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Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF) is a non-profit, public interest organization founded in 1982, which monitors and analyzes U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies and related high technology energy and weapons programs, with a focus on the national nuclear weapons laboratories.
WSLF recognizes that nuclear weapons affect the environment,
the economy, the role of violence in society, and democracy itself. Rather
than enhancing our "national" security, nuclear weapons threaten our
fundamental human security. WSLF seeks to abolish nuclear weapons, compel
open public environmental review of nuclear technologies, and ensure
appropriate management of nuclear waste. Grounded in nonviolence and
rooted in both international and environmental law, the principle guiding
WSLF's activities is democratization of decision making affecting nuclear
weapons and related technologies.
In May, 2005 world leaders converged at the United Nations in New York City for the 5-year Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to discuss the fate of a treaty in serious disarray, its disarmament obligations largely ignored by major nuclear weapon states. In preparation for the Review Conference, citizens of the world mobilized for a nuclear-weapon-free world, a call embodied in the global grassroots campaign Abolition Now! Dare to Plan!
Spearheaded by Abolition 2000, a global network of over 2000 organizations working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons, Abolition Now! continues to work in collaboration with Mayors for Peace Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons to create the political will and commitment among individuals, citizen groups, community and civic leaders to call for concrete plans for a nuclear-weapon-free future and the total abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020.
Western States Legal Foundation continues to be an active part of the Abolition Now campaign. For more information, visit WSLF's Abolition Now USA page, the web site of the international Abolition Now campaign, or contact Western States Legal Foundation.
WSLF is a founding member of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons. WSLF has been a member since 1989 of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, and is affiliated with the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, the
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Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director
Andrew Lichterman, Program Director
Western States Legal Foundation
1204 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA 94612 USA
phone: (510) 839-5877
fax: (510) 839-5397
Site updated August 2, 2006.
August 6th & 9th Days of Action
AUGUST 6: Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima
at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab
AUGUST 9th: UN International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki
at Bechtel Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco
Press Release WMDreport.org Launched May 31, 2006. Civil Society commentary by WSLF and others on the Blix WMD commission report.
The Divine Strake Nuclear Weapons Simulation: A Bad Signal at a Bad Time Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Spring 2006
Vandenberg Air Force Base: Where the Present and Future of U.S. Warmaking Come Together Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Spring 2006 (pdf)
Questions and Answers About Weapons of Mass Destruction, WSLF Information Brief, Spring 2006
Signs of Change in the First Committee,Western States Legal Foundation Information Brief, Fall 2005 (pdf)
The Nevada Test Site: Desert Annex of the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories, Western States Legal Foundation and Nevada Desert Experience Information Bulletin, updated Summer 2005 (pdf).
Slide Presentation: "No More Nuclear Excuses for War!"
Compliance Assessment: The NPT Declared Nuclear Weapon States, Presentation to the 2005 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, May 11, 2005
Web Research Guide: Military Spending: Researching Impacts on your Campus or Community, updated May 2005
War is Peace, Arms Racing is Disarmament: The Non-Proliferation Treaty and the U.S. Quest for Global Military Dominance, Western States Legal Foundation Special Report, May 2005
full document (pdf)
summary (6 pages, pdf) information brief version (2 pages, pdf) Letter Opposing Confirmation of John Bolton as UN Ambassador, March 15, 2005 (pdf)
Up For Sale: Bidding For Management of the Nuclear Weapons Labs, Western States Legal Foundation Special Report, Fall 2004
starts at home
Talking Points – Nuclear Disarmament/Redefining Security Working Group, United for Peace and Justice (pdf 2pp.)
Worlds apart: from Washington to the Nevada Test Site gates May 30, 2006
Government withdraws environmental finding, Divine Strake test delayed May 26, 2006
April 29, 2006 March for Peace, Justice and Democracy May 20, 2006
Government admits Divine Strake test data likely will be used to research nuclear weapons effects May 1, 2006
Bringing Nuclear Disarmament “Home” to the Peace and Justice Movement April 24, 2006
"Divine Strake" and the talk of a nuclear attack on Iran April 12, 2006
The "Divine Strake" low-yield nuclear weapons simulation: government denials and responses April 12, 2006
U.S. plans for Iran "options" and the nuclear weapons debate What should go without saying (The United States and International Law) April 6, 2006
Demonstrators gather to re-create 'Peace Camp' protest Las Vegas Sun, May 24, 2006
U.S. Test to Model Low-Yield Nuclear Bomb Effects Global Security Newswire April 4, 2006
Blast to Simulate Nuke Explosion Albuquerque Journal, April 2, 2006
Ignoring the U.S.'s "Bad Atoms": For the New York Times, Washington is NPT's enforcer, not a violator
August 6th & 9th Days of Action Press release August 2, 2006
Blix Commission Report on WMD A "Wake-Up Call," Say Advocacy Groups June 1, 2006
WMDreport.org Launched May 31, 2006. Civil Society commentary by WSLF and others on the Blix WMD commission report.
New web resources page: Military Spending: Researching Impacts on your Campus or Community
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Doctrine Page
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