On September 20, 2021, Cambridge, MA unanimously adopted a resolution supporting Back from the Brink’s policy solutions to prevent nuclear war and the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The resolution acknowledges the city and state’s notable history in the struggle to abolish nuclear weapons:
Massachusetts and Cambridge have been home to many courageous people who have dedicated their lives to the eradication of nuclear weapons, and is the birthplace of the historic Nuclear Freeze movement in the 1980s, which helped break the impasse between the US and Soviet Union and bring an end to the Cold War, and the Massachusetts-based International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
The Cambridge resolution also acknowledges that nuclear weapons are a local issue and the numerous cities throughout the world that are speaking out to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons:
Any city across the globe could be targeted for hostile action, and hundreds of cities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States—including Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Tucson, and Washington DC, and the states of California, Maine, New Jersey, and Oregon—are speaking up and calling on their governments to support the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Back from the Brink congratulates the Cambridge City Council as well as the organizations and local activists that brought the resolution to fruition. The full resolution can be viewed here.