Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time…”

“- the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” A path of peace as the only path leading into our future lies in these words by Martin Luther King Jr.  Back in 1964, when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, these words were as true as they are today. Being awarded for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice and his fight for civil rights, his blazing acceptance speech promoted not just peace and the believe in a non-violent change but depicted his strong conviction that mankind will wake up from its “starless midnight of racism and war”. Besides battling racism and injustice with words and love he campaigned for a world free from weapons of all kind. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King grew up to continue his grandfather’s tenure as a pastor. While attending segregated public schools he experienced social injustice and civil right violations in his early years.  As a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in December 1955, he accepted to take the lead in the 382 days bus boycott that led to the Supreme Court declaration declaring laws requiring segregation on buses unconstitutional. In the years between 1957 and 1968 he supported protests and marches and held various speeches, with his most famous one being “l Have a Dream” which was held in Washington, B.C., in 1968 (see IPB statement to the 50th anniversary of this speech). In all his work and travels he derived his ideas from Christianity and fought with the operational techniques from Gandhi. And while his struggle for justice earned him five honorary degrees and the title Man of the year in 1963, he nevertheless was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times, with himself and his home being targeted by opponents.

When he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he was only thirty-five years old and therefore the youngest man to have received the prize. Its prize money of $54,123 was announced to be turned over to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

King was fighting to end to racial injustice but also became a world figure for civil rights and the peaceful fight for a world without violence. Underlined by the Nobel Committee he was the first in the western world to prove how a peaceful change for a better and more just society can be made.

Today, 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Tennessee, his acceptance speech still flourishes from images of hope and encourages us to believe in change and work for a peaceful world, because “peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”

GCOMS is now launching the Cut Milex campaign

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The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is an international campaign founded in December 2014 and promoted by the International Peace Bureau. The main aim is to reduce the global military spending thanks to the cooperative works made by the organisations of civil society. Nowadays, more the 100 organizations from 35 different nations have joined the campaign. Continue reading “GCOMS is now launching the Cut Milex campaign”

Joseph Gerson at the CND International Conference

London, October 14, 2017

I want to thank Kate for the opportunity to join and learn from this year’s conference. In each of our countries, we have disastrous leaders in power. But, with its imperial power, its arsenals, and its disregard of the rule of law, and with a man described by his secretary of state as a “fucking moron” at the helm of power, Trump and his coterie are far and away the most dangerous. Continue reading “Joseph Gerson at the CND International Conference”

IALANA Welcomes the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

IALANA – the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms – congratulates ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – on the award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading “IALANA Welcomes the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”

Statement: We Condemn North Korea for Its Nuclear Test

September 3, 2017
Yasui Masakazu, Secretary General
Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)

Today, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) conducted its 6th nuclear test.  This is a serious challenge to the international community, threatening peace and security of the world and the region.  We firmly condemn this outrageous act, which blatantly tramples upon the aspiration of the people of the A-bombed Japan for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
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Let Us Launch the “Peace Wave” Actions from September 20 to 26, calling for all governments of the World to Join the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs called on the peoples of the world to launch international join international simultaneous actions “Peace Wave” to urge all national governments to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from September 20, the day when the Treaty will be open for signatures, until 26, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
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Appeal for a diplomatic solution in North East Asia | Abolition 2000 Global Council

The Abolition 2000 Global Council, representing peace and disarmament organisations from around the world, calls on the United States and North Korea to step back from the brink of war in North East Asia, and instead adopt a diplomatic approach to prevent war.
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