June 10-16, 2024

Daniel Ellsberg Week

June 10-16, 2024

Daniel Ellsberg Week

Co-sponsored by RootsAction Education Fund & The Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy 

Co-sponsored by RootsAction Education Fund & The Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy 

A week of education and action to honor peacemaking and whistleblowing

Daniel Ellsberg became a whistleblower by giving the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. Ellsberg’s subsequent trial on twelve felony counts, posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, leading to the convictions of several White House aides and figuring in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.
 
Ellsberg was a lecturer, scholar, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for principled whistleblowing until his death on June 16, 2023. Today, we are carrying on his legacy as a voice of reason in a nuclear-armed world by working to end the threat of nuclear weapons.
Ellsberg emphasized that intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are the single greatest nuclear weapons threat to our world today. With recent reports revealing that the effort to replace them will cost tens of billions of dollars more than originally estimated, it’s past time to get rid of these dangerous weapons and redirect money to real human needs.

In April 2023, the Defuse Nuclear War coalition celebrated Daniel Ellsberg Week for the first time.

The efforts to mark Daniel Ellsberg Week generated city proclamations, articles, op-eds, videos, and a puncture or two in the bubble of media groupthink that passes for journalism. Seeking “to honor peacemaking and whistleblowing,” the cities of Albuquerque, NM, and San Francisco and Berkeley, CA, issued proclamations designating April 24-30, 2023 as Daniel Ellsberg Week to honor the renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower. Additionally, The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence presented Ellsberg with their annual award.

 

This year, we’ll be commemorating Ellsberg’s life and work once again by demanding a world beyond nuclear weapons.

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“Wouldn’t you go to prison to help end this war?”
-Daniel Ellsberg
"My wish for you, my friends, is that at the end of your days you will feel as much joy and gratitude as I do now."
-Daniel Ellsberg

Watch videos featuring Daniel Ellsberg and about his legacy

The Defuse Nuclear War Podcast With Daniel Ellsberg

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Directed by Oscar-nominee Judith Ehrlich, the series explores the dangers of nuclear weapons and the politics that drive their existence. Hear firsthand accounts from Ellsberg about his time as a nuclear war planner for the U.S. military and learn hidden truth about realities of nuclear weapons. In episode 1, Daniel Ellsberg accounts the death toll and violent realities of nuclear war.

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