Alicia Godsberg is the Executive Director of Peace Action New York State (PANYS) and is representing Peace Action at the Gensuikin Conference in Hiroshima/Nagasaki August 3-9. Watch for her blog at https://peaceblog.wordpress.com/
Prior to joining the PANYS staff in October 2010, Alicia was the Research Associate for the Strategic Security Program and UN Affairs at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C. Her background is in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation policy and deterrence theory.
She will speak to the Gensuikin Conference about the current US nuclear strategies and the dangers of nuclear power plants in the US.
Peace Action Sends Greetings to Gensuikyo’s 2011 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Peace Action sends our heartfelt hopes for a successful 2011 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. Although we cannot be with you, we believe the World Conference is one of the most important gatherings every year because it is an opportunity to share experiences and plan international collaborations for global peace, justice and nuclear abolition.
It seems like a short time since we were together marching in the streets of New York City during the United Nations Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference last May. Together, we made a difference when we lifted our voices together for a nuclear free world.
Since then, much has happened.
The people of Japan have suffered greatly as a result of the March 11, 2011 tragedies. With admiration, we have followed the efforts of Gensuikyo and the Fukushima region activists to respond to the crisis with renewed commitment to a nuclear free world.
In the US, billions have been promised to modernize and expand the US nuclear weapons system, while hunger, unemployment, and poverty grow.
The magnitude of the crisis in Fukushima gave us all a moment to reflect on the urgency for the world’s resources to focus on meeting urgent human needs, not wars, weapons and military occupations.
The importance of working together and our united action for peace, justice and nuclear abolition is ever more critical to the future of the planet.
Peace Action is working with our allies in the US peace movement to strengthen relationships with the social movements, which struggle, for jobs, housing, education and healthcare. Now it is not only necessary, but also possible, to organize to end the waste of lives and monies on wars and nuclear weapons and hundreds of US military bases around the world.
As you meet, Peace Action’s affiliates across the US will mark the August 6-9 anniversary with solemn events and a renewed commitment to struggle for a world without weapons of mass destruction.
We cherish our close ties with Gensuikyo and our continued common efforts to challenge US militarism in the Asia Pacific region and organize for nuclear abolition.
Together, we can bring about a nuclear free world.
No More Fukushimas! No more Okinawas! No More Hiroshimas! No More Nagasakis!