Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is an annual event hosted by Ploughshares Fund, the nation's largest publicly-supported foundation dedicated exclusively to fighting the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Chain Reaction features scholars, scientists, activists and elected officials who are working tirelessly to keep us out of nuclear war and moving toward a world where nuclear weapons no longer exist.

SAVE THE DATE: Chain Reaction: A New Moment takes place on Monday, June 10, 2019 at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, CA. 

Enjoy articles and videos about previous Chain Reaction events

  • Yasmeen Silva on Mobilizing Against Nuclear Weapons

    This year's Chain Reaction 2018: Leadership + Democracy in San Francisco on June 25, 2018 featured Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, author and producer Eric Schlosser, and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and was a special tribute to William J. Perry, 19th US Secretary of Defense...

    July 11, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • A Conversation on Leadership + Democracy at Chain Reaction 2018

    This year's Chain Reaction 2018: Leadership + Democracy in San Francisco on June 25, 2018 was a special tribute to William J. Perry, 19th US Secretary of Defense, who has dedicated his life and legacy to reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons and remains one of the most outspoken advocates for...

    July 11, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Ben Rhodes on Nuclear Threats During the Obama Administration

    This year's Chain Reaction 2018: Leadership + Democracy in San Francisco on June 25, 2018 featured Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, author and producer Eric Schlosser, and Beyond the Bomb's US Field Organizer, Yasmeen Silva, and was a special tribute to William J. Perry, 19th US Secretary...

    July 11, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Eric Schlosser on Nuclear Dangers Facing the World

    This year's Chain Reaction 2018: Leadership + Democracy in San Francisco on June 25, 2018 featured Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and Beyond the Bomb's US Field Organizer, Yasmeen Silva, and was a special tribute to William J. Perry,...

    July 10, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Chain Reaction 2018

    With an unpredictable president and rising tensions around the world, leadership and democracy are more critical than ever. Join us to hear from the leaders who are working tirelessly to keep us out of nuclear war and moving toward a world where nuclear weapons no longer exist. Chain Reaction...

    May 4, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Terisa Siagatonu and Janae Johnson

    At this year's Chain Reaction event featuring former Secretary of State John Kerry and Global Zero Campaign Director Meredith Horowski, Bay Area artists Terisa Siagatonu and Janae Johnson delivered a powerful poetry recital based on their experiences living under the specter of the two...

    August 29, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The New Movement Against Nuclear Weapons

    Ploughshares Fund grantee Global Zero is a network of experts, artists, grassroots activists and student leaders working towards the elimination of all nuclear weapons, and Global Campaign Director Meredith Horowski was recently tasked with leading a “new large-scale grassroots campaign—of...

    July 21, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • WATCH: John Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal

    It’s been two years since world leaders finalized the historic Iran nuclear agreement in Vienna. It stopped Iran from developing a nuclear weapon without starting another devastating war in the Middle East. And it is working. In early June, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a powerful...

    July 12, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: Barbara Hall, creator of Madam Secretary

    On June 5, Barbara Hall, creator of the acclaimed television series, Madam Secretary, spoke at our Chain Reaction 2017 event featuring Secretary of State John Kerry. She spoke about the show's relationship with real world events, and told a remarkable story about a real "Madam Secretary...

    July 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: John Kerry in Defense of Diplomacy

    Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in Defense of Diplomacy at our Chain Reaction 2017 event in San Francisco on June 5. Here what he said: "There's really a bigger fight right now that we have to undertake. And I just want to say a word about that. It's a fight on behalf of diplomacy. It's a...

    July 6, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund