The Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a collection of concerned citizens who join a growing and diverse group of leaders and fellow citizens from across the political spectrum who believe that now is the time for the United States to lead the world in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Toward this end we direct our mission:
- To broaden and intensify public awareness of the continuing danger of nuclear weapons, locally, nationally, and globally
- To promote public discussion about steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons
- To encourage civic action for a nuclear weapons-free world
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 pm, Millcreek Community Center, 2266 E. Evergreen Avenue (3400 South)
United Nations Association of Utah, General Meeting Presentation:
The Current State of Nuclear Disarmament
Speakers: Gail Blattenberger and Chriss Meecham with Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN)
This presentation will focus on the importance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995. The three-pillar system of the treaty, which includes: 1) non-proliferation, 2) disarmament, and 3) the right to peacefully use nuclear technology, will be examined in terms of how it applies to current events. The current disarmament efforts of the non-nuclear states will also be highlighted. In addition, an overview of all the current treaties dealing with nuclear weapons will be provided.
Gail Blattenberger and Chriss Meecham are both active members of the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN). Interestingly, they met at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site while participating in Millennium 2000: Walking the Ways of Peace sponsored by the Nevada Desert Experience.
Gail Blattenberger has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is a Professor Emeritus having retired from the University of Utah. Gail taught econometrics, environmental economics and macroeconomics. In 1968 Gail spent a year working as a data clerk in the United Nations building in New York. Since 1993, Gail has been an English tutor at the Guadalupe Center in Salt Lake City, teaching adults basic English skills. Gail has been in involved in the civil rights movement and peace movements since the 1960′s.
Before retiring Chriss Meecham worked in human resource development for over twenty years. She also taught High School English. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University and more recently studied Philosophy at the University of Utah. Chriss has been an active volunteer since moving to Salt Lake City. She is currently a reading tutor at Mountain View Elementary. Top on her bucket list is Ridding the World of Nuclear Weapons.
Please note: There is no charge or RSVP needed to hear the presentation. However, if you wish to attend the 6:00 pm dinner, please RSVP to Maxine Haggerty (801-277-7493) by April 22.
UTAH CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION CONTACT NUMBERS:
District 1: Rep. Rob Bishop — (202) 225-0453
District 2: Rep. Chris Stewart — (202) 225-9730
District 3: Rep. Jason Chaffetz — (202) 225-7751
District 4: Rep. Jim Matheson — (202) 225-3011
RECOMMENDED READINGS FOR THE MONTH:
In February 2014, one hundred and forty-six governments attended the Nayarit conference, reflecting the deep global concern about the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons and the strong desire for greater progress towards nuclear abolition. Nayarit succeeded in putting the idea of a treaty banning nuclear weapons firmly on the international agenda. Click on this link to read the full Nayarit Conference Report.