Forum to Denounce Trump’s Nuclear War Threat

August 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist- 1630
66 Marlborough St
MA 02116
Massachusetts Peace Action

On 72d anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing,
We Stand for Talks, Not Threats, with North Korea

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30 pm
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street
Refreshments will be provided

In response to reports that North Korea may have achieved the capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons and mount them on its missiles, and in response to President Trump’s belligerent threat that more provocation from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury,” concerned citizens will gather to call for talks, not threats.

President Trump’s latest threat of “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” is clearly a reference to the use of nuclear weapons. His decision to issue this threat the day before the anniversary of the atomic bombing Nagasaki underlines the president’s dangerous lack of appreciation of the horror and evil of nuclear war.

Painstaking and sustained diplomacy of the type that led to the Iran deal is the only viable option with North Korea. The U.S. must drop its current preconditions for talks and get down to the hard work of hammering out a settlement to this political crisis.

We will call on Members of Congress to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill, which would prevent the President from ordering a nuclear first strike unless Congress had already declared war.

Seventy two years have passed since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect 47 years ago, yet the five NPT nuclear weapons states have not taken serious action on their treaty commitments to nuclear disarmament. In the meantime, four more states have acquired nuclear weapons and the risks of their use have only increased over time.

To fill this legal and moral gap, the vast majority of non-nuclear states, under the auspices of the United Nations, adopted a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 7. The nine nuclear-armed states and their close allies boycotted the talks; it’s now up to us to convince them to comply with the ban treaty and eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all.

John Loretz will report on the campaign that led up to the Nuclear Ban Treaty and the upcoming plans to advance nuclear disarmament. John is Program Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and serves on the steering group of ICAN—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Ashley Squires—a Masters student in Peace and Conflict studies at UMass Lowell and a Mass. Peace Action intern—attended the Ban Treaty Conference and will give her impressions on the conference and on the prospects for improved US/Russia relations and disarmament.

Angela Kim—a senior at Wellesley College and a Mass. Peace Action intern—will speak on the North Korean nuclear issue and on the impact of the 1945 nuclear bombs on Korean conscripted laborers who were working in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the time.

Local musicians John Loretz and Anne Sandstrom will perform throughout the evening.