Momentum: Chain Reaction 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021 | Live via Zoom

Join us to commemorate 40 years of bold action by Ploughshares Fund to promote peace and security around the world and to celebrate the momentum we carry forward to position people—not nuclear weapons—at the forefront of our national security and budget priorities.

We envision a peaceful, secure, and just world for all. To move steadfastly in that direction takes collaboration with people working on other issues critical to our shared future. Together we can reshape the debate on global priorities.

A series of events so related that each one initiates the next is known as a Chain Reaction. Every year we gather leaders in our field, devoted partners, and new advocates to generate a nexus of ideas, opportunities, and strategies to advance policies that promote the elimination of nuclear weapons. Each partner in these efforts represents a key ingredient in our formula for change.

Momentum | Chain Reaction 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021 | Live via Zoom
5pm PT / 7pm CT / 8pm ET



40 Years of Ploughshares Fund
Terry Gamble Boyer, Board Chair
A tribute to the history of Ploughshares Fund, from our founding in a San Francisco living room in 1981 to our national presence and impact around the globe today.

Pathways Forward
Dr. Emma Belcher, President
A special message about the future of the nuclear policy field.

Modern National Security
Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editorial Director and Publisher of The Nation
A keynote panel on the intersection of nuclear weapons, climate change, and racial justice.

Additional guest speakers to be announced.


Registration for this event is free. If you’re able, please consider supporting the event with a sponsorship, by purchasing a ticket, or by making a donation of any amount. No gift is too small to have a big impact on a nuclear weapons-free future.

Sponsor the event

Chain Reaction sponsors receive recognition on all print and electronic event materials, onscreen during the program, on the Ploughshares Fund website, and in the 2021 annual report. Sponsors also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that this year’s Chain Reaction—Momentum—can be offered free for anyone who wants to join because of your support. 

40th Anniversary Sponsor – $40,000

Help us celebrate 40 years of progress toward a safe and secure future with a special Anniversary Sponsorship. Support at this level will help ensure that the momentum of the last 40 years carries forward and provides essential funds needed now to reduce and eventually eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons.

Sally Lilienthal Sponsor – $20,000

A Sally Lilienthal Sponsorship honors the legacy of our founder. A gift of $20,000 allows us to make grants that respond to urgent needs, such as those that deepen and expand relationships with communities impacted by the production, use, and testing of nuclear weapons.

Advocate Level – $10,000

As an Advocate, you support activities to better understand and shift public perspectives about nuclear weapons. For example, $10,000 is the average cost of surveying nuclear weapons issues, like recent polling on current plans to spend $260 billion to modernize the ICBM.

Activist Level – $5,000

An Activist Level sponsorship helps educate and support the next generation of activists working to eliminate nuclear weapons. For example, $5,000 covers the cost of three fellowships to develop new voices focused on the interconnection of nuclear weapons and other issues and training for talking to the public about policies like No First Use.

Expert Level – $2,500

As an Expert, you help amplify the work of respected experts and analysts working to demonstrate safer, saner nuclear policies. For example, $2,500 covers the cost of one educational briefing for policymakers and their staff on critical topics like re-entry into the Iran nuclear deal.

Purchase Tickets

President’s Ticket – $1,000

As the new president of Ploughshares Fund, Dr. Emma Belcher is reinvigorating the nuclear weapons policy field with a bold vision for peace and security. Show support for her leadership with a President’s Ticket.

Single Ticket – $250

General admission for this event is typically $250 per person. If you're able, please consider supporting Chain Reaction at this amount.

General Admission – Free

Registration for this event is free. If you're able, please consider sponsoring the event or making a donation.  Your gift allows Ploughshares Fund to fund the smartest people with the best ideas for eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons.

Chain Reaction Committee
Phil Ames
Tannaz Banisadre
John Feikema
Connie Foote
Pamela Hamrick
Kevin Holmes
Victoria Lilienthal
Rachel Pike
Lee Ali Shirani
Daniel U. Smith

Host Committee

Shanna Nasiri
Steve Silberstein

Honorary Members
Lew Butler
Joe Cirincione
Roger Hale
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
Secretary William J. Perry
Sydney Peace Foundation

40th Anniversary Sponsors
In memory of Mary Lloyd Estrin
John and Mary Feikema
Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer

Sally Lilienthal Sponsors
James B. Blume and Kathryn Frank
Werner Family Foundation

Connie Foote
Amy McGrath
Nasiri Foundation

Phil and Sabrina Ames
Kennette Benedict
Victoria Lilienthal
Lynda Palevsky
Paul Sack
Robert E. Sims
Roselyne Chroman Swig
Phyllis Thelen

Martin Bronk and Sallie De Golia
John Dains
Gloria Duffy
Fair Game PAC - Valerie Plame, Founder
Mathea Falco and Peter Tarnoff
Dorothie and Martin Hellman
Gretchen Hund and Ted Andrews
Marty Krasney
Thomas C. Layton and Gyongy Laky
Lisille and Henry Matheson
Kavita N. Ramdas
Brooks Walker