Nuclear Program Update June 1, 2022
In regards to our nuclear program, GBPSR has been working to engage students from schools across the region. Two Boston Latin School students, Jack Trapanick and Emma Lu, who are Topol fellows focusing on advocating non-violence and peace, have been leading the charge at their school in terms of the Back from the Brink work. Jack’s organizing work — in getting the 300 student signatures — was instrumental in getting the Boston City Council to pass their resolution. Since both Jack and Emma are graduating this year, our nuclear program committee is working with them to pass the torch to the incoming Topol fellows. Thankfully, Jack and Emma are both heading to Harvard next year so they can remain engaged in local advocacy efforts!
GBPSR has also been working on nascent nuclear abolition movement projects at Milton Academy and Brown University. If you know other students in the area interested in engaging in nuclear abolition advocacy, please send them our way.
Last week, GBPSR’s Ira Helfand participated in a webinar entitled “A World Without Nuclear Weapons: The Humanitarian and Moral Imperative”, which was sponsored by Sacred Heart/Our Lady Help of Christians Collaborative in Newton. Panelists urged parishes and other individuals and organizations to endorse Back from the Brink. Archbishop John C. Wester endorsed the campaign formally after the webinar.