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Honors to a former staffer

February 3, 2016
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Garrett FitzgeraldCongratulations to former staff member Garrett FitzGerald, who has been named the John and Judy Scully Fellow in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Garrett served as IPPNW’s development officer from 2010 to 2015, blending a commitment to peace work with experience in nonviolence education and community organizing. He returned to academic life last year to study the relationships among religion, ethics, and politics, and has clearly made his mark. Garrett’s many friends at IPPNW wish him continued success.

IPPNW mourns a founder and leader, Herb Abrams

January 26, 2016

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, one of the original founders and leaders of IPPNW, passed away peacefully at his home on January 20, 2016.  He was 95 years old.  In 1979, Dr. Abrams, then the chairman of the radiology department at Harvard Medical School, was among a small group of Harvard physicians who began discussing the urgent need for a Soviet-American dialogue on the threat of nuclear war.  Encouraged by the response they received from their Soviet colleagues, Dr. Abrams, Dr. Bernard Lown, Dr. James Muller, and Dr. Eric Chivian formally organized IPPNW in 1980 as a non-profit educational organization.  In the ensuing years, IPPNW’s founders demonstrated to the world that American and Soviet physicians could cooperate on the gravest threat to health and human survival, which led to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to IPPNW only five years later.  Dr. Abrams remained an active leader in both IPPNW and Physicians for Social Responsibility, the US affiliate of IPPNW, contributing to the intellectual and organizational growth of the physicians’ movement. 

A moving tribute to this giant in medicine and peace work has been written by his son John Abrams, and is reprinted here.

Herbert L. Abrams 1920-2016

Herbert L. Abrams
1920-2016

 

by John Abrams

Hebert Leroy Abrams – physician, scholar, author, and activist – died peacefully at home in Palo Alto, California, on January 20, 2016, surrounded by family. He was 95.

His illustrious, multi-dimensional career embraced what he called the “four dimensions of bio-medicine” – patient care, research, teaching, and advocacy. Read more…

“Modernizing” the opportunities for nuclear war

January 19, 2016
Federation of American Scientists illustration

Federation of American Scientists illustration

A fight now underway over newly-designed US nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

The fight, as a recent New York Times article indicates, concerns a variety of nuclear weapons that the US military is currently in the process of developing or, as the administration likes to say, “modernizing.” Last year, the Pentagon flight-tested a mock version of the most advanced among them, the B61 Model 12. Read more…

States of hope and states of concern

January 11, 2016

hiltAt the UN General assembly last fall there was an essential vote on the future of mankind. Resolution number A/RES/70/33 calling for the international society to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations had been submitted by Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, Lichtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. For that, these countries deserve our deep respect and gratitude. Read more…

American casualties of the US nuclear weapons program

January 7, 2016

When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that these weapons’ vast destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945—at least not yet. But, in reality, it has taken place, with shocking levels of US casualties. Read more…

DPRK nuclear test: dangerous and irresponsible

January 6, 2016

IPPNW condemns today’s test of a nuclear weapon by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We urge the DPRK government to reconsider its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, and to join with the majority of States that have pledged to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons because of their unacceptable humanitarian impact. Read more…

Docs to US Congress – Lift the ban on gun violence research

January 6, 2016

A Who’s Who of public health and medical organizations, from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, from the American Public Health Association to the Society for Public Health Education, recently called on the US Congress to “lift the current ban on funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to gun violence prevention research.” A letter to the US Senate and House Appropriations’ Committee signed by 25 major organizations further urged appropriation of “at least $10 million in FY 2016, along with sufficient new funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support research into the causes and prevention of gun violence.” Read more…

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