Pax Christi Michigan was thrilled to welcome Srs. Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert as our keynote speakers for the 2019 Annual State Conference. Ardeth and Carol are Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. These two Catholic sisters, both former teachers, have spent a lifetime preaching against and protesting nuclear weapons. Their personal protests started in Michigan in the 1980's. Their impassioned actions working with the Home for Peace and Justice led lawmakers in the State of Michigan to declare Michigan a nuclear weapons-free state. It remains a nuclear weapons-free zone.
Ardeth and Carol celebrated the historic moment in July of 2017, when peace organizations and advocates from around the world came together at the United Nations for four and a half weeks and wrote the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert are integral members of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and were present when 122 countries signed this Treaty on July 7, 2017. The United States refused to participate.
ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons.
Today, they continue raising awareness about the use of nuclear weapons and the humanitarian and environmental disaster the world and its citizens would face if any country activated a weapon.
We were indeed fortunate to have them share their insights will us.