On Wednesday, April 21, monks from the Leverett Peace Pagoda will be walking through Hartford as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the abolition of nuclear weapons. They and supporters are walking to inform and rally people for forthcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT) Review taking place in New York City in May, as well as the Mayors for Peace program.
The NPT is the international treaty to limit proliferation and eventually abolish nuclear weapons, and promote disarmament and peace. President Obama has pledged support for the 5-year renewal of the treaty this year, and will be part of the international gathering at the United Nations in late April/early May.
The Mayors for Peace program, founded by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1982, is committed to promote the elimination of nuclear weapons through the grassroots support of mayors around the world. It is an international program that currently has 3,488 member cities around the world – including 152 cities and towns in the United States.
From March 20 until the convening of the NPT, the Monks will be visiting towns throughout New England and beyond to gain support from Mayors along the route. The monks will be walking through cities and towns, trying to meet with someone from the Mayor’s office to invite them to join the Mayors for Peace program.
The American Friends Service Committee (Western Massachusetts) is co-sponsoring the walk, and as a national organization AFSC is organizing around the NPT treaty review in May.
For more information visit http://www.nptwalk.org website.