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Doomsday clock turned back from 5 to 6 minutes to midnight

Scientists and citizen leaders at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today that they are turning back the symbolic hands of the “Doomsday Clock” to from five to six minutes to midnight in an effort to mobilize global public opinion for a nuclear weapons free world.

In a campaign to educate and organize citizens before the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty negotiations this May, the Bulletin is sponsoring symposia around the country to assist in educational and mobilization campaigns to achieve their goals of nuclear disarmament and mitigating global climate change.  A new website has been established to watch the conferences as well as join local, national, and global work for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

It is hopeful as well as ironic that the doomsday clock was moved back today on the 81st anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a leading voice for nuclear disarmament during his public ministry.  As he said in his “Beyond Vietnam ” speech, “We still have a choice today: non-violent co-existence or violent co-annihilation.  We must move past indecision to action.”

The website is www.turnbacktheclock.org: it describes calls itself “a global community of citizens and scientists making the world safer for future generations.”

PEP will be working with this movement for nuclear weapons abolition and hope you will join us.

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