At the 2021 Pax Christi USA National Conference, one of the breakout sessions offered was “Breaking the Idols: Nuclear Weapons and Intersectional Justice” which addressed how the production, testing and deployment of nuclear weapons impact all of us in many ways. This session explored the effects of nuclear weapons on our economy, our environment, and on racial justice, and how breaking the idolatry of the bomb can move us closer to building the beloved community. Panelists included Art Laffin, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace and long-time Catholic Worker; Vincent Intondi, professor and author of African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement; and Vicki Elson, creative director for nuclearban.us; and was moderated by Nick Mele, Pax Christi USA Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament coordinator.
As we observe the 76th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, we offer this video as a study piece to spur us on to action toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
> Click here to see our PSA with prayer, study and action resources for remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
> Click here for the text of Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Art Laffin’s remarks in the workshop.