Who We Are
The Treaty Awareness Campaign is a non-profit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of The Peace Development Fund. We are committed to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. On 7/7/17, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was agreed at the United Nations by 122 countries and it’s the game-changer we’ve been waiting for! The 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (‘Nuclear Ban Treaty’) established the first comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons under international law – making it illegal to possess, use, or even threaten to use nuclear weapons.
Our organization is committed to using the Treaty as a tool to educate and mobilize people across the US to support nuclear weapons abolition. In particular, our Treaty Compliance Campaign is about educating individuals, businesses, faith communities, schools, and organizations about the continued risks and costs of nuclear weapons and helping them to align with the Nuclear Ban Treaty, by disconnecting as far as possible, from the nuclear weapons industry. We are calling this “Treaty Alignment” and it sends a powerful message to the government, to corporations, and to the public: Nuclear weapons are inhumane, and they are now illegal under international law. This will put pressure on the nuclear weapons industry and help convince the US and other nuclear nations to sign, ratify and implement the Treaty. We work to empower individuals at all levels to act against nuclear weapons and contribute to the global effort to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all. Together a nuclear weapons free future is possible!
Meet the Team
When Vicki Elson became a mom in 1981, she became acutely concerned about protecting her beautiful children from nuclear wars and nuclear accidents. She thought she was neurotic, and she told herself to stop worrying so much. She spent 35 years raising her kids and grandkids and making herself happy by working as a childbirth educator, filmmaker, and labor support “doula.” But after Fukushima she started worrying again, and she realized that she’s not neurotic at all — it’s a crazy world where the profits of a few put the entire planet in unspeakable danger. In July 2017, she had a life-changing opportunity to witness the U.N. negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and she watched the roomful of ambassadors break all their own rules (no clapping, no hugging) when the Treaty was agreed. Now she makes herself happy by doing something constructive about nuclear weapons: spreading the message of total abolition to communities across the USA. She thinks that’s an even more important way to help babies and families to live happy, healthy lives. She also writes little songs to inspire citizen action.
Administration and Finance Officer
Timmon Milne Wallis holds a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University. He has served as executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, and he has directed peace-building projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia, Myanmar, Chechnya, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and South Sudan.
He has also served as editor of Peace News, as director of the National Peace Council (UK), as international secretary of Peace Brigades International, as training manager for International Alert, and as programme manager for Quakers in Britain. He was the founder and director of Peaceworkers UK.
His new book, Disarming the Nuclear Argument: The Truth About Nuclear Weapons, analyzes the cost, accident risk, and legality of nuclear weapons, and the absurdity of the whole concept of perpetuating nuclear weapons as “deterrence.” The book played a role in the successful July 2017 United Nations negotiations for a Nuclear Ban Treaty, and it is a handbook for those seeking a safer, saner world.
Lydia is a PhD Candidate in Geography at San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara. She has educational and organizing experience on a range of labor, gender, social and economic justice issues. Since joining our team she has become a passionate advocate for nuclear abolition and loves being part of a movement to help create a life-affirming and nuclear weapons free world.
Become Treaty Aligned and launch a campaign to get your institutions (businesses, banks, universities, faith groups) to also become Treaty Aligned.