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Rebecca Johnson and Kathleen Sullivan: Nobel Peace Laureates and Peaceful Activists in Nuclear Disarmament


Show Note: Johnson, and Sullivan, along with a group of activists and educators at International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received Noble Peace prize in 2017.  Dr. Johnson, executive director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy and founding president of the ICAN, and Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, co-founder of Hibakusha Stories and educator for social responsibilities and nuclear disarmament will talk with Sara Jamshidi about nonviolent (educational) activism on nuclear disarmament.


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Rebecca Johnson

Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy – Rebecca Johnson

European Leadership Network – Rebecca Johnson

Ban Nuclear Weapons : Prevent Climate Catastrophe (

RebEl’s Lockdown Solidarity song (take a listen, beautiful song for peace lovers and nonviolent resisters)

Women, security and banning nuclear weapons: from SOAS to ICAN

Nobel Peace Prize Statement – ICAN UK



Kathleen Sullivan

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, disarmament educator and nuclear abolitionist

Youth Arts New York / Hibakusha Stories

High school teachers discuss nuclear threats at professional development workshop

Photos: Get to know ICAN, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

The People Who Made a Nuclear-Weapons-Prohibition Treaty Possible



Interview with Rebecca Johnson and Kathleen Sullivan for Peacemindedly Podcast




Dr. Rebecca Johnson’s Quotes

‘It is not enough to ban nuclear weapons. It must be abolished.’ ‘Women at the U.N. General Assembly created different dynamics.’ About the United States’ racist system.


‘As black women, we do not want to keep educating white women. As much as we love you, we actually want you to educate yourself and be out there and say what needs to be said.’ ‘you never get a sustainable conflict-resolution if you get only men around the table. There is different relationship when you get women around the table.’


“So important to say black lives matter now, precisely because black people dying because of white racism.”





Dr. Kathleen Sullivan’s Quotes

“Black people are tired of modern day lynching … It is written on their bodies through the pigmentation of their skin. Just like it is written on women’s bodies because we have vagina.” Setsuko Thurlow story of survival.




‘A group of citizens, academics, medical doctors, writers, musicians, from across the world had risen up to challenge nuclear arm states.’
‘We should cultivate kindness to ourselves and one another.’ ‘The same pain shared in many survival stories.’ Reaching Critical Will



If You Love This Planet

A beautifully animated short film, If You Love This Planet brings to life Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow’s passionate call to action, on the day that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted at the United Nations – 7 July 2017.

Animations: Amber Cooper-Davies
Producer: Kathleen Sullivan
Composer: Sam Sadigursky

(Courtesy of Kathleen Sullivan)



RebEl’s LockdownSolidarity song


My LockdownSolidarity Song (April 2020) is based on Mal Finch’s Holloway song (Greenham Common 1986) and accompanied by activist photos and slides from Women in Black virtual vigils.



YouTube Raw footage of the conversation between Rebecca Johnson and Kathleen Sullivan with Sara Jamshidi for Peacemindedly Podcast