Dear NAPF Family,
2022 has been the year of renewal. Renewal of our fears of nuclear war, but also renewal of hope that we can indeed bring about a world free of nuclear weapons. At NAPF, renewal has meant new faces, new events, and new initiatives, albeit all with the same fervor and devotion to nuclear abolition that guided David Krieger and Frank Kelly in founding NAPF 40 years ago.
When the Ukraine War started back in February, we rapidly put together a new initiative that included a series of virtual events, entitled Nuclear Dangers (in Ukraine). We have been fortunate to welcome to these events former Governor Jerry Brown, John Burroughs, Jackie Cabasso, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Richard Falk, Martin Hellman, Cynthia Lazaroff, Andrew Lichterman, and Benoît Pelopidas, all of whom are leading thinkers, activists, academics, politicians, and more. All of the information about the events, including the recordings, is available HERE. In addition to the series, we also wrote a Declaration of Concern, which you can read and sign HERE. We are excited to continue to bring to you the foremost thinkers on nuclear disarmament issues from the US and abroad in 2023 and to continue to raise awareness of the dangers that these horrendous weapons and their potential use would bring to humanity and all life on Earth.
Our Nuclear Dangers Event with Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, with co-hosts Cynthia Lazaroff and Richard Falk
2022 saw Reverse the Trend – Save Our Planet, Save Our People (RTT) officially becoming a youth initiative of NAPF, giving us new opportunities to engage with youth around the globe. Kudos to our Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Christian Ciobanu, for all that he does to make RTT such a vibrant initiative. We have held many events this year with a focus on youth and communities affected by nuclear weapons, some of which you can see HERE, HERE, and HERE. Numerous interns have put their energy and focus into learning about and engaging with these issues and we are thrilled to have their involvement.
Christian Ciobanu (center) with RTT interns and partners at the ICAN Forum in Vienna in June, 2022.
We were excited to return in 2022 to in-person programming at our home in Santa Barbara, including for the 29th Annual Sadako Peace Day and our First Annual Women Waging Peace Luncheon. Both events provided a sense of purpose and empowerment. Sadako Peace Day featured local poets, live music, community, and friendship at the lovely Casa De Maria in the Montecito foothills. At our very first Women Waging Peace Luncheon, we honored two incredible women: Cynthia Lazaroff, an esteemed Board member, an expert on US-Russia relations, and a documentary filmmaker, and Senator Monique Limón, who represents the 19th District in the California State Senate and who has championed groundbreaking legislation on nuclear weapons in California. Learn more about these events HERE and HERE.