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The Perils of Nuclear Arms

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January 31, 2017

On Jan 31, we hosted a panel presentation about the
risks of nuclear war. At least 80 people listened to and questioned three speakers:

-Harvard professor Elaine Scarry updated facts, and noted that the presence of nuclear arms undermines constitutional rights.

-Washington Post writer, Dan Zac, highlighted the continuing history of resisting nuclear weapons, especially by the third speaker.

-Sister Megan Rice reminisced about her protests and incarceration, and introduced the idea of civil obedience:
that the law that takes care of every one is what to obey.

Sources Sister Megan recomended:

1 NYTimes Jan.28, 2017 Medical problems and

2 ICAN International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
   most up to date

3 UN

4 PNND Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and

5 IPB International Peace Bureau

6 Sane Act (Sen. Markey) google recent articles

7 Nuclear Resister site and quarterly newspaper

8 Nuke Watch Luck WI

9 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
    "atomic gaffes"

10 The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. Oak Ridge

11 look for Helen Young's film on public TV later this year
     about "Sister Megan's action at Oak Ridge 2012.

12 The William Perry Project former secretary of defense
      with Pres. Bill Clinton




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Profesor Elaine Scarry   Jounnalist Dan Zak         Sister Megan Rice


Elaine Scarry – Harvard Professor author of a number of books relevant to war and nuclear weapons. Her latest: Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom.

Sr. Megan Rice SHCJ – 85 yr. old nun. A teacher for 33 years in Nigeria became an anti-nuclear activist on her return. Arrested approximately 40 times. The latest imprisonment: two yrs. for breaching the security perimeter of the largest uranium storage facility in the country, exposing its insecurity.

Dan Zak – Washington Post Journalist and author of Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age based on the story of Sr. Megan’s daring anti-nuclear action.

Videos by Tom Gale


Amesbury Friends Peace Center
Beyond Nuclear
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space,
Mass Peace Action
MidCoast Peace & Justice Group-Rockland
NH Peace Action,
North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice,
Pax Christi Maine
Pax Christi Massachusetts,
Pax Christi USA-Beverly, MA Chapter,
Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Friends Meeting of Cambridge,
Seacoast Response,
Sts. Francis & Thérèse Catholic Worker, Worcester, MA,
St. Susanna Parish Pax Christi, Dedham, MA,
The House of Peace, Ipswich, MA,
The Social Action Council of North Parish of North Andover MA UU Church
The Union of Concerned Scientists,
Veterans for Peace-Samantha Smith Chapter #45
Veterans for Peace-Smedley D. Butler Brigade.


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Merrimack Valley People for Peace meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday,
at 7:30 pm,
at North Parish Church, North Andover.

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            P.O. Box 573
            North Andover, MA 01845

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