29th Annual Evening for Peace
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will present its 2012 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award to Marshall Islands senator Tony de Brum.
When: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Four Seasons Biltmore, 1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara
Cost: Not available
Age limit: Not available
Categories: Social: Meetings
The Distinguished Peace Leadership Award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated courageous leadership in the cause of peace. Past recipients include His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Captain Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Helen Caldicott, King Hussein of Jordan, and 23 others.
This year’s recipient, Senator de Brum, has worked tirelessly for peace and justice on behalf of his country, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (R.M.I.). Like all Marshall Islanders alive between 1946 and 1958, he has directly experienced the impact of 67 nuclear weapon tests, which the United States directed at the waters of the Marshall Islands during that period. These tests had an explosive power equivalent to one-and-one-half Hiroshima bombs exploded daily for 12 years and resulted in massive environmental and deleterious health effects. De Brum personally witnessed most of the detonations and was nine years old on March 1, 1954, when he experienced the most powerful of the explosions, code-named BRAVO.
He went on to become one of the first Marshall Islanders to graduate from college and focused on helping his people to extricate themselves from the legacy of U.S. nuclear testing. He played a key role in the negotiations that led to the first compact of free association between the U.S. and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and participated in the development of his country’s Constitution. Senator de Brum has also focused his attentions on the more recent challenges of global warming and its effects on atoll populations. He remains deeply engaged in seeking justice for the people of his country and an end to the nuclear threats that confront humanity.
The Evening for Peace is the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's principal fundraising event, supporting its efforts to build a more secure and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed at 6:30 p.m. by dinner and the award presentation. Event tickets are available online or by calling (805) 965-3443.
Event posted Oct. 2, 2012
Last updated Oct. 2, 2012