Saturday, August 4, 2018, the public is invited to join the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR with co-host Women United Network, for the Monthly Vigil for Peace and Justice with the theme 50 YEARS ON, WHERE IS THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY? The Vigil will be held from Noon to 1:00 PM at the Corner of Main and Illinois Ave., Carbondale.
The vigil will call for reducing the world wide nuclear threat by supporting the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the culmination of a ten year campaign which advances the effort from good faith to prohibition, but has not been supported by the current nuclear states, including the U.S.
“On July 1, the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) turned 50 years old. In that agreement, five nuclear weapons states– the US, Russia, UK, France, and China—promised, a half a century ago, to make “good faith efforts” to give up their nuclear weapons, while non-nuclear weapons states promised not to acquire them. Every country in the world agreed to join the treaty except for India, Pakistan, and Israel which then went on to develop their own nuclear arsenals…. It remains to be seen whether the NPT will continue to have relevance in light of the evident lack of integrity by the parties who promised “good faith” efforts for nuclear disarmament, and instead are all modernizing and inventing new forms of nuclear terror.” * Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.