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Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right To Live


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Do you care about peace, but feel you lack knowledge or experience to take action? Do you want a world free of nuclear weapons, but don’t know how to get involved?

Join us on Saturday, April 21st, 1-4 pm (doors open at 12:30 with free food/refreshments), for our first-ever student-led peace dialogue, “Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right to Live.” Admission is free and open to the public with a special invitation to students and young professionals. Knowledge on the issue is not a requirement.

Together with peace education pioneer Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at UMass Boston, students from Boston-area universities will present their learnings from our recent Student Peace Seminar on Nuclear Abolition, as well as a video project featuring young people’s views on nuclear weapons. Through small group discussions, the students and event attendees will explore action possibilities that engage the energies and creativity of youth.

In Center founder Daisaku Ikeda’s 2009 Nuclear Abolition Proposal, he states,

“Let us abandon the habit of studiously ignoring the menace posed to Earth by nuclear weapons and instead demonstrate—clearly and through the power of people—that a world without nuclear weapons can indeed be realized in our lifetimes. Raising one’s voice or taking action is something we all can do. All that is required are the natural feelings shared by people everywhere: the desire to live in peace, the wish to protect those we love, the determination to spare the world’s children needless suffering… In this work, no one has a more crucial role to play than young people.”

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and having conversations on how to engage civil society on one of the world’s most pressing issues.