With so much at stake, from climate change, reproductive rights, threats from weapons of mass destruction, to police brutality, the last decade has seen ordinary people take to the streets to challenge and change the way our governments and institutions legislate our future. Movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo have had an incredible impact on public understandings and political commitments, showing the meaningful change that social movements and popular resistance can have on our world.
The story in this book offers a look inside the antinuclear movement and its recent successful campaign to ban the bomb. From scrappy organizing to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and achieving a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, Ray Acheson narrates the journey of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and developments in feminist disarmament activism.
Ray Acheson is currently director of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s disarmament program in New York City. Ray leads the organization’s work on stigmatizing war and violence, advocating and organizing for disarmament, and raising feminist perspectives on militarism and weapons. Ray represents WILPF within the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Ray has been awarded the 2020 Nuclear Free Future Award and the 2018 UN Women Metro New York Champion of Change prize.
This is a fascinating and much-needed dive into the ICAN movement and the history of Anti-Nuclear protest from the 60s and 70s to present day. A key strength to this story is the centrality of the author to the events reported, offering readers a pleasing participant observation angle to the events.”
Ray Acheson shows us in gritty detail how nuclear weapons have been sustained by the workings of patriarchal masculinity, expert exclusivity, corporate profit, diplomatic complicity, political cynicism and false narratives of security. Then she reveals how each has been effectively challenged by ICAN, an innovative, women-led global social justice movement. This is a book for every IR course, every social justice and gender politics course. On every page I learned something new.