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Historial Data on the Montreal Declaration
World Social Forum held in Quebec, Canada, August 2016

WSF Montreal 9-14 August 2016 The Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World was endorsed by the World Social Forum (Forum Social Mondial in French) gathered in Quebec from August 8 to 14th. This declaration, as well as five solid days of strategy meetings, networking, and anti-nuclear workshops, was inspired by the Tokyo Appeal—text below—and the First Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Free World, held in Tokyo and Fukushima in March 2016.

Chico Whitaker, a co-founder of the World Social Forum in Brazil 15 years ago, and a leader of the Brazilian anti-nuclear movement, contacted Dr. Gordon Edwards of Canadian Coalition for a Nuclear Responsibility some months ago, calling for the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Free World to take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The entire week of events commenced with a Nagasaki atomic bombing commemoration ceremony, held at UQAM (University of Quebec at Montreal) on August 8. (Montreal is a sister city with Hiroshima, Japan, and the mayor of Montreal annually observes a Hiroshima atomic bombing commemoration.) The Nagasaki commemoration was conducted by Stuart Mayo Jr., alongside his father, Stuart Mayo Sr. The Mayos are members of the local Mohawk First Nation. Stuart Mayo Jr. spoke powerfully about the global significance of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, pointing out that it represented a kind of minitiarization of the Nazis’ Holocaust gas chambers and ovens. What took the Nazis years to do (the slaughter of millions of Jews, Roma, and other peoples), could now be done with the flip of a switch, or the push of a button (nuclear weapons).

The first two days in Montreal (August 8 and 9, held at UQAM) were devoted to networking and strategizing, regarding both nuclear weapons and nuclear power issues, and all aspects of the uranium fuel chain, from mining to radioactive waste dumping, and all steps in between. Groups such as Artistes pour la Paix [I, II] and Physicians for Global Survival took part. Additional attendees included French and Japanese anti-nuclear organizers. This included an attorney who represents numerous children in Fukushima being forced to attend school in a radioactively contaminated zone, despite the risks to their health and well being. It also included a French theater director, who has organized performances of 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s play adaptation of the book Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, in both France, as well as Alexievich’s native Belarus, the country hardest hit by Chernobyl’s radioactive fallout.

The official kick off of the World Social Forum, and culmination of the two days of anti-nuclear organizing and strategizing, took the form of a rally at Montreal’s Parc LaFontaine, and then an Opening March (including a colorful anti-nuke contingent) through the streets of the city, capped by a musical concert with speakers at a large outdoor plaza.

Dr. Edwards asked Michael Keegan of Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes to coordinate three solid days of workshops (August 10, 11, 12, held at McGill College, located on Mohawk land, for which the First Nation has never been compensated)—a dozen in all. Representatives from groups such as Beyond Nuclear, Citizens Awareness Network, Dene No Nukes, Fairewinds Energy Education, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Sept îles sans uranium (SISUR) stepped up to make it happen. The Mayos (mentioned above) added powerful testimony during one of the workshop sessions.

Nuclear forum participants – Image: © Robert Del Tredici/Atomic Photographers Guild

The Nuclear World Social Forum schedule of anti-nuke workshops and list of presenters provides a historical record on the goal of pursuing the creation of an international network at the service of intercommunication, mutual support, and launching joint actions for a world free of the nuclear threat, whether it is civil or military.

The powerful photos of the Atomic Age, by Montreal-based Atomic Photographers Guild founder, Robert Del Tredichi, were exhibited all week long, alongside the anti-nuke forum activities.

Call From Tokyo For Global Network
Towards A World Without Nuclear

We, participants of the 1st Thematic World Social Forum against civil and military nuclear, conducted in Tokyo and Fukushima from March, 23 to 28, 2016, from more than 10 countries from 3 continents, call for the creation of a global network in support of intercom, mutual support and the launch of joint actions for a world without civil and military nuclear.

This call is aimed at the citizens of all countries worldwide committed, on an individual basis or within an organization, for a world without nuclear.

To build this network, we will start by providing a list of exchanges, by Internet, enabling us to exceed our isolation, each struggling in her/his country against a nuclear power which is globalized. This tool will allow us to build common actions, resistors, denunciations and information broadcasts to build a world free from nuclear.

We will exchange on legal, security, health, education and communication issues, related to the use of nuclear energy for civil and military purposes. We will do this as part of major themes such as: export and import equipment, fuel for civil and military purposes, from mine to waste, and nuclear technology; myths and propaganda with which nuclear power is required, including through the lobbies and the media; testimonies of victims and refugees from nuclear power, but also experts, doctors, engineers and others allowing us to share information, studies and analyses; the successes of our struggles that allowed to block agreements, to adopt or to change laws, to close nuclear plants, to win lawsuits... so they can be shown as examples to other ongoing struggles; alternatives on the consumption and the production of energy; the nuclear workers, including the system of subcontracting and temporary work which seriously violates the health and safety of workers.

We invite all people, groups and organizations involved in the fight for a world without nuclear to subscribe to this list, to sign this call and to transmit it widely in their networks.

We call them also, in response to the message of solidarity received from the organizations of Quebec and Canada fighting against nuclear power to become involved in the construction of our network, taking part in the 2nd Thematic World Social Forum against civil and military nuclear, which will be held on the occasion of the World Social Forum of Montreal (Canada), from August 8 to 14, 2016.

A 3rd Thematic World Social Forum against civil and military nuclear may be held in Europe on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the beginning of the Chernobyl disaster.

Tokyo, March 28th, 2016.

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