Just yesterday, UFPJ’s co-convener Jackie Cabasso traveled to Mexico City on a mission for peace and to further the cause of nuclear abolition. She is joining with representatives from around the globe and the Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean States to celebrate the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco.
If you don’t know about the historic Treaty of Tlatelolco that’s entering its 50th year, you should. It established a nuclear weapon free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was a precursor to and inspiration for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Join us in saying: “Congratulations on 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, Nuclear Free Zone. May it spread to the whole earth!” Add your name here.
For half a century, the Treaty of Tlatelolco has immeasurably increased the security of the countries in the zone, their neighbors, the United States and Canada, and the world, by erecting a strong barrier to the spread of nuclear weapons. This achievement deserves major recognition and as part of her participation in the celebrations, Jackie will be delivering a petition to the Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean States, to thank our Latin American neighbors for their sustained leadership and encouraging them to help spread the charge of the Treaty of Tlatelolco to the whole world, making our entire planet a nuclear free zone.
In dangerous times as these, when the top players in our political system are making threats to our neighbors, hanging up the phone on allies, and touting walls and militarism, it is important that we take diplomacy into our own hands and strengthen our bonds with our neighbors around the world who also seek peace. We hope that Jackie’s visit to Mexico City will deepen our relationships and solidarity with our partners in Latin America and with Latinos living in the US.
This project was initiated by our close partners at Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and World Beyond War. The petition will be delivered in person in Mexico City on February 14, 2017, by Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation. Jackie is also a founder of Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, which was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and serves as the North American Coordinator for Mayors for Peace. In 2003, Jackie established UFPJ’s Nuclear Disarmament/Redefining Security working group, which addresses nuclear disarmament in the context of demilitarization, war prevention, and justice. It is UFPJ’s longest running working group.