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Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: 2.5 minutes in the age of Trump

May 6, 2017

The growing hostility between the US and Russia, North Korea and Iran makes it more urgent to reduce the risk of nuclear war, as do plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons by new ones more suited for first-strike. Nuclear war can be triggered on purpose or through miscalculation, terror or error, and this conference aims to advocate and organize toward reducing this danger. It is not an academic conference, but rather one that addresses the political and economic realities of the new Trump administration, and attempts to stimulate and inform the kinds of social movement needed to change national policy. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church with a great lineup of inspiring speakers. The conference registration includes lunch.

Conference Program

8:45 am. Registration and Coffee 9:15 am. Welcome from City of Cambridge: Mayor Denise Simmons 9:30 am. Program for the Day: Prof. Jonathan King  (MIT, Mass. Peace Action) 9:45 am. Session I.  The Need for Nuclear Disarmament
• Costs and Profits from Nuclear Weapons Manufacture – William Hartung (Center for International Policy) • Reasons to Reject the Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons Escalation- Joseph Cirincione (Ploughshares Fund) • Nuclear Weapons Undermine Democracy – Prof. Elaine Scarry (Harvard University)  
10:45 am. II. Destabilizing Factors Chair: Hon. John Tierney (former US Representative, Council for a Livable World)
• Dangers of Hair Trigger Alert – Lisbeth Gronlund (Union of Concerned Scientists). • Nuclear Modernization vs. National Security – Prof. Aron Bernstein (MIT, Council for a Livable World) • Accidents and Unexpected events – Prof. Max Tegmark (MIT, Future of Life Institute)  
12:00 pm. Lunch Workshops (Listed below)  2:00 pm.  Session III. Economic and Social Consequences of Excessive Weapons Spending Chair: Prof. Melissa Nobles (MIT):
• Build Housing Not Bombs – Rev. Paul Robeson Ford (Union Baptist Church) • Education as a National Priority – Barbara Madeloni (Mass. Teachers Association) • Invest in Minds Not Missiles – Prof. Jonathan King (MIT) • Build Subways Not Submarines – Fred Salvucci (former Mass. Secretary of Transportation)
3:00 pm. Session IV. Current Prospects for Progress Chair: Hon. John Tierney (former US Representative, Council for a Livable World)
• Congressional Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament – U. S.  Representative Barbara Lee • Maintaining the Iran Nuclear Agreement – Ernest Moniz, CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative; former U.S. Secretary of Energy  
4:15 pm.  Session VOrganizing to Reduce the Dangers Chair: Jim Anderson (Peace Action New York State);
• Divesting from Nuclear Weapons Investments – Susi Snyder (Don’t Bank on the Bomb) • Taxpayers Information and Transparency Acts – State Reps. Denise Provost/Mike Connolly • Mobilizing the Scientific Community – Prof. Max Tegmark (MIT) • A National Nuclear Disarmament Organizing Network 2017 -2018 – Program Committee.  
5:00 pm. Adjourn.


May 6, 2017
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Cambridge, 02139 United States