ICUJP JUSTICE LUNCHEON – “Are we facing a nuclear disaster?”

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24 Aug 2017 - 11:30

Pasadena, CA 91101

Anti-nuclear event in Pasadena, CA

ICUJP JUSTICE LUNCHEON – “Are we facing a nuclear disaster?”

Thursday, August 24, 11:30 am 2 pm at Pasadena’s First United Methodist Church

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (www.icujp.org) will host a luncheon conference entitled “Are we facing a nuclear disaster?” on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 500 East Colorado Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.

The principal confirmed speaker will be U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27).  Rep. Chu is one of forty co-sponsors (ten of them from California) of H.R.669 – Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33).  A companion bill, S.200, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward Markey (MA) and has been co-sponsored by California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Upon its introduction, Rep. Lieu issued the following statement: “Congress must act to preserve global stability by restricting the circumstances under which the U.S. would be the first nation to use a nuclear weapon. Our Founders created a system of checks and balances, and it is essential for that standard to be applied to the potentially civilization-ending threat of nuclear war.”

Our second confirmed speaker is Dr. Robert Dodge, of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Dr. Dodge is an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament, and was present in New York last month at the United Nations deliberations which resulted in an historic treaty to ban the use of nuclear weapons worldwide backed by 122 nationss. ICUJP is especially honored to have Rev. Haruyoshi Fujimoto included in our panel. Rev. Fujimoto, a then-14-year-old survivor of the August 6, 1945 Hiroshima bombing, overcame his initial desire for vengeance and his hatred for Americans after studying the Bible and becoming a Christian. After finishing high school, he went to work for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima. It was there that he decided to become a minister of peace, dedicating his life to forgiveness and reconciliation.

First United Church of Pasadena is an easy, level walk from the Gold Line’s Memorial Park Station. Go two blocks south on Arroyo Parkway to Colorado Blvd., then four blocks east to Los Robles Avenue.

The church is on the south side of Colorado Blvd., just beyond Los Robles Ave. If approaching by car from the 110 freeway, continue north on Arroyo Parkway to Green Street, turn right, continue for four blocks, and the church parking lot will be on your left, the second driveway after crossing Los Robles Avenue. From the 210 freeway, take Fair Oaks Avenue south to Green Street. Registration fee is $20, or $10 for students and seniors, buffet lunch included. No one will be turned away. This event is fully accessible.

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