William Perry Makes Case for Nuclear Abolition

William Perry Makes Case for Nuclear Abolition

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry Makes Case for Abolition

The Next President Can Negotiate a Nuclear Ban Treaty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2016

Contact: Margaret Melkonian, LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, 516-741-4360, longislandpeace@gmail.com

IMG_2316Long Island, NYOn Monday, October 24, 2016, William J. Perry, Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997, will speak at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.   Doors will open at 6:30PM.

In his book My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, William Perry describes his lifelong passion to prevent nuclear war, including his experience as Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997. With George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger, he was co-author of a series of influential op-eds in the Wall Street Journal on the need to move toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Perry believes that the dangers posed by nuclear arms are now greater than ever, and that action is urgently needed to reduce those dangers, and that nuclear weapons should be abolished as soon as possible. 

“It is more than dismaying that the presidential candidates have failed to address national security issues and the existential threat of nuclear weapons” says Margaret Melkonian, Director of the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives. “Scant mention was made during the debates about questions of first use or who could be trusted with ordering a nuclear strike (alarming that this is even considered an option)” says Melkonian.

 

“The American people need to hold the next Administration to account and to challenge the next President to shift nuclear policy to no first use, to reject spending billions on nuclear modernization and to initiate multilateral negotiations for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. Perry has been making this case and our next President, NY Senators and LI representatives should listen.”

Sponsored by: Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, All Souls Nuclear Disarmament Task Force, Peace Action of New York State.

Endorsed by: Global Security Institute; NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security; Brooklyn For Peace; Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives; United Religions Initiative, Coalition for Peace Action.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please send an email to rsvpperry@gmail.com.

For more information: John Burroughs, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, johnburroughs@lcnp.org, 212-818-1857,

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