Two internationally prominent nuclear disarmament activists are coming to Ashland to talk about global security under Donald Trump. Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action, the nation’s largest disarmament group, and German-based Reiner Braun, co-president of the International Peace Bureau, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland, and at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the Rogue River Room at Southern Oregon University's Stevenson Union.
The Thursday talks will focus on international security during the Trump years. The Friday presentations will focus on U.S. militarism and an imperial President. The event on Friday will begin with a buffet lunch in the Rogue River Room.
All events are free and open to the public, but donations for the lunch will be welcome.
Herbert Rothschild, who guides the Prevent War program of Peace House, sponsor of the talks, said, “There’s a great deal of hopeful peace activity at the international level that we rarely hear about because we are so focused on national news. Both these speakers are in the midst of that activity. In addition, it will be useful to learn how gravely Trump’s threat to world peace is perceived 'inside the Beltway,' and a European perspective on the tensions between NATO and Russia.”
Martin is national president of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization with more than 100,000 members. Based in the Washington, D.C., area since 2001, he has been integral to the concerted efforts of the peace community to demilitarize U.S. foreign policy and the economy. His special focus has been on nuclear arms control.
Braun has been co-president of the International Peace Bureau since 2013 and was one of the main organizers of the World Congress of the IPB last year. He has been actively involved in the peace movement since 1982, working in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe. Since 1983 he has been executive director of Scientists for Peace and Sustainability (Germany), and in 1991 he also became executive director of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility.