Workshop on Nuclear Weapons
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm
September 26, 2014 has been declared by the United Nations as the first International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Join the Western States Legal Foundation and the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) in an evening of analysis and discussion, reviewing the state of the world's nuclear arsenals, their role in the global economy and in growing great power confrontations, and new approaches to disarmament. The workshop will be held at The Western Institute for Social Research, 2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300, Berkeley. Click here for a flier and program for the event.Climate Convergence Workshop
Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
St. John's University 51 Astor Place Room 107, New York City
Conference Registration: http://convergeforclimate.org/
Nuclear weapons and climate change are the two existential threats that face humanity, and the military is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Part one of this workshop will consider the ways that climate change will intensify conflicts and war risks generated by a system based on competition among immense organizations and endless growth. It also will explore the role in the global economy of state-dependent high-tech enclaves, including the nuclear energy sector and the military-industrial complex. The second part of the workshop will provide perspectives from people working on a variety of initiatives from the local to the global aimed at finding ways to make progress when the politics in national capitals is locked up. Presenters include organizers working in grassroots networks, a U.S. mayor who works on climate change and disarmament, the foreign minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a nation directly affected by both climate change and nuclear colonialism, and a lawyer representing the Marshall Islands in their historic World Court case holding the nuclear-armed states to account for non-compliance with their disarmament obligations. For the full program of this two part workshop, click here. For a pdf flyer for this workshop, click here.Nuclear Connections: Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change in the Age of Corporate Globalization, WSLF Information Brief, Fall 2014.
Media Advisory: "Failure to Disarm: Holding Our Government Accountable" August 6 Hiroshima Commemoration, Protest & Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Lab Highlights Courageous "Nuclear Zero" Lawsuits Brought by the Marshall Islands pdf msword
Hiroshima Action August 6 at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab
Bay Area peace and justice advocates will mark the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is spending billions of dollars to create “new and modified” nuclear bombs.U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Bold New Resolution Calling for Constructive Good Faith U.S. Participation in International Nuclear Disarmament Forums; Commends Marshall Islands for bringing lawsuits against U.S. and 8 other Nuclear-Armed States
Article by Jackie Cabasso, WSLF Executive Director and Mayors for Peace North American Coordinator. For a pdf of the article click here.Dinner—Music–Information at Café Valparaiso
A benefit for Western Siates Legal Foundation.
Join us for an update on Western States Legal Foundation's recent and upcoming activities — with dinner and music.
Thursday, June 26, 2014. Dinner: 6 pm. Program: 7 pm.Facing the Dangers of 21st Century Great Power War: A Conference on the Centenary of World War I
This conference, held May 3, 2014, in New York City, provided an opportunity for reflection and discussion on the world wars of the last century, and about the risks of great power war today. The conference will be held alongside the 2014 preparatory committee meetings for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review conference. It brought together activists and academics with knowledge and experience relevant to emerging dangers in key regions, from wars, resource conflicts and profound ongoing political realignments in the Middle East, to growing tensions in the Western Pacific over territory and resources as well as the U.S. strategic pivot to Asia. Speakers addressed the risks of great power war, the implication of those dangers for peace and disarmament efforts, and the kinds of movements we will need to build to forge a path to a more peaceful world.Open letter calling on President Obama to move from talk to action on nuclear disarmament by engaging constructively and in good faith in all international disarmament forums.
This is the third letter in a series initiated by the Western States Legal Foundation, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Peace Action, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action New York . It is timed to coincide with the upcoming 2014 Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting for the 2015 Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which will take place at UN headquarters in NY, April 28 – May 9. The letter, with the 61 initial signatures, was sent this week to President Obama and the other officials cc’d. The final letter, now with 107 organizational signers, will be hand delivered the U.S. delegation and the NPT Prepcom. We will also are publishing and distributing it as an "Open Letter to President Obama" as widely as possible.Vandenberg Air Force Base: Local and Global Connections, text of a talk by Andrew Lichterman at the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space annual meeting, Santa Barbara, California, March 15, 2014.
Ukraine Resources page
Readings on the crisis in the Ukraine, providing background missing from the mainstream media, from a variety of perspectives.Global Day of Action Against Military Spending, April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014 has been declared as the fourth Global Day of Action Against Military Spending (GDAMS), coinciding with the release by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) of its annual statistics on global military spending. GDAMS was initiated by the International Peace Bureau, recipient of the 1910 Nobel Peace Prize, and is coordinated by an international coalition of organizations including the American Friends Service Committee, Peace Action, and United for Peace & Justice. You can find out more about GDAMS at www.demilitarize.orgReport from the 5th Nagasaki Global Citizen's Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Nov. 2--4, 2013, by Jacqueline Cabasso.
Urban Shield and the Militarization of the Civilian State, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, October 2013.
The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Briefing Paper, September 2013.
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Film screening of the Ultimate Wish: Ending The Nuclear Age and panel discussion
Join us on September 26, 7 to 9 PM, All Souls Church, 80th and Lexington, for this wonderful evening of film and talk, with Kathleen Sullivan of Hibakusha Stories, Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, Abolition 2000 and Mayors for Peace, and Akira Kawasaki, Peaceboat, ICAN, and Abolition 2000. Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Ave. New York, NY. For more information, click here for a pdf flyer for the event. WSLF 30th Anniversary Summer Newsletter and Appeal
If you missed our Summer 2013 mailing, click here for the online version..WSLF supporters now have the opportunity to order pictures from our 30th Anniversary celebration!
These photos were taken for us by James Lerager, a peace activist, professional photographer, and long-time friend of WSLF. If you were at the event, you might find great photos of yourself with friends, family members, or even with one of our celebrity guests! Click here to view and order photos.
Mayors for Peace 2013 Action Kit
On June 24, the US Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted the Mayors for Peace resolution Calling for US Leadership in Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and Redirection of Military Spending to Domestic Needs. Click here for a list of ideas on how to use the resolution and for links to resources, including a model city council resolution that can be adapted for use in your town or city. Mayors are well placed to understand the impacts of bloated military spending on human needs and on the public services we all depend on. This powerful statement calling for new priorities provides us with a wonderful opportunity to get that message heard! Let’s run with it!!Hiroshima Action August 6 to Protest Nuclear Weapons at Livermore Lab: Daniel Ellsberg to Speak at Rally; March and Nonviolent Direct Action to FollowWSLF Executive Director Jacuqeline Cabasso is North America coordinator for Mayors for Peace.
Bay Area peace and justice advocates will mark the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is spending billions of dollars to create “new and modified” nuclear bombs.News Flash: U.S. Conference of Mayors passes Mayors for Peace resolution CALLING FOR U.S. LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND REDIRECTION OF MILITARY SPENDING TO DOMESTIC NEEDS
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Las Vegas June 21-24, unanimously passed a resolution CALLING FOR U.S. LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND REDIRECTION OF MILITARY SPENDING TO DOMESTIC NEEDS”! For a press release summarizing the process and the resolution, click here. For the full text of the resolution and the list of co-sponsors, click here.Half Life: Celebrating 30 Years of Peace and Nuclear Disarmament with Special Guests Dennis Kucinich, Daniel Ellsberg, Rose Aguilar, and and Representative Barbara Lee
"You know you've accomplished something," wrote Gar Smith for the Berkeley Daily Planet, "when a birthday rolls around and Barbara Lee, Dennis Kucinich and Daniel Ellsberg all show up for the party. That was the case on February 10, when the Western States Legal Foundation marked its 30th year as a nuclear watchdog." "An Anti-nuclear Half-Life Celebration Rocks an East Bay Night," Berkeley Daily Planet, , February 14, 2013.
Emceed by KALW radio host Rose Aguilar and featuring keynote addresses by Dennis Kucinich and Daniel Ellsberg, the event drew hundreds of WSF supporters and friends. Representative Barbara Lee introduced Dennis Kucinich, and WSLF Executive Director Jacqueline Cabasso reminisced a bit about WSLF, and also gave an overview of current struggles against nuclear weapons and nuclear power. (Video of these talks are linked below). The plenary was preceded by a reception featuring a variety of food offerings from local businesses.
The WSLF staff and board extend their thanks to all those who have supported us for the last three decades, and also to the many volunteers who helped to make this anniversary event a success.
Videos of addresses at the event, by the Ecological Options Network.
WSLF PUBLICATIONS, WRITINGS, AND ADDRESSES
The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Briefing Paper, September 2013.
The role of science and technology in driving nuclear weapons modernization: a reappraisal, By Andrew Lichterman, talk delivered at an NGO side event organized by the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility on the role of science and technology factors driving nuclear weapons modernization, during the 2013 Preparatory Committee meetings for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, April 23, 2013.
Issue Update: Subcritical Tests, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation, Fall 2012.
Nonviolence or nonexistence, democracy or nonexistence, Andrew Lichterman, address to Hiroshima remembrance gathering, August 5, across the street from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California.
Atoms for Peace,Then and Now, by Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Commentary, Summer 2012.
The Bechtel Corporation: San Francisco's Engineers of Empire, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Nuclear Connections series, Summer 2012.
Nuclear Connections is a series of brief analyses that explores the relationship between nuclear institutions and the global economy and its power structures, with an emphasis on organizations and institutions with a physical presence in the San Francisco Bay Area and the American southwest.
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Nuclear Dangers in a Time of Growing Global Economic and Environmental Crisis, by Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Information Bulletin, Spring 2012.
New report on nuclear weapons modernization world wide
Vandenberg Air Force Base: Where the Present and Future of U.S. Warmaking Come Together, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Spring 2012
Nuclear Connections: Weapons and Power in the Age of Corporate Globalization, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Fall 2011
Nuclear Weapons at What Cost?, by Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Spring 2011
START: One Small Step for Arms Control, One Giant Leap Backward for Disarmament? by Jacqueline Cabasso, WSLF Commentary, Winter 2011
"Nuclear Disarmament, Civil Society, and Democracy," by Andrew Lichterman, Disarmament Forum, 2010 No.4
The START Treaty and Disarmament: a Dilemma in Search of a Debate, by Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation Commentary, December 2010.