Voices of Peace
Peace Movement: First Impressions
The World's People Ask You: Why? Open Letter to the Leaders of All Nations - 2/10/02
Is There Western Racism? - 2/13/02
Open Letter to the Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - 2/16/00
Open Letter to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Joseph Rotblat - December, 2001
Soldier, Can You Hear? 10/1/01
Nuclear Weapons; Abolish or Perish - 1/6/02
Immoral Science and my Nuclear Odyssey: The World Behind the Security Fence - 1/1/02
Why Such Accusations? Open letter to Mrs. Bonnie Miller Wife of Thomas Miller, US Ambassador to Greece - 12/31/01
Dr. Andreas Toupadakis has spoken about peace and the urgent need for nuclear disarmament at the UN as well as numerous colleges, universities, and other venues in the US, Japan, and Greece. He was a featured speaker at the 2000 World Conference on Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and he has been the recipient of numerous peace and justice awards. The City of Berkeley adopted a resolution honoring him for the courage and personal sacrifice he displayed in leaving his job at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories.
Dr. Toupadakis resigned dramatically from Lawrence Livermore Lab and his $91,000 salary in January 2000 when he discovered they were using the results of his environmental work in the Stockpile Stewardship Program to illegally maintain and develop new nuclear weapons with increased destructive power. He blew the whistle and joined the peace movement, saying that his conscience would not allow him to work for such a cause. He instantly became an outspoken advocate for peace, and especially for immediate unilateral nuclear disarmament.
Recently, as American bombs began to fall in Afghanistan, Andreas renounced the US and the killing of innocent civilians. He believes that such a course of action, at this time in history, with the present cast of characters, has the potential to spark a nuclear holocaust. He then made the difficult decision to leave the US and return to his native Greece to develop a grassroots peace movement. He will live low-tech on an old family farm, and be a real-life example of how people can disconnect from the high-tech fast lane and return to a peaceful, more meaningful, less destructive life. We hope to hear from Dr. Andreas as he settles into another way of life.
Dr. Toupadakis is a native of Greece with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has taught chemistry at colleges and universities in the US and Greece, and he worked as a chemist in industry as well as at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. He has a wife and two daughters. He believes deeply in non-violence, and he revels in the teachings of such varied figures as Gandhi, Plato, Socrates and Einstein.