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“The New Nuclear Reality”

Robin Wright addresses “The New Nuclear Reality” by calling forth the need to “devise a new or more stable security architecture—with treaties, verification tools, oversight, and enforcement—to replace the eroding models established after the last major war in Europe ended, seventy-seven years ago.”

Nuclear Weapons and the Ukraine War: A Declaration of Concern

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation supports the call for a broad-scale civil society movement for nuclear abolition and puts forward a proposal to convene a civil society tribunal to address violations of international law flouted by nuclear possessing states. We encourage peace educators to read the declaration to support inquiry into the potential of a civil society tribunal.

Nuclear Weapons are Illegal: the 2017 Treaty

Global civil society must mobilize to bring our governments into compliance with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, our most effective means to prevent a nuclear holocaust. It is through peace education that the treaty could be made known to the requisite number of world citizens mobilized for this purpose.

A Day to Reflect on Peace Education and the Earth Crisis

The environment, along with nuclear weapons, now looms as an existential threat to the survival of humanity. We hope that peace educators will observe World Environment Day by reflecting on how this issue relates to and impacts the curricula and pedagogy of their respective approaches to peace education.

Report from Afghan Civil Society

Afghans for Tomorrow recently issued a statement on the current donor situation in Afghanistan and its impact on civil society organizations, education and women. Amongst their suggestions to deal with this crisis is the provision and prioritization of education and employment opportunities for girls and women.

Unfair Visa Process Faced by At-risk Afghans Confronted at Last

Values of civic responsibility as learning goals of peace education are intended to incline citizens to demand and propose actions that apply governmental institutions and resources to assure the fairness that comprises justice as the foundation of peace. A current injustice, leading civil society to undertake action to achieve policy change, is the delay and denial of  US visas to at-risk Afghans. Both the ACLU and a group of Senators responded to civil society with constructive actions presented in the two texts in this post. 

Faith Groups Invoke Secular Ethics to Call for Civic Action against Hate Induced Violence

The statements of The Interfaith Center of New York and Bend the Arc, two major faith-based groups, in response to the Buffalo racist hate-crime massacre that took the lives of ten and seriously wounded three more, all but one African Americans, leave the religious response of “thoughts and prayers” to others, as they, as citizens, voice ethical and very practical calls to action, all of which fully respect the principle of “separation of church and state.” Both statements make points of fundamental concern to all citizens, and thereby, to peace education as a means of learning toward engagement in actions of civic responsibility.

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