Protesters in Amherst rally for peace — and an end to nuclear weapons March 14, 2022

Amherst Bulletin

Dr. Ira Helfand of Northampton, who has campaigned for years for the abolition of nuclear weapons, told about 150 people who gathered on the Town Common Sunday afternoon that Russian President Vladimir Putin had raised the specter of his country deploying nuclear weapons “three times in the last 10 days.”

“We all thought we had moved beyond [nuclear threats], but here we are again,” said Helfand, a longtime member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Both NATO and Russia must say unequivocally that they will not use nuclear weapons for any reason … The stakes are too high.”

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