Anti-Nuclear, Political Activist

Preventing First Strike

Dear Anti-nuclear Weapons Warriors,

Things are heating up. In order to prevent a first strike–Preventing First Strike–Rep Adam Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced the No First Use Act last week. Contact your Federal House Reps and Senators to encourage them to co-sponsor.

 

 

 

Here’s a suggested script:

Sample Script

Hi my name is _________, and I am a constituent
living in _________. I’m calling to urge your office to co-sponsor the No First Use Act introduced last week by Rep. Adam Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as bicameral bills HR 921 and S 200. This bill would help prevent the possibility of the US initiating a nuclear war, which would cause unthinkable destruction to all people and the earth. A ‘No First Use’ policy would prohibit the conducting of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress. This policy decreases the likelihood of launching missiles in a crisis, whether by accident or deliberate action.Will your office co-sponsor the No First Use Act? Thank you!

A lot of people in the Pacific NW and then across the country worked to prevent a first strike back in the 1980s. The USSR collapsed in 1989. The START treaty resulted in the destruction of thousands of nuclear weapons. Here we are in a new Cold War. Today we have the internet. We can create a wave of anti-nuclear weapons voices across the globe. Read what some of us did back then in Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss and Anti-war Activism. You can get the book from your local independent bookstore or wherever you get your books.
BTW I’ll be reading from Open Borders at the SW Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14th. Details under Calendar.
Anti-Nuclear, Creative Non-Fiction, Historical Memoir, Memoir

Author2Author interview

William Kenower, talk show host of Author2Author recently interviewed me about Open Borders and how it came to be. I invite you to listen to this 30 minute show, after which you might browse his other author interviews to see if one of your favorite authors has something to say about their work.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/author-magazine/2019/01/15/author2author-with-betsy-bell

Bill curates an archive of talks with Northwest authors. I’ve know Bill as a supportive teacher of memoir and an author in his own right.

Anti-Nuclear, Political Activist

Arms Control Association

Dear Anti-Nuclear War Warriors,

This organization which has existed since 1971, just landed in my in-box and I want to share it with you. The Arms Control Association is full of good information. The research and articles cover the world theater from US-Russian relations to actions by the French. I suppose it could be depressing to read their reports and analysis, but pretending there is nothing to worry about might be worse. Humans have the capacity to deny and ignore threats too unbearable to imagine. Perhaps full and unflinching knowledge will bring a different kind of calm, one build on showing up to reality. We do have a way of soothing ourselves by creating of bubble on not-knowing.

Let me know what you think of becoming more informed?

In peace and the promise of a Beloved Community embracing the whole world.

Betsy

Anti-Nuclear, Buy Open Borders, Creative Non-Fiction, Events, Political Activist

Third Place Books reading

Hello, all you Anti-nuclear weapons folk! Come out to Lake Forest Park’s Third Place Books this Friday night at 6 for an outstanding program including a powerpoint overview of the Cold War from its beginning. Anne Stadler, KING 5 TV producer in the 1980s will be on the podium with me. She will talk about the power of TV to break down barriers between enemies and the importance of getting to see, hear and become familiar with the Other in times of sabre-rattling retoric between angry governments.

If you are feeling despair or anxiety about the possibility of a peaceful outcome of the current arms build-up, gathering with people to learn about what we did in the 80s to make a difference. Taking action gives you a reason to believe in a different future. I’ll be sharing from Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss and Anti-war Activism.

Third Place Books will have Open Borders for sale or you can get the e-reader version where you usually get your books.

Bring your friends. I look forward to seeing you Friday, Jan. 25th at 6 p.m.

Betsy

Anti-Nuclear, Historical Memoir, Political Activist

Radio interview Open Borders

I am so excited to share with you an in depth radio interview with March Twisdale of the Voice of Vashon, 101.9 FM, KVSH. Our conversation was recorded before Christmas and is now part of March’s New Year programming. I recommend it to you because her questions elicited as discussion of the fear generated in Seattle in 1981 when the first Trident nuclear submarine entered Hood Canal. She also bring out the women’s career vs. motherhood issues working their way in my own development. Your interview is airing this week and next, Saturday January 12 / 19 @ 11am and Monday January 14 / 21 @ 12noon. If you can get Voice of Vashon,be sure to listen on 101.9 FM, KVSH.

If Vashon Island, WA will not reach you. March produces a podcast. The link is below. Download it for entertainment on your next long walk. Then buy the book and share it with your family and friends. Give it to your local library. And thank you for your interest in preventing nuclear war in 2019.

Betsy Bell Interview – PPP071