Nuclear Abolition Resources Guide

Compiled for the Ikeda Center Event:
Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right To Live, April 21, 2018

American Friends Service Committee: Peace and Economic Security Program

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

AFSC's Peace & Economic Security Program (PES) works with a broad array of partners in its education and organizing for peace, justice, and security. The program serves as the anchor for AFSC's nuclear disarmament education and organizing. Its priorities are:

  • Abolishing nuclear weapons, preventing nuclear war and reducing spending for nuclear weapons
  • Building issue-integrated movements for peace, justice, democracy and environmental sustainability
  • Move the Money organizing to reduce U.S. military spending and to fund essential social services, infrastructure revitalization and job creation
  • Preventing and ending U.S. wars and occupations
  • Launching the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security

Back From the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War

Back From the Brink is a national grassroots campaign seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the dangerous path we are on. The Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy. We are asking individuals and organizations around the country to endorse The Call and build a national movement to get the U.S. government to adopt it as its highest national security priority. Join the campaign and help build a safer world for our children to inherit.

We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:

1.  Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
2.  Ending the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack
3.  Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
4.  Cancelling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons
5.  Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals

Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World was founded by the groundbreaking physicist, Dr. Leo Szilard, who worked to harness the power of atomic energy. After his work directly led to the establishment of the Manhattan Project and the use of two nuclear weapons on Japan, he saw a bleak — and potentially uninhabitable —future for our planet. He believed the combination of expertise and substantial campaign contributions could lead to a world free from nuclear weapons, and founded the Council for a Livable World in 1962. The Council’s sister organization,the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, was founded in 1980 to research policy and educate the public and lawmakers.

The Council for a Livable World promotes policies to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons and to minimize the risk of war through lobbying and by helping elect and support Members of Congress who share our goals.

Citizens for Global Solutions

Citizens for Global Solutions, founded in 1947, is dedicated to unifying our world! We have two branches, which work closely together to support our vision of a peaceful, free, just and sustainable world community.

The mission of our educational branch is to educate and advocate for a democratic federation of nations with enforceable world law to -- abolish war and global violence in the resolution of disputes, protect universal human rights and freedoms, and restore and sustain our global environment.  

The mission of our political action branch is to build political will in the United States for global cooperation and democratic international institutions that respect the rights of people and nations.

Future of Life Institute

Mission: To catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.

Global Zero

Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Global Zero leaders understand that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat – including proliferation and nuclear terrorism – is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, secure all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons: global zero.

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR)

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility is a chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR®), a national organization of over 50,000 physicians, health care professionals, and supporters. PSR, known as "the active conscience of the medical community," was formed in 1961 to address the health consequences of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. It has since broadened its mission to include the health consequences of environmental pollution and degradation, and also the reduction of violence and its causes. PSR's international federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to translate the abstract concept of nuclear war into medical and personal terms.

Hibakusha Stories

The mission of Hibakusha Stories is to pass the legacy of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to a new generation of high school and university students to empower them with tools to build a world free of nuclear weapons. ‘Hibakusha’ is the Japanese word for atomic bomb survivors, who, in their advancing age, have a very limited opportunity to share their first hand witness.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

We organize global days of action, hold public awareness-raising events, and engage in advocacy at the United Nations and in national parliaments. We work with survivors of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of nuclear tests, helping share their testimonies with the public and decision makers.

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

IPPNW is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 64 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy

Founded in 1981, the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy is a non-profit educational association of lawyers and legal scholars that engages in research and advocacy in support of the global elimination of nuclear weapons and a more just and peaceful world through respect for domestic and international law. LCNP serves as the UN office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. We:

  • Provide legal and policy analysis to national and international policymakers, civil society, and media
  • Publish books and papers
  • Advocate in UN and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty settings, and in Washington, DC
  • Provide legal assistance to individuals and organizations working for disarmament and peace.
  • Work in disarmament and peace networks and campaigns

Massachusetts Peace Action

Massachusetts Peace Action is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy.

Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, we promote human rights and global cooperation, seek an end to war and the spread of nuclear weapons, and support budget priorities that re-direct excessive military spending to meeting human and environmental needs in our communities.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Mission: To educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders.

Vision: Our vision is a just and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Threat Initiative

NTI designs innovative threat-reduction projects that show governments the way and build momentum and support for action. We work with presidents and prime ministers, scientists and technicians, educators and students, and people from around the world. We collaborate with partners worldwide. And we use our voice to raise awareness and advocate for creative solutions.

Nuclear Weapons Education Project

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to the future of humanity. It is essential that young people, particularly those who grew up after the end of the Cold War, are educated on what nuclear weapons are and their effects on the world. The MIT Nuclear Weapons Education Project aims to support this goal by helping professors and lecturers in various disciplines prepare a lecture or two involving nuclear weapons topics for their introductory-level courses.

The Nuclear Weapons Education Project will help faculty members by collecting materials and references, and posting slides of sample lectures on nuclear subjects. In some cases, we will be able to go to a class and present a lecture to help facilitate the process.

Ploughshares Fund

We believe everyone has the right to a safe and secure future. For over 35 years Ploughshares Fund has supported the most effective people and organizations in the world to reduce and eventually eliminate the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.

Our grantees, partners and community have made significant progress in cutting risks and reducing nuclear weapons stockpiles since their peak in the 1980s.

Together, we can finish the job. Together, we can put an end to one of the greatest threats to our planet – and to future generations.

Reaching Critical Will

Reaching Critical Will is the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the oldest women’s peace organization in the world. Reaching Critical Will works for disarmament and arms control of many different weapon systems, the reduction of global military spending and militarism, and the investigation of gendered aspects of the impact of weapons and of disarmament processes.

Stimson Center

The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Think of a modern global challenge: refugee flows, arms trafficking, terrorism. These threats cannot be resolved by a single government, individual, or business. Stimson’s award-winning research serves as a roadmap to address borderless threats through collective action. Our formula is simple: we gather the brightest people to think beyond soundbites, create solutions, and make those solutions reality. We follow the credo of one of history’s leading statesmen, Henry L. Stimson, in taking “pragmatic steps toward ideal objectives.” We are practical in our approach and independent in our analysis. Our innovative ideas change the world.

Unfold Zero

Unfold Zero is a platform for United Nations (UN) focused initiatives and actions for the achievement of a nuclear weapons free world. Unfold Zero aims to unfold the path to zero nuclear weapons through effective steps and measures facilitated by the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General and other UN bodies.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feedpower, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformationadvancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

William J. Perry Project

Our mission is to stimulate an informed and broadly inclusive public conversation about the role of nuclear weapons in today's world and to work toward a world in which nuclear weapons are never used again.

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) empowers women to be agents of change to reduce violence and militarism, support nuclear disarmament, and redirect excessive Pentagon spending to unmet human and environmental needs.

WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the cold war, we became Women's Action for New Directions, and have been dedicating our energies to redirect federal budget priorities away from the military-industrial complex and toward human needs.

Women Cross the DMZ

We are women peacemakers from around the world walking for peace in Korea. We are Nobel Peace Laureates, feminist authors, peace activists, human rights lawyers, professors, former parliamentarians, faith leaders, humanitarian aid workers, filmmakers, artists, a retired Army Colonel and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent, an International Secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations (UN).Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means and promoting political, economic and social justice for all. Our approach is always non-violent, and we use existing international legal and political frameworks to achieve fundamental change in the way states conceptualize and address issues of gender, militarism, peace and security. Our strength lies in our ability to link the international and local levels. We are very proud to be one of the first organizations to gain consultative status (category B) with the United Nations, and the only women’s anti-war organization so recognized.






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