“Nuclear Weapons, War and the Environment” forum

    October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    UA Memorial Student Union north ballroom
    1303 E University Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85719

    Forum on Nuclear Weapons, War and the Environment

    October 21, 2017
    Tucson, Arizona

    Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (flyer states 9 to 12 noon, registration starts at 9 a.m.)
    Location: University of Arizona, Student Union, North Ballroom

    Speaker: PSR’s Dr. Ira Helfand, Co-Director of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
    Panel discussion to follow – Jack Cohen-Jappa (Nuclear Register), Dr. Rick Graap (PSR), Dr. Diana Liverman (U of AZ), Dr. Randy Freise (AZ State Legislator), Dr. David Spence (PSR), Sandra Maria Bernal (U of AZ)

    Free – Sponsored by PSR Arizona

    Register here  (www.psr.org/azforum)
    “Reservations required. Tickets free. Forum on nuclear weapons, risks of war, environmental impacts of a nuclear attack, nuclear weapons ban negotiations, and community engagement for prevention. Keynote speaker Dr. Ira Helfand, co-chair of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and panel of community experts Will be live streamed nationally.”
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Over 200 people at this forum this morning hosted by PSR and a # of groups. Congressman Raul Grijalva welcomed everyone saying that we are facing challenges now with President Trump speaking of the “inevitability of nuclear war” which
      Raul found very disturbing, but needs to be taken seriously. He spoke against nuclear war which will be a “danger to the environment and living things”. Also present today were CD 2 candidates Mary Matiella, Bruce Wheeler, Bill Kovacs.
      Panelist summaries (stay tuned for video of this entire event):
      Keynote Ira Hefland, recent Nobel Peace Prize recipient, said there are 15,000 nuclear war heads in existence today, that we face the “greatest danger” since Cold War & Cuban Missile Crisis — due to Israel/Palestine dispute; deteriorating US-Russia relations; cyber-terrorism possibility to command centers; Trump factor is an enormous danger with US having 6800 warheads; climate change w/ less resources, more forced migration. Then Dr. Helfand painted a dismal picture of a nuclear war catastrophe, with 2 B people facing starvation, temperatures over 1400 degrees C, 10 to 12 M dead in NYC in half an hour, creating an Ice Age. But he also said that nuclear weapons are man made, need mass movement again, with “Back from the Brink” statement to save the world now. New panelist Rev. Steve Keplinger said that “violence permeates our culture”, that we need to refute “redemptive violence” that violence solves problems, need total & complete nuclear disarmament worldwide. Dr. Graap said there are too many nuclear weapons, related 2 stories of the capacity of human error which could have caused a nuclear war in past. Sandra Bernal, Mexican national and Ph.D. student at UA spoke of Mexico’s solidarity with US, as our neighbor which could be affected to the south, with 40 of every 100 Americans being Hispanic (?); Dr. Friese spoke of the need for discussion to affect democracy, or face isolation. Need to find “common ground” was his belief. Lastly Cohen-Jappa reminded us of movements in American history (suffrage, civil rights) with grassroots activism, with new goal of a peaceful nuclear-free world and non-violent action,that Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty needed. Then video conference with Dr. David Spence in Flagstaff, who gave useful websites for action: http://www.psr.org, http://www.icanw.org, http://www.congress.org re: S. 200/HR 669 to propose legislation to take away 1st strike ability from US President. He said we should not doubt ability to eliminate nuclear weapons. Audience questions were:
      How convince pro-nuclear people to change minds? How do more education on non-violence? How can Culture of Peace Alliance offer more trainings? How do we find hope with nuclear weapons in Trump’s reach? How change wording nuclear weapons to “nuclear kill switches”? and a wrap up of questions about safe places/communication.

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