Letter of Congratulations from Sen. Ed Markey

Greetings from Hiroshima where I am making the final preparations for the Oleander Initaitive. In a little more than a week, teachers from throughout the Middle East and North Africa will gather here for the launch of our ground breaking program that we hope will raise awareness about the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons to young people throughout the region. 

In advance of the start of our program, I am happy to announce that we have received a letter of congratulations from Senator Edward Markey, one of the leading political figures in nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and nuclear weapons control. 

Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts

Senator Markey's bio:

After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 37 years, Ed Markey was elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate in 2013. In the 1980s Markey was involved in the national Nuclear Freeze movement and his amendment to ban all underground nuclear testing passed in 1986; in the 1990s he fought to tighten controls on global trafficking in nuclear technology. Since then, Senator Markey has continued his work on nuclear nonproliferation, successfully enacting new restrictions on exports of nuclear and dual-use technologies to countries designated by the U.S. as state sponsors of terrorism and pressing for stronger nuclear nonproliferation conditions on all future nuclear trade cooperation agreements. As founder of the Nonproliferation Caucus, Senator Markey continues to spearhead efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to safeguard the future for generations to come.

His letter praising the Oleander Initiative can be found below. 


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