Dear NAPF Community,
Days are getting shorter and soon, the warm evenings will be replaced by cool ones. With the end of summer upon us, we look back on our many activities in July and August with pride, but also with determination to remain steadfast in our efforts to ensure a future for our posterity and for all of life on our precious planet.
July saw the release of the film Oppenheimer – the first blockbuster film on the topic of nuclear weapons in decades! See below for some of the ways that we have been using this moment to broaden the conversation about the beginning of the nuclear age, as well as how to bring it to a close.
At the end of July, we traveled to Vienna for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee, where we delivered statements, organized and participated in side events, and met with diplomats, all in an effort to urge all states to recommit to nuclear disarmament and to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), our best chance for a world free of nuclear weapons.
In August, we remembered the victims of nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at our 29th Annual Sadako Peace Day at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara. As in years past, this was a deeply meaningful evening for all who attended and participated, with music, poetry, remarks, and opportunities for reflection.
As we look toward the fall, we are excited for our upcoming 37th Evening for Peace, honoring Professor Jeffrey Sachs, and our participation in many important UN meetings and events, including the upcoming Second Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW. We hope that you will peruse the resources below and join us in spirit and otherwise to support this critical work!
With warmest gratitude,