1986: ‘Just a Second’ Campaign

1986: ‘Just a Second’ Campaign

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 1953

Mullan created AFrI’s ‘Just a Second’ Campaign. Its primary objective was to demonstrate the wastage of the Arms Race in a world of hunger and poverty. The campaign, working with schools in Ireland, raised the equivalent of ten-seconds of Arms Race expenditure (based on UN figures) 1980s to:

(i) fund small poverty projects in the developing world and

(ii) demonstrate how resources could be used for life-giving rather than death dealing purposes.

Amnesty International, quoting the think-tank journal ‘Solutions’  estimate that the global arms trade is currently approaching US$100 billion annually.

AFrI made available the results of the ‘Just a Second’ campaign in a publication by the same name.

In 2015 AFrI revived Mullan’s idea.


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