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August 1: Michigan/Lincoln Memorial

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August 15: Sherman/North

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August 29: Howell/Layton


In the Shadow of Epidemics and Racism:

War and Nuclear Weapons - Film Series


To understand why dismantling nuclear weapons quickly makes so much sense, one has to understand the logic of war, and the history and nature of these weapons. WILPF, PSR and VTIFF have partnered to offer a series of films and discussions to help us do just that, and what can be done to eliminate this threat. Peace Action WI shares these links with you.


 All films will be followed by a discussion. We recommend viewing the films ahead of time and then joining us for the live discussions. Links to the discussions will be sent to people who register at


The Moment in Time: The Manhattan Project | 2000 | 56min | Directed by John Bass | View on Youtube HERE
This Library of Congress and Los Alamos National Laboratory co-production uses interviews and oral histories with many of the key Manhattan Project scientists who helped build the bomb. The film charts the fear that the Nazis were working on an atomic bomb, and follows its development up to the explosion of the ‘Trinity” bomb on July 16, 1945 with scarce consideration given to the population living in the vicinity.

July 13, 7-8 PM Discussion with Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, a community group founded to support families affected by the Trinity test, and Joni Arends, a leading voice against the nuclear weapons industry in New Mexico.


Bílá Nemoc (White Disease) | 1937 | 104 min | Directed by Hugo Haas (also starring) | View on Czech Film Archive site HERE (make sure to click on the CC link for English subtitles)
Adapted from a play by Karel Čapek, beautifully shot in expressive black and white and written at a time of increasing threat from Nazi Germany to Czechoslovakia. A bellicose, nationalist leader whose plans to invade a smaller country are complicated by a strange illness making its way through his nation. They call it the "white disease. The disease came from China and only affects people older than 45. Some scenes are creepily similar to events of today.

July 23, 7-8 PM Discussion with Orly Yadin of the Vermont International Film Festival


Command and Control | 2016 | 90 minutes | Directed by Robert Kenner | View: (Amazon Prime) or (free) HERE

              PBS Documentary highlighting how close we have come to destroying ourselves in the pursuit of nuclear superiority. Atomic weapons are man-made machines. Man-made machines sooner or later break. A very serious accident, or even atomic apocalypse is only a matter of time.

July 30, 7-8 PM Discussion  with Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.


 Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb | 1964 | 94 min | Directed by Stanley Kubrick | View on Amazon Prime or (free) HERE

              Timeless classic starring Peter Sellers and considered one of the best black comedies of all time, an early attempt to deal with the insane contradiction of building civilization-ending weapons to preserve civilization, a contradiction that we have not yet resolved.

Aug 6, 7-8 PM Discussion with Marc Estrin,  critic, artist, activist, and author of  Kafka’s Roach: The Life and Times of Gregor Samsa, which explores, among many other things, the ethical dilemma of nuclear weapons.


Threads | 1984 | 117 min | Directed by Mick Jackson | View HERE

            Dramatization of a nuclear attack on Sheffield, England from a month before, through 13 years after the destruction. May be the most realistic depiction ever made of what nuclear war would actually look and feel like, including the “nuclear winter” of climate change that would almost certainly follow.

Aug 7, 7-8 PM Discussion with Dr. John Reuwer, of Physicians for Social Responsibility


Amazing Grace and Chuck | 1987 | 102 minutes | Directed by Mike Newell | View HERE  

            Dramatization of a little league pitcher who is so affected by a routine tour of a minuteman missile silo that he goes on strike until the nuclear threat is reduced, taking professional sports with him, and changing the world. Very entertaining and inspiring movie to remind each of us we can make a difference. Suitable for adolescents as well as adults. (Amazon Prime)

Aug 8, 7-8 PM Discussion with Dr. John Reuwer, of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Adjunct Professor of Nonviolent Conflict at St. Michael’s College.


The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons | 2019 | 56 min | Directed by Álvaro Orús | View HERE
The story of ordinary citizens working over 10 years to make the humanitarian case against nuclear weapons, and battling states with nuclear weapons to adopt the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons in 2017, with the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Link to be added

Aug 9, 7-8 PM Discussion with Alice Slater,  from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation


 End the Wars Coalition meetings, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 pm at the Peace Center

Next meeting will be May 20, 2020 at 7 PM by phone, 605-313-4821, access code 849302#

Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212 4124-269-9525

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  • Ryan Potochnik
    commented 2019-11-05 09:45:34 -0600
    I Have A Suggestion Peace Action of WI Annual Membership Meeting and Chili Supper On November 19th I Don’t Like Chili Of Any Kind I Never Liked It Since I Was A Kid So Next Year I Suggest It Be A Spaghetti Supper Or Something Else And Spaghetti Can Also Be Served Meat And Vegetarian