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"Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished?"--free talk by Helen Caldicott
Date Saturday August 13
Time 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
Main San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium on lower level, 100 Larkin St. (at Grove Street), adjoining Civic Center BART & Muni station
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorWar and Law League
Emailwarandlaw [at] yahoo.com
Phone415-948-9616
AddressP.O. Box 42-7237, San Francisco, CA 94142
Dr. Helen Caldicott, the Australian physician who is better known as the world's foremost anti-nuclear activist, will speak on nuclear weapons and their abolition, at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13, in the Main SF Library. She will also answer questions and sign books of hers. Admission is free.

Cosponsors: San Francisco Public Library (BST Dept.) and the new Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, consisting of various peace groups organized by the War and law League. For details, visit http://warandlaw.org.

Dr. Caldicott has spent 45 years educating the world on nuclear perils and organizing against atomic warfare and power. Her mobilizing of doctors in many lands led to the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
Added to the calendar on Sunday Jun 19th, 2016 3:15 PM
§Can We Destroy Nukes Before They Destroy Us? Helen Caldicott
by Nancy Tubbs Monday Aug 8th, 2016 9:26 AM
SF Main Public Library; Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4733

Dr. Helen Caldicott, M.D., better known as the world's foremost anti-nuclear activist, will lecture in San Francisco on "Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished?" at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13, in the Main SF Public Library's Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., at Grove Street. She will also answer questions. The event is free of charge.

Her appearance is cosponsored by the library's Business, Science and Technology Department and a new Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament. The latter allies 13 pro-peace groups, including AFSC and the War and Law League (WALL, http://warandlaw.org), which initiated the event as its biennial meeting and organized the coalition. (Others below.)

Among critical issues to be discussed are Russian and-American preparations for nuclear war on each other. "...Thousands of nuclear weapons remain continuously on hair-trigger alert" and any international disturbance could set off a "conflagration and nuclear winter," ending most human life. That is the climax of "The New Nuclear Danger" (one of three Caldicott books that may be available before and after the talk).

Dr. Caldicott practiced pediatrics in her native Australia and taught in U.S. medical schools. She has devoted the last 45 years to educating the public on nuclear perils by speaking, writing, and organizing. Her efforts began in 1971 when she started a movement against French atomic in the Pacific Ocean, a position adopted by both Australia and New Zealand.

She actively served as president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the U.S., 1978-1983, and helped to start such groups in many lands. As a result, PSR's umbrella organization, the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize went to PSR's umbrella body, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Now she heads the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear-Free Planet (Asheville, NC) and the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (Washington, DC).

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