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Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC
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12 Members

Traditions: Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Siddha Yoga

Action Area: Peacebuilding, Environment, Other Action Areas

Region: Multi-Region

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The intention of this CC is to create a global movement to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all.

Far more important than putting a man on the Moon or on Mars is the importance of keeping humans from annihilating all forms of life on Earth through a nuclear attack.  This ultimate dread can happen in a matter of days, not over ages.  Nuclear weapons have been created, tested, used, stored, aimed and readied for action for the supposed benefit of a few even if they pose a threat of extinction for all.  Thus the existence of nuclear weapons is much more than a political strategy.  At its core it is a moral, spiritual and environmental issue which urgently begs the intense attention of all the people of the world’s religions, indigenous traditions and humanist spiritualities.

Therefore a global interfaith group of diplomats, scientists, scholars, clergy and grassroots activists have self organized into a Cooperation Circle with the intent of reaching people throughout the world who want their voices heard on these matters and who want to be part of a global movement to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all. This is the purpose of the Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative.  Zero nuclear weapons is the only way to guarantee the abundance of this world’s natural treasures.

On August 6, 2011, the Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC launched throughout the world for the public at large. One year is being devoted to designing the strategy, to put a worldwide structure in place, and to prepare people around the world to mobilize the energy of participants. The underlying assumption is that the abolition of nuclear weapons is much more than one nation’s or one religion’s problem. It is a life issue, a civilization issue that requires a worldwide response by all who are morally alert and spiritually compassionate. The governments which have the weapons or which want the weapons must hear the cries and demands of the living.

Therefore, we pledge to: 

  • Work together in our homes, communities, temples, mosques, churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship, transcending differences of race, religion, and nationality, to eliminate this unacceptable, universal threat.
  • Include the moral imperative of the abolition of nuclear weapons in our studies and teachings, and encourage families, friends, and congregations and institutions to do likewise.
  • Persuade governments of nuclear weapon states to pledge never to use a nuclear weapon first, remove them from rapid launch status, make cuts in arsenals irreversible, and commence negotiations as rapidly as possible on the universal, legally verifiable, and enforceable elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • Align our religious institutions’ investment policies with their values, by prohibiting investments in companies producing weapons of indiscriminant effect – landmines, cluster munitions and nuclear weapons.

To learn more about the goals of this group read our important statement on the about Nuclear Disarmament, Call to Conscience: A Ban on Nuclear Weapons, Browse Resources on Nuclear Disarmament. 

This CC intends to be interactive throughout the world and be a force in the movement to get to zero nuclear weapons.

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Contact:
Bishop William Swing

Address:
1009 General Kennedy Avenue
San Francisco
CA 94129
United States

Phone:
(415) 561-2300

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May 2, 2013 3:40 PM

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Issues Call to Action

On behalf of Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, URI President and Founder the Right Rev. William E. Swing calls upon the world to disarm.

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June 22, 2012 2:04 PM

URI CC Member Featured Speaker at Halki Summit on Global Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability

The Halki Summit was a gathering of environmental and religious leaders in Turkey, at the Holy Theological School of Halki, hosted by Ecumenical Patriach Bartholomew. Dr. Jonathan Granoff,... Read more...

April 9, 2012 2:48 PM

A Peace and Security Appeal Regarding Iran

To:  President Barack Obama Prime Minister David Cameron President Hu Jintao President Dmitry Medvedev Chancellor Angela Merkel President Nicolas Sarkozy Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei... Read more...

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April 5, 2012 1:43 PM

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Issues Statement in Support of International Golden Rule Day

On the occasion of the 4th annual International Golden Rule Day which was established by our member Ambassador Mussie Hailu from Ethiopia, we the members of Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons,... Read more...

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September 13, 2011 3:34 PM

At the Moral Core of Nuclear Weapons

Join peace, security and disarmament leaders on Sept. 20 in a global wake-up call on responding to the nuclear threat.

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August 5, 2011 8:49 AM

Remembering Hiroshima

An important anniversary will be observed in Hiroshima, Japan at 8:15 am on August 6.  That is the time and date that the first atom bomb was used.  I would like to share with you some of... Read more...

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April 21, 2011 10:32 AM

The Power of Nonviolence

Jonathan Granoff reflects on the power of nonviolence, and extends an invitation to all to attend the Newark Peace Education Summit, May 13 - 15, Newark, New Jersey, USA. 

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March 16, 2011 11:52 AM

Wisdom or Fatal Folly? Crisis in Japan

Jonathan Granoff and Rhianna Tyson Kregor write about the threat of nuclear energy in today's Huffington Post.

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February 4, 2011 3:52 PM

Call to Conscience: A Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC, a group of scientists, clergy, diplomats and grassroots activists, appeals for a moral stand against the nuclear threat.

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January 19, 2011 4:18 PM

The Hiroshima Declaration on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

The Nobel Peace Laureates and representatives of Nobel Peace Prize organizations, gathered in Hiroshima on November 12-14, 2010.  After listening to the testimonies of the survivors of the atomic... Read more...

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