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November 17, 2017

Minutes WNCPSR, November 17, 2017

Attendees: Lew Patrie, Bob Howarth, Mary Olson, Beth Gilman, Brita Clark

Terry Clark and Bert Crain unable to attend

  1.  I. Approval of minutes of meeting on October 20, 2017 
  1.  II. Treasurer Report: Lew Patrie
  2.  III. Business:

     - Report re Nuclear Weapons Awareness Project, Bob Howarth 

   Bob reviewed the scheduling for submission of guest columns to the Asheville Citizen Times.  

    Bob noted a report by Episcopal Bishop Bill Swing on his Vatican trip Nov. 8 - 11, 2017 to attend a nuclear conference called by Pope Francis.  Swing is founder in 1995 of United Religions Initiative now active in 102 countries with 802 community groups. Numerous statesmen and former national & internationally known figures from many countries attended and contributed. A quote from Pope Francis, 

" [Nuclear weapons] cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by the ethics of solidarity".  Bob noted that the report is extremely interesting & well worth reading to find such high level support for abolishing nuclear weapons.

- Report from Brita and Beth regarding the PSR Gala, in Washington DC

- Preparations for Celebration on Thursday, December 14, 2017

Planning committee reported on progress

- (?)  Petition opposing HR 3035, “The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act”, shipments across the country to so-called “interim Storage sites” in Southwest. Needs follow-up.