Beatrice Fihn of Reaching Critical Will and ICAN addresses the conference (photo by ICAN)
From 11-12 February the government of Mexico hosted the 2nd Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit. The first such conference was held in Oslo, Norway in March 2013. In all, 19 more countries registered to attend the conference in Nayarit than were in Oslo, and before the conference officially began the government of Austria announced it would host a third follow up conference in Vienna before the end of 2014.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) organized a civil society conference around the governmental conference in Mexico to focus on advocacy for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. ICAN is a coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with 331 partners in 80 countries. Their conference focused on lobbying delegations during the governmental conference to support a ban treaty and on what campaigners could do in their home countries between Mexico and Vienna to strengthen support for a nuclear ban treaty. More than 100 NGO representatives attended the ICAN conference, some of whom participated on panels at the governmental conference and others who made interventions from the floor.
The ban treaty represents a new and unstoppable movement supported by civil society and governments from around the globe. This movement shifts dialogue away from nuclear disarmament and deterrence to a focus on the humanitarian impact of nuclear detonations. A nuclear ban treaty will happen in our lifetime, and soon. This movement will succeed with or without the participation of the nuclear armed states. As stated in the Chair’s summary from the 2-day conference in Mexico: It is the view of the Chair that the Nayarit Conference has shown that time has come to initiate a diplomatic process conducive to this goal. Our belief is that this process should comprise a specific timeframe, the definition of the most appropriate fora, and a clear and substantive framework, making the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons the essence of disarmament efforts. It is time to take action. The 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks is the appropriate milestone to achieve our goal. Nayarit is a point of no return.
Please join us for this year’s PANYS Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 29 in NYC!
at the Goddard Riverside Community Center (593 Columbus Ave. at 88th Street) from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Our keynote speaker will be Miriam Pemberton of IPS, who will speak about transitioning from a war-based to a peace-based economy and how you can help this transition in your town. We will also have Paul Kawika Martin from the Peace Action national office talk about national plans for action around Syria, Iran, Ukraine and more.
Please RSVP by March 24 to email@example.com or call 646-723-1749
Please also take part in our “Fly Kites, Not Drones” week of action the week of March 24 – 28!
We are asking our chapters, allies, and friends to drop off a miniature toy kite with the message “Fly Kites, Not Drones!” at the local office of their Member of Congress to protest U.S. use of drone warfare. When you drop off your kite, please also drop off our drone fact sheet ( download here) and let your MOC know that similar actions are taking place in Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK this month. Please take pictures and/or write a written report about your experience and send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Members = political power, and PANYS needs YOU to help give us the power to educate and influence decision makers by becoming a member of PANYS!
And this year, with your membership you get a free 20-week subscription to the Nation magazine!
Click here and become a member today – it’s easy, and your membership means more political power for progressive change and funding to promote our student organizing. Thank you!
Read about the importance of dues paying members in a great article by Broome County Peace Action president, Ann Clune below the jump… Read more
PAFNYS has had a remarkable year, and we need your help with a tax deductible end of year donation to keep up the good work!
Please click here to make a donation or to give a gift in someone’s name to the Peace Action Fund of New York State!
PAFNYS is a relatively small organization, so your gift or end of the year donation will make a real and visible impact.
Each dollar you donate to PAFNYS goes a long way toward advancing our work compared to donations to larger organizations.
- We are training the next generation of peace activists and creating student chapters on college campuses
- PAFNYS was part of the successful grassroots effort that prevented a war in Syria
- Our “move the money” campaign advocates for funding human needs over weapons and wars in the federal budget
- PAFNYS is a founding member of the Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), advocating for a carbon-free, nuclear-free NYS energy future
- We actively engage in drone education and action, and much more!
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On Monday, October 28, 2013, Peace Action Fund of New York State held its annual William Sloane Coffin Award Event, this year honoring co-founder of Code Pink, Medea Benjamin.
Medea spoke about how she became active in the peace movement and about the work she is currently engaged in to ground drones and end wars. It was truly an incredible evening, and PAFNYS thanks everyone who came, supported the event, and worked to make it happen! Thank you especially to Medea for being our honoree and for being such an inspirational activist! To see pictures from the event – held at the beautiful Greenhouse at Scholastic in SoHo – please click here. Many thanks to Matt Weinstein of Brooklyn for Peace for his amazing photography!
President Obama created a “red line” for U.S. intervention in Syria at the use of chemical weapons, which he is now certain the Assad government has used on civilians. Instead of making an executive decision to strike, President Obama will be putting the question of whether or not to intervene militarily in Syria to the Congress. This is our opportunity – call your representative, senators, and the White House comments line today to say you do not favor military action in Syria. Instead, the U.S. should send humanitarian aid to refugees and call for the convening of a high-level meeting to discuss non-military alternatives for helping the Syrian people and ending over two years of bloodshed.
White House comments line: 202-456-1111
House of Representatives: 202-224-3121
Senator Gillibrand: 212-688-6262
Senator Schumer: 212-486-4430
See below the jump for rallies and events against military action in Syria in NYS… Read more
Please join Peace Action Fund of New York State and Massachusetts Peace Action at this year’s Doris and Donald Shaffer Memorial Lecture in the Berkshires:
Tuesday, August 27, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Berkshire Museum – 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
Seating limited: please register in advance at DorisDonShafferLectures.com
or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Film & Forum, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception with Speakers, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Peace Action is excited about the short-term petition campaign we helped launch with several partner organizations telling President Obama we want the U.S. to participate in the ongoing international efforts toward eliminating nuclear weapons. The first step was a letter sent to the White House on June 6 written with our partners and signed by 20 additional organizations expressing our collective desire to have the U.S. take part in these multilateral efforts and prioritize human needs over nuclear weapons and militarism. Now the second step involves you and this petition – we need as many signatures as possible in advance of the UN High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament taking place on September 26 in New York, so please click here and sign the petition. Click on the hyperlink to read our nuclear disarmament fact sheet. AND – click here to join the Thunderclap and flood President Obama’s and the White House’s Twitter feeds on August 9 about the Sept. 26 UN meeting. There are more details about the petition below the jump… please spread the word – thank you! Read more
When asked whether she was a Sunni or Shia, Sarah A.K. Ahmed replied, “I am a Muslim.”
I ecstatically replied that this is the voice of a peace activist.
Sarah A.K. Ahmed was first introduced to the larger PANYS community at our annual meeting in Syracuse, New York, this past April and she so graciously came to the PANYS office this week to meet with our summer interns.
Her beaming smile and discernible warmth are hard to ignore, and her story is nothing short of captivating.
Sarah was born in Iraq. Shortly after the onset of the war in with America in 2003 her family was repeatedly threatened, eventually forcing them to seek refuge elsewhere. By 2006, all members of Sarah’s family left Iraq, besides herself, and relocated to neighboring Jordan. She remained in Iraq after her family’s departure for five years to complete grade school, living alone, and trying to maintain the semblance of the life she had once known. Upon the completion of her studies Sarah temporarily went to Jordan only after having her entry denied on four separate occasions, forcing her to go back to the Syrian border from whence she came. After receiving her residency card, she briefly stayed in Jordan before moving to Syria for one year. Sarah initially made the journey to the United States to attend the University of Rochester, where she stayed for one academic year before returning to Iraq for personal reasons. Sarah is currently on visa to attend various peace conferences, despite the disapproval of many people, to foster more positive American-Iraqi relations. Read more
One thing that Democrats and Republicans can finally agree on: they are upset with President Obama. Recent whistle-blower Edward Snowden has brought to light the comprehensive National Security Agency’s (NSA) data collecting plan that, to many, is a violation of the Patriot Act because it sanctions the collecting of information of ordinary citizens that are neither accused of, or have any relation to, crimes concerning terrorist activity or national security. The secret data collection program, pioneered under the Bush Administration, began with a deal with Microsoft in 2007, setting the precedent for the coalition of the NSA’s current providers, including Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, PalTalk, Youtube, Skype, AOL, and most recently, Apple. Each of these corporations has the authority to pass over information to the current administration regarding e-mails, chat (both video and voice), videos, photos, store data, VoIP, file transfers, video conferencing, notifications of target activity including logins, online social networking information, as well as other special requests. Read more