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THURSDAY, november 16, 7:00 – 8:45 PM

Plymouth Congregational Church
(Jackman room, lower level)
1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis 55403

*Abundant free parking in lot on Franklin Ave. adjacent to Church; enter building from lot on LaSalle Ave side.

Please note that the Franklin Avenue bridge over 35W is closed until mid-2018. Details available here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/ 

"The north korea crisis and the u.n. treaty to ban nuclear weapons"

Jay Kvale, Minnesota Peace Project

Bellicose threats by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have generated massive anxiety about a potential war on the Korean peninsula.  What are the roots of the current conflict?  How did we get into such a dangerous situation?  What are the military capabilities of each side?  Could military action lead to the use of nuclear weapons?  Can Congress block Trump's sole power to authorize a nuclear strike?  Is there a diplomatic way forward without resorting to military action?  What are the the roles of South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia?  Our speaker will also present information on the new UN Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons, a potentially historic document adopted by 122 nations.

Jay Kvale is a former teacher and travel guide for the state of Minnesota who became a peace activist upon retirement 10 years ago.  Jay is a member of the Minnesota Peace Project, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, and WAMM.  He specializes in the history, deployment, and disarmament of nuclear weapons.

This program is sponsored by CGS-MN, and co-sponsored by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, United Nations Association, MN, and The Advocates for Human Rights.

 

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Abundant free parking in lot on Franklin Ave. adjacent to Church; enter building from lot on LaSalle Ave side.
 

Thursday, October 19, 6:45 8:45 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church
(Jackman room, lower level)
1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis 55403

A program honoring United Nations Day

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY AT THE       UNITED NATIONS

Jennifer Prestholdt, Deputy Director, & Mark Petty
The Advocates for Human Rights

In March 2017, The Advocates for Human Rights led a delegation to conduct human rights advocacy before the United Nations. The speakers will discuss their experiences traveling to Geneva to advocate before the Human Rights Council, and will describe how they used UN human rights mechanisms to enforce international legal standards related to women’s rights, the death penalty, torture, racial discrimination, and the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as the impact of their work on domestic foreign laws and practices.

This program is sponsored by CGS-MN, and co-sponsored by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, United Nations Association, MN, and The Advocates for Human Rights.

Additional reading:

Human Rights Tools for a Changing World, chapter 9: "Advocacy at the UN"

 

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