May 11 Zoom Meeting: Marylia Kelley on The State of Disarmament
Tri-Valley CAREs director to address nuclear weapons agreements and prospects
In this moment of the Coronavirus pandemic, significant changes are taking place that will alter – but hopefully not undermine – the prospects for nuclear disarmament. The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review conference scheduled for this spring has been postponed, possibly until early 2021. Whenever it ultimately happens, it will take on the same degree of significance because of where we are in 2020. This year will mark the 75th Anniversary of the only times (so far) that a nuclear weapon was used as a weapon of war – the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. And it is also the 50th anniversary of the initiation of the NPT itself, which the nuclear weapons states continue to ignore at best and undermine at worst.
This year we also expected to see the entry into force of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was approved by a plurality of non-nuclear weapons states in 2017, and whose existence the nuclear weapons states also essentially deny. That action will also be on hold for now, given the inability of its participants to confidently assemble safely. The imperiled New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) will also be a focus, since it comes up for renewal early in 2021.
To help sort out key details on these various documents, as well as offer ideas about what to expect and what can be done by citizens and activists, longtime nuclear disarmament advocate Marylia Kelley – Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) – will be PASMC’s guest speaker on Monday, May 11. The meeting will be conducted at 7 PM on the Zoom platform, with Marylia presenting and a Q & A session to follow.
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Marylia will discuss the immediate future of nuclear disarmament, internationally and in our Bay Area “backyard.” She will share upcoming actions we can still take at the local, national and international levels.
Marylia Kelley founded Tri-Valley CAREs in 1983 in her hometown of Livermore, out of twin concerns for the nuclear policy and health and environmental effects of its largest employer, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – one of two places in the U.S. where nuclear weapons are designed. She and Tri-Valley CAREs pursue a number of peace-related goals, which include the end of design and testing of nuclear weapons and the conversion of LLNL into a civilian science “green lab.”
Join us on May 11 for a look at the immediate future of disarmament efforts, by one of those efforts’ most experienced and effective proponents.