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Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Social and Economic Costs of the Current Nuclear Weapons Buildup

The 2023 “Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War” Conference will be held virtually on Saturday January 21, 1-6 pm (Eastern). This annual gathering is one of the major national conferences addressing this acute problem.   Given the tragic events in Ukraine, tensions with China over Taiwan, and provocations from North Korea, we need to accelerate effort toward clear analysis, peaceful resolutions and nuclear disarmament. The subtheme this year will be “The Social and Economic Costs of the Nuclear Weapons Buildup”. Particular attention will be given to the destructive effect of excessive weapons spending on human needs. Attendees should sign up for one Breakout in the first set (3 pm) and one in the second set (4:30 pm). Register HERE for this event.

1:00 pm Welcome and Tasks of the Day – Jonathan King
1:05 pm Threats (Susan Mirsky, Chair):
  • Ukraine, Taiwan and North Korea – Phyllis Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies)
  • Dangers of First Use – Elaine Scarry (Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security);
  • Nuclear Winter -Alan Robock (Rutgers University);
  • Extraordinary Costs of Nuclear Weapons Upgrades – William Hartung (Quincy Institute).
2:00 pm Social and Economic Costs of the Nuclear Weapons Buildup (Rosemary Kean, Chair):
  • Poverty as a Byproduct of the War Economy Shailly Gupta Barnes (Kairos Center and Poor Peoples Campaign);
  • Starving Public Health -Deborah Burger (National Nurses United);
  • Unmet Housing Needs – MA State Rep Mike Connolly;
  • Weapons Budgets Undermined the Pandemic Response- Jonathan King (MIT & Fund Healthcare not Warfare).
2:55 pm Break
3:05 pm  First Set of Break
4:00 pm Keynote Addresses
  • Archbishop of Santa Fe John C. Wester
  • Jeremy Corbyn (invited)
  • Representative Ayanna Pressley (Invited)
4:30 pm Second Set of Breakouts (See Details)
5:30 pm  Opportunities for Progress (Marcy Winograd, Chair)
  • Poor People’s Campaign – Rev. Liz Theoharis;
  • Mobilizing Nurses and Frontline Health Workers  -Sandy Eaton (Mass Nurses and MassCARE);
  • Broadening our Reach: Medea Benjamin (CodePINK).
  • Next Steps: Cole Harrison (MAPA),
6:00  pm Adjourn

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