FALL 2020: Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Invest in Minds not Missiles

Fall 2020


Please join us for a full day of education, engagement and action.   Panels will tackle issues including current dangers, destabilization from weapons upgrades, the economic and social costs, and the way forward. For a full schedule, please see below.

9:00am Registration and Coffee.~~9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction: The Tasks We Face


11:00am: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COSTS -Chair, Rosemary Kean (Mass Peace Action)

12:00:  Box Lunch and Workshops (details below). Rooms Assigned TBD

Stata Center Room 32-123

2:00pm: Paths Forward 

3:30pm: Next Steps: Workshop Proposals/Back from the Brink/No First Use Summit/Presidential Election

5:00pm: Adjourn


A)The Military/Industrial Complex: Paul Shannon (AFSC); Dorothy Phillips (Coalition for PA, NJ); Peter X. Casey (MAPA Nuclear Disarmament Working Group); Subrata Ghoshroy (MIT)

B) Back from the Brink/No First Use: Kea Van der Ziel (Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility);; Jeff Hoey (NJ Peace Action); Jean Athey (MD Peace Action); Susan Mirsky (MAPA Nuclear Disarmament Working Group); Dennis Carlone (Cambridge City Councilor)

C) 2020 Elections: Tony Palomba (Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety); Arnie Alpert (NH AFSC); Judy Elliott (NH Peace Action); Steve Powell (Elephant in the Room Project); Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler (Cambridge City Counciilor/ORMA)

D) NYC/UN Conference and the International Arena: Joseph Gerson (Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security)); Sally Jones (PANYS); Jerald Ross (CPDCS); Jim Walsh (MIT)

E) Campus Organizing: Professor Caesar McDowell (MIT); Brian Garvey (Mass Peace Action); Matthew Ricci (Brown Students Against War); MIT Students Against War; Harvard for Bernie

F) Moral Budget: for Massachusetts: Maryellen Kurkelos (Fall Fiver PA); Dan Luker (Veterans for Peace); Michael Kane (Mass HUD Tenants Union); John Ratliff (Mass Senior Action); Savina Martin (PPC)

G) Climate and War/Green New Deal; John MacDougall (350.org); Quinton Zondervan (Cambridge City Council and Green New Deal); Nick Rabb (Sunrise Movement); Timmon Wallis (Windmills not Warheads); Rosalie Anders (Peace Action Education Fund)

Co-Sponsors: Mass Poor Peoples Campaign; MIT Radius; Institute for People’s Engagement; Mass Peace Action; Union of Concerned Scientists.

Special thanks to the Peter Norris Fund for additional support.

Program Committee: Jonathan King, Savina Martin, Patricia-Maria Weinmann