By Ed Mays, September 29, 2022
On Saturday, September 24, 2022 a rally was held to call for the universal abolition of nuclear weapons in Seattle WA. The event was organized by volunteers from the Citizens for the Universal Abolition of Nuclear Weapons with collaboration from Veterans for Peace, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, WorldBeyondWar.org and other activists working on nuclear disarmament.
The event kicked off at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle and featured a march to and rally at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building where are David Swanson of World Beyond War gave his keynote speech. Pirate TV was there.
In addition to David Swanson’s powerful talk, this video features several others:
Kathy Railsback is a practicing immigration lawyer and activist in residence at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action located on the border of the Kitsap submarine base, the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the Western Hemisphere. She talks a little bit about Ground Zero and the campaign for nuclear disarmament.
Tom Rogers has been a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo since 2004. A retired Navy Captain, he served in various capacities in the US Submarine Force from 1967 to 1998, including command of a nuclear fast attack submarine from 1988 to 1991. Since coming to Ground Zero he has provided a combination of operational experience with nuclear weapons and the willingness to use that expertise as a nuclear weapons abolitionist.
Rachel Hoffman is the granddaughter of nuclear testing survivors from the Marshall Islands. Stories of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands have been blanketed in secrecy. Rachel wants to unveil the secrecy and plead for nuclear peace in our world. The entire livelihoods of Marshallese have shifted culturally and economically because of the nuclear testing and imperialism in their islands. Marshallese living in the United States do not have a complete set of rights like that of U.S. citizens. Advocacy for the people of the Marshall Islands is needed in all spheres of life. Rachel is providing this advocacy as an Elementary School teacher and spokesperson for Marshallese students and families in Snohomish County. She also serves as a Program Director with Marshallese Association of North Puget Sound which seeks to meet families’ basic needs, to revitalize the Marshallese culture, and to create a network of support so that the people of the Marshall Islands may thrive.
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and U.S. Peace Prize recipient. Thanks to Glen Milner for recording assistance. Recorded September 24th 2022 See also: abolishnuclearweapons.org