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Survival and soil: Why nuclear weapons still matter
Panel presentation at the Soil Not Oil Conference, San Francisco, California, September 9, 2019The New Nuclear Arms Race and Movements for a Fair and Democratic Society in Balance with the Planet
Western States Legal Foundation Commentary, Summer 2019
You’re Invited to Livermore Lab on Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2019
Bay Area groups will jointly mark the 74th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Livermore Lab, where the Trump Administration is presently spending billions to create new nuclear warheads.US Conference of Mayors Calls on All Presidential Candidates to Make Known Their Positions on Nuclear Weapons and to Pledge U.S. Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War, Returning to Diplomacy, and Negotiating the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
On July 1 at its 87th Annual Meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), unanimously adopted a bold new resolution, "Calling on All Presidential Candidates to Make Known Their Positions on Nuclear Weapons and to Pledge U.S. Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War, Returning to Diplomacy, and Negotiating the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons". The resolution calls on "all Presidential candidates of all political parties" to make these "priority issues in the 2020 Presidential campaign". Resolution Text Press ReleaseSocial Movements, NGOs, and Disarmament
Presentation by WSLF senior research analyst Andrew Lichterman at an NGO side event on Social Movements and Disarmament Work in a Time of Economic and Ecological Crisis during the 2019 PrepCom for the 2020 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, New York, May 6, 2019Making connections: finding common cause among movements for peace, justice, democracy, and an ecologically sustainable society
Presentation by WSLF senior research analyst Andrew Lichterman at a conference on Growing Nuclear Risks in a Changing World: New Thinking & Movement Building, New York City, May 4, 2019.Creating the Conditions for International Peace and Human Security
Statement of the Western States Legal Foundation to the Third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, May 1, 2019. An abridged version of this statement was presented by Western States Legal Foundation Board President Phyllis Olin.Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, and Nuclear Weapons: Social Movements and the Path of Legal Development
Presentation by WSLF senior research analyst Andrew Lichterman at an NGO side event on Human Rights, Democracy, and Nuclear Weapons Sponsored by Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy during the 2019 PrepCom for the 2020 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, New York, May 1, 2019.The resurgence of arms racing and the collapse of nuclear arms control: time once again to protest and survive, Presentation at Green College, University of British Columbia, March 18, 2019 (video)
"It's Not Enough to Declare 'No First Use'" Op ed by WSLF Senior Research Analyst Andrew Lichterman, Truthout, February 19, 2019.
"As Treaties Collapse, Can We Still Prevent a Nuclear Arms Race?" Op ed by WSLF Executive Director Jacqueline Cabasso Christine Muttonen, Jacqueline Cabasso & Alyn Ware, Interpress News Service, February 4, 2019.
International Webinar to Preserve the INF Treaty
On January 17, 2019, the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear weapons hosted a webinar on the imminent unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by the United States. The webinar featured speakers from the United States and Europe. WSLF senior research analyst Andrew Lichterman provided the view from the U.S., including some reflections on the 1980's disarmament movements that helped bring the INF treaty about. The webinar was moderated by WSLF executive director Jacqueline Cabasso. Video of the webinar and other materials on the INF Treaty are available online at the links below.Western States Legal Foundation December 2018 Donor Appeal
The Evolving Situation on the Korean Peninsula: Time for a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone?
Address to a Seminar for Citizens in Japan, South Korea and the U.S., Meiji Gakuin University, Shirogane Campus, Tokyo, Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, November 19, 2018The 6th Nagasaki Global Citizens' Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Statement to the Opening Session Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, November 16, 2018The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament: Strengthening and Expanding the International Network of Grassroots Movements address by Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, OSAKA Municipal Lifelong Learning Center – UMEDA, 15 November 2018
Creating the Conditions for International Peace and Human Security Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, presentation to the First Committee, United Nations General Assembly October 17, 2018
Rethinking the Military-Industrial Complex Western States Legal Foundation working paper 2018, by Andrew Lichterman.
Join the No Nukes! No Wars! No Warming! contingent in the September 8 Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice March in San Francisco.
For more information click hereNuclear Weapons and Climate Change in the Age of Corporate Globalization, leaflet for September 2018 Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice March, San Francisco
Western States Legal Foundation's Summer 2018 Appeal
MARCH FOR NUCLEAR ABOLITION AND GLOBAL SURVIVAL: NO NUKES! NO WALLS! NO WARS! NO WARMING!
On Monday, August 6, 2018, people gathered for a rally and nonviolent direct action at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and opposing the maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons. On this memorable day we will join millions of peace advocates around the country and the world to say “never again” to the use of nuclear weapons – and to call for their global abolition.On Eve of Korea Summit, US Conference of Mayors Urges President Trump to "Patiently and Diligently Work with North and South Korea for a Formal Resolution of the Korean War and Normalized Relations with a Denuclearized Korean Peninsula."
Risk Without Representation: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century
Presentation of the Western States Legal Foundation to the 2018 Preparatory Committee Meeting for the 2020 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, by Andrew Lichterman, Senior Research Analyst, Delivered by Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director.War or Peace in Korea? A Public Forum with Christine Hong, Michael Klare, and Andrew Lichterman
Friday April 6th, 7:30 p.m.US-Russia Nuclear Arms Racing: Still Crazy After All These Years
by Andrew Lichterman, Senior Research Analyst, Western States Legal Foundation, and John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Truthdig, March 16, 2018. Putin’s speech, US Nuclear Posture Review, origins of current situation, arms control treaties and international law, and more.Video: Bonkers! Trump’s New Nuke Policy
A conversation with Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, recorded March 6, 2018. Produced by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA.Special Event: 51st anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco - A road towards peace Consulate of Mexico
532 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 5pm-7pm.
Click Here to RSVP for the event.
Mexico has consistently provided pioneering leadership in nuclear disarmament diplomacy, from the 1967 Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco), to the adoption by the United Nations, on July 7, 2017, of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty of Tlatelolco, established the world’s first nuclear weapon free zone in a populated region, inspired subsequent nuclear weapon free zones now encompassing 116 countries. The historic Ban treaty, adopted by a vote of 122 – 1, represents the total rejection of nuclear weapons by most of the states that don’t possess or rely on them. At the same time, nuclear-armed states boycotted the negotiations, and the dangers of nuclear war have grown to levels not seen since the Cold War.
This tertulia offers a timely opportunity to discuss and celebrate Mexico and Latin America’s contributions to nuclear disarmament and to empower participants to add their voices to the nuclear weapons debate.
Presenters: Marcia Campos, Program Director, North of Tlatelolco Project, and Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation. Olympic Closing Ceremony Watch Party
Peace Groups Call for Extension of the Olympic Truce, Postponement of Joint US-South Korea War Games, Dialogue and Diplomacy2018 Nuclear Posture Review
The Department of Defense has removed the full text of the unclassified Nuclear Posture Review from its web site, providing only summary materials and fact sheets. The full text of the NPR is available at the link above.From Nobel to Nobel: December 10th - Celebrate the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and Western States Legal Foundation's 35th anniversary!
6—8:30 pmCommentary: Donald Trump, Destroyer of Worlds, by WSLF Senior Research Analyst Andrew Lichterman, November 26, 2017.
This commentary also appeared on the web site of Tikkun Magazine, with an introduction by Michael Lerner.Video: WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso's presentation at the Divest From the War Machine Summit, Oct. 21, 2017 in Washington, DC
WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso was a presenter at the Divest From the War Machine Summit organized by Code Pink on Oct. 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Watch her presentation here.UN First Committee side event on General and Complete Disarmament, sponsored by Chile, Oct. 18, 2017, featuring UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms Izumi Nakamitsu and WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso
Read a summary of the event and texts of the presentations at http://www.scrapweapons.com/event/un-first-committee-side-event-on-general-and-complete-disarmament-sponsored-by-chile/Radio Interview with WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso, October 16, 2017
WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso serves as national co-convener of United for Peace and Justice. Hear an interview with Jackie about UFPJ's work and the current state of the peace movement on Counterpoint Radio, at http://counterpointradio.org/2017/mp3/171016c-ctpt-cabasso.mp3Western States Legal Foundation Congratulates ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize
Threats of Total Destruction Are Unlawful and Extremely Dangerous; Direct Diplomacy between the United States and North Korea Is Essential to Avert Disaster
Information Brief by Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and Western States Legal Foundation, September 22, 2017Video, WSLF Senior Research Analyst Andrew Lichterman and Helen Jaccard of the Golden Rule project speak at the Veterans for Peace Convention, Chicago, August 2017, Plenary on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
As the US Threatened North Korea, 122 Countries Voted to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Truthout Op-Ed, Sunday, July 16, 2017 By WSLF Senior Research Analyst Andrew LichtermanU.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Mayors for Peace Resolution "Calling on President Trump to Lower Nuclear Tensions, Prioritize Diplomacy, and Redirect Nuclear Weapons Spending to meet Human Needs and Address Environmental Challenges" Peace and Planet Conference in NYC: No Nukes, No Wars, No Walls, No Warming
Brooklyn, New York, June 18, 2017
WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso and Senior Research Analyst Andrew Lichterman appeared at this conference, which explored the links between nuclear abolition, social and economic justice and moving the global economy to a path in balance with the planet’s ecosystems. Click here for video of the conference presentations..
Women's March to Ban the Bomb
New York City, June 17, 2017
In one of its final acts of 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with overwhelming support a landmark resolution to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.
Video, address by WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso on Remembering Past Wars, at the San Francisco Public Library, May 25, 2017
This event also included talks by Daniel Ellsberg, Adam Hochschild, and David Hartsough.The Nuclear Dilemma Today: Avoiding Catastrophe in a World of Eroding Norms
Presentation of the Western States Legal Foundation to the 2017 Preparatory Committee Meeting for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, by Andrew Lichterman, Vienna, May 3, 2017.Defend the Unequivocal Undertaking to Eliminate Nuclear Arsenals, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Presentation of the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms to the 2017 Preparatory Committee Meeting for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, delivered by Jacqueline Cabasso, Vienna, May 3, 2017.Nuclear Double Standards: All Nuclear Weapon Tests Send the Same Message Buzzflash.com, April 26, 2017, by Andrew Lichterman, WSLF senior research analyst.
Growing Nuclear Dangers: What Would Dr. King Say? By Jacqueline Cabasso, Truthout,April 20, 2017
IALANA Discussion Paper: Selected Elements of a Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons
On Monday, March 27 2017, negotiations will commence on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the United Nations in New York. The International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) has prepared a discussion paper discussing elements that should be included in such a treaty. The principal author of the discussion paper is John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, and a member of the Western States Legal Foundation board. WSLF senior research analyst Andrew Lichterman also contributed to the paper.Message Delivered to Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean States assembled February 14, 2017 in Mexico City
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017, Foreign Ministers and high representatives of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean met in Mexico City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco. This historic treaty, signed in Mexico City, established the first nuclear weapon free zone in a populated region. Mexico City is also the seat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin American and the Caribbean (OPANAL), which oversees implementation of the treaty. OPANAL is the only regional body in the world devoted entirely to the achievement of nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.Publication: The Fierce Urgency of Nuclear Zero, released on Inauguration Day, and subsequently published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, reflects the discussions at a symposium sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Western States Legal Foundation executive director Jackie Cabasso, a participant in the symposium with Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and others, chaired the drafting committee.
Video: Trump and the Bomb
A conversation with Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, February 8, 2017.Remarks by Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie of Des Moines, Iowa to the International Affairs Standing Committee at the 85th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors Washington, DC, January 18, 2017
Mayor Frank Cownie of Des Moines, Iowa, lead US city for Mayors for Peace, delivered these remarks to the International Affairs Committee of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) at their winter meeting in Washington, DC. The USCM is the non-partisan association of U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. WSLF Executive Director Jackie Cabasso, North American Coordinator of Mayors for Peace, worked with Mayor Cownie to draft these remarks."A circle that can't be squared: Broad-spectrum arms racing and nuclear disarmament," Jacqueline Cabasso Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation Andrew Lichterman Senior Research Analyst, Western States Legal Foundation.
Chapter in Rethinking General and Complete Disarmament in the Twenty-First Century, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, 20l6.“"Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice" Rally and Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on Tuesday, August 9, the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF) is proud to be a co-sponsor of this year's annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki action at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The theme for this year's commemoration is “Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice.” We will gather at 8 am at the corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore for a rally, followed by a march to the Lab gate and nonviolent direct action.U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Resolution "Calling on the Next U.S. President to Pursue Diplomacy with Other Nuclear-Armed States; Participate in Negotiations for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; Cut Nuclear Weapons Spending and Redirect Funds to Meet the Needs of Cities"
Press Release, June 28, 2016 Resolution with list of sponsors official version (scroll down to third resolution)Martin Luther King Memorial Community Reading: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence
Tuesday, April 5--The day after the anniversary of this prophetic speech (1967) and his assassination (1968)Letter to the President calling for a moratorium on hypersonic weapons testing
On January 13, WSLF and several other organizations sent a letter to President Obama, initiated by the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, calling for a moratorium on the testing of hypersonic precision weapons. Letter (pdf)Northern California Climate Mobilization
This weekend, just one week before the biggest climate talks of the decade kick off in Paris, a huge coalition is coming together for a very special mobilization. Western States Legal Foundation is a co-sponsor. Please join us!Disarmament, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Power
Address by Andrew Lichterman, Senior Research Advisor, Western States Legal Foundation, at a United Nations 70th Anniversary Event, Featuring the Sustainable Development Goals, Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, San Francisco, California, Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office and the United Nations Association of San Francisco – Council of Organizations October 25, 2015.The Challenge of Disarmament: Still Nonviolence or Nonexistence
Presentation of the Western States Legal Foundation to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, October 16, 2015, by Andrew Lichterman, delivered by Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director.WSLF’s Andrew Lichterman to receive Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center Peace Advocate of the Year Award
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will honor Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation’s Senior Research Advisor, with its Peace Advocate of the Year Award at its Annual Gala, Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6 – 9 pm at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. The Community Organization of the Year Award will be given to the Richmond Progressive Alliance, with keynote speaker Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor of Richmond. The evening will feature a full-course dinner, music, a raffle, student art and a silent auction. Tickets $65/person; $50/person for Peace Center members. Order tickets at www.ourpeacecenter.org. More information: (925) 933-7850 or email@example.com. Click here for event flyer.The Golden Rule Meets SF Fleet Week: Sailing for a Nuclear Free World!
PUBLIC EVENT, Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm at the VETERANS BUILDING at San Francisco Civic Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister (southwest corner). Hear from the Crew of the historic Golden Rule peace boat, and antinuclear activist Jackie Cabasso of the Western States Legal Foundation. Members of Veterans For Peace Chapter 69 will discuss plans for Fleet Week. For more information, go to www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org and www.vfpsf.wordpress.comApology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World, Book Launch Benefit
Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World, by Cecile Pineda, is now available from WingsPress.com. Western States Legal Foundation is sponsoring a benefit book launch, reading and signing on Saturday, October 10 at the Berkeley Town House, 2550 Dana Street at the corner of Parker Street, with a wine and cheese reception at 3:30 pm and author presentation at 4 pm. Cecile Pineda will talk about how the work developed, and answer questions from the public. Admission is free. Book sales will benefit Western States Legal Foundation, which has been working for the abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world for more than three decades. pdf flyer for the event70 Years of Nuclear Weapons—At What Cost?
On the morning of August 6, 1945, the “Enola Gay,” a U.S. B-29 bomber, dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima.Three days later, a second American nuclear bomb incinerated Nagasaki.Who Has the Bomb?
Philip MuIdari interviews WSLF Executive Director about the Iran nuclear agreement. KPFA Sunday Show, July 19 (segment starts at 01:06:21)Nuclear Affairs: What in the World is Happening? Thursday July 23, 2015
Cafe Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Avenue, Albany, CAU.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 explored 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 included 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.