Author: betsybell

Russian nuclear scientists dead

Russian nuclear scientists dead

As the nuclear weapons treaties keeping us “safe” for the past decades’ time-out for various reasons (presidential withdrawal, end-dates, non-renewal), the new Cold War escalates at a frightening pace. The most recent price for this escalation has just been paid in the deaths of nuclear scientists and ordinary citizens in Russia. Who is next? When …

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US Military budget

US Military budget

Dear WANW Coalition, Last week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act. $733 Billion dollars for military spending. This reveals a culture that normalizes violence and war and a country that will use militarism to protect its interests abroad. However within this bill, there are many victories to claim, where Congress moved in the …

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Book Signings wake up call to nuclear war threat

Book Signings wake up call to nuclear war threat

With three presentations of Open Borders behind me and one more to go (Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6 p.m. Homestreet Bank in West Seattle), it is clear these book signing are a wake up call to the nuclear war threat. Members of the audiences who are old enough to remember the doomsday predictions at the height …

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Open Borders book signings

Open Borders book signings

October 23rd, 6 – 8 p.m. University of Washington Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Meet the author, Betsy Bell, and engage in a conversation about Citizen Diplomacy in the face of nuclear war in the 1980s. Joining her on a panel will be Prof. Eric Johnson of the UW history department and …

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Pre-order Open Borders now

Pre-order Open Borders now

Want to be the first to read Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss and Anti-war activism? The various online ways to order the book are now ready to respond. You can pre-order Open Borders now. I’ve got my very own ISBN 10-1941890210. Amazon– to place an order through Amazon, open your Amazon account …

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Getting a book published

Getting a book published

  Exciting news!  Open Borders will be available for purchase one month from today: Oct. 16th. Hard to believe this long process of getting a book published is coming to a climax. Birthing Open Borders has been far more challenging than producing four daughters. The father of those daughters hasn’t been physically available to support …

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Aging peace activists in Seattle

Aging peace activists in Seattle

https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/peace-activists-are-aging-but-all-those-nuclear-weapons-right-over-there-are-just-as-threatening-as-ever/ I’m one of them, an aging peace activist. Wake up, everyone. We have a massive nuclear arsensal deployed at the Bangor nuclear submarine base just 20 miles from our Aquarium on the Seattle waterfront. Does anyone care? Ron Judd wrote a thorough and inspiring article about the threat and what is being done world …

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

This weekend marked an important day for the anti-war movement. One year ago, on July 7th, 2017 the UN adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Well over a hundred countries voted in favor of the Treaty; the countries abstaining all have nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognize China, France, …

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Radio broadcast about Citizen Diplomacy

Radio broadcast about Citizen Diplomacy

Take a listen to this MyNorthwest story from late fall last year. You get my voice as Felix Banel interviews me about Target Seattle and Citizen Diplomacy in the 80’s. Here’s a picture of Don Bell, chair of Target Seattle: Preventing Nuclear War, in 1982-1984. I’m getting involved with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, one …

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Why Citizen Diplomacy?

Why Citizen Diplomacy?

Dear One, You may ask, why Citizen Diplomacy in 1980s? In the opening sessions of spring quarter 2018 at the University of Washington, Dr. Eric Johnson will introduce a couple of octogenarians to talk to his history students about what we hoped to achieve by engaging in citizen diplomany initiatives during the Cold War. Rosanne …

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