Lydia Wood, National Campaign Coordinator, NuclearBan.US
Edward Aguilar, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action PA
Tammy Murphy, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Niki VanAller, Assistant Director, Coalition for Peace Action.

Sunday, September 30, 3:00-4:30 PM
Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association 

This Roundtable will be led by key members from the Pennsylvania Nuclear Ban Alliance, an emerging coalition we’ve formed to educate and mobilize people across the state in support of The Nuclear Ban Treaty and nuclear abolition.

We will begin with a short presentation on the impacts, risks, and costs of nuclear weapons and will stress the continued and growing humanitarian threat nuclear weapons pose globally. We will discuss the global movement working to reframe the discourse surrounding nuclear weapons and its role in achieving the groundbreaking 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The second portion of the roundtable will focus on the significance of the Nuclear Ban Treaty and its potential in helping eliminate all nuclear weapons. We’ll discuss divestment and other strategies for fostering state, local, and citizen action on the nuclear ban and pressure that can help shift the political tide in favor of nuclear disarmament and abolition. The roundtable will include Q&A and small group Breakouts where participants will brainstorm potential divestment targets within their communities, as well as media strategy.

Who’s presenting? Lydia Wood campaigns with, based in MA, where several cities are already divesting and taking other actions to promote denuclearization at home; they are also targeting Yale and other universities. Ed Aguilar, Esquire, is director of Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) in Pennsylvania, and has worked with the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Project for Nuclear Awareness (PNA), and other professional groups to stop nuclear weapons, for over 30 years. Tammy Murphy, Ll.B., is a graduate of the Arcadia University Peace and Conflict Resolution program, has worked with PNA, and now PSR, where she works on resisting fracking around the state of Pennsylvania. Niki VanAller is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and is currently Assistant Director at the Princeton regional office of CFPA.

Click here to sign up for the Conference, which will be held at Arcadia University, Springfield-Philadelphia, 580 S. Easton Road, 19038, the weekend of September 28-30. (See more info about the Conference below). 

For more information about the PNBA Campaign to denuke our cities, towns, states, colleges, and institutions, email Ed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Niki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The conference's theme is “Nonviolence in Violent Times: 50 years since 1968,” and will focus on revolutionary nonviolence, peacebuilding methods, and relationships between civil disobedience, community self-defense, challenging structural inequalities, and pacifism.

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Academics, activists, and practitioners from the United States and Canada will reflect on the 50 years since the 1968 revolutions in light of present-day conflicts around ethnicity, race, police brutality, poverty and capitalism, the rise in hate groups, authoritarian regimes, and sexism.

Participants will critically engage and analyze mainstream media’s presentation of a false dichotomy between passive liberalism and active opposition; evaluate notions of solidarity, charity, saviorism, and internationalism; challenge existing notions of what nonviolence means in 2018; and establish peace studies as a catalyst for change.

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