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FLI Spring Newsletter
We’re thrilled to announce the successful launch of our Nuclear Divestment Campaign. Our first success came to fruition at the well-attended MIT Nuclear Conference on April 2, when Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons announced that the City of Cambridge would divest its $1 billion pension fund from companies producing nuclear weapons. FLI and especially Lucas Perry worked hard to bring the option of nuclear divestment to the attention of the Cambridge City Council and to help establish financial alternatives.
The conference featured many influential speakers, including Former Secretary of Defense William Perry (no relation to Lucas), Mayor Simmons, Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione, Federation of American Scientists President Charles Ferguson, Susi Snyder of the Don’t Bank on the Bomb campaign, and many others. Though Stephen Hawking couldn’t attend, he did send a clear message: “Don’t Bank on the Bomb!”
In conjunction with our Nuclear Divestment Campaign, we’ve also launched two new features to help people understand and visualize just how terrifying the US nuclear weapons policy really is. Max worked with Henry Reich of MinutePhysics to create a fun and entertaining video about the potential horrors of nuclear weapons. We also took the data from the National Security Archives about the declassified 1956 US nuclear targets, and then we partnered with Alex Wellerstein to create interactive maps of all 1100 targets, including the option to “detonate” a nuclear bomb over each target.
We kicked off May with a collaboration with the Huffington Post and some of today’s most influential nuclear policy advocates to create a series about nuclear security, which featured the wonderful articles below: