UN Nuclear Weapons Ban – The inside scoop from Ray Acheson,
Director of Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
She was in ALL the rooms where it happened!
This Week’s Featured Interview:
UN Nuclear Weapons Ban: Ray Acheson is Director of the Disarmament Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She has been involved in the campaign to create, promote and enact the United Nations Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons since its inception in 2010, and has been in almost all of the “rooms where it happened.” Here, she explains what it took to formulate, strategize, pass and now implement the Treaty, which has been ratified and enters into force of law on January 22, 2021.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is the oldest women’s peace organization in the world. For a little background, in 1915, women from countries at war with each other and from neutral countries came together in The Hague to discuss solutions to the causes and violence of World War I. They founded WILPF as an organization with a mandate to challenge militarism, patriarchy, and capitalism as the roots of war and violence. That’s what they’re still doing.
LINKS for the Featured Interview:
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons or ICAN – the 2017 Nobel Peace-Prize winning organization behind the UN Treaty.
- ICAN Cities Program, where you can learn how to get your city to endorse the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons.
- ICAN Universities Program where you can learn how to get your university to endorse the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons.
- Reaching Critical Will Resources
Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):
Ira Flatow of NPR’s Science Friday never met a nuke he didn’t love… and man, did he ever get this one wrong! Which leads us to…
Science Friday Rebuttal: Paul Gunter
Paul Gunter Director of the Reactor Oversight Project for Beyond Nuclear.
Action and Info Links:
- Fracking Has a Radioactive Problem – Popular Mechanics article
- 90% of Sellafield’s Discharged Plutonium Wastes are on the “Cumbirian Mud Patch” Below Which Lies the Coal Mine Plan