Alice Slater

  • Anti-nuclear activist
  • President of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment
  • Co-founder of Abolition 2000
  • Opposes factory farming
  • “The United States, as leader of the nuclear club, must call for an end to ‘peaceful’ nuclear power.”

Alice Slater is the president of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE), a non-profit advocacy group that seeks to eliminate both factory farming and nuclear weapons. Slater is also a co-founder of Abolition 2000, a nuclear disarmament lobbying group. She serves on the advisory board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and on the executive committees of the Middle Powers Initiative, whose goal is to persuade nations that possess nuclear weapons to dismantle them and end their nuclear programs. In addition, Slater, who is an attorney, is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on International Security Affairs; a member of the United Nations Working Group; a board member of the Lawyers Committee for Nuclear Policy; and a United Nations NGO representative who has organized many conferences and roundtables at the UN on nuclear and environmental issues. She is also the author of numerous articles and op-eds on these subjects, and has frequently discussed her views on disarmament in local and national media.

A harsh critic of the Bush administration, Ms. Slater says, “President Bush [has chosen] to call on nuclear ‘have’ states to ban exports of enrichment and reprocessing equipment to ‘have not’ countries, all the while promoting their capacity to keep running nuclear reactors with fuel supplied from the ‘have’ states. This is idle folly driven by commercial greed and begot of the same delusory vision, held by the ‘legal’ nuclear powers, that proliferation can be controlled. . . . The United States, as leader of the nuclear club, must call for an end to ‘peaceful’ nuclear power. We must begin serious negotiations on a treaty to eliminate all nuclear weapons and call for a moratorium on the building of new nuclear reactors as we close down the old ones. Now is the time to embrace a new paradigm of nuclear abolition that frees the planet from the threat of nuclear holocaust once and for all. The only question is whether our current leadership is bold enough to champion it.”

“To eliminate the nuclear threat,” adds Slater, “we need to terminate our military space program, close down the Nevada test site, put the weapons designers out to pasture, and begin immediate negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear arms.”