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Historic “Golden Rule” Ship Sails Again for Nuclear Disarmament


Jaccard said: “In 1958, a small group of peace activists sailed the Golden Rule to the Marshall Islands to stop nuclear weapons tests. That inspired many peacemakers and peace ships that followed.

“We have recovered and restored the original peace ship and are sailing the Golden Rule for nuclear disarmament. We are heading north and will enter Washington, D.C. on April 2.”

Jaccard is manager of the Golden Rule Project for Veterans For Peace. She said today: “With the danger of nuclear war being greater than ever, it’s become clear that if we don’t stop war, it will stop us.

“We’re seeing escalating dangers … with Russia putting nuclear weapons in Belarus, with the U.S. government’s placement of nuclear weapons in Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and its bellicose Nuclear Posture Review from last year — and recently with Britain’s deployment of depleted uranium ammunition to the Ukraine war.

“The people of the world must demand meaningful implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from 2017 and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which called on the incumbent nuclear powers to move toward eliminating nuclear weapons back in 1968.

“They have failed in their obligations as the U.S. and Russian governments have even shredded minimal nuclear weapons treaties. We’re not talking about unilateral disarmament. We’re talking about a path to stop this existential threat of nuclear weapons before it’s too late.”

The Golden Rule will sail past and comment on military facilities which are involved with depleted uranium and PFAS contamination around Washington, D.C., see: “The Golden Rule heads to the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River to highlight radioactive contamination at Navy bases.”

See the Golden Rule Project for livestream and other resources including the schedule as the boat heads north to Maine and around the Great Lakes. Future educational stops include Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago.