Local activist wins Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award April 11, 2023

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The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College has awarded the 2023 Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder’s Award to Dr. Ira Helfand, a Northampton activist in the Back from the Brink campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons…“We were getting warnings from the experts that the danger of nuclear war was greater than it had ever been—and people were not paying attention,” Helfand explained. “ We wanted to build on the excitement generated by the adoption of the TPNW, and create a campaign that would work here in the United States. Back from the Brink called on the US to embrace the Treaty by starting negotiations with the other 8 nuclear armed states for a verifiable agreement for all 9 to eliminate their nuclear weapons so they could all join the Treaty.”

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