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Who Are We?
Los Altos Voices for Peace (LAVP) is a non-profit, grassroots organization of concerned Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents. Our focus is peace. LAVP was formed in early 2003 as the war on Iraq appeared imminent and has remained active to work for an end to the war.
Los Altos Voices for Peace (LAVP) stands for, and gives voice to, those who seek peaceful answers to local and global violence. We wish to inform, educate, and persuade others, including public officials, to find peaceful solutions to conflict. This must be accomplished in a positive non-violent manner.
  • Recommended to the Los Altos City Council in February 2003 that it consider a resolution opposing the war on Iraq.
  • Participated in a worldwide anti-war vigil that drew close to 200 Los Altos participants.
  • Held candlelight vigils in downtown Los Altos.
  • Have regular monthly meetings to plan programs and activities. Guest speakers discuss peace and civil liberties issues.
  • Cooperate closely with Mountain View Voices for Peace and other local peace-focused organizations.
  • Co-sponsor events such as the League of Women Voters Civil Rights Forum.
  • Worked with the City Council to place a "Peace Pole" at the downtown library.
  • Evaluated the local impacts of the Patriot Act and assisted the City Council in adopting a resolution requesting changes to the Act.
  • Produced a panel discussion on the prospects for a world without nuclear weapons.
  • Provided an informational table at the Farmer's Market, Art and Wine Festival, and Community Picnic every year.
Join Us
LAVP meets on the second Monday of each month at the Foothills Congregational Church (451 Orange Avenue), Learning Center, 7 p.m. Please check this website for more information and to sign up for our email notices. For information by phone, call 650-949-2950, or by email to info@losaltospeace.org.


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The full 55-minute movie "Nuclear Tipping Point" is available free of charge as a DVD. For an 8-minute preview, see the YouTube video below:

Paul Chappell at Los Altos Library February 27, 2013

Paul Chappell talk 2/27/2013

Los Altos Voices for Peace and the Los Altos Library are organizing a talk by Paul Chappell Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7PM at the Los Altos Library. Paul is an Iraq war veteran, West Point Graduate, and peace activist. Currently he is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Foundation. He will talk about to achieve world peace.

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Our Vision

LAVP believes we have an unprecedented opportunity to free the world from the catastrophe that nuclear weapons threaten to bring down upon us, our children, and our grandchildren. The journey to a nuclear-free world is not easy, but it is well worth our efforts.



What we have been doing

Lynn Eden talk

Scenes from a talk by Dr. Lynn Eden at the Los Altos Library on November 10, 2009


LAVP has been sponsoring or co-sponsoring public events to inform the local community.  To date, six events have been held:


Title: A World Without Nuclear Weapons?
Speakers: Siegfried Hecker
  Jacqueline Cabasso
  Robert Gaunt
Date: Tuesday, November 18
Location: Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA

On November 18, 2008, we sponsored a panel discussion at which Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Ms. Jacqueline Cabasso, and Dr. Robert Gauntt helped to enlighten the community on the current situation.


Title: Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament, and Deterrence: The Moral Issues
Moderator: Diana Gibson
Speakers: Amy Morgenstern
  Rick Mixon
  Robert Gauntt
Date: Wednesday, April 22
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA

On April 22, 2009, we co-sponsored a second panel discussion at which Rev. Diana Gibson, Rev. Amy Morgenstern, Rev. Rick Mixon and Dr. Robert Gauntt focused on the moral issues surrounding the whole concept of nuclear deterrence.


Title: Soaring, Nuclear Weapons, and World Peace
Speaker: Martin Hellman
Date: Wednesday, May 27
Location: Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA

On May 27, 2009, we sponsored a talk about the risks of nuclear weapons and ways to defuse those risks. The presentation was given by Dr. Martin Hellman, who is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, an experienced glider pilot, and an expert on the analysis of the nuclear risk. He summarized his presentation as follows: "Nuclear weapons are the elephant in the room that most people would prefer to ignore. This talk approaches the subject from the much more appealing perspective of soaring. While flying gliders and nuclear weapons may seem to have nothing in common, this talk draws on the speaker's knowledge in both areas to unmask complacency as a fundamental risk in both endeavors. The talk then adds a hopeful dimension, with efforts to defuse the nuclear threat creating a more peaceful world."


Title: Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons
Speaker: William J. Perry
Date: Thursday, July 16
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto, CA

On July 16, 2009, we co-sponsored a talk by former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry. He spoke both about his own experiences with reducing the world's nuclear arsenal, and about the critical nature of the problems and opportunities that are now before us.


Title: A Russian Perspective on Nuclear Disarmament
Speaker: Pavel Podvig
Date: Thursday, September 17
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston road, Palo Alto, CA

On July 16, 2009, we co-sponsored a talk by Dr. Pavel Podvig from the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He reviewed the current status and prospects of the Russian nuclear forces, attitudes toward nuclear disarmament, and the issues that are on the agenda of the U.S.-Russian disarmament dialog -- a new arms control treaty, missile defense, and nuclear nonproliferation.


Title: Inside the Minds of Nuclear Warriors
Speaker: Dr. Lynn Eden
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Location: Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA

On November 10, 2009, we sponsored a talk by Dr. Lynn Eden from the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. She drew upon her extensive experience interviewing the people who develop our plans for fighting a nuclear war to reveal how much sense and how much nonsense they perceive in the very plans they helped to formulate.


Co-sponsors for several events:

  • Action Council, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • American Association of University Women, Los Altos/Mountain View Branch
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley
  • Board of Directors, Humanist Community in Silicon Valley
  • Council of Churches of Santa Clara County
  • Los Altos Public Library
  • Mountain View Voices for Peace
  • Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice
  • Peninsula Branch, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
  • Silicon Valley Chapter of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation


What we are doing

We are also working on other ways to promote this goal. Check back here for more information on LAVP activities related to this cause. There are things you can do too. We all need to be involved!



What you can do

Since 1945, nuclear weapons have posed the threat of a horrendous war between superpowers. Now we face the possibility of terrorists gaining possession of nukes. On April 6 in Prague, President Obama announced the U.S. goal of completely eliminating all nuclear weapons. This has been met with both high praise and deep skepticism – though perhaps the most typical response has been a yawn.

Will this chance of a lifetime be missed?
What (if anything) can you do about it?

1. Get informed

  • Read the Wall Street Journal op-ed by that persuaded Obama: George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” Wall Street Journal, 1/4/2007.
  • Read the response of respected skeptics: Harold Brown and J. Deutch, “The Nuclear Disarmament Fantasy,” Wall Street Journal, 11/19/2007.
  • Become aware of the momentous treaty decisions coming up by the end of 2009: (a) renegotiating the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), (b) ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and (c) reviving the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • Become aware of the key problems of securing fissile materials and the critical importance of the end-of-year Nuclear Posture Review.

2. Sign petitions

Several concerned organizations have are promoting thoughtful petitions. Investigate the following:

3. Let your government know that you care

Pick the topic that means the most to you and write:

  • President Barack Obama: Email: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/contact
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein: Email: http://Feinstein.senate.gov/email.html
  • Senator Barbara Boxer: Email: http://Boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Email: https://forms.house.gov/Eshoo/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

4. Let your neighborhood know that you care

Write an article or letter to the editor of the newspapers that you read:

5. Let your friends and neighbors know that you care

Almost no one talks about nuclear weapons. As a result, the media rarely covers the issue, and most of our elected representatives don't pay it much attention. To break that vicious circle, Marty Hellman notes: “Individuals with courage and foresight are needed to start the process of demanding that this issue be given the attention it deserves.”

Ridding the world of nuclear weapons will be no harder than ending slavery or getting women the vote. Both of those seemingly impossible goals were realized. This one can too -- provided that enough of us participate.


To Learn More


Hans Blix, Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters (MIT Press, 2008).

Jonathan Schell, The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger (Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt, 2008).

Joseph Cirincione, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2007).




George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn, "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons," Wall Street Journal, 1/4/2007.
The first of the celebrated op-eds.

George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn, "Toward a Nuclear-Free World," Wall Street Journal, 1/15/2008.
The second of the celebrated op-eds.

George P. Shultz and William J. Perry, "Toward a Nuclear-Free World," presentation at the Commonwealth Club of California, 4/2/2008.
Hear Shultz and Perry speak.

Sarah J. Diehl, "Four Statesmen Promote Revitalized Interest in Nuclear Disarmament Efforts," WMD Insights, October, 2008.
The impact of the celebrated op-eds.

Sam Nunn, "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons: An Interview With Nuclear Threat Initiative Co-Chairman Sam Nunn," Arms Control Today, March 2008.
An insightful interview.

David Cortright, "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers," The Stanley Foundation, 11/2007.
A thoughtful, serious overview.

Merav Datan, Felicity Hill, Jürgen Scheffran, Alyn Ware, et al., "Securing Our Survival (SOS): The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Cambridge, MA, 2007.
Builds the case for a nuclear weapons convention; highly recommended.

John Burroughs et al., "Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security?," Civil Society Review of the Report of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, May 2007.
Response to Hans Blix's Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission report.

Robert Gates, "Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence in the 21st Century," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 28, 2008.
The hard-line view.


End the War!

Just say no to escalation!

Just say no to occupation!

Just say no to Bush!

Los Altos Voices for Peace is joining with peace groups across the country to insist that Congress take action to block escalation and bring home the troops from Iraq. You can help by signing or downloading the Peninsula/South Bay petition to Congress to stop the escalation.

Also, please write a signed, individualized letter to Congresswoman Eshoo.

Leave my child alone!

Protect your high-school age child from military recruiters by opting out. If you don't, your child's school will give the military recruiters contact information for your child. Read about and get the opt-out forms here.

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Candlelight vigil at Singer Plaza

The Doomsday Clock was created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 to provide an easily understood way of conveying how close we are to an unimaginable nuclear catastrophe. If you point your mouse to the various dates, you can see the events that led to the change.