Marshall Islands Take On The Nuclear Nine

WAND LogoCommemorate the 69th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan with Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND). WAND is hosting a webinar on the lawsuits filed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in the International Court of Justice, and the U.S. Federal District Court over use of the RMI to test nuclear weapons after World War II.

The webinar, at 2 p.m. CDT on Aug. 6, is hosted by WAND, the Marshallese Education Initiative, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Please join Women’s Action for New Directions and the consortium to learn about the latest grassroots disarmament movement. On April 24, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court against the nine nuclear-armed nations. Why the Marshall Islands? What does the RMI hope to achieve? Where do the lawsuits stand?

The RMI lawsuits contend that the nine nuclear-armed nations (including the United States, United Kingdom, China, Russia, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea) have failed to comply with their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and customary international law to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.

Speakers at the webinar include:

Rick Wayman, director of programs and operations for Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). Rick is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and has a master’s degree in non-profit management and political advocacy from the School for International Training. Rick began working full-time on nuclear weapons issues with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK before moving to California in 2007 to join NAPF.

Neisen Laukon, originally from Rongelap Atoll (part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands). Laukon, currently of Springfield, Arkansas, works with the Marshallese Education Initiative to share her story across the U.S. about the health effects she and her community suffered following the  Castle Bravo nuclear test by the U.S. military on March 1, 1954. Neisen was not on the atoll on the day of the test but was returned there by the U.S. with her family in 1957.

Erica Fein, nuclear weapons policy officer at WAND. Erica will introduce the speakers and help to moderate the discussion.

The webinar is at 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Click here to join the webinar. Click on the image below to sign the Nuclear Zero petition.

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