Though the Coronavirus has devastated the economy, it has not had any braking effect on the Presidential and Congressional push for spending more of our tax dollars on military and nuclear weapons development programs. Thus, we will have to find ways to continue to collaborate and cooperate in the development of a social movement strong enough to reverse the new nuclear arms race.
This event is free, but please register in advance.
9:30 am: Welcome – Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas (MIT Chaplain)
9:35 am: This Conference and Tasks Ahead – Jonathan King (MIT and Mass. Peace Action)
9:45 am: Current Dangers:
The Threat of Nuclear Winter – Alan Robock
First Strike Risks – Prof. Elaine Scarry (Harvard University).
Dangers of an Inadvertent Launch – Prof. Max Tegmark (MIT, Future of Life Institute).
The Pervasive influence of the Nuclear Weapons/industrial complex – William Hartung (Center for International Policy)
11:00 am: Economic. Social and Political Costs – Chair, Rosemary Kean (Mass Peace Action)
The Immorality of Nuclear Weapons – Rev. Liz Theoharis (Kairos Institute/Poor People’s Campaign);
The Pentagon Budget – Subrata Ghoshroy (MIT).
Destabilization from Nuclear Weapons Upgrades – Erica Fein (Win Without War)
Fund Healthcare Not Warfare – Vaccines not Submarines – Prof. Jonathan King (MIT & Mass Peace Action).
12:00: Lunch Break
12:45 – 1:45: Breakout Sessions (details below);
A. Ban Treaty & Arms Control Treaties: B. The Costs of 21st Century Wars and the Politics of Defense Spending: C. Back from the Brink Campaign: D. No Resumption of Testing: E. No First Use Campaign: F. Demilitarizing Police: G. Climate and War/Green New Deal: H. Divesting from Weapons Manufacture: I. Bringing Peace into Electoral Contests: J. No New Cold War: The U.S., China and the Asia Pacific: K. Moral Budget for Massachusetts: L. Vaccines Not Submarines: M. Campus Organizing
2:00 pm: Paths Forward – Chair, Jim Anderson (Peace Action of New York State).
Peacefully Engaging Iran Medea Benjamin (CODEPINK)
Back from the Brink Campaign – Denise Duffield (Physicians for Social Responsibility)
A Moral Budget for America – Lindsay Koshgarian (Institute for Policy Studies).
State Legislative Initiatives – Senator Jamie Eldridge
3:00pm Congressional Initiatives
Senator Edward J. Markey (Invited)
Chair, Cole Harrison (Mass Peace Action).
U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (invited);
Chair, Savina Martin (Poor People’s Campaign).
4:00: Next Steps: Chair Andrea Burns (Mass Peace Action/Our Revolution)
Broadening the Base of the Peace Movement – Jodie Evans (CODEPINK);
Promoting Progressive Candidates – Larry Cohen or Nina Turner (Our Revolution)
Rejecting Militarism and the War Economy – Rev. William Barber (Poor Peoples Campaign)