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4 Week Course on Nuclear Weapons

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NUCLEAR WEAPONS NOWADAYS:  What You Can Know and Do   This FREE 4-session course is informative and fascinating! Sign up now to take it from late February to mid-March 2021 (your choice of Tuesday evenings at 5:00 starting Feb 23 or Saturday mornings at 10:00 starting Feb 27).   >We use Zoom video, so people everywhere take our course.   >Please share this opportunity with your friends.  Scroll down to see the easy way to sign up.   The Cold War ended three decades ago, but nuclear weapons remain a threat to the world.  Many recent and current actions by the U.S. government have sharply increased the danger of nuclear war in the “new cold war,” so now the “Doomsday Clock” is the closest to midnight it has ever been, since it was devised in 1953.  Also, the U.S. is spending more on nuclear weapons than ever before – even more than at the peak of the Cold War!  However, most Americans do not want to think about nuclear weapons.  This course provides necessary information for people who are new to the issue – and people whose knowledge is out-of-date.  Much has changed recently, and dangers are increasing in several ways, but politicians and mainstream news media are failing to inform the public about what people need to know.  This 4-session course presents the serious information in a supportive environment and also lifts up some positive ways people can solve the problems.  We go far beyond “doom and gloom” to actually empower people to support the solutions.  Four well informed people designed this course and trade off during the sessions so you’ll enjoy a mix of voices and areas of expertise.  We designed this course of four two-hour sessions to help people regardless of how much they have known about nuclear weapons.  Topics include:  the evolution of science that led to nuclear weapons  how nuclear weapons – and the policies for using them – have changed over the years  new dangers since the 2016 election  impacts of nuclear weapons testing on innocent people  decades of grassroots organizing to stop the arms race and abolish nuclear weapons  international efforts to prevent nuclear war, including the very exciting treaty passed by the U.N. General Assembly  our own feelings and values related to nuclear weapons  the power of nonviolent resistance  Nuclear weapons are frightening, but ordinary people can learn what they need to know and can take smart actions to reduce the dangers.  Instead of feeling overwhelmed by hard, scary realities, this course helps people learn and also empower themselves to support the positive efforts that are happening at the global, national and local levels.  The course is presented by four well-informed persons from the Olympia WA area:  Glen Anderson is chair of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW)  Mark Fleming is the secretary of the Rachel Corrie Chapter #109 of the Veterans for Peace in Olympia  James Manista is a peace activist who recently faced federal charges for resisting the Trident nuclear submarine  Joanne Dufour has extensive experience with nuclear weapons, international humanitarian law, and other issues  We are volunteers who offer this course for FREE.  Here is the easy way to sign up for either Tuesdays or Saturdays:              The presenters are offering the same course twice a week from late February to mid-March 2021, so you may choose whichever one is better for you.  If you have a scheduling conflict in any week, you may catch that session on that week’s other day.  REGISTGRATION:  Choose either:  §  TUESDAYS:  5:00 (sharp) to 7:00 pm (PACIFIC Time) February 23, March 2, 9, 16).  (If you’re in another time zone, please adjust for your local time.)  §  SATURDAYS: 10:00 a.m. (sharp) to 12:00 noon (PACIFIC Time) February 27, March 6, 13, 20).  (If you’re in another time zone, please adjust for your local time.)  Send Joanne Dufour an e-mail to jdufourhc@msn.com with this subject line:  OCANW course on Nuclear Weapons.  Or you may phone Joanne at (206) 550-1841.  Please provide your name, email address, home mailing address, and phone number.  Specify whether you want Tuesdays or Saturdays.  She will e-mail you the Zoom video link so you can join our course.  Also, we will e-mail each participant a number of readings and videos that flesh out the topics of each of the four class sessions.  These are not mandatory (like school assignments were), but we do encourage participants to read at least some of the readings and watch at least some of the videos, because they do provide important information and insights.  We hope you will join us!   

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