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2006 Think Outside the Bomb Conference, Santa Barbara

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Though not complete debate related, this is a great opportunity for debaters.


If you're really far away, we might not have the funds for a travel voucher. We are considering each application on a case-by-case basis, so if you have a good app, you might still get some funds


2006 "Think Outside the Bomb" Conference, Santa Barbara


From October 27-29, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will team up with various partner NGOs to host the second “Think Outside the Bomb” national conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The conference will bring together high school students, college students, recent college alumni, and young non-profit professionals from throughout the western United States for a series of participatory discussion panels, workshops, and skills trainings on building a nuclear-free world.


The threat of a nuclear holocaust is one of the most urgent challenges facing our generation. In recent years, the crises in Iran, Iraq, and North Korea have underscored the ongoing centrality of nuclear weapons in the global political order. Yet, the primary ideological and material source of global nuclear proliferation is right here, at home, where the nuclear weapons complex of the United States spends more money to develop new nukes, maintain existing ones, and clean up some of its mess than any other country. If nuclear disarmament is to be achieved, it must begin here -- and now.


Stopping the construction of new nuclear power plants, ending the exploitation inherently wrought by the nuclear fuel cycle, and achieving the demilitarization of our schools and communities are all intimately connected with the cause of nuclear disarmament. Nuclear weapons are not created in a vacuum. Nor will they be abolished in one.


The “Think Outside the Bomb” conference will provide a backdrop for a rich exchange of ideas between participants regarding nuclear issues. Attendees will leave the conference buzzing with new insights, knowledge, and inspiration, as well as an array of organizing resources and practical hands-on skills to empower them to do the day-to-day work of creating a more peaceful and secure planet. Conference speakers may include international human rights activists Bianca Jagger and Blase Bonpane, who will be awarded the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s annual Distinguished Peace Leadership Award and World Citizenship Award, respectively, at the annual “Evening for Peace” dinner in Santa Barbara on Saturday, October 28.


Travel vouchers are available to out-of-town attendees. Lodging will be provided free of charge for most participants. Free food will be provided for all, throughout the course of the weekend.


By attending this conference, you will become part of the “Think Outside the Bomb” network, the most active and vibrant national network of young people working for nuclear disarmament in recent memory. For more information, please see http://www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org.


Register to attend the “Think Outside the Bomb” conference by filling out the form below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Will Parrish, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation youth empowerment coordinator, at youth@napf.org or calling (805) 965-3443.

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