NW Regional Conference at Seabeck, WA

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Veterans for Peace "The Golden Rule Project"

vfp_header_logoWorkshop Title:  The Golden Rule: Truth, Education and Direct Action
Workshop Description:
Learn why the original 1958 crew sailed towards the Marshall Islands, hear the story of he Restoration Project and its 2015 voyage to San Diego, the plans for this year, and engage in a discussion of nuclear issues today.

 The Golden Rule Project aims to advance Veterans For Peace opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a dramatic fashion.

They have recovered and restored the original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired the many peace makers and peace ships that followed.  The Golden Rule and her Quaker crew were part of a non-violent direct action to try to stop  atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

The boat and her mission are restored, and we are sailing to the Pacific Northwest this year to reach beyond the choir in calling for a nuclear-free, sustainable, peaceful world. 

Theirs is primarily an educational mission, yet they plan to challenge military activities with a series of non-violent direct actions at Bangor Nuclear Submarine Base, Indian Island Munitions Depot, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and possibly Everett Naval Base. 

We are teaming up with Ground Zero Center for NonViolent Action, many Friends Meetings, Unitarians, Peace and Justice groups, Environmentalists, and even Rotary to bring our message to the public.  As the Restoration Coordinator for the Golden Rule said, "The Golden Rule is a Weapon of Mass Education".

The reborn Golden Rule is sailing once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.

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