Cheboygan County woman involved with Nobel Peace Prize winning organization

Cheboygan County woman involved with Nobel Peace Prize winning organization

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- An international organization fighting to eliminate nuclear weapons was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

That group is made up of nearly 500 organizations, and a northern Michigan woman is a part of one of them.

“We do have responsibility and ways to impact the great issues of the day,” said Anabel Dwyer.

Anabel Dwyer is an attorney in Mackinaw City and has spent decades of her life fighting to ban the use of nuclear weapons.

She says it started after seeing them getting flown over the Straits of Mackinac.

“So when nuclear weapons fly over your hometown and they're coming from an air force base just down the way in the states you realize that you do have some responsibility to do something about it,” said Dwyer.

She worked with organizations helping to get the weapons banned in Michigan and continues that fight today.

She’s a part of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy which is in the network of organizations that make up the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

“A major organizing effort to eliminate something as overpowering as nuclear weapons has to come from the grassroots,” said Dwyer. “Obviously leadership emerges at various levels. We’re very honored to be part this latest effort.”

The group was honored for their continual push for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons, which Dwyer credits to grassroots efforts by thousands of people worldwide.

“People do have an impact acting together,” Dwyer. “You know, it's the future of the planet, it's the future of you and your children and all of us so it's just what you do sort of thing.”

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was signed in July of 2017 and as of right now 122 nations have adopted it.

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