Nukewatch Quarterly Summer 2021
By Felice & Jack Cohen-Joppa
January 22 was a day of celebration for nuclear disarmament activists around the world: the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force! The historic day saw hundreds of actions in many countries — from the remote Trinity and Nevada test sites to the Golden Rule peace boat sailing off the coast of Hawaii, banners were unfurled declaring “Nuclear Weapons are Illegal.” Check out an inspiring five minute video we produced showing photos of dozens of US actions at: vimeo.com/515883787.
Building on the organizing for public actions on January 22 that was initiated by Nukewatch, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, the Nuclear Resister, and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, there are now six US working groups that are meeting with this common mission: “Collaborating to fulfill the promise of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to press the United States to sign and ratify the Treaty.”
The working groups are:
• Affected Communities & Allies (downwinders, uranium miners, atomic veterans, hibakusha)
• Days of Action
• Divest from nuclear weapons/Don’t Bank on the Bomb
• Localities and legislators
• Policy/Advocacy work
• Schools of Mass Destruction/Ending nuclear weapons research at universities
If you are interested in actively participating in a working group, contact Ralph Hutchison at:
You can find detailed information about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at icanw.org.
— Felice & Jack Cohen-Joppa are the editors of The Nuclear Resister in Tucson, Arizona.