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Two Minutes to Midnight - Doomsday Clock Standout

When: Friday, January 26, 2018, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Harvard Square • T-stop on Red Line • Cambridge

The Doomsday Clock has been moved to 2 minutes to midnight.  This is a shift forward - it is back to 2 minutes to Doomsday - as close as the clock has ever been!!  

In recognition of this fearsome and solemn moment in human experience, there will be a standout calling for nuclear disarmament on Friday, January 26 at 5:30-6:30 in Harvard Square, Cambridge by the T station. Hudson Valley Sally will join us to lead some sing-alongs as we protest!  

Some reasons for the Doomsday Clock being moved forward are:  

Nuclear:

All nuclear nations are updating arsenals, lowering threshold for use and are emphasizing nuclear capability

All Treaties are under fire and in trouble

  • US-Russian no negotiations underway and there will be no negotiations for foreseeable future

  • START treaty is not being extended

  • Landmark Intermediate Nuclear Forces on the rocks

  • Iran nuclear deal being undermined by Pres. Trump

Climate change:

  • Serious and increasing threat of warming is as dangerous as nuclear annihilation

  • Arctic winter ice cap smallest ever - 3 years in a row

  • U.S. withdrawal from Paris Agreement

We heed these warnings from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and their call for people to take action across the globe for nuclear disarmament and action on climate change.  We call on world leaders to stop making nuclear threats, particularly the US President who tweets nuclear threats regularly against North Korea.  We call for action on climate change with the U.S. taking part and working to mitigate the problem!  

And we call for:   

  • Taking all nuclear weapons off high alert
  • All nuclear nations to sign onto the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty  - This treaty, which opened for signature by nations on September 20, 2017 prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.
  • Fulfilling of obligations under Article VI of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty in which Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.
  • Ending the more than trillion dollar modernization of nuclear weapons, currently underway that is spurring a new arms race and building “lower yield” nuclear weapons that are more likely to be used.  
  • And we call on all people who live in nations with nuclear weapons to join in the streets in nonviolent protest, in the halls of Congress, and/or Parliaments, and demand an end to (nearly) 73 years of atomic/nuclear tyranny.

We will not get to decide whether nuclear weapons are used.  These horrific weapons could be used by mistake, in a temper tantrum, by tweet or in trying to consolidate power - with most deadly consequences for every living thing on Planet Earth.

 

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