2023 Nuclear-Free Future Awards & Hope for a Better Tomorrow Art Exhibition November 28, 2023 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) Blue Gallery 222 E 46th St New York, NY 10017 United States Contact person: Linda Gunter, Molly Hurley & Christian Ciobanu

Hosted by: Beyond Nuclear, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Reverse the Trend

The 2023 Nuclear-Free Future Awards is an annual event that honors the many heroes of the global anti-nuclear movement who work to rid the world of uranium mining, uranium munitions, nuclear power and nuclear weapons. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the art exhibit, Hope for a Better Tomorrow. A reception will begin at 6pm followed by the Awards ceremony at 7pm. The Awards and exhibition are free and open to the public. Live music will be provided by New York multi-instrumentalist and jazz fusion composer, Peter Gordon and his son and pianist, Max Gordon and by a cappella quartet, MARK Harmony, Marshallese singers based in Arkansas.

In "Hope for a Better Tomorrow," this intimate and poignant art exhibition aims to center the difficult realities of many youth in the Pacific as a result of global nuclear testing throughout the 20th century. All works of art are original creations by youth from countries such as Canada, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands. This exhibit draws attention to the intergenerational effects of nuclear testing on populations across the globe, the impacts and exacerbations of these issues caused by climate change, and art’s unique ability to empower youth voices and construct a deeper sense of international kinship.

The 2023 Nuclear-Free Future Award laureates are: 

Tina Cordova, a seventh generation native New Mexican, cancer survivor and the co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium who has campaigned for more than 18 years to bring attention to the negative health effects suffered by the unknowing, unwilling, uncompensated, innocent victims of the first nuclear blast on Earth that took place at the Trinity site in New Mexico. 

Benetick Kabua Maddison, a young US-based Marshallese activist who works to educate both US and international audiences about the terrible legacy of the 67 US atomic tests conducted in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958 and  the ongoing health, environmental, and cultural consequences. 

Hinamoeura Morgant-Cross, a French Polynesian in her mid thirties, whose realization that her own leukemia was a legacy of the French atomic tests in the South Pacific led her into activism and to pressure the French government into both acknowledgement of responsibility and medical and financial support.

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! will present an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Daniel Ellsberg.