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Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

no_nukes_protestAs relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.”

Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the frontlines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate.


Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.

Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice.

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK.

Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant.

Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement.

Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.


Host: Sandina Robbins

Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman

Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch

Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri

Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Web Editor: Kwan Booth

Photo Credits:

“8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs,” photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence via Twitter @RNCV1

For More Information:

Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes,” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story. 

Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer

Samira Goetschel  City 40

Western States Legal Foundation

“Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO

Israeli Disarmament Movement

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Britain

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy

Marshall Islands Lawsuit ICJ

Nuclear Free Future

Women in Europe for a Common Future

No Nukes Action Committee

Fairewinds Energy Education


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