Nuclear disarmament has long been the heart-felt cry of the religious community. The Department of Religion brings both religious and non-religious voices to the 2:00 pm podium to examine who, if any, has the right "to have and to hold" nuclear weapons. The issue of who holds the reins of power on this issue is of deep concern to the world community -- more critical at this time than ever.
Jonathan Granoff is an author, attorney, and international peace activist. His life's work is dedicated to the total elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. To that end, he is the current president of the Global Security Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and as the Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security at the UN, which is regarded as a primary ally of the international movement for arms control, peace, and disarmament. He holds positions on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the Lawyers Alliance for World Security, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Bipartisan Security Group, and the Middle Powers Initiative.
Mr. Granoff has lectured worldwide emphasizing the legal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has been featured in more than 30 publications, including The Sovereignty Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2004) by Alan Cranston. He practices law in Philadelphia.