April 15 – May 31

An Art Exhibition Organized by Montgomery College’s Institute for Race, Justice and Civic Engagement,
Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland and Peace Action Montgomery

Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
    7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  

                                     Exhibition Opening Reception:  April 17, 7 pm                                   

 

This extraordinary exhibit provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the implications of nuclear weapons in a new way.  The work of six artists is presented, including sculpture, film, photographs, and children’s drawings. Technical information will appear throughout the exhibit. 

This two-part exhibition especially emphasizes two time periods.  One is August 1945, when nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The other is now.

The horror of the Hiroshima bombing is suggested in the ceramic masks by Marion Held.  Gary Schoichet presents photographic portraits and powerful memories from the atomic bomb survivors he interviewed.  Young children who survived the Hiroshima bombing left drawings about their experiences and hopes.

Now, seventy-four years after nuclear bombs were initially made and used, we take stock of their greatly increased capacity to destroy life on earth, and we explore what is being done to eliminate the weapons. 

Speakers and films will be part of the program throughout the time of the exhibit and will complement the different types of art that is showcased.  Please see below for a list of speakers, films and dates--and check back open as we get additional information on these events.

All events are free and open to the public.  Directions to the Cultural Arts Center here.  For information on exhibit hours, address, and parking:  http://mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/cac/

 

Special Events:

Panel Presentations and Lectures, Cultural Arts Center Gallery:

April 24, 1-3 pm:  “The Intersection of Race and Nuclear Weapons,” Dr. Vincent Intondi
May 6, 7-9 pm:  “Legislative Advocacy for Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War”
May 10:  “The UN Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”

Films, Theatre 1, Cultural Arts Center:

April 29, 7-9 pm:  Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard, with panel discussion of the role of art and religion in movement building

May 10, 1-3 pm: My Small Steps from Hiroshima

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Endorse "Back from the Brink"
It's Time to End the Threat of Nuclear War

 

Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Peace Action, and many other organizations have endorsed a new campaign called "Back from the Brink." What we need now is for local religious congregations, civic organizations, professional groups--everyone!--to endorse this campaign.  With grassroots support, we can have the power together to change our nuclear war-making authority.  Please ask your organization to endorse this statement:

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

  • renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
  • ending the sole, unchecked authority of any President to launch a nuclear attack
  • taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
  • cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons;
  • actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals


If you agree with this statement, please ask your organization to endorse Back from the Brink. Then, let us know by emailing us here.  Click here for additional information.

Prevent War with North Korea

 

It’s time to try diplomacy with North Korea  without preconditions. Successful diplomacy is about open-minded dialogue, not making  cartoon_trump_and_NK_and_bombs.jpegdemands. Offering to come to the negotiating table does not validate North Korea’s nuclear program or condone its behavior, but it does open the possibility that we can put a pause on North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, and perhaps down the road, work towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. If you'd like to read a report of our recent meetings with aides to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Representative Sarbanes about the North Korea crisis, click here.

Donald Trump with the Nuclear Launch Codes?

 

It’s crazy enough that U.S. nuclear weapons launch protocol requires the order to start a civilization-ending nuclear war from only one person, the President.

It’s absolutely insane when that one person is now Donald Trump…

The good news is, there’s something you can do about it.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) have introduced bills that would check this unrestrained authority of the President to launch a nuclear weapon. The Restricting Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (S. 200 / H.R. 669) would prohibit the President from launching nuclear weapons without a Congressional declaration of war or in response to a nuclear attack.

Click here if you want to help us pass the "no first strike" legislation.

U.S. Military Spending--Out of Sight

 

The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were initially estimated to cost $200 billion – they will cost us $4-8 trillion through 2054. These wars, new weapons systems and nuclear weapons modernization will bankrupt a generation of Americans if we do not audit the Pentagon, close the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, and otherwise restrict military spending. We need to Move the Money from military spending to funding human need. 

We've updated our slide show on U.S. military spending.  You can view it here--feel free to download it and share it with friends!

Another Surge in Afghanistan: The Endless War

 

Our longest wars are not over. The war in Afghanistan is now 16 years old, and the war in Iraq is entering its 14th year. In Congress and in the press, exit plans for these wars are no longer demanded, even as new troops are deployed.

370,000 people have died due to direct war violence, not including indirect deaths from malnutrition, damaged health systems, and other impacts of war. 210,000 of these deaths have been civilians, and most experts acknowledge that number is underestimated. Over 6,800 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and over 970,000 disability claims have been registered with the VA as a result of these wars. In addition, over 6,900 U.S. contractors have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. federal price tag for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – including an estimate for veterans’ future medical and disability costs – is about $4.4 trillion. This does not include future interest costs on borrowing for the wars. The Brown University Costs of War project estimates that the total costs of these wars – with interest payments – will be $8 trillion, and that U.S. taxpayers will be paying for these wars until 2054. If we continue our ongoing military campaigns, these costs will grow.

 

 Diplomacy with Iran --
Or Another Catastrophic War

 

Since its successful implementation in January 2016, the Iran agreement has been working exactly as intended. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s dangerous rhetoric paired with renewed efforts in Congress to sanction Iran for non-nuclear reasons threaten to unravel the agreement and put us back on a path to war. Some members of Congress and the administration even openly call for regime change in Iran. Our job now is to protect the Iran nuclear agreement from Congress and the administration, pushback against dangerous threats of military force and calls for war, and advocate for further diplomacy with Iran to address non-nuclear concerns.