Local Rhode Island Campaign in Support of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Brown War Watch brings your attention to a promising campaign organized by local Rhode Island peace activists to build awareness around a groundbreaking UN Treaty that will come into force on January 22, 2021.

As ICAN notes on their website:

On October 24, 2020, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons reached the required 50 states parties for its entry into force, after Honduras ratified just one day after Jamaica and Nauru submitted their ratifications…the treaty will enter into force, cementing a categorical ban on nuclear weapons, 75 years after their first use.


Sadly the US has not ratified the treaty. Peace activists must now work tirelessly for US ratification so that we may take a bold step toward a future free from the horror of nuclear weapons. Imagine that!

The local campaign plans to place placards about the UN Treaty on local RIPTA buses, and they have created a Gofundme page to raise money for this important initiative: here.

In an announcement to local peace networks, Rhode Island Peace activists write:

We are seeking your support to place Nuclear Disarmament placards on RIPTA buses. On July 7, 2017,  the United Nations passed a landmark treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons worldwide. This Treaty will take effect on January 22, 2021. But unfortunately, the United States has not supported, promoted, or signed this nuclear disarmament treaty. In order to garner public support for the U.N. Treaty, a coalition of Rhode Island peace groups … wishes to place promotional placards on RIPTA buses. But first, we must raise the money to pay for the placards. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for this purpose on GoFundMe. …we are grateful for any and all donations to this critical cause. Any amount will help us to raise awareness about the most urgent existential threat that currently faces humankind. Video presentation:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/raise-awareness-of-treaty-to-ban-nuclear-weapons
Please click the “Read More” button in order to see/hear all the information on the video.

Please visit the site – and if you are able to – please make a donation.

BWW Discussion Meeting: Tuesday November 17th 2020

Brown War Watch meets online every Tuesday at 7pm to discuss ongoing conflicts, developments in the military industrial complex, and pathways to peace.

All political and spiritual beliefs welcome, united in the quest for a more peaceful planet. End the Endless Wars!

Please email brownwarwatch@brown.edu for the Zoom link.

THIS WEEK’S TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

Ethiopia — NYT,  UNHCRUNNPRBBC

US Sanctions on Iran —   WSJMEE,  BBDN. And related: AXIOSNYTLWT

OPEN FLOOR DISCUSSION

Other Key Issues in focus: Political Crisis in Peru, the alarming end to the Western Sahara Ceasefire , Armenia-Azerbaijan resolution – and more.

BWW Film Screening & Discussion: No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N***** (1968)

A discussion of the film No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N—–, (1968) with Brown University Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Françoise Hamlin, hosted by Les Robinson, Brown War Watch Co-President and PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Brown.

While we are unable to include the movie here, an unrestored copy of the film can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoYLR…

Brown University students can access the film here: https://brown.hosted.panopto.com/Pano…

Time Stamps Intro: 00:0006:53

Discussion: 07:3042:51

Summary of film: The unflinching 1968 documentary follows 400,000 protesters along their march from Harlem to the United Nations building as part of the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam’s April 15, 1967, New York City march. Interwoven through the protest footage is an intimate interview with Black Vietnam war veterans that provides a radical perspective on the plight of returning Black G.I.s – disproportionately sent to fight the war overseas, returning home to a “Thank You” of continued racial and economic discrimination. Director David L. Weiss’ use of verité results in an electrifying portrait of Black anti-war protesters and veterans as they speak out about social protest, life in Harlem, and the connections between racism and war. The film captures the inextricable link between Black liberation and the anti-Vietnam war movement.

BWW Discussion Meeting: Tuesday November 10th 2020

Brown War Watch meets online every Tuesday at 7pm to discuss ongoing conflicts, developments in the military industrial complex, and pathways to peace.

All political and spiritual beliefs welcome, united in the quest for a more peaceful planet. End the Endless Wars!

Please email brownwarwatch@brown.edu for the Zoom link.

THIS WEEK’S TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

The Global impact of the US election

The significance of Biden’s win for major countries.

Challenges Biden will face in foreign policy.

Russia’s stance on the election.

How US-Saudi relations may change.

Sanguine Defense Contractors

A return of Obama-era personnel – with extensive relations with The Blob

Other Key Issues: US-Saudi relations and the war in Yemen, Israel/Palestine, nuclear arms deals, climate change pressures, the shift from Trump’s approach of economic nationalism & unilateralism to one more grounded & supportive of international institutions & multilateralism, addressing strained alliances.

Increased hostilities within Ethiopia that threaten to destabilize the region
Links: NYTWSJAl Jazeera

Open floor discussion on topics of concern or interest.